Tankan Bhasma – Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects, Ingredients

Tankan Bhasma is a special Ayurvedic medicine prepared from Borax. It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of lack of menstruation, cough, bronchitis etc. It is also used as ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. 

Tankan Bhasma uses: 
It is pungent in taste, hot in nature.
It is good for heart, useful in Vata imbalance diseases.
It is used in the treatment of productive cough, bronchitis, wheezing, asthma, chest congestion,
It is used in treating food poisoning, abdominal colic pain.
It improves digestion power, relieves bloating.
It induces menstruation in women suffering with amenorrhea or oligomenorrhea (Scanty menstrual flow). It helps to improve menstrual flow. Hence, it is an important ingredient in Raja pravartini vati – an Ayurvedic medicine used for treating secondary amenorrhea.

Tankan Bhasma for hair: 
It is applied to hair, left for 5 – 10 minutes, and then washed off. It is useful in dandruff.
A teaspoon of Tankana Bhasam is mixed with 30 ml of sesame oil / coconut oil / or mustard oil. This oil mix is applied over hair, 30 minutes before hair wash.  You can optionally add 10 ml of neem oil to the above mix.
This is useful in the treatment of dandruff.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Kapha.

Tankana Bhasma dosage: 
125 mg to 250 mg of this Bhasma is given along with honey and ghee.

Tankan Shodhana: Tankana Bhasma preparation method: 
Tankana Bhasma – prepared from Sodium borate (Na2 B4O7. 10 H2O) – It is heated to remove moisture, then further heated to get white dry powder.


Powdered-Tankana Borax-powdered-and-added-to-vessel-to-subject-it-for-heat

Heating the Tankana and puffed borab(dehydrated)

Heating the Tankana and puffed borax(dehydrated)



Reference: Rasa Tarangini 133/79-81

Tankan Bhasm for warts:
Tankana bhasma is mixed with lemon juice and fine paste is made and applied over the warts.
Take 3 grams of Tankana Bhasma in a stainless steel spoon. Add half a teaspoon of lemon juice to it.
Apply this paste over the wart region. You can use the end part of another spoon to apply it. Do it once a day. Be careful not to apply it to other parts of skin, as it may cause burning sensation. Wash it off after 5 minutes.

Tankana Bhasma for skin sores: It is useful in viral infection of skin such as Hand foot and mouth disorder. Shuddha Tankana Bhasma (Borax) is mixed with honey and applied on the sores. It quickens the healing process and reduces pain.

Tankana Bhasma Side effects: 
It increases Pitta and hence may cause burning sensation in few people. Hence care should be taken while administering this in gastritis and peptic ulcer patients.
It is not recommended during pregnancy. It is used in children. Consult a doctor for its use during lactation period.
Tankan Bhasm is having Kshara properties. Medicines with such Kshara properties are not used for long periods of time (more than 2 months) in men seeking infertility treatment.
Long term usage of this can cause oligospermia.

How long to use?
Oral administration is done for 2 – 4 weeks of time.

Ayurvedic medicine with Tankana Bhasma as an ingredient: 
Jirakadi Modak
Anthrakutharam gulika

Divya Pharmacy, Baidyanath, Dabur

If somebody has taken long use of tankan,then how we can do anti dote,or neutralize the side effects of tankan bhasm?

For a patient taking Tankana Bhasma for long term,
It is best for him to take Giloy Amla juice (Patanjali) – 10 ml, mixed with half a small cup of water, once  a day, at any time of the day. This would reduce the excess Pitta increase and Kshara effects caused by Tankana.
Tankana Bhasm for Bindi allergy:
Make a paste of half a teaspoon of Tankana Bhasma with a teaspoon of turmeric powder, with milk. Apply this 2 – 3 times a day.

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  1. G.evening Dr.hebbar
    Tankan for warts heading
    2nd parahgraph
    Read again
    It seems like something is missing there. If i m not wrong
    With regards

  2. Is Tankan bhasma useful for dry layer on hair scalp? How to use?

    • Hi, some people use it on dry flakes in scalp.
      3 teaspoon of borax powder is mixed with half a liter of fresh aloe vera pulp. Massage into affected areas after shower and at bed. But some may feel allergic to it. Hence, take care.

      • I have small wart like on my face and body so can i use this tankan bhasma and lemon remedy as u suggested for my face warts also. They r very small i thnk dey r goin to emerge out and face looks as it has many black spots due to dat wart. So can i apply this paste on my face?

        • It may cause burning sensation. You can try once but better to consult a skin specialist directly.

          • khushbu singh says:

            Hi I’m using the tankan bhasm as per the doctor’s suggestion,mixed with oil,but the doctor didn’t tell me to wash it off.He told to use it daily and shampoo twice a week.I can see improvement on my scalp,its actually working.
            I want to know will it have an adverse effect in long run,if I’m not washing it off after 30-60mins?

            • It is not wrong to leave it on, without washing. Please follow your doctor’s advice.

              • khushbu singh says:

                I’m using the tankan bhasm since september 2017,but not on regular basis.Sometimes I also oil my hair with coconut oil,after using shampoo.Now also I’m using the tankan bhasm as because the dandruff and itching still exists.
                Will this have a side effect in the long run ,if I’m using this from such a prolonged period?

  3. If tankan bhasm mix with coconut oil then apply on scalp..is it effective for dry scalp? Can i leave it over night?

  4. Tankan bhasma has different packing at stores with RT mentioned in bracket. However the one on internet says ASS. Are they both same? I have flaky dandruff and want to use it to cure dandruff.

  5. If tankan bhasm (means boric acid) mix with coconut oil then apply on scalp effective for flack dandruff .too much hair fall for my son (15 yr) what can we do?this permenant cure? we went many doctors pls give me the solution

    • Yes, it is very useful. Cannot be told as a permanent cure.

      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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      • bkv arundhathi says:

        Tankana bhasma is not boric acid. It is borax. It is a big confusion to all.

        • Adding on to bkv arundhathi comment: tankana bhasma is natural mineral “borax” from a mine, which is then properly purified to remove other minerals things from its collection, giving 99% or more purity of borax mineral. The borax mineral is also called “sodium borate,” sometimes with added water (because it soaks up water, and these forms are called “-hydrate” like “decahydrate,” etc). This mineral is a caustic alkali, meaning it is very basic in pH level, especially the less “hydrated” it is – the more dry and powdery, the less hydrated, and the more of an alkali it is.

          Boric acid is a little different. Boric acid has no sodium. Sodium is what makes “borax” and tankana bhasma an alkali, which can increase pitta and cause burning sensation without proper use. Boric acid may have been produced in ancient times, but I haven’t heard of its mention in ayurveda. In modern times, boric acid is considered to have many of the same effects as “borax” (sodium + boric acid together, AKA tankana bhasma)… however, considering all things, the two different substances have slightly different effects. Purified dry borax (tankana bhasma) has a stronger action in most cases, and is more suitable for many ayurvedic applications. Boric acid (if you find this in pills, liquid, from doctors, etc) is often considered weaker and slower in action, but may suit people who have a weakened body while they try to find proper treatment from a physician of ayurveda.


          -Borax/tankana bhasma (AKA “sodium borate, sodium borate tetrahydrate, sodium borate -hydrate, etc): quicker, hotter, alkali, typical ayurvedic treatment, must be almost or entirely pure for better effects and fewer side effects. If you cannot find an ayurvedic physician, some people will use “Borax” from a pharmacy just like tankana bhasma – they are nearly the same. (But not all countries allow sale of “borax.”) However, you never know if it is pure or not without traditional steps. Instead I recommend physician treatment when possible. Borax/tankana can be used wrongly and cause bad effects, as with all bhasma.

          -Boric acid (no sodium, found in hot springs, volcanic soil, sometimes mineral water, rarely from mines): this also requires purification, but the process would be more difficult. Compared to tankana bhasma, it is milder in action, but slower, and still very useful, but maybe not for all diseases. Take a dip in volcanic hot springs – your body will probably get treatment from boric acid naturally. Like tankana bhasma, volcanic hotsprings containing boric acid are good for most of the treatments in the article – but the effect is more gentle and may take longer.

          Please comment if I have misspoken or missed anything.

  6. I started using this Tanks Bhaskar to reduce my dandruff .How long I should continue to get free from dandruff.

  7. thank you very much for your reply

  8. bkv arundhathi says:

    noble soul, Borax is different from boric acid. I think tankana bhasma is borax not boric acid is it correct. In the service of humanity bka

  9. Can it be used for hemorrhoids treatment

  10. Arvinder singh says:

    I use tankan bhasam , borex for 4 week & stop ; after how many gap of time we can starting again , I am suffering from acid & chest congestion

  11. Sharad chand srivastva says:

    Tankan bhasm cleanses large intestine?

  12. Viram Soni says:

    can i apply tankan bhasma to nasal polyp ? how to apply ?
    pls also differenciate between tankan bhasm and tankan khar

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