Tamra Bhasma – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients, Side Effects

Tamra Bhasma  is an Ayurvedic medicine, prepared from Copper. It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of skin diseases, obesity, piles, asthma etc.  This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision. 

Tamra Bhasma Uses: It is used in the treatment of Pitta and Kapha predominance diseases, skin diseases, helminthiasis, obesity, anorexia, tuberculosis, pthisis, chronic respiratory conditions, cough, cold, asthma, eye diseases, anemia, piles, dyspepsia.

It has scraping quality. Hence used in treating high cholesterol. It is also widely researched in cancer treatments.

It is a very good emetic drug and produces instant vomiting in all ailments and in poison that has gone inside in particular. In food poisoning, any residual poison is cleared by this, if taken in small doses.

This is useful in grahani, chronic fever, liver and spleen disorders, anal fistula.

Use of Tamra bhasm in poisoning:
In olden days, when there was poisoning, first vomiting and purgation was induced to remove remnant poison in the gut. Then, to cleanse the heart, Tamra bhasma was administered to the patient. After that, Swarna bhasma is administered for a long period of time.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Pitta and Kapha.

Tamra Bhasma dosage:

250 mg once or twice a day before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
It is traditionally administered along with ghee, honey milk or with sugar.

If mixed in honey and applied, it cleanses and heals wounds.

To induce vomiting 60-300 mg is given in sugar or honey.


Pathya must be followed according to the ailment. In skin ailments salt, sour and pungent items are to be reduced and totally avoided in severe cases for better results. Cold water should not even be touched, and wine and sex are to be strictly avoided, even in thought. No day time sleep and wakeful nights. Milk and ghee may be had in moderate quantities. restricting diet to milk, rice and fruits, avoidance of salt and sour things will bring quick results in severe cases. In cases that are not serious, it is good enough if this is taken in milk after dinner and light pathya observed.

Tamra Bhasm side effects:

  • This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision.
  • Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous.
  • Over-dosage may cause severe poisonous side effects.
  • It is best avoided in pregnant and lactating mothers and chidren.
  • Take this medicine in precise dose and for limited period of time, as advised by doctor.
  • Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a dry cool place.

Tamra Bhasm ingredients, preparation? :

Shuddha Tamra  – Purified Copper – 100 g.

Purified Copper is added with purified Sulphur, ground well, (or it Copper ground with aloe vera juice) taken in  thin cakes are prepared and heated in a closed container under 500 – 700 degree celcius for 24 hours to obtain black coloured Bhasma. (Copper Calx)

Reference: Ayurveda Prakasha 3/145, Rasaratnasamucchayam

Expiry date: 5 years from the date of manufacture.

How to test Tamra Bhasm – It should float on water, when gently placed on the calm water surface.

It should be black in colour, microfine powder.

When it is added to sour curds, and left for sometime, if curds turns blue, then Tamra Bhasma is poisonous and should not be used.  

Research article: Chemical evaluation

Manufacturers: Divya Pharmacy, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ltd.

Ayurvedic medicine list with Tamra Bhasma as ingredient: Panchamrit Parpati,

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  1. Ajit Karan says:

    Is it not a pain-killer in Cancer and does it not melt all types of tumors?
    Ajit Karan

  2. Can tamra basmam be given for adenomyosis of uterus?

  3. Hello Doctor,

    Can tamra basma used for treating uterine fibroids? How long will it take?

    • ihello,
      it can be used in treating fibroid. as it is to be taken under medical supervision only dose and duration must be decided by an Ayurvedic doctor nearest to you.

  4. I am obesity shall I used this tamra basma

  5. Somebody died in my family long ago after having tamra bhasm. Is it deadly? How much quantity of it can kill a person?

    • Yes! It is very poisonous if it is not prepared as per the prescribed standard. 60 – 100 mg once or twice a day, is the dose of it, that too needs a doctor’s prescription to take it. It is not advised as a single medicine.

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