Kansya (Kansa) Bhasma – Bell Metal

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Kansya Bhasma (also spelled as Kansa Bhasma) is a metal-based ayurvedic medicines. It is prepared from the bell metal ore, which is likely to contain about 78% copper and 22% tin.

Kansya Bhasma is used in the treatment of intestinal worms, skin diseases with dry and hard skin and eye problems. It may not work alone, so adjuvants are required to get benefits from it.

Basic Information
Medicine CategoryBhasma
Dosha EffectPacifies KAPHA & PITTA
Potential ActionLEKHANA
Main IndicationsSkin Diseases, Eye Diseases & Worms
Special Organ EffectSkin, Blood & Intestines
Safety ProfileNot Established
Dosage125 mg to 250 mg
Best AdjuvantHoney or Gulkand
Shelf LifeOld is good

Ingredients (Composition)

Kansa (Kansya) is Bell Metal, which is a main ingredient of Kansya Bhasma.

Chemical Composition of Kansa (Bell Metal)

Metallic ElementPercentage (Approx.)
Copper78% by mass
Tin22% by mass
Iron
Sulphur

Medicinal Properties

Kansa (Kansya) Bhasma has following medicinal properties.

  1. Anthelmintic (used along with Vaividang)
  2. Digestive Stimulant
  3. Tonic for eyes
  4. Strong Demulcent

Ayurvedic Properties

Taste – RASATIKTA (Bitter) & KASAYA (Astringent)
Main Quality – GUNALAGHU (Light), RUKSHA (Dry)
Potency – VIRYAUSHNA (Hot)
Resultant – VIPAKAKATU (Pungent)
Therapeutic Effect – PRABHAVALEKHANA
DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)Pacifies KAPHA & VATA and Detoxifies PITTA
Effects on OrgansEyes, Skin & Intestines

Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Kansa (Kansya) Bhasma has properties of Tamra Bhasma and Vanga Bhasma. It is used in worm infestation, skin diseases and blood disorders. However, Potency (VIRYA) of Kansya Bhasma is USHNA (Hot), but it pacifies PITTA because of its TIKTA (Bitter) & KASAYA (Astringent) taste (RASA). Due to qualities like LAGHU (Light) & RUKSHA (Dry), it may not be beneficial in VATA disorders. Therefore, it should be used in KAPHA-PITTA disorders. Kansya Bhasma contains copper and tin elements. Here are some benefits of copper and tin in the human body.

Copper Benefits
Red blood formation
Important for immune system
Collagen Formation
Antioxidant
Copper require to make energy
Stimulate bile secretion from the liver and increase peristaltic movements and cures constipation

 

Tin Benefits
Supports Adrenal Gland Functions
Reduces fatigue & treat skin problems
Improves digestion
Support hair growth
Enhances reflexes
Anti-cancer
Induces sleep and treats insomnia
Tin also works in cases of depression with treatment failure with other remedies.
Intestinal parasites

Beneficial for Eyes

Kansya Bhasma is good for eyes. It helps improving vision. It contains copper, which is essential for preventing and inhibiting progress of the age-related macular degeneration. Copper is also antioxidant, which helps fighting off free radicals in the body. In eyes, it maintains health of the flexible connective tissue. In optic neuropathy, it prevents further deterioration of the vision. (Ref. 1, Ref. 2)

Intestinal Parasites (Worms)

Tin in Kansya Bhasma has anthelmintic properties. Copper helps building non-specific immunity of the body, which helps the body fight off all types of microbes as well as parasites.

In worm infestation, Kansya Bhasma should be used with Vaividang Churna and other remedies as follows:

RemediesQuantity
Kansya Bhasma125 mg *
Ajwain (Carom Seeds)500 mg *
Vaividang Churna1000 mg *
* Twice a day keeping 3 hours gap between Kansya Bhasma and meal or any type of food

Internal Abscess

However, draining the pus is a good method for all types of abscess including internal abscess and skin abscess. In some cases, draining internal abscess require a surgery in addition to antibiotic treatment.

In ayurveda, Kansya Bhasma is best for all types of abscess especially, internal abscesses. It dries up the pus and prevents spreading of the infections. Kansya Bhasma also has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiprotozoal activities, so it also eradicates the associated infections.

Dosage & Administration

Dosage Table of Kansya Bhasma
InfantsNOT RECOMMENDED
Children30 to 60 mg *
Adults60 to 250 mg *
PregnancyNOT RECOMMENDED
Geriatric (Old age)60 to 125 mg *
Maximum Possible Dosage (per day or in 24 hours)500 mg (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with Honey or Gulkand

How to Take

Kansya Bhasma should be taken with appropriate adjuvants and supporting ayurvedic medicines according to disease. Three Hour gap should be kept between meal and Kansya Bhasma.

Safety Profile

Kansya Bhasma may be useful in above listed conditions, but it should be taken under supervision of ayurvedic doctor. There are no side effects observed with the use of Kansya Bhasma for a short period (less than 4 weeks).

Side Effects of Kansya Bhasma

However, side effects are not observed with well-prepared Kansya Bhasma, but Raw Kansya Bhasma may cause following side effects due to deficient processing methods.

  1. Anal Fissure (generally observed with presence of Raw copper)
  2. Nausea
  3. Vertigo

Contraindications

In following diseases, Kansya Bhasma is not appropriate to use.

  • Anal fissure
  • Kidney impairment & Renal failure

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