Kansya (Kansa) Bhasma – Bell Metal
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.
|Dosha Effect||Pacifies KAPHA & PITTA|
|Main Indications||Skin Diseases, Eye Diseases & Worms|
|Special Organ Effect||Skin, Blood & Intestines|
|Safety Profile||Not Established|
|Dosage||125 mg to 250 mg|
|Best Adjuvant||Honey or Gulkand|
|Shelf Life||Old is good|
Kansa (Kansya) is Bell Metal, which is a main ingredient of Kansya Bhasma.
Chemical Composition of Kansa (Bell Metal)
|Metallic Element||Percentage (Approx.)|
|Copper||78% by mass|
|Tin||22% by mass|
Kansa (Kansya) Bhasma has following medicinal properties.
- Anthelmintic (used along with Vaividang)
- Digestive Stimulant
- Tonic for eyes
- Strong Demulcent
|Taste – RASA||TIKTA (Bitter) & KASAYA (Astringent)|
|Main Quality – GUNA||LAGHU (Light), RUKSHA (Dry)|
|Potency – VIRYA||USHNA (Hot)|
|Resultant – VIPAKA||KATU (Pungent)|
|Therapeutic Effect – PRABHAVA||LEKHANA|
|DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)||Pacifies KAPHA & VATA and Detoxifies PITTA|
|Effects on Organs||Eyes, 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.
|Red blood formation|
|Important for immune system|
|Copper require to make energy|
|Stimulate bile secretion from the liver and increase peristaltic movements and cures constipation|
|Supports Adrenal Gland Functions|
|Reduces fatigue & treat skin problems|
|Support hair growth|
|Induces sleep and treats insomnia|
|Tin also works in cases of depression with treatment failure with other remedies.|
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:
|Kansya Bhasma||125 mg *|
|Ajwain (Carom Seeds)||500 mg *|
|Vaividang Churna||1000 mg *|
|* Twice a day keeping 3 hours gap between Kansya Bhasma and meal or any type of food|
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|
|Children||30 to 60 mg *|
|Adults||60 to 250 mg *|
|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.
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.
- Anal Fissure (generally observed with presence of Raw copper)
In following diseases, Kansya Bhasma is not appropriate to use.
- Anal fissure
- Kidney impairment & Renal failure