Loha Bhasma

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Loha Bhasma (also spelled as lauha bhasma or Lauh Bhasma) is mineral-based ayurvedic medicine. It contains elemental iron micro-fine particles prepared through the process of calcination under high temperature. In ayurveda, Loha bhasma is used for anemia, general debility, liver enlargement, spleen enlargement, and hiatus hernia.

Ingredients

Purified iron is processed with herbal juices and then calcined under high temperature to make bhasma or iron ash.

Chemical composition

Elemental Iron – Fe

Medicinal Properties

Loha Bhasma has following healing properties.

  1. Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
  2. Hematogenic (helps in formation of red blood cells)
  3. Lowers bilirubin
  4. Fat Burner
  5. Digestive Stimulant
  6. Astringent
  7. Emmenagogue

Therapeutic Indications

Loha Bhasma is useful in following diseases.

  1. Iron deficiency anemia
  2. General debility
  3. Liver enlargement
  4. Spleen enlargement
  5. Hiatus hernia
  6. Night fall
  7. Impotency
  8. Weakness due to bleeding disorders

Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits

Loha bhasma has astringent action and burns excess fat. Thus, it is also useful in obesity. Lauha bhasma works well in central obesity and reduces belly fat. In ayurveda, it is used for the diseases of blood, muscles, heart, liver, spleen and abdomen.

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Loha bhasma contains highly absorbable elemental iron micro-fine particles. Therefore, it can help in iron deficiency anemia. Ayurvedic medicines used for anemia contain Loha bhasma as a main ingredient.

Anemia due to intestinal worms

In some patients, anemia may occur when intestinal worms are present in their intestines. Generally, hookworm sucks blood from the intestinal walls, so it produces iron deficiency anemia.

In this case, we require treating parasitic infestation as well as we also require iron supplement to compensate iron loss in the body. For this purpose, the following combination is useful, according to ayurveda.

Loha Bhasma50 mg
Vaividang (Embelia ribes) seeds powder1 gram
Thymol50 mg

Bleeding disorders

Loha bhasma is also beneficial for bleeding disorders. However, it may not reduce bleeding, but Lauha bhasma can compensate the iron loss that occurs due to bleeding disorders. For stopping bleeding, ayurveda has other remedies including RAKTACHANDANADI KWATH, MOCHRAS etc. Loha bhasma can be used with these remedies to reduce symptoms like restlessness, debility, vertigo and fatigue.

Loss of appetite, indigestion & abdominal distension

Loha bhasma has digestive stimulant properties and increases appetite. It helps in loss of appetite, indigestion and abdominal distension by stimulating appetite, helping in digestion and reduces gas in the abdomen.

Obesity or weight loss

Loha bhasma is used with triphala powder or triphala guggulu for reducing weight. If you suffer with iron deficiency anemia and obesity together, then it is a good remedy for losing weight. Iron deficiency anemia is also associated with weight gain. (1, 2)

Dosage

Loha bhasma dosage varies from 15 mg to 125 mg twice a day. The maximum dosage of loha bhasma should not exceed from 250 mg per day.

Supplemental dosage15 mg to 30 mg
Therapeutic dosage15 mg to 125 mg
Maximum Usage periodLess than 6 months

Caution & Side Effects

Loha bhasma is LIKELY SAFE for most people in supplemental and therapeutic dosage when used under medical supervision.

If Loha bhasma is not prepared properly as per classical method described in ayurvedic texts, then Lauha bhasma may lead to following side effects.

  1. Black stools
  2. Stomach upset
  3. Nausea
  4. Constipation (very rare and only occur in weak people)
  5. Diarrhea (rare)

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Loha bhasma is used for iron supplementation in pregnancy. It is LIKEY SAFE in supplemental dosage during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Contraindications

Loha bhasma should not be used in following health conditions.

  1. Stomach or intestinal ulcers
  2. Inflammatory diseases of abdomen including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  3. Thalassemia or iron overload

Drug Interactions

Loha bhasma may interact with following medicines and lowers their effectiveness and absorption in the body.

  • Quinolone antibiotic
  • Tetracycline antibiotics
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Levodopa
  • Levothyroxine
  • Methyldopa
  • Mycophenolate Mofetil
  • Penicillamine
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Questions & Answers (7)

  1. Nur says

    Dear Dr. Jagdev,

    We know that Iron used for the medicinal purpose in ayurveda is different from the natural iron found in the nature.

    Ayurveda iron powder is Nano particle of iron. My question is then why iron could not be used in thalassemia if iron ash is processed according to ayurvedic procedure.

    Secondly, iron increases RBC in blood that we know. What is about the WBC and Platelet? Do WBC & Platelet counts also improve if ayurvedic iron bhasma or Mandoor bhasma is used?
    Thanks

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Ayurveda process for micro fining iron particles has two main purposes – One is reducing its side effects and second is increasing bioavailability of elemental iron. A proper formed Loha Bhasma absorption is higher than modern iron supplements. Your hemoglobin will increase by 0.5 to 3 mg/dL per month (on average 1.5 mg/dL per month) after taking ayurvedic iron preparation. This does not occur with modern iron supplements.

      Natural iron absorption from the gut increases in case of thalassemia (especially beta-thalassemia intermedia). This may lead to iron overload. People with thalassemia may require blood transfusions, which may also result in iron overload. Secondly, iron deficiency is not the cause of thalassemia. Therefore, we should not use Loha Bhasma or Mandur Bhasma for thalassemia.

      Now, the question is then what will be the ayurvedic treatment for thalassemia. We should target bone marrow, the root of the cause of the problem. Bone marrow produces red blood cells, which carry hemoglobin. Therefore, we require medicines that improve functions of bone marrow and help it to produce more red blood cells.

      For this, you require medicines working on ASHTI & MAJJHA DHATU, according to ayurveda. The best ayurvedic medicines for thalassemia are Mukta Pishti and Abhrak Bhasma, as per ayurvedic principles.

      Loha bhasma or Mandur bhasma may not have direct effects on WBC and Platelet counts. However, according to humor involvement or root cause, they may play a role in improving WBC or Platelets. For example, in severe cases of iron deficiency anemia, WBC may be low and platelet count may vary. Platelet count may be on lower side or higher side. In this case, Loha bhasma or Mandur bhasma will definitely work for bringing balance and naturally corrects the WBC or Platelet count.

      However, knowing the cause is more important to decide which medicine can work better. In other causes, you require other medications according to the root cause. For example, in upper respiratory tract bacterial infection, WBC count raised and in typhoid, it decreases. Obviously, Loha Bhasma or Mandur bhasma will not work in these cases.

      In these cases, you require medicines working on the root cause of these diseases and WBC count will itself normalize. We will soon post articles for ayurvedic treatment of diseases from which you can learn about the practical facts based on pure ayurvedic practice experience.

  2. nur says

    Thank you from core of my heart for this invaluable information. I would feel blessed if you kindly provide me your mobile no in my mail. I am an Ayurvedic practitioner from Bangladesh.

  3. raju says

    Sir, for morbid obese people (BMI>35) with fatty liver ayurvedic doctors prescribe Medohar Vidangadi Lauh tabs 1 tab 2 times a day which contains iron in it, my question is that is this medicine harmful if we have normal iron and hemoglobin levels?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      It can be used for maximum 6 months continuously without any issue even in people with normal hemoglobin level. However, the long-term use may be harmful, so it may not be recommendable more than 6 months. Six month treatment course with Medohar Vidangadi Lauh should be sufficient for obesity or losing weight if you are taking accurate balance diet for weight loss as recommended by doctor or dietitian.

  4. Dipak Patil says

    What is the ayurvedic treatment for sickle cell disease?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      We publish article on ayurvedic treatment of sickle cell disease in the month of June.

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