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, Loh bhasma is used for anemia, general debility, liver enlargement, spleen enlargement, and hiatus hernia.
- 1 Loh Bhasma Ingredients
- 2 Medicinal Properties
- 3 Therapeutic Indications
- 4 Loha bhasma Benefits & Medicinal Uses
- 5 Loha bhasma Dosage
- 6 Caution & Side Effects
Loh Bhasma Ingredients
Purified iron is processed with herbal juices and then calcined under high temperature to make bhasma or iron ash.
Chemical composition of Lauh Bhasma
Elemental Iron – Fe
Loha Bhasma has following healing properties.
- Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
- Hematogenic (helps in formation of red blood cells)
- Lowers bilirubin
- Fat Burner
- Digestive Stimulant
Loha Bhasma is useful in following diseases.
- Iron deficiency anemia
- General debility
- Liver enlargement
- Spleen enlargement
- Hiatus hernia
- Night fall
- Weakness due to bleeding disorders
Loha bhasma Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Loha Bhasma (Lauh Bhasma) is an ayurvedic iron preparation. It is best for iron deficiency anemia, Kapha disorders, loss of appetite and obesity. It has Lekhana 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 Lauh 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 Bhasma||50 mg|
|Vaividang (Embelia ribes) seeds powder||1 gram|
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. Loh 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)
Loha bhasma Dosage
Loha bhasma dosage varies from 15 mg to 250 mg twice a day depending on age, health condition and body weight of the patient. The maximum dosage of Lauh Bhasma should not exceed from 500 mg per day.
|Infants (Below 12 Months)||Might not be suitable|
|Children||2 mg per body weight|
|Adults||125 mg (can be between 125 – 250 mg)|
|Pregnancy||Might not be suitable *|
|Lactation||Might not be suitable *|
* In cases of pregnancy and lactation, Loha bhasma should not be used as a single medicine. There are many better alternatives available in ayurveda.
How to Take
|Medication Frequency||Twice Daily|
|Medication Timings||Best after meal|
The best suitable Adjuvants for Loha bhasma are as follows:
Caution & Side Effects
Loha bhasma is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people in supplemental and therapeutic dosage when used under medical supervision.
If Lauh Bhasma is not prepared properly as per classical method described in ayurvedic texts, then Lauha bhasma may lead to following side effects.
- Black stools
- Stomach upset
- Constipation (very rare and only occur in weak people)
- Diarrhea (rare)
Loha bhasma should not be used in following health conditions.
- Stomach or intestinal ulcers.
- Inflammatory diseases of abdomen including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Thalassemia or iron overload.
Loha bhasma may interact with following medicines and lowers their effectiveness and absorption in the body.
- Quinolone antibiotic
- Tetracycline antibiotics
- Mycophenolate Mofetil