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.
Purified iron is processed with herbal juices and then calcined under high temperature to make bhasma or iron ash.
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
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 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. 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)
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 dosage||15 mg to 30 mg|
|Therapeutic dosage||15 mg to 125 mg|
|Maximum Usage period||Less 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.
- Black stools
- Stomach upset
- Constipation (very rare and only occur in weak people)
- Diarrhea (rare)
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Loha bhasma is used for iron supplementation in pregnancy. It is LIKEY SAFE in supplemental dosage during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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