Asava & Arishta

Lohasava (Lohasavam)

Lohasava (also spelled as Lohasavam) is an ayurvedic iron tonic as well as anti-obesity medicine. It promotes weight loss by casting off the accumulated fats in the body due to its LEKHANA KARMA. In addition to these benefits, it is also helpful in the management of diseases such as jaundice, hepatitis, spleen enlargement, fatty liver, malabsorption syndrome, cough, asthma etc.

Ingredients (Composition)

IngredientsQuantity Used for Preparation
Loha Bhasma192 grams
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula192 grams
Mix Loha Bhasma and Haritaki Churna and grind using water and leave the mixture for 3 days.
Bibhitaki – Terminalia Bellirica192 grams
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) – Emblica Officinalis192 grams
After 3 days, Add Bibhitaki and Amla Powder to the mixture and grind using water and leave the mixture for another 4 days.
Now, add following ingredients in the Triphala and Loha Mixture.
Sonth (dried ginger root) – Zingiber Officinale192 grams
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum192 grams
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum192 grams
Ajwain (Carom Seeds) -Trachyspermum Ammi192 grams
Vaividang (False Black Pepper) – Embelia Ribes192 grams
Mustak (Nagarmotha) – Nut Grass – Cyprus Rotundus192 grams
Chitrak root – Plumbago Zeylanica192 grams
Dhataki flowers – Woodfordia Fruticosa960 grams
Water24.5 Kg
Shahad – Honey3 Kg
Gur – Jaggery9.6 Kg
Leave the mixture for 30 days in Asava Arishta Vessel and then filter the liquid to get Lohasava. Store it in glass bottles.

Pharmacological Actions

Lohasava has USHNA VIRYA (Hot potency) and acts as LEKHANA (reduces fatty tissue), hematogenic and Haematinic. Therefore, it can help to reduce weight and increase hemoglobin level. As it contains iron content, so it is more likely to be effective in iron deficiency anemia.

Medicinal Properties

Lohasava has following medicinal properties.

  • Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
  • Hematogenic (helps in formation of red blood cells)
  • Aam Pachak (Detoxifier)
  • Anthelmintic
  • Antihyperlipidemic
  • Cardioprotective
  • Cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile)
  • Depurative (purifies blood)
  • Anti-obesity & Fat Burner
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Mucolytic
  • Tonic

Ayurvedic Properties

GUNA (Main Quality)LAGHU (Light), USHNA (Hot), RUKSHA (Dry)
VIRYA (Potency)USHNA (Hot)
PRABHAVA (Action)Haematinic
Dhatu (Tissue) EffectRASA, RAKTA, MEDAS
Organs EffectLiver, Spleen, Stomach, Intestine, Heart & Blood

Therapeutic Indications

Lohasava is helpful in following health conditions:

  • Anemia
  • Jaundice
  • Spleen enlargement (Splenomegaly)
  • Liver enlargement (Hepatomegaly)
  • Obesity
  • Cardiac Weakness & Heart Diseases
  • Chronic Fever
  • Piles
  • Abdominal Diseases
  • Productive cough
  • Low digestive power and poor appetite
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (prominent symptoms – loose stools with mucus content and associated with other problem iron deficiency anemia)
  • Breathing troubles due to anemia or low iron level
  • Fistula

Lohasava Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Lohasava acts on blood, heart, spleen, liver and fatty tissues, so it is used in diseases of these organs. Its main benefits are discussed below:


Lohasava is haematinic and hematogenic. It contains a good amount of iron, which can help to treat iron deficiency anemia. It is a good formulation, which increases hemoglobin level significantly.


Lohasava helps to reduce body fat by increasing the metabolic rate and fat usability. It is likely to promote inch loss and belly fat significantly.

Iron deficiency anemia is also linked with obesity and weight gain. (12)

Therefore, if the obese or overweight patient also has anemia, then Lohasava is the most suitable remedy for him.


In Ayurveda, Lohasava is used for the treatment of obstructive jaundice. It reduces the blockage due to its LEKHANA KARMA (i.e. scrape away excess Kapha, fat, blockage and unwanted things) and improves the bile flow and its excretion. It is more suitable if the patient has jaundice with diarrhea and low digestive fire because of its astringent, digestive stimulant and stomachic actions. If the patient has constipation, then Kumaryasava (Kumari Asav) is more suitable medicine.

Chronic Fever and Debility

Lohasava is helpful for treating chronic fever and debility occurring after fever including malaria and typhoid fever. It increases digestive fire, so it improves appetite. Many patients suffer from splenomegaly and hepatomegaly after having malaria. These conditions are also treatable with Lohasava.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Lohasava is as follows.
Children2.5 to 10 ml  *
Adults10 to 20 ml *
Maximum Possible Dosage60 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with Equal Amount of Water
Best Time to Take: Immediately After Food

Safety Profile

Lohasava is considerably safe in the dosage discussed above when it is taken under professional supervision.

Side Effects of Lohasava

However, there are no serious side effects of Lohasavam, but some patients feel distaste for a few minutes after taking it, which may be due to its astringent taste. Some patients may also experience nausea or vomiting after taking it due to its taste. Other side effects may be Heartburn or Burning sensation in abdomen and Stomach upset.

Pregnancy & Lactation

There is no reliable information available for Lohasavam use in pregnancy. However, according to ingredient analysis, it contains Chitrak and other ingredients with Hot Potency, which make it unsuitable in pregnancy. Therefore, pregnant women should avoid using Lohasava.


However, there are no absolute contraindications for Lohasava, but it may not be suitable for people with following health conditions:

  1. Iron overload
  2. Peptic Ulcers
  3. Inflammatory diseases – Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s disease
  4. Mouth Ulcers


Diabetic people should regularly check their blood glucose level if taking Lohasava because it contains sugar content, which may increase the blood glucose level. For precautionary purposes, diabetic patients can cut down the sugar intake from other food sources.

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  1. Lohasava is very bad in taste. Can we add sugar in it or extra water than recommended?

  2. Sir i am taking homeopathic medicine, for nasal polyp, can i drink lohasav, my hemoglobin level is very low, plz help

  3. Thanks a lot for the write up. I went through in google that most of the iron supplement works well if taken in empty stomach 2 hours after a meal or one hour before a meal for best absorption. I have been advised by my doctor to take lohasava kumaryasava one one little spoon with half glass of water since I am having severe iron deficiency. Also one tablet of navaysa and punarnavadi . Shall I take all together in empty stomach between meals for better absorption? I notice the stool is black if taken with food which means medicine not getting absorbed and i am worried. Should i take with lime juice to avoid medicine getting excreted as black stool?

  4. Namaskar Sir,
    I am asking this question for my friend. He has been drinking alcohol since a long time ( everyday on regular basis, consuming about 180ml everyday since and year or more maybe ) . Now he has lost appetite, feels vomiting all the time and weaknesses ( Not sure about his Hb%). I have advised him to take Sandy Pancharist first. He took it for 3weeks ( without consuming alcohol) and now it’s been a month he hasn’t drink ( as I know and I think he is telling the truth because NOW he is conscious for his health) . He has gained his appetite and start eating properly but Since a week he was complaining about some urinary problem ( but no swelling in body ) . So I suggested him to take Punarnavarishta and Chandraprabha Vati ( Shilajeet coated) . That he has started after finishing Pancharist. Now no urinary problem ( till today)
    Sir, I want to know if he can take Lohasava also with Punarnavarishta? Because he has lost whole body weight and becomes very skinny ( because of alcohol).
    Sir , I am looking for your valuable suggestions and sorry for this long message, but it was necessary to explain his condition and maybe it can be helpful for others.

  5. Is it useful for an anal fistula?

    Is it Completly cure anal fistula?

    How long it ‘ll take?

    Any diet plan for this?

    1. Yes, it is useful in anal fistula if bleeding is a major symptom. It helps in formation of blood and treats iron deficiency anemia.

      Along with Lohasava, patient may also require other ayurvedic medicine for fistula. Some may also require Kshar Sutra treatment.

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