Rajat Bhasma (Raupya Bhasma) – Silver Ash

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Rajat Bhasma, also named as raupya bhasma and silver ash, is calcified ayurvedic drug used in eye diseases, debility, anal fissure, cough with yellow sputum, frequent urination, jaundice, anemia, enlargement of spleen, liver hypertrophy, fatty liver, oligospermia, physical weakness, epilepsy, hysteria and neurological diseases.

Rajat bhasma is reduced silver nanoparticles used in ayurvedic medicine for various purposes. It is prepared with the technique of extensive oxidation under intense heat. Sliver ash or residue remains when sliver is burned with some herbs especially with limejuice. This silver ash is generated under high temperature from pure silver particles. With the process of heating under intense temperature, silver particles are converted into nanoparticles and ash becomes light in weight and floats over the water.

Synonyms

  • Silver Ash
  • Raupya bhasma
  • Reduced silver
  • Roupaya Bhasma
  • Raupaya Bhasma
  • Rajata Bhasma
  • Rajatha bhasmam
  • Reduced silver ash
  • Reduced silver nano-particles
  • Calcified Silver
  • Silver micro fine powder

Ingredients (Composition)

Rajat Bhasma (Raupya Bhasma) contains calcined silver (ARGENTUM) particles. In ayurveda, it is called Raupya, Rajata, Rajhatha, or Tara Patra. The fine powder of silver is processed with Lime Juice (Citrus Aurantifolia), then dried and heated under high temperature.

Indications of Rajat Bhasma/Silver Ash

Ayurvedic doctors use Rajat Bhasma (Raupaya Bhasma) in following diseases and disorders:

Neurological Diseases

  1. Acute headache
  2. Migraine
  3. Disturbed motor or sensory functions of the brain
  4. Memory loss
  5. Alzheimer’s disease
  6. Parkinson’s Disease
  7. Vertigo
  8. Neurological diseases such as seizures
  9. Wallenberg’s Syndrome
  10. Atrophy of brain
  11. Nystagmus (Involuntary movements of the eyeballs)

Psychological Diseases

  1. Anxiety
  2. Insomnia
  3. Depression
  4. Irritability
  5. Phobias
  6. Schizophrenia
  7. Loss of appetite due to anxiety and stress
  8. Sadness or mental/emotional pain
  9. Stress
  10. Manic depressive illness (bipolar disorder/manic-depressive psychosis)
  11. Hysteria
  12. Violent mental agitation
  13. Violent Emotional outbreaks
  14. ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

Abdominal Diseases

  1. Loss of appetite due to neurological causes
  2. Hepatomegaly (Liver enlargement)
  3. Fatty liver
  4. Splenomegaly (spleen enlargement)
  5. Anorexia nervosa
  6. Heartburn
  7. Acidity
  8. Peptic & duodenal ulcers

Kidney & Bladder Disorders

  1. Improves kidney functions
  2. Prevents from kidney ailments
  3. Urinary tract infection
  4. Works as antibiotic in UTIs
  5. Syphilis (venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete)
  6. Albuminuria (presence of proteins in urine)

Respiratory Diseases

  1. Dry cough
  2. Cough with yellowish or greenish sputum

Heart & blood vessel diseases

  1. Atherosclerosis
  2. High Cholesterol levels

Men’s Diseases

  1. Male infertility due to pus in seminal fluid (taken with triphala and Dasamoolarishtam)
  2. Impotency
  3. Oligospermia

Skin Diseases

  1. Skin Infections
  2. Gangrene

Women’s diseases

  1. Post partum depression
  2. Premenstrual Syndrome
  3. Menopause symptoms
  4. Pain during love act

Ayurvedic Properties of Rajat bhasma

Taste (Rasa)Astringent, Sour, Sweet in taste
Main quality (Guna)Smooth, provides strength, Lekhana, sarak,
Potency (Virya)Cool in potency
Resultant of metabolism (Vipaka)Sweet in resultant of metabolism
Dominant impact (Pravav)Strengthening action
Impact on mindCalm the mind

Rajat bhasma’s Impact on bodily humors (Dosha Karma): As per ayurveda, it pacifies the vata humor and pitta humor.

Medicinal Properties of Rajat bhasma

  1. Anti-atherosclerosis
  2. Anti-depressant
  3. Anti-inflammatory
  4. Anti-bacterial
  5. Anti-viral
  6. Anti-gangrene

Uses of Rajat Bhasma and adjuvants

Diabetes Mellitus

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Ginger juice/liquid extract1 to 5 ml

Frequent urination

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Ginger juice/liquid extract1 to 5 ml
Honey3 grams

Burning sensation in urine (Yellowish urine)

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Cinnamomum1 gram
Cardamom (Elaichi)1 gram
Tejpatra500 mg

Fever in tuberculosis (T.B.)

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Honey3 grams
Trikatu powder500 mg

Cataract

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Loha Bhasma or Kantloha Bhasma125 mg
Honey5 grams
Long pepper250 mg

Acidity, heartburn, ulcer

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Indian Gooseberry Amla3 grams
Liquorice powder2 grams

Neurological diseases (including headache, burning sensation, brain diseases)

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Cardamom1 gram
Mishri (Raw sugar)2 grams
Clarified butter (ghee)2 ml

Psychological diseases

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Abhrak Bhasma125 mg
Cardamom1 gram
Bamboo manna (Vanshlochan)1 gram
Giloy Satva1 gram
Honey3 grams

Urinary & kidney diseases

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)5 grams
Cow’s milk250 ml
Shilajit (Asphaltum)500 mg

Benefits of Rajat Bhasma/Silver Ash

Generally, Rajat bhasma or reduced silver nano-particles are used since medieval times in ayurvedic medicines for treating bacterial and viral infections, eyes diseases, anal diseases especially anal fissure, neurological diseases such as Wallenberg’s Syndrome, atrophy of brain, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, hysteria, epilepsy, schizophrenia, insomnia, depression.

It is also beneficial in impotency, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, problems have symptom of frequent urination, muscular pains, fibromyalgia, atherosclerosis and occlusion of blood vessels.

Furthermore, it also increases glow of skin and face, gives strength to the nerves and muscles and protects blood vessels from deposition of cholesterol plaque.

Paralysis

Rajat bhasma is beneficial in chronic stage of paralysis. It works by strengthening the nerves and by improving the blood circulation in the body.

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis occurs due to inflammation of the blood vessels inner walls. Due to this inflammation, cholesterol, fats, or plaques deposit inside the arterial walls and cause narrowing of the arterial lumen. The role of inflammation in causing atherosclerosis is recently discovered, so cholesterol does not cause the disease itself, but underlying inflammation is responsible factor that cause accumulation of floating cholesterol in the arterial walls.

Rajat bhasma acts as anti-inflammatory, so it reduces arterial inflammation, which is the root cause of the atherosclerosis. Rajat bhasma is a potent ayurvedic drug that can be used safely in atherosclerosis.

Remedies for AtherosclerosisQuantity (for Single Dose)
Rajat Bhasma125 mg
Abhrak Bhasma50 mg
Guggul250 mg
Pushkarmool125 mg
Arjuna500 mg
Shilajit500 mg

Liver disorders

Rajat bhasma improves liver functions by boosting a proper metabolism and helps in reducing toxins accumulation in the liver. However, tamra bhasma is the main drug for the liver disorder in ayurveda, but it stimulates the liver functions and increases the bile secretion. Raupaya bhasma does not work by this way, but it just helps to restore the natural functions of the liver.

Angina pectoris & heart diseases

Rajat bhasma improves the blood supply to the heart and helps to provide sufficient oxygen to the heart. Thus, it helps in chest pain due to angina pectoris and other heart diseases especially coronary heart disease.

Mental Fatigue

Excessive use of the brain, working on computer (computer strain), insomnia, excessive talks, anxiety, worrying, fear etc cause Vata aggravations in the body, which ultimately cause loss of mental power and strength. People suffering from mental strength loss experience vertigo, mental tiredness, strain, mental stress, migraine, hopelessness, headache, and memory loss. Rajat bhasma works in all these conditions due to its strengthening action.

If mental symptoms occur due to the pitta humor, mukta pisti should be added in raupaya bhasma. If symptoms occur due to high blood pressure, shilajit should be used along with rajata bhasma (silver ashes).

Silver Bhasma125 mg
Mukta Pishti125 mg
Almonds1/2 tsp. Crushed
White pepper125 mg

Hysteria, Epilepsy & Schizophrenia

Rajata bhasma corrects the functions of nerves, neurotransmitters and brain. It also brings harmony in bioelectrical impulses generated from the brain. Therefore, it works well in hysteria, epilepsy and schizophrenia.

Vision Impairment

Sometimes, vision loss occurs due to optic nerve injury, excessive heat, sun heat, excessive computer use, excessive watching television, excessive anger and excessive eye exercises. In this type of vision loss, rajat bhasma is a drug of choice.

It also works in acute and chronic conjunctivitis. The following mixture is helpful for the treatment of conjunctivitis.

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Swarn mashik bhasma250 mg
Gandak Rasyana1000 mg
Praval pishti500 mg

Loss of strength

Ayurveda has many types of medicines that work in loss of physical strength. Sometimes, weakness occurs due to excessive indulgence in physical work. This type of weakness is characterized by symptoms such as burning sensation in urinary tract, agitation, irritability, pain, stiffness of waist etc. In this condition, rajat bhasma is a potent medicine. If patient experience heaviness in the body, loss of entire strength, and incapable in lovemaking, he should given Bang bhasma.

Tuberculosis (T.B.)

However, swarna bhasma is the drug of choice for tuberculosis in ayurveda, but rajat bhasma is given when burning sensation occurs in tuberculosis and patient complains about excessive sweating. In this condition, the following mixture is helpful:

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Swarn bhasma25 mg
Honey3 grams

Anal Fissure

Anal fissure is a fine crack in the outer part of the excretory opening characterized by severe pain, burning sensation, itching and sometimes, bleeding. The following formulation helps in anal fissure.

Rajat Bhasma125 mg
Gandhak Rasayan500 mg
Parwal Pisti500 mg
Swet anjana1 gram

This formulation cures the problem of anal fissure permanently. Pilex ointment is also beneficial along with this formula.

Hemorrhoids

There are many remedies in ayurveda for hemorrhoid and rajata bhasma is expensive one, but it is very useful if pain persists and patient does not get relief from other medicine in hemorrhoids.

Gastritis, GERD & Hiatus Hernia

In ayurveda, gastritis or GERD are taken under category of AMALPITTA. When a patient experience burning sensation in chest or abdomen, irritation cause by vagus nerve malfunctions, frequent acid attacks, loss of appetite, indigestion, abdominal pain or symptoms appear due to hiatus hernia, silver ash is highly beneficial.

Cough

Chronic Dry Cough

When cough occurs due to throat irritation, commences after itching in the throat, dryness of throat, inflammation of throat or airways, silver ash works as panacea in this condition. The rajat bhasma formulation for dry cough is as under:

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Liquorice powder2 grams
Clarified butter (ghee)1 – 3 ml

Cough with yellowish or greenish sputum

If yellowish or greenish sputum comes out along with cough, it indicates chest infection. Rajat bhasma works as antibiotic and gives relief from this type of cough.

Formula:

Rajata Bhasma125 mg
Parwal pisti200 mg
Takana bhasma125 mg
Shring Bhasma50 mg
Sameerpang Ras25 mg

Anemia

Anemia has many causes and one of them is mental stress, anxiety, constant worrying and anorexia nervosa. Raupya bhasma is helpful in this case.

Formula for anemia:

Rajat Bhasma125 mg
Loha Bhasma50 mg
Swarnmashik bhasma250 mg
Indian Gooseberry amla2 grams
Punarnava1 gram

Gangrene

Rajat Bhasma (Silver ash) is an excellent remedy for the gangrene. It prevents decaying of the skin tissue and helps in healing the gangrenous tissue.

Some patients experience intense pain and burning sensation on the skin affected with gangrene formation. Raupya bhasm helps to reduce these symptoms. Due to anti-microbial effects of silver ash, it can helps in the treatment of gangrene.

Formulation for gangrene

Rajat Bhasma125 mg
Cardamom1 gram
Bamboo manna1 gram
Indian gooseberry1 gram
Giloy Satva1 gram
Chopchinyadi churna2 grams

The above mixture should be given three a day for the best results.

Dosage & Administration

65 mg to 125 mg twice a day with recommended adjuvant for specific diseases.

Side Effects

There are no side effects observed since medieval times. It is well tolerable almost in all cases and patients.

Note: There is a rare disease named as argyria, which is caused by over dose of poor quality of colloidal silver. This is only side effect but it is with poor quality of colloidal silver. Reduced silver nano-particles or rajata bhasma are entirely different from colloidal silver. This side effect is not observed with the use of reduced silver nano-particles or rajata bhasma. However, dose that exceeds from 375 mg is not recommended in any case or any condition. Reduced silver or rajata bhasma works better at low doses.

References

  1. Ras Tantra Saar
  2. Ayurved Saar Sangreh
  3. Research conducted at Department of Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180, USA has concluded that reduced silver nano-particles possess potent anti-microbial properties. Participated scientists are Kemp MM, Kumar A, Clement D, Ajayan P, Mousa S, Linhardt RJ.

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Questions & Answers (16)

  1. shallu says

    my grandfather suffers from the problem of falling of upper eyelid. Please tell us if rajat bhasma will be beneficial in this condition.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Falling or drooping of eyelids is called ptosis in medical terms. It may have many causes, but the common cause of this problem is muscle weakness or paralysis. Rajat bhasma is highly beneficial in this disease. According to ayruevda, ptosis is Vata disorder, so the POSSIBLE AYURVEDIC TREATMENT is using vata pacifying herbs and ayurvedic medicines including ashwagandha, rajat bhasma and brihat vata chintamani ras.

  2. M.K. Verma says

    Hello Sir,

    I have a problem of hand tremor. I am 30 year old in age and teacher by profession. I am also diagnosed with the problem of writer’s cramp. Due to this, I feel some difficulty while teaching students on blackboard. I was diagnosed with these diseases in 2011 and could not get a treatment for this problem. Some of doctors prescribed me multivitamins and neurogen tablets, but I have not got any results.

    I have read this article about rajat bhasma and felt that it may help me with both of my problems. Should I take this medicine or what can you suggest me for both of my problems.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Yes, rajat bhasma is a drug for writer’s cramp and hand tremors. Hand tremors are uncommon in adult population, but unfortunately, you suffer from this. It may be due to vitamin B 12 deficiency in this age group, so please check it with your doctor.
      I can suggest following ayurvedic treatment for writer’s cramp and hand tremors.
      1. Rajat bhasma = 125 mg
      2. Abhrak bhasma = 125 mg
      3. Aswagandha = 2 grams
      4. Ginkgo biolio extract capsule (500 mg) = 1 BD
      5. Bacopa monniera extract capsule (250 mg to 500 mg) = 1 twice a day
      Treatment should be started after consulting ayurvedic physician; you can also visit my clinic. http://www.ayurtimes.in

      1. Pramod m. Shinde says

        Hello Dr. Good afternoon. I have suffered with (spondylosis) neck problem, knee problem and joints pain problem.
        Dr. Suggest me the treatment.

        Thanks and Regards

        1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

          You have multiple problems, you may need our treatment package for joint pains and spondylosis. The possible treatment may include the use of Boswellia powder and rajat bhasma.

  3. Riya says

    Dr. I am 24 year old & I have keratoconus in both eye. That’s why my vision is very poor from 6 year age. Please tell that any ayurveda treatment help me.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Yes, ayurvedic treatment can help and improve your vision, but it may not 100% cure for keratoconus. It can also prevent further degenerative changes in the cornea. You need following treatment on regular basis. I am suggesting some treatment that you can take on long term basis without any side effects.

      1. Isotine Eye Drop = 2 drops three times a day
      Read more about isotine here: http://www.ayurtimes.com/isotine-eye-drop/

      2. Tab. Saptamrit Loha = 1 BD with water

      3. Trifalla Tablets Dabur or Zandu = 3 BD or trifalla churna = 1/2 tsp BD with water

      I also have a special formula for eyes that can help in addition to these medicines, if you need, I can send you.

  4. Betha Nageswararao says

    It’s very good article. You have discussed in detail. Can it be used for six to twelve months for atherosclerosis? What are the adjuvants for diabetic heart patients?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      There is no time specified for Rajat Bhasma use, but it can be used for 3 months regularly and then it can be stopped for 2 weeks for precautionary purposes. A well-prepared Rajat Bhasma is less likely to harm when used for long-term or for six months.

      For diabetic heart patients, mixture of Rajat Bhasma (125 mg), Guggul (250 mg), Pushkarmool (125 mg) and Arjuna (500 mg) should be taken with warm water.

  5. DURGESH says

    Please advise me – How many days Rajat Bhasma will take to treat mental stress?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      The results of Rajat Bhasma can vary individually, so it is very difficult to define any time period for its effects in the treatment of stress disorders. However, the most of individuals feel better within the first week of its use.

  6. B.N Rao says

    How to test the purity of Rajat bhama

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Testing purity of Rajat Bhasma for its silver content is not possible at home. It is only possible in the laboratory. However, you can check Rajat Bhasma quality by Bhasma Pariksha. Please read more about Bhasma Pariksha on other websites.

  7. Prem says

    Doctor My 13 year old daughter is diagonized with a rare eye disorder called cone dystrophy which is loss of vision in the central portion of eye due to degeneration of cells in her retina. Whether rajath bhasma help cure this disorder. Kindly respond and thanks in advance .

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      I have no sure answer for your question due to lack of experience in cone dystrophy. However, according to ayurvedic principles, Rajat Bhasma should work and can be used along with Abhrak Bhasma and Triphala Ghrita. Additionally, Nasya (nasal administration) with Anu Tail should also be helpful.

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