Swarna Bhasma (also called Monatomic Gold, Gold Bhasma, Swarn Bhasm & Suvarna Bhasma) is an ayurvedic medicine used for increasing non-specific immunity and in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. It also acts as an adjuvant for various medicines and herbs and boosts their actions and increases their efficacy. According to Ayurveda, it is a good nervine tonic and improves overall health. It increases lifespan, intelligence, memory, skin glow and prevents several diseases. In addition, it increases strength and endurance and improves mental as well as physical performance.
Swarna Bhasma is helpful in phthisis, tuberculosis, chronic fever, loss of vitality, asthma, cough, burning sensation, acidity, microbial infection, toxicity, infertility etc. It can be used in all diseases along with different adjuvants or other medicines or herbs to speed up the recovery process and to increase the body resistance to diseases.
Ingredients & Preparation
Swarna bhasma is prepared from PURE GOLD through a series of exhaustive classical ayurvedic techniques and calcination process with the other raw material and herbs. These processes are required to convert the gold into the therapeutic form (Monatomic Gold) and removing its bad effects on the body. Swarna bhasma particle crystallite size is about 28 to 35 nanometer. Swarna bhasma contains about 90% pure gold particles. (1)
Swarna bhasma is potent antitoxin, immunomodulatory, nootropic, anti-rheumatic, antimicrobial and antiviral in actions. It is also a nervine tonic.
Swarna Bhasma overall acts on all organs in the body and improves the overall natural functions in the body. Especially, it acts on nerves, brain, lungs, mind, heart, blood vessels, eyes, small intestine, large intestine, ovaries, and testes. Therefore, it is frequently used for the treatment of diseases of these organs.
- Nervine Tonic
- Cardiac tonic
- Anti-rheumatic or Anti-arthritic
- Antipsychotic (neuroleptic)
- Digestive Stimulant
- Intellect promoting
- Antidot for poisoning
- General Tonic
|RASA (Taste)||MADHURA (Sweet), KASAYA (Astringent)|
|GUNA (Main Quality)||LAGHU (Light), SNIGADH or SNEHA (Unctuous or Oily)|
|VIRYA (Potency)||SHEETA (Cold)|
|VIPAKA (Resultant)||MADHURA (Sweet)|
|PRABHAVA (Action)||Immunomodulatory & Alterative|
|DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)||Pacifies Tridosha (Three Dosha) – VATA DOSHA, PITTA DOSHA & KAPHA DOSHA, but mainly acts on Pitta Dosha|
|Dhatu (Tissue) Effect||RASA, RAKTA, MAMSA, SHUKRA|
|Organs Effect||Whole Body – Especially Nerves, Brain, Lungs, Mind, Heart, Blood Vessels, Eyes, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Ovaries & Testes|
It is sweet, astringent, smooth, but slightly pungent. It also increases physical power and pure and enlightens our heart, mind, and body. It is useful and beneficial from all the body constitutional elements.
Swarna Bhasma Indications
Generally, Swarna bhasma is prescribed in following diseases:
Fever & Infections
- A wide range of bacterial and viral infections
- Fever of unknown etiology
- Chronic fever
- Low-grade fever
- All types of Tuberculosis (TB)
- Intestinal Tuberculosis
- Typhoid fever
- Blood poisoning (Sepsis or septicemia)
- Upper Respiratory Infections
- Recurrent Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Lungs & Airways
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Asthma – along with other asthma medications
- Asthmatic Bronchitis
- Allergic Rhinitis
Heart & Blood Vessels
- Angina pectoris
- Cardiac weakness
Mind, Brain & Nerves
- Nervine weakness
- Neurological diseases such as paralysis
- Bipolar disorder
- Depression (If aggressive behavior, then it should be given along with Mukta Pishti)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Generalized anxiety disorder
Bone, Joints & Muscles
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Osteoarthritis – when a patient does not get relief from other medicines
- Uterine weakness (acts as uterine tonic and used along with Ashwagandha Churna)
- Low Immunity
- Loss of vitality
- Toxicity or Poisoning due to external and internal factors
- All types of cancer
Swarna Bhasma Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Swarna Bhasma is an Ayurvedic Traditional Medicine prepared with Pure Gold and useful in many chronic ailments. It is the drug of choice for resistant tuberculosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Swarna Bhasma for Heart
Swarna bhasma is used in the treatment of heart diseases. It provides strength to the heart and heart muscles. It increases blood circulation to various parts of the heart, detoxifies the blood, and cleanses the coronary arteries. It prevents the heart from myocardial ischemia by maintaining the optimum flow of blood to the heart muscles. It is also beneficial for people reporting angina pain along with other medicines. In angina pectoris, Suvarna bhasma is used along with Shringa Bhasma and Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) Bark Powder, Arjunarishta or Arjuna Ksheer Pak (Arjuna Siddha Kshir).
How does Swarna Bhasma work in angina pectoris?
Chest pain or Angina pectoris occurs due to any obstruction, atherosclerosis or spasm of coronary arteries of the heart. Swarn bhasma along with Shringa bhasma reduces the atherosclerosis of arteries, relaxes blood vessels and removes the obstructions. However, Swarna bhasma cannot work alone in this condition, but it can provide strength to the heart. Therefore, Shringa bhasma is also necessary for chest pain.
Purifies the blood
The digestion process and the body system release many toxins. Some external factors also play a role for toxin accumulation in the body. Infections due to bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms release many toxins inside the body. Although we have antibiotics to cure the infectious diseases, but some toxins remain in the body, which produces other unexplained diseases later on. For releasing out these toxins, gold ash is used in Ayurveda. Sometimes, people suffer from diseases of unknown etiology. In these cases, Ayurveda treats them with Swarna bhasma and other medicines according to the predominance of dosha (Vata, Pitta & Kapha). Swarna bhasma purifies the blood and release toxins out of the body.
When a person has indigestion, loss of appetite, abdominal heaviness and distension, Swarna bhasma is given along with the fresh ginger juice.
Swarna Bhasma is a drug of choice in Ayurveda for tuberculosis (T.B.). It has antimicrobial, anti-toxin and antiviral effects in the body. Swarna bhasma is beneficial in the initial stages of tuberculosis. It acts as a strong antibacterial agent and help to destroy the tubercular bacilli responsible or causing the infections. It also reduces the symptoms caused by this condition such as fever, loss of muscle mass, weakness. It also improves the immunity of a person.
The ayurvedic preparations in which Swarna (gold) is the main ingredient are used for the treatment of tuberculosis and fever associated with the T.B. Ayurveda has explained many stages of tuberculosis according to the humor and tissue involved. Swarna bhasma is effective in the first and second stage of tuberculosis.
In the third stage, lesions in the lungs increase the loss of body tissue and decrease the strength of the person suffered from tuberculosis. In this stage, when a person suffers from a severe undernutrition, malabsorption of foods, loss of body strength, loss of lung tissue due to lesions caused by tubercle bacilli (mycobacterium tuberculosis), there is a no effective remedy in the Ayurveda. In modern science, it is long term resistant tuberculosis. All medications become ineffective and there are no chances of further improvement. However, Ayurveda does not cure the disease as well in such case, but the Swarna bhasma helps in reduction of the symptoms even in resistant tuberculosis. Further research studies are required to evaluate the fact.
Warning: However, this medicine should not be given during an acute attack of high fever as this may results in a rapid killing of the tubercular bacilli flowed by the release of toxins from them. This can lead to a sudden rise in temperature thereby worsening the symptoms.
When a person suffers from a dry cough in which wheezing sound is present, the Swarna bhasma along with Shringa Bhasma, Praval Pishti, and Giloy Sat is beneficial to remove the thick sputum from the lungs and helps in easier breathing and manages dry non-productive cough.
Gold Bhasma Mixture for Dry Cough
|Swarna Bhasma||1 Part|
|Shringa Bhasma||10 Parts|
|Praval Pishti||25 Parts|
|Giloy Sat||50 Parts|
|Sitopaladi Churna||100 Parts|
|Dosage: 2000 mg twice daily with Cow’s Ghee or Milk. Honey can also be used.|
|If a person experiences pain in throat, hoarseness, general debility, excessive anger, and irritation, then this mixture should be given along with Dadimavaleha.|
The typical symptoms in which it works well are insensitivity, burning sensation in the whole body, weeping like a child, unable to tolerate the sound, hitting hands and feet with the wall, physical aggressiveness, irritation, crying loudly, etc. In these symptoms, Swarna bhasma is given along with Mukta Pishti.
If a patient likes to live isolated and does not tolerate other people, the Swarna Bhasma is a drug of choice in this case. Generally, gold ash is helpful in symptoms such as anxiousness, lack of attention, ignorance, irritability, feeling of unhappiness, isolating from others, inability to relax etc. Pacing is also a sign of depression and person continues thinking and making useless plans. In this case, Swarna Bhasma should be given with Mukta Pishti and Abhrak Bhasma.
Gold preparation such as Brahmi Vati Gold, Swarna Malini Vasant Ras (Basant Malni Ras), Jaya Mangal Ras etc. are given in Typhoid fever along with Tulsi Powder.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eyes characterized by redness, watery discharge, burning sensation in eyes and itching in eyes etc. In this case, Swarna bhasma along with Mukta Pishti, Praval Pishti, and Giloy Sat is given.
Ayurvedic mixture for conjunctivitis
|Swarna Bhasma||1 Part|
|Mukta Pishti||25 Parts|
|Praval Pishti||100 Parts|
|Giloy Sat||100 Parts|
|Dosage: 1000 mg thrice daily with Cow’s Ghee or Milk.|
Swarna bhasma is used in preparations that are beneficial for chronic skin diseases. Sometimes, gold is required in psoriasis, chronic atrophic dermatitis, etc.
Gold use in Cancer
Gold particles or Swarna bhasma is also helpful for cancer patients. It stops the growth of cancer cells and improves the immunity to fight off the unwanted growth of body tissues. Some studies also suggest gold efficacy in cancer but require further research on this topic. (3)
Swarna Bhasma Dosage
The classical ayurvedic dosage of Swarna Bhasma is as follows:
|Tuberculosis||0.05 mg per Kg of body weight|
|Short-term use||1 mg per Kg of body weight|
|Long-term use||0.5 mg per Kg of body weight|
|Short-term use||60 mg|
|Long-term use||30 mg|
|Maximum Possible Dosage||125 mg Per Day (in divided doses)|
The lowest effective dosage for Swarna Bhasma is 0.05 mg per Kg of body weight (twice a day) or 0.1 mg per kg of body weight per day.
How to Take Swarna Bhasma
|Anupan (Adjuvant)||Honey, Cream, Milk, Sitopaladi Churna|
|Dosage Frequency||Twice daily|
|Medication Time||At least 30 minutes before meal or 2 hours after meal.|
Swarna bhasma is well-tolerated in most individuals when Swarna bhasma is taken in recommended dosage under the supervision of an ayurvedic physician.
Swarna Bhasma Side Effects
Swarna bhasma should be prepared with accurate methods as described in the classical text. There are no side effects reported with Swarna bhasma prepared with appropriate ayurvedic technique. It is the safest option as compared to gold salts used in modern science.
Warnings & Precautions
According to Rasajalanidhi, Swarna Bhasma should not be taken along with Bilva (Bael – Aegle Marmelos) fruits. The reason behind it is not explained. It is a contradictory concept because the famous classical formulations such as Sutshekhar Ras contain both Swarna Bhasma and Bilva.
High-Grade Fever in Tuberculosis: When a person suffers from a high-grade fever in tuberculosis, Swarna bhasma should not be used in such case. High doses of the Swarna bhasma suddenly kill the tuberculosis bacteria and result in excessive toxin accumulation in the body produced by dead bacteria. The process of the toxin removal is slow, due to which it never let to lower the fever until these toxins are in the body. However, Swarna bhasma has blood purification effects, but this effect is slow and sequential. In such cases, Swarna bhasma should be used in very small amount i.e. 1 to 2 mg only along with other medicines.
- Ayurvedic Sarsangrah
- Bhaishajya Ratnavali
- Swarna bhasma and Gold Compounds
FAQs about Swarna Bhasma
Can we take Swarna bhasma in pregnancy?
Swarna Bhasma is POSSIBLY SAFE in pregnancy unless it is not adulterated with other remedies. In Ayurveda, many pregnancy women are using gold preparations for having a healthy pregnancy. Some women have frequent miscarriage problems and can get benefits from the Swarna bhasma preparations used for this purpose. Some medicines used in pregnancy that contain Swarna bhasma are as follows.
- Sutshekhar Ras (Gold)
- Hemagarbha Pottali Ras
However, ayurvedic doctors only use these medicines if they are urgently required and there are no other options are available.
Is Swarna bhasma useful in psoriasis?
Suvarna bhasma can benefit in psoriasis and speed up the recovery process. However, it alone cannot work. You also need other ayurvedic medicines for a proper treatment of psoriasis.
Can Swarna bhasma prevent recurrent throat infections?
Yes, it is possible because Swarna bhasma’s main action is to improve immunity. You can use it with Sitopaladi churna.
What is the cost/price of Swarna Bhasma?
It is very difficult to provide the price of Swarna bhasma here because it changes after every batch and after a rise in the price of gold. Its price can also vary according to manufacturing companies.
What is the procedure of taking Swarna bhasma?
It depends on the purpose of using Swarna bhasma or your health condition. For example, if your doctor wants to use it for its immunomodulatory effects, then he would advise you taking 1 to 10 mg Swarna bhasma with Chyawanprash. Honey can also be best adjuvant for taking Swarna bhasma for this purpose.
If you are suffering from chronic low-grade fever, then ayurvedic medicines containing Swarna bhasma would be best to use, for example, Vasant Malti Ras.
Can I use Swarna Bhasma alone?
Yes, Swarna Bhasma can be used alone, but using it with an appropriate adjuvant should be best.