Bhasma: An Ancient Ayurvedic Nanomedicine

by Kottakkal Support September 07, 2023


Ayurveda, as well as other systems of Indian medicine use metals and minerals to support healing. The use of metals for healing is also amply described in Chinese and Egyptian medicines as far back as 2500 B.C.. Bhasmas are unique to Ayurveda and the use of metal and mineral preparations have been documented since the 7th century A.D. 

Bhasmas are a fine ash obtained through incineration or calcination. The starter material first undergoes an elaborate process of purification using herbal juices or decoctions. This process is followed by the incineration or calcination phase, which uses high heat to create a bhasma, fine ash or nanoparticle. Ayurveda utilizes bhasmas to help support a varied array of symptoms.   

Bhasmas hold great importance for maintaining alkalinity for optimum health as they help neutralize harmful acidity that lead to ill health. Bhasmas are highly metabolized nanoparticles with no known harmful metabolites. Bhasmas are actually known to breakdown heavy metals in the body. The particle size (1-2 μ) is reduced significantly, which facilitates absorption and assimilation of the product into the body (1).

General Health Benefits of Bhasmas

  1. Supports optimum alkalinity for optimum health
  2. Provides easily absorbable and usable calcium
  3. Supports easily absorbable and usable iron
  4. Supports kidney, intestinal, and liver health
  5. Supports stronger bones and teeth
  6. Helps relieve sleeplessness and lack of enthusiasm
  7. Supports healthy heart rhythm and mineral balance
  8. Supports the nervous system
  9. Helps breakdown heavy metals and other chemicals
  10. Supports the body against free radical damage

Available Bhasmas

Abra Bhasma Capsule This bhasma is made from mica, a mineral found in rocks and is available in 200 mg capsules. These tablets are typically used to help support and strengthen digestion and the respiratory system. It has many anti-aging properties and also promotes healthy hair growth. It balances vata, pitta, and kapha dosha and helps rejuvenate the entire body.

There is 1 ingredient:

  • Abhra bhasmam (Mica)

Annabhedisinduram Capsule This bhasma is made from ferri sulphus also known as iron sulphus and other ingredients. It is available in 150 mg capsules. This bhasma helps support symptoms of dizziness, detoxifies the blood, supports digestive problems, low iron count, and helps increase physical strength. These capsules help balance both vata and pitta dosha.

There are 9 ingredients:

  • Annabhedi (Ferri sulphus)
  • Chincha (Tarmarindus indica)
  • Amlavetasa (Garcinia pedunculata)
  • Amrataka (Spondias pinnata)
  • Sathambashti (Hibiscus furcatus)
  • Vrikshamla (Garcinia gummi-gutta)
  • Kanya (Aloe vera)
  • Alirasa (Eclipta prostrata)
  • Jambiram (Citrus limon) 

Kalyana Ksharam This bhasma is made from three minerals namely rock salt, sal ammoniac & sea salt and is available in powder form. This supplement helps support constipation, bloating, urinary health, and piles. The herbs offer an effective carminative and diuretic properties and balance both vata and kapha dosha.

There are 14 ingredients, the main ones are:

  • Sunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Saindhava (Rock salt)
  • Vidalavana (Sal ammoniac)
  • Samudralavana (Sea salt)

Kantasinduram (7) Capsule This bhasma is made from iron and is available 250 mg capsules. This supplement is useful for overall general wellbeing and helps support low iron count, low digestive fire, and helps women regulate their monthly cycle. 

There are 3 ingredients, the main one is:

  • Suchikantam (Iron)

Lohasinduram (7) Capsule This bhasma is made from iron and is available in 200 mg capsules. It helps balance vata and pitta dosha. Supports cooling and strengthening of the body, low iron count, immunity, memory, and digestion. 

There are 2 ingredients:

  • Loham (Iron)
  • Jambu (Syzygium cumini)

Pravala Bhasmam Capsule This bhasma is made from coral and is available in 200 mg capsules. This supplement helps support the respiratory and digestive system. It balances vata dosha and helps improve physical strength, eyesight, immunity, digestion and skin complexion.

There are 3 ingredients:

  • Pravalam (Coral)
  • Jambiram (Citrus limon)
  • Kumari (Aloe vera)

Sankha Bhasmam Capsules This bhasma is made from conch shell and Jambira and is available in 500 mg capsules. This supplement is a cooling herbal formula useful for helping digestion and malabsorption. It balances vata dosha and offers a rich source of calcium. 

There are 2 ingredients:

  • Sankha (Conch)
  • Jambira (Citrus limon)


  1. Pal, Dilipkumar et al. “Bhasma: The ancient Indian nanomedicine.” Journal of advanced pharmaceutical technology & research 5,1 (2014): 4-12. doi:10.4103/2231-4040.126980


Kottakkal is committed to offering the highest quality Ayurvedic Healthcare. We offer two ways to have an Ayurvedic consultation. 1. Free 15-minute Consultation with our Ayurvedic practitioner, Julie Wardwell for when you need a product recommendation for a basic health problem. 2. In-depth Consultation with our Ayurvedic doctor, Vaidya Vishwanath Guddadar for when your condition is chronic with multiple symptoms.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Kottakkal Ayurveda products and information are not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. If you have serious, acute, or chronic health problems, please consult a trained health professional. If you are seeking the advice of a trained Ayurvedic professional, call (800) 215-9934 or email us at We will provide you with information to consult with Ayurvedic professionals. Always check with your doctor before taking herbs when pregnant or nursing.


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