Abhrak Bhasma is a classical ayurvedic formulation that employs the use of abhrak ash or calcined mica ash for treating and managing a quarry of health anomalies including sexual and reproductive problems, respiratory disorders, liver & abdominal diseases, mental and psychosomatic disorders. This potent mineral formulation is blessed with the ability of pacifying the Tridoshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Being a powerful Rasayani dravya or ingredient, Abhrak bhasma not only provides adequate energy to carry out various activities but also has a calming effect on both the mind and body.
What Is Abhrak?
Abhrak is a powerful mineral compound which comprises of minerals such as silicon, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It also contains aluminum, sodium, titanium, cholrine and phosphorus in traces.Chemical Formula Of Abhrak: K(Mg,Fe)3AlSi3O10(F,OH)2
In accordance to modern scientific studies, abhrak can be classified into two types, mainly Alkaline Mica and Ferromagnesium Mica.
But, according to Ayurveda, Abhrak is classified into four types, which are Pinak, Naag, Manduk, and Vajra. Again, it can also be categorized according to the available colors into four types, i.e. Yellow, White, Red and Black.
Synonyms Of Abhrak Bhasma
Abhrak bhasma is known by various names in the ayurvedic scriptures and modern scientific studies. These include Abar bhasma, Vyom, Vajra, Ghan, Kha, Gagan, Bhrung, Girija, Aakash, Shubhra, Ambar, Girijabeej, Gauritej, Bahupatra, Megh, Antariksh, Mica Mica Ash, Mica Nano-particles, Oxidized mica, Calcined & Powdered Talc, Calcined mica, Biotite calx, Calcined Biotite and Abhrak calx.
Ayurvedic Indications Of Abhrak Bhasma
Ayurveda, the holistic science of herbal remedies has extensively mentioned the use of this time-tested compound multiple times in several ayurvedic scriptures and journals and has indicated its use in the following conditions including Rasayani (rejuvenates the whole body), Medhya (improves intelligence), Balya (improves muscle strength), Deepana (enhances stomach fire), Pachana (helps in digestion), Rochana (stimulates appetite), Vamana (prevents nausea and vomiting), Vayasthapana (prevents ageing), Jvara (useful in fever), Anulomana (improves breathing), Kasahara (Relieves cough, Shwasha (relieves breathing difficulties), Amahara (treats indigestion), Gulmajit (useful in abdominal tumours), Kantya (relieves sore throat), Chakushya (treats eye problems), Garbhaprada (treats infertility), Vamanopaga (treats emesis), Sangrahini (treats diarrhoea), and Kustha (treats skin disorders).
How To Make Abhrak Bhasma?
Abhrak Bhasma is usually prepared via the calcination process which is termed as ‘Puta’ in ayurveda. The number of putas or calcination process defines the quality and therapeutic efficacy of abhrak bhasma. In case of abhrak bhasma, number of putas vary from 7 to 1000, often taking an entire year to finish the calcination process.
Purified mica (biotite) or Sudhha abhrak
Ayurvedic herbal juices, plant sap and decoctions
Triturate the purified abhrak with the different types of plant saps, herbal juice and decoctions.
After trituration, shape the remnant abhrak in the form of a disc-shaped cake.
Subject the cake to high temperature of about 800 – 900 °C.
This entire process is one Puta.
Keep doing this process again and again until you obtain Shataputi Abhrak Bhasma i.e. super-fine powdered bhasma.
Lastly put the Shataputi Abhrak Bhasma under direct sunlight to remove any remaining moisture particles.
Store it in amber-coloured, glass bottles for future use.
Incredible Health Benefits Of Abhrak Bhasma
Shields From Intestinal Troubles
The potent anti-inflammatory and purgative properties of abhrak bhasma actively help to suppress the toxic bacteria Helicobacter pylori and also prevents it from growing in the gut. Owing to its strong laxative nature and peristaltic effects, it effectively prevents constipation, piles by softening the stool and facilitating smooth passage through the body. Thanks to the powerful digestive properties, the mineral formulation facilitates in breaking down of the food particles in the stomach and intestine, promotes the secretion of the digestive juices and thereby increase the absorption of essential nutrients through the intestines. Not only does it help to eliminate abdominal gas while reducing abdominal distension, bloating and gaseous cramps but also holds high significance in treating a host of gastrointestinal disorders including indigestion, ulcerative colitis, GERD, acidity, heart burn etc.
Enhances Fertility And Libido
Abhrak Bhasma confers an absolute traditional remedy for boosting libido and improving fertility in both men and women. The powder portrays powerful spermatogenic properties that are extremely useful for treating teratospermia (i.e. abnormal sperm shape), oligospermia (i.e. low sperm count), hypospermia (low volume of semen), asthenozoospermia (i.e. sperm motility), and enhances spermatogenesis (i.e. sperm production). Being a natural antioxidant, it improves the production of male hormones like testosterone and luteinizing hormone. It also plays a vital role in increasing virility and stamina in men and treats conditions like erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
In women, prescribed consumption maintains hormonal levels within the blood, strengthens the female reproductive organs and enhances maturation of the eggs into follicles. It also helps in treating female infertility, postpartum depression and menopausal symptoms.
Remedies Respiratory Troubles
Abhrak Bhasma is considered as a one-stop remedy for all sorts of respiratory troubles. Owing to its intrinsic anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, and anti-asthmatic properties, the herbo-mineral powder holds high significance in treating the common cold, cough and flu symptoms. It also thins and loosens rheum deposits within the chest and nasal cavities and hence eases breathing and facilitates the body to get rid of mucus. It is also beneficial in treating bronchitis and asthmatic conditions. Daily intake of this mineral formulation in prescribed doses fortifies the lung tissues and augments lung health.
Relieves Stress And Anxiety
Being a powerful adaptogen, Abhrak Bhasma is extremely beneficial for treating different types of psychotic problems like depression, dementia, etc. It stabilizes the Vata and Pitta doshas within the body which in turn keeps the serotonin level under control and helps to reduce various symptoms of anxiety which includes uneasiness, restlessness, cold hands, and feet, etc. The potent antidepressant properties of abhrak also help in calming the mind, reducing all sorts of physical and mental stress, irritability and improving energy and overall stamina.
Improves Cognitive Functioning
Thanks to the presence of bioactive components, abhrak bhasma prevents the breakdown of the brain chemicals needed for memory thereby enhancing memory capacity, focus, concentration, calmness, alertness of an individual. Being a brain tonic and stimulator, people taking abhrak bhasma have improved memory, reasoning, problem-solving, and other cognitive abilities and are thus used for treating Alzheimer’s and other psychotic conditions.
The effective therapeutic dosage of Abhrak Bhasma may vary from person to person depending upon the age, body strength, effects on appetite, severity, and condition of the patient. It is firmly recommended to consult an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner as he or she would evaluate the patient’s indications, past medical conditions and prescribe an effective dose for a specific period.
Adults: 125 mg to 250 mg twice a day or thrice a day, after meals, alongside honey, ghee, guduchi kashayam, triphala kashayam or fresh ginger juice or as suggested by the health care provider or ayurvedic doctor.
Although this herbo-mineral formulation has been studied and researched extensively and is extremely beneficial in treating umpteen health conditions, it is still necessary to consume the formulation in the prescribed amount as suggested by the ayurvedic practitioner or doctor. An excess of it can lead to contraindications including acute bleeding disorders, ulcerative conditions, increase in heart rate etc. It is also strictly suggested for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers to avoid consuming this medication without doctor’s supervision.