Have you recently noticed feeling exhausted, dull and tired? Is your skin looking a bit pale? Maybe you have tried resting or sleeping but nothing seems to help you out. Well, these are common symptoms of anemia.
Anemia is a health condition when the blood is low on red blood cells causing lack of oxygen flow in the body. In a healthy individual, red blood cells form an integral part of haemoglobin that usually binds the oxygen and allows it to move freely throughout the body. So, having a low red blood cell count, diminishes the presence of haemoglobin and oxygen, in turn, all the while making you feel tired and exhausted most of the time. Although there are different types of anemia, but the one most common form that is commonly diagnosed in many individuals is due to the deficiency of iron-rich foods or supplements in the daily diet. Well, you can go for modern medications to treat it right away but if you prefer ayurvedic ingredients that produce little or no side effects, one such incredible remedy for Anemia and the underlying symptoms is Mandoor Bhasma.
What Is Mandoor Bhasma?
Mandur Bhasma, also spelled as Mandoor Bhasma is an ayurvedic proprietary medication comprising of calcined iron and mainly indicated for the purpose of treating and managing iron deficiency anemia (i.e., microcytic anemia) and the underlying debility associated with it. Mother Earth is made up of different types of metals and minerals, and though we may not realize there are many therapeutic efficacies of these buried metals. The iron that remains preserved under the earth’s crust for 80 – 100 years, starts rusting and is chemically known as Ferric Oxide. This iron is extremely beneficial and when purified and crushed forms the ayurvedic formulation Mandoor Bhasma. Imbued with hematogenic, hematinic, anthelminthic, carminative and fat-burning properties, this classical formulation forms a one-shot remedy for anemia, and also used for providing relief from liver disorders, jaundice (hemolytic jaundice), inflammation, anomalies with the spleen and gynecological woes like amenorrhea (absent periods), and dysmenorrhea.
How To Make Mandur Bhasma?
Old Iron Rust (Ferric Oxide or red iron oxide)
Triphala Decoction (Powdered myrobalan tincture of amla, haritaki and bibhitaki)
Aloe Vera Juice
Take finely powdered ferric oxide and decoction of powdered triphala in a ratio of 1:4.
Mix it properly and put it in a large bottom vessel.
Put it on flame and boil it till the soluble part evaporates and only the powder remains.
Now, scrape out the remaining powder and grind it with aloe vera juice and cow’s urine.
Allow it to dry in air and then heat the mixture at high temperature to dry out completely.
Repeat this process of purification to get excellent quality of Mandur bhasma.
Chemical Composition Of Mandur Bhasma
Mandur Bhasma consists of Ferric Oxide or red iron oxide (Fe2O3). However, the method adopted to formulate the medication, ensures that the ferric oxide is processed with herbs and calcined under high temperature, so as to diminish the harmful effect of iron in the body and actively promote its bioavailability in the body.
Health Benefits Of Mandur Bhasma
Mandur bhasma is a one-shot remedy for treating and preventing iron deficiency anemia or microcytic anemia. Additionally, it is also quintessential for treating the various symptoms of anemia like general fatigue, physical weakness and yellow discoloration of the skin, vertigo, laziness, shortness of breath, dizziness, swelling and headaches.
In people suffering from severe anemia, the pulse rate and heartbeat becomes rapid and irregular. Application of Mandur bhasma along with Arjuna powder helps reducing this symptom and strengthens the heart muscles and functioning of the heart.
Cures Liver Disorders
Imbued with potent hepatoprotective and hepatostimulative properties, this classical iron formulation offers a magical remedy during jaundice, in which the liver gets mostly effected. Mandur bhasma not only reduces the bilirubin levels in the blood but also cleanses and detoxifies the liver and improves liver functioning. Thanks to its lipolytic qualities, it is also beneficial in treating fatty liver disease by inducing lipolysis action. Also, mandur bhasma has been known for treating hepatitis and hemolytic jaundice.
Relieves Digestive Anomalies
The excellent carminative and digestive properties of mandur bhasma make it an absolute solution for all digestive woes. The anti-flatulent property reduces the formation of gas in the alimentary canal, which in turn reduces flatulence, constipation, bloating and abdominal distension. Additionally, it is also beneficial for preventing the formation of excessive acids in the stomach thereby treating indigestion, ulcer, gastritis and promoting better absorption of nutrients within the body.
Treats Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which an individual suffers from self-starvation. It is also attached to mental health as the individual suffers from low weight issues, fear of gaining weight, lower self-esteem and an intense desire to reduce weight. Additionally, the person also has a loss of hunger or desire to eat any food. Mandur bhasma being a natural digestive and appetizer aids in the digestion of food, improves appetite and ensures that the person eats healthily.
Combats Gynecological Problems
Several gynecological woes arise due to iron deficient anemia. Owing to its potent emmenagogue action, mandoor bhasma plays a key role in treating amenorrhea (absent menstruation), and also provide extensive relief from abdominal cramps due to dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). In the latter case, prescribed dosage of mandur bhasma provides both antispasmodic action and offers iron supplementation.
Effect On Doshas:
Mandur Bhasma, a magical powdered formulation of iron oxide is hallowed with Kashaya Rasa (I.e. astringent taste) and Sheeto Guna (i.e. cold quality). It inherently portrays Shita Virya (i.e. cold potency) and Katu Vipaka (i.e. pungent metabolic taste). It pacifies mainly the Kapha (earth and water) and Pitta (fire and air) and an excess of it can aggravate the Vata (air) doshas. It also has a positive effect on the various Dhatus (i.e. body tissues) which are Rasa (i.e. Plasma), Rakta (i.e. Blood), Mamsa (i.e. Muscles), Asthi (i.e. Bones) and Shukra (i.e. Reproductive Fluids) and mainly showcases Hematinic property or prabhab on the body.
The effective therapeutic dosage of Mandur 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 to 375 mg, along with adjuvants like honey, trikatu, or triphala kashayam twice a day, after meals or as suggested by the health care provider. But ensure that the maximum dosage doesn’t exceed 750 mg per day.
Mandur Bhasma is extremely beneficial in proper therapeutic dosage and does not have any reported side effects. But if the formulation is taken in excess quantity or used without proper purification, it can cause unwanted side effects like iron overload, blackish stool and altered or metallic taste in the mouth. Higher doses can also cause liver damage or alter pancreatic functions.
Mandur Bhasma has been mentioned in several ayurvedic scriptures as an ultimate remedy for anemia owing to its enormous therapeutic properties. This incredible mineral formulation is classified as a potent hematogenic, and hematinic. Additionally, it also ensures better digestion, treats anorexia, manages liver anomalies and thus improves overall stamina and body immunity.