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Lohasava Uses, Dose, Side Effects and Ingredients

Lohasava is an Ayurvedic medicine for Anemia. It is a liquid Ayurvedic medicine. It contains naturally processed Iron.
Lohasava contains 4 – 10 % of self generated alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble the active herbal components to the body.


Sharangdhara Samhita ma. 10/34-38


12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic/modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then, after a gap of 15 – 30 minutes, take Ayurvedic medicine or as directed by the physician.

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

With supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.


It is used as Ayurvedic medicine for Anemia. Apart from anemia, lohasava is also used in the treatment of swelling, inflammation, liver and spleen conditions, itching, diabetes, gulma, ascites, piles, asthma, anorexia,cough, fistula, grahani and certain digestive diseases. Increase digestion quickly. Gradually improves pallor.

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Doctors also prescribe Lohasav for the treatment of
Blemishes, dark circles
Hair loss, excess hair fall, early grey hairs due to malnutrition.

Traditional uses of Lohasava:
Very useful to improve digestion strength and metabolism – Vahnikaram param
Useful medicine for anemia – Pandu
Useful in many inflammatory conditions – Shvayathu
Useful in abdominal tumors, distension – Gulma
Useful to relieve abdominal colic. – Jatara Ruja
Relieves pain and inflammation of piles – Arshas Ruja
Used extensively in treatment of many skin disorders – Kushta
Useful in splenomegaly – Pleeha
Useful in pruritis, itching – Kandu
Useful in cough, cold – Kasa
Useful in wheezing, asthma – Shvasa
Useful in fistula in ano – Bhagandhara
Useful in anorexia – Arochaka
Malabsorption syndrome, IBS – Grahani
Cardiac disorder, arrhythmia – Hrudroga

Side effects

Lohasava contains Iron.
In some people, it can cause constipation.
Accidental overdose in children below 6 may cause fatal poisoning symptoms. Lohasava should always be taken under medical supervision and preferably after food.
High dose in adults may cause gastritis and vomiting.


Shodhita Loha (Purified, herbal processed Iron) – 192 g
Shunti – Ginger – Rhizome – 192 g
Black pepper – Piper nigrum – Fruit – 192 g
Long pepper – Piper longum – Fruit – 192 g
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – Fruit rind – 192 g
Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellierica) – Fruit rind – 192 g
Amla – Indian Gooseberry – Emblica officinalis – Fruit – 192 g
Yavani (Trachyspermum ammi) – Fruit – 192 g
Vidanga (Embelia ribes) – Fruit – 192 g
Mustaka (Cyperus rotundus) – Rhizome – 192 g
Chitra – Eranda (Ricinus communis) – Root – 192 g
Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) – Flower – 960 g
Honey – 3.072 kg
Jaggery – 4.8 kg
Water – 24.576 liters

Method of manufacturing

All the herbs are taken in coarse powder form. First, jaggery is mixed with water, dissolved and filtered for waste particles. It is added with rest of the ingredients, and kept for fermentation, in a clean air tight vessel. After fermentation completion, the contents are filtered and the obtained liquid is Lohasava.

Shloka- Sanskrit verse


Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose, in children above 5 years of age.
Accidental over-dosage in children may lead to sever side effects. Hence, must be avoided.

Pregnancy and lactation –
During pregnancy it is best to take only under medical supervision. Self medication during pregnancy should be avoided.
It can be taken during lactation period, under doctor’s advice, for a short period of time.


Kerala Ayurveda Ltd., Zandu, Sandu, Dabur, Baidyanath, Arya Vaidya Sala, AVP, Nagarjuna – Lohaasavam
Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture.
Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
This article is written by Dr. Janardhana V Hebbar BAMS, MD (Ayu), PGDPSM, Managing Director, Easy Ayurveda Hospital.
It is reviewed by Dr. Raviganesh Mogra BAMS, MD (Ayu), Chief Medical Officer, Easy Ayurveda Hospital

97 thoughts on “Lohasava Uses, Dose, Side Effects and Ingredients”

  1. my doctor recommended 4 tbp of lohasav n 4 tbs of punarnava together, mixed with equal quatity of lukewarm water 15 min aftr mrning and evening meal….
    is the quantity okay ? and not overdose?

  2. Since one has to be careful with taking iron supplements, here are a few suggestions to improve iron:

    Beet soup (it should show results within 3-4 weeks).
    Juice of: beet, amla and spinach
    Apple, or apple juice.
    Dates are excellent for iron. Can be soaked in water (along with figs…), and boiled in milk in morning.
    And leafy vegetables like spinach for sure.
    I also read that Ashwagandha has iron – please verify this information though.

    • Hi, Loha (Iron) used in this medicine helps to correct fat metabolism. (in Ayurvedic terms, correction of Medo Dhatu Agni). Also, Musta, Triphala, Vidanga, which are ingredients of this medicine are also widely used in many anti obesity Ayurveda products. So, it helps.
      Whether it suits you or not? – There are good chances. But please consult your Ayurveda doctor in person.

  3. My doctor prescribed me this 30ml 2 times a day. After 3 months , when I checked my Hb level reached 13. So I stopped it and after 20 days i again felt bad. When I checked Hb level it fall down to 7.6. What should I do? Should I take it again or take some other medicine

  4. Hi doctor, I m taking lohasav for last 2-3months as m anaemic and due to my periods delayed.. But last one week m facing problem of vomitings, whatever I eat it comes out immediately. I don’t know why. I have consult a Gernal physician nd told him about lohasav he advised me not to continue it, he said it might b a reason of kidney failure later on. I m scared of his statement. Pls guide me honestly about it.

    • The vomiting problem may not be directly related to Vomiting. It is such a shame that many allopathic doctors blindly declare that Ayurvedic medicines will cause kidney failure without knowing the facts. Lohasava does not cause kidney.

  5. I am confused my dctr recommended me to take 5 teaspoon of lohasava before brkfst and dinner with mahatiktam..i am suffrngbfrm pimples and its spots all ovr my face..it shud b tkn before meal or aftr..???as my dctr suggsted me to have before meal..waiting for your reply..

  6. My father had a massive attack and had a angioplasty done, his hemoglobin and RBC counts has been very low and high on WBC counts. We have done all tests and reports seems not to indicate any further sickness, but still he is anemic and Hb count is low. His age is 72, please advice can he take this lohasava, would it have any side effects as he his allopathy medicines are also on. Please advice or if you can help me with no of Ayurveda shala doctor to discuss further. I am based out of mumbai but can discuss over phone.

  7. Hi iam 25 yrs male from Nagaland and I’m using lohasavam along with vitex syrup because of bad breath, the ayurveda advise me to use these products and I’m feeling very sleepy after using the products.

  8. My mother was prescribed with this medicine for her anemia and kidney disease. But seems like its making her drowsy and there is a sugar spike in her blood after taking this liquid. Please advice.

  9. can u please tell me for dark circles reducing and my hair is very less volume i want to get volume more hair i started using Lohasava

    • there are lot more medicines like Nalpamaradi taila application etc.
      lohasava is to be taken under medical supervision omly.
      for hairs-you can use Bringamalakadi or neelibringadi tailam.

        • Lohasava is given in Anaemia. You can use Ashokarishta for many diseases like Pain menstruation, heavy periods,helpful in short menstrual cycle and in heavy menstrual bleeding.

          Note: Kindly consult a Ayurvedic physician before taking any over the counter medication.

  10. I’m taking lohasava for gaining weight…. Is it helpful or not?? Which patanjli product can be use for gaining weight…

    • Lohasava is useful.

      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health expert Prof. Dr Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD, here (paid service) –


  11. Hello dr… I’m taking lohasavs for gaining weight….Is it helpful or not ?? Which patnjli product can be helpful for gaining weight

  12. Hello, would you know if the Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala brand of Lohasava is good? I checked the ingredients list and it does not list dhataki. I don’t know if this is an issue in it’s effectiveness?

  13. Hi
    I have anemia. I have been using lohasavam for 1 month, and my HB count is10.9 now, before it was 9.9….. I want to know if it is safe to continue having it for another month or two still my HB count reach up to normal.

  14. When I start to take lohasav i started facing constipation problem.. so how should I take it..I was taking lohasav 10 ml with 10 ml water after meals. My hemoglobin is 7

  15. Sir, in winter my hand and foots become cold all time, even i wear shoes. Is Lohasav helpful for me ? suggest me how much quantity should i take ?

  16. Dear Dr. Is it also good for hair loss?? I have other symptoms as very dry skin, weaknes, sudden neck lots of small wrinkles, hair fall.

  17. Sir , I am having repeated boils slightly lower of my under arms. Heard that its because of impurity in blood. Is it safe to have lohasavam?

  18. Sir, I am having repeated boils slightly lower to my under arms. Heard that its due to impure blood. Is it recommended to have lohasavam and dashamoolarishtam? Pls suggest. Thanks in advance.



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