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Tamra Bhasma – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients, Side Effects

Tamra Bhasma  is an Ayurvedic medicine, prepared from Copper. It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of skin diseases, obesity, piles, asthma etc.  This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision. 


 It is used in the treatment of Pitta and Kapha predominance diseases, skin diseases, helminthiasis, obesity, anorexia, tuberculosis, pthisis, chronic respiratory conditions, cough, cold, asthma, eye diseases, anemia, piles, dyspepsia.

It has scraping quality. Hence used in treating high cholesterol. It is also widely researched in cancer treatments.

It is a very good emetic drug and produces instant vomiting in all ailments and in poison that has gone inside in particular. In food poisoning, any residual poison is cleared by this, if taken in small doses.

This is useful in grahani, chronic fever, liver and spleen disorders, anal fistula.
It is useful in the treatment of ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids.

Use In Poisoning

In olden days, when there was poisoning, first vomiting and purgation was induced to remove remnant poison in the gut. Then, to cleanse the heart, Tamra bhasma was administered to the patient. After that, Swarna bhasma is administered for a long period of time.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Pitta and Kapha.


250 mg once or twice a day before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
It is traditionally administered along with ghee, honey milk or with sugar.

If mixed in honey and applied, it cleanses and heals wounds.

To induce vomiting 60-300 mg is given in sugar or honey.

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.

Pathya- Diet

Pathya must be followed according to the ailment. In skin ailments salt, sour and pungent items are to be reduced and totally avoided in severe cases for better results. Cold water should not even be touched, and wine and sex are to be strictly avoided, even in thought. No day time sleep and wakeful nights. Milk and ghee may be had in moderate quantities. restricting diet to milk, rice and fruits, avoidance of salt and sour things will bring quick results in severe cases. In cases that are not serious, it is good enough if this is taken in milk after dinner and light pathya observed.

Side Effects

  • This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision.
  • Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous.
  • Over-dosage may cause severe poisonous side effects.
  • It is best avoided in pregnant and lactating mothers and chidren.
  • Take this medicine in precise dose and for limited period of time, as advised by doctor.
  • Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a dry cool place.

During pregnancy

This is best avoided during pregnancy. It is useful to shrink the cysts, tumours and fibroids. It is cleansing and detoxifying in nature, whereas in pregnancy, nourishment and growth are expected.


Tamra Bhasm ingredients, preparation? :

Shuddha Tamra  – Purified Copper – 100 g.

Purified Copper is added with purified Sulphur, ground well, (or it Copper ground with aloe vera juice) taken in  thin cakes are prepared and heated in a closed container under 500 – 700 degree celcius for 24 hours to obtain black coloured Bhasma. (Copper Calx)

Reference and Expiry Date

Ayurveda Prakasha 3/145, Rasaratnasamucchayam

Expiry date: 5 years from the date of manufacture.

How to test Tamra Bhasm – It should float on water, when gently placed on the calm water surface.

It should be black in colour, microfine powder.

When it is added to sour curds, and left for sometime, if curds turns blue, then Tamra Bhasma is poisonous and should not be used.  


 Divya Pharmacy, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ltd.

Ayurvedic medicine list with Tamra Bhasma as ingredient: Panchamrit Parpati,

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

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