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Swarna Bhasma Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients, Side Effects, Preparation

Swarna Bhasma is prepared from Gold. It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of infertility, asthma, tissue wasting, poisoning etc. This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision.


  • It is a natural aphrodisiac, cardiac tonic, immune booster and heavy to digest.
  • It has scraping effect.
  • It improves intelligence, memory, and speaking capacity.
  • It is used in treatment of Malabsorption syndrome, Dyspepsia, Hiccup, Anaemia, Dyspnoea, Asthma, Fever, Tissue wasting, Tuberculosis, Impaired intelligence, Epilepsy, Rupture / weakness of ligaments, Heart disease, Disease due to Vata dosha,  Syphilis, Poison,  Loss of memory, Mania, Psychosis, Hoarseness of voice, Diseases of skin, Tuberculosis, Senility/Progeriasis.
  • Brings out quickly the colour and beauty of the body.
  • This restores the sexual power lost through excessive indulgence or old age.
  • Its efficacy in skin ailments and syphilis is exceptional.
  • This is specially prescribed in hemiplegia and complete paralysis.
  • It is used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disorder, ALS etc. Usually a combination with other medicine is made for treating these diseases along with Swarn Bhasam.
swarna bhasmam

Synonym: Svarna bhasmam, Svarnabhasmam, Swarnabhasma

Qualities of Swarna Bhasma

Qualities of Swarna Bhasma 
आयुर्लक्ष्मी प्रभा धी स्मृतिकरं अखिलव्याधिविधंसि पुण्यं भूतावेश प्रशान्ति स्मरभरसुखदं सौख्यपुष्टि प्रकाशि। रसरत्नसमुच्च्य 5/9 
मृतं सुवर्णं मधुरञ्च वृष्यं हृद्यं च नेत्र्यं परमञ्च मेध्यम् । 
रसायनं पुंसवनोपयोगि विषापहं कान्तिकरञ्च शस्तम् ॥  रसतरङ्गिणी 15/69 
āyurlakṣmī prabhā dhī smṛtikaraṃ akhilavyādhividhaṃsi puṇyaṃ bhūtāveśa praśānti smarabharasukhadaṃ saukhyapuṣṭi prakāśi| 
rasaratnasamuccya 5/9 
mṛtaṃ suvarṇaṃ madhurañca vṛṣyaṃ hṛdyaṃ ca netryaṃ paramañca medhyam | 
rasāyanaṃ puṃsavanopayogi viṣāpahaṃ kāntikarañca śastam ||  rasataraṅgiṇī 15/69 
Swarna Bhasma 
āyurklaram – promotes life expectancy, anti aging
lakṣmīkaram – brings  good fortune
prabhākaram – brings glow to the skin and aura to your personality 
dhīkaram – improves intelligence
smṛtikaraṃ – improves memory
akhila vyādhi vidhaṃsi – can be used in all disorders 
puṇyaṃ – auspicious,
bhūtāveśa praśānti – useful in psychiatric disorders, hence used in many such medicines as Saraswatarishtam, Manasamitra vatakam etc.
smarabharasukhadaṃ – acts as an aphrodisiac
saukhya – brings comfort to the mind   
puṣṭi prakāśi – improves nourishment of the body tissues and cells and makes them last longer.

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. By such Swarna administration for long time, the body becomes as pure as Gold. The term used for this is ‘Hemapanga’.

Na Sajjate Hemapange padmapatre ambuvat visham || – Ashtanga Hridaya Sutrasthana 7th chapter

In a person who has been given Gold bhasma for a long time, the poison can not do any harm, similar to a water drop that can not touch the leaf of the lotus.
So there is reference of long term use of Swarna Bhasma, but it has to be done under strict medical supervision only.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha.


The dose of Swarna Bhasma, as explained in text book is – 1/8 – 1/4 Ratti.
1 Ratti means 125 mg. So, dose is 15 – 30 mg per day.
The pediatric dose – From infancy to 5 year old is 5 mg per day.
From 5 – 10 years – 10 mg per day
From 10 – 16 years – 15 mg per day.

It is available in capsule form also. Each capsule contains 50 mg of Svarna bhasmam.

  • It relieves burning sensation, if taken along with bile of fish.
  • It gives aphrodisiac effect if taken along with Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba).
  • It improves strength and immunity, if taken along with milk.
  • It is good for eyes, if taken along with Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa)
  • It improves memory if taken along with sweet flag
  • It improves skin complexion if given along with saffron.
  • It acts against poison, if given along with an herb called Nirvisha.
  • It relieves psychosis if given along with ginger, clove and pepper.

(Ref: Rasajalanidhi)
While taking Swarna Bhasma, Bael fruit should not be taken.

Adjuvant: Milk, honey or ghee.

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.

Side Effects

  • Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous.
  • 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.


Swarn Bhasma preparation, ingredients, how to make:
It is prepared from purified Gold. There are many different methods of preparation. Any one method can be used. Here is one such method.

Purified Gold leaf is ground with lemon juice, and applied with a paste of Rasasindhura (Mercurial compound). It is kept in a closed container, heated in absence of air in 400 – 500 degree Celsius for 4 -5 hours. To get Gold Bhasma.

Reference and Manufacturers

Rasa Ratna Samucchaya 5/15
Research: Blood compatibility study

Manufacturers: Divya Pharmacy,  Dabur, Baidyanath, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ltd


Ayurvedic medicines with Gold Bhasma as ingredient:
Rasraj Ras, Swarna Mahayograj Guggulu, Swarna Sindhura, Poorna Chandrodaya Ras, Yogendra Ras

Swarna Bindu Prashana

 Is a treatment given to infants and children to improve strength and immunity. Here, Swarna bhasma is administered along with brahmi Ghrita and honey. Read more about Swarna Bindu Prashana

Can you tell how swarna bhasma can be added to oil for abhyanga and in creams and lotions? Also possibly the recipe for the same?
Dr Hebbar: External use of swarna Bhasma does not have much impact as it is not well absorbed via skin. Hence it is not worth the money. 

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

135 thoughts on “Swarna Bhasma Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients, Side Effects, Preparation”

  1. from method or preparation one would expect that this products also will contain sindhur rasa after manufacturing ?

    so how does it differ from makaradhwaj ? by having much more gold and little sindhur rasa ?

  2. Hi, If your doctor has prescribed it to you, in the right dose, they are not harmful.
    If you are mixing it without taking any medical advice and you are using on your own, the above mixture might be toxic.

  3. Dear Dr Ravish,
    Swarna bhasma is diluted along with Brahmi Ghrita or plain ghee and administered in a very minute dose of 1 mg per day, in infants, in some Ayurvedic hospitals. But a parent cannot do this by himself. Doctor’s consultation is required.

  4. sir can swarna basma is useful in terating neck cancer as my father who gt the cancer on his neck n his age is 72years

  5. my recently 250mg swrnabhasma leke chavanprash me(450gm)milake khaaha hun.muje anewale bimarionse bach ne ke liye kisa swrnabasm lena muje bataji ye.male 30age

  6. Is Swarna Makshik Bhasm same as Swarna Bhasm? I am trying to buy Swarna Bhasm for my daughter as her daughter has prescribed. I found Swarna Makshik Bhasm in Divyaphrmacy website but not sure is its same as Swarna Bhasma. Please suggest.

  7. Sir, I am a student and need to improve on standardized exams that are highly based on intelligence, would swarna bhasma help with this?

    • Madam, Do consult a physician for the same. We cannot prescribe anything without seeing the condition, the severity and health of the individual.

      Note: Because we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated.

  8. Sir, This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision. So do take an advise from a physician before taking it.

  9. Dear Doctor,
    I am giving swarna prashan to my 4 year daughter through an ayurvedic centre since last two years. A known Ayurveda doctor told me that I can ust rub some gold alond with honey and give it to kid as it is equally good. After reading your article I amm a bit confused if she is correct. Can we rub pure gold on stone and mix with honey and give it to kids …is that equally good?
    thank you

    • Hello madam, Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous. This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision.

  10. Hello sir,

    I live in USA. I want to use Swarna bhasma for me and Swarna bindu prashana for my 15 month old daughter. Is there anyway to get online consultation for the right dosage?

  11. Sir , Swarna bhasma alone cannot solve the problem. Kindly consult a ayurvedic physician for the treatment.

  12. My doctor suggested swarnan bhasma along with milk and saffron for my skin and i had vertigo in my skin and with only 4 or 5 taking it is fading so fast. He suggested to mix it in milk but after drinking the milk i can see the residue in the bottom is this is the right way or any other way of taking this medicine.

  13. Can suvarna bhasma be used topically to have anti-aging effects on skin? I see lot of products using gold in face cream. Has ayurveda indicated suvarna bhasma for such purpose?


  14. What is the difference between Swarna bhasma and suvarnamuktadi interms of ingredients? in which conditions suvarnamuktadi is indictaed and its side effects?

    • Hi, Svarna Bhasma cntains only the gold calx and Suvarnamuktadi contains other ingredients as well. It is manufactured by Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala. I will update about it soon.

  15. The frequent cold episodes are more likely due to rainy season.
    4 Drops per day is the right dose. Consider reducing the dose to just 2 drops per day.
    IF you are giving it daily it can only be continued for 6 months. After that, it is better to stop using it.