Loha Guggul (Lauh Guggulu)

Loha Guggul, sometimes called Lauh Guggulu, is a popular ayurvedic medication used for the treatment of anemia. This formulation provides a rich source of iron, thus preventing iron deficiency anemia. It also enhances the bioavailability of iron. It can improve the energy levels of patients suffering from general debility. It improves their physical strength and reinvigorates their body with better vigor and vitality.

It supports the functions of the digestive tract and enhances the absorption of nutrients from the intestines. It boosts the availability of the nutrients consumed through food by boosting their absorption. It also promotes the metabolic processes of the body. It increases the bowel movements and prevents constipation.

INGREDIENTS

  • Amalaki – Phyllanthus Emblica – 1 Part
  • Nagarmotha – Cyperus Rotundus – 1 Part
  • Bibhitaki – Terminalia Bellirica – 1 Part
  • Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula – 1 Part
  • Sonth – Zingiber Officinale – 1 Part
  • Pippali – Piper Longum – 1 Part
  • Kali Mirch – Piper Nigrum – 1 Part
  • Vaividang – Embelia Ribes – 1 Part
  • Vacha – Acorus Calamus – 1 Part
  • Pushkarmool – Inula Racemosa – 1 Part
  • Yashtimadhu – Glycyrrhiza Glabra – 1 Part
  • Chitrak – Plumbago Zeylanica – 1 Part
  • Shuddha Guggulu- 8 Parts
  • Loha Bhasma – 8 Parts

HOW IT WORKS

Loha Guggul is a natural haematinic agent. It increases the hemoglobin levels and prevents iron deficiency anemia. It also possesses hematogenic properties, which help in the production of red blood cells. The antioxidant and detoxifier properties of this medication are beneficial in the management of liver diseases. It also acts as an appetizer and a mild laxative. It helps to boost the functions of the digestive tract, prevents constipation and also improves the food intake of a person. The antihyperlipidemic effect of this medication helps in reducing cholesterol levels. It also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent.

THINGS TO KNOW

Loha Guggul can be used to pacify the Vata and Kapha Dosha. To prepare Loha Guggul, Shuddha Guggulu and a small quantity of Ghee or Clarified Butter are added to an iron mortar. The ingredients are grounded together. Then, the fine powders of the other ingredients are added to this mixture. Tablets of 500 milligrams each are prepared from this mixture.

INDICATIONS & USES

  • General Debility
  • Anemia
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Abdominal Colic
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Jaundice
  • Liver Diseases
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Fast or irregular heartbeats
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Pale skin
  • Anorexia
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypertriglyceridemia

RECOMMENDED DOSAGE

The recommended dosage of Loha Guggul is 500 to 1000 milligrams per day for adults. Children can be treated with a dose of 250 to 500 milligrams per day. It should be taken as a single dose or in 2 equally divided doses. The maximum recommended dosage of Loha Guggul is 12 grams per day. The doses can be taken before or after meals with a glass of warm water.

BENEFITS & EFFECTIVENESS

Loha Guggul is recommended for the management of iron deficiency anemia. It is also used for treating liver disorders. The regular use of Loha Guggul can help to treat high cholesterol.

Anemia

Loha Guggul is commonly used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia. The herbs present in this medication contain a large amount of iron. (1)

Loha Guggul prevents the symptoms caused due to the deficiency of this essential mineral such as debility, breathlessness, irregular heartbeats, fatigue, and the paleness of the face, lips, and nails. It can also reduce excessive coldness of the hands and feet caused due to iron deficiency anemia. Loha Guggul also increases the functions of the digestive tract and increases the absorption of iron from the intestine. This helps to increase the availability of iron in the body and prevents anemia.

Hepatic disorders

Loha Guggul possesses hepatoprotective properties. It can be used to treat hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease. It produces anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions. It protects the liver against infections and inflammation. It also prevents the damage to the liver cells from the free radicals. (2)

Dyslipidemia

Loha Guggul can be used for the management of dyslipidemia. It can help to reduce the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and prevent the complications of dyslipidemia such as atherosclerosis, heart attacks, stroke, and hypertension. (3)

SAFETY & TOXICOLOGY

There are no known side effects when Loha Guggul is used by the patients having a dominance of Kapha and Vata dosha.

Overdose Side Effects

The use of Loha Guggul in a dose higher than 3 grams per day may cause heartburn, and acid reflux in the patients having a Pitta Prakriti.