Lohasava is an Ayurvedic medicine mainly used in the treatment of Anemia. It is a liquid medicine containing naturally-processed Iron. Regular use of this medicine can ensure proper supply of this essential nutrient to the body and thus, help in preventing iron deficiency anemia. It can also be used to treat other diseases such as liver and spleen conditions, ascites, piles, anorexia, cough, asthma, and anal fistula. It mainly works by improving the digestion.
Lohasava contains about 4 to 10% of self-generated alcohol, which along with the water present in it, acts as a media and delivers alcohol and water soluble active herbal constituents to the body.
The list of herbal ingredients present in Lohasava is given below:
- Shodhita Loha (herbal, purified, and processed Iron)
- Shunti (Ginger)
- Long pepper (Piper Longum)
- Black pepper (Piper Nigrum)
- Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
- Yavani (Trachyspermum Ammi)
- Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica)
- Amla (Indian Gooseberry or Emblica Officinalis)
- Mustaka (Cyperus Rotundus)
- Vidanga (Embelia Ribes)
- Dhataki (Woodfordia Fruticosa)
- Chitra(Ricinus Communis)
Lohasava, which is produced using a unique method involving fermentation of these herbal ingredients, has a longer shelf life. The expiry date of this medicine is 10 years from the date of manufacture. It should be kept in a cool and dry place. It should be stored in a tightly closed bottle protected from direct sunlight and moisture.
Indications, Benefits & Uses
The health benefits of using this medicine are as follows:
Lohasava contains a high level of purified iron, which helps in meeting the iron requirement of the body. This helps to prevent iron deficiency anemia and the resulting symptoms such as weakness, pallor, exhaustion, the coldness of the skin, dropsy, and constipation.
Lohasava is immensely beneficial in the management of digestive disorders like piles, anal fistula, irritable bowel syndrome, and malabsorption syndrome. It is useful in many inflammatory conditions affecting the gut such as ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. It is also used to treat abdominal tumors affecting the stomach, colon, and the rectum. It can provide relief from the symptoms of indigestion such as distension, abdominal colic, nausea, vomiting, and flatulence.
It relieves pain and inflammation caused due to piles. It works by improving digestion and preventing constipation, which is the major cause of this condition.
Lohasava can be used in the management of spleen and liver diseases like splenomegaly, hepatomegaly, ascites, and cirrhosis. It also improves the appetite and hence, is commonly used in the treatment of anorexia.
Lohasava can be used to treat arrhythmias. It prevents tachycardia and bradycardia and regularizes the heart rhythm and heart rate. It acts as a cardiac tonic and boosts the functions of the SA node in the heart, which helps to normalize the heartbeats.
Lohasava is an effective medication commonly used for treating asthma. The anti-allergic action of the herbs used in this medicine help to prevent the abnormal response of the immune system to the allergens and thus, prevent the attacks of asthma. It can also provide relief from chest pain and congestion or choking sensation in the chest.
Recommended Dose of Lohasava
The usual recommended dose of Lohasava is 12 to 24 ml once a day. The doses should be taken after food. The medicine may be mixed with an equal quantity of water in case the taste is not tolerable. The recommended duration of the treatment using this medicine is one to two months depending on the condition to be treated. It is advisable to take the doses after food to minimize the risk of gastric side effects. Light PATHYA rules should be followed while using Lohasava. Also, if patients are using any other medicine, they should keep a gap of half an hour between the doses of Lohasava and other medicine.
Side effects of Lohasava
Lohasava is prepared using natural herbal ingredients. It does not contain any chemical constituents. Hence, it is safe to use. It is devoid of any serious side effects. It may cause mild pain and irritation in the stomach. Patients with diabetes should exercise caution while using this medication as Jaggery present in it can increase their blood sugar levels.
Lohasava is safe to use in lower doses in the children above 6 years of age. However, it should never be given to the children below 6 years of age as an accidental over dosage can cause fatal poisoning symptoms. Adult patients should also avoid taking very high doses of Lohasava as it can cause severe gastritis and vomiting. Pregnant women should avoid using Lohasava unless advised by a doctor. Lactating mothers can use this medicine for a short duration after consulting a doctor.