Sphatika Bhasma, also known as Shubhra Bhasma or Phataki Bhasma is a classical Ayurvedic medication made of Alum or Fitkari that is extensively used for the treatment and management of skin diseases, bleeding disorders and respiratory issues.
• Sphatika/ Potash Alum (as required)
Chemically, it is also denoted as Potash Alum and is a colorless and water-soluble compound
Chemical Formula – K2SO4.Al2(SO4)3.24H2O
Preparation Method –
• Put the required quantity of potash alum in a wide-bottomed iron pan.
• Heat the pan in open air continuously till all the moisture evaporates.
• Collect the powder at the end.
• Hemostatic (styptic)
• Mild antipyretic
• Antipruritic (as an external application)
• Purifies Blood
Sphatika bhasma is extremely beneficial in purifying the blood. By cleansing the blood, it improves blood circulation and also helps to remove the toxins from the bloodstream and the various organs in the body.
• Respiratory Diseases
It is highly potent in treating the common cold, sore throat, cough and flu symptoms.
It also actively thins and loosens the catarrh particles within the chest and nasal cavities and hence eases breathing and helps the body to get rid of mucus, thus it is also beneficial for treating asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough.
• Gynaecological Problems
It plays an important role in regulating periods, treating postnatal ailments, and even helps to treat excessive abdominal pain/bleeding.
Additionally, it also helps in treating amenorrhea , menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, menometrorrhagia and also provides extensive relief from abdominal cramps due to dysmenorrhea.
• Skin Diseases
It helps in treating a lot of skin infections as well. It not only helps in shielding the skin from oxidative radical damage due to the harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also reduces the risk of the various signs of aging like wrinkles, blemishes, spots, fine lines, and dark circles. It is also beneficial for treating allergic conditions like acne, pimples, psoriasis, pruritus, scabies, eczema and many more.
• Wound & Ulcers
Sphatika bhasma plays a key role in treating different types of ulcers like ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer, canker sores or mouth ulcers, etc. The active component in this formulation actively promotes tissue regeneration, facilitates wound healing and sometimes even helps in gradually treating the scar tissue.
• Lead Toxicity
Lead Toxicity can be extremely harmful causes a severe abdominal pain, cramping and increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage.
Ayurveda brings an incredible natural remedy for treating and managing this toxicity in the form of Sphatika bhasma. When consumed alongside Karpur (camphor) and Ahiphena on recommended doses, it acts as a purgative medication and facilitates elimination of lead from the body via defecation process.
Adults – 125 to 500 mg, twice or thrice a day, after meals, alongside madhu (honey), sharkara (sugar) or sharbat banafsha or as suggested by the health care provider or Ayurvedic doctor.
Side Effects –
The long-term use or high dosage of Sphatika Bhasma can cause the following side effects:
• Mouth dryness
• Gastritis – inflammation of gastric mucosa
• Intestinal inflammation
• Ulcers (it can occur with high dosage)
• Nausea and Vomiting (it can occur with high dosage and if Bhasma is raw and not well-processed.)
It is best to avoid it during pregnancy and in lactating mothers.
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