Chemical and pharmacological evaluation of different ayurvedic preparations of iron

J Ethnopharmacol. 1999 May;65(2):149-56. doi: 10.1016/s0378-8741(99)00003-3.


Ayurvedic preparations of metallic iron commonly categorised as different 'putas' of 'Louha Bhasma' was chemically analysed and pharmacologically investigated in iron deficiency anemia. Atomic absorption spectral (AAS) study of different putas of Louha Bhasma revealed the presence of various proportions of important metals along with varied concentration of iron in it. The effect of a representative puta viz. 50 puta of Louha Bhasma in the management of agar gel diet and phlebotomy induced iron deficiency anemia in animal model was found to be statistically highly significant (P < 0.001) in comparison to the control and standard drug Fefol treated groups.

MeSH terms

  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / drug therapy*
  • Animals
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Drug Evaluation
  • Ferritins / blood*
  • Hemoglobins / analysis*
  • Iron / blood
  • Iron / chemistry
  • Iron / metabolism
  • Iron / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Medicine, Ayurvedic
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry
  • Protein Binding
  • Rats
  • Spectrophotometry, Atomic


  • Hemoglobins
  • Plant Extracts
  • Ferritins
  • Iron