Critical review on the pharmaceutical vistas of Lauha Kalpas (Iron formulations)

K. L. Virupaksha Gupta, G. Pallavi, B. J. Patgiri, Galib, P. K. Prajapati

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Iron is one among the major metals present in the earth′s crust and is essential for sound sustenance of human body. Its deficiency leads to various health ailments. Contemporary medicine advises iron supplements in iron deficiency anemia. Ayurvedic classics also quote significant information about administration of iron. Lauha Kalpas are the unique compound herbo-mineral formulations where iron (Lauha) is used as a major ingredient. Relevant literature (Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Charaka Samhita, Rasendra Sara Samgraha etc.) reviewed to gather information about Lauha Kalpas. Critical analysis of these Lauha Kalpas reveals that ancient seers administered iron in a better acceptable form. Unlike popular understanding these are not only Khalviya preparations; but Churna (powders), Avaleha (confectionaries), Rasakriya (solidified decoctions), and Putapaka (incinerated) form of preparations are also found. Apart from solid dosage forms, semisolid dosage forms mentioned in classics are very much useful. Unfortunately most of the formulations are not found in the market. Hence Pharmaceutical firms may bring these unique dosage forms in to the market to supply the healthcare needs of the community. It is interesting that iron preparations are used in Ayurveda in different medical conditions apart from anemia (Pandu). This leaves a scope for further researches on different dosage forms of iron and their indications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Ayurveda
  • Bhasma
  • Hematinics
  • Iron
  • Lauha Kalpa
  • Rasaushadhi
  • pharmaceutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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