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Tankan Bhasma :

Tankan Bhasma is an ayurvedic-calcined formulation prepared from borax powder. In ayurveda, Tankan Bhasma or calcine borax is used for productive cough, breathing problems, wheezing, bronchitis, abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, dandruff, bad breath and foul-smelling urine.

Ingredients (Composition)

Borax (Suhaga in Hindi) is only ingredient of Tankan Bhasma.

Medicinal Properties

Tankan Bhasma has following healing properties.

  1. Expectorant – main action
  2. Anti-inflammatory
  3. Carminative
  4. Digestive Stimulant
  5. Diuretic
  6. Emmenagogue
  7. Antispasmodic
  8. Fat Burner
  9. Antimicrobial – this action appears in Urinary Infections

Ayurvedic Properties

Taste – RASA KATU (Pungent), LAVANA (Salty)
Main Quality – GUNA LAGHU (Light), RUKSHA (Dry), TIKSHNA (Sharp)
Potency – VIRYA USHNA (Hot)
Resultant – VIPAKA KATU (Pungent)
Therapeutic Effect – PRABHAVA Expectorant
DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors) Pacifies KAPHA & VATA
Effects on Organs Lungs, Uterus, Stomach, Urinary Bladder

Therapeutic Indications

Tankan Bhasma is helpful in following health conditions.

  • Productive Cough
  • Breathing Problems with Wheezing
  • Chest Congestion
  • Bronchitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Dandruff
  • Bad Breath
  • Foul-Smelling Urine
  • Urinary Tract Infections

Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Tankan Bhasma is mainly given in respiratory diseases when any of following symptoms present.

  1. Production of sputum (mucus), which is thick white or yellow-green in color
  2. Shortness of breath with wheezing
  3. Chest congestion due to excess mucus

These are main symptoms of recommending Tankan Bhasma. It should not be given to person with throat irritation, dry (nonproductive) cough and persistent dry cough attacks.

Productive Cough

Tankan Bhasma has expectorant action. It melts the thick mucus and help flushing it out from the lungs, which ultimately relieves productive cough. However, productive cough is actually symptom and it may have several underlying causes. One should also rule out these causes and treatment should be added accordingly.


However, Tankan Bhasma does not alone work in bronchitis. There is also a requirement of other remedies including Sitopaladi Churna. It is used in bronchitis when mucus is thick and harder to expelling it out.


Due to antispasmodic action of Tankan Bhasama, it can be used for treating dysmenorrhea. However, commonly it is not used for dysmenorrhea, but it can become beneficial when heavy clots are present in menstrual blood. In such case, one Praval Pishti, Ashoka Powder and Chandraprabha vati should also be used along with Tankan Bhasama.


The scalp application of Tankan Bhasama along with coconut oil or mustard oil helps in curing dandruff.

How to Use:

  1. In dandruff, mix a half tsp. of Tankan Bhasama in coconut oil and apply it on scalp. To increase its effectiveness, add a few drops of Neem Oil in the paste mixture. It also reduces scalp itching. Massage for 3 to 5 minutes. Leave it for 15 to 30 minutes and wash off your head with shampoo.
  2. Alternatively, one can mix Tankan Bhasm and Neem leaves powder. Make a paste with water and apply it on the scalp. Wash off the scalp with shampoo.

Caution: Tankan Bhasm should be used twice a week. The excessive use of Tankan Bhasm application can weaken hair and result in hair fall.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Tankan Bhasm is as follows.

Infants 10 mg per Kg body weight *
Children 50 to 125 mg *
Adults 125 to 500 mg *
Geriatric (Old age) 125 to 250 mg *
Maximum Possible Dosage 1000 mg **

Twice a day ** Total Daily Dosage in Divided Doses

Appropriate Adjuvants

Usually, Tankan Bhasm should be taken in combination with Sitopaladi Churna and honey.

Safety Profile

Tankan Bhasma is LIKELY SAFE & WELL TOLERABLE in dosage less than 250 mg twice daily for a short-term use (less than 4 weeks).

Side Effects

The long-term use (more than 4 weeks) is not advisable. Its long-term use in low dosage and short-term use in high dosage can result in following side effects.

  • Indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Debility
  • Albuminuria
  • Hair fall
  • Swelling – Generalized

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Weight 0.150 kg
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