Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 123–128 | Cite as

Scientific evaluation of some Ayurvedic preparations for correction of iron deficiency and anemia

  • Dinesh C. SharmaEmail author
  • Deepa Chandiramani
  • Manminder Riyat
  • Praveen Sharma


A number of preparations are available in Ayurved for treatment of anemia and iron deficiency. This study was designed to evaluate efficacy of some of them. Six most commonly used Ayurvedic iron containing preparations (Navayasa Curna, Punarnavadi Mandura, Dhatri Lauha, Pradarantaka Lauha, Sarva-Juara-Hara Lauha and Vrihat Yakrdari Lauha) were given in a dose of 250 mg b.d. for 30 days to six groups of iron deficient anemic patients; each group consisting of 20 patients. A control group was given Allopathic preparation—Irex-12, (containing—ferrous fumarate, vitamin C, folic acid and vitamin B12); 1 capsule daily for 30 days for comparison. All hematological and iron parameters were determined before and after completion of treatment. The results showed that there was statistically significant rise (p<0.001) in all of them—Hb, PCV, TRBC, MCV, MCH, MCHC and plasma iron, percent saturation and plasma ferritin. Total iron binding capacity decreased significantly (p<0.001). The response of most of Ayurvedic preparations was better than Allopathic preparation and there was no side effect as observed with iron salts The Hb regeneration rate was 0.10 g/dl/day for Allopathic preparation; while it was above this value for all Ayurvedic preparations exceptPradarantaka Lauha which was least effective.Sarva-Juara-Hara Lauha was the drug of choice as Hb regeneration with it was highest 0.16 g/dl/day. Upon analysis of Ayurvedic drugs, these results were found to be consistent and correlated with iron content of the preparation.

Key words

Ayurvedic preparations Iron deficiency Anemia Hematological parameters Iron parameters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dinesh C. Sharma
    • 3
    Email author
  • Deepa Chandiramani
    • 1
  • Manminder Riyat
    • 3
  • Praveen Sharma
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryNational Institute of Medical SciencesJaipurIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryS.M.S. Medical CollegeJaipurIndia
  3. 3.Department of BiochemistryS.G.T. Dental College(Haryana)India

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