Use Of Earthworms In Ayurveda

  • Earthworms are called bhunaga and are quite often used in Ayurvedic medicine. In Rasa Tarangani, a book on rasa sastra, methods to prepare bhunaga satwapatana have been dealt with in detail. Similarly, Rasa Ratna Samuchayam explains in detail how balls of copper are obtained from earthworms. Bhunaga satwapatana is dealt with in the chapter on copper. Since earthworms are collected from the soil with abundant copper, pure copper is said to be present in the extract of earthworms. The therapeutic value of bhunaga sattva is the same as that for tamra bhasma.

In Rasa Tarangani, a book on rasa sastra, methods to prepare bhunaga satwapatana have been dealt with in detail. Similarly, Rasa Ratna Samuchayam explains in detail how balls of copper are obtained from earthworms. Bhunaga satwapatana is dealt with in the chapter on copper. Since earthworms are collected from the soil with abundant copper, pure copper is said to be present in the extract of earthworms. The therapeutic value of bhunaga sattva is the same as that for tamra bhasma.

  • Tamra bhasma is used in the treatment of pitta and kapha predominant diseases. It is also used in cases of cough, cold, asthma, chronic respiratory conditions, tuberculosis, anaemia, dyspepsia etc. It has a lekhana property, that is a scraping effect, and is used in the treatment of atherosclerosis. Tamra bhasma is used in cases of poisoning to induce vomiting and to treat cancers. Tamra bhasma also revitalises the liver and spleen, and has a rasayana effect.

Tamra bhasma is used in cases of poisoning to induce vomiting and to treat cancers. Tamra bhasma also revitalises the liver and spleen, and has a rasayana effect.

  • The Siddha vaidyas made a present of shuddha tamra, as these extracts from earthworms were called, to young Anbalagan to help boost his immunity and free him from childhood ailments. Instead of the myriad tonics being prescribed these days (all of which contain preservatives), imagine how much healthier the medicinal ball made from the extract of earthworms would have been, which had assimilated the goodness of the earth in it.

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