Treating Cancer Through Nano Particles in Form of Swarna Bhasma and Hirak Bhasma


Cancer is defined as the abnormal and uncontrolled proliferation of the abnormal cells, which leads to accumulation of toxins in the body and these growths are potential enough to invade and spread to another body parts and they might be malignant or non- malignant in nature. Symptoms of this disease depends upon the underlying area or the organ which is involved. According to Ayurveda, cancer is a disease which involves vitiation of all the doshas (sharirik as well as mansik doshas), dhatus, malas, srotas, impaired Agni along with ojokshaya.

The treatment aspect of this disease involves

  1. Restricting abnormal growth.
  2. Eliminating toxins from the body.
  3. Increasing Agni.
  4. Maintaining hormonal level.
  5. Enhances immunity.
  6. Rejuvenating body cells

As Per Modern Therapies

For accessing cancers and tumors they use functional imaging modalities like CT scan, MRI and PET (positron emission tomography) etc. and then they advise chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapies etc. Chemotherapy and Radiation therapies work on the phenomenon of hyperthermia. Hyperthermia induces cell death of many tissues, so along with affected cells, our healthy cells also get destroyed which shows numerous side effects on our body.

Recently, Nanoparticle research is currently an area of intense scientific research, due to a wide variety of potential applications in biomedical, optical and in electronic fields. A nanoparticle (or nanopowder or nanocluster or nanocrystal) is a microscopic particle with at least one dimension less than 100 nm. Which are used to treat cancer and has shown less side effects as compare to chemical therapies.

Even we read in newspapers about Green synthesis of metallic particles. ‘ The green synthesis of silver (AgNPs) and gold (AuNPs) nano particles by reduction of silver nitrate and chloroauric acid solutions respectively, using fruit extract of Tanacetum vulgare (a plant commonly found in Finland). The process for the synthesis of AgNPs and AuNPs is rapid, novel and eco-friendly. Formation of the AgNPs and AuNPs were confirmed by surface plasmon spectra using UV–Vis spectrophotometer and absorbance peaks at 452 and 546 nm. Different tansy fruit extract concentration (TFE), silver and gold ion concentration, temperature and contact times were experimented in the synthesis of AgNPs and AuNPs. The properties of prepared nanoparticles were characterized by TEM, XRD, EDX and FTIR. Finally, zeta potential values at various pH were analyzed along with corresponding SPR spectra. © 20”

So, Nanoparticles are of great scientific interest these days, but to our Ayurvedic Community – these seem to be just fancy terms.

Because in Ayurveda decades ago, SWARNA BHASMA and HIRAK BHASMA have been explained as essential and most powerful medicines to treat Cancer. Still, research works are going on Gold and Diamond that how they help in treating cancer. Let us go through their action on our body. Before that let us glance over their properties and in which form, we are utilizing them in therapies to treat Carcinoma.

What are Bhasmas?

Bhasmas are unique preparations of Ayurveda, where the metals and minerals are being processed with several herbal medicines, for several days and under particular temperature, the resulted outcome which is very fine, and the particle size is very nano i.e. “ASH” which has the properties like – sukshma (penetrating), vyavayi and vikasi (spreading and absorbing very fast, before digestion) properties. So, the Ash obtained through bhasmikarna (incineration) procedure – has properties – that metal will absorb rapidly in the body before digestion and it also has penetrating property so absorption and assimilation facilitate through the minute channels.

Here, Swarna means Gold and Hiraka means Diamond. As already stated, that bhasma means ash. Thus, these GOLD and DIAMOND ashes are prepared by certain methods, which will make them suitable for internal use. After Shodhana and Marana procedure, which are repeatedly done for 100 times, convert these metals into nano particles, thus can be palliative and absorb very fast. That means, these magical particles of Swaran, Rajat and Hirak are converted to an organic form, by subjecting them or grinding and mixing them with herbal juices or cow Ark (cow urine) so that they loose the elemental harmful traits and are converted to a form that human body can easily absorb. Today it can be correlated to the green synthesis of metallic nanoparticles or Green chemistry, which is nontoxic.

Properties of Gold and Diamond

Our age-old science has put forward the use of Gold and Silver and Hirak bhasma in a very fine way. Our ancient sages knew the use of Gold, silver and diamond bhasama’s at subtle level.

Qualities of Purified Swarna (Gold)

There are five varieties of Gold that has been explained in our classics, but Khanij and Rasendravedha types are used for medicinal purpose. Swarna which is completely purified and suitable for intake possess these qualities

(Reference – Sharangadhara Samhita,madhyam khanda / Chapter no.- 11 / Shloka number – 20)

  • Guna (Nature) – Gold is a metal which is very hard, heavy, and unctuous by nature.
  • Rasa (Taste) – Possesses madhur (sweet) and tikta (bitter) taste.
  • Virya (Potency) – Cold in potency.
  • Vipaka (end product of digestion) – Sweet taste.
  • Karma (Action) – Budhi (increases intellectual power), vidhya (increases common sense), smriti (increases memory), vishaharan (anti-poisonous), rasayan (rejuvenation).
  • Few more qualities are explained – Bruhmana (nourishes the body), ruchi dipti (increases agni), sarvadoshaamya ghnam (treats all doshas and all diseases), vrushaya (Aphrodiasic), ruja shaman (analgesic action).

(Reference – Rasaratnasamuchya / chapter number – 5 / shloka number -10)

Qualities of Purified Hirak (Diamond)

(Reference – Rasaratnasamuchaya / Chapter-4th / shloka number-33)

  • In Ayurveda Vajra is called as Hira. Hirak bhasma has qualities like – katu (Pungent), tikta (bitter), kashaya (Astringent), madhur (Sweet) rasa.
  • It acts as an Ayusha (rejuvenator) and also as a Vrusha (Aphrodiasic), Sadgunam – Immediately increases the quality of life.
  • Doshatrayam shaman – Subsides all aggravated doshas. Sakalamghanam – Has the potency to treat all diseases.
  • Agni vardhak – Increases agni.
  • Mritunjya – Has the quality to defeat death or which delays the death.

How Metallic Ashes Reduces the Growth of Carcinomas as Well as Treats Them?

  • Diamond has one more property – “Ksharana” – (cut down) which means it cut down the extra growth of- tumors- or tumor cell which is mainly required to restrict the mitotic division of cancerous cells.
  • If there is any history of long run stress and strain etc. that will vitiate vayu dosha along with other two doshas in our body, aggravated vata on subtle level is composed of vayu and akasha mahabhootas. Vayu mahabhoota has the function of – “vayu vivardhyate” means which separates, this action is required for mitotic divisions of the cells. So, by using these bhasmas we can control the Vata and proliferation of cancerous cells.
  • Our Nervous system is under control of Vata dosha, as all the sympathetic and parasympathetic signals are maintained by Vata itself. So, these medicines help to correct the impaired signals, which will stop the cell division.
  • As per our classics, processed gold and diamond – Act as a catalyst, which will enhance the action of other medicines. The nano particle size which we are used internally as medicine has the potency to reach minute channels, which will effectively act upon cancerous cells.
  • Rejuvenates the destructed cells.
  • As gold bhasma is cold in potency, controls pitta, which is involved dosha to accelerate the action of these affected cells.

Here, “Question arises – “Metals do liver intoxication – but we are advising bhasmas. Rather they boost up the immunity – as it is properly purified and processed in such a subtle form, that our liver cells accept them and the quantity is so less which doesn’t produce any harmful effect.

As Bhasams are used for rejuvenation and revitalization purposes which have been cleared, decades ago, thus improve the health.

Precautions Needs to Be Taken While Using Gold Formulations

  • Gold should be avoided – If a person has – liver cirrhosis and kidney failure. Because both organs play an important role in the absorption and elimination of medicines and metals from our body.  
  • While taking this therapy – Avoid non-vegetarian, alcohol and smoking. As they are the triggering factors, which will worsen the condition.
  • Avoid carcinogenic substances like Ajinomoto etc.
  • If there is any family history of cancer, they need to take precautions.
  • “Add Yoga and exercises in your daily regimens, follow the proper diet – and Stay Healthy.”