Shankh Bhasma (Conch or Sea Shell) is an ayurvedic medicine used to manage conditions like acid reflux, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It possesses antacid properties which offer relief from symptoms like heartburn and chest pain. Shankha (Conch) is mentioned in Rasashastra as a mineral under Sudha Varga (Calcium group) category. Shankh Bhasma is one of the important Bhasmas used in daily practice by Ayurvedic physicians.
Shankh Bhasma due to its multiple properties provides aid in indigestion, flatulence, and abdominal pain. It may also help with diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, burping, and gastritis. Some practitioners also suggest its use as a calcium supplement.
According to Ayurveda, Shankh Bhasma has Kshar (alkaline) property which helps neutralize the produced excessive acid. It may also provide instant relief to the burning sensation in the stomach because of its Sita (cold) nature. Shankh Bhasma also aids in reducing abdominal pain by improving digestion. Along with that, it has Vatanuloman (Vata balancing) properties which help reduce common symptoms of IBS, like gas and bloating. It also helps control watery motions, commonly known as diarrhea, due to its Grahi (absorbent) property.
Shankh Bhasma is available in powder form. Shankh Bhasma is generally given in combination with other ayurvedic medicine in the form of a mixture. The mixture is usually advised to be taken with honey to get quick relief from digestive problems. Avoid self-medication or taking Shankh Bhasma in excess.
Shankh Bhasma is generally well tolerated by most people and does not have any major side effects when taken in the recommended dose. In some cases, it may cause vomiting and nausea. Therefore, it is advisable to consult the doctor before using Shankh Bhasma.
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