The Role of Copper in Ayurvedic Medicines
Copper is an essential metallic element of the body. A balance ratio of copper in human body keeps it healthy and strong. Copper presents in upper and inner layer of skin, mucosa of soft tissue, large glands, eye pupil, hair, pleura and pericardium of human body. The imbalance of copper resultants in several defects in cardio-vascular, central nervous, and skeletal systems.
Copper deficiency affects production of red blood cells and hair keratine protein. The imbalance ratio of copper can cause chronic inflammatory disorders in soft tissues. That's why its medical usage is very important in ayurvedic and allopathic medicine systems. In Ayurvedic, Copper is used especially in dhatu bhasma (metallic ash) forms.
Copper is being used in Ayurveda since ancient periods. If we see the history, we find that the residents of Cyprus had used copper even 3000 B.C. while in India the copper was used to sterilized drinking water 2600 B.C and 2200 B.C. Romans named the metal as cyprium which was later known as cuprum and then copper in English.
Egyptian used to use copper compounds in headaches, burns, wounds, and burns in 1500 BC while Greeks used it for treatment of ulcers and Healing wounds. As copper doesnot synthesise in the body, so it needs the supplements to fulfill the inadequacy of the metal.
In Ayurveda, Copper is being used mostly in bhasma (ashes) form. Tamra bhasma (copper ash) is used in treating various disorders like fever, skin disorders and based on its antipyretic, anti parasitic and anti-leprotic properties.
Usage of Tamra bhasma (Copper Ashes):
Copper Ashes is an excellent antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-ulcerogenic effect.