Ayurveda Pura Chyawanprash
Rasayana is a branch of Ayurveda which deals with all specialized approaches aimed at prolonging life, preventing aging and disease, elimination of all degenerative processes and promoting excellent health. Not only does Chyawanprash, as a formulation, find its place under this specialized subject but is foremost among all Rasayana formulations in Ayurveda.
Mythology: Chyawanprash is named after a great sage called Chyawan who had become very old, but once more became young and strong by taking this preparation. According to the legend, Chyawan married a very young and beautiful princess. But he soon realized that he would become a burden to her and sought help from the celestial physicians. They worked on an herbal preparation that made him young and strong again. Hence this herbal preparation was called Chyawanprash.
Chyawanprash which has been used and treasured in India for thousands of years consists of forty seven ingredients out of which Amla (Emblica officinalis) or Indian Gooseberry is the main ingredient. Chyawanprash is well known as an immunity booster, antioxidant, rejuvenator, a great source of vitamin C and a very good energy provider. It is made from natural herbs, fruits and spices and has been the preferred antioxidant to fight free radicals in the body.
The ingredients of Chyawanprash have been very scientifically divided into the following categories:
Chyawanprash has been very thoroughly studied and has been labeled as the best antioxidant ever to be researched and used.
• Chyawanprash helps promote digestion and relieve nausea.
• Ingredients like Amla and cinnamon help to treat hyperacidity, flatulence and dyspepsia.
• Due to its high vitamin C content, Chyawanprash is well known to enhance the immune system and thereby reducing the incidence of common infections like cough, cold and fever.
Brain and heart:
• Amla is a very good cardiac stimulant and helps in the smooth functioning of the circulation.
• Chyawanprash nourishes the brain cells and promotes intelligence and memory. • It also has a calming effect on the nervous system thereby aiding in stress relief.
• Chyawanprash helps in the smooth functioning of the respiratory system by maintaining moisture balance and stimulating the metabolism.
• It is very good to prevent coughs and colds.
• It is also known to reduce symptoms of asthma.
Hair, skin, bones and teeth:
• Chyawanprash helps improve skin complexion and prevent skin infections.
• It promotes hair growth and helps in calcium absorption and hence strengthening bones and teeth.
Chyawanprash as a liver tonic:
• Chyawanprash is known to have a strengthening effect on the liver, cleanse the blood.
Effects on Doshas:
• Chyawanprash helps to balance all the three Doshas.
• It has a marked effect on Kapha which governs the defense systems and plays a role in stabilization of all systems of the body.
• This formulation is fit for all Dosha types and through all seasons of the year.
How to take Chyawanprash:
Chyawanprash has a sweet and sour taste and a jam like consistency. It is traditionally taken with milk once a day where by 1 table spoon is mixed in a cup of warm milk. It can also be taken on its own. Because of its jam like consistency it can also be taken as a bread spread on toast, crackers or bread.
In short, Chyawanprash is an Ayurvedic herbal tonic that is very high in vitamin C content and helps strengthen the immune system hence protecting the body from everyday infections like cough, fever and cold. It helps revitalize the mind and body and is the best health supplement to fight stress. It has beneficial qualities for all age groups and men and women alike. It is a must have foodstuff that is not only safe and good but tastes great too.
Written by Dr Deepa Apté who is a fully qualified Indian medical doctor (Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, India), a qualified Yoga teacher and an experienced Ayurvedic physician. She lectures widely on Ayurveda and Yoga (both in the UK and Germany) and regularly has articles published in the press. After having run successful practices in India and Germany, she now runs her practice from London. She also teaches courses to trained therapists on various treatment techniques in Ayurveda.