Chyawanprash is one of the anti aging supplements, which is purely herbal in nature. It has Amla as its main ingredient, which is a powerful antioxidant. Acharya Charaka is the first to mention this herbal medicine.
How to make chyawanprash?
Chyawanprash ingredients: Bilwa (Aegle marmelos), Agnimantha (Premna corymbosa), Shyonaka (oroxylum indicum), Gambhari (Gmelina arborea), Patala (stereospermum suaveolens), bala (sida cordifolia), Mashaparni (Teramnus labialis), Mudgaparni (Vina trilobata), Prishnaparni (Uraria picta), Shalaparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Pippali (Long pepper), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Brihati (solanum indicum), kantakari (solanum xanthocarpum), karkata Shrungi (pistasia integerrima), Taamalaki (phyllanthus fraturnus), Draksha (dry grapes), jeevanti (Leptodenia reticulata), Pushkara(Inula racemosa), Agaru (Aquilaria agallocha), Hareetaki (Terminalia chebula), Ruddhi (Habenaria intermedia), Jeevaka (Microstylis muscifera), Vrishabhaka (Microstylis wallichi), Shati (Hedychium spicatum), Musta (cyperus rotundus), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Meda (Polygonatum cirrhifolium), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Chandana (Santalum album), Utpala (Nymphaea stellata), Vidari (Ipomea digitata), Vrushamula (Adhatoda vasica), kakoli (Lilium poilyphyleum), Kakanasika (Martynia diandra) – all these herbs are taken 50 grams each. in coarsel powdered form. Most of these herbs are commonly found in Himalaya and other parts of India.
Amla – 5 kg (fresh fruit)
First the above said group of herbs is mixed in 13 liters of water. Amla is tied in a cloth making it able to hanging. At the mouth of the vessel, a stick is placed and the cloth pack containing Amla is kept hanging so that the pack of amla is immersed in the water. (This type of process is called as Swedana) the vessel is subjected to heat. After sufficient boiling, the cloth packing is taken out. From it, Amla is taken out, seeds are removed and the boiled pulp part of Amla is made into a paste. This paste is fried with 300 ml each of ghee and sesame oil.
The water is filtered. It is taken in another vessel and the paste of amla is added to it. To this vessel, 2.5 Kgs of sugar is added and this mixture is heated in mild heat. Upon slow heating, the liquid slowly starts solidifying.
Once semisolid state is achieved, the vessel is taken out of fire and stirred well. Upon self cooling, 300 grams of honey, 200 gram of Tugakshiri, 100 gram of Pippali (Long pepper fruit), Twak, patra and Ela and Nagakeshara are added- 50 grams each. the mixture is continuously sitrred well to get the Chyavanprash.
This reference is according to Charaka samhita. There are some other references of Chyavan prash, wherein the sesame oil is not added.
how much Chyavanprash to consume:
One to two spoonful along with a glass of milk, every morning before breakfast.
How can I know and be assured about the quality of my chyawanprash?
There are simple tests to know the quality of Chyawanprash. Watch the video here – Best Chyawanprash
Why drink milk after taking Lehyam:
Because According to Ayurveda, many of the herbs used in all lehyams, including Chyavan prash are hot in potency. So, to retaliate that, One should drink milk, which, being cold, mitigates the hot potency effect.
Chyawanprash health benefits:
There are many benefits of chyawanprash. It is useful in cough and cold. It is especially used in pulmonary tuberculosis. It helps in rejuvenation of old aged people and also in proper nourishment of young ones. It is effectively used in the treatments of throat infections, chest infections, Gout, disease conditions involving urine.
It improves intelligence (Medha), memory power, Skin lustre, age, strength of sense organs, immunity power, appetite.
It is a powerful antiaging herbal product. It also cures wrinkles.
Does chyavanprash intake cause gain weight?
Just one to two spoonful of Chyawanprash everyday can not be considered as cause for weight gain. It contains ghee alright. but the amount of ghee taken per day with one spoon of chyawanprash will be very very minimal.
Does Chyavanprash cause slight burning sensation in stomach?|
If milk is drunk after chyawanprash intake, this problem will not occur.
Hot milk or cold milk?
Warm milk is better than cold milk with chyawanprash, as it further quickens digestion, but not as a mandatory rule.
Can Chyavanprash be taken with ghee?
It already contains ghee as an ingredient. so, it is advisable not to take extra ghee along with it. Milk or water is a better vehicle agent for chyawanprash rather than ghee.
Can chyawanprash be mixed with water to make it a bit dilute?
Not a good idea. If you want to have a milder effect, the best way is to reduce the dosage of Chyawanprash.
What is the benefit of Chyawanprash on Tridosha?
Chyawanprash balances Vata and Kapha. It has minimal effect over Pitta balance. Watch the video here
Can Chyawanprash be given to a three year old kid? from which age onwards, chyawanprash can be given?
Chyawanprash can be given to a child from 5 year old onwards, to be on the safer side. the dosage for children will be quarter to half spoon with a glass of milk. for a child of this age, chyawanprash can be given only if needed, for example in case of repeated respiratory tract infection, stomach infection, etc.
Is chyawanprash good for Chikungunya?
Though not specifically yes, in terms of helping to improve immunity it is beneficial.
There are many variants of Chyawanprash like Himalaya Chyawanprash tablet, dabur sona chandi chyawanprash etc? Is there any special benefit in taking them?
Well, Chyawanprash in itself is a complete herbal product. Its formula and dosage form has bean determined and sealed by ancient Ayurvedic scholars, many years ego. It is famous because it is ancient and is effective. If you take common chyawanprash, the process of digestion and absorption of chyawanprash starts at the level of mouth. It is a jam and starts melting at the level of mouth, with saliva media. but if you take chocolate, the rate of disintegration at the level of mouth is lesser and so, its effectiveness is also lesser.
Coming to sonachandi, or any chyawanprash variants – the formula has been sealed by the Acharyas, and it is the final formula that is good for use,. when that is the case, what can be the extra benefit by adding extra herbs? Who has done a research on the additionally added ingredients gel well with already existing ingredients? so, it is better to prefer the original chyawanprash over any of its variants.
Is there anything like Chyawanprash for Vata, Chyawanprash for Pitta and Chyawanprash for Kapha body types?
There is no classical reference of such types. The herbal combination in chyawanprash is suitable for all the body types. Its variants based on Doshas (Vata Pitta and Kapha) is nothing more than just a business trick.
Shelf life – 1 – 3 years.
Store in a cool dry place. Keep the container tightly closed. Avoid contact with moisture.
Some patients may feel increased hotness and burning sensation. However, if taken along with milk, in Kapha dominant period of the day (morning), the burning sensation can be minimized, if not nullified.
Some patients may complain loose stools.
Because it contains sugar, it is best to avoid in diabetic patients, with uncontrolled sugar.
If you are taking it daily, throughout the year, then it is best to avoid it during summer.
Please note that for kids, before giving any medicine, including Chyawanprash, you need to consult a doctor in person.
For 14 years and above – 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon in the morning, before food with milk.
Contains Sodium benzoate as preservative.
Liked by children very much, because of good taste.
Effective for persuading kids to take daily, not very best in respiratory conditions.
What is the best time to take Chyawanprash?
The best time to take Chyawanprash is – morning, 15 minutes before food, a teaspoon to a tablespoon, based on age, with a cup of milk.
Chyawanprash is one of the best medicines used in anti aging treatment, called Rasayana therapy. Here, after Panchakarma treatment, patient is made to take Chyawanprash for a few weeks to few months time .
In the traditional Rasayana – anti aging therapy, the patient is made to eat chyawanprash replacing the breakfast and is asked to consume milk to quench his thirst.
Just a side note here – I suggest not to follow this method on your own as it may produce excess heat and there are lot other rules and regulations to follow, including, this method can only be followed under strict medical supervision.
So, taking clue from that method of taking, for a normal person, for general health maintenance purpose, it makes sense to take Chyawanprash in the morning before food with a cup of milk.
Chyawanprash mainly improves respiratory immunity. So, a person with early morning allergies, who suffers with air pollution and pollen allergies throughout the day, or who has more asthma attacks during day time, taking Chyawanprash in the morning is very helpful.
Most of the respiratory disorders have Kapha imbalance. If we divide day time into three equal parts, morning one third is dominated by Kapha Dosha. Hence, Chyawanprash in the morning is very useful.
If one takes it before food, when the digestion strength is more, maximum amount of phyto-nutrients from Chyawanprash will be absorbed into the body, making the immunity a lot stronger.
So, morning, before breakfast with milk is the best time to take Chyawanprash.
However, some people, thanks to their busy schedule, may forget to take it in the morning.
And a few people get respiratory symptoms during night. They can take a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Chyawanprash at night, preferably with a cup of milk, before dinner.
So, can Chyawanprash be taken both morning and at night?
Unless advised by a doctor, it is not a good idea, because once a day is more than good to take maximum advantage of it.