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Ayurveda Guide on Chyavanaprasham(chyawanprash) for Personal Care | Boost Your Immunity with chyavanprash

Updated: Jun 4


Ayurveda Guide on Chyavanaprasham(chyawanprash)

Chyawanprash:

Chyavanaprash, a traditional ayruvedic herbal formulation used for centuries .Its history is rooted in ancient texts like charaka and susrutha samhithas .

Legend has its  that chyavanaprash was first formulated by sage Chyavana that’s why the name chyavanaprash .According to the story ,Chyavana was an elderly sage who wanted to restore his youth and vitality. He sought help of twin physicians aswin kumars .Together they created a potent herbal formulation that revitalized chyavan , making him young and energetic again 

Say it a rainy season ,when the risk of cold ,flu ,consuming this sweet jam is believed to strengthen the immunity .Not only known for its rejuvenator and immunity bolstering properties ,this herbal jam can relieve fatigue in no time

With this virtues ,it has earned name Saviour during rainy season and beyond .Whether taken as a preventive measure or remedy during illness ,many people rely on chyavanaprash to support health naturally


The Elements That Constitute the Elixir of Life

Each 10 grams of chyawanprash contains:

  • Amalaki (Amla or Indian Gooseberry) – Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblica Officinalis): 7060 mg

  • Cow’s Ghee (Clarified Butter): 206 mg

  • Sesame Oil (Til Tail): 206 mg

  • Sugar (Sharkara): 5880 mg

  • Honey (Shahad): 706 mg


Decoction Ingredients:

  • Vasaka – Adhatoda Vasica

  • Bilwa (Bael) – Aegle marmelos

  • Haritaki (Chebulic Myrobalan) – Terminalia chebula

  • Guduchi (Giloy or Heartleaf Moonseed) – Tinospora Cordifolia

  • Agaru (Agarwood) – Aquilaria agallocha

  • Punarnava (Spreading Hogweed or Common Hogweed) – Boerhaavia diffusa

  • Karchoor – Curcuma Zedoaria

  • Mustak (Nagarmotha or Nut Grass) – Cyperus rotundus

  • Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum

  • Elachi (Green Cardamom) – Elettaria cardamomum

  • Kshir Kakoli – Fritillaria Roylei

  • Gambhari (Gmelina) – Gmelina arborea

  • Riddhi – Habenaria intermedia

  • Shati (Spiked Ginger Lily) – Hedychium spicatum

  • Pushkarmool (Elecampane) – Inula Racemosa

  • Lal Chandan (Red Sandalwood) – Pterocarpus santalinus

  • Vidarikand – Pueraria Tuberosa

  • Chandan (White Sandalwood) – Santalum album

  • Vidari (Alligator Yam, Milky Yam, or Giant Potato) – Ipomoea Digitata

  • Jeevanti (Jiwanti) – Leptadenia Reticulata

  • Kakoli (White Himalayan Lily) – Lilium Polyphyllum

  • Meda – Litsea Glutinosa

  • Kakanasika (Maritima Annua or Martynia Diandra)

  • Jeevaka – Microstylis muscifera

  • Mudgaparni – Phaseolus Trilobus

  • Bhumi Amla – Phyllanthus Urinaria

  • Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper longum

  • Karkatakashringi (Crab’s Claw) – Pistacia integerrima

  • Kamal Gatta (Lotus Beads) – Nelumbium Speciosum

  • Utpala (Blue Star Water Lily) – Nymphaea Stellata

  • Shyonaka (Broken Bones Plant) – Oroxylum indicum

  • Maha Medha (Tendril Leaf Solomon’s Seal) – Polygonatum cirrhifolium

  • Agnimantha (Premna) – Premna corymbosa

  • Bala (Country Mallow) – Sida cordifolia

  • Brihati – Solanum indicum

  • Gokshura (Small Caltrops) – Tribulus terrestris

  • Prishnaparni (Indian Uraria) – Uraria picta

  • Mudgaparni (Wild Gram) – Vigna trilobata

  • Draksha (Dry Grapes) – Vitis vinifera

  • Kantakari (Thorny Nightshade) – Solanum surattense

  • Patala (Rose Flower Fragrant) – Stereospermum suaveolens

  • Mashaparni (Vogel Tephrosis or Blue Wiss) – Teramnus labialis

  • Vanshlochan (Bamboo Manna)

  • Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum zeylanicum

  • Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf) – Cinnamomum tamala

  • Nagkesar – Mesua ferrea


Method of preparations of Ayurveda Elixir- Chywanaprash:

Combine all the powdered ingredients in a container and leave them to the side.Clean the Indian gooseberries and dry them thoroughly.Pierce them with a fork and cook them in water in a pressure cooker until they whistle twice.Take out the seeds and blend them into a very smooth paste, then set it aside.

In a heavy-bottomed pan, add clarified butter, oil, and add sugar to prepare a natural ingredient for an effective Chyavanaprash.

Mix in the Indian gooseberry paste and cook over low heat until all the liquid in the mixture dries up. Next, incorporate the blended powders and mix thoroughly.Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down completely.Blend in the honey until a uniform mixture is achieved.Store the mixture in a glass container for later use.Consume as needed.


Ayurvedic Indications Of Chyawanprash

Deepana (enhances stomach fire),

Pachana (helps in digestion),

Rochana (stimulates appetite),

Vamana (prevents nausea and vomiting),

Shonitasthapana (prevents bleeding),

Kasahara (Relieves cough,

Shwasha (relieves breathing difficulties),

Amahara (treats indigestion),

Dahahara (relieves burning sensation),

Trutahara (relieves excessive thirst),

Hridaya (treats heart problems), 

Krichra (treats painful micturition),

Chakushya (treats eye problems), 

Pandu (treats anaemia),

Varnya (improves complexion),

Kshayajit (treats tuberculosis), 

Vayasthapana (prevents ageing),

Jvara (useful in fever),

Anulomana (improves breathing),

Gulmajit (useful in abdominal tumours),

Prameha (manages diabetes),

Mehahara (treats urinary tract disorders),

Rasayani (rejuvenates the whole body),

Medhya (improves intelligence),

Balya (improves muscle strength),

Hikkanigrahana (controls hiccups),

Triptighno (relieves pseudo-satiation),

Garbhaprada (treats infertility),

Vamanopaga (treats emesis),

Sangrahini (treats diarrhoea),

Kustha (treats skin disorders),

Kamala (prevents jaundice),

Krimihara (relieves intestinal worms),

Kanthya (improves voice),

Arsha (treats piles), and

Pushtida (good for nutrition).

 

Chyawanprash Nutrition

Packed with antioxidants including Vitamin C, proteins, dietary fibers, sodium, and significant amounts of alkaloids and saponins, this supplement is beneficial for heart health, blood vessels, and high cholesterol levels. Despite containing a variety of beneficial herbs and spices, this formulation is cholesterol-free, trans-fat-free, and low in calories from fats.


Pharmacological action of  some individual ingredients


Amla's high Vitamin C content enhances your immune system, metabolism, and guards against different viral and bacterial illnesses, such as the common cold. It also improves digestion and supports weight loss goals.


Celebrated for its antibacterial and disinfectant characteristics, the foliage of Azadirachta indica is employed for treating leprosy, eye ailments, parasites in the intestines, digestive issues, decreased appetite, skin sores, heart problems, high body temperature, diabetes, oral health issues, liver complications, and various infections.


Pippali, also known as Indian long pepper, is commonly utilized for managing issues such as indigestion, heartburn, diarrhoea, cholera, and asthma. Additionally, it is beneficial for enhancing both digestion and skin wellness.


With potent antioxidants, brahmi leaves offer significant advantages such as alleviating inflammation, enhancing cognitive functions, alleviating stress and anxiety, decreasing blood pressure, and lowering the chances of developing cancer.


The antioxidant-rich saffron threads are well-known for brightening the skin tone and enhancing overall complexion. Saffron's powerful heating and kantivardhaka characteristics help balance Pitta and Vata doshas, while also serving as an aphrodisiac, reducing stress and symptoms of depression, aiding in weight loss, and alleviating PMS symptoms.


The sandal tree bark has numerous benefits, such as improving skin health, boosting alertness, combating infections, aiding in wound healing, and assisting in managing anxiety and stress.


Known for its adaptogenic properties, ashwagandha is a potent treatment for a variety of health issues such as infertility, weakened immune system, arthritis, depression, sleep problems, mental disorders, and more.


Due to its high levels of antioxidants, holy basil aids in reducing stress and managing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, inflammatory bowel conditions, and rheumatoid arthritis. The consumption of Tulsi leaves can alleviate symptoms of fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu, and other infections.


Cardamom, also known as elaichi, possesses strong antioxidant and diuretic qualities. It not only assists in controlling diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and high blood pressure, but also promotes weight loss and enhances the health of the heart and liver.


Arjuna, named after the warrior prince, is known for its leaves and bark which are a beneficial remedy for a range of heart issues, respiratory conditions such as asthma, hypertension, male infertility, kidney stones, and more.


Honey, also known as shahad, is a rich source of phytonutrients that offers various advantages such as treating respiratory issues, improving digestion, boosting hair and skin health, assisting in weight loss, and soothing a sore throat.


Ghee, a beloved food item, is a valuable energy source with numerous health benefits. It plays a vital role in maintaining body warmth, aiding in weight loss, relieving nasal congestion, improving digestion, controlling diabetes, and supporting heart health.


In terms of Ayurvedic principles:

ghee not only revitalizes the body but also helps in balancing the three Doshas - Kapha (earth and water), Vata (air), and Pitta (fire and air).

 

Medicinal preoperties

·         Rejuvenating

·         Ergogenic & strengthening – enhancing physical performance

·         Aphrodisiac

·         Diuretic

·         Eccritic

·         Antioxidant

·         Antiatherogenic

·         Cardiac tonic

·         Cardioprotective

·         Alterative – tending to restore health

·         Spermatogenic

·         Prevents skin diseases

·         Antitussive

·         Demulcent

·         Haematinic

·         Immunomodulatory

·         Tonic and supplement

 

Therapeutic indications  in some clinical conditions like

  • Insomnia

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Anorexia nervosa

  • General swelling

  • Digestive issues

  • Iron deficiency anemia

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Blood disorders

  • Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Persistent cough

  • Asthma

  • Poor vision

  • Dry skin

  • Dementia

  • Lung damage

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • General debility

  • Frequent colds

  • Memory impairment

  • Male infertility

  • General weakness

  • Weakness following illness

  • Headaches

 

Helath benefits of Chyawanprash

·       Bolsters Immunity

Chyawanprash provides a complete solution for strengthening the immune system, combating germs, and protecting the body from different infections. It also demonstrates powerful anti-viral, antibacterial, and antifungal characteristics, which are highly efficient in warding off illnesses such as fever, flu, throat infections, and respiratory issues.

·       Promotes Digestion

In addition to its adaptogenic properties, chyawanprash is known for its exceptional digestive abilities. Its anti-flatulent attribute helps prevent gas buildup in the digestive system, which can reduce bloating, flatulence, and abdominal swelling. The high fiber content in the root powder makes it an effective solution for constipation and other digestive problems. It also has a cathartic effect, meaning it encourages the elimination of waste products from the body.

·       Aids In Cardiac Functioning

Herbs  like Arjuna and Ashwagandha present in this formulation, makes it extensive cardiac medicines. It aids in calming the mind, which helps relax the heart, making it particularly beneficial for patients with arrhythmias and palpitations. Additionally, it strengthens the heart muscles, lowers blood cholesterol levels, and prevents lipid buildup, thereby reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, heart blockages, blood clots, and other related conditions.

A 10-gram serving of Chyawanprash contains 5.25 grams of Saponins, which are Phytonutrients that help lower cholesterol levels. The Saponins found in Chyavanaprasam block the absorption of cholesterol in the body. Bile acids help bind cholesterol in the body, aiding in its absorption into the system.

·       Slows Ageing Process

Chyawanprash aids in tissue healing and growth and also due to the strong antioxidant properties of the different herbs and spices, it helps safeguard the body from cellular harm, thus slowing down the aging process in the tissues of the heart, lungs, liver, and skin. The antioxidants in it protect the body from damage caused by free radicals and keep a healthy balance of calcium in the bones, which increases strength.

·       Enhances Fertility And Libido

Helps in  boosting libido and improving fertility in men. It displays potent aphrodisiac qualities that aid in relieving mental stress and anxiety, while also boosting the production of reproductive hormones in both males and females. It is pivotal in enhancing fertility and endurance in males, and enhancing lactation in females.

·       Skin radiance

Chyawanprash  being rich in Phyto nutrients and vitamin C helps  to achieve spotless radiant skin. It assists in protecting the skin from oxidative radical damage caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, thereby decreasing the chances of developing wrinkles, spots, fine lines, dark circles, and other issues.

·       Aids In Weight Loss:

With its high concentration of flavonoids, Chyawanprash can aid in accelerating weight loss. Packed with fiber and crucial nutrients, this natural remedy can help curb cravings and prevent overeating, making it a valuable addition to any weight loss plan.

·       Reduces Colon Cancer Risk

As previously mentioned, Chyawanprash is rich in Saponins, which play a role in reducing the chances of developing colon cancer. Saponins have the ability to bind with bile salts, potentially decreasing the likelihood of colon cancer. Within the gut, bacteria transform primary bile salts from the liver and gall bladder into secondary bile acids. By binding to both forms of bile acids, the Saponins in Chyavanaprasam can help lower the risk of cancer.

·       Prevents recurrent colds and allergies

Including Indian gooseberry in chyavanaprash helps boost the body's immune system to prevent colds and allergies. Consuming Chyavanaprasam daily can reduce the frequency of recurring colds and upper respiratory illnesses.

·       Inflammation control

The flavonoids found in Chyawanprash help regulate the immune system to prevent excessive stimulation, which in turn prevents unnecessary immune reactions. By promoting better functioning of mast cells, T cells, and B cells, flavonoids also help maintain their natural behavior, ultimately reducing inflammation and preventing allergies.

·       Beneficial for brain and heart

Chyawanprash enhances the strength of the heart muscles, increases the heart's pumping ability, and regulates tachycardia. It also enhances blood circulation throughout the body, ensuring optimal oxygen supply to the brain. As a result, cognitive abilities are improved, making it beneficial for conditions like ADHD, insomnia, memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurological disorders.

Chronic Diseases

·       We can  use Chyawanprash as a health supplement, but it is actually a rejuvenative medicine. It means it repairs, helps regeneration and rejuvenates the cells and tissues.The loss of strength, decrease in restorative power of the body and reduction in immunity occur in chronic diseases. These powers can be achieved again with Chyawanprash.


Effective Chyawanprash Dosage:

The appropriate therapeutic amount of Chyawanprash can differ from individual to individual based on factors such as age, physical resilience, impact on hunger, intensity, and state of the patient.

For Children: ½ to 1 tablespoon

For Adults: 1 to 2 tablespoon

 

Time of administration

It is recommended to take Chyawanprash either in the morning on an empty stomach or before a meal. If you choose to take it twice a day, you can also have it 30 minutes before dinner or 2 hours after dinner.

Usually, doctors advise to consume it with warm cow’s milk according to preference.


Known Side effects of Chyawanprash

Possible side effects of Chyawanprash include indigestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea and abdominal swelling when taken in large amounts.


Known Contraindications of Using Chyawanprash

Chyawanprash should not be used by individuals with certain conditions, even though it has many healing properties. These conditions are:

·         Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus

·         High acidic urine or dark yellowish urine

·         Nocturia

·         Nocturnal emission 

·         Chronic constipation 

·         Loose stools

·         Diarrhoea 

·         Abdominal Gas or Abdominal distension 

·         Slow digestion process


Q: What is chyavanaprasham and how is it related to Ayurveda?

A: Chyavanaprasham is a herbal formulation used in Ayurveda known for its immunity-boosting properties. It is made with a combination of natural ingredients like ghee, jaggery, and various herbs.


Q: How does chyavanaprasham help in boosting immunity?

A: Chyavanaprasham is believed to help increase the body's natural resistance and immunity power. It is considered an effective immunity booster for all age groups when consumed twice daily.


Q: What are the main ingredients in chyavanaprasham?

A: Chyavanaprasham typically contains natural ingredients like jaggery, ghee, and a variety of herbs that help in promoting general health.


Q: Where can I purchase chyavanaprasham?

A: Chyavanaprasham is widely available online. You can buy AVP Ayurveda Chyavaprash from here  or on platforms like Amazon.in or through various AVP Ayurvedic stores.


Q: Is chyavanaprasham suitable for all age groups?

A: Yes, chyavanaprasham is considered safe for consumption by people of all age groups as an immunity booster for personal care.


Q: Are there any variations of chyavanaprasham available?

A: Yes, there are different forms of chyavanaprasham available such as chyawanprash avaleha, kashayam, and even sugar-free options for those with dietary restrictions.


Q: What are the benefits of consuming chyavanaprasham regularly?

A: Regular consumption of chyavanaprasham may help improve respiratory health, provide strength, and enhance overall well-being due to its natural ingredients for an effective remedy.

 

What are the side effects of chyawanprash?

Excess intake may led to gas bloatedness ,loose bowels and indigestion


What is the best time to eat chyawanprash?

Before breakfast or at bed time with milk


Does chyawanprash increase body heat?

No, because the main ingredient in it is amla which has cooling properties


Who should not eat chyawanprash?

It is contraindicated in cases of indigestion or diarrhea.


Is it good to have Chyawanprash daily?

Yes. You  can have it daily


Can chyawanprash cause acidity?

No it doesnt


Is Chyawanprash hot or cold?

The primary component of chyawanprash, amla, has a cooling effect. It does, however, also include substances with a heated potency, but overall, the composition is balanced.


What are the proven benefits of Chyawanprash?

To improve immunity.


Is Chyawanprash good before bed?

Yes you can take it along with milk before bed.


How long does Chyawanprash take to work?

It takes minimum 15 days to 2 months to work.


Can I eat Chyawanprash in summer?

Yes you can.


Can Chyawanprash be eaten on an empty stomach?

Before breakfast is advisable along with milk.


Is Chyawanprash taken with milk or water?

Preferably with milk.


Can Chyawanprash be given to a three-year-old kid?

You can give based on the digestion.


Can Chyawanprash be taken during periods by women?

Yes you can take.


Can Chyawanprash cure constipation?

Yes it does relieve constipation.


Can Chyawanprash prevent or cure Covid-19?

It can acts as  agent to boost immunity.


Can the sugar of Chyawanprash be substituted with jaggery (sweet molasses)?

Post effect Sugar in chyavanaprash is pacified by the appropriate other components .So uts not harmful .Adding jaggery may be changing the taste part of it.


Can there be home made chyawanprash?

Yes you can make this herbal jam at home.


Does Chyavanaprasham intake cause weight gain?

Yes you can gain weight with chyavanaprash.


How can Chyawanprash help in anxiety, depression and stress?

It may be useful in enhancing memory and improving coordination among various body parts. It also helps in increasing retention and learning ability.


How can I know and be assured about the quality of my chyavanprash?

You can assure by its taste (taste of amla).


How does chyavanaprasam help to get rid of wrinkles?

It is a product categorized under 'Rasayana' – rejuvenation and anti-ageing due to its antioxidants.


I tend to get a post-nasal drip when I have Chyavanprash – is this due to its sweet/sour/heavy qualities, or is it due to already vitiated tarpaka kapha?

The ingredients in it may help to liquefy the accumulated kapha and cleanse the channels .Thats where you feel the post nasal drip.If you continue the intake ,it may give you good results after the proper cleanse.


In spite of a natural coolant of amla, why is the net effect of Chyawanprash hot?

The oveall compositions are balanced in chyavanaprash


Is Chyawanprash effective in thyroid hormone imbalance?

The active ingredients may help in regularizing the  thyroid hormonal imbalance


Is Chyawanprash really effective in cough?

Yes its very effective in consistent cough


Is chyawanprash good for Chikungunya?

It can help in post chikungunya status since it can boost the immunity


Is chyawanprash useful in treating male and female infertility?

In addition to balancing the hormonal flow, the active ingredients in chyawanprash helps in the functioning of the reproductive organs and endocrine system. It also improves semen quality and help in the regulation of menstruation.


Is it a good idea to add Bhasmas to Chyawanprash?

Chyawanprash brands include bhasmas like gold, silver, and kesar to boost strength and increase the body’s stamina.


Is it harmful to take shilajit with chyawanprash?

Yes you can take


Is there any concept of taking Chyawanprash based on Dosha imbalance?

There is no such specific preparation .This herbal jam can be taken for all body types


Is there anything like Chyawanprash for Vata, Chyawanprash for Pitta and Chyawanprash for Kapha body types?

There is no such specific preparation .This herbal jam can be taken for all body types  


The reference I found on the web differentiates between kakoli and Khshirakakoli Are these similar in their ayurvedic properties?

Both have different properties and post digestive effects


So, can Chyawanprash be taken both morning and at night?

Yes you can based on the agni


Why does Chyawanprash contain Sugar?

They work as a best carrier of herbs


Why milk is preferred with Chyawanprash?

It mitigates the hot potency of the jam

 

 

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