Chyawanprash (also spelled chyavanaprasha, chyavanaprash, chyavanaprasam and chyawanaprash) is a cooked mixture of sugar, honey, ghee, Indian Gooseberry (amla), jam, sesame oil, berries and various herbs and spices. It is prepared as per the instructions suggested in Ayurvedic texts. Chyawanprash is widely sold and consumed in India as a dietary supplement.
In Sanskrit, the word ‘prash’ stands for a specially prepared food and ‘Chyawan’ was the name of the sage for whom this Ayurvedic nutritive formula was concocted to restore his youth & vitality. Thus the name ‘Chyawanprash’. As a health supplement, Dabur Chyawanprash can be taken by people from all age groups- kids, adults and elderly people alike for supreme health benefits.
Chyawanprash is an ancient formulation and product. Various Indian holy books like Mahabharat, Puranas etc., relate that Ashwini Kumar brothers, the twins, who were Rajvaidya (Royal Physicians) to Devas during Vedic times, first prepared this formulation for Chyawan Rishi at his Ashram on Dhosi Hill near Narnaul, Haryana, India, hence the name Chyawanprash. The first historically documented formula for chyawanprash appears in the Charaka Samhita, the ancient Ayurvedic treatise from the early first millennium BCE.
TASTE AND APPEARANCE
Chyawanaprash tastes sweet and sour at the same time. The taste is largely dominated by the flavors of honey, ghee (clarified butter) and amla and the smell by ghee and other spices including sandalwood, cinnamon and cardamom. Its appearance resembles semi-molten tar – a thick dark brown paste.
Chyawanaprash is usually consumed directly or along with warm milk or water . The recommended consumption is usually about 1 tsp twice a day.
It is a general health supplement and is among the best known Ayurvedic Medicine. It helps fight day to day ailments such as cough and cold. But precaution for diabetic persons because sugar percent may vary from 66% to 87% in chyawanprash company to company. It’s a good source of antioxidants.
1.When there is a change in seasons there is a chance of many viral, fungal and bacterial infections. This Ayurvedic formulation known as Chyawanprash helps in fighting against it. In this way it provides protection to the body.
2.Asthma or chronic bronchitis is not untouched by many people nowadays. If you want to cure these diseases, then Chyawanprash can be a great option. It does this by improving the functioning of the lungs.
3.Heat strokes are also reduced by continuous usage of Chyawanprash. This medicine helps to keep your heart healthier and stronger.
4.When you eat a lot, indigestion occurs. Much of the food remains undigested. Chyawanprash if taken regularly will facilitate the digestion. It will also help in the efficient absorption of nutrients from the food that you eat.
5.Any kind of constipation, nausea, gas, flatulence or even diarrhea can be cured by regular intake of this effective Ayurvedic mixture.
6.With time toxins gets accumulated in the body. This makes your blood dirty. Chyawanprash can be the best way to eliminate and purify the blood and that too naturally.
7.Many a times you face reduced memory and concentration due to which you feel frustrated. Chyawanprash works as a brain energizer and helps in enhancing your memory, focus and concentration.
8.After the age of 30, your skin starts showing the signs of aging. Wrinkling of the face and graying of hair is quite common. Chyawanprash has anti-aging property due to which it can help you to delay such signs.
9.Sexual stamina and pleasure can also be boosted by this formulation.
People who suffer from pulmonary tuberculosis can have a sigh of relief. This Ayurvedic medicine can work as a great remedy for this disease.
10.Old people and the kids lack the strength to do their day today’s activity. Regular intake Chyawanprash can help them by providing strength, energy, and efficient nourishment.
11.Any urine infections, chest infections, throat infections or gout. Chyawanprash can be the answer to all the above-said diseases.
12.Glowing skin and fairer complexion are what this Ayurvedic medicine can also provide.
The recipe of chyavanprash is mentioned in manuscripts written for ayurvedic method of treatment viz. Ashtangahridayam, Charakasamhita, Sangandharasamhita. Amla is a primary ingredient of Chyawanaprash which makes it rich in Vitamin C (445 mg/100g). The number of herbs used may vary from 25 to 80 almost 48-49 but the main ingredient of all Chyawanprash is amla.
Other chief ingredients are:
1.ashwagandha (Winter cherry)
5.blue Egyptian water lily
11.Indian rose chestnut
13.feather foil plant (Phyllanthus niruri or Bhumiamalaki)
16.Giant potato (Ipomoea mauritiana or Kiribadu Ala)
17.Giloy (Guduchi) (Tinospora cordifolia)
21.Long pepper (Piper longum)
22.Malabar nut (Seed of Adhatoda vasica)
29.Spreading hogweed (Boerhavia diffusa)
31.Tiger’s claw or Ice plant (Erythrina variegata)
32.Wild black gram
Chyawanprash in India and Nepal is marketed through film stars and sports persons such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Ravi Kishan, Virendra Sehwag, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.