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Chyawanprash - Immunity Boost in One Teaspoon

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

―Ayurvedic proverb



Chyawanprash (aka chyavanaprasha, chyavanaprash, chyavanaprasam, and chyawanaprash) is a traditional Ayurvedic polyherbal jam, made of honey, ghee, around 50 medicinal herbs and botanical extracts. The prime ingredient, Amla (Indian gooseberry), is the richest source of vitamin C. It has a fruit jam-like consistency, and possesses sweet, sour, and spicy flavor. It possesses multiple health benefits and has been widely used since ancient times as a daily supplement and as a medicine for enhancing immunity.


According to ancient sacred scriptures such as the Mahabharata, the Puranas, etc, the name of Chyawanprash originates from the legend of Chyawan Rishi, who was a forest sage. The story tells us how the twin Ashwini Kumar brothers (the royal physicians to the Gods during the Vedic era) invented this polyherbal potion for the sage Chyawan Rishi,who became very weak by following strict practices. To regain his youthfulness, vitality, and strength, he used Chyawanprash. It is known to normalize the hormonal and emotional balance, improve the appearance of hair, skin and nails.


Chyawanprash helps to balance the three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Its main ingredient is Amla, which, together with Ghee, sugar and other herbs balance Vata dosha. The heat of Pitta dosha is subsided by the cold effect of Amla in this formula. It has many herbs targeted towards Kapha balance, such as Dashamoola (the group of ten roots), long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and so on. Because of the hot potency of these herbs, it is not heavy to digest.


How to consume:


One to two teaspoons with warm milk (or warm water) every morning, preferably 30 minutes prior to breakfast.



Benefits:


  1. Boost Immunity. The most popular use of chyawanprash is to support immune function so as to lower the risk of infection and improve recovery. Chyawanprash has been found to exhibit antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects.

  2. Supports Respiratory Health. It is considered an excellent stimulant for the functioning of the bronchopulmonary system. It causes a strong warming effect, removes phlegm and mucus. It is very effective in the treatment of tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis. Chyawanprash helps to relieve cold and flu symptoms, soothes sore throat and suppresses cough, also helps to treat whooping cough.

  3. Anti-aging and Longevity. It is believed that it prevents signs of physical exhaustion and replenishes the lack of internal energy. Increases general immunity, maintains the genitourinary system and increases vitality. It slows down the aging process of the body and its organs.

  4. Supports Brain Function. Through its antioxidant power and pro-cholinergic effects, chyawanprash can be used to improve memory, also enhancing the ability to learn and retain information. Chyawanprash is a natural brain tonic that can lower the risk of dementia and degenerative brain disease.

  5. Detoxification. Research published in the Journal of Cancer Research Therapy shows that chyawanprash may prevent kidney damage, which is caused by exposure to toxins from tobacco, alcohol and even chemotherapy. Another study found that chyawanprash may protect against liver fibrosis caused by toxins.



Side Effects:

Allergies to ingredients


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