Swarna prashana is one of the 16 samskaras mentioned in ancient Ayurveda literature. It is a method of potent immunization given to children from the time of birth to 15years on the day of Pushya nakshatra every month. By adopting this method, the child can be benefited with long lasting health and intellect naturally without leaving any harmful side effects.
Swarna prashana is a natural immune booster for kids is carried out by administering Swarna bhasma (gold calyx), mixed with honey, ghee and powders of Vacha, Brahmi, Yashtimadhu, Shankapushpi, Sweta Durva etc. to the children orally.
Administration of Swarna prashana enhances the immunity for kids and prevent from recurrent diseases. This is one of the best ayurvedic immune booster for babies known till date. Swarna prashana is popularly known as Suvarnaprashana, Suvarnaprashan, Suvarna Bindu prashana, Swarna bindu prashana in common practise.
Swarna prashana has close resemblance to the concept of vaccination in modern medicine. Vaccination helps in boosting immunity against any diseases but Swarna prashana boosts the overall immune system of the child rather than a targeted action.
Swarna prashana benefits includes:
Helps To Boost Immunity
Swarnaprashana helps to improve the immunity power, develops resistance against recurrent infections, prevents children from falling ill very often
Helps To Enhance Memory
Regular usage promotes child’s intellect, grasping power, sharpness, analysis power, improve memory in a unique manner
Helps to Nourish Skin
This potent immunization helps to build body (height and weight), increases physical strength and enhances stamina for the body. It also nourishes the skin and improves complexion
Helps to improve digestion
Suvarnaprashana boosts child’s appetite. It further kindles digestive fire, refines the digestion, and keeps healthy
Swarna prashana is not only beneficial in enhancing the health of a child but it also has an upper hold on benefits for children suffering from learning disabilities, developmental milestones, Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, hyperactivity in kids etc.
What is the Duration for Swarna prashana?
We can either follow daily for one month (30 days), which can be extended to 6 months (180 days) Or, we follow monthly once on Pushya nakshatra till age of 15 years.
Ayurvedic texts has not specifically mentioned the age up to which the Swarna prashana administration can be given. However, long term administration prolonged use suggests long term benefits like Balya (strength), Rasayana (Rejuvenator), and Ayu Vardhana effect (increased life span).
When to give Swarna prashana?
Swarna prashana is administered every month on the day of Pushya nakshatra which is an auspicious day that comes after every 27 days. Also, Aptacare suggests special packages according to the age of the child and requirements in that period. Know more (we can direct to the page with packages)
Dosage: The classics has given various dosage forms. According to different Acharyas the dosage calculated varies. Aptacare Swarna prashana were calculated taking theses as the references and customised according to age of the children.
Method of administration – Open the package containing the Swarna prashana and ghee. Melt the ghee by keeping in boiled water with a temperature around 550 – 600 . Open the packet containing powder, and carefully transfer to the wooden spoon. Pour the melted ghee in to the spoon drop by drop followed by honey. Mix this thoroughly with the help of another wooden spoon. Administer this to the child immediately
Key Ingredients of Swarna prashana include:
Swarna bhasma (ash of gold), Ghee, Honey, Powders of herbs like Vacha (Acorus Calamus), Shankapushpi (Convolvulus-Pluricaulis), Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), Guduchi Satwa (Tinospora Cordifolia), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza Glabra), Sweta Durva (Cynodon dactylon), Kushta (Saussurea lappa) etc.
Swarna bhasma :
In olden days Swarna was regarded as one of the best Medhya vardhaka dravyas. It was believed that Swarna has the capacity to win over any diseases if taken in appropriate quantity. Swarna as a metal is never taken in its original form. Swarna bhasma is an incinerated stage of Swarna which is easily absorbable in the human body.
Swarna bhasma when administered for a long duration in lower doses is regarded as an intellect enhancer as well as a memory booster. Various Acharyas has different opinion with regards to the dosage of Swarna bhasma. The most accepted dosage is 1/4th–1/8th Ratti (15–30 mg) by Rasa tarangani.
Many studies have been conducted about the effects of Swarna bhasma. The action of Swarna bhasma to that of Nano particles are highly compatible to the blood. Also no toxic effects towards liver or kidney was reported.
Ghee is regarded as the healthiest and auspicious food. Many references regarding ghrita is told in our Ayurveda classics. It is many a times used as an Anupana (adjuvant) with other medicines. Ghrita along with other dravyas like Vacha, Shankapushpi, Brahmi, Guduchi Satwa, Yashtimadhu, Sweta Durva, Kushta etc. are administered in Swarna prashana. Regular intake of maintains the digestive fire intact.
Honey is rich anti-oxidant which is administered in the combination in Swarna prashana. Ayurveda has explained enormous qualities of honey which are nourishment to nervous system, promotes Ojas (the entity which is responsible for immunity and strength). Honey also plays an important role as an adjuvant where it improves the absorption of drugs in the body
Vacha (Acorus calamus) :
Vacha is one of the most important herbs explained in Ayurveda. It is known to mankind from the Vedic era as it is a best rejuvenator that enhances activities of brain and nervous system. It is a Medhya dravya and helps in increasing overall intellect and memory. Apart from these actions the drug is helpful in treating digestive disorders, abdominal discomforts, helps to relieve cough, fever, and mental disorders.
Shankapushpi (Convolvulus-Pluricaulis) :
Shankapushpi is one among the Medhya Rasayanas told by Acharya Charaka. The drug is regarded as a best brain and nervine tonic. The drug along with other ingredients in Swarna prashana acts on overall growth and development in the child.
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) :
Brahmi is a wonderful herb which has a great impact on the cognitive skills, memory and learning abilities of the children. The chemical constituent like bacosides supports repair in impaired neurons. Many clinical trials are also conducted on Brahmi which has proved its nootropic activity.
Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia) :
Guduchi, one among the most valued drugs in Ayurveda helps to focus on learning and memory enhancing activities. It also has a direct impact on altering the behavioural disorders and their IQ levels.
Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) :
Yashtimadhu is a versatile drug which has various effects on health of an individual. It supports immunity, improves digestion and is good for respiratory system. Also, the drug is a best choice to control the increased pitta dosha. Acharyas have mentioned Yashtimadhu, as one of the drugs which can be used in Swarna prashana.
Kushta (Saussurea lappa) :
Kushta is a commonly used drug in Ayurveda which is known to mankind since the Vedic age. The drug helps in regularising the digestion, and cleanses the body. Kushta is also well known for its healing property of wounds or ulcers.
Sweta Durva (Cynodon dactylon) :
Durva is one among the drug of choice for boosting immunity. It is a good antibacterial agent, also fastens the healing of wounds. The drug is proved to cure skin problems easily. Acharya Susrutha has mentioned Durva as the drug of choice for Swarnaprashna along with other herbs.
Kaidarya (Murraya koenigii)
– Kaidarya commonly known as curry leaves is not only a culinary delight it also has remarkable medicinal properties. It helps to treat the worm infections, skin diseases and supports cardio vascular functions. Regular consumptions help to protect the child from any sort of infections