Ayurveda is an ancient science that aims in bringing harmony in all levels of our existence. Any imbalance in the factors of body, mind, intellect and soul leads to diseases.
Our Acharyas has passed on the precious knowledge of holistic lifestyle to their next generations. Over a time period all those became a ritual that got integrated into their day to day life. These rituals are known as samskaras. All these are connected with major events in life such as pregnancy, childbirth, naming ceremony, education, marriage, etc. These samskaras enables us to live a complete fulfilling physical and mental health.
Swarnaprashana also known as Suvarnaprashana/ Swarna bindu Prashana/ Swarnamrita Prasgana is one of the 16 samskaras mentioned in ancient Ayurveda literature. Swarnaprashana is an ayurvedic immunization method given to children from the time of birth till 15years. This is advocated by giving Swarna bhasma (gold calyx), mixed with honey, ghee and powders of Vacha, Brahmi, Yashtimadhu, Shankapushpi etc. This is one of the best immune booster for babies known till date.
Duration of Swarnaprashana
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.
सुवर्णप्राशनं हि एतत् मेधाग्नि बल वर्धनम् ।
आयुष्यं मंगलं पुण्यं वृष्यं ग्रहापहम् ॥
मासात् परम मेधावी व्याधिभिर्न च दृश्यते ।
षड्भि मासै: श्रुतधर सुवर्ण प्राशनात् भवेत् ॥
(काश्यप संहिता, सूत्रस्थानम् 18/4-5)
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).
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.
How to give suvarnaprashan ?
(Method of administration)
Swarnaprashana is mentioned as a samskara according to ancient ayurvedic literature. Acharya Kashyapa has explained about Suvarna prashanam and its benefits in Kashyapa Samhitha, Sutrasthana 18th chapter, 4-5 shlokas.
Acharya has explained the method to carry out the Swarnaprashana. Children should be facing towards the east direction, the bhasma is mixed with the herbs, ghee, honey and then administrated in the form of Lehana (licking).
Directions of Use
- The packet contains one sachet of Swarnaprashana, Prashana ghrita and Honey
- Swarnaprashana should be administered on the day of Pushya nakshatra.
- For best results, continue to administer Swarnaprashana every day for 180 days
- Please visit our website to find the Pushya nakshatra dates and to place order for 180 days package.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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