|Vaidyaratnam Chyawanprash (chyavanaprasam)
Chyawanprash is a delicious nutritive jam that has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years, offering a wide range of health benefits. In Sanskrit, the word, “prash” refers to a specially prepared food. It is said that two ancient sages of Ayurveda concocted this particular formula to restore youth to the elderly sage, Chyawan—thus the name, “chyawanprash”. The transliteration from Sanskrit to English has resulted in a variety of spelling variations, including: chyavanprash, chyavanaprasam, and chyavanaprjasha.
The Ayurvedic jam known as chyawanprash is made with a base of amalaki fruits (Emblica officinalis) and typically contains a number of other herbs, ghee, sesame oil, sugar, and/or honey. The honey, ghee, and sesame oil serve as yogavahis (catalytic agents) to carry the herbs deep into the tissues, while the sugar is considered a samvahaka dravya (preservative substance) which helps to safeguard the clinical efficacy of the main ingredient, in this case amalaki.
Benefits of Chyawanprash:
Rejuvenates all tissues in the body*
Supports overall strength and energy*
Promotes muscle mass*
Builds ojas for supporting a healthy immune response and youthfulness*
Supports healthy function of the heart and respiratory systems*
Tonifies the reproductive system*
Kindles agni (digestive fire)*
Gently encourages elimination*
Supports optimal urinary health*
Suggested Dosage: As a rasayana, chyawanprash is typically taken in the morning, or sometimes in both the morning and the evening. Chyawanprash can be taken on a long-term basis as part of a program designed to support overall strength and immunity One to Two spoons once or twice daily followed by warm milk.