Chyawanprash

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A jar and spoonful of Chyawanprash

Chyawanprash, also spelled chyavanaprasha, chyavanaprash, chyavanaprasam and chyawanaprash, is a jam like cooked mixture of sugar, honey, Triphala, ghee, sesame oil, berries and other naturally available herbs and spices. It is prepared as per the instructions suggested in Ayurvedic methods of preventing diseases. Chyawanprash is widely sold and consumed in India as a dietary supplement. It is a good source of Vitamin C and antioxidants and is usually consumed for its health benefits.[1]

Origin[edit]

Various Indian holy books like Mahabharat, Puranas etc., relate that the 'Royal Vaids', named 'Ashwini Kumar brothers', the twins, who were medical advisers to Devas during Vedic times (10,000 years ago), first prepared this formulation for Chyawan Rishi at his Ashram on Dhosi Hill near Narnaul, Haryana, India, hence the name Chyawanprash.[2][3] The first historically documented formula for chywanprash appears in Charaka Samhita, the ancient Ayurvedic treatise[4]

Taste, appearance[edit]

Chyawanaprash tastes sweet and sour at the same time. Its taste is largely dominated by the flavors of honey, ghee and triphala, and smell by ghee and other spices like sandalwood, cinnamon, cardamom etc. Its appearance resembles to semi-molten tar i.e. it is a dark brown thick paste like substance. Clarified butter, cinnamon and other spices used in it contribute to its smell.

Consumption[edit]

Chyawanaprash is usually consumed directly or along with warm milk or water. The recommended consumption is usually about 1 tbsp twice a day.

Organic Chyawanprash[edit]

Organic Chyawanprash strengthens the immune system. This anti-aging 'Elixir of Life' nourishes brain cells and enhances memory power, increasing retention and recall. Supports healthy heart function. Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. Alleviates cough and asthma. Promotes glowing skin complexion.

Claimed benefits[edit]

Chyawanaprash is considered a wholesome medication. It has multiple benefits e.g. it increases immunity, improves digestion, helps in bowel movements and increases sexual potency. Its regular consumption prevents cough, asthma, fever, emaciation, heart diseases, arthritis, urinary complaints, impotency and diseases related to semen and coarseness of speech.

(Ref: Ashtangahridayam).

Triphala is the primary ingredient of Chyawanaprash which makes it rich in Vitamin C (445 mg/100g).[5] About 20g of amla contains the Dietary Reference Intake of Vitamin C. Anti-aging benefits claimed due to chyawanprash can be due to the anti-oxidant effect of Vitamin C.

Composition[edit]

The recipe of chyavanprash is mentioned in manuscripts written for ayurvedic method of treatment viz. Ashtangahridayam, Charakasamhita, Sangandharasamhita. Nowadays, original recipes of Chyawanprash have been altered and some of the ingredients have been replaced with other herbs probably because of unavailability of some herbs or for marketing purposes by companies.

Commercially available Chyawanaprash is marketed for all or different age groups - children, young men and old people, with different compositions that have different advantages.

The number of herbs used may vary from 25 to 80 but the main ingredient of all Chyawanprash is amla[6] Other chief ingredients are:

Market[edit]

The market size of chyawanprash in 2010 was Indian Rs 4 billion (about $80 million USD). Chyawanprash in India is marketed through the top film stars and sports persons like Amitabh Bacchan, Shahrukh Khan, Sourav Ganguly, M.S.Dhoni, SRK, Dhoni, Ravi Kishan do wonders for chyawanprash. With the growing interest of masses in Vedic Sanskriti, Yoga and Ayurveda, consumption of Chyawanprash is on increase in India and abroad.[7]

Dabur signs Madhuri Dixit as brand ambassador for Chyawanprash [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Puri, H.S. (2003) Rasayana: Ayurvedic Herbs for Rejuvenation and Longivity. Taylor & Francis, London
  2. ^ Healthepic.com
  3. ^ Panda, H; Handbook On Ayurvedic Medicines With Formulae, Processes And Their Uses, 2004, p10 ISBN 978-81-86623-63-3
  4. ^ Bates, D, Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions Cambridge University Press 1995, p325 ISBN 978-0-521-49975-0
  5. ^ Tarwadi K, Agte V (Aug 2007). "Antioxidant and micronutrient potential of common fruits available in the Indian subcontinent". Int J Food Sci Nutr 58 (5): 341–9. doi:10.1080/09637480701243905. PMID 17558726. 
  6. ^ "Chyavanaprasha Rasayan." Logayurveda.com. Accessed September 2011.
  7. ^ Economic Times SRK, Dhoni, Ravi Kishan do wonders for chyawanprash
  8. ^ Dabur signs Madhuri Dixit as brand ambassador for Chyawanprash. Economic Times (2013-10-29). Retrieved on 2013-10-29.