The most difficult part of parenting is to see your child sick. Although parents can easily spend nights taking care of their children, but seeing their child sick is quite emotionally draining. Unfortunately we all come in this world with a weak immune system and it seems like getting sick is part of our job description as a child. But then it does not have to be necessarily like that. Every parent would love to have a magic potion that can build a child’s immunity so much so that their child is always protected from all kinds of germs and viruses. And thankfully due to ancient Indian ayurvedic practices, there does exist one such magic potion: Swarna Prashana. Let’s look at how Swarna Prashana works and what are the various benefits (or side effects if any) of using the same.
What is Swarna Prashana?
Swarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) also known as Swarna bindu prashan is an unique Ayurvedic preparation that is known to enhance the immune power of human body. Swarna means gold and Prashana refers to act of consuming. The act of consuming noble metal gold "Swarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana)" is considered as one of the 16 essential Sanskars (regimens) described for improving overall health in children.
What is it made of?
Swarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) is made using swarna bhasma (gold ash) mixed with honey and cow ghee containing herbal extracts like vacha, brahmi, shankh pushpi, all of which show strong immune boosting properties.
Gold, a precious metal, is known to boost immunity as well as enhance memory. As it cannot be consumed in metallic form, it is converted to a powdered form (Swarna Bhasma) using a special process.
Honey is another important ingredient in Swarna Prashana. Honey is prepared by collection of pollen grains. Since pollen grains are known to cause allergic reactions, consumption of honey in very low doses is believed to gradually prepare the body to fight against other allergens. Honey is also known to act against inflammation and improve digestion.
Ghee (a type of clarified butter) mixed with herbs, is the third main ingredient of Swarna Prashana. Ghee has a unique property of acquiring medicinal properties of herbs mixed in it and thus it acts as an effective medium for the preparation.
Who should take Swarna Prashana?
According to Ayurveda our body needs to get right nourishment to support proper physical and mental development that can sustain till the old age. Swarna Prashan is therefore recommended to be taken immediately after birth and continued till the age of 16 years.
One should avoid giving Swarna Prashana to children if they have cold or fever.
What are the other benefits of consuming Swarna Prashana?
Although the main benefit of consuming Swarna Prashana is improved immunity, but then it is not just limited to improving immunity. It has several other benefits including :
Helps Calm the Mind and Reduces Temper Tantrums
Due to its calming effects on mind, Swarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) seems extremely beneficial in children with special needs such as autism, learning difficulties, attention deficit disorder and hyper activity.
Improves Digestion and Absorption of Nutrients
It accelerates the process of digestion and hence improves the absorption of essential nutrients from food. Many children often suffer from gastric discomfort and reduced appetite. Swarna Prashan improves appetite and thus promotes healthy body growth.
Nourishes Skin by Improving Blood Circulation and De-Toxification
It expels the unwanted toxins from the body causing total body de-toxification. It also improves the blood circulation which further results in improved skin texture and imparts glow to the skin.
Enhanced Memory and Improved Attention
It is known to improve attention and the grasping power in children. It is also known to enhance the memory.
Improves hearing, vision and overall physical and mental health
It improves the blood circulation in the body and also stimulates the nervous system, thereby leading to overall good physical and mental health.
Any Specific Care to Be Taken While Consuming It?
Although Swarna Prashana can be taken on any other day, in Ayurveda, it is recommended to consume Swarna Prashana on specific days in a year. These days are determined by appearance of a specific constellation (nakshtra) called Pushya Nakshatra.
Pushya Nakshatra (or Cow Udder) is an arrangement of stars that is associated with optimum nourishment and benefits. When consumed on these days, Swarna Prashana can be most effective.
Here are the list of days in 2016 when Pusya Nakshatra can be seen :
How Can You Prepare it at Home?
Mix 125 mg of Swarna (Gold) Bhasma with 200 gm Brahmi Ghrita. Once it is properly mixed, then each gram ghrita will have 0.625mg of Swarna Bhasma. Take two drops of the solution (which will contain 0.1 mg of Swarna Bhasma), and mix it with honey. This mixture can be taken daily or on Pushya Nakshatra.
Are There Any Side Effects of Swarna Prashana?
If made in a classical way, there should be no side effects of consuming Swarna Prashana. However if gold is not converted into nano form (bhasma) properly, then it can be toxic. So it is very important to have the right Swarna Bhasma to prepare Swarna Prashana.
It is extremely important to have a right foundation if you want to build up long term physical and mental health of your child. Avoiding occasional flu and fever is just one of the benefits of Swarna Prashana, but the overall improvement of your child’s health and wellbeing for a long term can be a great gift that you can give to your child. And the best thing is that this magic potion is easily available in most ayurvedic clinics in India. So you are just one step away from giving a long lasting benefit to your child. In case you want to purchase it online, you can do so by clicking on the link below :