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The Elixer of Life

Chyawanprash is known in Ayurveda to be the elixir of life. A complex concoction of medicinal herbs, honey, and ghee, it has the power to rejuvenate the entire body, and increase the span of someone’s life.

The following points illustrate Chyawanprash’s power as a fountain of youth.

A Rasayana

In Ayurvedic medicine, Chyawanprash is the ultimate rasayana (rejuvenative therapy). It strengthens the sensory organs, builds the immune system, clears the complexion, stimulates the digestive system, and aids the formation of each level of tissue, up to the most complex of all: the reproductive system. The tissues of our body are constantly procreating with whatever material they are fed. With this elixir as a base, the healthiest tissues can be built.

A Balancing Substance

Chyawanprash also helps to balance each dosha (vata, pitta and kapha); and gives energy, stamina and alertness to the mind and body.

A Superfood Powerhouse

One of the earliest documented recipes for Chyawanprash appears in Caraka Samhita (written around the 2nd Century AD), where it suggests about 40 powerful herbs be used in its making, with the largest constituent being amalaki (emblica officinalis). Amalaki is said to be the fruit of immortality, with one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C in any food known to man (it is also inherently infused with tannins, which stabilise the vitamin C when the fruits are processed).

A Legendary Tale

The ancient book of hymns, the Rig Veda, tells the tale of the great Sage Chywana. He was the prototype of a man with the ability to rejuvenate himself: managing to re-attain his youth and sight after having lost them both. The legend of Sage Chywana is one of penance and rejuvenation; Chyawanprash is the reward after a life of atonement, as Charaka Samhita states:

“by the use of this medicine, Chywana, who had become exceedingly old became young once again.”

Sharma, R.K, Dash, B. Caraka Samhita. vol. II, Cikitsasthanam c.1 v. 62-74

 

Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)