My experience with Balamrit.

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At our holistic parenting WhatsApp group there is one topic that is constantly bothering our fellow parents is to improve immunity. I could think nothing more than Balamrit that saved by child. It is a nice memory I could recall. It’s was my 9 months of motherhood journey to welcome my second baby Ojas. I nurtured myself well with all the nutrients, vitamins and so on, till 7 the month, but God has his own plans. Scanning report showed fetus isn’t receiving enough blood circulation through mother. Despite repeated scans I’am helpless. I was suggested to go for emergency C-section, Don’t know why I did, but I just denied. I took it as a challenge to wait till 9 month to let baby fight with his immune system. Finally the day approached when the baby has to enter the world. My happiness reams no boundaries glancing at my Angel.

Two days later, his blood reports showed low platelets for which the pediatric suggested all possible tests. Only option I was given was Bone marrow. I was totally disturbed at the sight of my baby in ICU. Paediatric explained its due to mother’s womb a virus entered the baby which was the reason for his low platelets. Requested the Hospital staff to discharge my baby though Doctors denied thinking it would be risky. I was sure our family home-remedies have deeper meaning. I prepared balamrit, a herbal mix we used to give for new born usually prepared by granny at home, I gave it to my new born daily and followed regular oil bath, kept the house clean and always played various Vedic chants at home all the time with sincere prayer. Touch wood as days passed by and routine check-ups showed drastic increase in his platelets and health. The first one year was immense struggle for a mother saving a baby. Now he’s 2 yrs. When I look back now down the line with my happy and healthy toddler the only one thing I should mention is “thanks to balamrit” for being with me in my journey.My purpose of sharing this amazing real life experience is to create awareness and introduced Balamrit to all the new mothers and get benefited of our ancient knowledge.

Balamrit is a traditional mixture of certain herbs (Almond, Dry Dates, Nutmeg, Myrica Nagi, Gum Arabic, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia Belirica, Indiancscrew tree, Long pepper, Sweetflag, Licorice, Turmeric, Dryginger, Ashwagandha, Indian Atees, Embilia and Conessi Bark) which are used and given for 3 years to child to improve his immunity. They are very effective and individual herbs in it tend to cover major disorders of the child from stomach ache, teething, decentry to fevers to flatulence and so on. We used to take some breast milk [first six months] or water [after six months]. Rub each of this herbs once or twice. Once all herbs are rubbed, mix the blend with a drop of honey.

I start with spiritual prayers to pass on the healing energy. It is a time consuming process along with lot of strenuous efforts, the preparation involves choosing of right herbs along with their proportion consistency of mixing, hand pounding, grinding and finally filtering the waste out to make the smooth powder, nearly 25 gms get wasted in125 gms. The whole ultimate strenuous procedure is to help the child or infant swallow it smoothly without any difficulty.

At request of many parents, while I make for my children, I also make extra to share it the requested parents. Each pocket is of 100 gms, and it costs Rs.1470.

 

Market available ready-made ones may not have shell life for longer duration and not sure of if whole ingredients are used in its preparation. When we make it at home the cost is cheaper by 25% when compared with market.

I’m glad to share this ancient remedy that has been passed on to me by our forefathers. Do share your feedback after using this. If you need any assistance do feel free to reach me at yvnsp80@gmail.com |  +91 77740 34453.

We are part of Greenhands, a community driven shopping project, that revives Indian indigenous traditional organic food. A project initiated exclusive by parents for parents at whatsapp holistic group.

Author: Lakshmi Bharadwaj

Lakshmi Bharadwaj, known as OJAS in whatsapp group, is a home-maker and mother of three lovely kids. She comes with a rich tradition that follows home-remedies, which makes her a passionate towards ancient knowledge in Ayurveda naturopathy and herbs. She is one of the sincere and senior member of swarnaprashana watsapp parenting community. She has been constantly guiding new parents and with her continuous selfless efforts on various social and educative platforms. She is a small startup entrepreneur made it a step ahead in collaborating O&S HERBALS with BALAMRIT and MILKMASLA which stood to her expectations with her efforts. In 2015, She was the Parent of the month for her exceptional guidance in home-remedies to many parents in our whatsapp community.

Concise Ayurvedia Immunisation Chart

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In continuation with our past article, “Jatakarma – Concise Ancient Immunization Activity” It is amazing to know, in terms of human growth, how our ancients were far advanced than today’s world. In those line, there has been a lot of discussion and enquirers in our whatsapp group to know if there is any chart, like an allopathic vaccination chart, that is more holistic in nature and does only one thing, good without side effects!

We would strongly advice you to treat this article for information purpose only and seek your Doctors or right professionals if you want to follow it. We would like to thank all our parents in our whatsapp groupwho constantly kept us encouraging to publish something like this.

We went back our books, spoke various ancient healers and Ayurvedic doctors. Here is what we found, list of immunization from Day 1 to 12 Years.

  • Day One
  • Day 15 to 30
  • 1st Month
  • 3rd Month
  • 6th Month
  • 1st Year
  • 3rd Year
  • 5th Year
  • 8th Year
  • 10th Year
  • 12th Year

Jaatamatra / One day old child

Vacha is grinded in the juice of Tripadika and three drop of this mixture is instilled over the centre of the head. This procedure will maintain the digestive power correctly, the doshas will maintain correct balance, and the affliction with Balagraha will be prevented. 

Pakshateeta / 15 days to 1 month

The root, bark, leaf, flower and fruit of Bilva are taken together and powdered well. This powder is added with the juice of Dhatri and given internally.

Athipakshateeta / Completed 1 month

The drugs such as Musta, Hingu and Vilanga are powdered and added with ghee medicated with juice of Trayanti / Brahmi is given internally.

Thraimasika / Completed 3 months

The drugs such as Vyosha, and powder of Sariba is added with butter and given internally.

Shanmasika / Completed 6 months

The powder of Musalikanda and Trikatu are mixed together and added with honey is given internally.

Ekabdha / 1 year old child

The child of one year old should be administered with different preparations in each month for first 7days as:

  • 1 year 1 month.-Powder of drugs such as Dhatri, Musta and Vyosha added with honey is given internally at 1 year 1 month
  • 1 year 2 month.Powder of drugs such as Dhatri, Musta and Vyosha added with butter is given internally at 1 year 2 month
  • 1 year 3 month. Powder of drugs such as Dhatri, Musta and Vyosha added with hot water is given internally at 1 year 3 month
  • 1 year 4 month. Powder of drugs such as Dhatri, Musta and yosha added with honey is given internally at 1 year 4 month
  • 1 year 5 month. The drugs of Panchakola (Pippali, Pippali mula, Chavya, Chitraka and Nagara) is powdered and added with ghee is given internally at 1 year 5 month
  • 1 year 6 month. Powder of Jeeraka and Krishna is added with honey and given internally at 1 year 6 month
  • 1 year 7 month. The drugs such as Dadima and Vyosha added with Dadhi masthu is administered internally at 1 year 7 month
  • 1 year 8 month. The ghee medicated with the drugs such as Grandhika mula and Kalinga/Kutaja is administered internally at 1 year 8 month
  • 1 year 9 month. The drugs such as Vella/Vidanga and Krishna added with honey is administered internally at 1 year 9 month
  • 1 year 10 month. The drugs such as Jeeraka and Vyosha added with sugar are administered internally at 1 year 10 month
  • 1 year 11 month. The drugs such as Jeeraka and Vyosha added with cow‘s milk are administered internally at 1 year 11 month.

The sugar and Jeeraka added with cow‘s milk is given internally at 1 year 12 month.

Thryabdha / 3 year old child

The child of three year old should be administered with different preparations in each month as

  • The drugs such as Guduchi, Pippali and Vacha are powdered and added with ghee and sugar is given internally at 3 year 1 month
  • The drugs such as Vyosha, Yasti, Vacha, Saindhava and Abhaya are powdered together and added with sugar and ghee is administered internally at 3 year 2 month
  • The drugs such as Vella, Musta, Ela, Vacha, Nagara and Pippali are powdered and given with sugar and ghee is administered internally at 3 year 3 month. The drugs such as Sariba, Vyosha, Vacha, Jeeraka and Kaisiki are powdered and added with sugar and ghee is administered internally at 3 year 4 month
  • The drugs such as Dadima, Ambhoda, Vacha, Dhanyaka and Magadhi/Pippali are powdered together and given with sugar and ghee at 3 year 5 month
  • The drugs such as Vrusciva, Bhunimba, Vacha and Ksheera taru twak are powdered well and mixed with sugar and ghee is administered internally at3 year 6 month
  • The drugs such as Supyaparni, Abda, Vira, Rudhi, Chapala and Vacha are powdered well and mixed with sugar and ghee is given at 3 year 7 month
  • The drugs such as Drona pushpa, Abda, Vacha and Dwija taru twak are powdered well and mixed with sugar and ghee is administered internally at 3 year 8 month
  • The drugs such as Trayamana/Brahmi, Abda, Vacha, Kutaja and Magadhi are powdered well and mixed with sugar and ghee is administered internally at 3 year 9 month
  • The drugs such as Malati pushpa, Vacha, Jeeraka and Kaisiki are powdered and added with sugar and ghee and given at 3 year 10 month
  • The drugs such as Samipatra, Jeeraka, Agni, Vach.a and Kana are powdered and added with sugar and ghee and given at 3 year 11 month
  • The drugs such as Vella, Talisapatra, Agni, Pashugandha, Abhaya and Vacha are powdered and added with sugar and ghee and given at 3 year 12 month

Panchayana / 5 year old child

The child of five year old is given with medicaments said for Thryabdha/3 year old child with Pushkaramula instead of Vacha.

Ashtabdha / 8 year old child

The child of eight year old is given with medicaments said for Thryabdha/3 year old child, added with root of Sankhapushpa instead of Vacha and the medium for mixing the compound is ghee and honey instead of sugar and ghee.

Dasabdha / 10 year old child

After the tenth year, the child is given with proper medicated ghee monthly for seven days such as:

  • Abhayadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the juice of Brahmi added with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Abhaya,Vyosha, Saindhava, Vacha and Talisapatra, is given at 10 year 1 month
  • Vidangadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Vilanga, Amalaka, Vyosha, Patha, Dadima and Dipyaka added with the juice extracted from Krishnamunda, is administered at 10 year 2 month
  • Jeerakadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Jeeraka, Vyosha, Saindhava, Vacha, Jalada and Pushkara along with the juice of Vetasamla, is administered at 10 year 3 month
  • Jeevaniyadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the drugs in the group called Jeevaniya gana, Ambhoda, Jayanthi mula, Chitraka and Granthi added with goat‘s milk is administered at 10 year 4 month
  • Drakshadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Draksha, Vruschiva, Patha, Abda, Habusha mula, Katphala and Dadima along with goat‘s milk is administered at 10 year 5 month
  • Saribadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Sariba, Jalada, Ushira, Trikatu, Surahwaya and Jeeraka added with goat‘s milk is administered at 10 year 6 month
  • Nagaradi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Nagara, Amalaka, Anantha, Vilanga,Indrayava, Ambuda, and the root, bark, leaves, flower and fruit of Bilva added with water is administered at 10 year 7 month
  • Pippalyadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Pipppali, Indrayava, Draksha, Bruhati, Amshumathi dwaya, Tikta, aikundapushpa, Ambu, Nalada/Ushira, Alarka/Arka, Dipyaka, Dadima, Ambhoda, Patha, Ugra/Vacha, Sigru, Hingu, Punarnava, Bilva mula, Shami valka, Malati mukula, Utpala, Vilanga and Amalaka added with the medicinal fluid called Masthu is added with sugar and Jeeraka is administered at 10 year 8 month
  • Bilvadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the decotion prepared with the drugs such as Bilva, Ajamoda, Nirgundi, Chapala mula, Toyada and Dadima added with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Vyosha, Ela, Agni and Vilanga along with cow‘s milk is beneficial to prevent diseases. The drugs such as Patha, Vaikunda and Musta along with the medicinal fluid called Masthu can be used to prepare the medicated ghee. The same medicaments along with the decotion mentioned above can be used to medicate the ghee is also beneficial at 10 year 9 month
  • Trayamanadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the decotion prepared with the drugs such as Trayamana, Kalinga, Abda and Chapala mula added with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Ativisha,Musta, Bhunimba and Kutaja is beneficial to prevent diseases. Ghee medicated with the kalka of the drugs such as Vyosha, Agni, Dadima and Jeeraka added with goat‘s milk is also beneficial to use at 10 year 10 month
  • Dadimadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Dadima, Triphala, Vella, Magadhi mula and Chitraka along with the juice of Jeevanthi and Masthu is advised to administer at 10 year 11 month
  • Pathakutajadi Ghrita: Ghee medicated with the decotion prepared with the drugs such as Patha, Kutaja, Bhunimba, Varshabhu / Vruschiva and Dhanyaka along with the kalka prepared with the drugs such as Vella, Palasa twak, Nisha dwaya, Punarnava, Vyosha, Dipyaka, Ananta and Madhuka / Yastimadhu is advised to administer added with honey at 10 year 12 month

Dwasasabdha / 12 year old child

At 12 year 1 month, the drugs such as Ananta and Vacha along with sugar and honey is administered internally while from 12 year 2 month onward, Instead of Ananta, the drugs such as Brahmi, Munda, Shami valka, Bhrunga, Amalaka, Magadhi, Vishala, Vajra valli, Indurekha, Bhunimba and Gopica are administered.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

What is immunity from an Ayurvedic perspective?

future so brightImmunity is one of the main benefits of swarna prashana. Many parents ask us or assume a lot about immunity; so, we decided to give a detailed version of Immunity from an ayurvedic point of view.

Immunity, as everyone knows, is the capacity of the body to fight against the disease, the concept of which is well explained in Ayurveda.

The 2 main principles of Ayurveda are,

“Swasthasya swasthya rakshanam;

athurasya vikaraprashamanam”

Which means, to protect health of the healthy and relieve the suffering of the sufferer.

Theory of Immunity

Immunity in ayurveda is called vyadhi kshamathwam. Vyadhi means disease and Kshamatwa means tolerance.

“व्याधिक्षमत्वं नाम व्याधिबल-विरोधित्वम् व्याध्युत्पादकप्रतिबन्धकत्वमिति यावत् I”

Vyadhikshmatvam nama vyadhi bala virodhitwan vyadhiutpadhaka prathibhadakatwamll  -Chakrapani

Immunity or Vyadhikshamatva means the capacity of body to act against diseases. Vyadhibala virodhitwam as well as capability of preventing diseases Vyadhiutpadhaka prathibhadakatwam

These both sub-types of vyadhikshamatva can be related to the non-specific and specific immunity of the present day.

Whenever we talk about immunity, we mean the prevention against all disease. The  preventive medicine was given equal importance along with treatment of diseases.

Western medicine, which focuses on specific infections or diseases (like polio rubella), depends highly on immunizations and boosters to prevent diseases, whereas Ayurveda deals in just balancing the state of body and mind.

Balance (균형)

The modern medicines define immunity as the state of having sufficient biological defences to avoid infection, disease, or other unwanted biological invasion where as Ayurveda mentions about stopping the  manifestation of disease along with fighting the disease. It includes the preventive and curative aspect too.

When there is a balance state of tridoshas, five senses working normally, mind body and consciousness functioning in blissful harmony, with proper function of digestive fire, and few other factors, he is considered to be a healthy and with good immunity.

How does the immune system work according to Ayurveda

The concept of immunity in Ayurveda is explained through many factors like the vital strength Bala and the vital energy of life Ojus that are responsible for the normal functioning of body and mind.

What is Bala and ojus?

These are the complementary forces and power in the body which are responsible for the prevention of disease and maintaining condition of good health and mind. Stamina or vital strength is Bala. Ojus is the vital essence of all the seven tissues in our body.

strongest guyBala or the vital strength is that which can be called as the outcome of the equilibrium of tridoshas and this is achieved through the ojus the vital essence of all the tissues. To make it simpler the Bala depends on the Ojus for its maintenance. Or the function of Ojas is to generate Bala. From the treatment point of view both Bala and ojus are the same. In short the immunity is the external manifestation of the Bala and this bala is responsible for the healthy functioning of mind and body of the individual.

Many a times though people have good knowledge about immunity and health when it comes to their children some of their doubts are left unanswered always.. Here are few of them and answers to them from Ayurveda

Why people fall sick even after taking healthy food?

Though some people follow healthy routine including good sleep, exercise, balanced food, suffer ill health whereas some people who do not follow any of these manage to live healthy.  The reason is the bala and ojus. If the body is having a depleted amount of ojus and sareerabala, it is not capable of withstanding the strength of disease-causing factors.

The conditions when Bala or Ojus are depleted is explained in the following questions

What factors affect the Immunity or influence the condition of Bala and Ojas?

Various factors contribute towards immunity.  They are normal doshas, equilibrium state of dhatus (bodily tissues), normal agni (digestive fire), patency of srotas (microchannels) etc.

Following are the factors that determine the condition of Bala and Ojas, which affects the immune status:

  1. Birth place – Being born in a region where people are naturally healthy or strong has a direct impact on the बल of a person. For instance, birth in Jangala desha or dry arid areas considered to be most beneficial than humid and marshy areas
  2. Healthy pedigree –  birth in a family without any family history of immunodeficient disorders
  3. Time of birth  –  birth at a time when strength of people is naturally in the highest, the visarga kala.  This is when the sun moves towards the southward direction, the moon is powerful and producing cold and pleasant atmosphere
  4. Favourable time – Favourable time in ones’ life brings happiness and enhancement of Bala
  5. Excellence in qualilty of sperm and ovum – The quality of the Beeja (the sperm and ovum) and Kshetra (the place where the foetus grows) have direct impact on the health of the offspring. This plays a very important role in building up the innate immunity with which the baby is  born
  6. Excellence of diet – Wholesome food increases the bala. Ayurveda also explains eight factors to achieve wholesomeness of food
  7. Excellence of physique (sharirasampat) – Strong and compact built body type, the body parts in proper proportion and compactness of body parts are the factors indicating good Bala
  8. Excellence of suitability or adapted food and other habits – Wholesome food and other habits adapted in daily give good health. In fact, these proper habits can enhance the immunity and can be called as acquired immunity
  9. Excellence of mind – A Satvic (calm and balanced) mind promotes good health.  When the individual is confronted with different negative emotions and stress, it affects his health too
  10. Strength of the individual – Refers to the characteristic Bala of an individual
  11. Youth –  When one is young, naturally all the tissues are in the fully nurtured state and there will increase of Bala and hence immunity
  12. Activities – The physical activities the person is involved with like exercises, yoga,   etc.
  13. Joyous atmosphere – When a person lives in a happy atmosphere keeping himself away from worries, anxiety, etc., there is increase of Bala or the vital strength

Who fall sick?

Amelia is Sick :(Those not having good bala, good defense mechanism, when the tissues are not properly nourished, and people having weak satwabala (because mind and body are interdependent), the person is prone to fall sick.

Persons obese, emaciated, weak, whose muscles and blood are diminished, debilitated, overconsumption of food and underconsumption of food with weak mental faculty are also prone to fall sick.

How to know if a person has enough Bala or Ojas

Generally the person who having good ojus looks satisfied has good complexion and strong  body. Ojus  provides  strength, nutrition and satisfaction to the body and mind.

Susruta says a person with medium body will have the maximum strength.He is able to perform any activities,able to tolerate hunger, thirst,cold,hot,sun, rain,wind.

Charaka indicates that the bala is considered as the physical and mental strength of the individual and bala can be assessed by the ten attributes dasa vidha athura bala pareeksha as mentioned by Acharya Charaka

  • Prakruti
  • Vikruti
  • Sara
  • Samhanana
  • Pramaana
  • Satmya
  • Satwatah
  • Ahara shakti
  • Vyayama shakti
  • Vaya shakthi
If the person is of vata prakruti then he has less strength, Pitta prakrit medium and  Kapha prakruti good strength 
This factor is for assessing the diseases through different parameters like dosha dushya kala, etc. 
To Know the bala of purusha, ashta saras are  explained ..If the person is having Rakta sara then he is weak,If the person is of Mamasa ,Majja and shukra sarat hen he is strong and if the person having all the saras are then he is very strong 

If a person’s compactness of the body  is good then he is strong, if not,less strength  and if his compactness is moderate then he has medium 

The person with proper measurement of the body are endowed with longevity, strength, immunity, happiness, supremacy,wealth and other desired qualities.The body with less or more measurement has qualities contrary to this.

If the person is accustomed taking all six tastes then he is  balavan, if the person is accustomed to  only one then he is of less strength and if using the tastes moderately then he’ll have moderate strength a

Satwa is the mental strength.A person with good mental strenght possess good learning capacity ,retention or knowledge and memory.He  will be able to bear stronger therapies,can tolerate disease,adopts same sort of feelings towards happiness or sorrow, will have good self control.and have satwa guna predominantly.One who has moderate mental strength will have all the above in medium level and rajo guna in predominance and those with less mental strength cannot sustain mental stress .In spite of having good physique  they are susceptible to fear ,grief greed and delusion.and have predominant tamo guna

This is the power of ingestion as well as digestion.

If the person can perform  more physical work then he is of good strength,if moderately then medium bala and if less then avara bala.

 Children (upto 16 yrs) and old (above 60) have less strength and middle aged 16 to 60 years have the maximum strength.

Vagbhatta explains that  physician should examine all above ten factors to understand the strength of his patients and treat them accordingly.

How to Boost Immunity

Immunity is achieved naturally by birth and acquired by other means. Ayurveda focuses on three major areas to increase the immunity.

  1. Food
  2. Activities
  3. Rasayana and Vajeekaranas

Food

as promised, the main food tableFood  is said to be one of the three pillars supporting life.Its the foremost of those supporting life. Strength and life depend on the food.

Food which is easily digestible, wholesome, sweet, unctuous, cold in temperament increases ojas People who are used to take ghee, gingelly oil, milk, meat soups and food with all the six tastes always have good strength and capable of doing heavy tasks and live long life Ayurveda recommends milk, curd, ghee, meat soups, rice, red rice, fruits, wine and other herbs that increase the natural vital strength to be used. It also mentioned that for management of immune deficiency these herbs processed, milk, meat soups should be used along with food.

Activities

Family Fun in Themepark Lochmuehle (Usingen, Germany)There are many specific code of conducts or practices in Ayurveda for all age group like things to be followed in different seasons etc.Food and activities have to followed accordingly to prevent disease and maintain good physical and mental health.These activities describes how to lead your life from to death for in healthy and peaceful way. Some of them are:

  1. For the welfare of  pregnant women and desired offspring – follow garbhini masanumasic paricharya and punshavana karma
  2. To promote health of infant- Lehana Karma, various medhya rasayana (memory enhancing drugs)
  3. To perform the daily activities in a healthy way -Dinacharya
  4. Taking care of health in different seasons-Rtucharya
  5. Understanding the three important aspects of our life- The three pillar of our life-Tryoupastambhas- Food ,Sleep and Healthy sexlife
  6. Adopting sodhana (Panchkarma) according to ritu in healthy person
  7. Meditation for spritual growth
  8. Exercises- Daily exercise of up to 50% of one’s exertion capacity enhances digestion, strengthens tissue metabolism and promotes immunity
  9. Wholesome Diet-Regular meals with all the six tasteshelp to prepare the body for a time of nourishment by inceasing appetite and enhancing digestion
  10. The sixteen samskaras esp the jatakarma,karnavedana,annaprashana induce immunity

Rasayana and Vajeekarana

Strong as a BullAcharyas promotes Rasayana and vajikarana for enhancing ojas and boosting immunity.

The various herbs diet regimen that increase longevity by delaying aging and preventing diseases can be called as Rasayan. The Ojas promoting herbs or rasayana and vajikarana yogas fulfills the deficiencies and improve the condition of the seven dhatus.

Use of rasayanas results in disease-free long life (dirghamaayu), smiriti (recapitulating power), medha, aarogyam (healthy well being), tarun vaya (youthfulness), prabha, varna (complexion), voice, strength etc.

Rasayana and vajikarana are immensely helpful in treating immunodeficient disorders.

Some of the popular rasayanas that are commonly used are Chyavanprash, Brahmarasayan, Kushmandarasayan, Triphala, etc. Some food items if taken daily are the best rasayana for eg: Ghee, millk, gingelly oil.

How can we enhance immunity in children?

In Ayurvedic mentions countless formulations for adults and children. A special formulation by the name of Lehana was mentioned in all the major texts to enhance immunity mainly for children. Lehana means intake of medicine by licking. Powders of herbs, gold bhasma, were mixed with honey and ghee were given to children. They were also processed into medicated ghee and given. Lehana is the easiest method to give medicine to children from newborn baby to elder children.

Some of the lehanas given with gold to infants are

  1. Svaran bhasm with kustha (Saussurea lappa), vacha (Acorus calamus), madhu (honey) & ghrita
  2. Svaran bhasm with paste of brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), sankhpuspi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), with honey & ghrita
  3. Svaran bhasm, arkpushpi, vacha, honey & ghrita
  4. Svaran bhasm, khaidarya, sweta durva, etc.

Swarnaprashana -The first immunization

Happy Children Playing Kids
The first lehana was given immediately after birth even before umbilical cord was cut and breast fed by mother. This was followed as a ritual and one among the sixteen samskaras. Gold was rubbed with honey and ghee and given to the baby by the father. This is known Swarnaprashana-the first immunisation. The antioxidative properties of swarnabhasma helps to cope with the oxidation stress the baby went through during the labour. It provide general immunity, prevents infections, helpful in growth & development & enhancing the intelligence.

FAQ – about swarna prashana

FAQ on swarna prashana
FAQ on swarna prashana

What are the other names of Swarna Prashana?
Swarna prashana is sometimes known by other names like, Swarna amruta prashana, Swarna prashana, Swarna prashan, Swarn prashan, Swarna bindu prashana or Suvarna prashan.

What is the history of this practiced?
Origin can be traced back to vedic ages. References about swarna prashana can be found in ghrya sutras and manusmriti. Direct reference about swarna prashana is available in Kashayapa Samhita or Vridha Jeevaka Tantra written before 600 B.C.

Will swarna increase heat in the body?
There are no significant changes in the body temperature in normal condition. But in certain conditions like acute fever swarna bhasma may increase the body temperature. It is always advised to take a doctors opinion in such cases before taking swarna prashana.

Why cow’s ghee? 
Ayurveda advises cow’s ghee because it is more assimilable and digestible to other ghee and in a sense cow’s ghee fat is nearer to composition of human body fat. Cow’s ghee has anti collestric activity, immuno stimulant activity and has memory enhancing activity and promotes healing of wounds. click here for more info about ghee.

Is ghee and honey mixed together is poison?
The research conducted shows that when honey and ghee are mixed in equal amount the browning and anti oxidants are increased. Therefore there is no poisonous effect when both are mixed together.

Is Swarna Prasha alone enough for improving health?
Swarna Prashana can be supplemented with other medicines like chyavanprash, indukantham ghee, abhrak bhasma, etc. It is always advised to take a doctors opinion.

Is it okay to skip a dosage?
Its always advised not to skip the swarnaprashana to maintain the efficiency of the medicine. But if missed nothing harm. Even doctors don’t administer, if the child is critically ill or having some acute problems on that particular day.

Why is this recommended only for kids?
The first few months and years of life are important for the cognitive, emotional and physical growth of children. Scientific evidence suggests that if brain does not receive appropriate stimulation during the early years of life then it is very difficult to rewire itself at a later stage.

Can pregnant ladies take this?
Pregnant ladies are advised to take only selected ayurvedic herbal remedies for the easy delivery as advised by doctor.

Will this be useful for special or delayed milestone children?
Yes, Special children are very much benefited by swarnaprashana. It helps to improve their overall immunity and brain development.

What are Swarna Prashana ingredients?
Swarna, Madhu, Grutha and Arka.

Does it cure Asthama / Weezing / Cold / Dust Allergy?
Swarna Prashana improves the immunity of the child. Studies show that severity frequency of attacks are reduced to an greater extent. It is always advised to take a doctors opinion to take additional medicines if needed.

Is there any other things like Swarna Prashana for kids?
There are other medicinal preparations in the form of lehya, ghritam, granules and arishtam, etc. Always consult with your doctor for more information.

If I stop it in middle, does this clear any side effect?

There can be no problems if you discontinue to take take honey and ghee. But of course you will not be benefited fully from Swarna Prashana.

Will my kid face any problem like fever or lose motion like we face with some Allopathy vacations?
We have never faced such complaint from parents and children after giving Swarnaprashana, The dosage of Swarnaprashana are too minimal to cause any adverse effects.

Can I give few more dosage or extra in a month?
There is no harm if we give more drops accidentally. Swarna prashana can also be given daily from one month to six months in different dosage according to the age. Acharaya Kashyapa says if swarna prashana is done for 1 month then child will be parama medhavi orextremely intelligent, remains unaffected by vyadhi. If done for 6 months then child will be shruta dhara or have excellent grasping