In the world of medicines with harmful side effects, genetically modified food, chemically treated drinks, busy lifestyle, electronic distractions and unpredictable environment, it is a challenge for parents to help kids become strong and sharp. Swarna Prashana is a natural remedy which is time tested, is being practiced for 1000’s of years by our ancestors and that builds overall health and intelligence naturally without causing any harmful side effects. Learn more about, what is Swarna Prashana? Or Find the Ayurveda camp nearby here.
Today it is popularly known as an ayurvedic immunization program or “ayurvedic way of vaccination” promoted by many ayurvedic professionals. It is sometimes known by other names like, Swarna amruta prashana, Swarna prashana, Swarna prashan, Swarn prashan, Swarna bindu prashana or Suvarna prashan.
The word “ Swarnaprashana ” is a combination of two words – “Swarna” and “Prashana”. The term Swarna is a common word and refers to the noble metal Gold. Prashana refers to the act of eating / consuming / ingesting. Swarnaprashana hence refers to the act of consuming or ingesting gold in the prescribed dose and quantity in the suggested manner. This activity is also sometimes referred to as Swarna Bindu Prashana or Suvarna prashan . Swarnaprashana sanskar is one of the sixteen essential Sanskarsdescribed for children.
Swarna prashana which has been explained in the classical texts of Ayurveda is an activity carried out for enhancing the growth and development in young children. Gold or Swarna is considered as a one of those metals which have good benefits on the body when consumed internally. The knowledge & uses of Swarna Prashana is extensively explained in the texts of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is the perfect science or knowledge of life. It is derived from two words – “Ayush” meaning Life and “Veda” meaning knowledge. Ayurveda is as old as the existence of species over the planet earth. It is the most fascinating science, which basically teaches us how to lead a healthy, happy and comfortable life. A follower of Ayurveda is less likely to fall ill. Ayurveda emphasizes that – Prevention is better than cure.
The knowledge of Ayurveda was passed orally through a lineage of sages in India. Eventually, this knowledge was collated into texts more than five thousand years ago in its present form by some of the great sages like Maharishi Atreya, Maharshi Kashyap, Acharya Charaka, Acharya Vaghbata etc. The oldest known texts on Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hrudaya, Kashyapa Samhita etc.
When to take Swarna Prashan?
Swarna Prashan is therefore recommended to be taken immediately after birth and continued till the age of 16 years. Swarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) is made using swarna bhasma (gold ash) mixed with honey and cow ghee containing herbal extracts like vacha, brahmi, shankupushpi,all of which show strong immune boosting properties.
Is Swarna Prashna effective on Pushya nakshatra?
Cow udder is associated with nourishment and so the Swarna Prashna is taken on pushya nakshatra to get optimum nourishment and benefits. Swarna Prashna can be consumed on any other day, however, the efficacy can vary and it may not be as effective as pushya nakshatra.
Suvarna Prashan – Benefits
- It improves the Grasping power, Analysis power and Recall memory
- Increase the digestion power of the body
- Swarna bhasma has moisturizing & unctuous effect on body
- It’s a very good immunity booster
- Improves complexion and growth of the body
- Does Detoxification of the body
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