Ayurveda, being a life science, emphasizes a great deal upon prevention from diseases and protection of health. One such powerful method to improve immunity in children is ‘Suvarnaprashan’.
It is known by other names like, Swarna amruta prashana, Swarnaprashana, Swarna prashan, Swarn prashan, Swarna bindu prashana or Suvarna prashan sanskar.
What is Suvarna Prashan Sanskar?
Suvarnaprashan Sanskar is one of the 16 Sanskars mentioned in the classical texts for the comprehensive development of immunity and for adequate physical and mental growth of a child. It is a special ghee prepared with the goodness of Suvarna (Gold) in it which is to be given specifically on Pushya Nakshatra day.
It is now a well-known fact that the age-old tradition of Suvarnaprashan, given on the day of Pushya Nakshatra is very beneficial for the physical, mental and psychological development of a child. These Suvarnaprashan drops are prepared from the most authentic quality Suvarna Bhasma along with herbs like Brahmi, Shankhapushpi, Ashwagandha, Vacha etc.
Why give Suvarnaprashan on Pushya Nakshatra?
Pushya means Poshan or nutrition. Pushya Nakshatra is considered to be the most auspicious day in the Hindu calendar. The Suvarnaprashan drops are most readily absorbed and assimilated in the body on this day. Hence, the best results of Suvarnaprashan Sanskar obtained by administering it on the day of Pushya Nakshatra.
Can we give Suvarna Prashan daily?
Yes, Suvarna Prashan can be given daily upto the age of 16 years. It benefits the most when it is given in the morning on an empty stomach. But, since the ingredients are processed to make it highly absorbable and bio-available, it can be given in the later part of the day too.
What are the Benefits of Suvarnaprashan mentioned in the Ayurvedic Shastras?
Kashayapa Samhita (Pediatric classical Ayurvedic text) describes the benefits of Suvarnaprashan as above.
To explain, the benefits of administering small quantities of Swarna bhasma are :
- Medha Vardhana – improvement in intelligence
- Agni Vardhana – improvement in digestion
- Bala Vardhana – improvement in strength and immunity
- Ayushya Vardhana – Improvement in life expectancy
- Mangala, Punya – Auspicious
- Vrushya – Aphrodisiac
- Grahapaha – protects from bad effects from planets
Here are some benefits of Suvarna Prashan:-
- It improves immunity power
- Skin becomes soft and supple
- Improves concentration, grasping power, retaining ability and memory
- Helps prevent various problems which may arise during teething
- Helps improve the immunity of the respiratory system against air pollution
- Helps body stay away from diseases during season change
- Protects the body from various allergies
- Protects the body from the harmful side effects of insecticides and pesticides used on food products
- The overall health of a child taking Suvarnaprashan is definitely better than other children.
What is the Recommended Age for Suvarnaprashan ?
The classics recommend Suvarnaprashan from the time of birth to 16 years (0-16 years). According to Kashyapa Samhitha , it is most beneficial when given very day.
Is It Safe to Give Gold Bhasma to My Child ? There have been some safety issues Raised about the Use of Metals in Ayurvedic Medicine.
First, let us understand what a bhasma is :
A Bhasma means an ash obtained through incineration (a process where in the thermal treatment reduces the material in to ash); the starter material undergoes an elaborate process of purification and this process is followed by the reaction phase, which involves incorporation of some other minerals and/or herbal extract to ensure further safety. So, intake of Gold Bhasma is not the same as intake of Gold as metal.
The National Center for Biotechnology information has conducted detailed studies on Gold Bhasma and has vouched for the safety of Gold Bhasma. It further compares the actions of the bhasma to that of nano particles and are highly compatible to the blood in systemic circulation. The results of this study reinforce the application of Swarna bhasma as a therapeutic agent in clinical medicine from the safety point of view.
Dr. Sachin M. Zadbuke is preparing Swarnaprashana
Where can I buy Suvarnaprashan ?
Your Local Ayurvedic Doctor will be able to help you with this. You can ask the Ayurvedic Doctor to prepare Suvarnaprashan every month for your child.