Western Science confirms Chyawanaprash is an Epic Adaptogenic Panacea

The mythology tell us that the original Chyawanaprash was created by the physicians of the Gods to ensure the youthfulness and longevity of the great sage Chyawana. Mythology also tells us that it worked as the 200 year-old sage became a vibrant and vital man when he consumed this ‘prash, this herbal jam.

Though we do not know the original formula anymore, we can make a ‘prash that serves as an incredible adaptogenic panacea, called a rasayana in India and Ayurveda. In fact, Chyawanaprash, a formula of over 35 different herbs, is called the greatest of the rasayana/adaptogens.

It is used daily by billions for thousands of years as a systemic tonic that improves general wellness and vitality while increasing the longevity of both the quality and quantity of life.

Western Science has confirmed many actions of Chyawanaprash including: (and I parenthetically add some Sanskrit here for those studying natural medicine):

  • Is a deeply acting anti-stress adaptogen (rasayana)
  • Increases systemic nutrient levels (poshaka rasa level)1
  • Helps to optimize metabolic strength and balance (sama agni)2
  • Optimize flow in nutrient channels to cells, tissues and organs (sama srotas)3
  • Boost immunomodulatory activity and restore functional immunity in response to defense mechanism.4
  • Support tissue and imbalance-specific immunomodulatory activity.5
  • Support quality of life improvements.6
  • Supports therapies designed to reverse chronic imbalances7
  • Aims at maintaining physique, vigor and vitality.8
  • Supports healthy delays to the aging process.9
  • Helps to maintain clearing of congestive matter (ama) by promoting digestion and excretion.10
  • Has various pro-liver hepatoprotective activities.11
  • Supports optimization of fat/lipid and protein metabolism.12
  • Supports upper and lower respiratory tract function and crisis.13
  • Supports a healthy response to occasional inflammation.14
  • Support memory via improved cholergenic neurotransmitter activity.15

Now if this sounds like an incredible list, realize that this is a mere fraction of what this formula can accomplish for us when it is made of high quality herbs in the context of high quality conscious processing.

Also, please realize that when it comes to Chyawanaprash you have no end of cheap irresponsible imitations created to generate corporate profits and relatively few high quality versions of this adaptogenic marvel that are created primarily to generate wellness in the individual, in you.

So look for Chyawanaprash that is made by hand, in small batches, using only Organic and Biodynamic and Fair Trade herbs. After all, I know that is what Sage Chwayana would do!

References

  1. Datta Goutam K, Debnath PK. Stress Adaptation in Ayurveda by Immunomodulatory Rasayana in National Seminar on Rasayana Proceedings published by CCRAS, New Delhi. 2001:60–75.
  2. Datta Goutam K, Debnath PK. Stress Adaptation in Ayurveda by Immunomodulatory Rasayana in National Seminar on Rasayana Proceedings published by CCRAS, New Delhi. 2001:60–75.
  3. Datta Goutam K, Debnath PK. Stress Adaptation in Ayurveda by Immunomodulatory Rasayana in National Seminar on Rasayana Proceedings published by CCRAS, New Delhi. 2001:60–75.
  4. Bhattacharya SK, Goel RK, Kaur R, Ghosal S. Anti-stress activity of sitoindoles VII, VIII, new steryl glycosides from Withania somnefera. Phytother Res. 1987;1:32–3.
  5. Debnath PK, Mitra A, Hazra J, Pandit S, Biswas TK, Jana U, et al. In: Evidence based medicine – A clinical experience on Ayurveda Medicine in Recent Advances in Herbal Drug Research and Therapy. Roy A, Gulati K, editors. New Delhi: I K International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd; 2010. pp. 49–73.
  6. Debnath PK, Chattopadhyay J, Mitra A, Adhikari A, Alam MS, Bandopadhyay SK, Hazra J.; Adjunct therapy of Ayurvedic medicine with anti tubercular drugs on the therapeutic management of pulmonary tuberculosis.; J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2012 Jul;3(3):141-9.
  7. Debnath PK, Chattopadhyay J, Mitra A, Adhikari A, Alam MS, Bandopadhyay SK, Hazra J.; Adjunct therapy of Ayurvedic medicine with anti tubercular drugs on the therapeutic management of pulmonary tuberculosis.; J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2012 Jul;3(3):141-9.
  8. Sharma RK. Samhita Chikitsa Sthanam. 1st edition. Varanasi, India: Bhagwan Dash Choukhambha Sanskrit Series Office; 1988. pp. 20–22.
  9. Parle M, Bansal N. Traditional medicinal formulation, Chyawanprash—a review. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. 2006;5:484–488.
  10. Manjunatha S, Jaryal AK, Bijlani RL, Sachdeva U, Gupta SK. Effect of Chyawanprash and vitamin C on glucose tolerance and lipoprotein profile. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.2001;45(1):71–79
  11. Jose JK, Kuttan R. Hepatoprotectice activity of Emblica officinalis and Chyavanaprash. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2000;72(1-2):135–140
  12. Handa SS, Sharma A, Chakraborti KK. Natural products and plants as liver protecting drugs. Fitoterapia.1986;57(5):307–351.
  13. Ojha JK, Khanna NN, Bajpay HS, Sharma N. A clinical study on Chyawanprash as an adjuvant in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. Journal of Research in Indian Medicine. 1975;10:11–14.
  14. Yadav JS, Thakur S, Chadha P. Chyawanprash Awaleha: a genoprotective agent for Bidi smokers. International Journal of Human Genetics. 2003;3:33–38.
  15. Parle M, Bansal N.; Antiamnesic activity of an ayurvedic formulation chyawanprash in mice.; Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011
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