Chyawanprash : An ancient Indian herbal tonic for immunity.

chyawanprashWhat is Chyawanprash?

Chyawanprash is an ancient Ayurveda formulation which is used to boost immunity and longevity. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine which is based on natural and holistic living. It is derived from two Sanskrit words – Ayu  (life), and Veda (knowledge). Though there is no exact recipe for Chyawanprash ,the number of herbs used in preparation of the paste varies from 25 to 80. The main ingredient in the recipe is Amla (also referred to as Indian Gooseberry), which is the size of a lemon, spherical, bitter, and yellow-green. It is not only a powerful anti-oxidant, but Amla is also very rich in Vitamin C and in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene and Vitamin B Complex. Amla has 30 times more vitamin-D than an orange.

What are the health benefits of Chyawanprash?

Digestion
Ingredients like Amla and cinnamon help to treat heartburn, nausea, flatulence, dyspepsia, and improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. It is also a great detoxifier and blood purifier, which are both vital for a healthy liver.

Immunity
Due to its high Vitamin C content, Chyawanprash is well known to enhance the immune system and fight infections. It also inhibits the growth of tumor cells, and neutralizes the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Brain and Heart
One of Chywanprash’s ingredients is cinnamon, which promotes healthy cholesterol levels, and strengthens the heart muscle. Chywanprash also contains sesame oil, which helps maintain blood sugar and blood pressure. One of the many herbs in Chywanprash is ashwagandha, which has a calming effect on the nervous system and negates the effect of stress on the body. Chyawanprash is also a memory enhancer and improves learning disabilities.

Hormones and Adrenals

Chywanprash balances the endocrine system as well as helps with hormonal and adrenal imbalances. This ends up relieving the symptoms of PMS, menopause, and improves sexual functions.

Weight Loss

Chyawanprash stimulates your metabolism and balances your blood sugar to reduce cravings.

Respiratory System
Chyawanprash helps the respiratory system by maintaining moisture balance and reduces the duration of cough, cold, and asthma symptoms.

Hair, Skin, Bones and Teeth
Chyawanprash  improves skin complexion and prevent skin infections. It also promotes hair growth, helps in the absorption of calcium, and strengthens bones and teeth.

Effects on Doshas
Ayurveda uses the 3 doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, to give a holistic view of your health. Chyawanprash helps balance these doshas.   The balances and imbalances of these 3 doshas give a great way to approach wellness in a way that ties together everything that may be happening with you.

Research Resources on Chyawanprash:

http://www.ayurbest.com/cms/media/Chyawanprash-Ageless20wonder.pdf

http://www.allayurveda.com/research_chyawanprash.asp

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3137779/

http://www.zerorads.com/radioprotective_herbs/herb_research.html
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