Swarna Prashan, a revered practice in Ayurveda, is a time-tested way to promote the holistic well-being of children. Rooted in ancient Indian wisdom, this ritual involves the administration of Swarna Bhasma (purified gold) to young ones. In this blog, we’ll delve into the depths of Swarna Prashan, exploring its history, significance, and potential benefits.
सुवर्णप्राशन ही एतत मेधाग्नी बलवर्धनम | आयुष्यं मंगलम पुण्यम वृष्यम वर्ण्यम ग्रहापहम || मासात परम मेधावी व्याधीभिर्नच धृष्यते | षडभिरमासै: श्रुतधर सुवर्णप्राशनाद भवेत ||
The Essence of Swarna Prashan
1. Source: Suvarna Bhasma is derived from pure gold, typically 24-karat gold, which is known for its high purity. Gold is chosen for its therapeutic properties and long-standing importance in Ayurveda.
2. Purification Process:The preparation of Suvarna Bhasma involves several steps to purify and potentiate gold for therapeutic use. These steps may include detoxification, grinding, trituration (repeated grinding with specific herbal juices or decoctions), and incineration at high temperatures in a controlled environment. This process is performed under strict guidelines to ensure the purity and safety of the final product.
3. Therapeutic Properties: Suvarna Bhasma is believed to have several beneficial properties in Ayurveda, including Rasayana (rejuvenating), Vajikarana (aphrodisiac), and Medhya (brain-nourishing) properties. It is also thought to enhance the immune system and promote overall well-being.
3. Dosage: In Swarna Prashan, a minute quantity of Suvarna Bhasma is used, often measured in milligrams. It is carefully administered to infants and children in a specific dosage, mixed with other herbs, honey, or ghee, according to Ayurvedic guidelines.
Suvarna Bhasma is considered one of the most precious and potent ingredients in Ayurveda due to its believed ability to impart vitality and health benefits. It is important to note that the preparation and use of Suvarna Bhasma should only be undertaken by qualified Ayurvedic practitioners, and its administration should be done with care and precision, especially when given to children as part of Swarna Prashan. Always consult with a knowledgeable Ayurvedic expert for guidance on the use of Suvarna Bhasma and its safety.
Suvarna prashan can be done daily early in the morning empty stomach between 6am-8am, or at least on every Pushya nakshatra- an auspicious day- which happens to come after every 27-28 days, given on this day it bestows excellent benefits.
Why Pushya Nakshatra?
Pushya means Nutrition. Pushya Nakshatra increases working capacity (mental/physical),motivation and intellect and it is said to be Holy Nakshatra.
Bala vardhan– Improves strength and immunity. Suvarna Prashan boosts immune system, making the body more resistant to infections and illnesses
Prevents Illness– Prevents frequent illnesses like cold , cough, fever. Ayurveda suggests that Suvarna Prashan provides protection against common childhood ailments and allergies.
Ayush Vardhan– Provides longer and healthier life.
Medha Vardhan– It supports cognitive functions such as memory, concentration, and overall brain development in children. Improves intelligence, memory power and oratory skills.
Agni vardhan– Improves healthy digestion and better absorption of nutrients. Improves apettite.
Varnya– Improves complexion and imparts healthy glow.
Vrishya-Improves energy and vigor in children.
Suvarna Prashan is believed to contribute to both physical and mental well-being in children.