Chyawanprash Uses, Dose, How To Take, Ingredients, Side Effects

Chyawanprash is one of the anti-ageing supplements, which is purely herbal in nature. It has Amla as its main ingredient, which is a powerful antioxidant.  Master Charaka is the first to mention this herbal medicine.

How much Chyavanprash to consume:
One to two spoonful along with a glass of milk, every morning before breakfast.
If you are not accustomed to milk, you can take it with water.

How can I know and be assured about the quality of my chyavanprash?
There are simple tests to know the quality of Chyawanprash. Watch the video here – Best Chyavanprash

Qualities

Smell – Smell of Cinnamon, Cardamom and Long pepper.
Taste – Spicy taste, more sourness and less of sweetness.
Water test – When a piece of Chyawanprash is put into water, it should sink immediately. The particles should not spread in water.
Consistency – Pulpy, semisolid paste. Neither too solid, nor too watery.
Such a Chyawanprash of a reputed company will be of good quality.

Why drink milk after taking Lehyam:
According to Ayurveda, many of the herbs used in all lehyams, including Chyavanprash are hot in potency. So, to retaliate that, One should drink milk, which, being cold, mitigates the hot potency effect.
Milk need not be taken soon along with Chyawanprash. Taking milk in any other time of the day is also fine. Chyawanaprasha can also be taken along with water.
Substitute for cow milk are – goat milk, water, fruit juices, amla juice, your regular beverage such as coffee, tea etc.
When a teaspoon of Chyawanprash is added to a cup of milk, ideally prepared Cyavanprash should not curdle it.
But some market available chyawanprashes curdle the milk. If that is the case, then better to take Chyawanprash with water or any other liquid, than milk.

Health benefits

There are many benefits of chyawanprash. It is useful in cough and cold. It is especially used in pulmonary tuberculosis. It helps in the rejuvenation of the aged and also in proper nourishment of young ones. It is effectively used in the treatments of throat infections, chest infections, gout and disease conditions involving urine.
It improves intelligence (Medha), memory power, skin luster, age, strength of sense organs, immunity power and appetite.
It is a powerful anti ageing herbal product. It also cures wrinkles.

Uses, efficacy

Chyavanaprasam Uses

  • Eases constipation.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Improves memory and concentration.
  • Calms the nervous system.
  • Slow down the effects of ageing process.
  • Enhances fertility and keeps menstruation regular.
  • Purifies the blood, eliminates toxins and is beneficial to the liver.
  • Improves complexion and fights against bacterial skin infections.
  • Acts as an antidepressant and tranquilizer for people suffering from depression.
  • Promotes absorption of calcium, leading to stronger bones and teeth.
  • Improves muscle tone by enhancing protein synthesis.
  • Highly recommended for children and old people.
  • Its regular consumption will protect you from diseases of the respiratory system.

Weight gain? burning sensation?

Does Chyavanaprasham intake cause weight gain?
Just one to two spoonfuls of Chyawanprash everyday cannot be considered as a cause for weight gain. It contains ghee alright, but the amount of ghee taken per day with one spoon of chyawanprash will be very minimal.

Does Chyavanprash cause a slight burning sensation in the stomach?
If milk is drunk after taking chyawanprash, this problem will not occur.

Co-drink – Milk, ghee, water?

Hot milk or cold milk?
Warm milk is better than cold milk with chyawanprash, as it further quickens digestion, but not as a mandatory rule.

Can Chyavanprash be taken with ghee?
It already contains ghee as an ingredient. so, it is advisable not to take extra ghee along with it. Milk or water is a better vehicle agent for chyawanprash rather than ghee.

Can chyawanprash be mixed with water to make it a bit diluted?
Can be done. But it is better to reduce the dose of Chyawanprash in stead.

What is the benefit of Chyawanprash on Tridosha?
As such, because of the numerous ingredients, led with Amla, Chyawanprash is a perfect Tridosha balancing recipe. It contains more hot potency herbs. Due to this, Chyawanprash balances Vata and Kapha. It has a minimal effect over Pitta balance. Watch the video here

Benefits in Children

Can Chyawanprash be given to a three-year-old kid? From which age onwards can chyawanprash be given?
Better to consult a doctor directly.
In general, chyawanprash can be given to a child from 5 years onwards, to be on the safer side.

Can it be given to dogs and cats?
Consult a vet. Generally, Yes, 2 grams, 2 times a day after food, for general health and immunity.

Is chyawanprash good for Chikungunya?
Though not specifically mentioned, in terms of improving the immunity it is beneficial.

Chyawanprash for Corona prevention

Can Chyawanprash prevent or cure Covid-19?
It is very difficult to make such a big claim without proper scientific studies.
Chyawanprash has potent rejuvenating and immune boosting properties (research), hence it is useful to promote immunity against many viral infections. So, theoretically it can be said that taking Chyawanprash regularly can help with immunity. It is a common practice to take Chyawanprash when there is a threat of any communicable disease, especially involving fever, cold, cough and respiratory symptoms.

To improve immunity, Chyawanprash can be taken in a dose of 1 – 2 teaspoon once or twice a day along with water or milk. .

Chyawanprash might not be useful to cure Coronavirus. But it is useful to control fever, cold, cough, sneezing and headache caused due to viral infection.

Chyavanprash variants

There are many variants of Chyawanprash like Himalaya Chyawanprash tablet, dabur sona chandi chyawanprash etc. Is there any special benefit in taking them?
Well, Chyawanprash in itself is a completely herbal product. Its formula and dosage form has bean determined and sealed by ancient Ayurvedic scholars, many years ago. It is famous because it is ancient and is effective. If you take common chyawanprash, the process of digestion and absorption starts at the level of mouth. It is a jam and starts melting at the level of mouth, with saliva media. but if you take chocolate, the rate of disintegration at the level of mouth is lesser and so, its effectiveness is also lesser.

Coming to sonachandi, or any chyawanprash variants – the formula has been sealed by the Masters, and it is the final formula that is good for use. When that is the case, what can be the extra benefit by adding extra herbs? Who has done research on the effect of additionally added ingredients with the already existing ones? So, it is better to prefer the original chyawanprash over any of its variants.

Is there anything like Chyawanprash for Vata, Chyawanprash for Pitta and Chyawanprash for Kapha body types?
There is no classical reference to such types. The herbal combination in chyawanprash is suitable for all the body types.  Its variants based on Doshas (Vata Pitta and Kapha) is nothing more than just a business trick.

Milk with Chyavanprash

Why milk is preferred with Chyawanprash?
During anti aging therapy with Chyawanprash, in ancient times, the person was made to consume Chyavanprash in a very high dose of 48 – 96 grams.
Then throughout the day, the person was given milk and cooked rice mixed with milk.
Ayurveda encourages every healthy human being, irrespective of age, to drink milk. Milk is said to have the following qualities according to Ayurveda.

Jeevaneeya – improves life qualities
Rasayana – rejuvenating
Medhya – improves intelligence
Balya – improves strength
and good for patients with a chest injury, tiredness, thirst, at the last stage of fever recovery, bleeding disorder etc.

In case of Chyawanprash, and especially in case of Rasayana (rejuvenation therapy), there is a special type of rejuvenation, where in a person stays at a place, and consumes anti ageing agents such as Chyawanprash, and for the rest of the day, he only consumes milk with cooked rice for a specific time period. [This is done only under Ayurvedic medical supervision]. So Ayurveda suggests milk for all.

Why milk should be taken along with Chyawanaprash? 

  • Chyawanaprash has its effect to achieve Vata and Kapha balance.
  • But it is not so effective in achieving Pitta balance.
  • Hence it is ideal to consume chyavanprash along with milk.
  • Milk is good for Pitta balance.
  • Chyawanaprash along with milk makes it a perfect combination to achieve Tridosha balance.
  • A few may feel a slight burning sensation after taking Chyawanprasam. Taking milk along with Chyavanprash helps to reduce the burning sensation in stomach.
  • Milk is also a good rejuvenating product, like Chyawanaprasham. Hence milk enhances the quality of chyawanaprash.
  • Cow Milk also acts as a media to absorb water and fat soluble active herbal principles of Chyawanaprash.

Other Co-drinks

Co drinks used along with Chyawanprash include:
Water – generally good for all.
Honey – for Kapha imbalance – asthma, cough, cold, depleted respiratory immunity. Especially good for weight loss.
Amla juice – Amla is a coolant. Nullifies excess hot effect
Milk, almond milk, Pomegranate juice – coolant. Nullifies the stomach irritation and body heat that may be caused due to chyawanprash.
Energy drinks like Horlicks, Bournvita – will have a similar effect like milk.
Coffee or tea – good for those in cold climate, seeking improvement in body warmth.
Ghee – for those with good digestive strength, seeking weight gain.
Fruit juices – based on need and personal choices

Tridosha balance – Video

Dosha effect

Benefits of Chyawanprash on Vata Balance
Chyawanprash benefits the body by acting as – rejuvenative and anti-ageing in nature. Chyawanprash helps to reduce the degenerative activity of the body. All these qualities of chyawanprash can be attributed to Vata balance. Hence, Chyawanprash is very good in attaining Vata balance.

Chyawanprash for Pitta balance 

Chyawanprash does not contain many herbs targeted towards Pitta balance, except for a few like Raisins,  . But overall Chyawanprash is slightly hot in nature, hence it does not cause Pitta balance to a great extent.

Benefits of Chyawanprash for Kapha balance 

Chyawanaprash has a lot of herbs targeted towards kapha balance like Dashamoola (group of ten roots), long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom etc. Hence it is very good to achieve Kapha balance.

Chyawanprash is mainly targeted towards strengthening the respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems. These are mainly influenced by Kapha. Hence Chyawaprash is very good to achieve Kapha balance.
Summary –

A few fear that Chyawanprash may cause curdling of milk, because Chyawanaprasha contains Amla and Amla is sour in nature. But properly prepared Chyavanprash does not cause curdling of milk.

As Rasayana – anti ageing

How does chyavanaprasam help to get rid of wrinkles? 
Wrinkles, grey hairs etc are signs of early ageing.
Chyawanprash is rich in anti oxidants, and rejuvenating herbs.
It is a product categorized under ‘Rasayana’ – rejuvenation and anti-ageing.
From a physiological perspective, the mode of action of Chyawanprash can be explained as below –
1. Delays the ageing of cells.
2. Improves the nutritional levels of body tissues.
3. Improves digestive power
4. Improves oxygen supply to the deeper tissues.

Can Chyawanprash be applied to skin a face pack
No. It is meant for oral intake.

An interesting fact about: Historically Chyawanprash was used for the first time for the rejuvenation of a sage by name Chyawana maharshi. So the name – Chyawanprash.

Shelf life, side effects, research

1 – 3 years.
Store in a cool dry place. Keep the container tightly closed. Avoid contact with moisture.
Presentation: Jar pack of 500 gm.

Side Effects

Some patients may feel increased heat and burning sensation, heart burn.
However, if taken along with milk, in Kapha dominant period of the day (morning), the burning sensation can be minimized, if not nullified.
It can increase body heat.
Some patients may complain of loose stools.
Because it contains sugar, it is best to avoid in diabetic patients, with uncontrolled sugar.
Some people have high Pitta naturally. They have excess body heat, sweating, oral ulcers etc. In such people , taking Chyawanprash even with milk may cause boils, excessive heat and skin rashes.

Research on Chyawanprash

1. A clinical study on its effect on cognitive, autonomic and respiratory parameters was conducted on 128 individuals. One teaspoon twice a day was administered for 150 days. The study concluded that it is helpful in improving alertness, attention and concentration (1)

2. Quantification of immunity status was studied with special reference to Rasayana effect of Dabur Chyawanprash.
L N Sastry, J & Gupta, Arun & B Brindavanam, N & Kanjilal, Satyajyoti & Kumar, Satyendra & Setia, Manju & Vedula, Sasibhushan & Srivastava, Ruchi. (2014). Quantification of Immunity Status of Dabur Chyawanprash -A Review Part-1 (Experimental Studies). Indian Journal of Applied Research. 4. 10.15373/2249555X/FEB2014/131. (2)

3. Cytogenic activity – a cytogenetic study has been done to investigate the efficacy of Cp against betel quid chewers suffering from oral precancerous lesions through satellite association (SA) assay (3).

4. “Effect of Chyawanprash and Vitamin C on Glucose Tolerance and Lipoprotein Profile.” PubMed Abstract. Jan 2001. (4)

Dosage

Dose for Divya chyawanprash for kids –
Please note that for kids, before giving any medicine, including Chyawanprash, you need to consult a doctor in person. The dose largely depends on their digestive strength.

As per Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala –
Chyawanprash is safe up to 5 gram/kg body weight.
In the case of a normal adult, one jar of 500 gm will last around 1 month. The dose can be increased according to Rasayana procedure, up to 50 gm depending on health and other factors.

Is it harmful to take shilajit with chyawanprash?
Chyawanprash and Shilajit can be consumed together if your doctor has prescribed it. But because they both are hot in nature, it is best to take Chyawanprash with milk. This will reduce the intensity of heat.

Chyavanprasham throughout the year?
Any medicine is not good to continue throughout the year. It is good to give a gap here and there. Chyawanprash being hot, can be avoided during summer.

For Diabetics

Chyawanprash for diabetics:
The sugar and honey content in Chyawanprash is nullified by the bitter herbs. But it is not good to take Chyawanprash for a person with very high blood sugar levels.
If the blood sugar level is under control, then the doctor would advice 3 grams per day, for general health and improving immunity and to provide the body with rich anti oxidants.

Review about Sri Dhootapapeshwar Chyawanprash (Ashtavarga)
Contains Sodium benzoate as a preservative.
Liked by children very much, because of good taste.
Effective for persuading kids to take daily, not very best in respiratory conditions.

Time to take

What is the best time to take Chyawanprash?
The best time to take Chyawanprash is  – in the morning, 15 minutes before food, a teaspoon to a tablespoonful, based on age, with a cup of milk.

Chyawanprash is one of the best medicines used in anti-ageing treatment, called Rasayana therapy. Here, after Panchakarma treatment, the patient is made to take Chyawanprash for a few weeks to a few months time .

In the traditional Rasayana – anti ageing therapy, the patient is made to eat chyawanprash replacing the breakfast and is asked to consume milk to quench his thirst.

Just a side note here – I suggest not to follow this method on your own as it may produce excess heat. There are lots of other rules and regulations to be followed in this method and should only be done under strict medical supervision.

So, taking cue from that method of intake, for a normal person, for general health maintenance purpose, it makes sense to take Chyawanprash in the morning before food with a cup of milk.

Chyawanprash mainly improves respiratory immunity. So, for a person with early morning allergies, who suffers from air pollution and pollen allergies throughout the day, or who has more asthma attacks during day time, taking Chyawanprash in the morning is very helpful.

Most of the respiratory disorders involve Kapha imbalance. If we divide day time into three equal parts, the morning one third is dominated by Kapha Dosha. Hence, Chyawanprash in the morning is very useful.

If one takes it before food, when the digestion strength is more, a maximum amount of phyto-nutrients from Chyawanprash will be absorbed into the body, making the immunity a lot stronger.
So, morning, before breakfast with milk is the best time to take Chyawanprash.

However, some people, thanks to their busy schedule, may forget to take it in the morning.

And a few people get respiratory symptoms during the night. They can take a teaspoon to a tablespoonful of Chyawanprash at night, preferably with a cup of milk, before dinner.

So, can Chyawanprash be taken both morning and at night?
Unless advised by a doctor, it is not a good idea, because once a day is more than good to take maximum advantage of it.

During periods, height increase

Can Chyawanprash be taken during periods by women?
If the periods are normal with moderate bleeding, Chyawanprash can be continued during periods. But if the periods are heavy, then better to avoid it only during periods.

Is it useful to improve height?
It strengthens bones and joints. But an increase in height cannot be promised with this.

Nasal drip, fungus

I tend to get a post-nasal drip when I have Chyavanprash – is this due to its sweet/sour/heavy qualities, or is it due to already vitiated tarpaka kapha?
Answer:
The post nasal drip that you experience with Chyawanprash might be due to Kapha liquefying, a stage just before Kapha is pacified or expelled out.
This can be compared to melting down of Kapha during the Spring season – Vasanta.
During winter, Kapha gets Chaya – increase in its own place. It solidifies and stays in its own place. But during Spring, due to increase in temperature, it liquefies and moves to other places.
Take Chyawanprash – 30 minutes before breakfast, with half a cup of milk.
Another factor is, Chyawanprash, when perfectly made is slightly sour in taste. But companies moderate it to give sweet taste. Try a different brand. This should settle the issue.

I tried to make chyawanprash with your steps in the rainy season. But after a week, it caught fungus. Any tips for improvisation?
Please note that the end stage is very important.
When you think that the chyawanprash heating is to be stopped, take a big tablespoon of chyawanprash and put it into a bucket of water.
If it sinks, in one single piece, then it indicates that the chyawanprash heating is to be stopped.
If it emits out its parts or it spreads or if it dissolves in water, then you have to heat it further.
Another problem area would be the spice powders that are added at the end.
If they contain any hidden moisture, then it will eventually catch fungus.
Another point is –
During the rainy season, it is best not to make any Chyawanprash.

Chyavanprash for immunity

Chyawanprash has Rasayana effect on all the 7 body tissues. It does not exclude any Dhatu (Tissue).
Good immune system is a combination of well-nourished Dhatus, good digestive strength, good mental health.
For nourishment values, Chyawanprash has herbs like Mudgaparni, Mashaparni, Jivaka, Rishabhaka, Amla etc.
For good digestive strength – Long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.
For good mental health, it has Kamala, Vidari, Jivanti, Guduchi, ghee etc.

Ashtavarga in Chyawanprash

As per some manufacturers, they use original Ashtavarga. But it is hard to believe. I cannot guarantee any brand using the original ashtavarga.
This is the legal substitute to Ashtavarga herbs as mentioned in Bhavaprakasha – an ancient authentic Ayurvedic text book.

Jivaka – Malaxis acuminata
Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra
Are substituted with
Vidarikanda – Pueraria tuberosa (Indian Kudzu)

Meda – Polygonatum cirrhifolium,  –
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus

Mahameda – Polygonatum cirrhifolium
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus

Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei
Ksheerakakoli – Lilium polyphyllu
Are substituted with
Ashwagandha – Indian ginseng – Withania somnifera

Riddhi – Habenaria intermedia
Vriddhi – Habenaria edgeworthii
Are substituted with Varahikanda – Dioscorea bulbifera – air potato

History of Chyawanprash

Puloma and Sage Bhrigu were a happily married couple. Puloma conceived and was preparing herself for motherhood. But she was attacked by a Demon during her pregnancy by which, Garbha Chyuti – Premature delivery happened. This lead to the birth of a baby boy. They named the boy as Chyawana (the name is derived from the word Chyuti).
Chyawana was interested in the spiritual path but was afflicted with early ageing and many disorders.

He prayed and Ashwini Kumaras – Divine Twin Doctors came to his help. They administered a Prasha – herbal jam (linctus), by which Chyawana Maharshi got rid of all his diseases and early ageing.
So, he became young again and continued his life successfully. The Prasha (herbal jam) that revived the health of Chyawana sage is called Chyawanprash.
It is indicated in treating early ageing.

How to make chyawanprash?

Traditional benefits

Paramukto Rasayana – best rejuvenators and anti ageing medicine
Indicated in
Kasa – cold, cough
Shwasa – asthma, respiratory disorders involving difficulty in breathing
Kshataksheena – chest injury
Svarakshaya – voice problems
Uroroga – Chest disorders
Hrudroga – Cardiac disorders
Vatashonita – Gout
Pipasa – excessive thirst
Mutradosha – Urinary tract disorders
Shukra Dosha – semen, sperm anomalies. In women, it improves the chances of fertility. Useful in PCOS.

It is good for tissue growth and development of the elderly and children.
The dose should be such that it does not disturb the quantity of meals.
By the use of this medicine, Chyavana sage, who had become very old, became young once again.

Administration of this rejuvenation medicine promotes –
Medha – intelligence
Smruti – memory
Kanti – lustre
Anamayatva – lack of disease – health
Ayu – age, life expectancy
Indriya bala – strength of sense organs
Agni – digestive strength
Varna – skin complexion
Pavana Anuloma – Movement of Vata Dosha in its normal direction, easy bowel movement
By using this therapy according to Kuti-Praveshika method (while residing in a cottage), even an old man can shed all his age-related problems and emerge with a fresh youthful complexion.[62-74]

Preventive medicine

Q: Is Chyavanprash best as a preventive measure in the case of Upper Respiratory tract infections, but during an episode of a URTI, would it not be too heavy to digest, due to its Rasayana quality? I was taught that it should not be taken in ama conditions because it needs good agni, which would be low if you are suffering from URTI.
Answer:
Chyawanprash is not heavy to digest. Though it contains oil, ghee etc, the hot potency of the herbs and spices like long pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, etc
make it easily digestible.
Herbs like Brihati – Solanum indicum, Kantakari – Yellow berried nightshade (whole plant) – Solanum xanthocarpum , Pushkaramoola – Inula racemosa (root), Shati – Zadoary (root) – Hedychium spicatum / Curcuma zeodaria, Vasa – Adhatoda vasica – all these are very powerful herbs for respiratory tract disorders like cough, cold etc.
Master Charaka, who has explained Chyawanprash in his Rasayana (anti ageing remedies) chapter, also enlists its usage in diseases like Kasa (cough, cold etc).
Here is the complete list of disease indication for Chyawanprash.
Kasa – cold, cough
Shwasa – asthma, respiratory disorders involving difficulty in breathing
Kshataksheena – chest injury
Svarakshaya – voice problems
Uroroga – Chest disorders
Hrudroga – Cardiac disorders
Vatashonita – Gout
Pipasa – excessive thirst
Mutradosha – Urinary tract disorders
Shukra Dosha – semen, sperm anomalies

Good brands of Chyawanprash:
BV Pundit, Organic India, Khandige Organics
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, Kerala Ayurveda

Is it a good idea to add Bhasmas to Chyawanprash?
Chyawanprash itself is a perfect formula, explained 2500 years ago by Charaka. There is no need to add Gold, silver, bronze, copper, aluminium, plastic, fiber etc to it to make it more potent. It is already a highly potent medicine.

In spite of a natural coolant of amla, why is the net effect of Chyawanprash hot?
It is due to the inclusion of long pepper, cardamom etc spices and the other Kashayam ingredients. All these are hot and negate out the cold effect of Amla in this formula.

Can Chyawanaparsha be taken with milk even in Crohn’s disease?
Best to consult a doctor directly. Generally, yes, milk or water is fine to take.
An ulcerative colitis patient may not tolerate Chyawanprash that well. He may get loose stools. He will need to consult a doctor directly.

Chyawanprash as per Charaka Samhita – 
Reference:
Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 1.1/62-74

Ingredients and Procedure

Bilva – Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Kashmarya – Gmelina arborea
Patali – Stereospermum suaveolens
Bala – Country mallow – Sida cordifolia
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishniparni – Uraria picta
Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis
Mudgaparni – Phaseolus trilobus
Pippali – Long pepper
Shvadamstra – Tribulus terrestris
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum surattense
Shringi – Pistacia chinensis
Tamalaki – Phyllanthus niruri
Draksha – Grapes
Jivanti – Leptadenia reticulata
Pushkara – Inula racemosa
Aguru – Aquilaria agallocha
Abhaya – Harad – Terminalia chebula
Riddhi – Habenaria intermedia
Jivaka – Malaxis acuminata
Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra
Shati – Zadoary (root) – Hedychium spicatum / Curcuma zeodaria
Musta – Cyperus rotundus
Punarnava – Boerhavia diffusa
Meda – Polygonatum cirrhifolium
Ela – Cardamom
Chandana – Sandalwood
Utpala – Water Lily
Vidari – Pureria tuberosa
Vrusha – Adhatoda vasica
Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei
Kakanasika – Martynia annua
1 pala – 48 g of each of the above herb is taken in coarse powder form.
It is added with 500 fruits of Amalaki.

All together should be boiled in 1 Drona – 12.288 Liters. of water. When it is fully boiled, the decoction and the fruits of Amalaki should be taken out.

The fruits of Amalaki, after the removal of seeds, should be fried in 12 Pala – 567 g, of each of ghee and sesame oil.

This should be added to the decoction. This paste along with 2.400 kg of (half Tula)  sugar (Matsyandika), boiled with the decoction earlier obtained, until it takes the consistency of a linctus (semi solid).

When it has cooled down, the below ingredients are added and stirred well.
6 Pala – 288 g of honey;
4 Pala – 192 g of Tugaksiri;
2 Pala – 96 g of Pippali – Long pepper
1 pala – 48 g of each of –
Twak – Cinnamon
Ela – Cardamom
Patra – Cinnamon leaves
Keshara – Nagakeshara – Mesua ferrea
This is called Cyavana Prasha.

Does it contain any heavy metal ingredients?
No. Chyawanprash does not contain any heavy metal ingredients such as mercury, lead, arsenic etc.

Different formulas

Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Sharangdhara Samhita, Bharata Bhaishajya Ratnakara etc have mentioned chyawanprash. Some have mentioned only ghee, and some have mentioned both oil and ghee.
Charaka’s and Sharangdhara Samhita’s versions are most famous.
There are a few differences in herbs plus, Charaka has mentioned sesame oil and ghee as the fats. But Sharandhara has mentioned only cow’s ghee.
Regarding Kakoli, Ksheera Kakoli, Rishabhaka and Jeevaka, there are a lot of confusions. I have just used one such opinion to quote botanical names above.
These Ashtavarga Dravyas have been substituted, even in old Ayurvedic traditional text books like Bhavaprakasha.

How is BV Pundit’s Chywanprash. I used once but found to be of different taste as compared to other brands.
BV Pundit is one of the very authentic Ayurvedic companies. They make very good Chyawanprash, without altering the formulas. You might have felt difference in taste of their Chyawanprash, because many companies add extra sugar to make Chyawanprash taste sweet. 

Chyawanprash for gall stones

Chyawanprash contains many ingredients that are useful in gall stones.
Dashamoola – useful in relieving the gall bladder inflammation
Pippali – Long pepper – useful to liquefy gall bladder secretions
Pushkaramoola – Inula racemosa – very effective in relieving colic pain
Gokshura – useful to reduce the size of stones.
It does not mean to say that Chyawanprash can cure all gall stones. It just means that Chyawanprash can be taken by gall bladder stone patients.

Jaggery for sugar?

Can the sugar of Chyawanprash be substituted with jaggery (sweet molasses)?
The two main references of Chyawanprash, both in Charaka Samhita and Sharangdhara samhita explain to use sugar candy – Sita in Chyawanprash.
It is unprocessed and no-chemical sugar. Some form of it is available in the market, even today.
Sugar candy is relatively easier to digest and is used in many cough and respiratory diseases as a soothing agent. For example, famous Ayurvedic medicines for cold, cough – Sitopaladi churna and talisadi churna contain sugar candy as ingredient.

Good thing about jaggery is, it is prepared with natural methods. The problem with jaggery is it is very heavier to digest when compared to sugar candy and it can increase Kapha Dosha. Read detailed benefits of jaggery

It is not usually recommended when a person is having cold and cough.
Out of all the benefits of Chyawanprash, its benefits on respiratory symptoms are the most important.
So, jaggery is not a very good choice.
But you can choose jaggery over chemical processed sugar, if the jaggery is of better quality.

Ingredients change in different brands?

Question:
I was doing a comparison of herbs in commercially available chyavan prash formulae. I had 2 quick questions for you:

1. the two I compared with your formula (Himalaya and Banyan) have herbs like Ashwagandha (both), Shatavari (both), Guduchi,(both) Indian kudzu (Himalaya), Vetiver (Himalaya) to name a few, added to it that don’t exist in the Caraka recipe you posted here. I was wondering if there are different recipes for Chyavanprash in the texts later than Caraka. In addition, Himalaya and Banyan both did not have some of the herbs listed in the caraka recipe you posted. Banyan had very few from the list while Himalaya had most, except the following:

Agaru (Aquilaria agallocha)
Chandana (Santalum album)
Jeevaka (Microstylis muscifera),
Kakoli (Lilium poilyphyleum) (Ksheer Kakoli?)
Vrishabhaka (Microstylis wallichi) actually M. mucifera ???
Ruddhi (Habenaria intermedia)
Vidari (Ipomea digitata).

Now, I am not wondering if some of the names may be synonymous and I have listed them such here because I am not aware of it; or if there are different Chyavanprash recipes available. I understand that some of the Trees such as Aquillaria agallocha may be near extinction and may be replaced with something else?

Answer:
We really have to ask the manufacturer about the reference for their formula. The Sharangdhara Samhita reference do not contain many ingredients that were mentioned in CHaraka Samhita.

My 2nd question is: You have listed 2 herbs:
Kakoli as Lilium polyphylum): is this actually Ksheera kakoli???? The reference I found on the web differentiates between kakoli and Khshirakakoli Are these similar in their ayurvedic properties?
Answer: Both Kakoli and Ksheera Kakoli have similar properties and often the same plant is used in the name of both these herbs.

The greater question I have is whether some of the herbs in the Ayurvedic formulae been replaced with others with similar activities over time due to unavailability of the plant or other reasons, and whether this is on-going in the modern formulae as well. If that is so, is there an Ayurvedic society of experts that will validate the swapping of the herbs?

Answer: Some of the herbs, especially of Ashtavarga are legally replaced, as mentioned above in the Ashtavarga section.

Testimonial

By Rajiv –

“What benefits have u got by eating any Chyawanprash ?”
Almost complete reduction/disappearance of bad breath/morning breath. Very little to almost no white coating on tongue in the morning. I was starting to develop asthma 2 years back when after taking chyawanprash it was cured within a few months. Initially I was taking local brands only. These are very good observable effects after taking chyawanprash.

I wasn’t specifically saying brand A better than brand B,etc. I just mentioned a company name that makes chyawanprash without preservatives. Which chyawanprash is superior will be decided by ayurvedic physicians not us, as they have more knowledge than us.

Questions, answers

Is it safe to consume when you have been diagnosed with chronic pyelonephritis ? 
It is safe. But it is best to receive specific treatment for pyelonephritis and once when the condition is under control, then continue with chyawanprash.

Can Chyawanprash cure constipation? Will it improve sluggish appetite?
Chyawanprash is not the medicine usually preferred to treat constipation. It does not help much in constipation. It improves appetite due to ingredients such as long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom etc.

Can there be home made chyawanprash?

The formula of Chyawanprash is the one which is given by our ancient masters – Charaka, Vagbhata etc. The medicine prepared with those set of ingredients in that particular manner is called Chyawanprash.
If someone makes their own shortcut recipe, then it can be something else, but it cannot be called as Chyawanprash or a shortcut variety of it.

Baidyanath Chyawanprash Avaleha special

Baidyanath manufactures a special Chyawanprash called as Chyawanprash Avaleha special.

Ingredients of Chyawanprash Avaleha special:
Gooseberry – Amalaki – Emblica officinalis
Long pepper – Pippali – Piper longum
Clove – Laung – Syzygium aromaticum
Tavakshirr – Bambusa arundinacea
Cinnamon – Dalchini – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Cardamom – Ela – Elettaria cardamomum
Kankol – Piper cubeba
Ghee – Ghrit
Mishri – Sugar candy
Dashmool – group of 10 drugs
Gooseberry – Amla – Emblica officinalis
Munnaka – Vitis vinifera
Pushkarmool – Inula racemosa
Giloy – Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia
Kachnoor – Curcuma zedoaria
Nagarmotha – Cyperus rotundus
Abhrak Bhasma – Mica calx
Shringa Bhasma – prepared from Deer horn
Makardhwaj – Ayurvedic medicine
Keshar – Mesua ferrea
Silver flakes

Uses of Chyawanprash Avaleha special:
Chyawanprash Avaleha special is a general tonic, nutritive, immunity booster.
It is used in general debility, debility in old age, cough, cold, bronchitis, phthisis, anemia, Vit. C deficiency etc.

Dosage of Chyawanprash Avaleha special:
6 g to 12 g with milk twice or thrice a day.
Or as directed by the physician.

Package:
2 kg, 1 kg, 500 g & 250 g.

149 thoughts on “Chyawanprash Uses, Dose, How To Take, Ingredients, Side Effects”

  1. thank you this good information but i want to known that, can daibeties person taking Chyawanprash? pls give me reply
    thank you
    regards
    banesh

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  2. I want to use Dabur Chawanprash.does chawanprash cause any weight gain? or it will help me to loose weight?

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  3. Dear Sir,

    Chyavanprash’s major ingredient is Amla which is not preferred to be taken with milk, than how it’s advisable to take milk after intake of chyavanprash please clarify .

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    • Good question.Yes, Amla is the main ingredient in Chyawanaprash I substantiate the use of milk with chyawanaprash with the following points –
      1. In the making of chyawanprash, it is boiled with many herbs decoction, then it is de-seeded, pulp is fried in ghee and again heated with other ingredients to end up in the form of Chyawanprash. By this time, the taste of it is almost changed to astringent.
      2. The other main spice used in Chyawanprash is Long pepper (Pippali). There are many instances where Pippali is processed with milk before administring. (E.g. Pippali Ksheerapaka)
      3. Moreover the other herbs added make it spicy. I have seen many people who claim to feel the heat, while taking chyawnpash, so it makes sense to take milk.
      4. Even in Rasayana treatment (rejuvenation treatment), Nitya ksheera and Ghrita abhyasa (practicing of daily intake of milk and ghee) is encouraged. Chyawanprash is one of the major Ayurvedic medicine used in Rasayana ( rejuvenation). After all, it is found in the Rasayana chapter of Charaka Samhita.

      Hope I have answered convincingly.

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    • Chyawanprash will not increase directly, But because it improves overall health and immunity, and stimulates gastric system, there is a chance that weight would increase due to improved food habits.

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  4. I would like to thank you for developing this site with a lot of info which must have taken you a lot of time. if it is ok, maybe some of the readers who are willing to can make a monetary contribution can do so through some means since you must have taken time, effort to make this site and answer the queries of the people here.

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  5. Chyawanprash is a superb rejuvenation formula, as you have experienced yourself. It will surely benefit in Osteopenia, provided calcium rich diet is taken along with Chyawanprash. It is very difficult to guess the recovery period. But taking Ayurvedic supplement along with Chyawanprash can definitely fasten the bone re-generation.

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  6. Thanks for your very informative article. I am sure after reading this people will turn towards the age old Ayurveda.

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  7. Thanks for this amazing article. I was wondering if chywanprash is safe for people with high cholesterol and tryglicerides since is made with ghee. Thanks!

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    • Chyawanprash is very safe even with people with high cholesterol. It contains a very little amount of ghee, but at the same time it also contains umpteen number of herbal ingredients that bring down the cholesterol. Ghee is just used as a media in Chyawanprash to dissolve fat soluble active principles of the herbs into Chyawanprash.

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      • Dr JV Hebbar,

        Thank you so much for the information. I can’t wait to try this wonderful medicine.

        Have a wonderful day!

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  8. Hello
    I have been giving Chyawanprash to my daughter (11 years now) and my son 6 years now. I do see the diff in my kids they get cold and cough far less than other kids at school which I think is the benefit of it.

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  9. Hello

    Can Chyawanprash benefit symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis / Osteoarthritis? Secondly can you mix it with milk and drink it?

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  10. very helpful and unique article is there any other process to make chawanprash. because there are several types of chawanprash avilable in different brands. so please clear the differance and process of making

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    • Thanks for kind appreciation.
      Though there are many references, the general process is same as explained above. Only the ingredients of decotion (kashayam) vary in some.
      Some references advice to add sesame oil along with ghee.

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  11. Hi:

    I just saw one ingredient in Kottakal Chyavanaprasam starting with Matsya/Matsyanthika or something like that. It is given at the end of the ingredient list. Can you please tell me what exactly is this. Its seems the quantity used is more than amlaki.Please let me know what exactly is it and update me. thanks

    Regards
    Raj

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    • To be on the safer side, it is advisable to take both only after consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor, for the time period that he / she specifies.

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  12. I recently tried out Chyawanprash from Vaidyaratnam Moos Oushadhasala. I found that to be sweet in taste as it contained too much of Rock Candy(kalkandam).I think 5.486gm.

    Is it good or is it bad to have too much of Rock Candy(kalkandam) in Chyawanprash..

    Also, when is the best time to take Chyawanprash?
    Please advise.

    Thanks

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  13. You mentioned that Chyanwanprash is best to take in the morning. Can it be taken empty stomach,right after brushing our teeth..?

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  14. I have tried to take chyawanprash on many occasions in the past but within a few days of starting,Ive ended up with a bad cold. What could be the reason?

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  15. First of all. Thanks a lot for the article. It’s very informative and motivating to consume chyawanprash now.

    I had a recent shoulder dislocation. I heard the ligaments take a long time to heal under normal situations. From what I read online western medicine and physical therapy cannot really help prevent it from happening again and again.

    I was looking in to Yoga and Ayurveda in general to see if there is some help. Will chyawanprash or any other product in general help me with this issue?

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    • Apart from Chyawanprash, there are many Ayurvedic medicines and treatments for ligamental injury. Consulting an Ayurvedic doctor directly will be good.

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  16. This is the most ridiculous statement I have read. Its like all those people who sport an Aum tatoo and dont even know what it means.

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  17. sir i am eating sona chandi chyawanaprash every day after dinner is this correct ?and what about ur opinion this product

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  18. Thanks for this great article. I have one question regarding this. Since my childhood I have been drinking milk and never had any problems, but since last 1-2 years I have been having difficulty digesting milk. 1 to 1-1/2 hrs after drinking milk my stomach starts growling and I have to go to the toilet. Will Chyavanprash help me be able to digest milk again?

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        • Hi, usually any type of food allergy / aversion is due to lack of production of appropriate digestive enzymes. In Ayurveda terms, it is due to Kapha increase and Pitta decrease. Chyawanprash contains herbs like cinnamon, long pepper – which will correct the digestive issue that you have.

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    • It may help but there are specific Ayurvedic medicines for prostate and urine related problems. Please consider consulting your doctor.

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  19. Hi, can a liver cirrhosis patient take this? How much to consume? Any ayurvedic medicine can cure liver cirrhosis?

    Thanks!

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    • Better to consult an herbal specialist directly for a condition as serious as liver cirrhosis. The success of Ayurvedic treatment in liver cirrhosis depends upon the stage of the disease.

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  20. Thanks a lot for the informative website on ayurveda.Regarding chyawanprash , can we take breakfast immediately after taking chyawanprash or should we wait for half an hour or so after consuming chyawanprash.

    Regards,
    nagesh

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  21. sir .. i eat sona chandi chyavanaprash every day evening 7.pm with honey is this correct….??please help me iknow better to eats morning but i dont like to eat morning

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  22. Chyawanprash can also be taken with honey no problem. It can be taken in the morning, before food.
    1/2 spoon of honey with 1 spoon of lemon with warm water early in the morning on empty stomach. It can be taken upto 1 – 2 months. But note that exercise and other measures are also to be continued with this home remedy.

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  23. Thank you sir,but I have a small doubt can we take Chyawanprash+honey+lemon all at the same time or honey+lemon in the morning and chyawanprash in the evening when the stomach is empty?

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  24. Can a person with high blood pressure take chyawanprash? Can they take it along with alopathic blood pressure medication?

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  25. dear Sir I read ur all reply and all question on this page,,i m feeling very nice after reading this,,even i m a great supporter of Ayurveda,,bcoz when i was child my father always Prepared medicines in Ayurveda and Unani,,I read ur All Answers it Shows you have a very nice human being,,because free of cost u r Doing favor on peoples,,,my Best wishes are with you,,God Bless you Sir,,with Many many Thanx

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  26. Chyavanprash is good for health..

    It reduces the Gastro intestinal disorders..

    regards,

    A.Balasubramanian,
    @09442614347

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  27. hi sir,
    can we give Chyawanaprash to kids in summer?as my daughter has col and caugh for about 1week.

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  28. can we add other ingredients to increase nutritional values ( eg. shilajith & others) besides the ingredients mentioned in charaka samhitha to prepare chyavanprash ? because we have a consumer society, through the society we like to help poor people by supplying single general health product with complete ( at least maximum ) nutrients. can u pls. suggest us a formula. & where to get organic ingredients? whether available in hyderabad? i appreciates ur repply.

    thanks
    best regards!

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    • Hi, it is awesome that you work to help poor people.
      It is not ideal to add any other thing to Chyawanprash. Charaka was knowing about Shilajeet and if he had wished to add Shilajeet, he could have, but he did not do so for a reason. Chyawanprash is complete in its original formula.

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  29. I have started giving chyawanaprash to my kids. They don’t like the taste, so I mix chyawanaprash with little honey and give it. They drink warm milk right after. Is it okay to give it this way? Please clarify.

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    • Honey is one of the ingredients of Chyawanprash. So there is no harm in giving it along with honey, followed by warm milk.

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  30. my girlfriend by mistake stored the chyavanaprasha himalaya on the refrigerator (not the freezer), is this a problem?

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      • Hello, Does Chyawanprash help bring TSH levels to normal. My cousin has been diagnosed with a TSH level of 3.5 and told its slightly on the higher side. Thank you for the helpful advise above.

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        • A TSH Level of 3.5 is not very high. It only indicates that the thyroid is requiring some extra stimulation to release hormones at optimum levels.
          There is no definitive evidence about Chyawanprash lowering TSH Level. However, it might help due to its high phyto-nutrient value.
          The other ways of effective TSH control would be – regular exercise, control over excess of sugar and oily food, and using iodized salt.

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          • Dear Dr. Hebbar. It is really so good to get your inputs. I have already communicated to my cousin. I would like to let you know, these days I am closely following your different topics on this forum. It is such a blessing to get first hand Ayurvedic information from you. Thanks a ton for all your time and patience with all of our queries.

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  31. No. It won’t, even if you overdose. There is nothing in Chyawanprash to stimulate the brain to that level.

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  32. Hi iv been taking Chyawanprash for about two weeks now and realised that lately iv had more face spots/acne now than before. Isn’t it suppose to give me good complexion? Could you clarify pls?

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    • Acne is due to Pitta balance. Because it is Summer, there is natural Pitta increase. Chyawanprash is again slightly hot in nature. Hence in your case, it is causing acne. Remedy: Take it along with milk. Dose is – a small spoonful in the morning with half a glass of milk. Milk will balance out the hot quality of Chyawanprash.

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  33. Do chawanprash cause heat sensation in heart. i am having heat sensation in heart frm past one month, whn i started chawanprash. had visited doc n done with all chkups like ECG, ultra sound of hrt, cholestrol, sugar, all came normal. had tkn some tabs for gas too but still m feeling burning sensation. plz help

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  34. I take Chyawanprash with Almond Milk- non-dairy. I know that you suggest drinking it with milk, but I want to know whether it is inadvisable to ingest with almond milk. I really like it this way. Thank you.

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    • If you are comfortable with almond milk then there is no harm to having it along Chyawanprash. It further adds to the nutritive value.

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        • I started using an Amla supplement about two weeks ago and only two days ago I started using Chyawanprash (Dabur brand), I am from the West Indies and decided on using these products based on my own research to treat what I would term serious hair loss. Is this combination sufficient to obtain good results, or are there any additional ayurvedic products that I should be using. Note that there is an absence of such expertise in my country for consultation. Any suggested products may most likely need to be imported.

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          • If you are feeling comfortable with Amla and Chyawanprash, then please continue both for at least three months. There is no other better product than these two. Please continue and enjoy the benefits of Ayurveda.

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    • It might help to some extent. But it alone does not seem to be the wholesome remedy for Lichen Planus.

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  35. If doing yoga excercises, when should i take chavaprash before or after.?

    I take honey in warm water half hour before excercise. should i need to stop it if take chavanaprash (or combine with it)?

    Your site is more informative. Thanks in advance

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    • Chyawanprash should be taken, 5 – 10 minutes after Yoga exercises.
      If you are accustomed to take honey with warm water before exercise, please continue same.
      Thanks for your kind appreciation.

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  36. Hello,
    Thank you for your valuable suggestions.

    From your replies i got a clarification that we can use milk with chavanprash though it contains amla. I am consuming amla powder after eating meals, How much gap is required between consuming amla powder and milk?

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    • You can take chyawanprash with milk before food and take amla after food.
      Or you can take Chyawanprash in the morning and amla in evening.
      To answer your specific question, ideally a gap of one hour is needed between amla and milk.

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    • Milk is the first and best choice. But if you’re accustomed to water, you can have water with Chyawanprash. Not a problem.

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  37. I have just recently started taking the chyawanprash dabur, i would like to know is there any artificial colorings, addtives or preservatives or steroids in the ingredients other than the herbs. I really would like to know ayuverdic methods and health supplements, how and where do i start?

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    • Sir I think Dabur adds chemical preservatives to Chyawanprash. What about other companies like Kotakkal, SN Pundit, Pentacare, Nagarjuna etc. Do they add chemical preservatives for lehyas?? Because I think all companies add chemical preservative for Kashayam(in Liquid form)

      Thanks

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      • All companies do add perservative to Kashaya (liquid).
        Whichever company is manufacturing lehyams in bulk, with shelf life of more than an year, chances of adding preservative to lehyams such as Chyawanrpash is more.

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        • You had written in your article that the expiry date of lehya is 3 years(as prescribed in classical texts). So without chemical preservatives fully organic lehya can last how long?? Is is 1 year, 1.5 years or 3 years??

          Thanks

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          • without preservatives, the shelf life of lehya (herbal jams) is one year only. reference: Sharangdhara Samhita.

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  38. SIR
    I never seen AVN or KOTTAKAL chyavanprash in market .I will thank full to you tell me the address from whear i may be able to purchage,I from Vadodara Gujrat
    Regards
    Ajit Singh issar

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  39. Dear Sir,

    I have a problem of excess pith which on a monthly basis causes a severe soreness in my throat. I then find it uncomfortable to eat or drink water. Inevitably I end up vomiting the food taken. I get relief only if the bile / pith comes out with the food. After that I get severe cold and cough. Will Chyawanprash help.

    Thank you,

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    • What about kesari jivan chawanprash? What are the benefits? Does it cause weight gain & can it be consumed by kids (age 2 years & 9 months)? Thanks

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  40. Congratulations for your interest in Ayurveda and getting to know about your body type. If you have lactose intolerance, you can simply take it along with cold (or boiled and cooled) water.

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    • If you’ve not crossed the teenage, then Chyawanprash would help you to improve nutrition levels in the body, thereby helping in improving height, indirectly.
      Height of a person largely depends on hereditary factors. Calcium supplementation may lead to good bone strength, thereby indirectly helping in height, if the person has not crossed teenage.
      There are lot of advertises in newspapers with products claiming to increase height. But they do not help.

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  41. Chyawanprash contains Sugar in it. If he wishes to take it, then his sugar level should be monitored on a regular basis. So, the answer is, if he consults a doctor and gets his sugar level monitored and controlled, then he can take Chyawanprash.

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  42. Hi!

    Thanks for the amazing post. Though it is good to have chawanprash in the morning but is it advisable to take it during night ?? because after I started taking chawanprash in night my asthma attacks are gone.

    Pls reply.

    archana

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    • Taking Chyawanprash in the morning is the advice for healthy people. The dosage, timing of administration would alter for people with health issues, as in your case.

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  43. Hope you are continuing the two lehyams with doctor’s advice.
    You can take, if your doctor advises it for you.

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  44. Which type of milk one should consume?
    At present we purchase Pasteurized, Homogenized, Toned Cow milk from a professional dairy in plastic bags. What I learnt recently is Homogenized milk is very dangerous to health
    Appreciate if you could guide us on this subject

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    • If you can get raw milk, and if you boil it for a couple of minutes and use it, and if you’re sure about the health of the cow, then that is the best.

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  45. Hello Doctor,

    I take warm water + Lemon + Honey in the morning in empty stomach and do exercise for an hour. I want to know whether it is advisable to take chyawanprash with milk after my exercise and before my breakfast? Kindly reply

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  46. my kakkanat chyawanprash spreads in water,and is quite sticky normally…tastes as u mentioned…is it not a good quality product?

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  47. Dear dr.,

    I have read in some artical that sour things like aamla or fruits if taken with milk is not advisable as it becomes viruddha aahar. But why CP is advised to take with milk. kindly explain

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  48. Excellent article.
    I’ve heard that we should maintain around 30 mins gap between food intake and bathing. May I know why is that?
    Does the same apply to Chyawanprasha as well?

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    • Bathing is a Vata balancing activity and is not recommended soon after food, when food is still there in stomach. Hence it is ideal to wait for 1 – 1.5 hours for bathing, if you’ve taken food.
      If you’ve taken a teaspoon of Chyawanprash, then just 20 minutes wait should be good enough.

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      • Thanks a lot… If you don’t mind, please could you explain ‘Vata balancing’. What would be the downside of bathing immediately after having food.

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        • ok. Sorry for the Ayurvedic jargon. 🙂
          Taking bath soon after food would cause indigestion, bloating, and delay in natural downward movement of food from intestines to stomach.
          In simpler terms, soon after food, the Agni or digestive fire is much needed in stomach to kick start the digestion process. If someone takes bath soon after food, it would cause weakening of digestive fire.
          Hope it is somewhat better now?

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          • I apologize if I’m being stupid. I’ve another silly doubt. I read that it is the temperature difference which weakens the digestive fire. Does the same happen even if we take bath with hot water?? Does it still lead to same problems?

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    • To some extent, it surely helps. There are other better medicines useful in hypothyroidism. Consult your Ayurveda doctor.

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  49. Hi, congratulations on your interest to make your own Chyawanprash.
    Your procedure looks fine.
    Please note that the shelf life of Chyawanprash is just one year. The claim that older is better is absolutely wrong!
    You can give 1/4 teaspoon of Chyawapnrash to your daughter.
    It is better for you to avoid all Ayurvedic medicines, including Chyawanprash during pregnancy. Just eat healthy and be happy.

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  50. In your earlier comment you have mentioned that sugar is an important ingredient from centuries , but use of suger started only after the british rule, before that what was used. pls let me know.

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    • Hi, in ancient times also Sita – white sugar was present. The word sita itself refers to the colour white.
      It was produced by clarifying the jaggery / molasses. Exact method of preparation is unknown.

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  51. Great! The summer is exactly why I started taking Gulkand along with Chyawanprash. Thank you for your prompt and helpful reply. Best Wishes,
    Nishant

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  52. hello sir, i am 5.9 inch male of weight only- 48 kg.
    i want to gain weight.
    so can you plz suggest me one ayurvedic medicine which will help me gain weight and without any side effect.

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  53. Thank you very much for your advices Doctor. Finally I am drinking a glass of warm milk just after eating a small spoon of Chyawanprash and it prevents me vomiting… But you are true, perhaps next time I should change the brand…

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