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Chyawanprash Story

Love it or hate it, if you are a little bit older millennial in India, chances are that you have either heard or even had Chyawanprash at some point of time in your life. 

Even if you haven't or tried it before, you might have either seen this criticism on Chyawanprash by Virdas ; We like Chyawanprash, YMMV

Well the response to this was , Dabur was quick enough to address his concerns by offering him the Chyawanprash samples and also the complete list of ingredients .

So what Actually is Chyawanprash?

According to Ayurveda, Chyawanprash is rasyana oushada. According to CCRAS, 

Rasayana is an Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy which helps in maintenance & promotion of health . 
Rasayana therapy replenishes the vital fluids of the body; boost the ojas (vital force of life) and the immune system, thus keeping away from diseases and prevents against ill effects of advanced age.  Rasayana therapy prevents effect of ageing and provides longevity, improves mental and intellectual competence, preservation of youthfulness, increased luster, body complexion and glow of the skin, healthy condition of voice, excellent potentiality of the body and the sense-organs,

Who created it?

It was documented that it was formulated by "Chywan Maharshi" and he lived several hundreds of years by taking this recipe and this was named after him as "Chywanprash". 

What are the ingredients in Chyawanprash

As per the book "Vaidya Yoga Ratnavali", following are the ingredients of Chyawanprash, as it appeared in Charak Samhita.

1-Bilva moolam, 2- Agnimantha moolam, 3-Kashmari moolm, 4- Tuntuka moolam, 5- Patala moolam, 6- Bala moolam, 7- Mashaparni moolam, 8- Mudgapani moolam, 9- Prishniparni moolam, 10- Saliparni moolam, 11- Pippali moolam, 12- Gokshuram, 13- Kantakari, 14- Brihati, 15- Karkata Sringi 16- Bhoodhatri, 17- Draksha, 18- Jeevanti, 19- Pushkara moolam, 20- Agaru, 21- Gudoochi, 22- Hareethaki, 23- Rudhi, 24- Jeevakam, 25- Rishabhkam, 26- Shati, 270 Musta, 28- Swetha Punarnava, 29- Meda, 30- Ela, 31- Swetha Chandanam, 32- Utpalam, 33- Vidari, 34- Vasamoolam, 35- Kakli, 36- Kakanasa. 

With Covid and and the raise in promotions, it is said that each Chyawanprash brand has 3-4 times their regular sales just in 5 months. 

What are the health benefits of Chyawanprash

Traditional Ayurveda practitioners call CP an “Ageless Wonder”. The formula of CP is time-tested and is still effective to mitigate the present world’s health concerns.  Charaka Samhita narrates: ‘It is the premier Rasayana, beneficial for allaying cough, asthma and other respiratory ailments; it nourishes the weak and degenerating tissues, promotes vigour, vitality and is anti-ageing’. As per ancient classics, regular intake of this tonic helps to attain intellect, memory, immunity, freedom from disease, endurance, improved functioning of the senses, great sexual strength and stamina, improved digestive processes, improvised skin-tone and glow, and restores/maintains the normal biofunctions of Vata (bodily humor regulating all movements, circulations and neuroconductive actions) .

Source:  Sharma R, Martins N, Kuca K, et al. Chyawanprash: A Traditional Indian Bioactive Health Supplement. Biomolecules. 2019;9(5):161. Published 2019 Apr 26. doi:10.3390/biom9050161

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