Swarna Prashan is an age old vedic immunization technique which was prevalent since the ancient days.
Administration of gold to children aged between 0 – 16 years on a specific day on Pushya nakshatra (star) of every month is done.
So, by administrating gold on this day is said to improve the overall health, physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, complexion, intellect, immunity of the child. The gold which is used in swarnaprashan is subjected to purification as mentioned in Ayurvedic classics to remove toxicity and enhace its medicinal properties.
Thus it is an immense pride that immunization exited in India in the vedic era so we should follow our technics to improve our immunity.
The ultimate goal of swarnaprashana is not focused only on single disease but enhancement of complete body system and enhance overall immunity.
Administration of processed gold in children is a unique practice mentioned in Ayurveda as Swarnaprashan by Acharya Kashyap thousands of years back. He explained evidently the administration of swarna in children for the benefits of improving intellect, digestion and metabolism, physical strength, immunity, complexion, fertility and lifespan.
Nutrition of every tissue of our body depends upon the nutritional value of the food consumed. Our dietary habits play an important role in the well being of our body. Any shortfall in these will result in decreased immunity in the child because of which he frequently falls to pray to various diseases.
Suvarnaprashan, a remedy mentioned in Ayurved thousands of years back, plays an important role in improving the immunity power of children and also enhances their physical and intellectual development
Gold is explained as one among the Sapta loha ( shudha loha). Said to be having both Preventive and Protective qualities.
Bala vardhan- Improves strength and immunity.
Prevents Illness– prevents frequent illnesses like cold , cough, fever.
Ayush Vardhan– Helps improve health life span.
Medha Vardhan– Improves intelligence, also improves memory power and oratory skills.
Agni vardhan– Improves appetite and digestion.
Varnya– Improves complexion and imparts healthy glow.
Grahapaham – protection from the evil spirit and microorganism.
The specific benefits of swarnaprashan according to the duration of administration have been mentioned :
If administered for 1 month – baby will become Parama Medhavi (highly intelligent)
If administered for 6 months – baby will become Shrutdhara (will be able to remember the things, which are just heard).
Swarna (promotes immunological cells)
Vacha/shankhpushpi (medhya rasayan,improves cognitive power)
Honey ( Rich source of Fructose/provides energy, Contains Heparin ( respiratory problems) , clears channels)
Ghrita – Lubricating effect
The action of gold in the immune system can be justified from the following study reports.
Pharmacological studies showed specific and non specific immune responses, which were modified in a positive manner in swarna bhasma.
It also has a stimulatory effect on peritoneal macrophages which helps in fighting infections.
Acharya sushruta and charak, respectively mention the usage of swarna on Pushya Nakshatra( a star in hindu calendar).
Pushya nakshatra may be due to the belief thatit is an auspicious star to administer any medication due to its nourishing effect.
The day Pushya Nakshastra falls is considered highly auspicious for beginning of Swarnaprashan drops.
Administrating drugs on this day seem very effective in terms of actions. Since, Swarnaprashana main ingredients is ash of gold it is an auspicious day to prepare/ start administer the preparation of gold.
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