The emergence of new diseases every other day has reinforced the importance of prevention of diseases which is one of the mainstays of Ayurveda. Ayurveda, being a life science, emphasizes the prevention from diseases along with protection of health and treatment of diseases.
One such powerful Ayurveda method to improve immunity in children is ‘Swarnaprashana’. It is known by other names like, Swarna amruta prashana, Swarna prashana, Swarna prashan, Swarn prashan, Swarna bindu prashana or Suvarna prashan.
In today’s world of pollution, adulterated and chemically treated food and drinks, stressful lifestyle, electronic distractions, erratic climate changes, it is very important for parents to focus on improving immunity in children to help them to grow up into strong, healthy and intelligent individuals.
Swarnaprashana is one such unique way which imparts immunity, health and intelligence to children naturally.
FAQs to help parents understand all about Swarnaprashana.
What is Swarnaprashana?
Swarnaprashana translates to ‘intake of Swarna/Gold bhasma’. It is one of the ‘Shodasha Samskaras’ (the 16 rites of passage of a human being from conception to cremation, signifying milestones in an individual's journey of life). It is a natural, time-tested method to improve overall health of children practiced for thousands of years.
Anudina (Daily) Swarnaprashana- the Ayurvedic way to improve immunity in children is more relevant today than ever before.
Why is it Important to Give SWARNAPRASHANA Daily to My Child?
While emphasizing the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD), UNICEF reinforces that “Early childhood is not only the time when the brain develops rapidly, but a critical window of opportunity for establishing children’s immunity and therefore, the foundation of good health and optimal productivity in the future”. So, investing in improving immunity and developing intelligence in the early years is imperative for the well-being of the child.
There is ample evidence that a child's intelligence is not fully given at birth, but continues to evolve and change at least through the early elementary school years. Early childhood development is the key to a full and productive life for a child.
Research has shown that half of the person’s intelligence potential is developed by age four and early childhood interventions can have a lasting effect on intellectual capacity, personality and social behaviour. As with all other organs and systems in the body, a new-born is not born with a fully developed immune system at birth. Rather, their immunity - a protective function consisting of cells, proteins, and organs - grows and strengthens with time, striving with each new day to keep them safe from the multitude of pathogens that they encounter in their environments.
A child’s immune system will start to develop on its own at about 2-3 months of age. At this point the antibodies that mother has conferred start to decline. A baby’s immune system begins to grow and develop when it comes into contact with bacteria, viruses and fungi and can wage an attack against them. By 1 year of age a baby will have developed its immune system significantly, although not entirely. Some experts suggest an immune system is not fully developed until a child is approximately 12-14 years of age, when they finally reach adult levels of antibody formation.
So, it is beneficial to start Swarnaprashana early and administer regularly.
A growing number of childhood diseases such as allergic disorders such as allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, asthma and others have been linked to environmental exposures during prenatal and early postnatal development. Because the immune response plays a critical role in each of these diseases, it is important to consider measures to support the children's developing immune system in the early years of their development.
Anudina Swarnaprashana is a great gift to parents, in their effort towards improving their children’s intelligence and immunity.
‘Anudina’ means ‘everyday’ and Swarnaprashana means ‘intake of Suvarna/Gold bhasma’ and it imparts Daily dose of immunity for your child
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DAILY (ANUDINA) SWARNAPRASHANA MENTIONED IN AYURVEDA CLASSICS?
सुवर्णप्राशनं हि एतत् मेधाग्नि बल वर्धनम् । आयुष्यं मंगलं पुण्यं वृष्यं ग्रहापहम् ॥
मासात् परम मेधावी व्याधिभिर्न च दृश्यते । षड्भि मासै: श्रुतधर सुवर्ण प्राशनात् भवेत् ॥
(काश्यप संहिता, सूत्रस्थानम् 18/4-5)
suvarṇaprāśanaṃ hi etat medhāgni bala vardhanam | āyuṣyaṃ maṃgalaṃ puṇyaṃ vṛṣyaṃ grahāpaham ||
māsāt parama medhāvī vyādhibhirna ca dṛśyate | ṣaḍbhi māsai: śrutadhara suvarṇa prāśanāt bhavet ||
(kāśyapa saṃhitā, sūtrasthānam 18/4-5)
The benefits of administering small quantities of Swarna bhasma are:
• Medha Vardhana – improvement in intelligence
• Agni Vardhana – improvement in digestion
• Bala Vardhana – improvement in strength and immunity
• Ayushya Vardhana – Improvement in life expectancy
• Mangala, Punya – Auspicious
• Vrushya – Aphrodisiac
• Grahapaha – protects from bad effects from planets
WHAT IS THE AGE RECOMMENDED FOR ANUDINA (DAILY) SWARNAPRASHANA?
New born- 16 years of age.
The Ayurveda classics recommend taking daily Swarnaprashana from the time of birth to 16 years (0-16 years). However, giving Swarnaprashana on a daily basis till the age of 10 is highly beneficial for overall physical, mental development as well as the immunity of the child. It can be started or stopped at any age.
WHAT ARE THE CONTENTS OF SHRESHTHA ANUDINA SWARNAPRASHANA?
Anudina Swarnaprashana powder contains
Swarna Bhasma (Gold Bhasma)
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
Vacha (Acorus calamus)
Trikatu (Pippali, Pepper & Ginger)
Aragwadha (Cassia fistula)
Yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Tulasi (Ocimum sanctum)
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and
Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
Anudina Swarnaprashana uses ‘Rasamaaritha Swarna bhasma’ which is the best processed Gold bhasma and known for its efficacy (has more than 94% of Gold) and unmatched safety and efficacy. In Anudina Swarnprashana, the quantity of the Swarna bhasma and the herbs are judiciously mixed to suit daily consumption.
WHAT IS THE DOSAGE OF SHRESHTHA ANUDINA SWARNAPRASHANA?
We have formulated Anudina Swarnaprashana based on the dosages mentioned for Swarna bhasma in the Ayurveda Samhithas.
Dosage mentioned in the classics for Swarna Bhasma- 1/8th to 1/4th of a ratti (15-30 mg for adults) 1 ratti= 125 mg
Pediatric dose is
0-5 year: 1-3 mg/ day
5-10 years: 3-5 mg/day
10-16 years: 5-10 mg/day
We have again divided the 0 (new born)-5 year age bracket to 0 (new born)-1 year and 1-5 years and have kept the dosage of the Swarna Bhasma to the optimum level owing the Agni, bala, kala and safety concerns.
So, the age-wise dosage of Shreshtha Anudina Swarnaprashana is fixed as below.
P.S: Scoop here refers to the special measurement spoon provided with the Anudina Swarnaprashana
0-1 year: 0.5 scoop which has 1.25 mg of Swarna Bhasma
1-5 years: 1 scoop which has 2.5 mg of Swarna Bhasma
5-10 years: 1.5 scoops which has 3.75 mg of Swarna Bhasma
10-16 years: 2 scoops which has 5 mg of Swarna Bhasma
The container has about 80 scoops approximately
HOW TO ADMINISTER ANUDINA SWARNAPRASHANA TO CHILDREN?
It is ideal to administer early in the morning on empty stomach. But, since the ingredients are processed to make it highly absorbable and bio available, it can be given in the later part of the day too.
Directions of use: Use the measuring scoop provided to measure the dosage. Choose the age appropriate- correct dosage according to the table below.
• Anudina Swarnaprashana can be mixed gently with mother’s milk (for infants)/cow’s milk or honey and given to the children to consume.
Can be given even when the child is taking any other medicine. No adverse drug reaction is noted.
• Can be started and stopped at any age
• Though, giving regularly is beneficial, it does not cause any problems if some doses are missed or discontinued.
MAKING & ADMINISTRATION OF ANUDINA SWARNAPRASHANA
HOW LONG DOES 1 CONTAINER OF ANUDINA SWARNAPRASHANA LAST FOR MY CHILD?
Each container of Anudina Swarnaprashana contains 10 grams (About 80 scoops).
The dosage depends on the age of the child.
0-1 year: Dosage is 0.5 scoop – 1 container lasts 6 months approximately
1-5 years: Dosage is 1 scoop – 1 container lasts 3 months approximately
5-10 years: Dosage is 1.5 scoops- – 1 container lasts 2 months approximately
10-16 years: Dosage is 2 scoops- 1 container lasts 1.5 months approximately
WHAT IS THE EXPIRY DATE FOR ANUDINA SWARNAPRASHANA?
To ensure quality, Anudina Swarnaprashana is made in small batches. This helps us to avoid efficacy and safety issues, which is common when made in large batches and stored for a long time.
Each container of Anudina Swarnaprashana has an expiry period of 36 months.
DOES ANUDINA SWARNAPRASHANA HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
No side effects have been reported.
THERE ARE SOME SAFETY ISSUES RAISED ABOUT THE USE OF HEAVY METALS IN AYURVEDIC MEDICINE. IS IT SAFE TO GIVE GOLD BHASMA TO MY CHILD?
First, let us understand what a bhasma is:
A Bhasma means an ash obtained through incineration (a process where in the thermal treatment reduces the material into ash); the starter material undergoes an elaborate process of purification and this process is followed by the reaction phase, which involves incorporation of some other minerals and/or herbal extract to ensure further safety. So, intake of Gold Bhasma is not the same as intake of Gold as metal.
The National Center for Biotechnology information has conducted detailed studies on Gold Bhasma and has vouched for the safety of Gold Bhasma. It further compares the actions of the bhasma to that of nano particles and are highly compatible to the blood in systemic circulation.
The results of this study reinforce the application of Swarna bhasma as a therapeutic agent in clinical medicine from the safety point of view.
More links on safety of bhasma
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SHRESHTHA ANUDINA SWARNAPRASHANA ?
Generally, in many places, Swarnaprashana is mixed with Brahmi ghritha (medicated ghee) and honey and administered in a dropper. In this method, it is not possible to precisely give the exact dosage of the Swarna bhasma to the child. Also, it is not possible to keep this at home and give the child as the ghee will spoil quickly.
The best way to make sure of the correct dosage of Swarnaprashana is to make in powder form. The powder can then be mixed with honey, just before administering to the child.
We, at Shreshtha Ayurvedic Center, have been making Swarnaprashana in powder form, from 1997.
Thousands of parents, in India and overseas have found it beneficial for their children and also convenient because they can carry it with them easily.
Swarnaprashana gives maximum benefit when given regularly, hence it becomes important for the parents to take their children to the clinics on the Pushya Nakshatra day. This may sometimes prove difficult, due to school timings and busy schedule of parents and may end in discontinuation/irregularity of Swarnaprashana. With Anudina Swarnprashana, you have it in your hand conveniently and can easily administer every day. Since the expiry period of Anudina Swarnaprashana is 36 months, there is complete peace of mind.