Suvarna Prashan (Swarna Prashana)
Suvarna Prashan (also called Swarna Prashana and Swarna Bindu Prashana) is an ayurvedic technique to enhance immunity and improve the intelligence of children. Swarna Prashana is an ancient health tonic for children. Swarna Prashana acts on the mind, brain, immune system, and skin. It promotes growth and development, maintains health, builds resistance to infections by developing non-specific immunity, and improves complexion.
The purpose of Suvarna-Prashan is same as of modern vaccination to prevent diseases by building immunity against bacteria and viruses. However, Suvarna-Prashan has no specific indications like an individual vaccine, but it improves the overall immunity of children.
Swarna Prashana is effective for precluding upper respiratory tract infections and preventing common cold and flu. It can also prevent other diseases later in the life. This concept has no limitation only to bacterial or viral infections.
Suvarna-Prashan also benefits in a proper brain development. It improves memory, intelligence, verbal and cognitive functions of the brain.
Suvarna Prashan Sanskar
Suvarna Prashan Sanskar is an immuno-modulatory technique and one of the ancient Indian rituals used in Indian medicine and Hindu Families for children.
Age for Suvarna Prashan
However, Suvarna-Prashan requires administration as early as possible. A child with age 0 to 16 years is eligible for taking Swarna Prashana.
However, the specific age of giving Swarna Prashana is not described in ayurvedic texts, but the early administration of Suvarna-Prashan is greatly helpful for building immunity and intelligence. The capacity to build immunity against various diseases and infections is higher in early childhood and 90% brain development takes place by the age of five.
Therefore, it would be good to give Suvarna-Prashan before an age of five for maximum benefits. Suvarna-Prashan has great effects on brain and intelligence, but it would help more before the age of 5 years.
In case, you have missed giving Suvarna-Prashan to a child before the age of five, then you can give him/her up to the age of 16 years.
Time of Swarna Prashana administration
The best suitable time to give Suvarna Prashan (Swarna Prashana) to children is early morning before sunrise.
Ingredients of Swarna Prashana
The main ingredient of Swarna Prashana is Swarna (Pure Gold). The ingredient list is as follows:
- Swarna (Pure Gold)
- Cow’s Ghee
- Pure Honey
Nowadays, Swarna Bhasma is used in Swarna Prashana, which has better safety profile and efficacy as compared to unprocessed gold. The process used for making Bhasma reduces the possible unwanted effects and increases its effectiveness.
Ancient Method of Swarna Prashana
The main method described in the Kashyapa Samhita is as follows:
- Take small water and Pure Gold. Rub gold in the water on a clean grinding stone facing east direction.
- Now, mix water and rubbed gold with Honey and Cow’s Ghee.
- This mixture is given to the child to increase non-specific immunity.
Dosage & Preparation of Swarna Prashana
|The exact dosage is not described in the Kashyapa Samhita. Therefore, The dosage of Swarna Bhasma should be calculated for infant and children on the basis of its adult dosage.|
|Different classical texts write different dosage of Swarna Bhasma, which varies from 15 mg to 125 mg, but nowadays, the most accepted dosage of Swarna Bhasma in ayurvedic practice is 15 to 30 mg twice daily. Therefore, the amount of Swarna Bhasma in Swarna Prashana can be calculated on this dosage.|
According to the calculation of Swarna Bhasma dosage for infants and children, 1 to 15 mg Swarna Bhasma should be present in a single dosage of Swarna Prashana.
Some ayurvedic doctors also calculate dosage according to body weight of the child. Swarna Bhasma in dosage of 0.25 to 0.50 mg per Kg body weight in a single dosage of Swarna Prashana should be the ideal dosage for infants and children (up to age of 16 years), but the total dosage should not exceed 30 mg per day if child is overweight.
Swarna Prashana can be prepared considering the following proportions:
|Swarna Prashana Ingredients||Proportions (for a single dosage)|
|Swarna Bhasma||5 to 10 mg (5 mg would be best for infants and 10 mg for older children.)|
|Ghee (Clarified butter)||500 mg|
|The single dosage is also considered effective if taken immediately after birth or as soon as possible following the birth. It can be repeated every month for enhanced preventive effects.|
|It is also recommended to use daily basis for 30 days to 6 months according to Kashyapa Samhita for the desired effects on immunity and intelligence. Obviously, the regular use will be more effective than single use. After 6 months, it should be stopped.|
|The amount of Ghee and Honey can vary, but Honey should be doubled than Ghee by weight or Ghee should be doubled than Honey by weight. Do not mix them in equal proportion, which is against ayurveda principles.|
|The dosage of Ghee and Honey is also not specified in Classical texts. In infants (up to the age of 12 months), their dosage should be kept minimal as much as possible because the digestive system is not well developed to digest honey and ghee properly. However, most of infants digest the above mentioned dosage even more without any trouble, as per our experience.|
|Medicated ayurvedic Ghee like Brahmi Ghee (Brahmi Ghrita) can also be used instead of normal cow’s ghee for more beneficial effects on the brain.|
Volume & Weight Conversion for Honey & Ghee
|In Milliliters (ML)||In Grams (G)|
|1 ml (milliliters) of ghee||0.93 g (gram) of ghee|
|1 ml (milliliters) of honey||1.44 g (gram) of honey|
Before You Buy
Nowadays, Swarna Bindu Prashana is available in the market may not contain the optimum dosage of Swarna Bhasma. Therefore, you should ask the seller how much Swarna Bhasma is present in a single or recommended dose of Swarna Bindu Prashana. If it is less than 1 mg per dose, then it may not be effective as much as it should be. However, Swarna Bhasma still remains effective in the minute dosages, but the degree of the effects is less in comparison with optimum dosage.
Duration of Use
As discussed, single optimum dosage of Swarna Bindu Prashana is also effective to prevent common infections, but 30 days’ regular use of Swarna Bindu Prashana is helpful for preventing maximum of the diseases and increasing intelligence. You should continue giving Swarna Prashana to your child at least for 30 days. For more beneficial effects on the brain, it can be used for 6 months. According to Kashyapa Samhita, if Swarna Prashana is taken for a month, child becomes very intelligent. If it is taken for 6 months, child becomes able to learn quickly and remember whatever he hears. According to this statement, it is cleared that Swarna Prashana can be used for 6 months without any doubt.
|Minimum Usage||For at least 30 days|
|Maximum Usage||Not clearly specified, but as per Kashyapa Samhita statement, it can be surely used for 6 months regularly.|
After a course of 30 to 180 days, you can give Swarna Prashana once in every month for next 30 months. PUSHYA NAKSHATRA day is the best for monthly usage. It comes after every 27 days.
Medicinal value of Suvarna Prashan
Suvarna Prashan has following healing properties, which increase its medicinal value for preventive as well as therapeutic purposes.
- Memory booster
Benefits of Suvarna Prashan
Suvarna Prashan has beneficial effects on nervous system and immune system. Therefore, it is very helpful for improving memory, retention powder, intelligence, intellect, cognitive functions of the brain. Secondly, it is also effective for improving immunity and preventing diseases. The third effect is on the skin. It improves skin glow and prevents skin diseases.
FAQs about Suvarna-Prashan (Swarna Prashana)
Does Swarna Prashana have any side effects?
Answer: Swarna Prashana is LIKELY SAFE for most children. There are no side effects reported with recommended dosage.
Can I use it regularly in addition to completing the course?
Answer: Yes but after completing 90 days course; you should stop it for a month. After this gap, you can give it on a regular basis. Remember keeping a gap of one month after every three months use or 2 months gap after every six months use. Usually, we recommend a type of therapy for immunocompromised patients.
For healthy children, you can also use it once a month after completing 90 days course for maintaining non-specific immunity against a variety of diseases.
Will Suvarna-Prashan be effective after the age of 16 years?
Answer: This is a common question in many people’s mind. Suvarna-Prashan is only for the children and can improve immunity in early age to a greater extent.
In the later age, the effectiveness of Suvarna-Prashan may reduce, but you can take Suvarna bhasma with honey on the regular basis to boost immunity in later ages. However, it may not provide the similar benefits, but there is no doubt on immuno-modulatory effects of Suvarna bhasma in later ages as well. Taking swarna bhasma with chyawanprash would also help older people to prevent common infection and other diseases.