Cyavanaprasha, Cyavanaprāśa, Cyavana-prasha: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Cyavanaprāśa can be transliterated into English as Cyavanaprasa or Cyavanaprasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chyavanaprasha.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Charaka Samhita Text With English Tanslation P. V. Sharma

Cyavanaprāśa (च्यवनप्राश) refers to the medicinal preparation mentioned in the Rasāyanacikitsā or Chapter 1 of the Carakasaṃhitā Cikitsāsthāna (verses 62-74):—[Cyavanaprāśa consists primarely of the following herbs]: Bilva, Agnimantha, Śyonāka, Kāśmarya, Pāṭalā, Balā, four-leaved herbs (Śālaparṇī, Pṛśṇiparṇī, Mudgaparṇī, Māṣaparṇī), Pippalī, Gokṣura, Bṛhatī, Kaṇṭakārī, Karkaṭaśṛṅgī, Tāmalakī, Drākṣā, Jīvantī, Puṣkaramūla, Aguru, Harītakī, Guḍūcī, Ṛddhī, Jīvaka, Ṛṣabhaka, Śaṭī, Musta, Punarnavā, Medā, Elā, Candana, Utpala, Vidārī, Vāsā (roots), Kākolī and Kākanāsā.

[The above herbs], each in quantity of 40 grams and 500 fruits of Āmalakī—all these together should be boiled in water measuring 100 litres 240 ml. when the drugs are extracted completely the decoction should be brought down. The fruits of Āmalakī also should be taken out and their seeds are removed. Then it should be fried in tila oil and ghee (mixed) in quantity of 480 grams. Now it should be cooked in the above decoction adding to it 2 kg. of clean sugarcandy and prepared into a linctus. When it is self-cooled, 240 gram of honey should be added to it. In the end, 160 gram of Tvak, Elā, Patra and Nāgakeśara (combined together) should be added. This is the famous “Cyavanaprāśa”, an excellent Rasāyana.

Particularly, [Cyavanaprāśa] alleviates cough and dyspnoea, is useful for the wasted, injured and old people and promotes development of children. It alleviates hoarseness of voice, chest diseases, heart disease, vātarakta, thirst and disorders of urine and semen. It should be taken in the dose which does not interfere with the food (intake and digestion).

By using this (cyavanaprāśa-rasāyana) the extremely old Cyavana regained youthful age. If this rasāyana is used by the indoor method, even the old attains intellect, memory, lustre, freedom from diseases, longevity, strength of senses, sexual vigour, increased agni (digestion and metabolism), fairness of complexion and carmination of wind. One, shedding the form of the old age, puts on that of the fresh youth.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Evaluation of Cyavanaprāśa on Health and Immunity related Parameters in Healthy Children

Cyavanaprāśa (च्यवनप्राश) is a classical Ayurvedic formulation, i.e., an Ayurvedic health product that helps in boosting immunity. Cyavanaprāśa has been found to be effective as an immunity booster, vitalizer and a preventer of day to day infections and allergies such as common cold and cough etc. In recent times, Cyavanaprāśa has gained immense popularity all over the world as a time tested immunity booster. Cyavanaprāśa can be consumed in all seasons as it contains weather friendly ingredients which nullify unpleasant effects due to extreme environmental and climatic conditions. Beneficial effects of Cyavanaprāśa have been observed in nasal allergies and viral infections and seasonal influences. There exists enough evidence suggesting its multifaceted biological activity in favor of positive health.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Cyavanaprāśa (च्यवनप्राश):—[=cyavana-prāśa] [from cyavana > cyu] m. Name of an electuary (cf. cyāvana), [Mallaprakāśa]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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