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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, July 18, 2022

Swarna Prashana - For Immunity and Intellect


The Swarna prashana is made up of two words – one is Swarna and other is prashna. Swarna is known as gold and prashna is licking. Swarna prashana enhances immunity and also boosts the intellectual power in the children. Traditionally, Swarna prashana has been given to children in Indian culture for ages. Acharya Kashyap describes the method of usage for Swarna prashana in detail. To take the Swarna prashana face of the child must be in the east direction. It can be taken along with Madhu and ghrita and given to the child for licking. This process is called Swarna prashan. When it is administered for a certain period of time, it helps to enhance memory and immunity.

Swarna Prashana, Immunity and intellect


The following benefits of Swarna prashana have been stated by acharya Kashyap as Medhaagnibalvardhanam means it improves memory, digestive power, and overall body strength. If someone takes Swarna prashana for at least one month continuously then the child gains the immunity power and remains safe from all the diseases and also gains their intelligence power. It is preferred that please give Swarna prashana to children for at least six months continuously then the child can remember whatever he listens to in just a quick time.


It is made up of Swarna bhasma (calyx of gold) mixed with honey and cow ghee and various other potent herbs like Vacha (acorus calamus), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), and Shankhpushpi (convolvulus prostratus), etc. It acts as the best immunomodulatory and memory-enhancing property.

1. Swarna (Calyx of gold)

Gold is the main ingredient of Swarna prashana. Gold is used in Bhasma (Calyx) form because gold cannot be used in raw form. Gold is best known for its properties because it boosts immunity and also enhances your memory and intelligence power. It's always preferred that it is mixed with Madhu and ghrita.

2. Madhu (Honey)

It's the second most important ingredient of swarnaprashna. The main function of honey is to enhance the overall functioning of gold. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and also enhances digestion. It also has some other properties like a mild laxative, bacterial, sedatives, and antiseptic properties. Madhu is act as a natural preservative and sweetener in many ayurvedic formulations. Madhu is considered a taste enhancer and also enhances the efficiency of other medicines. Old honey also helps to reduce fat and obesity. Pure honey enhances the character of swarnaprashana. Honey mainly contains pollen which acts as a mild allergen. This active immunity of a baby protects it against allergic illness which is common in the early age group. It also serves as Anupama means it is a kind of medium to take swarnaprashana.

3. Ghrita

Ghrita has the best property enhancer in various medicines. Ghrita enhances the medicinal properties of Swarna. It is the best ingredient with which other herbs are mixed smoothly. Ghrita has the unique properties to enhance the gunas of various herbs which are added to it. Ghrita is used in medicinal formulation due to its properties because it assimilates the properties of herbs without losing its own properties.

4. Herbal Components

Bala, Vacha, Brahmi, and Shankhpushpi are well known for their capability to strengthen the physical properties of the swarnaprashana.

Administration of Swarna Prashana

Swarna prashana needs to be given from birth till the age of sixteen early in the morning or on an empty stomach to achieve better absorption. It should be administered early in the morning during pushya nakshatra. Swarna prashna can be given daily for one month or can be extended up to the period of 6 months. While administering Swarna to children in their early ages as this period is considered to be the most vulnerable time for infection due to an immune system.

To serve as an enhancer of intelligence, Swarna prashana can be started from birth and specifically for a period of 1 or 6 months continuously as mentioned because of its efficiency shown in classic books.

Swarna prashana has been found to have no-tropic and antiacetylcholinesterase properties or the action. Hence, it boosts the memory of the child.

Enuresis is the commonest psychosomatic disorder in-early age group. Along with the other medhya and balya herbal formulations, it can be very effective in treating shayyamutra. Research shows that males are more prone to this nocturnal enuresis than females.

Benefits of Swarna Prashana

Swarna prashana develops multidimensional health benefits such as

  • Boost the memory of the child - It improves attention to power in the child which later on enhances the memory, retention power, and cognitive function of the brain naturally.
  • Improve the digestion - It improves overall digestion by helping in the absorption of essential nutrients from food then it helps to promote optimum body growth.
  • Boost immune system - Swarnaprashna boosts the memory of a child through its potency.
  • Nourishes Skin - It also possesses detoxification properties. Thus it eliminates unwanted toxins from the body and improves the blood circulation helping in skin nourishment.
  • Enhance mental wellbeing - It is extremely beneficial for those children with special needs like autism, learning difficulties, attention deficit disorder, and hyperactivity. It helps in reducing anxiety, aggressiveness, irritability, and attention-seeking behavior in children.
  • Improve hearing and vision - Swarna prashana is known to improve the sense of hearing and vision.
  • Physical health - It helps in building the strength and overall physical growth.

Swarna prashna has been practiced for a long time in India and has a very good result. It is a unique method of instilling intellectual and immune-modulator power. In the present situation, it is attaining fast popularity and is being adopted all over India as an oral vaccine for immunity and intellect. This process also helps in the overall growth and development of children.

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