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.
Suvarnaprashan Sanskar is one such method, mentioned in the classics, which imparts health and intelligence naturally. Suvarna Prashana also known as Suvarna bindu prashan is an unique Ayurvedic preparation that is known to enhance the immune power of human body.
Suvarna means gold and Prashana refers to act of consuming. The act of consuming noble metal gold. According to Ayurveda our body needs to get right nourishment to support proper physical and mental development that can sustain till the old age. Suvarna Prashan is therefore recommended to be taken immediately after birth and continued till the age of 16 years. Suvarna Prashan is more beneficial if taken on the day of Pushya Nakshatra. Suvarna Prashana is made using Suvarna bhasma (gold ash) mixed with honey and cow ghee
containing herbal extracts like vacha, brahmi, shankupushpi,all of which show strong immune boosting properties.
Investing in improving immunity and developing intelligence in the early years is imperative for the wellbeing 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 behavior.
Benefits of Suvarna Prashana–
The health benefits of Suvarna Prashana are explained in an ancient classic textbook called “Kashyapa Samhita.”
” Suvarnaprashan hi etat medhagnibalavardhanamm| Aayushyam mangalam punyam vrushyam grahapaham|| Maasat paramamedhave vyaadhirbhirnn cha dhrushyate| Shadbhirmaasai shrutdhar suvarnaprashanad bhavet|| ” (Sutrasthanam Kashyap Samhita)
1. Boosts Immune system
Suvarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) contains pure gold in the form of ash and some other herbs that are known to enhance the immune power of the body. Administration of Suvarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) in recommended doses can help to build a strong Immunity and reduce chances of common infections such as cough, cold and fever.
2. Enhances Memory
Suvarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) can improve attention and the grasping power in children. It is also known to enhance the memory. Suvarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) seems to be very important for improving brain health in children.
3. Improves Digestion
Suvarna Prashan accelerates the process of digestion and hence improves the absorption of essential nutrients from food.
4. Nourishes the skin
Good skin is a sign of good health. Suvarna Prashan expels the unwanted toxins from the body causing total body de-toxification. It also improves the blood circulation which further results in improved skin texture and imparts glow to the skin.
5. Reduces mental agitation
Suvarna Prashan can effectively reduce temper and tantrums. Due to its calming effects on mind, Suvarna Prashana (Suvarna Prashana) seems extremely beneficial in children with special needs such as autism, learning difficulties, attention deficit disorder and hyper activity.
6. Improves overall physical and mental health
Suvarna Prashan improves the blood circulation in the body and also stimulates the nervous system, thereby leading to overall good physical and Mental Health.
Importance of Pushya Nakshatra For Suvarna Prashna
It is recommended that Suvarna Prashna should be taken on pushya nakshatra. Pushya refers to nourishment and pushya nakshatra is one of the most auspicious of the 27 nakshatras. The symbol of pushya nakshtra is the cow udder. If observed on the pushya nakshatra, the stars in the sky appear in an arrangement that that creates cow udder. Cow udder is associated with nourishment and so the Suvarna Prashna is taken on pushya nakshatra to get optimum nourishment and benefits. Suvarna Prashna can be consumed on any other day, however, the efficacy can vary and it may not be as effective as pushya nakshatra.