Ayurveda & Environment: What we need to know

Ayurveda is the science of life. And life is dependent on the environmental factors present around us.

Ayurveda is a health science developed from the studies done by the Ayurveda rushi (experts) by observing the daily activities in nature.

The basic concept of Ayurveda is based on the theory of Panchamahabhuta. They are Akasha, Vayu, Teja, Jala & Prithvi; and these all together form an environment on the planet Earth as well as in the human body.

How this panchamahabhuta evolves in the human system is well explained in the Taitirya Upanishad:

तस्माद्वा एतस्मादात्मानं आकाशः सम्भूतः। आकाशाद्वायु:। वायोरग्निः।अग्नेरापः। अद्भ्यः पृथिवी। पृथिव्या ओषधयः। ओषधीभोन्नम्। अन्नात्पुरुषः। स वा एष पुरुषोऽन्नरसमयः।

This shloka explains the evolution & connection of the Human and the ecosystem. It says: The conscious is first manifested into the Akasha. The Akasha makes space for particles to move resulting in the development of Vayu. The Vayu ignites and raises the temperature which results in the formation of Teja. Then the Teja cools to form in Aap or Jala. The jala condenses and solidifies into the parthiva to form Pruthivi. The Pruthvi gives birth to various Oshadhi means plants that ultimately feed and are responsible for the organism’s life cycle.

This whole concept of basic environmental factors and the ecosystem is well in Upanishad. This theory is used as a basic factor of Ayurveda knowledge.

Let’s get to know it little dipper.  As for now, we know the Panchamahabhuta; Akasha, Vayu, Teja, Jala & Prithvi. These five fundamental elements are responsible for the Ayurveda Doshas formation. Vaata Dosha is formed by the union of Akasha + Vayu mahabhuta. The Pitta is formed due to the dominance of Teja & Jala mahabhuta. And Kapha is developed by the dominance of Jala & Pruthvi.

Ayurveda has yet another principle that shows correlation between the human body and nature.

पुरुषोऽयं लोकसम्मितः।

  or in simple terms

सर्वं द्रव्यं पांचभौतिकं अस्मिन् अर्थे।

This means those things which are present around us in this nature and environment are also present in the human body. This shows the link between the human body and the environment. These all are correlated through panchamahabhuta and their manifestations. And the panchamahabhuta is the reason for the health and disease in the body also for a peaceful environment and calamities in the world.

The earth is ours. Let’s save it. And take a step toward your Health.

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Suvarna Prashana

Ayurvedic texts are the source of various ancient medicines along with some unique traditional practices. These practises were originally described in the form of health regimen which further transferred into rituals. Suvarna Prashana or Suvarna Bindu Prashana is one of them.

It is mentioned as among the Sixteen Sanskar of Hindu Scripture.  These sanskar connected and considered as milestone with many important events in child life during pregnancy (while in the womb), during birth and after birth. These sanskar are done at every particular stage of child’s life as part of achieved milestone which indicates major completion of child growth.

What is Suvarna Prashana?

Suvarna Bindu Prashana is an ayurvedic formulation likewise a tonic for children. 

It is a unique blend mixture of Suvarna Bhasma (purified gold ash), honey, ghee, and herbal extract of various drugs. Suvarna Prashana mainly consists of Suvarna Bhasma, Madhu, Ghruta, and several immunity booster herbs.

Where it is been mentioned?

Suvarna Prashana is mentioned as sanskar in the ancient ayurvedic text of pediatrics, Kashyapa Samhita. Kashyapa Samhita is specially written by Aacharya Kashyapa for child health, their diseases, and the treatments.

He described it in shloka as follows:

सुवर्णप्राशनं हि एतत् मेधाग्निबलवर्धनम्।

आयुष्यं मङ्गलं पुण्यं वॄष्यं वर्ण्यं ग्रहापहम्॥

मासात् परममेधावी व्याधिभिर्नच धष्यते।

षडभिर्मासैः श्रुतधरः सुवर्णप्राशनाद् भवेत्॥

Ref: Kashyapa Samhita

Why Suvarna Prashana is important?

It is a unique Ayurvedic practice to build good health and an immune system without causing any side effects. In normal language, it is likewise nowadays vaccination. It is an ayurvedic immunity booster medicine. It comes with the protective properties of Gold, along with the goodness of Ghruta, madhu, and several ayurvedic immunity-boosting herbs.

Why only Suvarna or gold? 

 In the Indian subcontinent, Suvarna, or gold has an auspicious value. Generally, gold is connected with Devas inform of ornaments. The gold has the property of covering and protective mechanism. Suvarna possesses properties like rejuvenation, immunity booster, improves complexion and growth of the body, accelerate growth of the brain & improves memory. It also possesses antioxidant properties and it is very beneficial to relieve oxidative stress. All properties of Suvarna Bhasma are present in the Suvarna Prashana.

What are the Key Ingredients of Suvarna Prashana?

Suvarna Bhasma: Gold is considered very precious in Ayurveda and it would possess properties like madhura, rejuvenation, immunity booster, improves complexion and growth of the body, accelerate growth of the brain and improves memory, also increase digestion power of the body. Gold possesses a lot of antioxidant properties and it is very beneficial for babies who were delivered with difficulty during the process of delivery, oxidative stress to the baby can be relieved with the antioxidant properties of Suvarna Bhasma in the Suvarna prashana.

Ghruta or Ghee: It alleviates Pitta & Vata. It acts as a cooling, softening & improves voice and skin color complexion. It has the potency to carry and accelerate the property of the medicine used with it.

Madhu or Honey: Madhu or Honey has a great tendency to accept, carry and imbibe in various conditions. It accelerates the absorption of the medicine used with it. It also kapha elevates which is a major cause of diseases in children.

Various Herbs: Herbs like VachaShankhapushpi, Brahmi, etc are used in the making of Sauvarna Prashana. These medicines are good for the brain cells and their nourishment. They act as carrier for the above-mentioned medicine to transport them to their actual site of action. They also help to boost the absorption of gold particles in the body. 

Why Pushya Nakshatra?

Pushya Nakshatra is one of the 27 nakshatras in the Nakshatra mandala (constellation). Pushya is derived from the word Pushti which means nourishes. It is considered auspicious due to its nourishing nature. This is selected for the administration of Suvarna prashana to bloom its properties.

Administrative age group:

It is advised for children between the age of 0 to 16 years.

Benefits of Suvarna Prashana:

Boosts Immunity

Improves Memory & concentration

Improves Digestion & Gut Health

Prevents recurring Infection

Improves Skin tone and hair texture

When it should Be Started?

It can be started at any age of the child group regardless of previous dose history or not. But for better results, it should be given on a regular basis.  

 When to take:

It should be given on an empty stomach preferably in the morning.

Do not have food at least for 30 minutes after the consumption of Suvarna Prashana. 

At Dr. Bathe’s Ayurvidhi Clinic on Porwal Road, we do the Suvarna Prashana is done regularly on every months Pushya Nakshatra.

The Schedule is given as follows:

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