Chyawanprash is an age-old Ayurvedic rejuvenative herbal health and nutritional tonic of India. The ingredients used in this product were pre-recorded in Vedic Health Science (Ayurveda) over 5,000 years back. Ayurvedic Medicine is the oldest system of Medical science in the world. People in India have been using mother's nature health cure or prevention for centuries than chemically processed pharmaceutical products for their health.
In the field of Ayurvedic medicine, the ultimate tonic preparations are known as rasayana, literally, turning towards rasa. The tonics are called rasayana because of their capacity to impart superior rasa as well as other dhatus: rasa is the pure nutrient part of food and is one of the dhatus that leads, successively, to the generation of all the others. Dhatus represent the components that support both the structure and functions of the body; there are 7 dhatus, including rasa, blood, Muscles and soft tissues( flesh), bone and marrow , lipids (fats, membranes) , vital fluid- semen. Ayana, or turning towards, basically means that the dhatus, instead of degrading and drying due to disease and aging, will be nourished, supplemented, and replenished; rasayana is a tonic for the whole body.
Several recipes for rasayana are presented in The Place of Chikitsa. They are based on the use of one or more of the three myrobalans fruits (a simple rasayana, triphala, is made by combining all three). One of the complex rasayana is called Chyawanprash.
According to the Charaka Samhita, Chyawanprash is "the foremost of all rasayanas, especially good for alleviating cough and asthma; it nourishes the weak, the wounded, the old, and those that are of tender years as well." Through the use of this rasayana "a person acquires intelligence, memory, comeliness of body, freedom from disease, longevity, strength of the senses, great pleasure in the companionship with women, great increase in the strength of the digestive fire, improvement of the complexion, and the restoration of wind to its normal course."
It is said that Chyavana Rishi(A sage/Monk) was the first to prepare this tonic, hence the name chyawanprash. The first historically documented formula for chywanprash is found in Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic treatise. Chyawanprash is described in Indian Materia Medica under the heading of its main ingredient, Emblica(Amla), where a full page is devoted to this item that is described as being "so popular" in India. The instructions for making the Chyawanprash presented in this modern text are taken from the Charaka Samhita.
Chyawanprash (Amrit Chyawanprash )is completely free from animal by-products. It is a great health supplement for vegetarians. It contains many essential fatty acids which have to be supplied through diet. When metabolized, essential fatty acids give additional energy, your immune system is more active and it protects from infection and stress.
While the Chyawanprash formula is large, containing 36 herbs, its main functions can be understood by grouping several of the herbs by similar therapeutic actions. The main functions of the formula are to improve digestion and respiration, the sources of metabolic energy.