Chyawanprash is an ancient and natural polyherbal jam that can generally be consumed at any time and with a variety of substances. However, for maximum efficacy, there are certain dosages and recommendations to consider.
See below for common questions and answers on how and when to take Chyawanprash.
How should I take Chyawanprash?
Taking Chyawanprash straight off the spoon without food or liquids is the preferred method. Consuming If taken 15 to 30 minutes before a meal, Chyawanprash by itself can be particularly effective in stimulating digestion. However, it’s important to note that Chyawanprash should not be suddenly swallowed, but consumed slowly.
Drinking Chyawanprash with or in milk (A2, goat, coconut, almond, etc.) is one of the more traditional ways to consume Chyawanprash. The basic advantage of taking Chyawanprash with milk is that it serves as an anupan, or carrier substance, to take the nutrients deeper into the channels and tissues of the body. The milk can either be warm or cold, but warm temperatures generally serve Vata and Kapha doshas better while cooler temperatures work well for Pitta doshas.
With warm water
The consumption of Chyawanprash with warm water also makes a great combination. Simply stir Chyawanprash into warm water and drink as a tea.
Some people like to consume Chyawanprash like a jam and spread it on toast, bread or crackers, or mix into porridge.
When should I take Chyawanprash?
For general health and wellness, slowly consume 1-2 teaspoons 15+ min before breakfast for at least 2 weeks (but ideally 40 days). To make use of the maximum prana available to us each day, consume between 4 a.m. and sunrise, before or after yoga, meditation or pranayama.
Although Chyawanprash can be consumed in the evening, it is generally not recommended as users may experience difficulty falling asleep due to increased energy. The herbal combination is known to boost energy and improve the metabolism.
It’s also important to note that Chyawanprash can be taken in all seasons as it contains weather balancing ingredients. For example, Amla and Shatarvi are both cooling herbs for the pitta dosha which help to balance Chyawanprash for summer months. That said, many people use Chyawanprash as a tonic during winter to boost general immunity and ward off colds or other types of sickness.
How much should I have?
Chyawanprash is designed in such a way that it is suitable for all age groups. In general, adults should opt for 1 to 2 teaspoons (10g), while children over the age of 6 can have ½ to 1 teaspoon. For kids ages 3 to 5, a quarter teaspoon of Chyawanprash is adequate. For people over 60 years of age, ½ to 1 teaspoon is enough. If you are new to taking Chyawanprash, you should generally start with smaller dosages and work up to your desired amount.
All in all, Chyawanprash is a great supplement to take all year round and will provide wholesome nutrition and natural solutions to a variety of health problems.