I have used Chyawanprash for years in my coffee or tea, is this okay? Should I use honey instead? Is it okay to take Chyawanprash with my Thyroid Medication?

I am going to answer the different elements of your question one by one...

1. Chyawanprash needs to be taken on its own by the spoonful, first thing the morning on an empty stomach followed by some warm water.  It is a complex complete medicine in it self, so should not be used as an additive or sweetener.

As you will see from this question I answered about whether it was okay to add chyawanprash to a smoothie (spoiler alert: it's not okay to add Chyawanprash to a smoothie either!)

As you will read in the article, Chyawanprash needs to be taken on its own. It is a complete nectar, and this is its magic. Prasha translates from Sanskrit to mean concoction, so we do not want to be messing with this carefully constructed medicinal formula. 

The Magic of Ayurveda 

Not a stone has been left unturned in Ayurveda, and following its original guidelines allows it to treat what it was made to. By taking a spoonful of Chyawanprash first thing in the morning followed by warm water, allows it to feed our tissues and circulating fluids. It can penetrate and nourish the nervous system and ojas, it can replenish what has been lost in our plasma and blood from life's daily wear and tear. 

Part of Chyawanprash's magic treatment comes from its taste, so this also has to be experienced in its original form. You mention you love its taste, it is delicious, I agree, so give yourself and it the room to really savour and enjoy it. 

2. Honey instead in tea as sweetener? Noo! Don’t do it! Honey turns from being a nectar to a poison when heated. See this article I wrote on it here for more information. If you want to sweeten your tea, I suggest you use a little jaggery or coconut sugar. 

3. I'm sorry to say I cannot answer your question about thyroid medication as I do not know what it is, what you are experiencing or what it is treating. If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss this further, feel free to get in touch with me here. 



By Selina Van Orden 

Selina Van Orden is an Ayurvedic physician who specialises in women's health, treatment of the mind, auto-immune conditions, gut health and general wellness. For more information see: atyourbest.one 


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