((Chyavanprash) warm and tonify spleen and stomach chi)
This is one of the most potent and delicious tonics known. In Ayurveda it is considered one of the best preparations used for rejuvenation and longevity.
Chyavanprash is made with fresh Indian gooseberries, called amla or amlakis. These fruits are considered the major health-food herb throughout India. Highest known source of easily assimilable vitamin C.
Hundreds of fresh amla fruits are cleaned, washed and tied in a cloth, boiled in water slowly until reduced to 1/6 the original volume. It is then strained, seeds removed and discarded. the fruit is fried in sesame oil and butter and reduced to a paste. This paste is combined with the remaining decoction is further boiled and reduced with jaggury (crude brown sugar with molasses). Approximately 34 to 50 herbs, depending on which variant of Chyavanprash is used, are added in powder form. The preparation is well cooked and honey is added to complete the process of manufacture.
The ancient Sanskrit texts prescribe Chyavanprash regular use for weakness and debility of all kinds, including chronic bronchitis, allergies, immune weakness, feverishness, emaciation, chronic cardiac disorders, gout, disorders of the urinary tract, impotence and infertility. Safely used for young infants, the very old, debilitated or very thin. Because of its great nutritive value, it increases longevity and mental alertness, and promotes a glowing complexion, clarifies the urine and effects regularity of evacuation, removes parasites and toxins and cures anorexia, indigestion and dyspepsia. Regular use strengthens sexual strength and vigor in a man, a blood tonic for women.
Dosage: take 1/2 to 1 tsp. each morning followed by warm water, herb tea or warm milk to treat low blood sugar, anemia and dyspepsia, build tissues and cells, and strengthen the heart, liver, kidneys and the sense organs. Chyavanprash is truly the king of herbal food preparations.