Friday, 13 November 2015

Swarnavindu Prashana - Vaccination in Ayurveda

Vaccination is the administration of antigenic material (a vaccine) to stimulate an individual's immune system to develop adaptive immunity to a pathogen. A vaccination is a treatment which makes the body stronger against a particular infection. Ayurveda is a complete and fully developed medical science. The first aim of Ayurveda is to protect from the disease and second is to treat the disease. Swarna Prasana described by all the ancient treatise of Ayurveda for prevention of disease. It has been mentioned to take Swarna Prasana in the first day of child birth along with ghee and honey.

The word “Swarna Prashana is a combination of two words – Swarna and Prashana”.  The term Swarna is a common word and refers to the noble metal Gold.
Prashana refers to intake or ingestion. Swarna Prashana hence refers to the act of consuming or ingesting gold in the prescribed dose and quantity in the suggested manner. Swarna Prashana Sanskar is one of the sixteen essential Sanskars (Rituals) described for children.

Along with this many gold preparation are described to take regularly for proportionate increase of physical body, Medha (memory), Bala (immunity) and Buddhi (intellect). Gold or Swarna is considered as a one of those metals which have good benefits on the body when consumed internally. It has beneficial effect on all three Doshas of the body.

Balance state of Tridosha is essential to resist any types of disease. It is a natural anti oxidant, cardiac tonic, and immune booster. It improves intelligence, memory, and speaking capacity. Gold has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, so it is used in the production of a new generation of cosmetics. Due to the vast beneficial effect of gold Swarna Prashana is carried out for enhancing the growth and development in young children.

Swarna Bindu Prasana at Maharishi AyurvedaHospital is one among them. A great emphasis has been given for Kala (specific time) in Ayurveda. Medical astrology is a part of Ayurveda which is based on Kala (time). The period of Pushya Nakshatra in every month is preferred for Swarna Prashana. Pushya is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Pushti’ or nourishment. 
The name Pushya also signifies yielding or nurturing. According to one school of thought, Pushya also denotes the gentleness of a flower or prosperity and auspiciousness. So the efficacy of medicines increases due to effect of this star. Swarna Prashana builds physical strength, improves physical activities and also improves stamina in the children. Regular doses of Swarna Prashana enhance child’s intellect, grasping power, sharpness the analysis power and recall memory. Common problems related to of teething phase can be escaped. It defends children from different types of allergies.

Immunity power and resistance against common infections increases due to Swarna Prashana thus prevents children from falling ill very often. Diseases due to seasonal change and other existing infections can also be reduced with Swarna Prashana. Swarna Prashana tones up skin color. It stimulates digestive fire, improves digestion and child’s appetite and also decreases related complaints. It helps body to restore or regain the health early in case of any illness.

A particular date is calculated according to the Nakshatra at Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital for free Swarna Prasana.
Children up to 16 years old should take Swarna Prasana regularly to protect themselves from diseases and for development of brain, up to the mark.

Overall it makes child healthier; children taking Swarna Prashana doses regularly can be easily distinguished from their remarkably outstanding physical and mental ability. 

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