Ayurvedic Medicines

The evolution of Chyawanprash- Hear it from an Ayurvedic Doctor!

Chyawanprash is an ancient Ayurvedic formula that rejuvenates the body. It protects the body from damage, decay and degenerative processes. But in this blog, I am not going to retell benefits of Chyawanprash rather I would take you back through the evolution of Chyawanprash.

Today, it is one of the most revered Ayurvedic formulations for general health. Its popularity has gone beyond borders. People know Chyawanprash for its immune-boosting, digestive and nourishing properties.

The benefits, usage, composition of Chyawanprash is often talked about.

But what many people don’t know is its origin!

And it’s a very fascinating story.

The history of Chyawanprash is traceable to the periods wherein history fades into myth. So, there are many amusing folklores from the era of epics. But a few things are constant in all stories!

Also Read: Swamala Chyawanprash for better immunity

How Chyawanprash got its name? 

The word Chyawanprash comprises of two words – ‘Chyawana’ and ‘Prasha’. 

Chyawana is the name of an ancient seer who was among the first beneficiaries of this legendary formulation. Chyawana seems to be a symbol of dhatu kshaya i.e. increased catabolism and degeneration. Hence, the word ‘Chyawana’ also refers to degenerative changes. 

‘Prasha’ denotes a drug or diet, fit for ingestion!

Thus, the name Chyawanprash means a drug or diet which rejuvenated sage Chyawana. It was later used against decay, wasting and degenerative processes.  

Also Read: More Epic Tales on Chyawanprash

The mythological link 

The mythological link of Chyawanprash could be the most important driving factor for its popularity. The word Chyawana was the name of an ancient seer. He was among the first beneficiaries of this legendary formulation. 

Chyawanprash traces back to the pre-historic foundations of divinity. The formulation manifests the human quest for immortality, freedom from disease and prevents ageing. 

It is an expression of a blessing from Rigveda, “Jeevema Sharadah Shatam”. 

Perhaps, it also represents the quest of mankind for a “panacea”. It could address a wide array of health issues from ageing to cough and the common cold. 

Thus, among all Rasayana formulations enumerated in classical and mediaeval treatises of Ayurveda, Chyawanprash remains outstanding. It imbibes all philosophical and scientific brilliance of ancient Indian scholars.

The first scripts of Chyawanprash

Ancient literature gives a peep on the story of Maharishi Chyawan and his miraculous treatment by Ashwinis. But none of the ancient scripts reveals the recipe employed in the therapy. 

Rigveda mentions Chyawana as the elderly saint who restored his vigour and youth with the help of Ashwini Kumaras. Shravana Kramani mentions Chyawana as Bhargava. 

In addition to Rigveda, Vedic literature such as Nirukta. Chyawana also mentions his name.  

The formulation of Chyawanprash first appeared in a documented form in Charaka Samhita. And since then this formulation is one of the most researched, spoken and used Ayurvedic medicine. 

Also Read: Home Made Chyawanprash

Turning the pages of Charaka Samhita

The first mentions of Chyawanprash are in the Charak Samhita (2000 BC). In the very first chapter of Chikitsasthana called Abhyamalakiya Rasayana Pada, it talks about Chyawanprash.

It says that in the early days, sages attained vital strength and immeasurable life span by using Chyawanprash. Charaka also mentions the story of sage Chyawana.

Charaka describes that Rishi Chyawana, fell prey to a number of diseases in his old age. His complexion, strength and voice became feeble. In Shatapata Brahmana, ‘Jirna’ and ‘Kastarup’ are the two adjectives used to describe the physically degenerated condition of Chyawana. 

Ancestors said Ashwini’s transformed him into a young man with the help of Chyawanprash. Charaka writes that Chyawanprash can treat seminal weakness. It can also stop degenerative processes. Improve immunity. Boost sex stamina and fertility. 

Evolution of Chyawanprash

So, that was the evolution of Chyawanprash through ages.

Chyawanprash has evolved from a hypothetical concept to reality. Its evolution did not stop even after the product was realized. In fact, it maintained a dynamic stature in the subsequent stages of history.

Related posts

Ayurvedic doctor shares 10 ultimate Benefits of lemon

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak

Moringa healed Fidel Castro – The secrets of this ‘miracle’ tree.

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak

Health Benefits of Eucalyptus oil

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak


Anju Singh May 7, 2020 at 11:49 am

All these years we only knew that chyawanprash is taken to combat the cold but thanks to you for letting us know the various benifits of using Chyawanprash.

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak May 7, 2020 at 12:26 pm


Srinivas Raitha May 7, 2020 at 2:17 pm

Ho, great history. Great was Rishi Chyawana and the great his invention ies, Chawanprash!

It is an outstanding medicine for immunity and ageing. Thank you so much sir.

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak May 7, 2020 at 3:43 pm


Anuradha Balsavar May 8, 2020 at 11:11 am

Excellent information on Chyavanaprasha.

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak May 9, 2020 at 4:51 am

thank you

Prashant T Pandit May 8, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Very useful article

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak May 9, 2020 at 4:51 am

thank you

Chyawanprash: The epic tales of Chyawanprash – Ayurvedic doctor spill the beans! - Dr. Brahmanand Nayak February 13, 2021 at 8:20 am

[…] Also Read: Evolution of Chyawanprash […]


Leave a Comment

You cannot copy content of this page