In the chapter of Charaka Samhita on treatment, known as Chikista Stana, Charaka explains: “There are two types of treatments, one is promotion of vigour in the healthy, and the other is destructive of disease in the ailing.”
Rasayana is that substance which gives health to the healthy; it increases the ojas (immunity), the complexion, the glow and the essence of the seven body nutrients, or tissues (food juice, blood, flesh, fat, bone, bone marrow, and the vital essence). They are considered vitalisers because they replenish the vital fluids of the body. Charaka says “ long life, heightened memory and intelligence, freedom from disease, youth, excellence of luster, complexion and voice, optimum strength of body and senses, utterances that always get fulfilled, the reverence of people, body glow – all these does a person obtain by the use of Rasayanas or vitalisers.” The aim of a Rasayana is not merely to increase longevity, but also simultaneously to increase the patient's energy and stamina so that they will be able to enjoy the long life they have.
Of all the Rasayanas, the most well-known revitalisers is Chawanaprash..
“This is that very Chyawan Prasawaleh, the highest Rasayana. It is specially recommended for the cure of cough, dyspnea, as a body builder for the emaciated, for those suffering from pectoral lesions, for the old and for children. It also subdues such disorders as loss of voice, diseases of the chest and heart, thirst and disorders of rheumatic type. It should be used in such doses as will not interfere with the normal meals. Intelligence, memory, luster, immunity from disease, longevity, increased sense power, amative delights, heightened activity of the gastric fire, clearness of complexion, the regularity of peristalsis - all these human beings obtain from the use of this Rasayana. By retiring into a retreat and resorting to this medicine, a person will shed their infirmities and emerge with fresh youth.” Charak Samhita
Mythology states that the Ashwini twins, students of Sage Chyavan,made it to bring back youth in an old and fragile body.
In modern medical terms, Chyawanprash is an immune-supporting, vitamin C-rich, antioxidant, herbal paste that has been used as a tonic in Ayurveda for over 3000 years. It is made from a complex and precise traditional recipe that includes over 40 powerful Ayurvedic herbs. The base and key ingredient of this formula is called Amalaki, or Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant fruit that is considered a superfood in India for its potent free-radical scavenging properties. This is the beauty of Amla. Research shows that Chyawanprash supports healthy cholesterol and blood sugar, boosts immunity, and improves memory.
Its look like jam and tastes like dried fruit. Some people apply on the bread and eat it. Have a big spoonful of Chawanaprash with milk (like milkshake) everyday morning or just eat a spoonful directly. This ancient Ayurvedic multi-vitamin formulation is a powerful tonic and will act as safe guard and rejuvenation for the entire family.