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Title: Traditional medicinal formulation, Chyawanprash—A review
Authors: Parle, Milind
Bansal, Nitin
Keywords: Chyawanprash
Medicinal plants
Santal tribe
Traditional medicine
Issue Date: Oct-2006
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A61K36/00, A61P1/08,A61P1/10,A61P1/16,A61P9/00,A61P9/04, A61P11/00, A61P11/06, A61P15/00, A61P15/14, A61P17/00, A61P17/02, A61P19/00,A61P19/02, A61P25/00,A61P29/00, A61P31/02, A61P39/02
Abstract: Chyawanprash is a household remedy in northern India, popular for its nutritional value. In Ayurveda, Chyawanprash is classified under the category of Rasayana, which aims at maintaining physique, vigour and vitality, while delaying the ageing process. It is believed that Chyawanprash helps not only in maintaining homeostasis but also increases resistance of the body. Chyawanprash is prepared by incorporating around 50 herbs including Amla, the richest source of vitamin C. Herbs used in the preparation of formulation are boiled in water, then dried extract is combined with honey followed by addition of aromatic (like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove) herb powders. The finished product, which has consistency of a fruit jam, is sour and spicy in taste. Chyawanprash deserves a scientific exploration so as to document its therapeutic utility.
Page(s): 484-488
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.05(4) [October 2006]

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