Chyawanprash Rasayana, Lehyam (Ayurvedic Jam)- Preparation

Indian Gooseberry


Chyawanprash or chyavanaprasam is a well-known formulation of more than 40 medicinal herbs and has got multiple health benefits. The main ingredients are Indian gooseberry (Embilica officinalis), roots of 10 classical herbs, grape (Phoenix dactylifera), Holostemma ada-kodien (jevanthi), Ipomea paniculata (vidari) and Sida rhombifolia.

The name Chyawanprash came from a famous sage Chyawan who got the benefit of this formulation, as he became young after using this formulation. This is one of the most acceptable rasayana formulations in Ayurveda. The documented formula of Chyawanprash is found in Charaka Samhita. The term rasayana indicates the way to healthy maintenance of dhatus (body tissues) with proper functioning of the srothus (channels). This includes proper movement of food juice without obstruction, proper circulation and unhindered movement of nerve impulses.

Chyawanprash is a proven preventive medicine, which enhances immunity and improve digestive power, possesses rejuvenative properties, and delays the ageing process. It is given as therapeutic doses for respiratory disorders, urinary diseases and for general weakness and fatigue. The most acceptable adult dose of Chyawanprash is one tablespoon twice daily, preferably with a glass of milk. Chyawanprash can be given for people of all ages, but diabetics must have a chat with their health consultants before taking it.

Rasayana, the Medicine

There are many rasayana preparations listed in the scriptures in different forms like choorna(powder), lehya, ghritam(ghee-based) and swarasa(juice) etc. The physician will decide the drug after analyzing the dosha constitution of the patient.

The preparation and procedure of rasayana are key to the successful completion of the therapy. A decoction made with Indian gooseberry will have palliative effect on the disease but will not act as rasayana. It gives the effect of rasayana only when prepared and administered according to the prescribed method.

Lehyam Preparation

The major components in making lehyam are:

  • A liquid part- Kashayam, juice etc.
  • Ghee, oil or honey (according to the formula).
  • Sugar media- Jaggery or sugar.
  • Medicines in the form of powder or ground paste.

Making lehyam starts with dissolving the sugar media in the liquid part and concentrating it in a low temperature until it becomes a stage called 'paka'.(when the concentrated semi-liquid will shows thread like when pressed between two fingers and released). This is then added with the fine powder, ghee and oil. Good mixing is essential to get the semi-solid form. Honey is added to the cooled mixture. It is properly mixed to get the appropriate semi-solid form.

Lehyam, avaleha, prasam and gulam are the very familiar forms of medicines processed with sugar media. Chyavanaprasam(Chyawanprash), Aswagandhaadi Lehyam, Sathavarigulam are examples of such preparations. In Ayurveda Agasthya Rasayanam, Brahma Rasayanam and Chyavanaprasam are some of the well-known rasayana preparations. People are often confused with lehyam and rasayana preparations. In fact, a rasayana drug can be administrated not only in lehyam form but also in other forms like ghee and pills.

There are many lehyam preparations used to treat various problems like cough, asthma, degenerative diseases, arthritis and skin diseases. It is also used in rasayana chikitsa (rejuvenative therapy).

Sanskrit Name
Botanical Name
Malayalam Name
Emblica officinalis
Rejuvenative, improves vision, enhances immunity, reduces heat and burning sensation, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and a great source of Vitamin C.
Adahtoda vasica
Good for respiratory ailments(cough, asthma, bronchitis etc..), controls bleeding.
Piper longum
Improves digestion, stimulates the functioning of brain and lever, relieves cough and other respiratory illnesses, acts on intermittent fever, and got rejuvenative powers.
Tinospora cordifolia
Good for joint diseases. It is a good immunomodulator and has rejuvenative powers.
Vitis vinifera
Protects the heart, improves blood circulation, good for enhancing sexual power, improves functioning of the brain and the vision.
Holowtemma ada-kodien
Good for eyes, has rejuvenative power, helps normalising the vitiated tridoshas(vata, pitha and kapha)

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@alocsin Thanks for your read and comment, I really appreciate it.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm not sure I quite understand these exotic treatment but they are worth exploring. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@Vinaya Ghimire Chyawanprash is prepared by some companies with 52 herbs and is an excellent source of natural nutrients. Main ingredient(the base) in all chyawanprash is Amla and other herbs and plant extracts. It is completely natural and safe to use. I appreciate your read and feedback.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Chyawanprash is a wonderful Ayurvedic formula. It is believed originally Chyawanprash contained 52 herbs.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@maheshtcr1 Thanks for your visit and comment.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@rajan jolly Hey now it is my favorite too, before going to bed 1 table spoon with half a glass of warm milk. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Wonderful information and voted up, useful and interesting, dinkan. Chyawanprash is my favorite for the winter season.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@radhikasree I was recommended it in my schooldays and was compelled by my parents to have those lehyams for memory boosting. Now i love to have all those things. Thanks for your feedback, votes and share.

@udayasankar Happy to know that you found it useful. Thanks for visiting.

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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

Your hub made me remember the 'lehyams' my father used to buy for us during childhood. Very interesting and useful information. Voted up, useful and shared.

udayasankar 4 years ago

This is really an useful article. Thumbs up and useful.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@molometer Chyawanprash is available in almost all big medical shops. You can try it as a herbal supplement. Thanks for your feedback and share.

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molometer 4 years ago

Very useful and interesting information on Chyawanprash Rasayana. I have tried something similar but must try this too. Sharing this one.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@vasmenon I didn't like the taste of Chyawanprash in my childhood days. But now i have it everyday night with warm milk and i love the taste . Thanks for reading this hub and for your comment.

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vasmenon 4 years ago from India

Chyawanaprasham was a must have during my childhood. Nice to know the way it is prepared....IT is known for its effect on one's immunity, general good health and digestion. Thank you for the hub.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

Chyawanprash is a herbal tonic for all age groups, starting from 3 years old. Thanks for your support beingwell and thumbi7 . Thanks for the share too.

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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Ayurveda is always fascinating and Chyawanprasham is known for its many health benefits.

Thanks for sharing

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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

This is very informative! Thanks for sharing!

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