The field of Ayurvedic paediatrics stresses upon giving children Swarna Bindu Prashana as it can have life long benefits. SBP is a herbo-metallic preparation which primarily contains gold nanoparticles (swarna prashan), cow ghee (gou ghrita) and honey (madhu). It also contains other medicinal ingredients that boost cognitive processes.
The practice of administering gold nanoparticles to children is unique to Ayurveda. The name swarna prashana literally translates to gold ingestion. This practice began with the understanding of the curative and preventive properties of gold. Children who have received SBP experience multiple benefits. Let us take a look at why you must consider giving your child SBP.
Benefits of Swarna Bindu Prashana For Children
To understand the benefits of SBP, the first step is to understand how each ingredient behaves in the body and the outcome they provide.
Swarna or Gold nanoparticles
In Ayurveda, gold is considered a shudh loha or pure metal. It is known to improve buddhi, smriti and medha or in simpler terms, intelligence, memory and retention. Swarna also has preventive and rejuvenating properties. It also scavenges free radicals, reduces stress and helps in pain management.
The action of swarna depends upon the size of the particles. They need to be reduced greatly so that it can be absorbed to impart these benefits. In SBP, gold is broken down up to 56 nanometers which makes it easier to absorb.
Ghrita or ghee
Pure ghee is used in the preparation of SBP. Ghee is unique because it acquires all the properties of the medicines added to it, without changing its innate ones. This is why ghee is used in many ayurvedic preparations. Even when heat or other factors are applied, it retains its benefits.
Ayurveda states that Ghrita is the only thing that can easily cross the blood barrier. In children, it helps in the growth and development.
Madhu or Honey
In Ayurveda, honey is used topically and orally. It is known for its antiseptic, laxative and antimicrobial properties. In SBP, honey also acts as a sweetener to make it more appealing to children.
Honey has a small amount of pollen which is safe for children to consume. It stimulates the immune system and provides protection against allergies which are very common in children.
Now, let us explore the overall benefits of SBP and why you should give it to your child:
SBP has secondary benefits such as better immune response, development of the reproductive system, prevention of behavioural issues and a lot more. It is also known to help children with ADHD, learning difficulties, irritability and anxiety. The colour and texture of the skin also improves with regular use of SBP.
When To Give Children SBP?
The best time to give your child SBP is between 1-6 months of age. However, it can be administered up to the age of 16 to give your child many benefits. The dosage is usually as follows:
- 2 drops from birth to 2 years of age
- 4 drops from 2 to 16 years of age
Swarna Bindu Prashana is normally given during Pushya Nakshatra. This is an auspicious day to unleash the nourishing effects of this preparation. At Arth Ayurveda World, we provide SBP regularly. Make sure you take note of the dates and get your child their dose without fail!