"Long, long ago, there was a sage in India named Chyawan who lived in a forest. His hair was matted and he was covered with tree growth after years of meditating in the same place. A young princess was blindfolded and dancing in the forest when her hands touched the hair of the sage. Her father, the king, explained to the sage that it was the custom in his country that a woman could only touch one man in her lifetime. He thus requested the sage to marry his daughter. Chyawan asked if he could have two months to prepare for the wedding for he wished to be young again so as to afford his wife conjugal bliss. Thereupon, he developed the recipe for longevity that has remained India's most popular remedy"
Like most Indian words, Chyawanprash can be spelled any number of ways. I'm going for this way simply because it's the most phonetic. Chyawanprash is a rasayana, meaning it is a tonic for strengthening and revitalising the body. It is particularly used after Panch Karma, for the elderly and for convalescence.
Unlike many herbal medicines, Chyawanprash is absolutely delicious. It comes in the form of a thick black jam. It tastes sweet and sour, and sometimes a bit spicy too. Choose a spicier brand for Kapha and less spicy one for Pita.
Originally it was recorded by Charaka as having 48 ingredients, but now it is the most common Ayurvedic formula around and different manufacturing companies use anywhere between 13 and 80 ingredients. The primary ingredient is always amla, one of the highest sources of Vitamin C known.
Follow the directions on the packet, or your doctors advice, though generally somewhere between 1 and 2 tspns are taken with warm milk. Since it is very high in sugar I would suggest taking it in the morning or during the day, but not at night.