USE OF GOLD IN HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASES: RESEARCH UPDATES

Nitu Sinha, Krishna Bahadur Singh, Nisha Kumari Ojha, Satyendra Kumar Tiwari

Abstract


In ancient times, the gold was mentioned for increasing intellectual powers and longevity of life through the procedure of swarna prashan. Gold in the form of fine gold dust, red colloidal solution, swarna patra, swarna bhasma, swarna parpati, kharaliya (triturated) formulations and Sindoorkalpa,(all are different types of forms of gold) often combined with ghee, honey, medhya (intellect promoting) and rasayana (rejuvenating drugs) herbs were popularly used in the Ayurveda therapies. In Ayurveda classics, gold is indicated for internal use even before conception for its rasayana (rejuvenator) and vajikarana (aphrodisiac) properties. After conception, it is used in pumsavana karma (procedure done to get the desired sex of the baby and for the proper intra-uterine growth and development of the fetus). After birth, gold is indicated in jatakarma sanskara (birth ceremony) and in the form of Lehana (supplementary feeds) for the proper growth and development of the child. Ayurveda advocates that if swarna prashan is administered for 1 month, the baby will become highly intelligent and will not be affected by any disease and if administered for 6 months, the baby will be able to remember the things, only by listening. Present review is an effort to critically evaluate the available evidences regarding the use of gold for the benefit of human being. The review proposes that the benefits of gold can be achieved at multiple levels like as a general health promoter and to enhance intelligence, immunity, digestion, metabolism, physical strength, complexion, or fertility.

 

 


Keywords


swarna prashan, immunity, gold, Ayurveda

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