Aaron was an 8-year-old boy whose mom brought him to see me for a check-up before he went back to school one year.
Aaron was a vata body type and, come fall and winter, vata types are more prone to imbalance.
The vata dosha is governed by the air element. We’ve all experienced the dry air that comes about during fall and winter and its unwelcome side effect, dry outer skin. What many people don’t realize is that the skin on the inside of our bodies can dry out as well!
This is how I explained it to Aaron and his mom:
Dr. John: “Your mouth, nose and even your stomach are also made up of skin. In the winter, when our skin dries out, so can the inner skin. The difference is that when the skin on the outside gets dry, it gets flaky, and your mom makes you put on lotion or rubs oil on your skin, right?”
Aaron: “Yes, I hate that stuff!”
Dr. John: “Ok, so here is the tricky part… When the skin on the inside gets dry during fall and winter, we can’t just put lotion on it, can we? The body actually makes its own lotion for the skin on the inside. It’s called ‘mucus!’”
“The mucus keeps us from drying out on the inside. When it gets too dry, it is called a ‘vata imbalance.’”
“Have you ever put too much lotion on, and you feel sticky?”
Aaron: “Yes, I don’t like being sticky!”
Dr. John: “What would happen if your body made too much lotion or mucus on the inside? You would get sticky on the inside, right?”
Aaron: “I think that happens to me every time I go back to school!”
Dr. John: “Exactly, and that doesn’t feel good does it?”
Dr. John: “Ok, so here is my plan to help your body not get sticky on the inside…”
Note: A vata imbalance starts as dryness. The body will over-compensate, and over-lubricate with mucus, resulting in stickiness or a kapha imbalance. But it is important to remember that the underlying cause of this issue is a vata imbalance.
Dr. John: “Aaron, I know you hate to take pills because they get stuck in your throat… So I have something that you will love, and it is not a pill! Are you in?”
Note: His mom told me he won’t swallow pills and is a super picky eater. I told her that, to keep him healthy, it is such a relief when they can learn how to swallow pills. One of my sons, when he was younger, had the same issue. Please read my article about how my son learned to swallow pills. I must say, this is a brilliant technique and might help kids like Aaron.
Dr. John: “Ok Aaron, let me show you a jar of this stuff called ‘Chyawanprash.’ It’s like an herbal peanut butter and jelly paste. Most kids love it and call it ‘goop.’ It’s super good for you in the fall and winter!”
I opened and showed him the goop and Aaron said, “Ummm, I don’t think so…”
Dr. John: “Ok, I’ll make you a deal. If you take this stuff home and eat the whole jar in the next 2 weeks, I will give you 5 dollars!”
Aaron: His eyes lit up and he said, “OK!”
We shook hands and off he went.
About 2 weeks later, my assistant knocked on my door. “There is a little kid out here that says you made a bet with him and you owe him 5 dollars???”
I walked outside to see Aaron with a smile on his face that stretched from ear to ear.
“So you finished your jar of chyawanprash goop?!”
“Yup! He answered.”
“Are you back to school?”
“Do you feel good?”
“So, I guess I owe you 5 dollars?”
He was so proud of himself… I gave him the 5 dollars, his mother bought another jar of chyawanprash, and off they went!
Aaron reportedly had his best and healthiest back-to-school fall and winter ever! The same experience I had over and over with our 6 kids for years.
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What is Chyawanprash?
With a supporting cast of over 40 organic herbs, chyawanprash is a classic Ayurvedic formula for kids and elderly who need support to avoid vata imbalances during changes of seasons and life transitions.
Chyawanprash is an easy-to-digest Ayurvedic superfood that I have been using successfully for myself, my family and my patients for years.
Chyawanprash helps support the body’s natural ability to remove toxins or “ama” and boost “ojas” which, in Ayurveda, supports optimal vigor and vitality.
>>> Learn more about keeping your children healthy in my book, Perfect health For Kids.
NOTE: Chyawanprash is best for children over the age of 4.
Disclaimer: Chyawanprash is a traditional Ayurvedic preparation used for thousands of years as part of a holistic approach to maintaining overall energy and vitality. Aaron’s story of addressing a doshic imbalance is consistent with what ancient Ayurvedic traditions and hands-on practices have traditionally experienced, but should not be interpreted as the exact experience that everyone will have. All doshic imbalances are rooted in the lifestyle, diet, and history of the individual patient and the outcome of any treatment plan depends highly on those individual factors.