Suvarnaprashan or Swarnaprashan as it is also known is the act of consuming a noble metal(gold) as per Ayurveda. It is one of the essential sixteen rituals or "Sodashk Sanskaar" as mentioned in the ancient text undertaken to nourish/improve the physical and mental development of children.
Gold Ash mixed with a combination of Honey and Cow ghee are fortified along with other herbs like brahmi, sankhpushpi etc to form a unique combination that essentially supports nourishment.
As per kashyap Samhita ( Classical Ayurveda Text on Pediatrics) the prime benefits of swarnaprashan are as folls:
1) To Boost immunity system.
2) To Enhance memory power.
3) To Improve digestion.
4) To Improve overall physical and mental health.
Importance of Pushya Nakshatra in Swarnraprashan :
Pushya Nakshatra is one of the 27 Nakshatras as indicated in astrology. During this phase the star realign themselves to a shape of the COW UDDER (which is associated with nourishment).Hence the name "Pushya". The classical Text also refer that the human body is most receptive to any external nourishment stimulus on this very auspicious time.
Hence while commencing or recommending Swarnaprashan to any kids its best to begin on the advised day and then continue to administer the same as per the Ayurveda physicians recommendation.
Swarnaprashan can be administered to any child from a newborn to the age of sixteen.
Dosage and frequency is best to be discussed with your Ayurveda Physician.