According to the website thehealthmania.com/ the Prashana (also known as Swarna Bindu Prashana or Suvarnaprashana) is an Ayurvedic procedure involving the oral administration of Swarna Bhasma (gold ash) mixed with honey and ghee (often fortified with Brahmi, Shankupushpi, Vacha, etc.) to children, intended to potentiate the immunity and psychological and physical development for children from birth up to the age of sixteen years.
First referred to in the Kashyapa Samhita (c. 650 BCE), it has since ancient times been practiced as a means of promoting an optimal level of health, intellectual and physical development, psychological balance and enhanced immunity in young children. Swarna Prashana is considered to be one of sixteen Samskaras (life-event related sacraments, e.g., naming the child, first cutting of the hair, first solid food, ear-piercing etc.) mentioned in a variety of ancient texts. According to Acharya Kashyapa (Ka. Su. 18/4-5), the benefits of Swarna Prashana is utilized thus:
“Suwarna prashanam hyetamedagni balavardhanam ayushyam Mangalam punyam vrushyam varnyam grahapaham.”