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What is Dravya? – Intro to Ayurvedic Phamacopoeia

Have you ever wanted to know more about herbs?  This 37 minute audio recording is Vaidya Mishra’s introduction to his 60 hour course on Dravya Guna Vaidya (Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia).

We recommend that you get the entire course from beginning to end.  It can be purchased for download in large sections in the Long Audio Courses area of this site.  But if you want to download the smaller lessons one by one, they are all available here in the Short Audio Courses section for $0.99 each for a limited time only.

What You Will Learn in This Section of the Course

Vaidya Mishra goes back to the original Sanskrit texts to explain the word dravya and everything it signifies in Ayurveda.  In this talk you will understand the sounds that make up the word dravya guna and how they contribute to the meaning of the words.  You will also learn what are the main properties we consider when looking at any dravya (material) used in Ayurveda.

We will also learn about two main types of botanical dravyas and the importance of each.  Several general classes of dravyas will also be mentioned.

How to Use the Course Materials

When you download the zip file for this section of the course (and unzip it using a free unzip program like 7-Zip), you will find a PDF file (which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) and an MP3 file (which can be played on any MP3 player such as iPod or iTunes).  You can listen to the audio alone, but for the first time through (at least), we recommend that you follow along with the PDF documents to make sure that all of the concepts are clear.  The PDF’s sometimes contain visual diagrams in addition to the Sanskrit verses.  If you learn visually, reading along with the PDF will be helpful.

We also recommend reviewing the PDF, and re-listening to the MP3 file many times, so that you begin to recognize the knowledge and own it.  These MP3 files are especially good to put on your MP3 player so you can listen in the car.  Just as it is easy to remember songs you hear over and over on the radio, you will find that the knowledge in these lectures will stick to you with no effort when you hear them over and over.  You will also find that your understanding of the material deepens each time you hear them.


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Immortality in a Plant; Spring Detox FAQ plus Early Bird – your SV Ayurveda Newsletter March 12, 2021 – #9, Vol 11

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Guduchi is for Amrita: Immortal
Nature loves to play! Through her incomparable creativity and imagination, she uses the basic set of creational elements that
the vedic Shastras call “Guna” to bring
forward hundreds of thousands of
variations and possibilities. With her
keen sense of beauty, and even humor,
she unleashes her playfulness through
colors, shapes, sounds, unfolding the
wonders of creation! We may boast of our 21st century
technological scientific achievements and discoveries, but we are just barely getting to know the basics of life. Did you know that for every identified species on earth, there are 4 more that have yet to be discovered? What’s more, in this playful multiplicity, each one of Nature’s creations is as good as the other. Each one fulfills its own unique purpose in the bigger scheme of things, aiding in the maintenance and promulgation of the entire environment. None is better than the other or competes with the other…

There are, however, some exceptions to the rule! Based on their internal make-up or Guna constitution, some species of animals or plants are more pro-life or evolution, while others
may have slightly different counter-evolutionary agendas that operate through delay tactics! Some species are more user-friendly, so to speak, while others may cause unduly delay and stress. So
how do we know to classify all these based on their supportive or destructive nature? The knowledge is so vast, and the criteria so subtle and complex, that most of it cannot be discerned by our microscopes or fancy scanners. Luckily, as the ayurvedic story goes, a group of highly evolved humans who lived several thousands of years ago already took the time to do this for us. And the great part is, we can now confirm some of their findings with our modern technology. Such for example is a very special plant that goes by the name of Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia). 

Amidst all the plants available to humans, Guduchi, was called
“Amrita” – bestower of eternal life – by the ancient seers. A native climber of North and South India, it is now increasingly gaining favor as a medicinal herb amongst scientists. Long touted as a powerful and divine herb throughout the alternative history of Ayurvedic healing, modern research is coming to recognize its unprecedented benefits through a number of research studies.
This plant has origins of mythical dimension. It is told in India’s most ancient epic tale of cosmogenesis, The Ramayana, that guduchi became a plant on earth when Lord Indra sprinkled amrit (nectar of immortality) from heaven. After the war with Ravana, Rama prayed to Indra that he bring back to life all the monkeys and bears that had fought by his side and died. Indra granted this wish and sprinkled the nectar from heaven. Wherever a drop landed on a dead monkey or bear, it came back to life. Wherever it landed on the earth, it became a guduchi plant.
The healing properties of guduchi are nearly endless. It is the best rasayana (rejuvenative) known in Ayurveda. As Vaidya Mishra’s SVA lineage explains, it is the only plant that can bind both amavisha (internal toxins) and garavisha (external toxins) and reestablish the intelligence of the body by repairing local damage caused by the toxins. 

Vaidya Mishra further taught that Guduchi is full of Soma (nature’s cooling, nurturing lunar vibration) and helps to rebuild the dhatus (tissues) if/when they become low. Guduchi helps to clean the flame of the heart (vakshagni) so that it can handle any emotional challenges that may come its way.
Guduchi has all the properties of amritam, a rejuvenating and strengthening nectar. It is considered to be one of the most effective rasayanas / rejuvenative that may help to rid the body of deep rooted imbalances. In fact, it is so full of life and receptive to vibrational energy, guduchi can grow without any soil or water.
All parts of this plant, stems, roots, and leaves have been used for thousands of year in Ayurvedic medicine. The plant itself is considered beneficial for all 3 doshas or body types based on Ayurveda. The list of benefits of this special plant are innumerable, but here is a brief list of the most desirable properties.
Top 20 benefits backed up by recent scientific research findings:
Immune builder (the body’s own defense system), helps to increase the function of macrophages, which helps the body to resist infections. Immunopotentiating (an agent that enhances the immune response)1
Increases resistance to stress2
Restores the skin’s self-healing properties
Free radical scavenger to help delay aging
Helps reduce pain
Balances the body’s heat and high temperature indicators
Anti-tumor4 5
Anti-allergic 6
Mental and physical rejuvenator (longevity, enhances memory and mental clarity, improves health, youth, brighter complexion and luster of skin, stronger voice)
Anti-emetic (effective against vomiting and nausea)
Anthelmintic (expel parasitic intestinal worms from the body)
Hepatoprotective (antihepatotoxicity; the ability to prevent damage to the liver)7
Hypolipidemic (lipid lowering)8 ,4
Hypoglycaemic control9
Adaptogenic (demonstrates a non-specific
enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor) 10
Strengthens the heart
Increases digestive capacity
Therapeutic against jaundice
Effective in urinary diseases and as a diuretic 

Choosing Your Guduchi:
The high demand for guduchi has led to the proliferation of adulterated guduchi supplements on the market in varying qualities. You think you may be purchasing a good product, but to be certain, below is a list of a few things to consider and research before making your choice about where to purchase this divine herb:
Make sure no chemicals were used at ANY stage of the extraction or preservation process to ensure that its properties and qualities are kept intact.
Investigate how the guduchi was grown, harvested, stored, and transported.
Consider your own personal health condition; consult with your SVA expert or practitioner to help you make an informed decision for your individual constitution and current imbalances 

Make sure you know the benefits as well as the cautionary effects
Analyze your diet and lifestyle; a good diet should be established for some time and the body fairly balanced before using guduchi to release the deeper toxins from the liver and other tissues.
Consider the forms in which you can consume guduchi and which is the most effective for your situation; teas, capsules, tablets, drops etc. – home of Vaidya Mishra’s cutting edge alternative delivery formulations – carries a line of guduchi products that not only offer the purest formulations of Guduchi using the best collecting and processing procedures, but formulations that take into consideration the divine nature of this beautiful herb. The SVA team has taken the utmost care to preserve the original pranic vibration of guduchi during the process. Here is a list of your options if you are thinking about adding guduchi to your daily diet:
SVA Guduchi Herbal Memory Nectar: captures the micro-molecular intelligence of this pranic herb and delivers it to the most subtle levels of your physiology. The result is higher efficacy, faster delivery, and safety from detox.
SVA Immuno-Correct Tablets: reestablishes the intelligence of tissues and organ systems
SVA Immuno-Support Tablets and Herbal Memory Nectar: to support your physiology and its immunity and protect it against seasonal colds and imbalances.
SVA Geni-Support Tablets: genito-urinary tract support
SVA Liver Pro Tablets: support the liver’s functioning, and re-establish its intelligence
SVA Gluco-Support Tablets: help with the metabolism of sugar 

Guduchi helps clean the liver without heating it. In fact, guduchi is able to detoxify the tissues all the way to shukra dhatu (the last tissue in the chain of transformation, and the most subtle tissue in the body, the reproductive tissue).
You can learn in detail about these and many other properties of guduchi in a downloadable lecture by Vaidya Mishra. In this 31 minute talk, Vaidya translates word for word from the Sanskrit text Bhava Prakash about guduchi.
You can put this and many other herb lectures on your iPod for just 99¢ here:
Guduchi – Learn About The Most Divine Herb in Ayurveda. The audio file comes with an accompanying PDF with the text Vaidya Mishra is translating so you can follow along.
Cautionary Effects of Guduchi:
Guduchi may lower blood sugar levels, therefore diabetic patients are advised to use it with caution under the supervision of the medical physician.
Avoid taking guduchi during pregnancy and breastfeeding Large doses may cause nausea.
Since it is considered a highly effective detoxifying herb, in particular for the liver, guduchi should be administered with proper preparation. Otherwise, improper use can lead to a detox crisis. 7
Cautions for Using Guduchi
You have to be careful when using guduchi. It is a powerful herb that can easily cause a detox crisis if it is not used with care. This is especially true when using the tablets. The physical herb will have a direct effect on the more gross physical dimension of the body triggering an accelerated detox. Toxins that are being evacuated need proper transportation pathways leading out so as not to 7
contaminate the physiology on their way out through toxic fumes or acidic residues. Once toxins are released in the body, there is no putting them back. Toxins travel through designated channels that have to be healthy to bear the load of the detox process, otherwise they may rupture those channels and flow over into neighboring organs, organ systems, tissues, causing further damage.
If diet is not proper and if there is no preparation of the channels before using it, it can at best be ineffective and at worst do more harm than good. The body must be properly prepared to handle the detoxifying property of guduchi.
There seems to be no relief for the modern liver. The sheer amount of toxins that the body has to deal with—generated both internally (emotional and digestive toxins) and externally (chemicals and EMF) is staggering.
When a detoxifying herb like guduchi is given to someone with an overload of toxins in the liver, or an overload of toxins in other deep tissues of the body, it can draw them out very quickly. The old toxins begin to come out of the liver and the deep tissues, and it may be too much for the body to eliminate.
There must not be any constipation in the body, which would prevent the toxins from getting out when they reach the colon. The channels in the body should be alkaline so that they can buffer the acidic toxins coming out.
Also, the digestion must be strong enough to fully digest the crude herb found in these tablets. And the liver must be clean enough to metabolize the herb without killing the vibrational energy of the herb.
Always use this herb under the direct supervision of a Shaka Vansya Ayurveda practitioner. Your practitioner may recommend the Guduchi Herbal Memory Nectar formulation because it is a safer way to deliver the properties of guduchi when the liver is full of toxins without causing a detox crisis. 

1.Immunopotentiating compounds from Tinospora cordifolia, Kapil A, Sharma S., Pharmacology Division, Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu Tawi, India.
2.Antistress Activity of Tinospora cordifolia and Centella asiatica Extracts, D. N. K. Sarma1, R. L. Khosa1, J. P. N. Chansauria, M. Sahai. 10:2%3C181::AID-PTR804%3E3.0.CO;2-6/abstract
3.Antiinflammatory, immunosuppressive and some related pharmacological actions of the water extract of Neem Giloe (Tinospora cordifolia): A preliminary report, VK Pendse, AP Dadhich, PN Mathur, MS Bal, BR Madan issn=0253-7613;year=1977;volume=9;issue=3;spage=221;epage=224;aulast=Pend se;type=0
4.Informa Healthcare; Immunomodulatory and Antitumor Actions of Medicinal Plant Tinospora cordifolia Are Mediated Through Activation of Tumor‐Associated
5.Immunomodulatory and antitumor activities of Tinospora cordifolia, Amala Cancer Research Centre, Amala Nagar, Thrissur 680 553, Kerala, India
6.Efficacy of Tinospora cordifolia in allergic rhinitis, Department of Pharmacology, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur 440018, India, Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Nagpur, India, Department of ENT, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur, India, Pharmanza, India, Government
Ayurvedic College, Nagpur, India
7.Hepatoprotective and immunomodulatory properties of Tinospora cordifolia
8.Hypoglycaemic and hypolipidaemic action of alcohol extract of Tinospora cordifolia roots, Department of Biochemistry, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar – 608 002, Tamil Nadu, India.
9.Hypoglycaemic and other related actions of Tinospora cordifolia roots, Department of Biochemistry, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar-608 002, Tamil Nadu, India
10.Adaptogenic properties of six rasayana herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine, Nirmala N. Rege, Urmila M. Thatte, Sharadini A. Dahanukar 13:4%3C275::AID-PTR510%3E3.0.CO;2-S/abstract 

Disclaimer: The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This article is for educational purposes only. Its content is not meant to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your medical physician for any disease or ailments you may have.
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Spring Home Detox
April 15 – June 3
1) What does the Home Detox course cover? 
WHY/WHEN/HOW to detox safely and effectively with SVA time-tested protocols. This year, you will also learn a powerful pranic meditation for mental and emotional support — Vaidya Mishra’s Samadhi Marma Meditation. Total value of $351 includes herbal formulations and technique – included in your detox package price.
The detox course covers 4 types of toxins, in-depth knowledge of SVA detox principles, plus recipes recipes recipes that you can use throughout the year on days you feel sluggish or need a quick healthy meal.
2) How do I know this is for me?
If you are not sure the SVA detox is for you, you can schedule a “discovery call” where you get to ask any/all questions you may have to an expert SVA educator. These educators are also experienced detoxers: they have been using the SVA protocols for detox and rejuvenation for decades and can share their personal and professional experiences and details and address any concerns you may have or clarifications you may need so you can take your decision in full confidence. 
3) How long is the actual detox? 
8 weeks. You will learn practical baby steps for taking care of yourself with full-on support with products and lifestyle guidance.
4) Why is it so long?
We will be supplying additional educational materials and to help you re-instate long-standing change and habits that will become part of your daily life rather than doing a quick short weekend detox and then falling into old unwanted habits. 
5) Can I do it later if I am not able to do it with you all during the 8 weeks? – It’s ideal to detox at the seasonal junctions for utmost benefit; also you will get live support and interaction when doing with us. Committing to change is the first step towards change…. 
6) Can I use the recipes i learn in this course later on during the year at all times? Absolutely Yes! They are delicious light yet nourishing. 
7) What if I need more products? 
You may purchase more cleanse products at a discounted 20% off rate that is valid just for the duration of the detox course and exclusively for detoxers. 
8) If I have already taken this course before, and I already have a lot of the products, can I just join into the community to be part of the process? 
Yes, you may and are very welcome to do so. We invite you to connect with one of our SVA educators to determine further details of your participation. We are happy to extend the early bird rate for participation/knowledge. 

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