Balance Pitta Without Aggravating Vata

 

“Greetings,
Which one of your tea formulas is most appropriate for morning tea before breakfast? tsmith_100323_0489__61520__28845.1405389402.1280.1280
I am a pita with slight vata imbalance.
LOVE every product I ever purchased from you, except the Triphala ghee, the aroma is unpleasant to me.
Thank you
Alan”
Dear Alan: you should start your day with SVA Pitta Tea. This SVA Pitta Tea is a unique formulation. In general, all pitta tea recipes in mainstream Ayurveda that I have examined or tasted carry primarily a cooling/freezing effect. They try to pacify pitta dosha by cooling it off but end up freezing it and thus imbalancing it! This can cause further imbalances because in the process of pacifying pitta by cooling it off, vata can get aggravated. So most pitta pacifying teas out there in the ayurvedic market are vata aggravating! However, my SVA Pitta Tea will pacify pitta dosha and keep vata dosha in check too. The secret is in the herbal synergy that will keep the balance and harmony between vata, pitta, kapha and all 15 sub-doshas that govern the channels and the power of transformation in the tissues. Let me give you an ingredient-wise description.
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Fennel:  gently stimulates the pacha agni without heating it, and coordinates the effects of all the other herbs;
Rosebuds: are particularly cooling for sadhaka pitta (the pitta
governing the heart and emotions); Sadhak pitta and pachak pitta work in close harmony as you know;
Rose hips: add flavor, open the “heart lotus” and pacify sadhaka pitta;
Rosemary: opens the channels of the “dehagni” (cellular metabolism) and helps connect
heart and mind; it carries just enough heat to keep things running smoothly without aggravating pitta dosha;
Indian Sarsaparilla, cools and cleans meda dhatu (fat tissue) which holds heat in the body;
Pushkarmool: pacifies pitta and clears the lung channels;
DGL (Deglycyrrhized licorice):  pacifies pitta in all the organs as well as the cellular systems, especially pitta in the stomach;
Tej patta, (cinnamon leaf) increases the intelligence of the pancreas, liver and spleen, and is less heating than cinnamon bark;
Parijat, Lord Shiva’s favorite flower, helps the pitta physiology by making it more intelligent, so the body#39DGL does not receive too much agni from the environment.
Licorice is a great pitta pacifying herb acknowledged in Ayurveda. But nowadays, because the liver has to handle too many toxins from the environment, as well as from the food we consume, the liver is unable to process the “glycyrrhizin” that is found in the licorice liver. When the liver cannot handle it, the glycyrrhizin increases sodium retention in the body. This is why crude licorice has a high risk of raising blood pressure for individuals that are prone to that condition. Or it can create other sodium related diseases. This is why, in my SVA Pitta Tea, as well as all my other SVA formulations, including all the SVA transdermal creams, I never use the crude licorice herb, but always only  deglycyrrhizinated or Deglycyrrhized (also spelt “deglycerize” licorice (DGL).

Kulthi and Weight Loss

 

“Hi
I just want to know about kulthi. Does it help you to lose weight? How long does it take to lose weight? How much can you lose weight in a month? Do you know anyone who lost weight by eating kulthi? Any information will be greatly appreciatedsvakulthi__86145__53922.1405391430.1280.1280
Many Thanks
Alia”
Dear Alia: weight gain is a symptom which can originate in many etiological factors. Kulthi can help with weigh loss if somebody’s physical channels are not doing good, they are clogged or narrowed, etc, and due to that reason, the individual is experiencing metabolic disturbance – not able to fully breakdown and digest meals – and is thus gaining weight. For that person, kulthi will help.
Otherwise, kulthi is a dietary recommendation for weight loss programs when an individual follows a specific protocol for weight loss, tailored for their own hetu or own etiological factor. In that condition as well, kulthi is a big help.
Another reason, in general, kulthi is a good addition to diet for weight loss, is that it carries a very low glycemic index, very low glycemic load, and very few calories. It is also, in ayurvedic terms, very agneya, or fiery in nature – this means it supports and enhances the digestive fire or pachak agni, as well as the metabolic fires, or dhatu-agni-s, making sure that no ama or semi-digested material is left over from a meal, that can result in weight gain or other imbalances.
Kulthi grows in very sunny areas, so it inherently carries a lot of the energy of the sun. It also grows on rocky areas, and is endowed with the ability to break the macro-molecules of amavisha and garavisha, helping clean and clear the circulatory channels and resulting in overall good health.
Let me give you a specific recipe for kulthi which may help you in losing weight:
Kulthi with Garcinia Masala:
I have formulated three kinds of garcinia masala: for vata, pitta and kapha. Usually in weight gain situations, shleshak kapha can go high, but sometimes due to channel blockage, vyana vata can also go high, and due to a hot liver and hot stomach, pitta can go high too. That’s why we have three kinds of garcinia masala (available atwww.chandika.com), and you can choose accordingly the vata, pitta or kapha one.ffgarciniavata__37108.1406231839.1280.1280
2 oz. of kulthi soak overnight in hot water
Next morning rinse and filter
Add 4 pinches of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of your choice of SVA Garcinia Masala
 – Do not add salt ahead of time –
Assemble all above ingredients in a pot, cover and cook for 20 minutes
At the end: add salt and ghee
Sometimes kulthi takes lots of time to cook because of its hard rocky nature. In order to remedy this, add the kulthi in a coffee grinder and break it down and then soak it overnight and then cook. Have this kulthi dahl 2 or 3 times a week.

Why is Magnesium Necessary?

And why should you go the SVA Transdermal route? In a powerful enlightening talk, Dr. Teitelbaum presented her research at the SVA conference this past weekend – from helping with calcium levels in your body, to regulating your stress hormones and adrenal glands, magnesium plays a major role in our daily lives. Low levels of magnesium are the root cause behind a wide range of clinical chronic conditions. While oral magnesium supplementation can have its down sides and side-effects, transdermal absorption of magnesium is safe and highly effective over long term. The highlights of her talk will show you how and why!

Conditions Caused by Magnesium deficiency

Low levels of magnesium can result in many conditions, namely:

– cramping of the muscles, leading to

 — heartbeat arrhythmia

 — painful menstrual cycles

 — calf muscle pain (“Charlie horses”)

 — twitching of the eyelids

But not just that. here is a list of chronic conditions associated with low or depleted levels of magnesium:

Adrenal fatigue – adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol deplete magnesium. Stress is a big factor for adrenal fatigue. Stress causes excess elimination of magnesium through urine

   Alzheimer’s – Magnesium guards the external layer of the cells, not allowing heavy metals to enter

   Angina – The pain of angina is caused by severe muscle spasm in heart muscles, is caused by magnesium deficiency.  The heart ventricles have the highest levels of magnesium in the whole body, which is why magnesium is so important for the pumping function of the heart.

   Anxiety and Panic Attacks – When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the flight-or-flight hormones adrenaline and noradrenalin become more easily triggered. When they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure and heart palpitations.

 Asthma – Histamine production and bronchial spasms (in the smooth muscles of the bronchial tract) both increase as a result of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is a great broncho-dilator.

Atherosclerosis with calcium deposits.  Magnesium is necessary to help dissolve calcium and keep it soluble in the bloodstream.

Bowel disease – magnesium deficiency slows down bowel peristalsis, causing constipation.

Depression – Serotonin, which elevates mood, is dependent on magnesium.

Detoxification – Magnesium is crucial for removal of toxins and heavy metals from the body.  Magnesium is a co-factor in the production of glutathione and the function of the P450 detoxification systems in the liver.

Diabetes – Magnesium enhances insulin secretion and allows insulin to transfer glucose into the cells.  Otherwise, glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.

Headaches – Prevents muscle tension in neck and head muscles when applied locally.  Also prevents spasms of the muscles in the walls of the arteries which triggers headaches.

High Blood Pressure – With low magnesium and too much calcium, the muscles in blood vessels can go into spasm and cause high blood pressure.

Hardening of the arteries – as acid toxins build up (ama visha and gar visha), they create inflammation in the wall of the arteries.  If calcium is high and magnesium is low, the calcium can deposit in the arterial wall, creating hardening or plaque.

Inflammation – Calcium is extremely pro-inflammatory and magnesium is anti-inflammatory.  Must keep a balance between calcium and magnesium.  It is not recommended to take calcium supplements – they remain stuck in the channel, and if magnesium  is low this can create inflammation and other problems like hardening of the arteries and heart attacks.

Osteoporosis – Calcium cannot build bones without magnesium. Calcium alone makes bones brittle (like chalk breaking as it hits the floor).  Magnesium makes the bones flexible and resistant to shattering.  Most people have too much calcium and not enough magnesium. Put a calcium supplement in a glass of water and it sits there.  Add magnesium and it breaks down.

Magnesium is a co-factor for ATP production. ATP, created in mitochondria, is main source of energy in our cells. ATP must be bound to magnesium in order to be active. ATP is made in each of the 100 trillion cells in our body

For purposes of cellular detoxification and tissue purification, the most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride. Has a strong excretory effect on toxins stuck in the tissues of the body, drawing them out through the pores of the skin. Magnesium chloride, when applied transdermally increases DHEA. DHEA is the “mother of all hormones.” DHEA is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands and the ovaries. DHEA is converted in the body into several different steroid hormones – estrogen, testosterone and other hormones as needed

Magnesium is a required co-factor for over 800 enzyme systems in our bodies. 3,751 receptor sites for magnesium have been found on human proteins. Magnesium is a requirement for RNA and DNA production. Magnesium is a co-factor involved in transporting hormones like adrenaline into the cells because the hormones can’t pass through the cell membranes by themselves

   Why choose Transdermal over Oral?

Most magnesium supplements are made from the wrong form of magnesium. Oral supplementation is not very effective because of low bowel tolerance (creates “striations” – areas of damage) on the bowel wall with prolonged use. Oral magnesium passes through the digestive tract too quickly creating low levels of absorption

Transdermal application bypasses the liver, providing less chance of an overdose or under-dose. Our skin is very porous, allowing many substances in or out of the body, it can thus take in the magnesium easily and eliminate many toxins back out through the skin itself, safely and effectively.

Why do we get low on magnesium?

There can be many causes for magnesium deficiency. Here are the most common:

1) Ingesting synthetic Vitamin C – this competes with magnesium and pulls it out of the system.

2) Poor diet: starving yourself and/or consuming unwholesome processed meals puts a great strain on your entire physiology, draining your body of its minerals and nutrients

3) Drinking processed purified water lacking in minerals from the earth – always favor natural spring water over tap or other types of purified recycled water

4) Prescription medications – bronchodilators, insulin, digitalis, antibiotics, corticosteroids, cocaine: if you find yourself having to depend on medication for your health condition, do not discontinue them, instead add a  good protocol of transdermal magnesium to your daily regimen to support your levels of magnesium even as you take your medicines.

5) Stress: in addition to correcting your daily sleeping and eating routine, add yoga and meditation, or other relaxation techniques to your life.

6) Avoid ALL kinds of processed sugars – steer clear of processed sugary drinks and sodas! Get your sugars naturally from natural sources such as fruits, raw honey, etc.

7) Make sure the friendly bacteria in your gut are taken care of, because malabsorption of nutrients due to their absence  – lack of friendly bacteria in the gut is the primary cause of malnutrition and malabsorption when you are maintaining a healthy daily diet yet experience imbalances.

8) Supplementing with Calcium for healthy bones, without having a proper balance of magnesium vs calcium.

9) Using alcohol, coffee, sodas, birth control pills, nicotine…

10) Supplementing with synthetic Vitamin D: this  binds magnesium and pulls it out of the body when you need it most!

Clinical Application of SVA Transdermal Magnesium

I have been using Vaidya Mishra’s SVA Transdermal Magnesium products in my practice since he came up with them a couple of years ago. I have great feedback from patients with different kinds of chronic conditions. I have used it for: 1115

1) Cataract Reversal:  I ask the patient to apply the Transdermal Magnesium Roll-on to sub-occipital region. Cataracts are caused by loss of elasticity of the lens (due to lack of magnesium) and calcium deposition into the lens causing cloudiness of the lens

2) For headaches: I use the Magnesium Roll-on down the spine and on the forehead twice a day.  Also use SVA ALA Cream in these same areas to decrease swelling and heat in the capillaries, opening up the channels to reduce the pressure

3) Blood Pressure – use the Magnesium Roll-on and/or Vata Oil with Magnesium and Vitamin D for abhyanga or daily self-massage.

4) Arrhythmia – use Magnesium Roll-on, Super Sport Cream and Arjuna Cream down the spine twice a day, or whenever the arrhythmias are occurring

5) Menstrual Cramps – apply Magnesium Roll-on to lower abdomen and lower spine twice a day along with the Prakrit cream down the lower spine to pull Apana down and pacify the situation. Consume natural healthy sweets 5 days before and 5 days after the menstruation to have a steady supply of estrogen and support the flow of the menses.

As always: thank you Vaidya Mishra for the priceless knowledge – from sutra to science!
– Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

More Health, Happiness, and Prosperity this Spring!

How can you invite (more) health, happiness, and prosperity in your life? The Charak Samhita explains that the desire for life (praneshan), prosperity (dhaneshan), and the continuation of total happiness through extended life and prosperity in the after-life (paralokeshana) are part of the make-up of human nature. We are all born with the these 3 innate pursuits:

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(Charak Samhita Sutrasthan, Ch. 11, Verse 3).
Ayurveda is not only about herbs and disease. It’s a complete “scientific” approach that addresses matters of the physical, mental, and spiritual health, encompassing matters of social life as well. However, one thing is clear: total health (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) is the foundation for all other aspects of life. The Charak Samhita reminds us:

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A-rogya, or the absence of disease, is the root of the tree of life. When health is present, then the tree of life can branche off into four main extensions: a) dharma: fulfilling one’s life purpose; b) artha: generating prosperity physically and spiritually in order to thrive; c) kama: partaking of the joys and pleasures of life whether physical or spiritual; d) moksha: reaching a state of fulfillment where we carry no unfulfilled frustrated desires and we long for union with the source of all life, or God. When we are healthy physically and mentally, we can experience the four stages of life in a fulfilling manner.
Desiring prosperity is for one and all. But prosperity and generosity go hand in hand. The prosperous thrive and generate more wealth by sharing it even as they grow. That is why, in the vedic tradition, invoking Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is considered highly auspicious. Kuber is a great devotee of Laxmi, and has been bestowed with the title of “treasurer of universal wealth.” Invoking him, and keeping his yantra, or geometric motif, is said to initiate wealth and prosperity.

The Kuber Kolam is a yantra, a vedic geometric diagram in the form of a grid containing the numbers 20-28 arranged in such an order that all lines, whether read horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, add up to 72.

The SVA Kuber Kolam in pure Sterling Silver is an auspicious object that will help you usher Screenshot 2015-03-19 15.36.22in wealth and prosperity when established in the North East corner of your residence. You can recite the Kuber mantra when installing your yantra or play the Kuber mantra – as recited by Vaidya Mishra – in the background, on soft volume. You can keep the mantra playing in that room 24/7 on soft volume.

In Vedic culture, Lord Kuber is recognized as the initiator of wealth and prosperity. He is the celestial treasurer of the riches of the universe. In an ancient story narrating the marriage of Lord Vishnu (as Venkateshwara) to Padmavati, he is said to have advanced all the money needed to pay for the lavish wedding expenses. Lord Vishnu remained in his debt; hence, to this day, devotees go to the Tirupati temple in South India to donate money in Venkateshwara’s Hundi – “donation pot” – is so that he can pay it back to Kuber!

Screenshot 2015-03-19 15.36.32He appears in many ancient Vedic texts with many different epithets: he enjoys the title of “king of the whole world”, “king of kings” (Rajaraja), “Lord of wealth” (Dhanadhipati) and “giver of wealth” (Dhanada). Kubera is also called Guhyadhipa (“Lord of the hidden”). He is also “dikpala” or protector of the North direction although he is also sometimes associated with the East – it is thus good to install his yantra in the North-East corner of your residence. The Atharvaveda calls him the “god of hiding.”  In the Manusmriti, he becomes a respectable Loka-pala or “world protector,” and the patron of merchants. In the epic Mahabharata, Kuber is described as the son of Prajapati Pulastya ,and his wife Idavida and the brother of sage Vishrava.The Puranas and the epics Mahabharata and Ramayana grant Kuber unquestioned “godhood” – executer of the laws of Nature that usher in wealth and prosperity. He is also known as Loka-pala – “world protector.” As the treasurer of the riches of the universe, he is known to have Laxmi Devi’s express blessings, and is usually remembered during Diwali, or the Autumn Festival of Lights in India. Installing Kuber’s Kolam is considered to be highly auspicious.

Make your own Digestive SVA Spice-Mix, and Mouth-Freshener with Fennel and Ajwain Seeds

Ill-health starts with poor digestion. Eating an easy-to-digest freshly prepared meal is ideal, but sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we may end up eating something heavy, or not-so-terribly-fresh, or suiting our body’s

needs. This SVA digestive spice mix is a simple and quick recipe that you can make and carry in your purse or pocket, and use throughout the day. It will keep your digestive fire well-stoked, and ensure that your meals are all properly absorbed and digested – whether you “cheat” or not!

Optimal digestion is when you make zero toxins, or ama, from the food you eat. Ama-free optimal digestion occurs when your digestive flame (pachakagni) is neither low nor too high. Due to stress, or when you eat heavy processed indigestive food, or left-overs, the digestive fire can go either low (mandagni), high (teekshnagni), or sometimes-low-sometimes-high (vishmagni).

Low agni (mandagni) makes ama; when you have low agni, it means you are not able to break-down and absorb all that you are eating, and you produce semi-digested toxic matters after you eat. You will usually feel lack of appetite, or feel heavy even after eating something very light, and in general not desire food.

If your digestive fire is high, then after consuming a meal, your body produces “amavisha” or poisonous acidic toxins, also known as free-radicals. When you have “teekshnagni” then no matter what you eat, you crave more! You will also crave sugar a lot. You may wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

If you have “vishmagni,” that is: if your digestive fire is sometimes slow and sometimes too high, then you will make both ama and amavisha. With “vishmagni,” you sometimes feel hungry and then at other times, not. You will experience a feeling of fullness alternating with a feeling of excessive hunger.

“Samagni” is the state of a balanced digestive fire – neither too low nor too high. When you have “samagni,” you have a balanced appetite for food, attuned with the needs of your body. After consuming a meal, you feel satiated, and blissful.

If you have not been experiencing the blissful state of “samagni” after consuming your meals, then you probably need to support your digestion. To have “samagni” you need to have “pachak pitta” and “pachak agni” in your stomach balanced out. Packak pitta is the fuel, while pachak agni is the flame in your stomach. The fuel feeds the flame, so your stomach can break down and cook the food.

This SVA recipe is very simple, consists of only 2 ingredients, but it works like a charm. Fennel cools off excess fuel or pachak pitta; while ajwain sharpens the flame, or pachak agni.

In an open pan, or in your toaster-over, dry toast Fennel and Ajwain seeds in the following proportions:

80% Fennel

20% Ajwain

Mix them. Let the mixture cool off. Then add to a container and it’s ready to be used.

Chewing a teaspoon at a time, after lunch or dinner. Or as needed. This spice mix also serves as a delicious natural mouth freshener!

Note: Fennel is highly estrogenic. If, for any reason, you restrict your intake of estrogenic foods, simply replace the Fennel seeds with Coriander seeds in the above recipe and follow the same steps.