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Acne vs SVA: Effective and Permanent Protocols

Vaidya’s specialty was Dermatology. Having said that, he still treated the patient holistically, first testing for imbalances in their pulse and then addressing these imbalances through the use of herbs, dietary recommendations and changes in their daily routine habits.

The skin is an organ of elimination, the largest organ in the body. “It is only doing its job,” he would tell patients with skin conditions. “You are lucky the toxins are coming out through the skin — if they stayed inside they could have roamed to the brain, creating Alzheimer’s there or the liver, creating cancer there. But you are lucky they are coming out.” 

The point is, he would teach me, to allow the detox process of the skin to continue, but many things could be done to alleviate the condition at the same time.

The first thing he taught me was to direct the toxins away from the skin and into the urine by making a very dilute tea, 1 pinch of whole coriander seed steeped in one quart of boiled water (usually given in a one-quart stainless steel thermos). Sip on that slowly for four hours, then discard the unused portion and start fresh the next day.

Next, he would bind the toxins and direct them into the bowel movement, using various foods such as taro root, okra, arrowroot, barley (if not gluten sensitive). These foods have the capability of taking the toxins out through the bowel movement and should be eaten throughout the week.

Each patient is individual, so you must evaluate their pulse and treat whatever imbalances you would find there: if the channels were clogged, inflamed or shrunken, you must fix them, for example. If the liver is overheated it must be cooled down with the use of DGL cream down the spine and on the liver (below the ribs on the right) twice a day.  Bhumi amla drops are also great for cooling an overheated liver.

The use of yasad bhasma (zinc) might also be indicated (again each patient must be evaluated individually). Zinc is good for killing the infection in the pores of the skin.

Once we evaluate all possible parameters of that person’s health, THEN we can use the actual herbal formulas recommended for acne, in this case: the Semal Plus Products.  Semal is the herb used primarily for acne. However, if we took the modern medical model of prescribing semal and ignored the other factors which were just described, our protocol would work minimally, if at all. Therefore, a good rule of thumb to always remember is to treat the patient holistically, resisting the temptation to ask which remedy is used for which condition and use that only.
Semal drops can be given, two to three drops in a liter of alkaline spring water, sipped throughout the day. And Semal Plus Clay can be applied to the areas affected by acne, leave it on for about 10 minutes to pull out the toxins. Wash it off with Turmeric Soap (Detox or Neem Soap could be used as well). Then apply Semal Plus Lotion to the same area and leave it in.

If the patient is old enough (18 years or older), you can teach them the cleansing procedures Vaidya has taught us either in his blogs, newsletters and detox booklet. These are daily, weekly and seasonal cleanses using mostly foods and dahls, such as kulthi lentils, to remove impurities from the body. As always we do not recommend fasting, since it heats the liver, ultimately backfiring on the patient. And we do not recommend herbs such as milk thistle, which also heat the liver and imbalance it.

By following these guidelines, usually the acne will recede over time. This approach is much better than longterm use of antibiotics, which can damage one’s immune system, or the use of acne drugs which get stored in the bone marrow, affecting not only the patient, but their offspring too, for years to come.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Cinnaminson, New Jersey

To schedule an ayurvedic appointment with Dr Teitelbaum, call her clinic at: 1-856-786-3330

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Sprouted Mung Medley to Beat the Summer Heat! A Quick & Delicious Summer Protein SVA Recipe

Still feeling too hot after several glasses of iced beverages, juicy fruits, ice-cream, a cold shower, and full-blast AC? Then you probably need (more) protein!
When Summer is in full swing, pitta dosha spikes in response to the increase of Agni in the environment. Luckily, Vaidya Mishra has taught us easy and effective ways of pacifying and cooling off pitta dosha so that we don’t feel hot, irritable and moody. In addition, balancing pitta dosha can also help you improve your digestion, curb your appetite, alkalize an acidic and sensitive stomach that can distract your from your work and play!
Vaidya said: 
“Don’t Douse the Fire with Water, Feed It Instead!”
Yes, it may sound illogical, but drinking great quantities of water or consuming cold items will only make things worse in your body. Instead of trying to put out the fire in your stomach, you need to balance and pacify it by feeding it the right things! Vaidya taught us a very important step in pacifying pitta dosha, namely: consuming (more) fresh, intelligent, easy to digest protein. You will be surprised to see how fast-acting and effective this can be. So if you’ve already tried every trick under the sun and are still not back to your comfortable cool zone, try adding more intelligent protein to your diet.
“Intelligent protein” in SVA terms means:
 no left-overs (specially lentils); no aged cheeses; no sour yoghurt; no heavy meats; etc.
Here’s a recipe that will literally take 5 minutes to assemble and 8-10 minutes to gently simmer.
Make it in the morning and carry with you to enjoy at work or wherever life takes you. It’s a dry dish so it’s easy to pack and carry, and will sustain well for 6-8 hours.
Remember: eating is not only essential for survival, it is crucial for your daily performance and therefore happiness! What you eat has a great impact on what and how you will think and feel that day. This recipe will give you all 6 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent), supply a light yet nourishing amount of protein giving you energy, even as it keeps your pitta dosha in check.
Sprouted Mung Medley  
You will need:
One cup Organic green mung dahl
(Must soak it in high pH room temperature water for 24 hours)
A handful of cashews pieces (or blanched/slivered almonds)
A handful of raisins (Thomson’s red or Organic Himalayan Gold)
A couple Thai chilies and/or ginger (this is an optional add-on)
Olive oil
Lime juice
Curry leaves – if available
1 tsp Mom’s masala
1/4 cup water
A few fresh sprigs of cilantro
Soma Salt to taste
optional protein add-ons:
If you want to make your dish more protein rich, you can add cubes of homemade paneer or slices/bite size chunks of boiled chicken meat
  1. Warm your pan and add ½ tsp Mom’s Ghee and allow to melt – do not overheat
  2. Add Mom’s Masala
  3. Add chillie ginger and curry leaves if you are using any
  4. Stir
  5. Add cashew pieces, raising, paneer and/or chicken if you are using
  6. Stir and make sure all ingredients get fully coated with the ghee and the spices
  7. Add the sprouted (and rinsed) mung beans
  8. Stir well
  9. Sprinkle Soma Salt to taste
  10. Add the water, stir
  11. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until soft
Before serving, drizzle some Olive Oil, a squirt or two of fresh lime, and a few sprigs of chopped fresh cilantro. And voila! You are ready to devour your Summer Mung Medley.
Suggested add-on: this dish goes super well with a side of fresh home-made yoghurt! Enjoy your SVA Summer!

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Case Study of “Everything Under the Sun” – with Video Testimonial

When presented with patients like this it is best to stop, take a breath, and remember what you are taught:  don’t get caught up in the names of the diseases.  This patient was diagnosed with 13 diseases, including fibromyalgia, osteopenia, asthma, ADHD, rheumatoid arthritis, chemical poisoning (from his time in the military) and many more conditions.  He was in excruciating pain, unable to walk or even move, sitting in his house all day drugged from so many pain (and other) medications.

Rather than scattering the treatment protocol, trying to treat each and every disease and symptom, just do what you know how to do, which is:

— first address the main underlying imbalances (hetu)

— next teach good diet and daily routine (dinacharya)

— and THEN begin the detox program

It is always tempting – when presented with a patient who tells you he was poisoned with every known chemical weapon in the military – to begin the detox process immediately.  That is what everyone wants to do, including the patient.

However, keep in mind what Vaidya always taught us:  first prepare the liver for detox:  if it is overheated, detox will only heat it up more, potentially aggravating his inflammation.  We have so many tools available in the SVA pharmacopeia for cooling the liver:  DGL cream down the spine and on the liver, liver clay directly on the liver, Bhumi Amla, both in nectar drops and in powder for a tea, or as a soup.

We also have Mankand – Vaidya taught us that it was the only herb for the liver that did not heat the liver — only cooled it. He said that Bhumi Amla, which is famous for cooling the liver, still had some detoxifying capacity that could prove to be too much in some cases. Another thing I’ve learnt to love about Mankand is its power to regenerate damaged liver cells, useful in cases such as the one we are discussing here, and of course in cases of fatty liver conditions, and/or cirrhosis of the liver.

Next, you must know, Vaidya taught us to to prepare the channels for detox, lubricating them if/when inflamed and dry, to prevent rupture as the hot/acidic amavisha and garavisha toxins are being evacuated.

But first, we ALWAYS make sure to address their digestion, because even with a healthy diet, we can turn food into amavisha or poison, if/when the digestive metabolic fire is not functioning 100%.  This is another reason Vaidya has taught us to wait and begin the detoxification process later, after we address primary basics, rather at the get-go.  For what good will it be if you detox the body trying to reduce the inflammatory load, yet the person keeps making new fresh amavisha from their food, due to the improper combustion and assimilation of food?  You will be stuck in a loop and your protocols will not work, BUT in addition: you can make them worse, as you release nestled toxins in addition to new toxic load being constantly created through the digestive system, and you can end up with severe toxic crises on your hands.

So after you address the SVA basics of digestions/elimination etc, you can then gradually and gently introduce some of the herbs for specific pathologies:  Maha Kantakari drops work well as a bronchodilator. The plant Kantakari has the nature’s intelligence to open and dilate the bronchial tubes, but without side effects.  And unlike pharmaceutical drugs on the market that address lung conditions, Vaidya’s plant-based Nectar drops help heal the lungs, through the intelligence of the plants, to support the physiology in its efforts to correct asthma.

Another amazing plant, in this case, Boswellia acts like a steroid without side effects! My asthma patients do great with boswellia and kantakari Nectar drops with long term usage.  The great thing about boswellia is that it helps the inflammatory process as a whole, all over the body.  So in cases like the current patient, it will help with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis and overall pain and stiffness, in addition to addressing the lungs.

Interesting side note:    When Vaidya was teaching me about using boswellia, I researched it further.  Taking note that it is also known as Frankincense, I told Vaidya, “You may not know this, coming from India, but Frankincense was offered to Christ as a gift by the Three Wise Men from the East.” 

He replied, chuckling, “Yes, Yes!  The Three Wise Men were from my family lineage! The English work “magi” can be historically and linguistically traced back to the “Mag Brahmin”s, my ancestors. I knew he had told us his family lineage was divine, but then I really understood what he meant!

Back to our patient:  One of the best remedies for healing the cartilage in the joints is Healthy Joints capsules, which contains eco-sustainably harvested Shringh Bhasma (Deer Antler ash) as well as Boswellia.  Shringh Bhasma, is great for healing the cartilage in the joints.  I love this remedy, specially as when combined with the anti-inflammatory boswellia, you can go so far so fast with the healing.

In addition, Nirgundi Nectar drops works very effectively for arthritic patients.  It is an Ayurvedic herb which also heals the cartilage — I have had amazing results with this remedy.  And don’t forget Healthy Joints drops which are also great for the joints.

As far as osteopenia goes, we have so, so many remedies for that:

Praval Panchamrit is the five types of ocean calcium — from two types of coral (red and white), two types of pearls and baby snail shells — all ground down and incinerated repeatedly to insure smooth absorption into the bone cells.  The calcium supplements people take nowadays stays stuck in the arteries, forming hard plaque and hardening of the arteries, paving the way for heart attacks.  If we can’t obtain this remedy (because it is so hard to make) we’ll give Soma Cal capsules, which is also a live version of calcium, coral calcium, taken from the delicate branches of the coral plant.  Vaidya told me the heavy metals in the ocean could sink to the root of the coral plant, which was why he always took the coral from the delicate parts of the plant.  Also, the molecules were smaller, aiding in better assimilation into the cells.

Bone herb (Asthi Shrinkala) is excellent for bone regeneration — we now have regular Bone Herb drops, as well as the stronger version Maha Bone Herb, as well as the crude bone herb powder for use in the thermos or made as a tea.

Hopefully everyone is familiar with Vaidya’s Magnesium products — all the oils, cream and roll-on.  This magnesium chloride is the best to use in the body.  The magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) has an effect, but it is short-lived.  Plus the magnesium sulfate has to be converted to the magnesium chloride form, so you might as well give the magnesium chloride form to begin with.

By now you all probably know it is not good to take Vitamin D orally.  We have to honor the liver in everything we eat, making sure the food is good for the liver, and in all the remedies and supplements we take, since they too have to be scanned by the liver.  Vitamin D is a fatty Vitamin and can give result in a fatty liver after long-term oral use.  Not only that, by dumping that much fat into the gall bladder day after day one can create thickness in the bile, resulting in bile sludge, which can give a whole host of gall bladder problems.  Best to use Vitamin D through the skin, either as a cream, a roll-on or a deoderant. Vaidya’s cutting-edge and in-depth understanding of transdermal delivery is here once more evident.

Finally, Vitamin K2 is important for directing the calcium that we take into the body to the bones and teeth, keeping it away from the arteries (causing hardening of the arteries), joints (causing arthritis) and the organs.  However, it is hardly found anywhere in the diet.  But did you know that the great source of Vitamin K2 is ghee?  And probiotic ghee, or “Mom’s Ghee” is the best ghee of all, since the friendly bacteria in the probiotic cultures used to make the ghee break the fat down into smaller particles for better absorption into the cells.  Always keep in mind too that the fat tissue is transformed into the bone tissue (Meda makes Asthi), therefore, we need an excellent source of fat in the diet for this transformation to occur, resulting in proper bone health.  Ghee is the best source of fat, with only four carbons in its chain, it is the easiest of any oil to digest (all vegetable oils have anywhere from 15 or even up to 25 carbons in their chain — the liver has to dismantle the carbon chain coming into it once you swallow the oil, creating tremendous strain on the liver.  Ghee is such a small carbon chain it hardly needs any breakdown by the liver and is almost instantly absorbed into the system!)

These case histories are so rewarding for me to share.  I will try to give explanations in the case histories so that you, the doctor, practitioner, or the patient, can learn how to use these exciting and amazing remedies for healing. 

Thank you Vaidya for all you have left behind for us.  We have so many tools to work with.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Cinnaminson, New Jersey