Holiday Health Hazards and How to Avert Them – with SVA Tips, Recipes, and much more!

 

Let’s face it – the holidays can be mentally and emotionally stressful! In addition to our ongoing daily professional or familial obligations, we may find ourselves carried away by the whirlwind of back-to-back parties; endless shopping lists; painfully crowded malls and supermarkets; under-the-gun baking, cleaning and entertaining; family obligations and traditions that may involve challenging emotional settings. So it’s very easy to lose sight of ourselves and get caught in dizzying activity, compromising our own health. By the time it’s finally time to celebrate, you’re probably already exhausted having tried to make things perfect for everybody, but your diet is off, your can’t seem to get a full night’s sleep, and you are mentally tense, emotionally fragile – in a word: you’re a wreck! True, you may not be able to change how things are going to unfold and how stressful they are going to be, but you can manage how you are going to go through and respond to the stress.

 

Do you know what happens in your body when you get stressed? Your brain and body release specific chemical toxins, such as cortisol, that create metabolic imbalances that trigger inflammatory conditions. Stress compromises your body’s acid-alkaline balance, bringing down your immunity and making you prone to ill-health, weight-gain, depression, and more. Did you know that you can correct your body’s response to stress? This involves more than a mind-over-matter trick – when stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup no matter what you tell yourself to do. However, with Ayurveda, and specifically SV Ayurveda, we learn that there are herbs and ingredients that can naturally boost our bliss, or “correct” our behavior by increasing the “happy chemicals” in our brain: serotonin; dopamine; endorphins. With Ayurveda, you can also help curb those undue holiday errings of the senses: the overeating; the hang-overs; unruly sleep, etc.

How can SV Ayurveda help us address the typical holiday hazards?

Emotionally Down?: it’s unsettling how holidays can magnify pain. They will highlight everything that may have recently changed in your lives — a divorce, a death in the family, estranged family members, etc. If you are missing someone special this holiday season, if someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, first thing is to tell yourself it’s ok to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry and express your feelings, to give yourself the space to work through your emotions instead of suppressing them. You should not force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season! But do not dwell on the sadness longer than you need to. Acknowledge it and release it. But isn’t that the tricky part?! How do you release sadness?

If you are feeling sad it means your sadhak pitta is off and needs to be balanced. You can  cool off and balance your sadhak pitta by eating seasonal sweet juicy fruits – apples and pears are great this time of year. In addition, add more protein your diet, cooked with a nice pitta pacifying masala.

Herb-wise, add Ashoka Transdermal cream or roll-on your tala-hridiya  marma points. You can also do the full Samadhi Set protocol 3-5 times a day.

Add Ashoka and Brahmi Nectar drops: 3 drops of each to a glass of water.

Drink “Bliss and Bliss tea”

Drink “Vaidya’s Cup!” Treat yourself with Chyawanprash, – it’s the best tridoshic dessert you can have and 1 tsp will be worth 10 slices of cake or 5 chocolate bars!

 

Listen to or chant the Heart Lotus Mantra.

Don’t skip or delay meals.

Use pitta masala. Use the soothing aroma essential oils of Rose, Neroli, Jasmine, and Sandalwood.

Add the non-alcoholic Celebration Nectar Drops to your celebrations! Formulated by Vaidya Mishra 3 years ago, the nectar drop “celebration drink” is a hit with SVA clients. You can add 5-10 drops to your glass of water during lunch or dinner.

Top of your meals with a cup of “Vaidya’s Cup.” You will be surprised by the shift in your mood. “Vaidya’s Cup” will boost the serotonin and the dopamine to enhance your bliss. You can have 3-5 cups a day.

Mentally stressed and Physical Drained? During the holiday season, obligations and errands run us down. Due to mental and physical over-activity prana and vyana vata go out of balance, leaving us feeling frazzled, unable to settle down, and constantly haunted by the feeling of “always more to do!”

Take a breather: literally take a few minutes to step out of a scene to sit down and breath. Do a quick alternate nostril pranayam exercise to regulate the flow of prana and keep things even in your Ida and Pingala channels. Clear your mind and restore inner calm by shifting your thoughts to the big picture.

If you are caught in the middle of frenzy, spray 4-5 squirts of Stress-Free Spray, breath, and relax. This water base formulations has been helping countless individuals since Vaidya Mishra launched it this year.

Drink Soma Nidra Tea: this rich blend will calm your mind and sooth your sadhak pitta as well.  

Apply Soma Nidra Roll-on on your wrists, cervical area, and inhale the aroma.

At night, before the big day, or after the party is over, take a bath with the SVA “Relax and Detox Bath Pouches.”

Do a self-mssage with Vata Oil with Vit D and Magnesium – alternately you can treat yourself to a massage parlor, take your oil with you and ask them to use it on you for a richer relaxing experience.

Add Mucuna capsules to your dietary regimen (For Him for men, For Her for women)

Reclaim your vibrant energy with Chyawanprash: 1 tsp morning before or after breakfast, and 1 tsp after lunch daily.

Try to do at least 10-15 minutes of yoga or a brisk walk daily.  

Could not Stop Eating? Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all by abandoning your healthy habits, knowing full well that overindulging will only add to your stress and guilt. But it’s easier said than done, right? Here’s the trick: by consuming food that contains all 6 tastes – sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent, you maximize your chance of not getting carried away by temptation. Food that carries all 6 tastes helps us maintain psychological and mental balance – Ayurveda is very clear on this. But science also finds that chilies or the pungent taste, for example, release the endorphins already present in our brains; cumin, which is astringent, releases serotonin; black pepper increases oxygenation calming us down and taking away anxiety. When you eat a meal that contains all 6 possible tastes, the coordination between your stomach, brain, and heart is optimal, minimizing your craving for sweets or larger portions. This means that your pitta dosha stays cool and composed, then your emotions don’t go off. Meals that contain all 6 tastes are tridoshic. Eating all 6 tastes in each meal will help you not abandon healthy habits when you need them most.

No time to cook? Sprinkle Mum’s Masala on your meal – it’s balanced and tridoshic and delicious, giving you all possible 6 tastes.

Add chutneys to your meals – cilantro chutney and/or the Tamarind and Amla preserve, which will give you satiation by enhancing digestion and absorption of food.

In case you overeat and feel bloated, try the Pro-Pachak drops  – 5 drops in a glass of 8oz of water. Drink this after lunch and dinner to support digestion and absorption.

Make and carry a mixture of dry toasted 80% fennel seeds and 20 % ajwain seeds. Chew 1/2 tsp after each meal.

Overdosed on Sugar?: during the holidays it is inevitable not to overdose on sugar. It may be that one time of the time where we allow ourselves to go for it! And it’s great to reward ourselves from time to time… But here’s what you can do to help metabolize that sugar you ate so that after the holidays your immunity is not compromised, and in order to avoid sugar-induced fatigue and post-celebratory depression:

make a tea with 16oz water: add 2 pinches of Gymnema, 2 pinches Indian kino, 2 pinches of Jamun seeds, a tiny cinnamon stick, boil 5-10 minutes, filter and sip. This tea will enhance your sugar metabolism, by converting the sugar molecules into energy.

*Caution: don’t drink this tea if you have not eaten sugar (or consumed carbs), because it will otherwise drive your blood glucose levels low. Do not drink this tea before eating sweets, only AFTER eating sweets, otherwise you will not enjoy the sweet taste.

Can’t Sleep? When our days are overly active, prana vata goes high, and it becomes hard for the mind to unwind and settles down at the end of the day, unable to induce deep restorative sleep. What can help?

Massage with warm Vata oil with Vit D and Magnesium will help balance all of vata dosha.

Take a warm bath with the  “Relax and Detox Bath Pouches,”

Have a cup of Soma Nidra tea, or use the Soma Nidra oral spray, and Soma Nidra roll-on on the back of the neck and the shoulders.

Go to bed with “happy thoughts” – if your day was a mixed bag of events, let go of the ill-fitted episodes, as they were inevitable anyways, and linger on the brighter moments. You will be surprised to see how a conscious choice to prefer the positive over the negative will shift your mood and ease in blissful sleep.

In the end, holidays may be more stressful than fun, but the good thing is it’s predictable! You know it is going to happen, you see it coming, but also when it’s going to end, so you can do something about it. This year,you can be pro-active about it, and with SVA, you have a wide array of ayurvedic tips and stress-survival strategies, along with calming and mood-brightening formulations and recipes.

Happy Holidays!

Chyawanprash; 52 Herbs for daily detox and rejuvenation

The Rishi and The Princess
The intriguing story of Rishi Chyawan is documented in the ancient epic tale of India, the Mahabharata. Rishi Chyawan was a great seer. He was fully enlightened and thus carried no desires in his heart, except for union with the cosmic divine. It is said that he sat immobile, his senses fully retracted into the silent self-referral bliss of meditation, for numerous years, until one day, Sukanya, the young and beautiful daughter of King Sharyati, found him and accidentally awoke him from his yogic trance. The aging rishi and the young princess were soon wed. However, their conjugal bliss was overshadowed by the rishi’s old ascetic body.
It is then told that the celestial twin physicians, the Ashvinis, came to the rishi’s help.Physicians to the gods, they had garnered the entirety of Ayurvedic knowledge for the benefit of mankind and the celestial realm. They prepared a mixture that contained the best of what Mother Nature offered in terms of divine healing, balancing, and rejuvenating altogether 52 herbs, and presented it to Rishi Chyawan. Rishi Chyawan ate it, and it restored his body to its original youthful glow and functionality in no time! And the rishi and the princess lived happily ever after….
  The recipe became known as Chyawan’s Prash, or the herbal mixture of Chyawan, renown for its tonic and rejuvenative powers.
Vaidya’s Story
“The sweet taste and rich aroma of home-made chyawanprash infuses my early childhood memories spent in the village of Vaidyachak (“Vaidya’s village”) in Jharkand, NorthEast India. My father used to prepare Chyawanprash for our family members, as well as his patients, from scratch. I used to watch him select the herbs, prep them, and, finally cook them.

 

Years later, when I studied Ayurveda formally and learnt of the countless benefits of all the herbs that go into the Chyawanprash formula, I had the desire to share it with all my ayurvedic patients, specially after moving to the West. That’s how, several years ago, I initiated the process of sourcing and gathering the best quality wild-crafted herbs that would go into the preparation. I wanted to make sure that I incorporated every single ingredient that was mentioned in the original formula without compromise of quality.
Finally, a few months ago, everything came together, and I put together this “avaleha,” or “liquid preserve,” just the way my father used to make it! I am very happy to say It smells and tastes just as good as I remember it!
How does it work?
Chyawanprash is Ayurveda’s gift to us. It brings together the best of all the “divyaushadhi,” or divine herbs, in a recipe that is not only balancing, but is a delicious addition to daily diet. It’s no accident that it is considered India’s national tonic!
The preparation of these 52 herbs and plants involves seven stages and is complex because the herbs that are used have different properties that need to be prepared in distinct separate steps before being combined together, in order to get the full benefit. The original creators of this formula, the Ashwin Gods, taught the way of infusing the different groups of herbs together, based on how they can be categorized property-wise. The herbs that go into the mixture can be grouped into three:
  • rasayana or rejuvenative herbs
  • detoxifying and cleansing herbs
  • immuno-modulatory herbs
Deriving the lipid and water soluble fractions of these herbs, while infusing their balancing properties into the base of the alma berry paste (amalaki) is thus a challenging process that has to go through different time-sensitive steps. But when it is done properly, when the powerful molecules have been duly prepared and mixed in with the organic sugar and honey, the formulation is fully potent and active, benefiting the body as soon as it touches the oral mucosa. Once in the stomach, it detoxifies traveling through the gaps of the tissues and nourishing all the aspects of the physiology.

 

Chyawanprash is a daily tonic that is good for all age groups all the time – except infants and children age 5 and under. The original formula contains ghee, cane sugar, and honey. Please note that the addition of ghee, honey, and sugar is  necessary as they help coat the herbal molecules and deliver them to the deeper tissues. They are added as balancing ingredients because the original formula is very potent with its concentrated content of herbs and amla. They are not flavoring agents. And since they are consumed in conjunction with the dozens of herbs that are in the formula, they body is able to process and metabolize them fully. You will not make ama from the ghee, the sugar, or the honey – no one should experience discomfort or imbalance from the sugar and fat content. However, if you have fat and sugar sensitivities or prefer to avoid consuming either or both, I have put together a Chyawanprash Syrup that contains no added fat (ghee) and no added sugar (honey or raw can sugar). For those who have concerns consuming fat and/or sugar, this will be the ideal way to get the rejuvenative benefit of all the rasayana and other herbs that are part of the original formula.

What do Charak Samhita Sutra-s say about Chyawanprash?
According to the Charak Samhita, verses 70-74, Chyawanprash has countless health benefits!
Verse 70 says that:

Chyawanprash is a  great tonic for the lungs, it can take care of chronic cough, and helps alleviate breathing trouble. It supports and helps older physiologies, helps reverse aging, and it nourishes the growth of children and young adults.

Verse 71 says:

Chyawanprash supports the vocal chords; nurtures all seven tissues; nourishes the heart; pacifies Vata dosha;  nourishes the blood; takes care of excessive thirst. It helps the urinary tract; nourishes the reproductive fluid, and pacifies the aggravated dosha-s in the urinary tract.
Verse 72 says:

It can be consumed as a food item, as a dessert, after your midday meal. Do not eat at night as it can be too energizing and may interfere with sleep. Consuming chyawanprash as part of your daily diet will rejuvenate all age groups, making the old young again, and the young stronger!
Verse 73 says:

Increases intelligence; boosts memory; enhances glow and complexion of the skin; keeps the body disease-free; lengthens the life-span; strengthens all five senses. Chyawanprash supports and promotes marital or conjugal bliss, strengthening both male and female physiologies! It also supports the digestive metabolic fire; increases overall radiance; pacifies apana vata.
Verse 74 says:

This verse tells us that chyawanprash could also be used as part of the “kayakalpa” protocol. “Kayakalpa” literally means restoring youth to the body inside and out! There are two kinds of kayakalpa mentioned the Charak Samhita. One is called “Kuti praveshik” which is a protocol that is carried out indoors, under strict supervision. The other is “vaat tapik” or outdoors. The indoors protocol is more efficient, and the consumption of Chyawanprash is recommended for this protocol. This verse says that whoever uses Chyawanprash as a rasayana for the reversal of aging, will get all the benefits of kayakalpa – removal of old age, rejuvenation, reclaiming beauty, strength, youthful skin, etc. This verse confirms that Chyawanprash can be used on a daily basis, safely and effectively, for daily rejuvenation; or as a clinical preparation taken under supervision with specific dosage requirements when conducting “kayakalpa” treatments for the ultimate cleansing and renewing protocol that Ayurveda can offer.

Discover the benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid- with Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is made by the body and is found in every cell where it helps turn glucose into energy.    Antioxidants attack and neutralize “free radicals.” Free radicals are waste bi-products created when the body turns food into energy. When they are not properly and fully evacuated, free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells in the body.  Overtime, they can also damage organs and tissues.

Most antioxidants are only water soluble, meaning they dissolve and become active only in the water medium (such as Vitamin C); others are only fat or lipid soluble, they are only active in the fatty tissues (such as Vitamin E). However, alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is both fat- and water-soluble, so it is active and effective throughout the body. Antioxidants in the body get used up as they attack and neutralize free radicals, but ALA can help regenerate these spent antioxidants and make them active again!

ALA can be naturally obtained from foods (especially spinach and broccoli), and the body also produces it naturally, but as we age, our bodies produce less and less of it.

Here are some common benefits and uses of lipoic acid:

1. ALA has been shown to reduce some harmful side effects of chemotherapy.  Some chemotherapy drugs can damage nerve cells in the body, which can lead to a condition called peripheral neuropathy, in which patients feel pain or other abnormal sensations, usually in the hands or feet.  In a study from Austria, 8 of 15 patients who received lipoic acid after taking their chemotherapy reported  improved symptoms.

2. One study suggests that ALA might help reduce heart muscle damage caused by some chemotherapy drugs.

3. A 2006 article reported that a combination of ALA and other antioxidants helped people with advanced cancer regain appetite and weight.

4. ALA has been shown to prevent accumulation of excess copper and iron in the cells due to its chelating (binding) capabilities.

5. Several studies suggest it may increase glutathione synthesis. Glutathione is the major detoxifying antioxidant.  Other researchers have found that the numerous immunizations children receive damage the glutathione system, which can increase the risk of autism.

6. ALA has been shown to increase vasodilation of the blood vessels due to its effects on the inner lining (endothelium) of the vascular system.  High levels of cortisol released from the adrenal glands under stress can create the opposite:  vasoconstriction, where the blood vessels can tighten up, creating high blood pressure, both systemically and in the eyes, causing glaucoma.  Thus, ALA shows promise for reducing the pressure in patients with both high blood pressure and glaucoma.

7. ALA fed to mice with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has been found to slow the progression of the disease.

8. Another study showed ALA to be highly effective in reducing the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.  The inner lining of the cells (endothelium) in the brain are very tightly bound preventing toxins from entering the brain.  This is nature’s way of protecting the brain from harm.  Much research has now been done on the immunizations children receive – the aluminum adjuvant and formaldehyde used as preservatives in the shots weaken the endothelial cells, thus loosening the blood-brain barrier, making it easier for these toxins to enter the brain creating autism.

 

9. Overwhelming evidence in numerous studies now suggests that lipoic acid may be critical for not only maintaining optimal blood sugar levels by helping the body to use glucose, but also for supporting insulin sensitivity and key aspects of cardiovascular health, such as endothelial function.  It can even help lower cholesterol.

10. ALA can amplify the positive effects of other important antioxidants in the body, such as glutathione and Coenzyme Q10 – two essential compounds in the fight against aging and disease.

11. ALA protects the mitochondria, the energy-producing factories of cells, from being damaged by oxidative stress, thus ensuring that energy production in the body remains efficient.

12. ALA promotes better eye health by increasing levels of essential antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase, which will help prevent cataracts, glaucoma and retinal cell death.

13. ALA is able to pass readily into the brain and reach all parts of a nerve cell. Studies have shown that ALA reduced brain damage after a stroke, and that those animals who received ALA had a survival rate 3x greater than those that did not.

14. New evidence also suggests that lipoic acid may help guard against one of the most dreaded conditions associated with aging – Alzheimer’s disease.  Researchers have identified a series of mechanisms through which lipoic acid may work in helping prevent or manage Alzheimer’s disease.  Scientists believe that lipoic acid may increase the production of acetylcholine, an essential nervous system messenger that is deficient in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease victims.

15. ALA appears to prevent migraines, due to its effects on dilating the blood vessels.

16. ALA suppresses the formation of osteoclast cells (they break down the bone) and thus prevent the loss of bone known as osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Clinically, have been using Vaidya Mishra’s ALA products for the past 9 months and I have been very pleased with the results. I have been prescribing it for a wide panoply of ailments to young and old alike with great success.

In many ways, this is a very unique SVA formulation to help address problems arising from toxic load in the body. In the SVA tradition, Vaidya and his ancestors pay a lot of attention to the detox pathways or micro and macro channels. In the presence of acidic toxins, the channels tend to shrink and hinder effective and safe detox. Vaidya has made many formulas that can dilate the channels, for example, his Sancharan transdermal Cream, which creates vasodilation by warming up and dilating the channels.

However, it is ideal to have a cooling, not heating or warming formulation, to support the dilation of channels. Sometimes if the accumulated toxins are too hot, one has to be very careful specially when using heating ingredients that are necessary for vasodilation.

With his ALA formulations, Vaidya has now made a vasodilator that can dilate channels and cools things down, without freezing them.

The  SVA ALA products and remedies have become indispensable to my practice – from minor circulatory problems to chronic conditions: I even have our glaucoma patients apply it around the eyes and they get instant relief in their eye pressure; it helps my MS patients by dilating their channels so the nerve regenerating herbs like Sensitive plant and Laksha can penetrate deeper into the cells for healing.

The capsules are a great daily addition to anyone’s diet, as they are also alkalizing since Vaidya has added coral calcium to the formula.

 

References to Alpha Lipoic Acid Article

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2. Clark WM< Rinker LG, Lessv NS, Lowery SL, Ciplla MJ.  Efficacy of antioxidant therapies in transient focal ischemia in mice. Stroke. 2001; 32(4):1000-1004.

3. Faust A, Burkart V, Ulrich H, et al. Effect of lipoic acid on cyclophosphamide-induced diabetes and insulitis in non-obese diabetic mice. Int J Immunopharmacol. 1994; 16:61-66.

4. Head KA. Natural therapies for ocular disorders, part two: cataracts and glaucoma. Alternative Medicine Review. 2001;6(2):141-166.

5. Lynch MA. Lipoic acid confers protection against oxidative injury  in non-neuronal and neuronal tissue.  Nutr. Neuroscience. 2001:4(6):419-438.

6. Melhem MF, Craven PA, Derubertis FR.  Effects of dietary supplementation of alpha lipoic acid on early glomerular injury in diabetes mellitus. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2001;12:124-133.

7. Nagamatsu M, Nickander KK, Schmelzer JD, et al. Lipoic acid improves nerve blood flow, reduces oxidative stress, and improves distal nerve conduction in experimental diabetic neuropathy. Diabetes Care. 1995;18:1160-1167.

8. Packer L, Kraemer K, Rimbach G.  Molecular aspects of lipoic acid in the prevention of diabetes complications. Nutrition. 2001;17(10):888-895.

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12. Ziegler D, Reljanovic M, Mehnert H, Gries FA.  Alpha lipoic acid in the treatment of diabetic polyneuropathy in Germany: current evidence from clinical trials.Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes 1999;107:421-430.

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ALA in SVA- from science to sutra

 Vaidya Mishra: “As and when the need arises, from time to time, I adopt safe and effective nutritional substances that have been researched and confirmed by modern science. For example, I have added the transdermal use of Magnesium, or Vit D3 to our SVA protocols and products. These things help our SVA followers and seekers of optimal health, as well as all the SVA experts and physicians helping out patients at large.   

A year ago i heard about Alpha Lipoic Acid from a friend in the medical profession successfully using it to treat patients with neuropathy. Af

ter researching it thoroughly I decided to add it to our SVA protocols for many reasons. In general, I use the ayurvedic plants Sensitive Plant and Lakcha to nourish nerves, but there is not a specific ingredient that could help increase the supply of blood to the nerves. ALA, used in conjunction to the ayurvedic herbs have shown to magnify and optimize the results.

Most of the formulas I have made for addressing the health of the micro

and macro channels are thermogenic, they help increase and support circulation of detox and other pathways. However, they can be heating and have to be used in a balanced manner.  So it can be challenging, for myself as well as all the other SVA experts and practitioners, to increase the blood supply to the different areas of the body when there is amavisha and garavisha accumulation. You will be familiar that in these situations, the body does not tolerate heating products or any thermogenic herbs or formulas. This is because the body is already acidic and hot and the channels or nerves and bone tissue are affected by the heating acidic toxicity. Alpha Lipoc Acid supports the supply of blood to those areas without further warming things up.

 

In light of these 2 primary factors, I adopted Alpha Lipoic Acid in the SVA protocols. I made capsules with ALA by adding ayurvedic coral calcium (praval pisti) to further help alkalize things, and support the bone and nerves. The ALA massage oil for whole body massage supports the whole molecular level of the body as ALA is both water and lipid soluble. The ALA transdermal cream also with lipid shea butter can be used to be applied on specific areas like on the joints, to support detox in the fat tissue that may be affecting and inflaming the joints. The water based ALA cream I formulated in order to supply the water soluble efficiency when applying on sensitive areas, for example around the eyes or on the temples to increase blood supply to these areas.
In general, my SVA teaching and protocols proceed from sutra to science, as I take Ayurveda as the basis from which healing emanates. However, modern science also has much to offer, as consciousness of health and the body grows, and scientific tools are used to support our physiologies in preventative ways. The discovery of ALA is one of those instances. And that is why, I have adopted it in our ayurvedic SVA protocols, going from science to sutra, in this case! Thank you!”

Boost your Immunity to Ward-off Krimi-s!

 

Immunity is our armor against invading micro-organisms that can bring disease and even death.

The environment we live in is organic – it is alive with thousands of millions of micro-organisms that thrive along us. Many of these are life-supporting and helpful for the human physiology. But many are not. We get sick when our immunity goes down and our body becomes prone to contracting bacterial infections. Boosting our immunity is the foremost thing you can do as a preventative step.

Immunity, and the science of bacteriology were long ago fully understood by the vedic seers or rishi-s. Just like the rishi-s knew all about the planets in our galaxy discussing their impact on the environment long before Galileo invented the telescope, in the same way,  they knew all  about the yogini-s, or the friendly bacteria that help us thrive in health as well as the krimi-s, or the un-friendly bacteria that attack our immunity and bring over disease and even death. The rishi-s not only knew of these microorganisms but they also knew how to take care of them!

According to the ayurvedic texts, there are 3 primary ways of boosting your immunity so it can combat bacteria that imbalances your health:

1) Herbs and essential oils that carry the jantughna or bactericidal effect: using such ingredients to eliminate infectious bacteria in your environment as well as your body, for example your oral cavity, to minimize the risk of infection or contamination.

2) Supporting the body’s immune system or vyadi kchamatwa: one can have either general support of the overall immune system, or targeted support of specific organs and systems, so as to strengthen the body to resist a take care-over by krimi-s or harmful bacteria.

3) Prakriti vi-ghat: creating a non-supportive environment in the body or specific organs and systems so that infectious bacteria or krimi-s cannot grow and thrive.

Many essential oils like: camphor, peppermint, ajwain, and tulsi are  called krimigna and have known bactericidal effect that has been researched and confirmed by modern science. These are also called jantugna. 

These 4 ingredients are commonly used in herbal formulations in Ayurveda, but interestingly they are also used copiously in Ancient Vedic rituals in temples and fire ceremonies meant for cleansing the environment due to their jantugna or krimigna effect.

Using these essential oils directly on the skin is not recommended as they can burn the Soma of our skin and have side-effects. Vaidya Mishra has put together all these ingredients in a unique formula that uses their crystal form rather than the essential oil molecules. Tribindu is a classical formula named for the 3 ingredients that make it up: Camphor (1), Peppermint(2), and Ajwain(3). To make it even more powerful he has added Tulsi(4), or Holy Basil. Tribindu with Tulsi has a powerful krimigna effect on the environment. Cleaning the environment we live and work in is a first precautionary step towards supporting and creating immunity in our bodies .

 11 uses of tribindu.

1) Use it to help support your sinus pathways and discourage potential bacterial growth in your oral cavity –  apply on a scarf, wrap around your mouth and nose and gently inhale

2) Spray it in your room – on your couch, pillows, carpet, desk, or just in the air, to clean and refresh the air. You can also use an essential oil diffuser and squirt 2-3 times into the water and then plug it in for sustained delivery

3) Apply a small amount on your feet and massage in: when you have fatigue, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, the Tribindu will warm you up right away, enhancing circulation and thermogenesis.

4) Apply on sore achy muscles before and also after exercise to mobilize and evacuate toxic build-up and ease blow flow for enhanced mobility

5) Support your overall circulation and thermo-genesis, specially in cold weather, when you have to go out – apply on hands and feet before putting on gloves and socks.

6) Use it to ease away tension and stress from your neck and shoulder areas – spray 2-3 times and massage in. You can also use it on your lower or upper back areas

7) Use it to ward off insect bites or to soothe itchiness from bites: spray on insect bites or mosquito bites and massage – do not spray on an open wound or bite.

8)  Spray on joints – knees, elbows, wrists, ankles, finger joints, etc, morning and evening, to help maintain healthy joints free from toxic accumulation, and enhance mobility. Spray and gently massage.

9) Use it to relax: spray a few times into your bath water in the tub, dip in to relax.

10) Spray very little on your throat area when you feel you have an itchy throat and may be getting a cold. Or alternately spray onto a scarf, and inhale. If your skin gets itchy, wash off with warm/cool water right away.

11) You can also use the Tribindu to help ward off infections, for example, apply on your nails and fingers after clipping them.

Whichever way you use it, it is a great and safe household remedy to keep close by, rain or shine!

More ways of supporting and boosting your immunity

Another way of supporting your immune system is by increasing vyadi kchamatwa through eating a balanced alkalizing diet, such as the SVA diet. If you follow the SVA guidelines for diet and lifestyle,and then add immunity supporting herbs and spices such as Tulsi, Guduchi, Amla, Zinc (Yasad bhasma), then you maximize your chances of warding off bacterial infections.These can be taken in different ways: as tablets/capsules, or nectar drops, or roll-on applications. Vaidya has made it easy for us to choose from the delivery method that suits our needs best.

In the winter time, our physical channels shrink due to colder temperatures. Thus supporting the health of your channels is utmost in the Fall and the Winter. You can do many things to keep your detox pathways running as smoothly as possible to allow all the daily toxins to be evacuated from your body, and insuring that the nutrients you ingest reach their destination and support your immunity.

For this, consuming spices that support your channels is key. This is why Vaidya Mishra has put together the Shroto Shudhi tea and Shroto Shudhi Masala.

SVA daily protocol for vyadi kchamatwa

Here is what you can do:

For cooking, use Shroto Shudhi Masala in your meals (lunch and dinner).

At night, make and drink Shroto Shudhi tea after dinner.

In the mornings, start your day with Tulsi tea.

To keep your daily detox going smooth through bowel movements, add 1-2 tablets of Triphala or Prakrit or High Pitta Triphala – based on your preference or needs.

Do a daily massage with the Turmeric and Magnesium abhyanga oil – in the mornings at least on your limbs and lower back before shower.

Add to your daily drinking water: 2 drops of Immuno-Support, 2 drops of Amla, 2 drops of Guduchi, 2 drops of Zinc, and 2 drops of Tulsi.

Prakriti vighat is when one creates a targeted environment for the bacteria, for the krimi-s, to subdue and eliminate their growth. Vaidya Mishra explains that the best example for this is in the oral care he has formulated: his toothpastes and oral sprays. In these, he has brought together Gymnema, Neem, and Indian kino, along with other potent herbs, to cut the supply of sugar molecules to the bad bacteria that feed on it in. The SVADanta line contains these herbs to help support the mucus membrane and oral cavity, helping you also manage bad breath, and inflammation of the gums. Gymnema is called gurmar or literally sugar-killer. As soon as this herb reaches the oral cavity, it neutralizes all the residue of the sugar molecules, thus supporting the environment for the good bacteria to flourish. Once bad bacteria are deprived of sugar molecules to feed on, they die away. The result is a healthier oral cavity with fresh breath.

Be SVA-smart! Take the upper hand on krimi-s and boost your immunity with easy SVA protocols and products this winter. Write to us for more questions or comments!

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1. Evaluation of the antibacterial activity of leaf and twig extracts of stout camphor tree, Cinnamomum kanehirae, and the effects on immunity and disease resistance of white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei. Yeh, Ruo-Yun, et al. “Evaluation of the antibacterial activity of leaf and twig extracts of stout camphor tree,< i> Cinnamomum kanehirae</i>, and the effects on immunity and disease resistance of white shrimp,< i> Litopenaeus vannamei</i>.” Fish & shellfish immunology 27.1 (2009): 26-32.

2. Inhibition by the essential oils of peppermint and spearmint of the growth of pathogenic bacteria.Imai H, Osawa K, Yasuda H, Hamashima H, Arai T, Sasatsu M
Functional Foods Section, Central Laboratory, Lotte Company Ltd, Urawa, Saitama, Japan.
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3. Tariq Mobashshera, Gore Meghana, and K.Aruna. T “Antibacterial and synergistic activity of ethanol ajwain (trchyspermum ammi) extract onESBL and MBL producing uropathogens”” International Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 6.6 (2014).

4.Essential oils are known to possess antimicrobial activity, which has been evaluated mainly in liquid medium. Systematic evaluation of the vapour activity was first reported by Maruzzella et al.7,8 and Kienholz9 in 1959. […] We therefore investigated a potential role for these oils as inhalation therapy, and determined the antibacterial activity of a wide variety of them against five pathogens: Haemophilus influenzae, penicillin-susceptible and -resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, by gaseous contact in an airtight box. Escherichia coli was used as a control.
“Antibacterial activity of essential oils and their major constituents against respiratory tract pathogens by gaseous contact.”  Shigeharu Inouyea, Toshio Takizawab and Hideyo Yamaguchia.   a Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0395;
b Functional Foods R & D Laboratories, Meiji Seika Kaisha Ltd, Sakado, Saitama 350-0289, Japan

Vaidya replies to your e-mails…

I have a very dry condition and seems that hardly any product works for my constipation and I was wondering how effective the Triphala is for pitta?

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Dear Mark: in conditions of extreme constipation, there are extreme remedial measures, such as “senna” (SENNA OBTUSIFOLIA). But such measures are for single time emergency use, because they are very harsh on the colon and, worst of all, they are habit-forming. In SVA, we believe that there is no replacement for a good diet rich in fibre, as well as a daily dose of friendly bacteria from fresh yoghurt to support the colon and its intelligence.

Bowel movement involves and depends on many factors.

Try to correct your diet if it needs to: add fiber such as leafy green vegetables, broccoli, all well cooked with proper balancing spices such as Mum’s Masala, Pitta Masala. Add Soma Salt to your food.

Making sure to add a glass of buttermilk (20% fresh homemade yoghurt blended with 80% water) with lunch only. After mixing, warm some ghee in a pan, add some dry fenugreek leaves, sauté and add to your buttermilk.

Do not skip meals – breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Plan ahead.

When you eat, don’t engage your mind in anything else – reading, watching TV, listening to music, talking over the phone. Chew long and well.

Squeeze the juice of one lime over your lunch and dinner meals.

Try to go for a walk after dinner.

Daytime is a pitta time so I recommend 1 tablet of High Pitta Triphala be taken in the daytime, after lunch. This will be a first step, in addition to diet, towards helping your colon as well as pacifying pitta dosha. tsmith_100408_0686__89464__66341.1405389248.1280.1280

At night, take one tablet of SVA Prakrit – this will support your colon detox, reestablishing its intelligence slowly and gently;

Transdermally delivered Magnesium with Pitta pacifying herbs (Pitta Massage oil with Magnesium) applied on the lower abdomen – below your stomach, below your navel area – will give your colon the energy to pacify Apan Vata or the downward movement that supports bowel evacuation. Apply this every night before bed. Warm the oil and apply a handful, gently massaging it.

Start with these things, and keep doing for 2-3 weeks. It may take some time as this is a gentle yet sure way of resetting your physiology. This is a true holistic approach that will support your colon without any long-term ill effects.

 

Note: If one capsule of High Pitta Triphala and 1 tablet of Prakrit are not enough for you , you can double the dose and let us know how you feel after 15 days.

Mucuna Instant coffee

Does your morning cup of coffee act as a tridoshic body and brain tonic? Is it rejuvenating to all your bodily tissues? Nourishing for your nerves? Calming for your mind, and supporting your daily detox through your kidneys and colon? Is it a good source of prebiotic that will nourish the friendly bacteria in your colon? If it is not, then you are starting your day on the wrong foot!

We all know the side-effects of caffeine, but we also know how hard it can be to let go of old habits… But now you can have your coffee and drink it too! Vaidya’s latest cutting edge SVA formulation is a delicious blend of ancient ayurvedic ingredients that will not only give your physiology an immediate boost, but will also give you balancing and bliss-enhancing benefits with long term use. He has put together
  • Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens)
  • Wild date seed
  • Root Chicory
  • Haritaki
to bring us a cup of the richest caffeine free coffee substitute. Why does ingredients in particular?

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Ingredients: 
Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens)
Wild date seed
Root Chicory
Haritaki
Mucuna pruriens beans are a natural rich source of L-Dopa: a chemical naturally produced in humans, some animals and plants via biosynthesis. L-Dopa is the precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline) that play important roles in the human brain and body. Dopamine is the bliss-giving neurotransmitter that our brains thrive on.
Unlike synthetic artificial Dopamine, the Dopamine contained in the Mucuna beans are free from side-effects, and they get secreted out of the body faster that synthetic dopamine. 1-3 cups a day are safe and ideal for regular consumption.
 
Health Benefits:
Your SVA Mucuna brew contains the following balancing and bliss-enhancing ingredients: o-CHICORY-ROOT-570
Mucuna: in Ayurveda, Mucuna has been recommended since the dawn of time as a brain and body tonic. It is particularly rejuvenating for the seven tissues and the reproductive fluid for men and women. It  nourishes the nerves, and calms the mind. Mucuna also helps supports the kidneys in their overall functions.
Wild date seeds: recommended in Ayurveda for detoxing and nourishing the muscle tissue.
Root Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. sativum) has been cultivated in Europe and the Mediterranean region as a coffee substitute, as well as used as a coffee additive in parts of Southeast Asia, South Africa and southern United States. The root contains up to 20% inulin – a great source of soluble dietary fiber and is thus added to yogurts as a prebiotic. Research finds that inulin may help with weight loss, constipation, improving bowel function, and general health. Chicory was found to potentially increase calcium absorption and bone density. It is a functional food. In Sanskrit, Chicory is called kashmard: that which helps the lungs through gentle detox,  nurturing and supporting them by eliminating daily build-up from environmental pollution.
Haritaki is known to have so many healing and balancing properties in Ayurveda, including restorative properties for the colon. Haritaki is often compared to mother’s milk – full nourishing benefits and no harm!  It is best known as a paatya plant – it helps us stay on the “path of health” by maintaining our body’s intelligence on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual.
Altogether, Vaidya Mishra has put together this delicious Mucuna blend to help ease the mind, support your nervous system against daily stress, pacify all three doshas; nurture your body and lungs.image description
You can brew this mixture like you would regular instant coffee, and enjoy it with or without milk, with or without a sweetener – depending on your preference. You will not believe how good it tastes! And how much instant waves of bliss it will procure, giving you immediate energy through better oxygenation to the brain and lungs. Regular consumption of this blend will have cumulative benefits for your nervous system and colon overall.
Help us name this newest SVA formulation. Join our naming contest, or Namkaran, by requesting your free sample of “Mucuna Coffee” (temporary name). Email us at info@prana-center.com to request your free sample and then email us back to give us your naming suggestions. Prizes will be announced shortly.

MRSA: Infection of the skin

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This is a 27-year-old female who presented to our office with MRSA infection of the entire body.

MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections, which are the most common infections on the skin.
She had the infection for 11 months before seeing us and was treating it with different types of of antibiotics. This is a very serious (and sometimes deadly) infection of the skin and in her case was even worse because she had it throughout her whole body, as opposed to just one small outbreak. She even tried some holistic remedies which failed as well.
Luckily, since studying with Vaidya Mishra for the past 15 years, I learned how to treat all skin conditions easily and effectively, even something as resistant as MRSA.
Most people know that the gut contains strains of friendly bacteria which prevent the growth of harmful pathogens, but few people realize that the skin also has a protective layer of probiotics on the surface of the skin. Like in the gut, they prevent infections from growing on the skin. So, when someone has any skin infection, the first thing we do is to regrow the friendly bacteria in the gut, then teach them how to regrow the friendly bacteria on the skin (as well as a few other things which I will mention here).
There is a whole new wave recently in the field of dermatology to possibly start treating skin infections such as these with PROBIOTICS instead of ANTIBIOTICS which will only destroy more of the friendly bacteria and create these new strains of antibiotic-resistant infections.
However, this is easier said than done. Companies around the world are trying desperately to figure out how to make probiotic creams — it is difficult to do since these friendly bacteria are very delicate and can die easily when processed into a skin-care product
Dr. Mishra’s family lineage of Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda (SVA) always treated skin conditions for the past 5,000 years — they even treated Lord Krishna’s son for leprosy! Thus, he comes from a long line of Vaidyas who knew how to correctly and effectively treat any kind of skin condition. His father always used prebiotic and probiotics on the skin. And about 5 years ago, Vaidya Mishra launched his line of prebiotics and probiotics for the skin.
So, in this case, we replenished the friendly bacteria in the gut and on the skin. We cooled down the heat in the liver, cleansed the blood, supported her overall immune system outside of the gut, used the special Yasad Bhasma (bhasma of zinc) to help kill the infection along with the probiotic, and used our great new Abhyanga oil which has turmeric in it to also help immunity in the skin (as well as daruharidra to stop histamine skin reactions).
And the results were fantastic! Within one month the infection started going down and now one year later, the infection is almost entirely gone!
I am so pleased to share this wonderful case history and hope that if other people out there are fighting with this potentially deadly infection, that they know they can seek out alternative help if their regimen of antibiotics are not working for them.
Thank you Vaidya Mishra and your family lineage of divine doctors who knew intuitively how to treat so many conditions so effectively.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
856-786-3330

 

Arjuna is Sacred – But Why?!

Arjuna is yet another sacred plant gifted to us by Mother Nature in her great effulgence. In the vedic texts, it is categorized as a divya aushadhi: a plant that carries “divya”or divinity. As with Guduchi, Amalaki, Tulsi, Haritaki, and so many others, its sanctity is a concrete property and resides in the fact that it brings endless healing and balancing properties to so many aspects of the human physiology. Arjuna is holy through the use of all of its part – all parts of the tree -the bark, leaves, flowers, and fruit – are known to have medicinal value in Ayurveda, although the bark is most commonly used therapeutically. Vaidya Mishra explains that the sanctity of the Arjuna plant primarily resides in its vibrational make-up. The Sanskrit name, arjuna, literally means: everlasting vibration of “a” that never declines. We have heard that the sound, “a” in Sanskrit represents consciousness. Arjuna is full of this divine intelligence of nature. In the physiology, the “a” value of life (or consciousness), is seated in the heart, and it is through the heart that the body is connected to the soul – the tree_2amrit or eternal aspect of our identities that radiates everlasting bliss. Using the Arjuna plant as part of your daily routine is not only uplifting to the heart and mind, it supports the satwa, or the “light of the soul”as Vaidya Mishra calls it, but lessening the load of karmic impurities. In other terms, Arjuna can fast-forward us on the track of yogic evolution! Charak says that Arjuna is hridya, the very best herb for the heart. In ayurvedic terms, Arjuna is very good for pacifying pitta and kapha dosha, but it can be aggravating to vata dosha when it is consumed as a crude herb. But there are ways, with SVA, for you to use the Arjuna without aggravating vata dosha. How? In Ayurveda, the healing properties are explained in terms of guna-s. The gunas or physical qualities of Arjuna are:

  • ruksha -dry
  • sheetala -cool
  • lagu- light

All of these gunas or properties are known to aggravate vata dosha. This is when you use any parts of the tree in their crude form. But if you use the micro-molecules of Arjuna then you only absorb the prabhava – or most refined subtle energetic hridya properties of the plant that are fully balancing for the physiology inside and out. For example, one of the reasons why Vaidya Mishra has encapsulated the micromolecules of Arjuna in a transdermal shea butter base cream is to deliver the hridya prabhava or property without having to undergo vata aggravation. The shea butter base naturally balances vata by counteracting the ruksha (drying), sheetala (cooling) and laghu (light) properties of the herb with the sneha (unctuous), and guru (heavy) properties of the cream. In this way, the “samyog”(balanced combination) and samskar (balanced processing) of Arjuna yield a product that delivers strength to the physical, emotional, and vibrational heart without creating any imbalances in the process. Or you can try the transmucosal path with the Herbal-Memory Nectar drops that carry, as the name indicates, the “memory”or the plant’s intelligence without carrying the imbalancing physical properties. This way, you can again get the healing vibration of the Arjuna plant into your deeper tissues without having to experience any imbalances. If you need the actual physical plant, then Vaidya Mishra’s supplements are also balanced to give you the benefit without the vata aggravation. The Arjuna supplements contain 3 simple but powerful ingredients that work together as a balancing synergy:

1)Arjuna: supplies pranic energy to the heart for physical and vibrational nourishment

2)Rose petals: the heart is governed by Sadhak Pitta, Vyana Vata, Udana Vata, and Avalambaka Kapha. Rose petals are known to balance and nourish Sadhak pitta. When Sadhak pitta is in check, the vata and kapha doshas in the heart will also be more likely to stay in balance.

3)But to further keep vata and kapha in check, Vaidya has added sustainably harvested Ayurvedic coral calcium, to pacify vyan vata, udan vata, and support avalambak kapha. This is the specialty of Vaidya Mishra’s SVA formulations – to receive and integrate the intelligence of an herb or a plant as soon as you ingest it – whether it is in concentrated nectar drop form, cream form, or as the raw physical molecule. Otherwise, in mainstream Ayurveda, the physical bark of Arjuna has been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for various cardiovascular diseases, and because cardiovascular disease (CVD) has become epidemic worldwide, it is likely for this reason that modern medicine has taken a recent interest in exploring Arjuna’s therapeutic potential in this area.

Science Says: Modern medical research has now shown that Arjuna contains anti-atherosclerotic (i.e., prevents coronary artery plaque buildup), antibacterial, anticancer, antidiabetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant (i.e., preventing the oxidation which induces chronic inflammation and leads to hardening of the coronary arteries), antiplatelet (i.e., anticoagulant), antiulcer (gastric), antiviral, cardioprotective, cholesterol-lowering, hepatoprotective (i.e., protects the liver) properties, as well as wound healing activity (Hari & Gaikwad, 2011). However, In the past 20 years, clinical studies have demonstrated Arjuna’s antioxidant (i.e., preventing the oxidation which induces chronic inflammation and leads to atherosclerosis) and anti-platelet effects (i.e., inhibit blood clotting to prevent heart attack and stroke), as well as its effectiveness in cardiac conditions such as CHD, angina pectoris, CHF, heart attack, high cholesterol, hypertension, and others (Kaur et al., 2014; Seth, Dua, & Maulik, 2013). A major benefit seen in all of the clinical trials conducted is that no side effects from Arjuna were reported whatsoever in any of them – unheard of with most pharmaceutical medications used in cardiology today.

Make Arjuna part of your daily life!

Ayurveda teaches us how to heal holistically. SVA gives us even further additional methods and means to apply Ayurveda in our lives easily and practically with unique formulations that allow us to get healing benefit from plants we would otherwise not be able to use without side-effects. You can learn more about all of the other properties of this divine herb in Vaidya Mishra’s 21 minute audio lecture: Arjuna – Learn About the Best Herb for the Heart, available for instant download for $0.99.

Warm up with a cup of tea!

Temperatures are dropping, affecting the way we work, think, and sleep. We may find that our sleep is less deep, more animated with dreams; or our focus is sporadic and scattered; our thoughts are multitudinous and incessant – these are all symptoms of increased marut  (air and space elements) resulting from the change of season that affect our vata dosha. Adjusting your routine is always recommended, but we can all get some help from herbs and spices. Vaidya Mishra has formulated special herbal synergies that can help you stay on track and accomplish more without getting frazzled and burnt out!
Try his Soma Nidra tea – drink it at night before bed to help you have deeper more blissful sleep, or during the day, to help you handle stress more efficiently. Or try the Shroto Shudhi tea to keep your channels open and your agni going so you garner all the energy you have to accomplish all you need to do!
If you need a little pick-me up, try Tripti tea that contains white tea leaves – a perfect blend that helps you transform any sugar you ingest into energy. Or if you are experiencing irritability and emotional roller-coasters (!) with high pitta still accumulated in your physiology due to the end of summer, try Vaidya’s Pitta Tea to help you cool off without freezing your channels or putting out your agni. Or you can try the SVA Tulsi tea – good for all 4 seasons – ideal for boosting your immunity and keeping your satwa going. Or the Moringa tea… Or the Garavisha tea… To read more about all these formulations visit www.chandika.com – your one-stop ayurvedic shop!