This Summer, Make More Ojas to Keep Pitta in Check!

“Hi! Am having a tough time with dehydration/cooling off this summer. Wondering if there is a pitta pacifying product I can add to my water to help with this. I had been adding lemon juice, but a friend told me it aggravates pitta. Is this true?

Anyway, thanks!

Tamara K.”


Vaidya Mishra responds:

Dear Tamara, yes this is true that for a pitta type individual lemon juice can be pitta aggravating, however, we have very many tips for pitta pacification, specially, for this time of the year.


In the SVA tradition, we understand that pitta individuals, by nature, naturally receive more fire, more agni, more power of transformation from the environment. But what is “pitta”? According to the shastras, pitta dosha is made of fire and water: agni and jal. In SVA, we know that Pitta dosha is fire predominant, but we also understand that it contains liquid soma to balance its fire out. The fire and water together make up the pita, in other terms, the fuel, needed by the body, t perform its transformations. The liquid fuel that is needed to run things and transform gross physical material into energy and other forms, that is pitta. Pitta can get imbalanced by having either too much agni or too much soma.

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When summer is here, and we are literally closer to the sun, there is naturally more agni in the environment. Summer time is pitta aggravating time, specially for pitta individuals. In general, all body types need to take care of their pitta dosha as well, but pitta individuals particularly so, as they receive agni more readily than vata and kapha types.


In the process of balancing and keep pitta dosha in check, many recipes and tips are given, but the channels are usually overlooked. In SVA, we pay great importance to the health and overall state of the physical and vibrational channels, the srota-s and nadi-s. Nothing will work, no dosha pacification or balancing will have an effect, unless the channels are in good condition and able to carry physical or subtle materials all over the body. I speak at great length about the channels in many of my articles and videotaped courses.


But practically speaking, in your case, the first thing you need to do is keep your vibrational and physical channels in balance, so that the fire in your body is able to be equally distributed, and evenly balanced in all organs and systems. When pitta is stuck due to narrow or blocked channels, it will accumulated in a location or an organ, cause and imbalance, and then your whole body becomes prone to further imbalance involving one or more doshas!  In order to keep your channels in good health, DGL is your best friend! DGL is deglycyrrhizinated licorice – licorice from which the glycyrrhizin has been removed. Glycyrrhizin is the chief sweet-tasting constituent of the Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root. Structurally it is a saponin. The most widely reported side-effects of glycyrrhizin use is oedema (water retention). Vaidya Mishra explains that with water retention, we also retain toxins, or ama, so he recommends the use of of only DGL or Deglycyrrhizinated licorice, for its cooling and pitta pacifying properties.


What you should do to keep pitta dosha in check:

1)  apply DGL roll-on or transdermal cream as well as SuperSport ssroll-on or transdermal cream on your lower spine at night. Do a quick massage for your arms and legs before shower – daily if possible, otherwise 3-4 times per week – with Pitta Oil with Magnesium.


2) Eat four to five times a day: as soon as you wake up, have stewed pears cooked with 1-2 cloves.  If you don’t like sweets (sometimes high pitta people prefer to have protein in the morning) then you can have eggs if you are not vegetarian; otherwise some fresh home-made paneer cooked with a pitta pacifying masala mix. This will be your pre-breakfast meal. Then have full breakfast with for example: almond milk, quinoa flakes along with rose petal preserve (1 tsp.).


3) Rose is your next best friend as a high pitta! Rose pacifies all five pitta sub-doshas: ranjak, pachak, sadhak, bhrajak, alochak. You can adopt my SVA pitta tea which is balanced to cool off pitta without freezing agni. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the pitta tea mixture to 6 ounces of water, bring to a boil, cool off, and drink.


4) Eat lots of pitta pacifying foods, like: zucchini or summer squash; adopt all coconut recipes – see my SVA Health channel on YouTube; have fresh coconut water from a mature coconut – not the young green ones.


5) Make all your meals pitta pacifying by using pitta balancing ingredients and spices. Use SVA Pitta Masala – you can dry pre-toast this and carry with you and sprinkle on food you eat.


6) During summertimes, make sure you to regularly consume a rehydration drink – see my recipe below.


7) Otherwise: try to avoid exposure to sunlight during the hot hours of the day – between 10am and 2pm. You can also use my SVA  Surya Shanti cream before going out, it contains sandalwood along other ingredients to keep you cool inside out.


8)  Wear sunglasses, preferably polarized, to protect your eyes from the sun and keep alochak pitta in check.


9) Don’t eat your lunch past twelve o’clock. Before lunch and dinner, in between meals, carry and eat sweet juicy fruits like apples, blueberries, cherries, etc.


10) Sprinkle Soma Salt and Mum’s Masala on your food. Soma Salt is the most cooling of all salts. Salt can be highly pitta aggravating yet it is a necessary ingredient, and supports digestion as well. Soma Salt will give you the benefits without the aggravation. Mum’s Masala will help keep your metabolism on track. The most immediate imbalance that most pitta individuals experience is high pitta low agni, where you experience appetite without satiation and keep craving different tastes but are not able to satisfy yourself. Mum’s Masala will keep thing in check.


11) Make sure to have enough protein:  for dinner, after a hot day, it is highly balancing for a pitta type to consume a good easy to digest nourishing protein dish. Try my Green Protein Recipe, cooked with paneer or chicken; or any chicken dish cooked with pitta masala. As a high pitta, you have to feed yourself enough protein to keep things cool in your body. When you use a good pitta balancing masala along with protein, you target all five pitta sub-doshas.

12) Do not delay dinner: eat early dinner, but don’t forget to drink at least 4 oz of milk before bed. You can blend it with a date. Otherwise you can also do a glass of fresh almond milk with 1/2 tsp. of rose petal preserve before going to bed. Do not add the SVA Rose Petal Preserve to milk as it will curdle it. My Rose preserve recipe is made to balance pitta and vata so it contains some sour elements that may curdle the milk.


12) Vetiver is a wonderful aromatic herb used for cooling in the summer time. You can use the SVA Vetiver soap to cool down your cellular system, particularly at night after a long hot day.


Pitta season or the summer season could be very tough for pitta predominant people, or pitta aggravated people. By following some or all of these tips, you will not only “conquer” the summer season, but you will actually enjoy it. Your open channels will receive agni, but you will receive and carry enough soma to cool and nurture your physiology. Even in the summer time there is a lot of soma prana available to us at night after the sun sets. This way, both soma and agni energies will support each other, and because soma is main raw material for ojas (watch video here) your body will make lots of ojas. Soma is the raw material for ojas, and agni is the power of transformation. So aim for making lots of ojas this summer!



About Ojas

Raw material for Ojas is Soma.

Origin: From every transformational gaps, from the sukshma bhag of sukra and directly transferred from soma to ojas by dehaagni.

Srota and Circulation: Ovaha Srotas

Types of ojas: Param and Apar Ojas

Functions: Ojas is the connecting factor between every organ and system, connecting the inner physiology and the outer world; vital functions of the heart: Param Ojas is the glue between the Soul and the heart; keeps vata, pitta and kapha in balance.


About the Pitta Sub-Dosha-sstomach

Pachaka Pitta: Helps digest food; that is the main subdosha for pitta, and that it is located in the stomach. Pachaka Pitta is the fuel for pachaka agni (also called jatharagni), the flame that will “cook” the food.  Wherever there is pitta there is a “burner”, which is sandhi, a transformational gap where all transfomation actually takes place; in other words, it is the place where liquid pitta – which has been traveling in the body in the form of fuel ( i.e liquid soma + agni ) – is transformed for the “burner” or sandhi, into the “flame” of pure fire, agni – specifically, in the stomach into pachaka agni, which is needed to cook the food. The burner has the power to automatically produce the quantity of flame needed, and the sandhi or burner is transforming the liquid pitta in the form of fuel into flame. The food is then cooked by the “flame” (i.e, not by the liquid pitta, the fuel)


Ranjaka Pitta: Ranjaka Pitta is the fuel for the liver, and it has 5 burners or agnis. After the process of digestion of ahar, food, the plasma – or rasa dhatu –  is formed. The plasma is then “vibrationally recharged,” thereby giving the vibrational raga or “melody” to the blood – specific for that person. In other words, ranjaka pitta transforms the plasma to make blood containing the vibrationally intelligent attributes specific to that individual (e.g their blood type and other specific blood factors).


Sadhaka Pitta :  is the emotional pitta that helps us to transform or digest our emotional challenges by providing the sangyan, awareness. Sadhaka also means sadhana (spiritual practice), so sadhaka pitta has both emotional as well as spiritual aspects.


eyesAlochak Pitta : it is located in the eyes and helps you to see and feel – not just the physical sight – it is “seeing” or clearly perceiving what is real from the depth of your Consciousness. This governs the entire system of sight and perception, and it also connects us with the Light of the Soul and the mind. It connects what we see outside with the Sattva and the mind; for example, if we see a tiger and a statue of one, the actual tiger will give us the actual perception of the tiger and the statue will tell us you of its essence – this is what alochaka pitta provides for us.


Bhrajaka Pitta: Vaidya calls brajaka pitta “cellular pitta,” because it also helps to transform the cellular system.  When thbrajaka pitta gets aggravated by anything irritating  – either synthetic or natural – shleshaka kapha helps to cool and lubricate the skin and cellular system, in order to try to pacify this aggravation. That is because when bhrajaka pitta is high, it can burn shleshaka kapha, thereby causing vyana vata to become aggravated and out of control. Thus, high bhrajaka pitta causes burning, it burns shleshaka kapha, creating a condition of dryness and itching of the skin.


Re hydration Drink


16 oz. lukewarm spring water Fresh mint in closeup

1 tbsp. organic raw sugar

1/8 tsp. soma salt

1/8 tsp. roasted ground cumin

Juice of 1 whole lime

6 chopped peppermint leaves

2 pinches of nutmeg powder


Instructions: Mix altogether and drink.

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?


Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens)
Wild date seed
Root Chicory
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 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


Happy Navaratri! Here’s to new beginnings…

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms!” as a poet once said. Think about it: don’t we all live through the stories we tell ourselves in our minds? Our stories make us who we are, and we evolve as our self-woven stories evolve!
Vedic culture acknolwedges the power of stories and their role in helping us live up to our potential. One of the most important stories is the story of Navaratri, the story of victory after a fierce battle fought for 9 nights, by Shakti Devi, to liberate us from our own “pragyaparadh” – the “mistake of the intellect,” that shadow of delusion that keeps us thinking we are separate from the All, we are mortal, we are
not here to share bliss, and have more bliss!

Vaidya Mishra has been celebrating Navaratri every year, as taught to him by his maternal grandparent, since he was 14 years old. Every year, he takes time off to  complete this ancient ritual for 9 days, reciting all the chapters of the story in Sanskrit.
Tonight is the 8th night, it is the night of the final battle between Shakti Devi and the demons of delusion and self-deprecation. It is the night that concludes with joyful revelation. Tomorrow Friday is known as Vijayadashmi, the day of Victory.
Navaratri is a celebration of life and bliss! It reminds us that, despite any hardships or any challenges, we can always rise to the occasion and live in bliss, when we live life in accordance with the laws of Nature. How? Ayurveda teaches us what those laws are and how we can live in synch with the laws of Nature.
In celebration of this, and so many more wonderful vedic stories that enrich our lives, we invite you to change your story, and live up to your potential 200%!
Get inspired: watch Vaidya Mishra’s lecture from the 6th Ayurvedic SVA Cafe below.
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A testimonial on Psoriasis

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This is an excellent case history on the wonderful work we are doing for all our psoriasis patients.  This particular patient had it so bad, his hands were weeping so he had to wrap them in bandages.  His fingers were so swollen he couldn’t even close his fists.  We saw him last winter –he was on prednisone the summer before, and once he finished his round of prednisone the psoriasis and joint swelling came back with a vengeance.  This is because the underlying cause of the psoriasis was not being addressed, only pushed down deeper temporarily with the prednisone.  We see this often with many conditions which get much worse once the patient goes off the prednisone.
So I had to figure out what was causing it:  the pulse diagnosis showed me a very hot liver and the hot ama visha and gar visha toxins in several of the tissues, but I had to “play detective” and figure out where the toxins were coming from.  Once we identified all the causes in his diet and daily routine, we had him stop doing those things (like drinking a half a gallon of tea a day, and skipping and delaying meals, among other problems) he began healing.
Once we changed his diet and the herbs started to kick in, we slowly started the cleansing process, making sure the whole time that the toxins we were pulling out didn’t aggravate his skin further.  He was very compliant and followed his diet and did all his spring cleanses every week.
And in no time, his skin was looking beautiful — the sores were gone, the itching of the skin and the swelling of the joints went down.
And we finally got his immune system to regain its intelligence and stop hyper-reacting.  We give these case histories to show others the good work we are capable of doing with the SVA diet, herbs and cleansing protocols.
Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Why do you get sick in “ritu sandhi” – when the season shifts from Summer to Autumn?

In the summer time we are exposed to increased “agni” – the sun’s vicinity to the earth heats up the environment along with our bodies. In response to the heat, our channels dilate and our metabolic “agneya” organs –  liver, spleen, pancreas, stomach – carry and circulate more heat.
But as summer wanes out, and temperatures drop, our channels shrink and slow down. Then the heat accumulated over the summer gets stuck in our physiology, along with all kinds of toxins that were being evacuated freely earlier.
In particular, the already hot or “agneya” organs of the body – the spleen, pancreas, stomach, liver – feel this transition, as they get less support from the environment to process toxins. Being already overheated from the Summer season, they now have to deal with shrunk channels overloaded with toxins. When the processing of nutrients slows down due to reduced environmental agni and high pitta in the physiology, accompanied with the reduced elimination of toxins, our overall transformational agni (in the tissues and organ systems) gets impacted as well, and “apar ojas” or the finest by-product of digestion which maintains our immunity, decreases, and our immunity plummets! When our body’s natural defense is compromised, it is easier for allergens, bacteria, viruses to take over and we may end up contracting the infamous seasonal flu!
Boost your Immunity
Our bodies are exposed to infectious and viral bacteria as well as toxins on an ongoing basis, and immunity is our body’s inherent ability to resist infection by the action of specific antibodies. So the key is and remains in the maintenance and support of your immunity. In Ayurveda, immunity is called “vyadhi kshamatwa” – from vyadi: disease; and kshamat: resistance.
The Charak Samhita explains that there are 3 kinds of “vyadi kshamatwa:”
  • sahaj: innate – some people are born with stronger immunity, while others are not. The point is to take steps to avoid weakening a challenged immunity during “ritu sandhi,” while you also support it and strengthen it.
  •   kaalaj: time-bound immunity indicates that one’s immunity may wear out with the passage of time, i.e., aging, and seasonal changes – even if you have strong immunity, adjusting your diet and routine to ongoing seasonal changes will help keep it stronger;
  •    yuktakrit – addressing immunity through herbs, the adjustment of diet, balanced routine, daily or seasonal detox, etc.
The shastra-s elaborate on all 3 aspects of immunity at length with particular attention on the most challenging aspect the “sahaj” or “beej guna.” Beej guna literally means a property or quality in its seed form from the Sanskrit “beej” – seed. One may be born with great immunity or have genetic predisposition towards low or poor immunity. The shastra-s explain how to support the good predisposition and to disallow poor beej guna immunity from sprouting and taking over. Yukti, or specifically tailored protocols based on individual needs, will help balance your genetic predisposition, whether it is poor or strong: it will help keep the unwanted seeds in seed form so they are not allowed to sprout; it will support a strong “beej guna” to blossom and balance mind, body, and spirit, instead of letting it lay dormant.
The impact of the “ritu sandhi” (seasonal transition) on our immunity is discussed in thecontext of “kalaaj vyadi kshamatwa” – imbalances in the body and mind that result from time bound and seasonal changes, along with specific practical “yukti”-s or protocols that can help.
So what should you do? What “yukti”-s should you follow to avoid a cold this Autumn?
1. Mind your channels channels channels!  If you’ve practiced some SVA, you know the importance that Vaidya Mishra and SVA attribute to the channels. These are not, as some think, just the blood vessels, they are rather the micro and macro channels throughout your body, either physical or vibrational, that carry everything from food and nutrients, toxins, energy, and more. They are the “srota”-s and the “nadi”-s. During the change of season, it is important to address these first. How? Supporting your channels is easy based on following protocols tailo
red to your body’s doshic tendencies, or tendencies towards imbalance. Mind your dosha, and balance it out through daily ayurvedic protocol and diet. See the next paragraph for specific details.
2. Be dosha-wise! One size does not fit all!
You will come across a lot of “one size fits all” recommendations, at this point in time, circulating on social media pages and elsewhere. With Ayurveda, your dosha is your body’s propensity towards a specific type of imbalance. This is the best time to make the most out of this knowledge, to help you keep things under control.
If you are primarily a pitta dosha prone to inflammation, heated emotions, over-activity, and over-the-top perfectionist to your detriment, with a voracious insatiable appetite and tendency to over-eat sweets etc, do the following: keep your channels open and cool, by doing ideally daily but if not then bi-weekly self-massage or “abhyanga” with SVA Pitta Massage oil with Magnesium.
Use Shroto Shudhi Tea and Shroto Shudhi Masala at night with dinner only.
Use Pitta Masala and Pitta Tea during the daytime.
Add Wild Alma tablets to cool off all your pitta sub-doshas and boost your immunity – 1 tablet after breakfast and 1 tablet after lunch.
Add Soma Cal capsule once a day after lunch.
 Add 2 drops of Herbal Memory Fennel drops; 2 drops of Yasad or Zinc drops; 2 drops of Coriander; 1 drop of clove.
If you are primarily a vata dosha prone to dry skin, a creative yet out-of-focus mind, a capricious appetite with an unruly daily schedule and helter-skelter life-style and sleep: 
do daily body massage with Vata oil with Magnesium and Vit D. If you don’t have time to do full body, then do at least daily your limbs – arms and legs. This will make a world of a difference!
Add Shroto Shudhi Masala and Shroto Shudhi tea to your diet for lunch and dinner
Occasionally, have a cup of  Bliss and Bliss tea to keep things warm and running.
Add Wild Amla tablets twice a day – after lunch and dinner
Add the following Herbal Memory drops: 2 drops Yasad

Yasad(Zinc)Bhasma Nectar
Yasad(Zinc)Bhasma Nectar

or Zinc, 2 drops Ashwagandha, 2 drops Calm Mind.

If you are primarily a kapha dosha with the tendency to be slow to get-up and go, slower metabolism, and tendency to be blue and low, and gain weight easily: 

Do daily abhyanga massage with Ashwagandha with Magnesium oil
Cook with Medagni Masala a
t night, but Shroto Shudhi masala during the day,
Sip Shroto Shudhi tea during the day
Add Wild Amla tablets to your diet,
Add the following Herbal Memory drops: 2 drops of Black Pepper, 2 drops of Indian Sarsaparilla, 2 drops of Yasad or Zinc.
Follow a kapha pacifying diet: avoid or minimize grains (rice, wheat, even quinoa, barley), have plenty of vegetables with every meal and some light protein – lentils (masoor, mung, ku
lthi, etc) along with a few cubes of paneer – preferably during daytime, not for dinner.
Notorious Green Protein
Nourishing Green Protein
Nurture yourself – in the summertime, we allow ourselves more “soma” food – heavier, sweeter, colder – because the environment and the season support our digestion and elimination. Delicious sweet fruits high in sugar content, cold treats, desserts, salads, etc. Now is the time to switch over to a lighter balancing diet, until the temperatures really drop fully trapping in the agni in our bodies and increasing our hunger, at which point we can start to have heavier meals again as the winter season gets closer. During “ritu sandhi” it is particularly important to eat to balance your body’s tendency towards imbalance, that is: either a vata, pitta, or kapha balancing diet. Make sure to add Vaidya’s SVA Green Protein Recipe to your diet at this point in time, with extra turmeric sautéed in ghee while preparing it.
3) Mind the Cycles of Time – life is made up of cycles, small and large, hourly, daily,weekly, monthly, yearly. When we align our activities with the cycles of nature, we get the most out of our energy and productivity, plus we get full Nature’s support at every step of the way, no matter what comes our way! A balance between rest and activity is the mantra of SVA! The best way to bring your body and mind back to a balanced routine is to gently coax it through mindful exercises such as yoga and meditation. These are sister sciences of Ayurveda that help us not only stay on track, but get more out of life – more balance, more bliss, more life!
 We wish you more of all that your heart desires – welcome Autumn!  

Ease your way into Autumn with turmeric


In the SVA tradition, the channels play a central role in “ritu sandhi” – the junction between two seasons. Addressing the channels will not only make you feel better as the temperatures drop, but it will make sure you can get the most benefit out of your new seasonal diet, routine, or any herbal and spice additinos and supplements you may be introducing to stay in synch with the new season.
 In the Summer time, with the heat, our physical channels, or srota-s, get fully dilated, allowing toxins to flow out freely. As temperatures drop, channels shrink slowly but surely, giving less easy passage to toxins.
 It is important to nourish and keep the channels intelligent in the Fall, to support their health, so that when they shrink further in the winter time, we do not experience an overload of toxic build-up that will inevitably get stored.
In the Summer time, the pitta organs such as the liver, the spleen, the stomach, and pancreas accumulate more heat. The first thing to do as the seasons transition from Summer to Fall, is to cool off these organs and release their seasonally accumulated heat.
In order to ease your physiology into the autumnal detox, it is important to prep it. What are some things you can do?
1) Add turmeric to your diet: do not swallow turmeric capsules! Adding turmeric to your food is always the best way to do it.   Here is a video with Vaidya Mishra on how to use Turmeric.
2) If you’ve been slacking off on your daily body massage, now is the time to get back on track. Daily warm oil massage pacifies Vata and will help ease the transition into Autumn. With Vaidya Mishra’s unique SVA formulations you can get the benefit of transdermal turmeric. This will help the physical channels immediately as the turmeric gets absorbed seconds after application.
3) Favor less raw fruits and sweet items, to help support your immunity. Start incorporating more warm and warming food items and spice into your diet. Vaidya Mishra’s Shroto Shudhi Masala and Tea are ideal at this point in time. Shroto Shudhi Masala was

designed to support the intelligence of the channels. When combined with turmeric, you will not only keep the detox process ongoing, but you will also give a boost to your immunity. The proper use of turmeric in the diet supports the liver and its functions, and the liver is the primary detox organ. When your liver is detoxing as it should, your cellular system detox will also be optimal, then fighting against seasonal colds, the flu, or other infections becomes very easy.


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Testimonial on ADHD Insomnia

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This case history demonstrates the wonderful work we are able to do (without pharmaceuticals!) with children who are diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Insomnia and lack of attention and focus.  Again, as in all the other maladies we treat, we get to the root cause of the problem.  In these cases, you not only want to give herbs to balance out the neurotransmitters in the brain, herbs to balance out the brain functions and organize the brain for better focus, but you also want to address any and all gut issues.  In addition, we also teach the parents how to correctly feed their children to nourish the brain correctly.
We know the ancient doctors said Prana Vata (movement of thoughts through the mind) and Apana Vata (found in the abdominal region) go out of balance together.  That was over 5,000 years ago…and without the use of microscopes!  Now modern medicine in fact describes what is called the “Gut/Brain Axis”.  They say that most of the neurotransmitters that affect the brain function are actually made in the gut.  So when dealing with any issue of hyperactivity, depression, lack of focus, fears, anxiety, etc., one must look at both the gut and brain in order to have success in treating these conditions.
Unfortunately, the over-zealous use of pharmaceuticals in the early formative years disturbs the normal growth of not only the friendly bacteria in the gut, but the lining of the gut and the enzyme system as well, which is why there is an epidemic of not only ADD and ADHD, but food allergies, sensitivities and digestive disturbances in most of the children we see in our practice.
These issues are relatively easy to fix, so it is a good idea to address them as soon as possible.  Once children go into the teen years with these imbalances, the problems can blossom further, if left unattended, into more serious issues of depression and lack of zest for life, anger, aggression and suicidal tendencies.  Pharmaceuticals only exacerbate these issues.
And if the imbalances continue into the 30’s, 40’s and older, the immune system can become so imbalanced, the patient runs the risk of auto-immune problems such as Lupus, MS, Fibromyalgia and so on.
So remember, it is always easiest to fix these issues earlier rather than later.  If your child has had the full vaccination schedule and/or has ever taken some antibiotics, chances are high that these gut/brain issues need to be addressed now.   The parents we see in our practice are so happy they were able to fix their child’s ADD, ADHD and insomnia without the use of the strong and sometimes dangerous pharmaceuticals which only cover up the symptom.  They are elated we know how to address the root cause and actually fix the problem.
Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

A testimonial on Iritis

This case history is a wonderful example of how our protocols can work — even in tough cases which doctors have had no success.
This woman came into our office in March 2014 with recurring iritis.  Iritis is inflammation that affects the eye’s iris, the colored ring surrounding the pupil.  The iris is part of the middle layer of the eye (uvea) — so this condition is also sometimes called anterior uveitis.  Doctors aren’t really sure what causes it although they suspect it may result from an underlying systemic condition.
Iritis is a serious condition which left untreated could lead to glaucoma or vision loss.  However, the use of steroid drops in the eyes, which is the standard treatment for this condition, can also cause glaucoma.  This patient was treated 7 times, 7 months in a row, with steroid drops in her eyes.  It would clear up the condition, but then it would come right back, because the underlying cause of the inflammation (which was systemic — in her whole body not just the eyes) was being ignored.
Once we fixed the heat coming from the liver and the infection in her gut, two factors which were driving her inflammation, and we gave Dr. Mishra’s two great new remedies for the eyes — locally applying them around the eyes, the inflammation went down and immediately and has never come back.
I don’t want to mention the names of the remedies we used, because I don’t want anyone suffering from this condition to self-medicate — if you have this condition you should be under the care of one of the SVA doctors or Vaidya himself, because you want it treated correctly.  But I did want you to see the vast array of conditions we are able to treat thanks to the diligence of Vaidya Mishra and his staff giving us doctors in the field so many remedies to heal most of the things that walk into our busy practices.  Thank you again Vaidya for sharing your family tradition with all of us and helping us to heal so many people — so easily!


Watch video here…

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Testimonial on Facial Tics

This woman presented to our office 2 weeks ago with one of the worst facial tics I have ever seen.  Her face was constantly grimacing as I tried to take her history.  Her face would go into a huge muscle spasm/contortion and her eyes would squint closed, making it very difficult for her to drive and go to work.
All the doctors had to offer her was Xanax, which is highly addicting and doesn’t get to the root of the problem.
She was given herbs to pacify prana vata, which was extremely out of balance.  We gave Prakrit Cream to pull apana down.  She was also given magnesium to calm down the muscle spasms (and her nervous system).  And last, but not least, we put her on a program to help her regrow her friendly bacteria.  These “yoginis” as Vaidya calls them, actually make 95% of the neurotransmitters for the brain, so it’s almost impossible to calm and balance the brain without addressing this issue.
She bounced back so quickly!  Not only did her facial tic disappear in just one week, but she also had told me that before seeing us she couldn’t shut her brain down — she talked incessantly all day and couldn’t stop if she wanted to, and all night long she dreamed so much that she woke up exhausted every morning.
Her turnaround was amazing — she feels and looks so calm and now she is sleeping through the night with just normal dreams and she has actually lost the urge to talk so much and is enjoying the peace and tranquility that being silent can bring.
Thank you Vaidya for sharing your family tradition with us all so we can help so many people.  We sing your praises every day in my practice!
Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum