Why is Magnesium Necessary?

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

Conditions Caused by Magnesium deficiency

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

– cramping of the muscles, leading to

 — heartbeat arrhythmia

 — painful menstrual cycles

 — calf muscle pain (“Charlie horses”)

 — twitching of the eyelids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   Why choose Transdermal over Oral?

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

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

Why do we get low on magnesium?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clinical Application of SVA Transdermal Magnesium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Detox a Hoax?

An article running in the British The Guardian in December 2014 concluded  that much: “detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.”  

While it is true that over the past decade we have witnessed a proliferation of ineffective as well as harmful detox protocols and products on the market, it is also true that the article’s take on detoxification is elementary:

“There are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t. The respectable one […] is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.”

The problem is simple: scientists want to measure and identify the toxic substances that are making us ill, but apparently they don’t seem to know where to start: “Much of the sales patter revolves around “toxins”: poisonous substances that you ingest or inhale. But it’s not clear exactly what these toxins are. If they were named they could be measured before and after treatment to test effectiveness.”

Well then we could put aside the good work done by NGO environmentalist groups and just revert back to the time-tested ayurvedic texts, but particularly SV Ayurveda, as taught by Vaidya Mishra, the only living tradition of Ayurveda that actually goes into a detailed explanation of the 4 different types of  toxins that can accumulate in our physiology from different sources. SV Ayurveda has full protocols for identifying these toxins, as well as helping us eliminate them. In general, we know that detox is part and parcel of Ayurveda – one of the many synonyms of disease in Ayurveda is “amaya” – originating from ama. Taking care of ama, or toxins that accumulate daily, is the sure way of a healthy life according to Ayurveda.

We live in a toxic culture where our bodies are daily exposed to chemical fumes emanating from the environment we live and sleep in; a culture where we ingest highly processed foods and drinks; are driven to use personal care products that are laden with toxic preservatives, scents, and ingredients; use electric and magnetic devices that disrupt our body’s natural vibrational make-up; etc. Not to mention the acidic chemical toxic waste that our own bodies produce on a daily basis as we struggle with stress.

Our bodies are naturally programmed to detox on a daily basis, and come equipped with detox pathways. As the article also mentions: “The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak, […]There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.” Ayurveda, however, offers a much more refined and holistic perspective on detox, as well as diet, daily regimens, and seasonal and other detox protocols that do and can help make a healthy body work better. And nothing, but nothing, beats daily detox! Daily detox through skin(sweating), urination, and bowel movements. Making sure you not only have at least one daily bowel movement (ideal is two!), but are also fully evacuating toxic buildup is key to your optimal health. In this sense, colon detox and colon health (though colonics, colon irrigation or flushing, etc) have also become very popular amongst the health-conscious population.

Vaidya Mishra’s stand on these is conclusive: you must not adopt any of these short-cut cleansingmethods because even as they may flush out accumulated toxins, they deplete our gut of its friendly bacteria. Our brains thrive on the health of our colons. Maintaining a healthy colon is key, as Vaidya Kameshwar Mishra, Vaidya Mishra’s father used to say: “the brain of our brain lies in our gut!” If we can take care of our daily bowel movements, making sure we are following a diet that suits our body types, then we can skip the confusing detox isles in the health food stores, heading straight to our happiness! In general, Triphala, made of 3 fruits as its name indicates, is a safe and effective daily non-habit forming supplement for supporting colon health. However, Ayurveda has much to offer in terms of colon health. 
Vaidya Mishra explains that in Ayurveda, colons can be categorized into three types. A colon is called “kostha” in Sanskrit. Identifying your colon type will give you the advantage of managing it better, and improving your daily detox needs. See which type below best describes your bowel tendencies.

The three kinds of colons or “kostha“-s are:

mridu kostha: individuals who are usually not constipated, have a proper daily stool, softer (unless they eat salty, dry or drying, foods which absorb more water and result in increased absorption and there dryer stool). For people with this bowel tendency, Vaidya recommends only soft, gentle products to support the bowel movements. For example, prune or tamarind chutney (recipes available in the detox booklet), taken at night with dinner, 1-2 tablespoons. In addition 1 tablet of Prakrit at night, along with DGL or Prakrit cream on the spine before bed will further support and help this bowel type.

madhya kostha: second category or type of bowel is called madhya kostha where a person can easily experience harder stools, has the tendency of getting harder stool due to stress, lack of sleep, not eating on time, eating drying foods, too salty or pungent food. These individuals need to maintain a proper SVA diet, consuming chutneys on a regular basis, as well as  add 2-4 tablets of Prakrit at night. Sometimes Prakrit will not be enough, then they can add SVA LAX (mild) – 1 capsule before bed. Probiotic support is essential for a healthy colon. A mixture of 20% yogurt with 80% water, blended with a couple of pinches of Soma Salt in one glass of water will help. Add 1/4 tsp of Mums Masala for added support and flavor and drink only with lunch, never dinner. In addition, Prakrit Transdermal cream before bed on the spine, to connect the mind with the colon will help re-instate the intelligence of the colon even faster and more efficiently.
kroor kostha: the third type is called kroor kostha. Kroor means difficult. Individuals with this type of colon tend to experience hard stools, and when they eat dry or drying foods that may contain too much salt, or they sit for long periods of time, or they do not drink enough water, it makes their bowel movements even more difficult. The following protocol is good for them, and will not give them any side effects – such as Senna leaf, or Castor oil, or Cascara Sagrada. All these ingredients, while they might help, are very habit forming and detrimental for the colon in the long-run. The colon loses its intelligence, it forgets to fulfill its own function and comes to depend on these plants. There are specific protocols for individuals who have this bowel tendency. The proper SVA diet, eating more cooked leafy greens, drinking extra water, consuming 2-4 tablespoons of prune and tamarind chutney at night, 4-6 tablets of Prakrit before bed, and applying Prakrit and Anushudhi Transdermal creams on the lower abdomen before bed. If Prakrit tablets do not help, they can try 1 capsule of SVA LAX.

Special note for high pitta individual: sometimes, when the individual  is high pitta type, or the colon has accumulated more heat (this can be assessed through an ayurvedic consultations), regardless of the colon type or tendency, then along with the lunch yogurt drink (which is ideal for all 3 colon types), they should only use the High Pitta Triphala tablets to pacify the pitta of the body and pitta of the colon. Start with one capsule and go up to 4 capsules per night. In addition to the High Pitta Triphala Capsules, a pitta- pacifying diet (minimize sour, pungent, and salty foods) should be followed, while pitta masala and pitta tea would make a great addition. It is important to always use a good salt, such as Soma Salt. Consuming sweet lassi with 20% yogurt and 80% water, add a teaspoon of 1/2 tsp of rose petal jam, or toasted fennel in 1 glass of water is also recommended. In addition, applying DGL on the colon and the liver before bed will also help.

Why Oil yourself for Detox?

Bitter detox oil

The ancient ayurvedic sages knew that a lot of toxins are lipid soluble. Without the availability of our modern technology they understood that many toxins settle their residence in the fat tissue and gets carried and dispersed through the fat molecules. In this sense, the fat tissue and fat molecules of the body easily become the host for these fat soluble toxins. When allowed to sit for extended periods of time, these toxins may cause irreversible damage.


When Vaidya formulates an herbal massage oil, he extracts the lipid soluble molecules of the herbs into the oil and couples them in such a way that they carry a detoxifying or “shodhana” effect along with the nurturing, “santharpana” and pacifying “shamana” properties.

This week we highlight the launch of Vaidya’s 3 new body massage oils: the Pitta with Magnesium, Turmeric with Magnesium, and Bitter Detox Massage oil. Pitta with magnesium

Why Magnesium? Magnesium is an oil-soluble mineral which has all three desired properties that support the overall health of the body: shodhana santharpana and shamana. Vaidya’s new oils have been formulated to supply santharpana and shamana in order to avoid unbalanced uncontrolled detox or shodhana. Whenever you do a detox program and you pull out and evacuate toxins, you have to replace those toxins with nutrients in order to  complete the process. In addition, you need to pacify the specific subdoshas that you may have imbalanced through that de-tox. These oils have been formulated to address your daily safe and effective detox through balanced herbal synergies.

These oils also contain a perfect selection of essential oils – all 100% natural. These essential oil act like “yog-vahi”s, they are the carriers that transport the herbal molecules into the nooks and crannies of your system faster and more effectively.turmeric with magnesium

It is best to use any of these massage oils in the morning. Warm a bottle up in your sink under running hot water, then apply in the palm of your hand and massage your extremities and body (if using the Bitter Detox oil, apply only below the knees and elbows, or only the feet). Leave on for 20 minutes then shower off.

Recipe for daily detox with Moringa leaves


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Spring and summer are the season for fresh Moringa leaves. Asian grocery stores carry them on a regular basis, as these are also part of the asian diet. They sell them in big bunches wrapped in plastic.  One bunch will contain many branches with plenty of leaves that can easily last you 2-3 weeks. DSC03565

Take away the amount of leaves that you need to consume for the next few days, and leave the rest on the branches, wrap again in the plastic wrapper and tightly seal to maintain optimal freshness. You can cook your leaves as a stand-alone green vegetable, this will go very well with a side of quinoa or some rotis (indian flat-breads).

Here is a tasty SVA recipe:

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Rinse your moringa leaves nicely with cool water and set aside

  • warm your pan
  • add 1 tsp Mum’s Ghee, or Organic Grapeseed oil (if you are trying to detox your fat tissue and want a lighter lipid base). Grapeseed oil is a very healthy substitute with a high smoke point and a very aromatic flavor.
  • add 1/2 tsp turmeric powderDSC03573
  • add fresh ginger or chilies – if you are not high pitta, these are very good to add to your Moringa as they will help open the channel to support Moringa in reaching deep- tissue residing toxins.
  • Next add your moringa leaves, stir so as to coat nicely with the oil and the turmeric.
  • Lower your flame to a minimum, then add some water to your cooking moringa and let it cook nice and slow to a dark green color. It is important to cook your leaves properly and not consume them raw so you get full benefit of the nutrients and do not make ama or toxins from half cooked Moringa.
  • Let your Moringa cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • DO NOT ADD SALT. You may find that Moringa is salty enough on its own due to its high nutrients’ content. You can decide after the cooking if you would like to add a pinch for your tastebuds. Remember: it is always best to minimize or completely remove salt, even Soma Salt, from your meals when you are trying to detox.

If you do not have access to fresh Moringa leaves, then you can use any of Vaidya Mishra’s formulations with Moringa. SVA Moringa powder mixtures are organic, and originate from India. The Moringa Soup Mix in addition contains spices that are balancing for all doshas, and a delicious mix to your lentils or vegetables.moringasoupmix
The Moringa powder can be added to be cooked with your vegetables at the initial stage when you are warming up the turmeric and the masalas in the oil before adding your protein and your vegetables.
Alternative, you can also use the Moringa tea during the day. It is easy to make and carry and sip on throughout the day.

Moringa Leaves for detox and Nourishment

Moringa leaves come to us with a big profile!Moringa-Oleifera copy
7 times more Vit C than an orange
3 times more potassium than a banana
3 times the amount of iron found in almonds
25 times more iron than in spinach
4 times more calcium than what is in milk
2 times more protein than what is in milk
47 different antioxidants

Moringa has been dubbed the plant or tree that redefines superfood!

Superfoods are substances (fruits, berries, plants) packed with high doses of nutrition – vitamins and nutrients. Current research on Moringa is being conducted to see how it can help with: anemia, asthma, arthritis, constipation, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, gastritis, intestinal ulcers, heart conditions, headaches, high blood pressure, inflammation, kidney stones, thyroid disorders, infections, sex drive, athlete’s foot, warts, dandruff, snake bites and gingivitis. Even for helping stimulate immunity and breast milk production.
But Vaidya Mishra reminds us that Moringa has been used in Indian culture for thousands of years! It is one of the healthiest vegetables because in addition to its nutritional content, it carries 2 essential properties: detoxification and nurturing.
In Sanskrit, moringa is known as shigru – arrow. This is because it has the intelligence to penetrate deep into the tissues and reach the bone tissue, traveling in and deep like an arrow, to mobilizing and pulling out toxins from the bone, and releasing them from the body. It thrives there where other plants and ingredients fail.
Although the plant’s many parts are used – leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit and even bark – in the Vedic tradition, the leaves are particularly favored in cooking, for daily nourishment and detoxification, alone or with some lentils (mung or masoor preferably).
SVA recommends using it daily for nourishment and detoxification because it is very effective in ridding the bone tissue of accumulated toxic waste. Since it targets the bone tissue, it is then also good for the blood and fat tissue – toxins travel through the blood, the muscle and then the fat before reaching the bone as one is built on the other. As a side-benefit, moringa also supports the detoxification of the liver.
There are also some additional benefits of consuming Moringa on a regular basis:
It is great for eyes, skin – it detoxifies the skin and nourishes the eyes
It can help lower cholesterol since it supports the liver and purifies the fat tissue
It can help with joint pain resulting from the local accumulation of toxins because its primary action is to detoxify tissues, particularly the fat tissue
Long-term use supports our immune system.
It is tridoshic – balancing for vata, pitta, and kappa – however, if you are a high pitta body type, make sure to always cook it with a pitta pacifying masala. Alternately, you can use the SVA Moringa Soup Mix which has been formulated to be balancing for all three doshas.

CONTRAINDICATION: do not consume any moringa items or products during pregnancy  as it may cause a miscarriage. If you are breastfeeding, you should also avoid Moringa, because of its detoxifying nature. In addition, it will make your milk very bitter and unpalatable for your infant.