The Benefits of Iron for Health through SV Ayurveda

Iron is an important necessary ingredient in our blood. But do you specifically know how many ailments and imbalances it can address? Long before we could scientifically study the importance of iron for our body’s overall health, its health benefits were already well known by the ancient sages. One 16th century text called “Rasa Tarangini” covers the topic of mineralogy in Ayurveda exhaustively. I will be using it to describe the health benefits of iron for day to day modern life. Here is one verse:
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Properties and health benefits of Iron!
As the verse above explains, iron in sanskrit is called “loha.” In terms of quality, it is rough and dry. Its taste is sweet, but it carries a post-digestive bitter taste. Its vidhya, or potency, is cooling and heavy. It is also astringent, stimulating and supports weight-reduction.
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In addition, the verse explains that iron is very good for the eyes. It is invigorating, and supports sexual stamina. It corrects imbalances of the stomach and helps eliminate pitta and kapha related imbalances!
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Furthermore: it enhances the skin’s complexion, supports the mind’s functioning: dhi – power of learning, dritti – power of retaining, and smritti – power of recall. Iron supports virility in men, and the overall body. When used properly, it can address many imbalances and diseases.
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In another verse of the Rasa Tarangini (Chapter 20 Verse 84), we read:
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This verse explains that loha, or iron, enhances the digestive power, supports the body and rejuvenates it. It helps correct chronic skin problems. Nourishes and thus supports the body in its fight against tumors, bacteria. Iron maintains optimal hemoglobin levels, even as it enhances fat metabolism. Iron is great for sugar metabolism; helps one get rid of nausea; supports the lungs. It also helps optimize the properties of different herbs, thus acting like a “yogavahi” – it helps carry and deliver herbs to their destination faster and more efficiently in the cellular system.
Yet another verse explains:
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This verse says that iron can be as fierce as a lion when ridding the body of herpes. Iron can help with chronic pain conditions, supports the liverbody’s inner vitality, and addresses chronic inflammatory conditions. It can help with several liver disease conditions. It also helps with hemorrhoids.
Another verse says:
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This verse explains that iron helps with chronic problems of absorption, chronic inflammation of the glands in the neck. In addition, it supports the menstrual flow, and pacifies inflammation in the kidneys. Iron supports the heart, and helps the body fight combat chronic fever.
In verse number 89, we read that:
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This verse explains that iron is good for diabetic conditions, that it supports and nourishes the
muscle tissue, and nurtures the female body against overall decay after childbirth.
Verse 90 says that:
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This sutra explains that iron helps heal the throat, helps with rheumatoid arthritis. It can also have a healing effect on liver related fistulas, when used in combination with different proper herbs. Iron can help heal sinusitis, and hyperacidity.
In verse 92, we read that:
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During puberty, iron can help go with hormonal balance, allowing for a smoother puberty, in terms of the menstrual cycle. It can also be used to help support and heal the duodenum, and balance the flow of blood.
Verse 93 says that: iron helps blood supply to the nerves, it helps give better deeper sleep for anemics, it supports the bone tissue in rheumatoid arthritis individuals, and helps maintain the bone tissue by supporting the detox of amavisha, or virulent toxins from it.
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Even more, in verse 94, we read that it helps relieve fatigue from the body, enhances overall mental strength, supports hemoglobin levels for women in menopause, specially if there is significant blood loss during menopause.
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In verse 95, we read that iron helps with imbalances created by the weakness of the nervous system.
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And there are still many more verses covering the benefits of iron for the human physiology, when it is used properly, and with the synergisticbhring raj
combination of other ayurvedic herbs.
You will also have noticed that these ancient verses list all the possible benefits of iron, specially all the ones modern medicine has also delineated for us. In my SVA lineage, we use iron in combination with distinct additional ayurvedic herbs, for added benefit as well as for targeting distinct conditions and situations. Currently, I have made available a total of 4 kinds of iron Herbal Memory Nectar drops, to address the general deficiency of iron, as well as for advanced specific needs.
SVA Loha and Maha Loha Herbal Memory Nectar Drops
The first two are SVA Loha and Maha Loha, These are identical formulas, except that Maha Loha carries a four times higher quantity or concentration of iron molecules than the regular version, made specifically for those who need the higher concentration. The following herbs are also added to enhance the absorption and delivery of the iron molecules. In addition to loha, these

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formulas contain the following ingredient-wise properties:

Bhring raj (Eclipta alba) is a famous ayurvedic herb that helps enhance the intelligence of the liver and thus supports the physiology so it can properly metabolize and use iron.
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) I add so as to enhance the intelligence of the iron molecules to be delivered to the bone marrow.
Bhumi amla (Phyllantus niruri) to nourish and enhance the intelligence of liver
Mahasudarshan churn is a classical formula that contains a great number of different ingredients. It supports the intelligence of the liver as well as the detox of the liver.
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Green cardamom pods (Cardamomum) to enhance the efficacy of iron.

Wild amla (Phyllantus emblica) enhances to absorption of the iron molecules, and secures their delivery into the muscle tissue
Triphala is made up of Amla (Phyllantus emblica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). I add this to prevent from the common possible side effect of iron: constipation.
SVA Amla Loha
This specific formula is called “Dhatri Loha” in classical Ayurveda. The word “dhatri” is almost identified with the name amla, because of the health- bestowing properties of the fruit. The literal meaning of “dhatri” is: that which gives, that which takes care of, that which is – in its Screenshot 2015-08-03 12.49.30giving nature – like a nurturing, sustenance-giving, woman! In this formula the amla is added in very high potency to enhance the absorption and use of iron, and give it the potency of heme iron. Scientific studies have confirmed the ancient ayurvedic knowledge which states that in the presence of ascorbic acid, the potency and delivery of iron becomes as powerful as heme iron. However, the embellic acid contained in the amla plant is even more potent than ascorbic acid, and it empowers the iron even further. In addition, amla enhances protein synthesis, so this protein synthesis property of amla, synergistically combined with iron, acts as a highly nurturing formulation for the muscle tissue. I have also added DGL in good quantity in the formula to help pacify and keep overall pitta of the liver and stomach in check.
SVA Guduchi Loha
Guduchi is a very famous herb used to enhance and support the intelligence of all seven physical bodily tissues. It is ideal when used for targeted delivery to the bone marrow. Countless scientific studies have also found that Guduchi can boost the immune system. Guduchi is a very balanced herb for nurturing and detoxifying, so in this formula along with iron, I’ve synergistically added enough quantities of guduchi, so that the micromolecules of iron can reach the bone marrow. In addition, ginger, “pippali,” and black pepper together make up a very ancient Screenshot 2015-08-03 12.49.46formula called “trikatu.” Trikatu is the best “yogavahi,” a product or herb that facilitates targeted delivery for greater faster effectiveness. I have
also added a SVA formulation called “Soma Shakti” to these drops. This is a classical formula whose main ingredient is shilajeet. The ayurvedic shastras say that adding shilajeet to the iron bhasma makes the iron more potent and useful for the body.
These two formulas contain nano-particles of iron, infused in the intelligence of the herbs, spices and essential oils found in the formula. These two formulas are very potent; however, for best results, use under the guidance of a SVA expert.
Disclaimer: the description of herbs, plants, ingredients, and combinations offered in the above articles and verses are meant for educational purposes only. If you have, or suspect you have, any medical condition, check with your medical doctor or physician before using any of the herbs or products mentioned above to your daily protocol.

Ayurvedic Perspective on Pain Management

 


Whether chronic or short-term, pain affects more than a 100 million Americans today. We tend to suppress or ignore mild pain, because we need to keep going with our deadlines! That is, until pain comes back to haunt us, becomes chronic and disrupts our routine, our sleep, our lives. Pain management experts in our culture use different remedies ranging from medication to surgery. But most of the time, the pain either persists, or resurfaces in different ways, turning into a life-long condition.
Ayurveda acknowledges all kinds of pain and categorizes the types and sources accordingly. It is an in-depth topic and needs to be handled holistically. With SV Ayurveda, we use the classical texts for reference, the SVA lineage for its practical experience, and my personal experience of teaching and working with Ayurveda in the West for the past 20 years.

Pain can go by different names in Ayurveda:

-Vedana

-Peeda

-Tod

-Ruja

-Shool
In general, there are 2 main categories:

 

1. NIJ: biological or internal pain that originates from within the body. This could be due to doshic imbalances or accumulation, toxic build-up, inflammation, etc. A sedentary lifestyle, ongoing mental stress, a poor diet, etc can all contribute to bodily imbalances that can result in pain.

2. AGANTUJ : pain that originates from without or outside the body which includes: xenobiotics or exposure to toxic chemical fumes; events that cause physical and mental trauma; EMF or other electromagnetic fields that disrupt the physiology’s subtle flow of prana, as well as clog and damage the physical channels, tissues, and organs. 
Based on the hetu, the etiological factor of pain, the above conditions can create pain in four possible areas of our bodies:

 

in the shrotas or physical channel,

in the nadi-s vibrational channels,

in the angas, organs and organ systems,

in the the dhatus or tissues.
Based on the ayurvedic shastras, dis-ease goes through several stages of gestation before it reaches its final 6th irreversible stage. Similarly, unaddressed minor pain travels from one dhatu or tissue to another, diving deeper into the physiology, until it becomes chronic and may be impossible to address without major medical or surgical intervention. The deeper pain is allowed to travel, the more difficult it becomes to treat as it involves more aspects of our physiology. For example, when the pathogenic factors, whatever they might be, reach the bone marrow, this is the case for cancer conditions, then it becomes very difficult to manage even with the most powerful pain management processes of modern medicine.
 With SV Ayurveda, we categorize the management of pain into easy steps.

A) First find the hetu, the root cause of pain. Hetu-based or etiological-factor based assessment, whether created by the imbalance in the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), or the subdoshas (5 vata, 5 pitta, 5 kapha), or resulting from blocked detox channels, due to ama, or amavisha. First determine whether the inflammation the individual is experiencing was created by external trauma; or garavisha (xen

obiotics); or is it due to the wear-and-tear in the channels; or is EMF disturbing the vibrational channels, sandhi-s or gaps? Or are the marma points clogged and toxically loaded?

In general, aching superficial overall pain means blockage or inflammation in the rasa and rakta channels or nadi-s, sandhi-s, whereby which marma points become compromised.  There are many ways of addressing this. Changing one’s diet and adjusting the work/rest routine are always recommended, but there are also herbs that can help through transdermal detox to alleviate pain. The following SVA management tips normally work very well, particularly in the presence of toxins, or imbalances, given that they have not gone beyond the mamsa dhatu or muscle tissue. I will discuss things further during our upcoming SVA cafe in the third week of June 2015. But, for now, the following protocol is safe and effective for general aching pain. Please note: any individual experiencing long term chronic pain, or known to carry a disease or condition resulting in pain must consult with their physician before adopting this or any SVA protocols or products.
General Body Aches: Use my “Detox and Relax bath pouches.” Massage your body with Vata massage oil with Magnesium and Vit D. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then take a bath with the bath pouches. Soak in for 10-15 minutes, then shower. This will help burn away and eliminate the ama of the physical channels, releasing the toxins from the body into the bath water.
The detox bath pouches contain magnesium, but not just that. The magnesium that we use is not just magnesium chloride from a natural source, but it is synergistically blended with different ayurvedic herbs that give it added potency. Magnesium has three unique properties: it nourishing , detoxifying and according to Ayurvedic principles, it also acts as a “yogwahi,” in other terms, it has sharp penetrating molecules that help it travel deep, specially when combined with other herbs, into deeper tissues, for deeper

 cleansing. This is why the SVA Detox and Relax bath pouches uses Magnesium along with the other ingredients, such as:
Moringa Oleifera leaf powder : a great detoxing and nurturing leaf with a long list of health-balancing properties

Lavender (Lavandula Officinalis) to relax

Neem (Azadirachta indica) for deeper and holistic cellular detox
Indian Kino leavesIndian Sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus indicus) to pull out toxins from the fat tissue
Turmeric with magnesium,  turmeric balances the sharpness of magnesium, and magnesium helps take turmeric deeper into the tissues for detox
Likewise all my magnesium formulas: the Pitta oil with magnesium, the Vata oil with Magnesium and Vit D, the Ashwagandha oil with Magnesium all are based on Ayurvedic principles. You can read more on www.chandika.com
After the bath, apply DGL cream on specific areas like the calf muscles, or the joints.  First try DGL followed by SuperSport cream or roll-on. DGL will neutralize the inflammatory tendencies, and SuperSport will open the channels further and release the toxins that are causing the pain. 
Joint Pain:  use DGL and Maha Kanchanar cream. Apply on all joints and massage in gently in a circular movement twice a day.
Ayurvedic pharmacopeia offers a wide range of herbs that are used to address pain. When combined together into a synergistic blend, they can have a more potent effect for acute pain. I have gathered these herbs into one formula, currently called “HN Cream.” It can be used all over the body – except sensitive areas such as the eyes, ears, or open orifices –  on the knees, calf muscles or any painful area.
The HN cream contains the following ingredients that have been scientifically studied to carry specific pain relieving properties.
Gandh Prasarini  

Botanical name: Paederia Foetida

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Anticancer, Hepatoprotective
This plant is very powerful vata pacifying herb. It cleans the blood tissue and pacifies shleshak kapha. It opens the channels and binds the toxins, taking them out. It also repairs the wear-and-tear of the channels created by the toxins. It’s most unique property is that it is three-dosha pacifying, nurturing the channels and reestablishing their intelligence.

Nirgundi

Botanical Name: Vitex nigundo

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic
This ingredient is particularly helpful for pacifying Vyana vata and Sleshaka kapha. It pacifies through cleansing the cellular system, relieving it of pain through its anti-inflammatory action, and by reestablishing the intelligence of the channels.

Sensitive plant

Biophytum Sensitivum Linn.

Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, sedative and tonic properties, antimicrobial

Sensitive Plant repairs the nerves, addresses inflammation by taking care of purifying the blood, and repairing cellular damage.
Brahmi

Bacopa Monnieri

Properties: For anxiety, backaches, joint pain, anti-stress

There are two brahmi plants, with distinct properties. One is called “mandukparni.”This is known as “gotu kola.” The other is Bacopa monnieri, also called “aindri.” Both are good for detoxifying the cellular system, and reestablishing its intelligence. Brahmi is particularly good for the nervous system, to help it calm down, and thus prevent inflammatory pain that may be resulting from stress.
Holy basil 

Ocimum Tenuiflorum

Analgesic, anticancer, antidiabetic, anti-stress, antifungal, for coughs, headaches, skin disorders, common cold
The Ayurvedic shastras know this plant to be light in its cellular property as well as warming. It thus burns the excessive sliminess of the channels, supporting the digestive and metabolic fire to burn away the ama or semi-digested food material. At the same time, it evacuates toxins. This herb is considered a divine healing herb in Ayurveda, it helps connect the vibrational and physical channels for optimal communication when used on the marma points. Its properties are enhances when used along with peppermint, ajwain, and camphor.


Peppermint

Mentha Piperita

Properties:  Anti-microbial, antioxidant, antiallergic

Increases cellular agni , burns ama, clears the channels, pacifies kapha and vata, and relieves pain associated with those doshas.
Ajwain 

Trachyspermum Ammi

Properties: Antibacterial, nematicidal
The Shastras explain that there can be no pain without vata aggravation, no vata aggravation without blockage in the physical and vibrational channels. Ajwain is very famous for burning away physical ama which blocks the physical channels, creatingpain. Ajwain pacifies vata and kapha, helps digestion food better, so no ama is made through  improper digestion. Ajwain has the power go to the deepest level of cellular system, to cleanse and reset things.
Camphor

Cinnamomum Camphora

Properties: Relives pain, reduces itching, counterirritant, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative


Being pungent and bitter, with a sweet after-effect, Camphor is perfect for pacifying  sleshak kapha and bhrajak pitta together. It carries the unique property of pulling out toxins from the cellular system, and that’s how it cools off the cellular system. It also opens the physical channels and supports the vibrational channels, due to its unique channel-opening quality.
At our last SVA Conference this May, course participants became very fond of the HN cream. They applied it for aches and pain on marma points as well as on their joints, shoulders, neck area. It is a very potent cream that is versatile in its use. Help us find a good name for it, enter our Namkaran competition. See below for more details.
Learn more about pain and its management at our upcoming SVA Cafe in June. See you at the Prana Center in Chatsworth California, or join us over the phone, live!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

80% Fennel

20% Ajwain

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

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

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

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.

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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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

Summer Days with Vaidya

By Bonita Carol

August 5 2014

Last week I was fortunate to have spent some quality time with Vaidya and Malvika. I had been feeling under the weather for a few months and needed to get my Ayurvedic batteries recharged.   I knew in my heart that there is no better way to do this than be with the source of Ayurvedic knowledge, my teacher, friend, and healer and to surround myself with nourishing open hearted people like Malvika. I also wanted to learn more and refine my skills as a SVA Educator. What was intended to just be a few days turned into a full week, just enough to detox and restore me back to health and engage my curiosity.

Confessions of confections. This past year I developed some dietary habits that contributed to UTI, fatigue, and unnatural menopause symptoms. I moved to Berkeley California a few months prior and became addicted to Arizmendi Bakery on Shattuck Ave. eating their morning buttery scones filled with warm and melty chocolate pieces and drank it often with coffee. I have never been a coffee drinker, but my fatigue led me to it. I was also trying out all the new cafes and eating out a lot. In addition, a friend from Italy had gotten me into a Gelato craze. I basically ate everything that I was not used to eating. I had gotten lazy and bored with my Ayurvedic diet. I was taking my good health for granted. All this sugar was starting to harm my health.

  I had no idea of what to expect as I was approaching the Prana Center. It’s been my past experience (over 15 years) with working with Vaidya and Malvika that every moment is spontaneous and plans have a way of changing from hour to hour mostly because they are very generously taking care of so many people’s health, creating new products, and managing the Prana Center. So I went without expectation and an open mind. What I received was more than I imagined.

Aromatherapy: Upon arriving, the Prana Center was literally buzzing with the sound of  spices and herbs being ground. The smell of fresh aromatic cardamom filled the air. Then came the odor of sweet ground coriander, pungent clove, and cumin one by one. Vaidya said they make a new batch of Mum’s masala every two weeks so the flavors and benefits are maximum. Blanca offered me a cup of their newest tea, called Bliss and BlissTea. And after my 6 ½ hour drive from Berkeley, I started to revive.

Rare herbs: I did not realize that Vaidya has over 250 single herbs on hand, including some rare and very difficult to find herbs that were painstakingly difficult to find and were researched for authenticity by his son Raj who now lives in India. They don’t go through any middlemen and deal directly with the growers to avoid any scam. Vaidya said he must have all of these herbs in order to make his special formulas. He does not accept any herb that is partial, old, or in question. There are absolutely no

compromises on the quality of the products that he formulates. He is very strict about this. Each ingredient has certain requirements and standards. They must have maximum prana, which means they are fresh and free from chemicals and pesticides. And of course, it has to be the correct herb. There are so many artificial and similar herbs that are not actually the correct herb. For example, Ashoka. There are many types of Ashoka. The Ashoka he had received on the day I arrived was from a pure source. That is why the products when used properly, have such health transforming affects. And that is why the products are also more costly.

I also learned that the herbal formulas, in particular the herbal memory nectars work better when you follow the SVA diet. If you are going to eat junk food and take the nectars, then it’s not going to be as effective. You can’t just take herbs. You have to do the whole program. By the way, Vaidya took my pulse and then looked right at me and said, “No more eating out”. Of course I had not confessed my sins to him, but the pulse never lies….

Yummy Food: Vaidya and Malvika would not let me eat out and there was no kitchen for me to cook as I was staying at a hotel. So, they fed me.   And they fed me good. Each day they generously shared the most delicious and heavenly food. Malvika and Vaidya cook their meals consisting of rice cooked with whole cardamom pods, dahl sprinkled with lime juice, and a variety of succulent healing vegetables such as green papaya with Loki sauteed with mum’s ghee, curry leaves, a variety of spices including their new Garcinia masalas, nagaimo (which really tastes like potato minus the starch!), roti, bitter melon, paneer cubes toasted in mum’s ghee and mum’s masala and one day she made fresh moringa leaves. The dahl always had a new and distinct flavor that was crafted and created in their kitchen with divine assistance.   Most of all there was a whole lot of love in the food. I felt I was in heaven eating such an abundance of delicious food that was healthy, nourishing, and detoxifying as well. After one week of eating Malvika’s food, my UTI disappeared and that was without taking herbs and of course no sugar.  My eyes looked clearer and I started to feel energetic. What they reminded me of is that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Now, it’s a week since I have been home and cooking all the dishes she showed me.  There are so many spice combinations that make a big difference and variety of dishes. This food is life changing.

Bad Vibes Be Gone: One issue that I have is that I do not do well sleeping in hotel rooms. And I was even considering not coming to visit Vaidya and Malvika because I would have to stay in one. I think Vaidya must have read my mind because on that first day, I was introduced to his product called Tribindu. It is an ancient blend of essential oils that contain the highest quality camphor, ajwain, peppermint, and tulsi oil with a spray top. You spray it all over the hotel room and under the furniture. I could not believe it; all the odd hotel vibes just went away and I felt the room was transformed. It’s also good as a mosquito repellent. As a de-decongestant if you feel you are coming down with a cold or have an itchy throat. And so many other things! I will never travel without Tribindu again.

Darshan: The highlight of my trip was receiving darshan from the SVA lineage. I had never been in Vaidya’s office. The feeling in that room was really heavenly, like there were angels in the room. Not to sound corny, but it’s true. The room has bookshelves filled with books on health and Vedic literature. He started to tell some stories from when he was with Maharishi, how he read a passage to him, from the Charaka Samhita about how drinking hot water 24/7 is not good for people who suffer from hemorrhaging, menses, and seizures. He said he was reading it from his Grandfather’s copy of the Charak. I asked him if he still had a copy of his Grandfather’s book. And yes, in fact he did. He pulled out a very old book written in Sanskrit. Below is a photo of us getting the blessing from his Grandad’s copy of the Charaka Samhita. Also pictured is Daria, who is helping Vaidya organize the Pulse and Marma E-course that currently has more than 90 participants. It was lovely to meet her.

End of trip: as all goods things have to come to an end, I had to pick up my things and head back home. But I did not leave before purchasing a whole bunch of SVA products for my daughter and myself. Unique ayurvedic formulations like Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12 that are applied trans-dermally, not taken orally, for maximal efficiency and safety, to help bypass the liver and other organs that we usually tend to tax due to bad diet and stress. I also made sure to get some of the newest cooking masalas or spice blends with Garcinia cambogia, and of course, Ashoka Transdermal, Ashoka memory nectar, and a few more nectars. Vaidya put me on a new protocol and I am not only feeling happier but I am more energized. I did not get to purchase their Sweet Orange and Mango chutney that bursts with amazing flavor – it’s their best-seller and always runs out! I will get that on my next trip. Thank you Vaidya and Malvika for the much needed love and healing.