Frequently Asked Questions on How to Make the Most of Maharishi Ayurveda Supplements
Over the years we've received hundreds of questions about how to take MAPI herbal supplements for the most effective results. Here are some of the frequently asked questions and their answers. Whether you're new to our MAPI family or have been taking our supplements for years, there is always something new to learn.
Q: Why should I take Maharishi Ayurveda herbs?
A: Maharishi Ayurveda supplements contain high-quality herbs that are combined into potent formulas to correct the underlying imbalance in the physiology, without causing side effects. Instead of just treating the symptoms, these formulations aim to enliven balance in the physiology and eliminate the root cause of the problem.
Q: I have many symptoms. Which herbs should I start taking first?
A: In Maharishi Ayurveda, we consider symptoms to be like the fruits of a tree. In most cases, there is a common root. There are primary and secondary imbalances. Ayurveda tries to address the primary imbalance first. Treating the secondary imbalances might bring relief, but that is only partial treatment.
To take the guesswork out of the problem, see a Maharishi Ayurveda expert (vaidya) who can determine the root cause of the problem, and address all of your symptoms.
Once you consult an ayurvedic expert, he or she can explain which foods and lifestyle habits are causing your imbalance. By knowing the cause, you can avoid the cause. Avoiding the causal factor itself is half the treatment.
As part of your consultation with an ayurvedic expert, you'll receive recommendations that are designed for your body type, imbalances, and age — and which take into account the current season and even the time of day. If you can follow the recommended diet and daily routine, and at the same time avoid the underlying causal factors (i.e. foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate your condition), over time, balance will be restored. When your mind, body and emotions are functioning in balance, you will have no need for herbal formulas!
Digestion is also a key factor in restoring balance and strengthening immunity. Thus in most cases, the ayurvedic expert will make recommendations for strengthening digestion. Once these functions are restored, the body begins to function in a more balanced way.
Q: How many imbalances can I correct at the same time?
A: Focusing on one or two imbalances at a time is best. Start with those imbalances that bother you the most. Sometimes, you may find that in clearing those up, some secondary imbalances get addressed as well.
Q: How many supplements can I take at a time?
A: That depends on what you are taking. Amrit Kalash and Premium Amla Berry are rasayanas, nutritional formulas, which balance all the three doshas. You can take these with any other herbs. Other supplements have stronger, targeted therapeutic effects: for example, Elim-Tox or Worry Free, which balance specific doshas and subdoshas or support detoxification. These you shouldn't overdo. They are very powerful, and too many of them can overstimulate your physiology. As a general rule, don't take more than four formulas at a time in addition to Amrit Kalash. In addition, it is not always wise to take certain supplements simultaneously, because they may have overlapping benefits — for example, Elim-Tox and Radiant Skin.
Q: How many different herbal formulas should I take for the same problem?
A: It might be tempting to take Bio-Immune, Sniffle Free and Cold Weather Defense all at once to get rid of your problem quickly. However, you shouldn't take more than two products that address the same, related issues without first consulting an ayurvedic expert. Maharishi Ayurveda formulas are designed to take care of several aspects of the same condition, so taking more will not necessarily increase their effectiveness. However, the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Solution Kits contain a combination of products specifically selected by an ayurvedic expert, or vaidya, to address a particular health issue for maximum effectiveness.
As far as dosage (i.e. the number of tablets to take at time), you can follow the recommendations on the bottle. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, the dosage needed to correct an imbalance depends on the strength of the patient and the severity of the condition. This is best evaluated by an expert trained in Maharishi Ayurveda.
Q: How long do I need to take the supplements?
For herbal formulas that are designed to restore balance, such as Clear Throat, BP Balance, and Mind Plus, it's best to take them until the imbalance is gone. Once balance is restored, you can continue for at least two weeks longer to be sure the body has adjusted to the new state of balance. This is because the disappearance of symptoms does not mean that the imbalance is gone. Maharishi Ayurveda distinguishes six stages of disease; symptoms do not begin until stage four. Even if you are symptom free, you have three more levels of imbalance to clear.
For certain ongoing conditions, it may be helpful to take the supplement on a regular basis to stay in balance. Cholesterol Protection, for example, reduces ama (digestive toxins) in the fat tissue. When ama accumulates in the fat tissue, it manifests as high cholesterol. When your cholesterol level becomes normal, you should continue taking Cholesterol Protection to prevent the buildup of ama.
Q: What's the best time of day to take the supplements?
A: You can follow the instructions on the bottle. But there is some flexibility — if those times don't work for you, then take them at your convenience. The main point is to take the herbal formulas regularly — for that is how the results come.
Q: Why is it important to take the supplements every day?
A: Since you use your body's systems and organs every day, they need constant support until the imbalance is fixed. Add supplements into your daily routine, and if you tend to forget to take them, devise ways to remind yourself. Make notes in your daytimer or put post-it notes on your computer. Keep the supplements on your dining table instead of in the cupboard. Carry them with you in a tablet dispenser to work.
Q: Is it necessary to change my diet, or is taking the formulas enough?
A: You can facilitate the balancing process by also adjusting your diet and routine. If you are taking Protection Plus Sinuses, for instance, you should also reduce heavy food, greasy food, fast foods, cold foods and drinks, and favor cooked warm meals that are easy to digest.
Maharishi Ayurveda herbal formulations provide a very powerful way to address imbalances and restore balance and well-being for a long, healthy life. By taking the right amount at the right time, and by adjusting your diet, you can greatly enhance their benefits.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.