Frequently Asked Questions on How to Make the Most of Maharishi Ayurveda Supplements

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 eliminate the root cause of the problem.

Q: I have many symptoms. Which herbs should I start with?

A: In 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. For example, you might suffer from constipation and headaches at the same time. You need to identify which started first. If your constipation came first, probably due to a diet low in fiber and high in dry foods, your Apana Vata became aggravated. Apana Vata regulates the downward movement in the abdominal area. When it is out of balance, Apana Vata can put pressure on Prana Vata, which is seated in the head. As a result, you experience headaches. So in order to eliminate your headaches, you need to get rid of your constipation first, and then the headaches will disappear. In this case, you should increase the fiber in your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables and whole grains. In addition, take Maharishi Ayurveda Herbal Cleanse, to aid elimination. Taking a walk after dinner will also help balance Apana Vata.

On the other hand, if your headaches preceded your constipation, you should try to balance Prana Vata first.

Overuse and misuse of the mind, and mental stress put pressure on Prana Vata and cause headaches. If they go untreated, that can pull Apana Vata out of balance and you may develop constipation as well. To cure the imbalances, you should reduce mental work, and release stress by practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Go to bed before 10:00 p.m., and introduce a weekly warm oil scalp massage into your routine. Maharishi Ayurveda Worry Free tablets, Aroma and Tea are also excellent for balancing Prana Vata. To take the guesswork out of the problem, see an ayurvedic expert who can determine the root cause of the problem, and address all of your symptoms.

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 elixirs, 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 some supplements simultaneously, because they may have overlapping benefits — for example, Elim-Tox and Radiant Skin.

Q: How many imbalances can I correct at the same time?

A: Focusing on one or two at the most at a time is best. Try to identify the ones that came first, and work on those to start with. Sometimes you may find that clearing those up addresses some secondary imbalances as well.

Q: How many herbs 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 for related issues. Maharishi Ayurveda formulas are designed to take care of several aspects of the same condition, so taking more will not increase their effectiveness.

Q: How long do I need to take the supplements?

A: This again depends on the formula. Amrit Kalash and other rasayanas can be taken all the time. Their role is to strengthen the physiology and support the immune system.

Herbs that are designed to correct a specific imbalance, such as Sniffle Free and Protection Plus Sinuses, should be taken for 30-45 days after the symptoms are gone. The disappearance of symptoms does not mean that the imbalance is gone. Ayurveda distinguishes six stages of disease; symptoms don't occur until stage four. Even if you are symptom free, you have three more levels of imbalance to clear.

Some supplements, on the other hand, even if addressing a targeted imbalance, can help prevent the returning of the condition if taken continually. 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 to take the supplements?

A: We usually recommend taking them after meals. If you take herbs with food, you can tolerate them better, no matter how strong or week your agni is. Some formulas can be taken at other times; for example, Herbal Di-Gest before meals to stimulate the digestive agni. If you are sensitive, taking herbs on an empty stomach can make your body react too fast. Unless otherwise recommended, take the formulas 30 minutes after your main meals.

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 them on your dining table instead of 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, you should also reduce spicy food, cold foods and drinks, and favor cooked warm meals that are easy to digest.

Maharishi Ayurveda herbal formulations are very powerful in treating imbalances. By taking the right amount at the right time, and by adjusting your diet, you can greatly enhance their benefits.

Spring Skin Care

When you start shedding layers of your winter clothing upon spring's arrival, you may notice that your skin and scalp are shedding too. While the winter was drying your skin, spring wants to detoxify it. The way to bring your skin back in shape is through cleansing your body internally and exfoliating your skin.

Toxins can accumulate in your body in other seasons, but in the spring these toxins want to come out. The warmth of spring starts to melt these accumulated toxins (ama), which then clog the channels of your body and create a variety of symptoms. You may feel dull, heavy and congested, or your skin may lose its glow and can be itchy and sensitive. When ama becomes charged with Pitta, and your body tries to expel this toxic ama through your skin, you get breakouts. Ama also lowers your immunity, which can give rise to skin allergies and infections. If you suffer from many symptoms, see an ayurvedic expert who can devise a personalized detoxification program. You can also benefit from the following advice from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians

To help reduce ama, you should increase the consumption of foods that support the detoxification process. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables, Brussels sprouts and white daikon radish. Also increase whole grains like wheat, barley and quinoa and alternate them in your diet. These vegetables and grains contain plenty of water-soluble fibers that aid detoxification. Use the following spice mix to flavor your meals and detox your body:

Detox Spice Mix

Make sure you drink lots of pure water. Sip warm water during the day, or if you are Pitta, drink it at room temperature. To help purify your skin, add the following spices to two quarts of boiled water: 2 pinches of Manjistha, 2 pinches of Indian Sarsaparilla and 1/4 teaspoon Fennel seeds. Drink this water during the day, either warm or at room temperature according to your body type.

Since springtime is Kapha by nature, you also need to balance this dosha by avoiding heavy, cold and oily foods and by reducing the sweet, sour and salty tastes. Following a light, warm and nourishing Kapha-pacifying diet also helps reduce ama and support the detoxification process.

The release of toxins cannot happen without proper elimination. If you are prone to occasional constipation, add cooked prunes and figs to your diet, and eat lots of sweet, juicy fruits. "Deep breathing is also important," says The Council, "as is regular exercise." A brisk walk can increase your metabolism, enhance the detoxification process and improve circulation to the skin. The fresh air and a little sunshine will also refresh your complexion and uplift your mood.

As you are purifying your body, you should put more emphasis on cleansing and exfoliating your skin as well. Try one of nature's best exfoliants: oats. Lavender and orange extract help balance the pH level of the skin. If you have more time, you can make the following soap substitute and use it on your face and body as well.

  1. For Vata skin, mix a large quantity of 80 percent rolled oats, 10 percent marshmallow root, 5 percent jasmine flower and 5 percent lavender flower. For Pitta skin, mix a large quantity of 80 percent rolled oats, 5 percent rose buds, 5 percent lavender flower, 5 percent Indian Sarsaparilla and 5 percent dried orange peel. For Kapha skin, mix a large quantity of 70 percent rolled oats, 10 percent orange peel, 5 percent Indian Sarsaparilla, 5 percent lavender flower and 10 percent bentonite clay.
  2. Place two tablespoons in the middle of a small square of cheesecloth, gather up the ends of the cloth into a ball and tie with a string. Make enough balls for a month and store them in an airtight container.
  3. Every night dip one ball into warm milk and pat your face to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Rinse with warm water. If you have breakouts or dry patches on your skin, use the bentonite clay daily. After washing your skin, apply a thin paste of the clay on your skin. Leave it on for 3-4 minutes, then wash it off. Follow with some aloe vera gel or coconut oil, which are soothing and nourishing for the skin.

Even if you don't experience the above symptoms, you can include the bentonite clay in your face regimen. Use it once or twice a week, followed by the Youthful Skin Oil and Cream.

Support your body's natural tendencies to detoxify itself, and this spring, you can enjoy a truly clean body and fresh, new skin.

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.