Modern Problems, Timeless Solutions from Maharishi Ayurveda

Modern Problem #1

Caffeine blues: As research on the effects of coffee continues, scientists generally agree that too much coffee can do nothing but harm. In a study of over 900 women who gave birth in a Quebec hospital, three cups of coffee with caffeine daily were seen to increase the damage done to the unborn baby. Researchers also say that men who drink more than six cups of coffee a day are almost twice as likely to die of coronary heart disease as more moderate imbibers.

Even if you are not an extreme coffee drinker, caffeine can cause side effects like jitters, anxiety, panic attacks, loss of appetite, queasiness, diarrhea, and frequent urination. Prolonged use may cause palpitations of the heart, tachycardia (rapid heart beat), or insomnia.

Ayurvedic Solution

The cup that really cheers: Maharishi Ayurveda has the perfect answer to your caffeine blues, and it's called Raja's Cup. A refreshing beverage, Raja's Cup tastes much like coffee — in a blind test, respondents couldn't tell it wasn't regular coffee!

  • The drink is made from healing herbs like clearing-nut tree, coffee senna (which isn't coffee), licorice and ashwagandha, which have wonderful healing properties.
  • Grain-free, Raja's Cup is a potent antioxidant to boot — several hundred times more powerful as a free-radical scavenger than vitamin C or E.

Modern Problem #2

The alarming sleep-flab link: Researchers recently reported an interesting finding — the quality of men's sleep decreases with age along with the body's production of growth hormone. The drop in growth hormone, in turn, is thought to lead to flab. What's more, by the age of 45, a man is said to have lost nearly all his ability to fall into deep sleep.

Ayurvedic Solution

While ayurveda does not comment on the link between lack of sleep and fat build-up, it does have some excellent suggestions on how to get a good night's rest. Some helpful tips from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians:

  • Try to have dinner at least 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. This gives the body time to digest food.
  • Don't engage in mentally strenuous activities or intensive exercise late in the evening. Exertion interferes with good sleep.
  • A warm bath or shower a half-hour before bedtime helps you sleep better.
  • Apply a small quantity of Maharishi Ayurveda's Youthful Skin Massage Oil on the hands and feet just before you curl up for the night. This simple step will remove stress from your nerves, improve circulation, and help you get deep, restful sleep.
  • Seek the help of time-tested herbs like Indian valerian, jatamansi, and ashwagandha: you'll find these and other healing herbs in Maharishi Ayurveda's Blissful Sleep formula, which has been carefully formulated to help you gently achieve a more restful quality of sleep without being habit-forming. Customers who have taken Blissful Sleep report waking up feeling fresh and filled with energy after a restful night.

Modern Problem #3

Teen skin eruptions: Western medicine blames teen skin problems on hormone surges. Androgens (male hormones) are said to rise in young people's bodies — even girls — at this time. This flurry of hormonal activity is said to trigger sebaceous glands into action — which in turn causes pore-clogging sebum, and hence, those unsightly eruptions.

Ayurvedic Solution

Ayurveda believes that the later teen years are governed by the Pitta dosha, or the fire element. Aggravation of Pitta can trigger skin eruptions. Therefore, the best way to keep your skin smooth and trouble-free is to work toward pacifying the fiery Pitta dosha. Some basics:

  • Avoid very spicy, salty, greasy, pungent or sour foods.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat lots of sweet, juicy fruits.
  • In warm weather, wear light clothes and stay in cool environs.
  • Bathe regularly, and maintain good general personal hygiene.
  • Drink Organic Pitta Tea, made from cardamom, licorice, ginger, cinnamon, and organic rose petals. Combined in precise proportions, these ingredients help cool you down in body and mind. What's more, the tea tastes delicious!
  • Spice your meals with the goodness of Organic Pitta Churna, the ingredients in which include coriander, fennel, cumin, sugarcane, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and salt — blended to calm the Pitta dosha while enhancing the flavor of your food.

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.