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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years we've received many questions about how to take vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda herbal supplements for the most effective results. Here are some of the frequently asked questions and their answers. Whether you're new to our products or have been taking our supplements for years, there is always something new to learn.

Also, for product specific questions, go to the individual product page and click on FAQ.

How to Make the Most of Your Supplements

Q: Why should I take vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda herbs?
A: vpk by 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 of the solution.

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 Organic Premium Amla Berry are rasayanas—nutritional formulas that 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 products can 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. vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda formulas are designed to take care of several aspects of the same condition, so taking more will not necessarily increase their effectiveness.

As far as dosage (i.e. the number of tablets to take at a time), you can follow the recommendations on the bottle. According to vpk by 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?
A: For herbal formulas that are designed for addressing a health issue before it manifests, such as Bio-Immune and Aller-Defense, it’s best to take them regularly for two to three months.

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 don’t occur until stage four. Even if you are symptom free, you have three more levels of imbalance to clear. For detoxifying herbal formulas, such as Elim-Tox, Elim-Tox-O, and Herbal Cleanse, it’s best to use them according to the guidelines given for cleansing toxins from your body.

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. Create reminders in your cell phone or put post-it notes on your computer. Keep your supplements on your dining table instead of in the cupboard. Carry them with you in a tablet dispenser.
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.

vpk by 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.

Specific Ingredient Concerns

Q: Are vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda products gluten-free?
A: Yes, all vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda supplement products are gluten-free and made in a gluten-free production facility. Even Flexcel, which contains barley, is gluten-free because the barley used by our manufacturer is incinerated down into ash, during which any gluten, if present, is completely destroyed. The processing of the barley ash is not done in the same area that the rest of the supplement products are made and bottled, and uses separate equipment. Therefore, none of the products come into contact with the barley, or any other gluten-containing ingredients.
Q: Do any of your products contain soy?
A: None of our products contain soy, and our manufacturing facility doesn’t process any products containing soy.
Q: If I’m allergic to shellfish, will I be allergic to products that contain pearl, coral, conch or other shells?
A: We process pearl, coral, conch and other shell ingredients using traditional ayurvedic methods that incinerate the minerals, converting them to a fine powder. During the incineration process, the allergen properties, if previously present, are destroyed. The process involves many steps of purifying the original materials. Because of the processing, a customer who is allergic to shellfish shouldn’t have any issue using one of our products containing shell ingredients. But it is always best to be cautious and alert to any symptoms when first trying the product. To date we have had no negative feedback.
Q: Are your products vegetarian or vegan?
A: All of our products are vegetarian. For a list of our vegan products, please click here.
Q: Why is licorice in your products?
A: Licorice is a traditional herbal remedy with a lot of benefits in ayurveda. It has a rasayana (health-promoting) effect on the mind and body, and is also balancing to Vata and Pitta. It supports healthy immunity, is good for the eyes and complexion, nourishes the tissues, soothes the digestive tract and promotes circulation.

In our synergistic formulas, we process our licorice in a particular way and use it in combination with other herbs that counterbalance any negative effect licorice could cause in the physiology (or to blood pressure) if taken by itself. The licorice used in our products is not deglycerized.

However, if someone already has high blood pressure or is concerned about taking a product containing licorice, we recommend you monitor blood pressure when taking the product, and/or consult your health professional before using one of our licorice-containing products.

Q: Do your products contain any GMOs (genetically modified organisms)?
A: None of our products contain genetically modified ingredients and we’re careful to source from vendors who can assure us that their ingredients are non-GMO.
Q: Why do your products contain talcum?
A: Talc or magnesium silicate is a natural mineral and is commonly used in the manufacturing of tablets. Our manufacturing uses a very small amount of talc (about half of 1%) to lubricate the tablets so that they don't stick to the manufacturing equipment. We use pharmaceutical-grade talcum in our products and it’s asbestos-free. We are always working to improve our products, and we've been replacing talc in many of our products for some years now with the intention that all of our products will be talc free soon. We are aware of the concerns over talc. Talc has been used in various forms for many, many decades in the US, and it is our understanding there is no current scientific evidence linking talc to cancer. We are replacing magnesium stearate in our products as well. Both represent a very small percentage of the product itself and are used to help with the binding process and manufacturing process. We now use a new organic tablet coating and another organic rice-based product that will replace talc and magnesium stearate in the near future for the products that are being reformulated.
Q: Is the organic palm oil in your organic tablet coating sustainably-sourced?
A: Yes, our supplier has confirmed that the organic palm oil in our organic tablet coating (Opadry Nutrapure) is sustainably sourced.
Q: I understand that Jatamansi is endangered? What is vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda doing to make sure they aren’t contributing to the problem?
A: The jatamansi we use is generally sourced by forest traders and can be considered wild-crafted. We are also working with the forest department and Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) in India to connect with tribes in forested areas to educate them about sustainable wild crafted harvesting to protect jatamansi and ensure a long-term supply of this ingredient.

Babies & Children

Q: Can vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda products be used when pregnant or nursing?
A: Ayurvedic experts (vaidyas) generally feel that such classical rasayanas as Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) and Organic Ashwagandha are safe in these circumstances, and there is a long history of use. All our products are made from whole plant parts, not synthetic concentrates, and as such do not have known side effects. But, we adhere to modern standards. Unless you have consulted with your physician first, and they recommend it, we do not recommend taking these or any herbal product while pregnant or lactating.
Q: Can children take vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda products?
A: Yes, children can take our herbal food supplements to promote their overall health. vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda has a number of formulas that are especially beneficial for kids. At age four or five, start your child on Intelligence Plus. This will aid mental clarity, support resistance to stress and help balance emotions. Children can also take ¼ of their parents’ Amrit Ambrosia and Amrit Nectar Tablets morning and evening. Together they help reduce the effects of toxins from the environment by scavenging free radicals, and they contain natural sources of nutrients such as Vitamin C. Older children can take half the adult recommendation for Ambrosia and Nectar.

Children’s Dosages for All Herbal Formulations

For children 0-3 years
It’s best to seek advice from an expert trained in Maharishi Ayurveda before giving your child any herbal formulas.

3-5 years
May take ¼ of a tablet twice daily.
For liquids (like Mind Plus and Clear Throat), may take ½ teaspoon twice daily.

5-10 years
May take ½ full tablet twice daily.
For liquids (like Mind Plus and Clear Throat), may take 1 teaspoon twice daily.

10 years and older
May take 1 full tablet twice daily.
For liquids (like Mind Plus and Clear Throat), may take 1 tablespoon or 2 teaspoons twice daily.
To make the tablets more digestible, crush and stir them into applesauce, raw honey, maple syrup or yogurt.

Miscellaneous

Q: Are your bottles BPA free?
A: Our plastic bottles are PET 1, which is a recyclable BPA-free plastic. We have also converted some of our plastic bottles to glass, and are committed to continuing to switch to eco-friendly packaging options as much as possible.
Q: Can I take vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda products with prescription medicines or other vitamins?
A: Our products don’t have any side effects or contraindications, but if there’s a concern or you have a known medical condition, always consult with your health professional before taking one of our products.
Q: Sometimes a product will recommend one serving size in the Supplement Facts and another in the Suggested Use. Which should I follow?
A: The FDA requires that we list the maximum number of tablets in the Serving Size area of the Supplement Facts box if a range is given for "Suggested Use." For example, if Organic Ashwagandha recommends “1-2 tablets twice daily, with water after meals” then we list “Serving Size 2 tablets” to be in compliance with these regulations. However, we recommend that you follow the Suggested Use directions to determine the quantity that works best for you.
Q: Are your products tested for safety?
A: Yes, our products are tested for pesticides, heavy metals and live organisms. We use only ingredients and herbal products that meet our rigorous standards for safety. We follow the traditional methods of Ayurveda while employing the highest standards of quality control. To ensure purity, vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda products are tested before, during and after manufacture and then tested again by an A2LA accredited independent analytical laboratory in the US (that meets ISO 17025:1999 standards), prior to distribution. These tests include examination for:

• Heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury)
• Residual pesticides (at the start of the manufacturing process)
• Microbiological contamination (including E. coli, coliforms, staph and salmonella)

Our products far exceed the testing standards set by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the World Health Organization and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

We're always happy to be transparent with our products' testing results. To request a copy of the testing results for the products you are using, please send us the product names and batch numbers from the labels.

Q: Are your products tested on animals?
A: None of our products are tested on animals and they are cruelty-free.
Q: How does vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda ensure that your formulas contain the herbs listed on the label?
A: Our manufacturer performs cross-sectional analysis on each herbal ingredient to make sure that they have been correctly identified before using them in our products.

In addition, our manufacturing facilities are registered with the FDA, and all manufacturing is done according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) to make sure that we’re in compliance with regulations during the manufacturing and labeling of our products.