Cold Weather Defense
When your body is adequately prepared, you can more easily stay healthy all season long.
vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda has many products that address immunity. In this article, we discuss our formula Cold Weather Defense. It was specifically created to offer nutritional support to help promote your body’s natural defenses, without causing side effects.
This formula, created using precise proportions and prepared in the traditional Ayurvedic way, aids the assimilation of vital nutrients. It also creates synergy — whereby the collective benefit is much greater than that of isolated, individual herbs.
Let’s take a look at the formula.
We start with holy basil (leaf) which promotes a healthy respiratory system and balances Vata and Kapha doshas. These two doshas are often associated with cold weather imbalances. One of the main benefits of Cold Weather Defense is to balance the cold qualities of Vata and Kapha. Holy basil has ushna virya, meaning that it is heating in nature. This heating quality helps to pacify Kapha and it is balancing Vata. The next ingredient, hyssop, is also balancing for Vata and Kapha. It is helpful in regulating healthy body temperature and helps to balance mucous in the respiratory system. Next is Chinese pistachio, a Vata and Kapha balancing herb which also works to balance mucus in the respiratory system and is generally helpful in balancing upper respiratory system imbalances.
We then add Indian elecampane (root) extract, another Vata and Kapha balancing herb, helpful in supporting respiratory imbalances, removing pain, and regulating a healthy body temperature. Next, we add licorice, a Vata and Pitta balancing herb, helpful in cooling overheated Pitta in the upper respiratory tract and throat. Licorice is considered a rasayana, that which promotes health and longevity. It is actually balancing for all three doshas, mainly Vata and Pitta.
When we breathe, the lungs move in and out. This expansion and contraction of the lungs require flexibility; however, when respiratory imbalances take hold, there may be dryness or blockages, and the flexibility or softness of the bronchial tubes may become compromised. The Clerodendrum serratum in Cold Weather Defense supports the respiratory system by helping to maintain suppleness and flexibility in bronchial tubes.
The ingredient long pepper helps to balance mucous in the respiratory system, helps regulate body temperature, and keeps the respiratory tract in good condition. Greater galangal, another Vata and Kapha balancing herb, supports healthy mucous levels. And, the last ingredient is black pepper. In combination with holy basil, black pepper is very helpful in this formula. It supports healthy mucous levels and removes impurities from the respiratory tract. It is also helpful, to some extent, for digestion itself.
You may be wondering if Cold Weather Defense is fast-acting or if you should take it when you sense respiratory imbalances. The answer is both. As a preventative and to support the body’s natural defenses, we recommend taking Cold Weather Defense for thirty to forty-five days as the weather starts getting cooler (fall), during the winter, and as spring starts to come on. Also, if you feel vulnerable, feel some imbalance, or feel that you are coming down with something, you may begin taking Cold Weather Defense immediately and continue taking it for thirty to forty-five days after the desired comfort and result are achieved. Take 1-2 tablets twice daily with warm water.
Balance is the basis of good health.
Balancing Vata and Kapha doshas are key when it comes to respiratory health. If that Vata is not taken care of, then Kapha can also become impaired. Vata is drying and Kapha controls moisture levels, so when these two are both out of balance, issues with the respiratory system can take hold. In summary, Cold Weather Defense helps in maintaining the flexibility, softness, and lubrication in the respiratory tract which, in turn, allows the system to function properly, protecting us against impurities in the air (dust particles, pollens, or microorganisms). During cold weather, should your respiratory system become dry, a Vata imbalance, the lack of proper moisture in the airways may allow undesirable impurities to enter the lungs. You may experience lung irritation, coughing, stiffness, or dryness during this time.
Cold Weather Defense can help bring your respiratory system back into balance. Our Ayurvedic formulas encourage the system to naturally produce balance from within, the most powerful immunity.
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