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.
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 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.
Q: Why aren't all of your products organic?
A: You may notice that some of our products contain up to 99.5% organic ingredients, but do not feature the USDA organic seal on the packaging.
Why is this?
In order to certify a product as USDA organic, any non-organic ingredients in the product, no matter how small a percentage of the formula, must be on an approved list from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
All of our formulas contain exotic, ayurvedic ingredients. Since many of these exotic herbs are not yet on the NOP approved list, the entire formula cannot be certified as USDA organic even though the formula may contain almost 100% organic plants. It can take many years to petition to add new ingredients to the list and the outcome is uncertain.
We don't compromise our formulas. We could remove the small percentage non-organic ingredients and easily obtain the seal, but we don’t.
Our herbal supplements are made according to the ancient ayurvedic texts, and we intend to continue making them using the same ingredients that have been used for thousands of years. This is our commitment to maintaining the effectiveness and the purity of the ayurvedic tradition. It is the only way to craft ayurvedic formulations that deliver maximum effect for mind and body.
Where and when possible, we will continue to introduce organic ingredients.
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: How do you control for pollutants with your shell ingredients?
A: We source the calcium from areas that are not known to polluted, and test the quality of calcium for heavy metals and pollutants before use. Once harvested, we use only the pure inner layer of calcium and remove the upper layer of calcium which has come into contact with the environment. This process has to be done by hand, but ensures that the calcium used is of the highest quality. It is then purified according to the ayurvedic texts.
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: 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 GMO's (genetically modified organisms)?
A: None of our products contain genetically modified organisms (GMO's), and we’re careful to source from vendors who can assure us that their ingredients are non-GMO. Look for the "Non-GMO" seal on all of our supplement, tea, and food packaging. Also, organic products are always non-GMO. As part of the USDA organic guidelines, a product must not contain any GMO inputs/ingredients in order to carry the USDA organic seal. For a list of our organic products, click here.
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: 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.
May take ¼ of a tablet twice daily.
For liquids (like Mind Plus and Clear Throat), may take ½ teaspoon twice daily.
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.
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: Why are the bottles filled with cotton?
A: We have varying tablet sizes and varying fill amounts, some formulas as low as 30 tablets, others up to 120 tablets and some tablets are 500 mg and others 1000 mg. In an effort to be efficient and consistent with our product we use the same bottle and label format for all the different sizes. The product still contains the same number of tablets listed on the label and on our website.
Q: Why are diseases and their symptoms not mentioned?
A: vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda, as a dietary supplement company, is regulated by the FDA and as such, we are not allowed to discuss diseases or their symptoms even if traditional ayurveda has found to be helpful. As much as we would like to discuss traditional ayurveda and its treatment of disease, we are not allowed to do so. Our goal is to educate our customers about the Ayurvedic benefits of our products for supporting health and wellness in health categories including digestion, sleep, emotional balance and many others.
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: 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.