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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.