By MAPI Staff Writers
The modern world is stressful.
Ayurveda understands the need to create inner calm in this world
without diminishing your alertness. Ayurveda offers herbal support to
accomplish this – without brain fog. Scientific research shows that
Ayurvedic herbs can reduce stress and anxiety, create calm and heighten
Reduces Generalized Anxiety
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) conducted a randomized, controlled pilot study to measure the effects of an Ayurvedic herbal formulation called Worry Free on ten patients who suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This condition affects 25% of the population.
The study took three months. One group took two tablets of Worry Free
twice a day, while the other group took a placebo. After three months
of taking Worry Free, 80% of the Worry Free group no longer exhibited
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, exhibiting a two-fold greater decrease
than the placebo subjects.
What did the herbs do?
The group of traditional Ayurvedic herbs supports enhanced
mental-function. They allow a person to recall past experiences, relate
them to a present problem, and learn from new experience with less anxiety and less upset. In brief, they support mental processing ability.
In Ayurveda this mental processing ability is divided into three categories.
They are: 1.) dhi (acquisition), 2.) dhriti (retention), and 3.) smriti
(recall). The Worry Free herbs helped with stress because they enhance
processing power. The formula contains a special group of herbs (Herpestis Monniera, Aloeweed, and Heart-leaved Moonseed) which do this. These are called medhya (mind) herbs. These special herbs nurture the three mental processing abilities and coordination between them.
Other herbs (Jatamansi and Greater Galangal) cleanse the gap regions
between the three areas. In the Vedic understanding, the gap regions are
very important, because that is where all intelligence resides. This
keeps communication flow and coordination between the three strong and
clear. One additional herb plays a key role: Winter Cherry
(Ashwagandha). This herb enhances the mind’s overall ability to fight
One of the measurements used in the University of California at San
Diego study focused on cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone related to
stress, and high cortisol levels indicate high stress. In the patients
who took Worry Free for three months, cortisol levels dropped
Looking Deeper: Mental Strain = Imbalanced Subdoshas
The Ayurvedic explanation is this: When people are under stress, the
subdoshas governing the mind respond by producing more fluid. It’s
similar to the extra saliva produced by the taste buds when you’re about
to eat spicy foods. The extra saliva protects the whole digestive
system, and helps prevent the food from irritating your system.
Pitta (the subdosha Sadhaka Pitta)
begins to burn hotter, while Vata creates a drying effect. Then Kapha
generates extra fluids to counteract this effect and protect the brain.
Under strain, the fluid created by Kapha increases, and begins to douse
the mind’s processing fire (medhya agni) supporting dhi, dhriti and
smriti. Enough stress, and it can put out or dampen this mental fire
And when this happens, ama – toxins – gets created. The ama
accumulates in the gaps and microchannels of the brain, mixes with the
fluids created by Kapha, and creates a harmful type of cortisol, the
indicator of stress.
Cortisol in itself is not bad. It’s created by the body to protect
the brain. But when Kapha is imbalanced and there’s ama in the
physiology, cortisol does more harm than good.
From the Ayurvedic perspective, the reason that the subjects’ cortisol levels went down after using Worry Free
is because key herbs enhanced the brain’s digestive fire. When it’s
burning brightly again, ama is no longer being produced. Then cortisol
stays in balance, and this protects the brain from stress.
Creating inner calm is a time-honored focus of Ayurveda. A variety of
modalities help accomplish this, and a few quick and easy choices that
support calm are listed below. As with any health goal, a multifaceted
approach usually delivers the best results. Diet, lifestyle, spices,
routine, stress reduction and herbs can all play a fruitful role in
creating inner calm.
Organic Vata Tea — The herbs in certain Ayurvedic teas help create a zone of inner calm. This organic Vata-pacifying tea will help a whirling mind settle down and allow the body to relax.
Organic Vata-Calming Spice Mix
— Spices are both flavor-enhancers and therapeutic. Organic “Churnas”
are precise blends of Ayurvedic spices and seasonings that include all
six Ayurvedic tastes.
Organic Veda 2240
— When Vata dosha gets out of balance, the body can react, too. Organic
Veda 2240 is one of our most powerful Vata-pacifying products
(balancing the subdosha, Vyana Vata).
Joint and muscle soreness or stiffness can be caused by an
accumulation of Vata dosha in the joints and muscles. Organic Veda 2240
is a traditional Ayurvedic formula that balances excess Vata in the
physiology, especially in the joints and muscles. It detoxifies deep
within the tissues, to support healthy joint and muscle flexibility. It
also nourishes the various dhatus (tissues) in the body, promotes
a healthy skeletal and neuromuscular system, and supports a healthy
inflammatory response. The herbs in Organic Veda 2240 have been
traditionally used to:
- Support a healthy inflammatory response
- Aid occasional joint discomfort and muscle ache
- Act as an anti-spasmodic
- Support detoxification
- Support comfortable movement of the joints and muscles
- Support the health of the digestive system and genitourinary tract
- Promote a healthy respiratory system
- Aid healthy weight balance
- Help maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, already within a normal range
Vata Aroma Oil
— The essential oils in this formula help support balance. These floral
and plant essences have been used in healing traditions such as
Ayurveda for centuries. The sense of smell is a quick-acting, powerful
means of creating balance. Our therapeutic aroma oils are precise blends
of 100% pure essential oils.
Organic Moisturizing Herbal Massage Oil
— This traditional Ayurvedic massage oil includes potent Ayurvedic
herbal extracts. This takes the benefits of the traditional Ayurvedic
massage a step further. Maharishi Ayurveda herbal massage oils are
especially formulated for individual skin and dosha types, and have a
sesame oil base. Certified Organic and BDIH Certified.
Ayurvedic Fundamentals of Wellness
Three key principles to long-term balance and wellness in Ayurveda
are broadly summed up in three lifestyle tactics: 1) Reducing ama (toxins), 2) Balancing/strengthening digestion (agni),
and 3) Significantly lowering stress. Each of these plays a powerful
role in supporting long-term, life-changing wellness, according to
Ayurveda. To accomplish these goals, Ayurveda offers you lots of
enjoyable options. Each of these choices has the power, in the Ayurvedic
model, to gradually, naturally support and restore Ayurvedic balance in
mind and body. These lifestyle choices include changes to diet; stress reduction practices like yoga, exercise and meditation; and traditional Ayurvedic herbals.
Digestion is a central long-term, priority focus of Ayurveda.
Great emphasis is placed on keeping digestion (agni) balanced. In this
sense, ‘balance’ means functioning at its absolute optimum. That’s because
digestion (agni) is the engine of transformation and assimilation. This
transformation ‘engine’ isn’t found just in the stomach — it is found
in every cell in the body. It is an extremely intelligent engine, too.
It transforms and metabolizes food nutrients and food intelligence into you, and selects out that which isn’t useful to the body and mind. Depending on the strength of agni, the ‘transformation engine,’ either toxins (ama) or ojas
(the beneficial biochemical of balance) will get created. Ojas is the
finest and most-valued by-product of digestion in Ayurveda, supporting
immunity, happiness, the feeling of connectivity (union or yoga) and
The Ayurvedic herbals listed below are core herbal products supporting important areas of Ayurvedic wellness.
Triphala: Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus)
from Maharishi Ayurveda — This blend of herbs is a powerful tonic for
the digestive system. If you are feeling sluggish, dull or occasionally
constipated, chances are that toxins are building up in your body.
Toxins accumulate when your digestion — and elimination — are out of
balance, which can lead to skin breakouts, menstrual cramps, fatigue,
feelings of sadness and many other health issues. Triphala, available in
Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus), is the every-night overnight detox and digestion balancer, supporting assimilation, balanced agni and ojas. This is Maharishi Ayurveda’s number 1 selling digestion herbal.
from Maharishi Ayurveda — This is a digestion-supporting
(agni-balancing) herbal formulation. Occasional acid indigestion is a
sign of a Pitta imbalance, according to Ayurveda. Too many hot, spicy
foods can spark excess digestive fire and too much stomach acid. Over
time, this can push digestion out of balance and lead to a variety of
The Ayurvedic herbs in this formulation help maintain proper balance
of ‘agni,’ the intelligent digestive fire. The herbs help balance
occasional excess acid and digestive fire; support overall digestion;
and help the body preserve the purity and vitality of nutrients from
foods you eat.
Sleep: Deep Rest from Maharishi Ayurveda — The herbs in this formula support sleeping deeply through the night
and waking up feeling refreshed. Specifically, the formula is for those
who have difficulty staying asleep and wake up in the middle of the
night. It also helps those who have difficulty falling asleep and those
who awaken early, after less than six hours of sleep.
Sleep: Blissful Sleep
from Maharishi Ayurveda — The inability to fall asleep naturally,
according to Maharishi Ayurveda, is largely due to stress, frustration,
heavy food and sensory overload. If you’re worried or agitated before
bed, your mind stays connected to the senses, keeping them active. When
that happens you may have trouble falling asleep — or if you do fall
asleep, you may notice that your sleep is light and restless. When your
mind is relaxed, and disconnects from the senses, that sleep is sound
The Ayurvedic herbs in the formula produce a calming, balancing
effect on the body, mind and emotions. Sleep becomes deeper and more
restful. For published research on Blissful Sleep, please see this page.
Organic Stress Free Emotions
supports natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. Diet,
daily habits and ongoing stress are key factors that can contribute to
imbalances in mind and body, leading to feelings of sadness and physical
fatigue. The herbs promote self-confidence, positive thinking and
feelings of fulfillment by balancing the subdosha of Pitta that governs
emotional health (Sadhaka Pitta).
from Maharishi Ayurveda — This traditional formulation combines
purifying herbs with nourishing minerals, including mica. The herbs and
minerals help eliminate digestive impurities and toxins that can affect
natural immunity. This aids healthy liver function and helps purify the
blood. The herbs also promote a healthy resistance to stress and aid in
the assimilation and metabolism of nutrients. Finally, they support
communication between cells, an Ayurvedic key to healthy immunity. It
takes over six months to prepare these herbs for use. Bio-Immune, in
combination with Organic Premium Amla Berry and Organic Digest Tone, is a powerhouse for supporting immunity.
Energy: Organic Premium Amla Berry
from Maharishi Ayurveda — Our Amla is prepared according to the ancient
Ayurvedic texts — a 21-step process at a temperature below 90 degrees
Fahrenheit to maintain the potency.
Gram for gram, Amla has 20 times the Vitamin C content of an orange.
Good nutrition requires a balance of the six Ayurvedic tastes — sweet,
sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Amla is one of just a
handful of herbs that contain five of the six taste categories — all
except salty. Such balanced nutrition means that Amla helps balance all
three of the basic operating principles (doshas) of mind and body — Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Amla produces total health benefits. It helps strengthen the mind,
eyes, heart, skin, and digestion; boosts cellular regeneration; and
promotes a positive nitrogen balance for improved growth of muscle
Mind and Memory: Organic Youthful Mind
from Maharishi Ayurveda — The Ayurvedic herbs in this formulationhelp
remove the toxins that can block mental abilities. They also promote a
healthy response to mental stress — regardless of age. The herbs in
Organic Youthful Mindsupport innate learning ability, clarity and
recall, mental energy and alertness levels, the growth of consciousness
and full mental potential.
Heart: Cardio Support from Maharishi Ayurveda — The Ayurvedic herbs in this formulahelp
maintain normal and clear arterial walls. They do this by aiding
healthy digestion and supporting balanced fat metabolism. These herbs
nourish the blood, muscles and functioning of the heart, to help keep
the heart healthy as you age. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, the heart
is the seat of ojas, the substance that maintains life and promotes
bliss and longevity.
Prostate Health: Prostate Protection
from Maharishi Ayurveda — From the Maharishi Ayurveda perspective, a
sedentary lifestyle, lack of proper nutrients and urine retention can
impact prostate health. The traditional Ayurvedic herbs in this formula
deliver nutritional support over a broad range of targeted areas. They
help balance testosterone levels and support vitality, promote healthy
prostate size and function, purify the urinary tract, and support the
body’s natural immune system. This blend of Ayurvedic ingredients helps
cleanse genitourinary tract impurities caused by unhealthy dietary
habits and exposure to environmental toxins. They also:
- Support natural immunity in the genitourinary tract
- Promote healthy urinary flow rate
- Rejuvenate the reproductive system
- Help maintain healthy prostate size and function
- Enhance the reproductive fluid
- Support tissue health in the prostate gland
- Support healthy reproductive fluid
- Support healthy libido
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