Ayurveda: Healing Body and Soul

Ayurveda is an ancient study, more than 5000 years old, which describes many natural processes of healing and living a healthy life. Though its origin is in India it has now propagated throughout the world, acknowledged and adopted by many in their search for health and happiness. 

The word Ayurveda mturmeric roots in bageans sacred knowledge of life. In the word Ayurveda, “Ayu” means Life comprising the Body, Mind, Senses and Soul. In ancient India, knowledge was sourced from the 4 “Vedas”, scriptures written as guides for the path of life – namely the RIGVEDA, SAMAVEDA, YAJURVEDA and ATHARVAVEDA.

Ayurveda says that our Universe is made up of five elements - Air, Water, Fire, Earth & Ether. The Human Body represents these elements in three forms of energy or doshas namely Vata, Pitta, & Kapha. Every human body has it’s own unique composition of these three doshas. The composition defines not only the health of the human being but also the characteristics and temperament. Any imbalance in thesethree doshas generally lead to a lot of health issues - physical as well as mental.

Vata relates to air, and this energy mainly directs functions like Respiration, Circulation and Nerve Impulse. People who have Vata imbalance often suffer from dryness of skin and hair, mood swings, headaches, joint pain, bloating, constipation. 

Pitta relates to fire and water in Human body. “Fire” takes the form of Enzymes which are secreted in the stomach and liver which digest food, which is transformed in to Energy. The common symptoms of Pitta imbalance are aggression, loss of temper, acid reflux and ulcers.

Kapha is derived from the elements Earth and Water. When it is present in the right proportion it provides strength, stamina, immunity, and mental peace. Otherwise a person can experience lack of motivation, feel depressed, tired and lethargic and have abnormal food cravings.

Ayurveda says that every person should try to find their natural balanced state by modulating their behavior and environment. A person who has learned to balance all the three doshas is described as “Sushrut Samhita” in Ayurveda – which means he or she has a sound mind, healthy body and a content soul.

4th of July Ayurveda Deals 2014

July 4th Ayurveda DealsGet ready for 4th of July sale with this amazing discount on all your Ayurvedic Herbs! We will be offering offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders in the U.S. over $75 all weekend long! We are also still offering Buy 2, get 3rd free on all of our supplements. Hurry, this deal is one-of-a-kind and won’t last too long! This offer is good through Tuesday, the 8th of July 2014.

Capomo – Nature’s Delicious Superfood Coffee Substitute

Greetings from the momentarily sunny Seattle, in the Evergreen state of Washington, USA.  We here at Tattva’s are delighted to introduce you to the yummiest coffee substitute this side of the Cascades, and certainly beyond.  Capomo, or the Maya Nut, is the fruiting seed of Brosimum alicastrum, a giant tree in the fig family.

Capomo (Maya Nut) Seeds used to prepare superfood drink

Indigenous to tropical rain forest from Mexico to Brazil, including the Caribbean islands of Trinidad, Cuba and Jamaica, Capomo nuts are hand gathered from the forest floor by local indigenous women.  While sun-drying on the roof for 3 weeks, Maya Nut Producers walk on them to crush the hard outer layer.  Next, our coffee roaster roasts the dry, crushed nuts, yielding bold and complex layers of coffee-flavor with notes of cinnamon and chocolate.  Here at Tattva’s, we enjoy this delicious drink all through the day.  In the morning, we brew Capomo with coffee, adding a heaping serving of nutrients to a reduced serving of caffeine.  After lunch, Capomo brew both enlivens and relaxes the afternoon work load.  And what a treat to enjoy a steaming hot cup of “coffee” after dinner!  Our slow-roasted Capomo tastes most shockingly like that beloved morning pick-me-up when simmered on the stovetop for 10 to 40 minutes, according to desired strength.  You can also brew Capomo in a traditional drip coffee maker, percolator, or any way you choose.  Add your choice of milk and sweetener or drink it straight up black like a Mighty Sailor ~ a 40 minute simmer will surely put hair on your chest!

While this super food does not contain a single drop of caffeine, it does contain tryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid that aids in both relaxation and a sense of well-being.  In stark contrast to caffeine, it is not stimulating to the central nervous system, so there are no jitters and no crashes.  As a superfood, Capomo serves to build health and energy levels naturally over time, so the more you drink it, the better you feel.  It is one of the richest plant sources of amino acids and protein and also high in fiber, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, B, C and E.  Calcium and magnesium are perfectly balanced in the Capomo nut, making it an easy to absorb food source of these integral minerals.

Maya treeThe Maya Nut tree was the staple food to indigenous peoples all through its habitat, but over past years has fallen out of recognition.  The Maya Nut Institute, a non-profit public charity devoted to “find balance between people, food and forest,” exists to bring knowledge of this bounty back to the people.  Since their 2001 inception, more than 600 rural and indigenous women have established 25 fully autonomous Maya Nut businesses with a strong emphasis on both education and re-forestation.  The Maya Nut Institute’s reforestation partners have planted over 2,000,000 trees in Haiti, Columbia, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico.  So why would an entire non-profit organization devote all its work to a single species of tree?

Capomo - Maya Nut Tree

 

The Maya Nut tree compels humans in many ways, but most notably, one Maya Nut tree can produce as much as 800 pounds of food in a given year, and live to over 100 years. Though native to the rain forests, it thrives in a wide range of ecosystems, making it an important climate-change resistant food source.  The fruit is eaten by avian and mammalian animals, the seeds used by people for both food and medicine; even the leaves can be steamed and eaten like spinach!  And as you all know, he’s strong to the finish ‘cause he eats his spinach, he’s Popeye the Sailor Man!

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Memorial Day Ayurveda Deals 2014

Tattva's Herbs Memorial Day Sale

Get ready for black Memorial Day Weekend with this amazing discount on all your Ayurvedic Herbs! We are going to start a bit early this year! We will be offering offering 35% OFF EVERY ORDER storewide and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75 all weekend long. Hurry, this deal is one-of-a-kind and won’t last too long! This offer is good through Tuesday, the 27th of May 2014.

Is Ayurveda For You?

Ayurveda – “The Science of Life” or Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It began in India many thousands of years ago.

The basis of Ayurveda is the idea that health and wellness is dependent on a delicate balance of the mind, body, and spirit. The primary idea of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health preventatively, rather than battle illness after it arrives.

It is a simple concept that includes many intricate beliefs and practices.

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If you are considering making Ayurveda a part of your life, we recommend a few great books:

“Ayurveda For All” by Murli Manohar

“The Healing Power of Herbs” by Michael T. Murray N.D.

“Practical Ayurveda: Secrets for Physical, Sexual & Spiritual Health” By Atreya & David Frawley

“Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing: A Practical Guide” By Vasant D. Lad & Angela Werneke

“The Yoga of Herbs” by David Frawley and Vasant Lad

Ayurveda offers a body of wisdom designed to help people realize their full human potential using diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that “health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.”

The real question that lingers is this – Why wouldn’t one practice Ayurveda?

Tattva’s Herbs was founded in 2000 with the desire to deliver the finest quality products that Mother Nature has to offer. We do not cut any corners or spare any expense to bring you the ultimate in quality and signature Ayurvedic oils, supplements, creams, chyawanprash and more. We accept it as our personal responsibility to present the world of Ayurveda to you with great care and respect, and without adulteration. Everyone involved in Tattva’s Herbs is proud of what we do, and we are grateful to be able to share our gifts with you. Ayurveda is one of the world’s richest treasures and should be respected as such.

Five Reasons Why YOU Should take Boswellia Serrata Today!

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Boswellia serrata (frankincense) is a tree found primarily in India. In order to harvest the Boswellia tree for human consumption, strips of the bark are peeled away leaving

gummy resin.

This resin, is the medicinal part of the boswellia tree.  Extracts of this gummy substance are what is typically used in Ayurveda for a variety of health conditions.

 

Here is our list of the top 5 ways that you can benefit from this magical substance:

1) Provides relief for painful joints – Boswellia has been shown to enhance the blood flow to joints. In turn, this increases joint mobility and eases stiff joints.

2) Supports healthy respiratory function – It is great for your lungs, and has been shown to help suppress coughs and respiratory circulation.

3) Protects the liver & heart - Boswellia has potent anticoagulant properties, which both your heart and liver will thank you for! Preventing your blood from getting too sticky is vital to healthy circulation and stroke prevention.

4) Helps to lower cholesterol - Boswellia has been reported to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

5) Reduces inflammation - This is the most well known benefit of Boswellia. Many schools of thought agree that inflammation is the root cause of nearly all disease. Boswelliia has been shown in countless studies to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow. This alone, is helpful to so many ailments and conditions that people battle everyday.

There are many other benefits of this one-of-a-kind herb, and we encourage you to read more here.

Treating diabetes using Ayurvedic medicine

Guest post written by Mike Gerard 

Diabetes is widely referred to as the “silent killer,” in much the same way that people label high blood pressure. This is due to the fact that many individuals are unaware that they are diabetic. Typically, people treat diabetes with a variety of methods. Insulin, diabetes pills and exercise combined with meal plans, are all ways in which you can treat diabetes. Unfortunately, some of these medications can cause side effects, and the body is capable of rejecting these medications as well. Some people turn to alternative methods to treat diabetes, however. One of these methods is called Ayurvedic treatment.

Ayurvedic treatments focus on a holistic or whole-body approach to treatment. Ayurveda was developed in India many thousands of years ago. It operates off of the principle that the key to treating different ailments is to achieve a balance between the body, spirit and mind. Those who choose Ayurvedic treatments place value on using a natural approach. The goal is to allow the mind, body and spirit to achieve a sense of harmony through a balanced treatment plan of eating correctly, resting, practicing relaxation techniques like yoga, and much more.

It is important to remember that Ayurveda operates off of the fact that the human body is made up of 5 main elements: fire, air, water, earth and space. Additionally, these elements serve to form three energies which are called the vata dosha, pitta dosha and kapha dosha. When you consider that these 3 energies are responsible for body circulation, digestion and the foods that you eat, then you can begin to understand why more people are taking an Ayurvedic approach to the treatment of diabetes. While many traditional methods and medications appear to be the best treatments, there are people who still swear by the benefits that Ayurveda produces.

Natural remedies associated with Ayurveda include limiting foods which are high in sugar, and eating whole-grain food as well. In addition to these, limiting the consumption of alcohol and foods which are high in fat content are cornerstones to this approach. It is also important to spread out your meals throughout the day. Breaking up larger meals into smaller ones allows your body to increase its metabolic rate as well. Another remedy for diabetes includes the mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder, 1 teaspoon of Amla Powder and 1/2 tablespoon of Methi Seeds Powder in water. This is supposed to be taken once daily, and on an empty stomach.

The Ayurvedic approach to the treatment of diabetes should not begin without careful consideration of your individual condition. All diabetics exhibit different symptoms at different times, so it is very important to consult your doctor before you begin a new treatment. Many people find that using Ayurveda gives them a healthy alternative to synthetic drugs. Take the time to review the results of others, and then you can determine if the Ayurvedic approach to diabetes treatment is right for you.

Gymnema-Sylvestre-webSome studies revealed that Gymnema Sylvestre (also called gumar) lower serum glucose levels, being effective in the management of blood sugar levels in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This herb decrease the amounts of sugar that is absorbed from various foods. Also, it works positively on pancreas, prompting it to develop more beta cells, the natural source of insulin. Gymnema Sylvestre should be used as a support to standard diabetes treatment. The dosage of  Gymnema ususally consist of 400 to 600 mg daily of an extract standardized.

Triphala powder, an Ayurvedic herb that consist in Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki may be an useful solution to diabetes. It is recommended to read all about these herbs before taking it.

Bacopa Monnieri for Memory, Brain Power and Overall Happiness

Bacopa MonnieriBacopa is a classic Ayurvedic nervine and brain tonic. It has been reported that the plant has been used for thousands of years as a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy, asthma, and mental clarity.

Bacopa is included in a class of Ayurvedic herbs called “Brahmi”, literally translated this mean “Godlike”.

Here are 4 of the top health benefits of Bacopa:

1) Enhances memory, thinking and mental focus

2) Supports emotional health – positive mood, imagination

3) Eases nervousness and mental strain

4) Stimulates vital neurotransmitters that process information and enhances brain power

Obviously, Bacopa is held in great esteem in the science of Ayurveda to earn this title, and rightfully so due to its multitudinous effects on the body and mind. This herb is used to maintain healthy learning, memory, speech, imagination, and ease nervous and mental strain.

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Essential Herbs for Men’s Health, Women’s Health & Weight Loss

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There are many great Ayurvedic herbs for various ailments, health conditions, etc. We have compiled a list of 5 of them that are a key for optimizing general health for Men, Women, and one for healthy weight management.

For Women

Shatavari - Shatavari, also known as Asparagus racemosus is known as the “Queen of Herbs” because it promotes love and devotion. It is a cooling, calming, nourishing and purifying herb which has a special affinity with women, though it is also excellent for men. Read more about Shatavari here.

For Men

Shilajit – (This product is typically helpful for men, but women see many benefits as well!) Shilajit-A Brief History: Little was known about this high mountain herb/mineral compound until the early 1990′s when Russian scientists brought it to the western world. Russian Black Anabolic or mumie (pronounced Moomiyo) is a potent adaptagenic herbal complex. It has been used by the Russian military and sports establishment for nearly four decades supposedly for increasing strength and muscle mass as well as for its recuperative powers. In studies conducted at various universities in Russia, Moomiyo was found to improve workload (weight x repetition) by as much as 15-27% and improve recovery time. The people of the Tajikistan area of Russia routinely use Moomiyo in their foods. Their life spans are above the world average. Russian scientists can only attribute this to their daily consumption of Moomiyo.

Read more about Shilajit here.

Tribulus - (Also a typical “male” herb, but can be very useful for women!)

Tribulus terrestris has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to promote healthy Gokhru (reproductive system) in both men and women. It is said to have an aphrodisiac action due to the presence of saponins. Tribulus (aslo known as tribulus terrestris, puncture vine, puncturevine, gokshura, tribestan, goksura) also maintains healthy levels of testosterone and hormones in the body, making it a great supplement for athletes and trainers.

Read more about Tribulus Here

Male Shakti - Male Shakti is a synergistic Co2 formula designed to balance, integrate, and normalize the functioning of the male reproductive system, while helping to provide stamina, vigor, and maintain overall male health.

Read more about Male Shakti Here

For Weight Management

Triphala Guggul - Triphala Guggul is a classic Ayurvedic formulation that we are pleased to be able to provide to you in Supercritical (Co2) form. Both are popular herbs found primarily in India, but they have been used in the United States and Europe as well, as a natural remedy for several conditions. This premier formula combines the antioxidant and digestive support of Triphala with the cholesterol and metabolism support of Guggul. Promotes healthy weight management and great for diets, cleansing and natural weight control!

Timing of Administration of Herbs

From: Ayurvedic Herbology East and West, A Practical Guide to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine, written by: Vishnu Dass

In Ayurvedic herbology, the timing of administration of a medicine is another important factor to consider, as it may enhance its effects. Herbs that are taken before meals work more on the colon, kidneys, and reproductive organs, and play a key role in supporting the functions of apana vayu, the downward moving aspect of vata that governs elimination of waste products and menstruation. Herbs with mild laxative, diuretic, and emmenagogue properties also act on the lower half of the body, and can be taken before food to strengthen their action.

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Herbs taken along with food act directly upon the stomach, spleen, liver, and small intestine. They support samana vayu, the aspect of vata governing digestive functions, as well as jathara agni and pachaka pitta, the main fires of digestion in the stomach and small intestine. Herbs acting on the middle part of the body are carminatives, stimulants, bitters, and nutritive tonics. Herbs taken after meals work on the upper portion of the body and directly affect prana, udana, and vyana vayus, giving them a stronger action on the lungs, heart, brain, and nervous system. Below is a list of times of administration and therapeutic effect they enhance.

Anannkala: Empty Stomach

Herbs taken first thing in the morning, then allowing as much time as possible (1-3 hours) before taking food, help to increase agni and burn ama and plegm. This is a good time to enhance various properties such as lekaniya (scraping of fat). This is the ideal time to give purgatives, emetics, or rasayanas (rejuvenating substances).

Pragbhukta: Before Meals

Herbs taken at this time are carried quickly to the pelvic region and have the greatest effect on the folon and apana vayu. This is one of the best times for treating chronic indigestion, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and constipation, as well as disorders of the reproductive organs and urinary tract.

Madhyabhukta: During Meals

Herbs taken along with food act on samana vayu, the aspects of vata governing digestive functions in the area of the duodenum and small intestine. This is helpful for kindling the agni, improving peristalisis, absorption, and assimilation. It is also an easier way of taking herbs for those who have difficulty swallowing them or tolerating their taste.

Abhobhukta: Right After Meals

Herbs taken just after food work on the upper portion of the body and directly affect prana vayu, the aspect of vata governing respiration and the nervous system. They also help to restore the function of udana, the vayu responsible for speech, effort, energy, willpower, and memory, as well as that of vyana vayu, which is centered in the heart, moves throughout the body, and governs circulation. Digestive herbs can also be take at this time to treat slow sluggish digestion and help to strengthen and regulate the thyroid gland. People that are sensitive to herbs sometimes prefer to take herbs after meals. This seems to be a convenient time for people to remember to take their herbs, but proper timing should be encouraged whenever possible.

Antarabhukta: Between Meals

The seven bodily tissues receive their nourishment during this time (3 to 4 hours after a meal). Herbs taken at this time travel along with ahara rasa (nutrient precursors) to each of the dhatus, increasing metabolic activity.

Muhur Muhur: Frequent Administration

This can be as frequent as moment to moment or every few minutes. This method helps to send a constant reminder to the body. It is used for acute disorders of prana vayu like hiccup, burping, asthma, cough, and other respiratory disorders. Good examples of this are sipping on teas every 5-10 minutes, or licking certain pastes made from herbs and substances like honey to relieve acute symptoms. Another example is the use of spice blends for digestion (digestive churnas), which can be sprinkled on food and ingested every few minutes with each bite.

Swapnakala: Before Bedtime

Herbs given at bedtime or one hour before sleep help to redirect the movement of vata (vata anuloman). This is a good time to give laxatives or purgatives, and is also an ideal time for treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. Herbs taken at midnight can help with nightmares and disorders of maija dhatu (nerve tissues and marrow).

Sandhyakale: At Sunrise and Sunset

Herbs taken during this time act directly on the joints. Mild laxatives can also be taken at sunrise. Herbs that raise the consciousness, such as brahmi and vacha, can be taken in the early morning to promote good meditation.

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