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.

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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The Manifestation of Consciousness into Plants

An excerpt from “The Yoga of Herbs” An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine written by Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant Lad

Evolution is a manifestation of latent potentials. Within each thing is contained all things. In the seed is the tree; in the tree is the forest. Therefore, intelligence is contained implicitly in the many worlds of nature, not only in our human-centered world. Another way of saying this is that consciousness exists in all forms of life. It is the very basis of creation, the power of evolution. Life, creation, and evolution are the stages in the unfoldment of consciousness. There is nothing in existence that is unfeeling, nothing that is profane or unspiritual, nothing without a unique value in the cosmos. Life is relational, interdependent, interconnective, a system of mutual nourishment and care, not only physically, but also psychologically and spiritually.

circle-of-lifeConsciousness, therefore, is not merely a though, much less intellect or reason. It is the feeling of being alive and being related to all life. Consciousness as pure feeling exists already in the plant and is hidden in rock, even within atom itself. Elemental attraction and repulsion are similar to love and hate, like and dislike. For this reason, the ancient seers of India held that the Self alone exists, that unity is the basis of all existence – that the unity of life is the unity of consciousness.

By this they meant that every living thing was sentient, that everthing was, in the sense of consciousness, human. True humanity, which is humane feeling for all life, is at the heart of all life. Plants and animals sometimes show this sense of caring more than certain humans, who have hardened in their isolated sense of humanity. It is only when we come to look upon all things as human that we are capable of a truly human existence. Such a lesson is taught to us by plants and herbs whose existence is still grounded in the unity of nature, through which we may return to understand ourselves better.

Man as microcosm contains within himself all the elemental, mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms. Within the plant is the potential of the human being. Conversely, within the human being is the underlying energy structure of the plant. Our nervouse system, it could be said, is a tree whose plant-essence is human. Therefore, plants may communicate directly to that essense of feeling which makes a true human being.

The Plant Kingdom existsto bring feeling into manifestation. On the plant level, feeling exists in a pure and passive form. The animal and human kingdoms manifest this more actively, more separately, but often with less beauty. Consciousness in plants is on a primal level of unity, therefore it is more psychic, telepathic.

Life forms are stations for the reception and transmission of foreces, through which all are nourished. Each thing exists to nourish all others, and, in return, to be nourished itself. In this manner each kingdom of nature serves to receive and transmit life. This life is implicit in light and in the transmission of stellar or astral forces.

The earth, like a gigantic receptor or radio-station, inhales and exhales stellar and cosmic forces, the absorbed essence of which grows and unfolds as life. These forces are not all material, but include subtle energies of an occult or spriritual nature. Plants transmit the vital-emotional impulses, the life-force that is hidden in light. That is the gift, the grace, the power of plants.

Plants bring us the love, the nourishing power of the sun, which is the same energy of all the stars, of all light. These cosmic energies emanated by plants thus nourish, sustain and make grow our own astral body. In this way the existence of plants is a great offering, a sacrifice. They offer us not only their own nutritive value but the very light and love from the stars, from the cosmos whose messengers they are. They bring to us the universal light so that we can enter the universal life. They exist for psychological, as well as physical nourishment. Our feelings, then, are our own inner plants, our own inner flowers. They grow in accordance with our perception of athe nature of all life.

Creation is light. In the Vedas, the ancient scriptures of India, the great god Agni, the principle of Fire, the Divine Seer- Will, builds up the worlds, and makes  of all creation a series of self – transformations.

Plants exist to transmute light into life. Human beings exist to transmute life into consciousnesness, love. Thes three – light, life and love – are one, each an expression of the other, three dimensions of the same existence. Plants transmute light into life through photosynthesis. The human being tansmutes life into consciousness through perception. Through direct perception, the seer is the seen, the observer the observed.

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Joint Pain? Inflammation? Four Incredible Ayurvedic Remedies

As you may or may not now, the traditional Ayurvedic school of thought is that all disease and health ailments are rooted in some sort of inflammation. Luckily, there are many great Ayurvedic products that help our bodies deal with these issues.

Out of all the herbs, oils, products, etc. that make up this list, we have chosen what we believe to be the four most important/helpful.

Without further ado -

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1) Turmeric – Turmeric (Curcumin) is quite possible the most important herb in all of Ayurveda, and it’s ability to combat inflammation is second to none. You can read all about it here.

 

 

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2) Boswellia - Boswellia is a very poswerful anti inflammatory and also a great pain reliever. Many people use Boswellia in place of Tylenol for pain. You can read more here. 

 

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3) Maha Vishgarbha Oil – Maha Vishgarbha is a very powerful traditional blend of 72 different herbs. This oil has the ability to penetrate deep and have amazing affects! Read all about it here. 

 

 

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4) Maha Narayana Oil - Another great traditional Ayurvedic oil blend, this combination of 52 herbs is extremely powerful. Read more here.

 

Why Our Bodies Are Like Rivers

Written by: Sara Bowes, LAc

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With regards to medicine — especially holistic systems like Ayurveda and other traditional medical frameworks, there is rarely a cure-all, one-size-fits-all diagnosis or treatment. Within the parameters of a holistic mode of healing that considers the whole person as an integrated, orchestrated system rather than a patchwork of isolated symptoms and organ systems, every aspect of the patient must be considered, rather than simply the symptom alone. It follows that ten patients presenting with the same symptom (i.e. headache) will more often than not require ten entirely different remedies or treatments. This is because a truly holistic medicine rarely treats just the symptom itself, rather it addresses the underlying pattern and constitutional picture, which will always be the more effective and lasting, and ultimately healing treatment. After all, there is a plethora of reasons why a headache will manifest. In conventional Western medicine where the parts and symptoms are primary, and the whole is often overlooked, ten headache patients are often prescribed a similar “headache treatment,” for example.

Depending on how you look at it, this difference in approach renders holistic medicine somewhat complicated in that there are few things that can be said to be good for everyone, or every headache, in this case. That said, there is a small handful of principles that can be applied in a general sense to promote the health of all. One of these is that all pain—whether physical or emotional—arises from stagnation. Movement and variability are two constants that we can say are necessary for health.

These concepts are not unique to any esoteric or ancient system. The benefits of regular exercise dominate the headlines of modern medical literature; traffic is synonymous with discomfort; any human being can attest to the relief experienced when seeing one’s way out of a stuck emotional or thought pattern; even the human heart itself likes not only to be moving, but also some variability heart rate variability—the variation in the time interval between heart beats—has been shown to directly correlate to health, such that the less variability is correlated with greater incidence of disease. And because any holistic medical system views the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies as intimately connected, stagnation on any of these levels can in turn affect another, such that mental stuckness or rumination for instance is not only uncomfortable in its own right, but it is often the cause for physical disease as well.

While it is fair to say that stagnation is the culprit for all pain and much disease, it is necessary to recognize that a variety of reasons exists for the stagnation itself. As with most aspects of the human body, it is often helpful to turn to nature as a means of deeper understanding. Imagine a river—flowing, crisp, unobstructed, flexible, full, clear, adapting to the changing seasons. Rivers like to be moving, and even a little bit unpredictable. Various factors, however, can interrupt the river’s ability to flow healthily. Cold temperatures will turn the water to ice; hot weather will dry the river out completely; trash and pollution will muddy the river and slow it down; not enough precipitation during the winter leads to scanty flow in the spring; falling timber or a dam will cause obstruction. The same applies to the human body—stagnation can result from a wide variety of factors. Constitutional imbalance, toxicity, excess weight, poor diet, nutrient deficiency, environmental factors, emotional and mental inflexibility, injury, prior or existing illness comprise some of the possibilities. The implication here is that it is important to determine first what is the underlying cause of the stagnation before pursuing treatment. Though it is likely that both a kapha constitutional type and a vata constitution will suffer from stagnation and related manifestations, treating both persons the same would likely aggravate one of the situations. The kapha type, for instance, will benefit from aromatic and pungent spices and herbs, as these are generally dispersing and drying, which is helpful for the type of sluggish, overloaded type of stagnation that typically plagues kapha. Aromatics for the vata, however, will aggravate the tendency toward general dispersion that characterizes their mental and physical states.  To restore healthy flow in a vata constitutional type, warming, calming, tonifying, and sometimes moistening remedies are indicated—many of which could potentially aggravate the kapha constitution. This example highlights the necessity of determining constitution and/or underlying pattern prior to opting for treatment. No matter the situation, however, thinking generally about restoring flow and introducing movement into a stuck system will always be helpful, however this may look for your own individual constitutional needs.

 

Joints, Aches & Pain – Try Maha Vishgarbha Oil

maha-vishgarbha-oil-webMaha Vishgarbha has been used for centuries in Ayurveda, and is considered to be one of the most powerful of all of the Ayurvedic formulas. This amazing oil combines 72 different herbs in it’s preparation according to ancient Ayurvedic recipes. It is effective for maintaining healthy joints and muscles, and a healthy recovery time. 

The results of this oil can be shocking, and we strongly urge you to consider trying this oil if you have achey or stiff joints and muscles. The healing properties of this formula are vast and can provide nearly instant pain relief. Here are just a few of the key benefits of this powerful combination of herbs:

  • Potent rejuvenating oil for maintaining healthy muscles and joints
  • Helps lubricate muscles and joints
  • One of the most powerful of all of the Ayurvedic formulas
  • Promotes rapid and healthy healing
  • Very effective for sore or stiff muscles
  • Improves healthy joints, cartilage and ligaments
  • Combines 72 herbs exactly in accordance with the original Ayurvedic text
  • Supports healthy range of motion and movement
  • Improves blood flow and circulation
  • Combats pain, stiffness and inflammation

Click Here to read more about Maha Vishgarbha Oil or to purchase some today!

 

Three Healthy Products that should be in YOUR Cupboard Today

We could go on and on about numerous of products we recommend as part of your daily regime –  the list is seemingly endless. However, for this post we have decided to focus on three products that you can easily use to replace things that you are most likely already using at home, which each boast amazing health benefits.

capomo-bag-webThe first product is called Capomo (Maya Nut), and can and should be used in place of making coffee or tea.  Capomo is caffeine free (great for the adrenal glands), gluten free, and is very rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and even protein. Capomo has amazing benefits for not only the end user, but the animals and environment where it is grown. Capomo empowers and employs more than 600 rural and indigenous men and women who have formed 25 different autonomous businesses to produce and market Maya Nut products. The best part about it is that it even tastes great! You can read all about it here.

coconut-oil-webThe next product on our list is Coconut Oil. I’m sure that many of you are familiar with Coconut Oil to some extent, but may not be aware of all the health benefits compared to other oils traditionally used for cooking. Coconut Oil should be your go to oil when cooking and baking. Coconut Oil is ideal for high temperature cooking, loaded with health fats and Lauric Acid, and tastes great! On top of it’s cooking benefits, Coconut Oil is an excellent skin and hair moisturizer, and an easy way to implement a tropical feeling to any situation! You can read more about it here.

chyawan-for-webThe final product on today’s list is Chyawanprash. Chyawanprash could easily replace any Vitamin C or any other traditional immunity boosters. Loaded with over 50 different herbs, Chyawnprash is packed with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and more! This amazing jam tastes great, packs a punch and can be used by children and adults. Chyawanprash is great for virtually all the systems in our body including: immune, liver, stomach, heart, brain, liver, lung and more! Read all about it here.

While these products may appear unique and foreign, think of the everyday items that you could replace and add so many additional health benefits!

Please visit our site for additional information or send us an email at info@tattvasherbs.com with any questions.