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

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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!

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The Most Effective Herbs that Help Maintain Hypertension Naturally

Cardiopure Nearly 30% of all Americans suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension.  

Promote a healthy hypertension response naturally with Tattva’s Herbs CardioPure. A time-tested, all natural formula in the ayurvedic system, CardioPure has proven to be a natural therapeutic aid to promote, balance and maintain healthy blood pressure. It is a safe alternative to the many conventional drugs with harmful side effects being prescribed to millions of people.

Hypertension, (high blood pressure) is widespread, and commonly related to the stresses of modern day living. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tattva’s Herbs’ CardioPure, it is primarily comprised of pure standardized extracts of Arjuna and Rauwolfia Serpentina. These herbs work synergistically to control blood pressure naturally, and maintain all aspects of healthy cardiac function. This product also contains the reputable herbs Arjuna, Tribulus, Shankapushpi, Boehaarvia Diffusia, Ashwagandha, Rose Powder, Jatamansi, and Inula Racemous, which combine to create the most potent formula available for maintaining heart health.

According to Ayurveda the heart is the seat of life energy or “Prana”. The negative effect of stress, both physical and emotional, can put strain on the heart, and destroy balance in the most vital part of the body. Tattva’s Herbs is pleased to offer a natural therapeutic aid to promote that balance and maintain healthy blood pressure. CardioPure contains a unique blend of herbs that provide support and balance to cardiac function. The herbRauwolfiia Serpentina, in particular has powerful stress relief properties. Combined with time tested herbs Arjuna, Tribulus, Shankapushpi, Boehaarvia Diffusia, Rauwolfiia Serpentina, Ashwagandha, Rose Powder, Jatamansi, and Inula Racemous, this is a very potent and time tested formula. CardioPure can also be taken to maintain cardiac health.

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Neem – Five Essential Health Benefits YOU Need to Know About

NeemIn India the Neem Tree is known as the “Village Pharmacy” because of its many diverse uses. Neem comes in many forms and is beneficial in many ways. Tattva’s Herbs sells Neem in capsule form to take internally as well as in oil form and cream form for external use.

Neem is very diverse, however we have come up with a list of the top 5 benefits of Neem that everyone should know. Enjoy!

1) Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties – Neem is a very potent antifungal and bacterial, which helps kill “bugs” in your system internal and external. This is great for everything from infections to dandruff and everything in between.

2) Hair and Skin Health – Neem is excellent for the hair, skin and nails. The oil relieves dry skin and soothes itchiness, redness and irritation. It is helpful for acne, dandruff and used in many skin care products today.

3) Boosts Your Immune System - Neem has such a powerful boost to our immune system that consistent use helps fight against any foreign invasion making our body strong and disease free.

4) Vision Benefits – Neem has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to promote healthy vision by decreasing congestion and mucus in the eyeballs.

5) Natural Pesticide and Mosquito Repellent – Instead of putting harsh chemicals on your skin, Neem Oil is an excellent remedy for deterring misquitos and bugs. It also works in your garden as an excellent non-toxic pest control. Chemical Free!

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The Top 5 Health Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna-webMucuna pruriens, commonly known as velvet bean or cow itch, is a plant indigenous to India, and has been used in Ayurveda for many different conditions. The ayurvedic names are Kaunch, Atmagupta, or Kapikacchu. Scientists and doctors in the west are now beginning to take a serious look at the potential benefits of this potent herb in a number of medical and psychological conditions.

The herb contains L-DOPA which is a neurotransmitter, and a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. The L-DOPA content increases when used as an extract. L-DOPA, or levodopa converts into dopamine, an important brain chemical involved in mood, sexuality, and movement. As such, M. pruriens seeds have also been found to have antidepressant properties. It has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for diseases including management and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Recognized as an aphrodisiac in Ayurveda, mucuna pruriens has been shown to maintain and normalize testosterone levels, which may lead to deposition of protein in the muscles and help increase muscle mass and strength.

Here are what we believe to be the Top 7 Health benefits of this amazing product:

1) Provides L-Dopa – turns into dopamine which improves mood, sense of well-being, mental clarity, better sleep, brain function, etc.

2) Produces Testosterone* – increases libido in both men and women.

3) Increases Energy*

4) Improves mental capacity*

5) Promotes brain activity that combats such things such as Parkinson’s disease and depression*

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not

intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Destroy Fat and Cholesterol with Guggul

Guggul is a time tested Ayurvedic Herb that has proved to maintain healthy cholesterol in the body.

Guggul-webGuggul or guggulu (commiphora mukul, also commiphora wightii) is derived from the gummy resinous exudate of a plant closely related to myrrh that is found in arid to semi-arid areas of Northern India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This tree has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and Ayurvedic texts dating back to 600 BC recommend it for treatment of atherosclerosis and digestive disorders.

The Sanskrit definition of the term “guggul” is “one that protects against diseases.” This attests to the wide respect and therapeutic Ayurvedic applications for this botanical, considered to be the most important herb for the removal of “ama,” or toxic substances which accumulate as a result of sluggish digestion and circulation associated with a slowing of metabolism.

Similar to another important Ayurvedic preparation called triphala, guggul is considered tridoshic, or balancing to all three doshas in the body. The three doshas, or bodily constitutions represent the foundation of traditional Ayurveda. These are: kapha or the anabolic humour, watery humour; pitta or the catabolic, fiery humour; and vata, the air or nervous system humour. When all three humours are in balance, the result is health and wellness. When one or more are in excess or deficient this represents imbalance or disease. Guggul stimulates pitta and thus enhances warmth, digestion, circulatory and reproductive processes. It also regulates vata (nerve force) and kapha (fluidic aspects).

As an “ama”-resolving herb, guggul has a wide range of applications beginning with rheumatic and arthritic pains, lowering high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and obesity. Guggul is warming and stimulates metabolism that is why it is one of the few botanicals that has been used to treat hypothyroid conditions. In addition, it is used to treat a sluggish liver, malaria, to stimulate libido, nervous diseases, bronchial congestion, cardiac and circulatory problems, weak digestion, gynecological problems, leucorrhea, sterility, impotence, and various skin diseases including acne and psoriasis. (One of the substances contained in Guggul which is known to lower cholesterol and triglycerides is also noted for its ability to decrease the redness and swelling that occurs in some types of acne) Guggul, as with other resins, is excreted through the skin, mucus membranes and the kidneys. This is what makes it particularly useful for the urinary tract and for a wide number of skin diseases.

Guggul has been used for over 3,000 years and is described in all of the classical Ayurvedic texts including the Sushruta Samhita (3rd to 4th centuries) where it is especially recommended for the treatment of rheumatic pains and obesity, as mentioned above. It is one of the most important rasayanas (herbal tonics) of Ayurveda where it is described as warm, dry, pungent-flavored, and aromatic with nutritive, lubricant, stimulant and digestion-enhancing properties. Current research substantiates its benefit for the treatment of elevated blood lipids and coronary and arterial plaque known as atherosclerosis. As a result, today in India standardized guggul extracts are being approved for lowering elevated serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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Top 10 Benefits of Triphala

Triphala-scTriphala is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and the three fruits that comprise it are Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki.

Triphala has long been used for a wide array of ailments and has countless beneficial properties. Regular use can do wonders for your body, mind and spirit.

Here is a list of what we feel are the top 10 benefits of taking this incredible product.

1. Aids in Digestion

2. Potent Antioxidant

3. Detoxification and Purification

4. Colon Cleansing

5. Healthy Weight Loss

6. Maintains Vision and Eyesight

7. Combats Stress

8. Helps combat Flatulence

9. Boosts Immune System

10. Stimulates the Liver

These are just a few  of the most well-known ways in which Triphala benefits our health. We suggest everyone use Triphala as a preventive and experience the bountiful health benefits offered.

Six Ways Shilajit Can Benefit You Today

True Shilajit or Moomiyo is rare and difficult to find. Shilajit is known to promote vitality and core strength. It is known for its rejuvanative properties, and is known to promote healthy recovery time and muscle strength and so much more.

We encourage you to take a minute to read six ways how this incredible herb can benefit your daily lifestyle.

Shilajit bottle 1) Ever feel sore and wish your muscles and joints would recover faster? Shilajit maintains healthy recovery time in muscles, bones and nerves. Great for athletes and non – athletes of all shapes, sizes and walks of life. Shilajit is very helpful in recovering from injuries, rigorous workouts, or just daily soreness and pain.

2) Shilajit will make your other supplements and vitamins work better. It acts as a catalyst for other supplements and helps “drive them deeper” making them more effective. It does this through aiding in the absorption of nutrients in the body.

3) Shilajit is a natural antioxidant, which stops the generation of free radicals in the body and promotes youthfulness and longevity.

4) It strengthens the nervous system and brain functions – can impact positive mood, mental fatigue and sharpness.

5) Increasing virility and libido.

6) Aids in overall well – being. Shilajit is a mineral substance that is quite literally “the carbon footprint” of our earth’s ancient ecosystem. High in the majestic Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, shilajit can be found preserved in rocks and cliffs.

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The Bountiful Benefits of Boswellia

boswellia-2010Boswellia (Botanical name: Boswellia Serrata) is the premier Ayurvedic herb in helping the body maintain a healthy and positive inflammation response. It is extremely effective in delivering and maintaining a healthy blood supply to the joints, yet avoids the irritation associated with many conventional pain relievers. Boswellia is a sap that is reduced to a sticky resin substance that is known as a guggul (tree resins used in Ayurvedic preparations and healing). This resin, also called boswellia, is the medicinal part of the boswellia tree.

In traditional Ayurveda, Boswellia is believed to suppress the proliferating tissue found in the inflamed areas while supporting healthy connective tissue. The higher the grade of boswellia, the more fragrant and potent the resin is. Boswellia grades are determined by the season when the resin is harvested, and how well the resin has been sorted. The highest quality boswellia is said to be that which is harvested in October, when a section of tree bark is scraped away and the sap is collected.

Boswellia potency and grades also depend on the variety of boswellia used in the preparation of the extract. This article will focus on the high-grade boswellia serrata variety, which has been refined and used in both the East and the West for hundreds of years.

The active ingredient in boswellia tablets is boswellic acid. Boswellic acid makes up about 30 percent of the raw boswellia sap as it is taken raw from the tree. Once the sap is concentrated and purified, the concentration of boswellic acid increases dramatically. The most powerfully concentrated boswellia extracts contain 65 percent boswellia acids. include Maha Vishgarbha Oil, Muscle and Joint Therapy (Vata Oil), and Sesame and Mustard Oils.

The optimal process for concentrating Boswellia is called supercritical extraction. This organic method uses up to 200 pounds of fresh boswellia sap to create just 1 pound of super concentrated boswellia extract. Prior to processing, all of the sap is tested for heavy metals and other impurities that would render it unsuitable for refining. Carbon dioxide (just like the carbon dioxide used to carbonate sparkling water) is used in place of chemicals or alcohol to reduce the raw tree sap into the pure extract. The extract is then recombined with raw boswellia to create a product so pure that the heady fragrance is still present. This careful process results in a super-concentrated, yet pure extract. It is often recommended to take Neem along with Boswellia to help maintain healthy blood-toxin levels. In addition to adding herbs to one’s diet, one should be very careful to eat a healthy and balanced diet and exercise regularly to re-balance the body. Ayurveda also recommends the use of herbal massage oils to cool and soothe inflamed joints and muscles.

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