Skyrocketing Male Infertility Warns The Human Race

Human infertility is one of the most heart breaking and impending epidemics of todays “modern life,” with the technological and chemical “progress” most likely to blame.

Female infertility tends to get the most attention (and that deserves its own article, coming soon), but recently male infertility has made headlines. Recent research showed a dramatic decline in sperm concentration and quality in recent decades.

According to the largest and most comprehensive meta-analysis[1] of its kind published in August 2017, sperm counts around the world declined by more than 50% between 1973 and 2013, and continue to shrink.

Researchers estimated that these men had an average sperm concentration of 99 million per millilitre in 1973 but that that had dropped to an average 47 million per millilitre in 2011!

The most significant declines were found in samples from men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, where many had sperm concentrations below 40 million/mL — a level at which a man will have trouble fertilising an egg. (Men suspected of infertility, such as those attending IVF clinics, were excluded from the study).

Causes of Male Infertility

"This study is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count."
Hagai Levine, Lead author at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Chemicals and Pesticides Disrupting The Male Endocrine System

One paper published in PLOS Genetics suggests there are endocrine disrupting chemicals such as those in contaminated (common) water, plastics, personal care products and herbicides[2] that directly affect mens reproductive health by lowering sperm count.

The study also confirmed that these chemicals, specifically synthetic forms of estrogen that men are exposed to in their day-to-day lives, have generational effects. 

While studying mouse lineages,
by the third generation the scientists were finding animals that could not produce sperm at all.”
~ Environmental Health News 

 

 

Males exposed to chemicals and EMF during the critical period of being in the womb (pre-natal life), especially while their reproductive organs are being developed, and as a young baby with a vulnerable immune system are especially susceptible from chemical damage causing future sperm issues and infertility.

Everything an expectant mother takes into her body can potentially get passed along to her developing child, and scientific evidence strongly suggests exposure to chemicals is contributing to cancer, reproductive abnormalities, early puberty[3][4][5] and a host of other endocrine, neurological and metabolic problems.

A shocking study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2005 found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in the umbilical cord blood of infants born in the U.S.!!

After numerous studies were coming out exposing the ridiculously high amounts of industrial chemicals and pollutants in the environment and food of our modern world, the Endocrine Society noted in a 2009 scientific statement:

“The evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes (infertility, cancers, malformations) from exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is strong, and there is mounting evidence for effects on other endocrine systems, including thyroid, neuroendocrine, obesity and metabolism, and insulin and glucose homeostasis … Effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals may be transmitted to further generations through germline epigenetic modifications or from continued exposure of offspring to the environmental insult.”
Endocrine Society

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposure is Zapping Mens Genitals and Decimating Reproductive Health

I personally believe this may be the most significant factor for the observed decrease in male sperm count.

It was well known in World War II that radar operators could easily create sterility by exposing the groin to radar waves. Radar is microwave radiation and was the precursor to cellphones that use similar frequencies.

In May 2011, the cancer research arm of the World Health Organisation, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classified radio frequency EMF — such as the radiation from cellphones — a class 2B carcinogen, meaning it is possibly carcinogenic to humans.[7]

This is because EMFs cause excess hydroxyl free radicals which decimate mitochondrial and nuclear DNA, their membranes and proteins. The end result is mitochondrial dysfunction, a core cause of chronic disease.

Keeping your cellphone in your pocket or waist, or your laptop on your lap is simply frying your genitals! 

A man’s testicles are also more vulnerable to EMFs for the fact that they’re on the outside of the body. Women’s eggs, on the other hand, are somewhat protected and shielded from EMFs due to them being further inside the body,[8] (but still should not be reckoned with!).

Indeed, studies have linked low level electromagnetic radiation (EMR) exposure from cellphones to a reduction in sperm motility and viability.[9][10]

Wi-Fi equipped laptop computers have also been linked to decreased sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation after just four hours of use![11]

So, if you care about your reproductive health or sex life, please don’t keep your laptop on your lap or your phone glued to your pants. If you are carrying it in your pocket, keeping it in aeroplane mode massively reduces EMF exposure. 

 

Obesity and Over Weight

One study found being overweight has a significant impact on a mans sperm count. The study concluded that only one in seven! Western Australian men met fertility benchmarks set by the World Health Organisation. 

The decline in sperm quantity and quality isn’t just about having babies.

It has larger implications for men's health. Poor sperm health has been linked to cardiovascular issues, obesity, cancer and testicular diseases.

“Having a low sperm count is a signal…that there’s something wrong in men’s health overall”
Shanna H. Swan, one of the authors of the study published in the Human Reproduction Update.

Strategies to Treat Infertility and Boost Fertility Naturally

First of all, prevention is key. This is why I’m writing this article. You now have the knowledge so stop ignoring what you already know. Prevent yourself from becoming part of the number of this distressing epidemic. Let alone the other chronic diseases that are crippling up the bodies of the majority of the earth's population.

Remove the Cause: Reduce Chemicals

Mainly found in your food, so eat organic as much as possible. If you don’t eat 100% organic, make sure you know the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” so you know what produce you must avoid (Dirty Dozen) and what foods are “safe” non-organic (Clean Fifteen). Also get in the garden and think about the skin of produce to understand what foods would require more pesticides. 

Only drink filtered water.

Avoid self-care products that contain chemicals, especially aerosol sprays the contain aluminium as that, especially mixed with glyphosate (commonly found on your non-organic produce) is very harmful.

Investigate your environment - What’s being put into the air in your workplace and home? Think cleaning products, industrial pollutants and eating or storing your food with plastic.

Remove the Cause: Reduce EMF Exposure

Step 1 (simple).

  • Is your phone on bluetooth when you are not using it? Turn it off.
  • Use speaker phone or wired headphones to talk on the phone rather than holding a high frequency device next to your temporal lobe that Apple actually advises in their fine print: users should opt for hands-free options, such as the built-in speakerphone, headphones or similar accessories to reduce radio frequency (RF).
  • Get the laptop off your lap. If you really want it on your lap, use a radiation shield.

At nighttime:

  • Turn your wifi off.
  • Switch your phone to aeroplane mode and preferably keep it out of your bedroom.
  • Turn your smart TVs off at the powerpoint since they don’t have an aeroplane mode.

These changes are so simple because your’e asleep anyway and don’t need these devices. People are now starting to hire electricians to wire in a master switch next to their bed to turn off the whole house. These changes will also significantly improve quality of sleep, especially for babies and young kids! Plus other benefits.

 

Step 2:

  • Avoid keeping your phone in your pocket during the day. Keep it on your desk away from you or even better, on a surface at the other end of the room.
  • Using landline phones for phone calls rather than your mobile.
  • Attach an anti-radiation sticker or phone case (this still isn't nearly adequate enough).
  • While carrying your phone in your pocket or having it near you, keep it on aeroplane mode as much as possible. You don’t need to be on call and socially connected and available 24/7. Detach. It’s so liberating. It’s like removing excess, high frequency baggage.

Step 3:

  • Assess your environment. Perhaps you need to make more radical changes to prioritise your health such as shifting offices or shifting rooms around the house.
  • Ethernet Plugin System - There is now a revolution of health conscious people hiring electricians to re-implement Ethernet in their home and banishing wifi altogether.
  • Hire a Building Biologist. A professional in this area who will come to your home with advanced equipment and skills to assess the biology of the structure that shields you (your home). They will show you were the hazards are and give you simple steps to create a healthy home.

Step in before shit hits the fan. Prevention is better than dealing with chronic disease (again, EMF affects so much more than infertility). Step in before you may have to quit your job altogether or spend a lot of money on IVF that is likely to be unsuccessful.

Healthy Digestion Grants Nutrients Access to your Reproductive Organs

Your body wants the food you eat to nourish all your body’s tissues, including your reproductive tissue. Catch is, the food has to not only be digested by your stomach (jathara agni), but every tissue has its own metabolic process (dhatu agni). (There are 7 tissues or dhatus: lymph, blood, muscle, adipose, bone, bone marrow and reproductive tissue).

The reproductive tissue (shukra) happens to be the seventh and last tissue down the line, which means it only will be nourished if each of the 6 tissues above it on the metabolic chain metabolise the nutrient fluid (ahar rasa) properly.

But there is one more step after the seven tissue metabolism.

Under the seven tissues resides a bio-celestial liquid substance called Ojas.

'Ojas' is considered to be the most refined product of digestion. It is the vital essence of our body that translates to “vitality.”

Ojas governs ageing, immunity, radiant skin, vigor, mood, sleep, digestion, spirituality, physical strength and libido and fertility.

Eat Ojas Increasing Foods

Building Ojas is an art. Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build Ojas is to eat a diet of fresh unprocessed, seasonal whole foods, and have a balanced agni to support the process. A handful of special foods even metabolise to nourish and build Ojas directly, fast-tracking the tissue metabolism process.

Ghee

You should primarily be using this fantastic fat as your cooking oil.

Read more about the Lowdown on Ghee.

Milk

Always boil quality unhomogenised cows milk.

Read more about milk here.

Honey

The source of honey is very important. Don’t over consume honey, reserve it for medicinal uses and herbal preparations

Read more about Honey: Nectar or Poison?

Raisins / Sultanas

Dates

Almonds

Read more about this strengthening, grounding and Ojas building nut and how to eat it here.

Herbal Support

My favourite herbal formula to increase sperm count, improve viability, motility and libido and maintain optimal hormonal balance is a product called Promactil.

This formula consists of 30 herbs that Stimulate, Rejuvenate and Nourish.
(Available at Vital Veda).

Meditation

Effective meditation easily integrated into modern daily life, such as Vedic Meditation, should be apart of your life as much as eating, sleeping and brushing your teeth is. You got to allow the technique to quite your mind, reduce metabolic activity, bathe in deep rest, release stress and so much more on a daily basis. Mediation is also one of the best ways to increase Ojas.

Other Activities that Build Ojas

  • Loving others.
  • Laughing.
  • Acting on things you are passionate about.
  • Giving and serving others.
  • Being in nature.
  • Getting ample sleep - Sleeping before 10pm and up early with or before the sun.

Panchakarma Detox and Rejuvenation Program

If the infertility is lagging, undergoing Panchakarma treatment will be wise to heal the physiology on a deeper level. Panchakarma before conception is perhaps the most important time to so since the state of the sperm and ovum at the time of conception will be transferred to the health of the future offspring. Panchakarma will purify and enhance the physiology of the sperm and ovum

How to Make Triphaladi Guggulu (Herbal Preperation)

Triphaladi Guggulu is an Ayurvedic preparation composed of a simple formula of only a few common yet powerful herbs to make tablets. The preparation process (that I employ) on the other hand involves extensive, intricate and labour intensive procedures.

Superior Herbal Preparation Method Rarely Practiced

Note that this preparation process (illustrated below) is rarely practiced by herbal manufactures and herbalists. The methods performed involve high amounts of attention, monitoring and flow of consciousness. 

I was instructed to prepare Triphaladi Guggulu this way by my teachers during my Dhanvantri Diksha (initation), as a preface into the field of herbal preparations (Aushadhi Vijnana).

Purification of Herbs

Most of the knowledge about the purification of herbs have been lost.

Vital Veda employs purification and preparation methods that has been passed down for many generations within the Raju Family of Vaidyas. This ensures safety and enhances potency, and is one of the factors that make our herbal products profoundly effective and treasured by so many.

This method of preparation is by superior and immensely enhances the potency and efficacy of this herbal formulation.

"What Dylan made is worth more than diamonds."
~ Dr. Padma Raju.

Indications:

Triphaladi Guggulu is used to treat an extensive array of conditions due to it's ideal composition. Some of the main uses are:

Inflammation

Anywhere in the body.

Thyroid conditions.

Obesity and cholesterol imbalance

By enkindling fat metabolism (meda agni) thus clearing out ama from the adipose channels (medavaha srotas). This prevents or reverses stagnated fat tissue, causing cravings and false hunger.

Immunity

Strengthens the whole system by removing the causes that turn accumulate into pathogens. Combats allergies, repetitive colds, boils and infections in kapha types by strengthening agni and clearing mucus toxins.

Lungs

It has an action of removing obstructions in channels (Srotorodhaghna) such as excess kapha from the plasma, chest and lungs creating asthma, bronchitis and phlegmy cough. Also for sinus congestion, nasal drip and rhinitis.

Gastrointestinal tract

Scrapes toxins (lakhana) such as ama and kapha in the GIT tract causing poor digestion and low metabolism. Helps in constipation by correcting the flow of apana vata downwards in the digestive tract. Also helps in fistula (Bhagandara) and haemorrhoids by purifying the blood and regulating the flow and direction of vata. Also helps correct low tissue metabolism (dhatu agni) which clears obstructed channels (Srotorodhaghna).

Arthritis

It's hot and dry qualities treats rheumatoid and osteoarthritis that is aggravated by cold, wet, damp conditions when vata and ama have accumulated. It has a specific action on sleshaka kapha and the synovial fluid in the joints with its scraping action (lekhana).

The Process

This preparation took me over 350 hours across 41 days to produce approximately 1200 triphaldi guggulu tablets.

Additionally, a small fraction of this I had a little help from my colleagues, which ended up being a big help.

Special mantras (primordial sounds) are chanted throughout this whole process to infuse vibrations into the highly receptive particles in the plant substances.

This preparation method is traditionally the first herbal preparation a student of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic herbal should prepare. It is appropriate for devoted and physically and mentally strong students. It is not for the faint hearted, nor for the impatient.

Raw Ingredients

Triphala - 3 fruits consisting of:
1. Amalaki (Embilica officinalis)
2. Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica)
3. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

Triphala cleans the bowels, ama and regulates the flow of apana vata (downward movement in the body).

Use the whole fruits dried.

4. Guggulu (Commiphora mukul)

Guggulu scrapes the channels and clears ama out of the system. Specifically works on meda dhatu (fat tissue) and is an anti-inflammatory.

There are 5 types of guggulu. You want the Hiranya type that is commonly used for medicine. This is like gold in colour (Kanaka).

Guggulu is an oily latex/gum/resin exuded from a small tree. Use it in raw resin form.

 

Method

Step 1: Guggulu Purification - Laksha Kutanam Shodana (Banging 100,000 times)

  1. Fill a large mortar and pestle up just below the rim of the bowl (mortar) with raw guggulu resin. 
  2. Pound it 100, 000 (one hundred thousand) times.
  3. Every 10 minutes (approx.), scoop up the squashed guggulu, loosen it up, turn the guggulu inside the mortar and start another round of banging. This is also a break time to rest your arms (see video).
  4. Keeping the guggulu in the sun, while banging it or not, helps soften it and makes it easier to bang.

Counting Method:

  • Chanting mantras while doing it not only enhances the herbs, but also is a tool for counting.
  • For example, I perform minimum 8 bangs per the mantra I use.
  • I chant the mantra 108 times in a row (1 mala), and keep track of how many malas I do. So 1 malas = 108x8 bangs.
  • If banging with my left hand, I count the mantras in my right hand using a beaded mala (necklace with 108 beads).
  • If banging with my right hand, I count the mantras on my left phalanxes.
  • Obtain mantra from your guru or contact me to perform a Dhanvantri Diskha and learn this procedure in person with me in India.

Notes:

  • This will take days. It took me 6 days of basically full time banging (kutanam).
  • Switch hands when you get tired. I switched about every 1-2 malas.
  • This is one of the more laborious steps. It is only for the strong (especially strong triceps, forearms and tough hands).
  • Keep the guggulu inside the mortar and pestle with a lid covered when not in use to protect from dust. Such as overnight.
  • This is a very powerful purification method for guggulu that is hardly practiced. Hand banged is way more effective to enhance potency than using machines.

Step 2: Triphala Kashayam (Decoction)

  1. Take 1kg of raw dried triphala fruits (equal parts of the 3 fruits).
  2. Grind or bang lightly to a coarse consistency (pictured). You can use food processor for this.
  • Boil 1L of the coarse triphala in 10L of water and reduce to half (5L).
  • Strain and you have a decoction.
  • The coarse triphala holds a lot of water, so squeeze it out inside a muslin cloth to get as much as possible.
  • Keep the coarse triphala for other uses.

Step 3: Boiling Guggulu in Triphala Kashayam

Tie the guggulu in a bolus with a thin material such as a muslin cloth. I ended up with about 700 grams.

  • Fully submerge the bolus in the pot but don't let it touch the bottom because that will burn it.
  • Boil on high heat. Be careful so that it doesn't bubble over.
  • The guggulu will exude out of the bolus, into the kashayam.
  • The kashaym will eventually evaporate and you will be left with a slimy like tar substance.
  • You will probably need to keep transferring this process into a smaller pot, 2-3 times, as you will need a smaller pot so that the bolus is submerged as much as possible.
  • Continue this process till the guggulu fully exits the muslin cloth. This can take up to 20 pots for the amount of Guggulu I used (700gm), so perhaps use less.

Step 4: Drying the Triphaladi Guggulu Paste

  • When the matter in the pot is thick, vicious and seems the kashayam / water content has been mostly evaporated (as much as possible), pour it onto a clean plate.
  • You want it to be on a large plate and multiple plates so that it is a thin layer so that it dries quicker.
  • Cover the plate with a clean glass (ideal) or a tight clean cotton cloth, then leave in the sun to dry up the remaining water content and harden. The cover is to prevent dust from coming in. If using cotton ensure it does not touch the paste. Keep the paste very clean.
  • Take it inside at night time to avoid moon (water) exposure.
  • Drying time can range from 1 week to 4 weeks depending on how thick the paste is and the climate.
  • Drying is finished when the paste is hard but you can still squish it if you push hard. It shouldn't be to hard so that you can still manipulate the paste to roll into tablets.

Step 5: Rolling Into Tablets

This step is a little challenging and laborious.

  • Using a knife or sharp scraper, scrape some paste off the plate.
  • Collect the right amount of paste to then roll into one spherical tablet.
  • Put back on a plate for potentially more drying if it is to sticky and water content is not fully removed.
  • When ready, package in containers!

Notes:

  • If the paste is to sticky to work with, add some triphala powder and bang with the paste. 
  • I made large tablets (vati), therefore I prescribe 1 tablet 2x/day before meals.

Vital Veda's precious Triphaladi Guggulu Vati is available for people and for those who really need it.

Enquire within.

Amalaki (Embilica Officinalis) Uses & Benefits

Amalaki (Embilica officinalis) is not only considered by many to be Ayurveda's most potent fruit, but Amalaki is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda that is used extensively in formulations. 

Nomenclature

English: Indian Gooseberry
Sanskrit: Amalaki, aka Amla (vernacular).
Latin: Embilica officinalis or Pjullantus embilica (less common)

Synonyms:

  • Dhatri ("Mother" or "Nurse") - Amalaki is the ultimate carer and healer.
  • Amrta ("Immortality") - There are only a few herbs which have the Amrta quality. Amalaki is like nectar that promotes immortality.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Sour (predominately), sweet, bitter, astringent, pungent
Virya (energy): Cooling
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
Gunas (quality): Dry, light.
Dosha: VPK-

Tridoshic Fruit

One of the marvels of Amalaki is that it contains all 6 tastes except salt. Thus this fruit mitigates:

  • vata by its sour taste
  • pitta by its sweet taste and cold virya (energy) and
  • kapha by the dry quality and astringent taste.

Usually sour herbs aggravate pitta. Amalaki is an exception, and is one of the very few sour herbs that actually reduce pitta.

Ayurvedic Action

Ganas (classical groups):

  • Vayasthapana (Anti-Aging) - Caraka (The famous sage) quoted Amlaki as the best among the Vayasthapana herbs.
  • Jvarghna (Treats Fever) (Caraka)
  • Kasaghna (Treats Cough) (Caraka)
  • Virecanopaga (Purgative) (Caraka)
  • Kusthaghna (Treats Skin Diseases) (Caraka)

Indications

Rasayana - Longevity and Immunity

Rejuvenator that promotes longevity. Thus is included in the classical group of Vayasthapana. "Rasa" (the essence of properly digested food) is being spread ("ayana") to nourish all the rasavaha srotas: 10 dhaminis (arteries) and heart, as well as the udakava srotas: Talu (soft pallet) and kloma (pancreas/thyroid).

This potent anti-oxidant fruit is fantastic immunomodulator, aphrodisiac and rejuvenator. (Bhavaprakasa).

Digestion

Assists bowels and reduces inflammation in the GIT as it supports healthy intestinal skin. Especially helpful in ulcers, hyperacidity (Amlapitta), colitis, hepatitis, haemorrhoids and intestinal bleeding conditions. Great laxative and liver cleansing action. Healthy intestinal "inner" skin accordingly improves health and lustre of the "outer" skin.

Diabetes and Metabolism

Its Ojas and immune boosting action helps cope with diabetes and urinary disorders (Prameha), (Bhavaprakasa).

Home Remedy: 2.5ml Amalaki juice + 2.5ml Turmeric juice + bit ot Honey (Astanga Hrdayam U.).

More Benefits:

  • Respiratory System - Amalaki's immune boosting action strengthens the lungs and helps in cough.
  • Sattva (Pure Consciousness) - Amalaki’s prabhava (special effect) is having a sattvic effect that raises the quality of consciousness and the overall wellbeing of the body.
  • Raktapitta (Bleeding diseases) (Bhavaprakasa).
  • Caksusya karma (Benefits the Eyes) - Reduces excess pitta in the eyes. Triphala is one of the best formulations for eye diseases (Netra roga). (A.P.I.)
  • Soma Roga
  • Kesha (Hair Tonic) - increases hair strength, reduces premature baldness greying since it pacifying the pitta burning the roots of the hair. A main ingredient in the Vital Veda + the Raju family's Bringraj Amalaka 11 Oil and Rajus Kesha Oil.

Vitamin C Powerhouse

According to the studies, the average Amla fruit (22.5gm) contains 121mg of vitamin C.
The average orange (130 grams) has about 70mg of vitamin C.

So one little Amla berry is packed with more vitamin C than the orange, which a 5.8 times bigger fruit!

Amalaki has 10 TIMES the amount of vitamin C than an orange when we measure equal weights of both fruits.

Research suggests this all-natural vitamin C content contributes to the potent antioxidant capabilities of Amalaki.

This is far from mega doses of vitamin C that people are taking. But what is compelling is the ability of Amalaki to take a small amount of vitamin C and use it to activate an entire matrix of chemicals that deliver a multitude of health benefits.

More about Amalaki herb coming soon.

Important Formulations

Triphala

One of the most popular formulations in Ayurveda and rightly so because mostly everyone can use it and benefit from triphala's actions.

Triphala helps in diabetes and skin diseases. It is fantastic for the eyes (external and internal application) and helps in fever. It helps in digestion and natural, regular elimination (laxative action), thus is an essential supplement to take today when we (even health individuals) are inevitably exposes to environmental toxins. 

Note Triphala is contraindicated for those with loose motions, diarrhoea, bleeding disorders of the GIT. 

"Tri" = Three
"Phala" = Fruits

The three fruits (in equal quantity) that make up triphala are:

  1. Amalaki (Embilica officinalis)
  2. Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica)
  3. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

Shodana Vati - 3-Dosha Balancing and Purification

Shodana Vati's main ingredient in Triphala plus a whole lot more other herbs. If one takes Shodana Vati (superior option) people do not need to take Triphala.

This is a Raju family formula made with love and mantras that is the best free radical scavenger and anti-oxidant; immune modulator and blood purifier. It's good for gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, tooth and oral problems, female problems, high cholesterol, chronic cough, eye disorders, addictions, helps clear the skin and more. Available at Vital Veda.

Chyavanaprasha

Chyavanaprasha is a honey based jam (leham) procured with many herbs. Eating this regularly maintains optimum energy and immunity levels, especially during seasonal and life changes. Chyavanaprasha reduces kapha, colds, and promotes inner strength.

Unfortunately most herbal manufactures are not making proper Chyavanaprasha. The only company that makes it properly to my knowledge is Maharishi Ayurveda, although Maharishi Amrit Kalash is superior.

Anand Sidhi Yog - Nutritious Immune Boosting Bliss

An easy to digest rasayana that strengthens and repairs all the dhatus (tissues). It provides supreme nourishment for rapid healing and feeds the most re ned levels of the physiology, the mind and only the healthy body, not the disease.
It strengthens the lungs, helps in chronic cough and is a great anti-oxidant. "ASY" restores physical vitality, immunity, good digestion and eternal bliss. Amalaki is the main ingredient in this Raju family formula made with love and mantras. Available at Vital Veda.

If taking Anand Sidhi Yog, no need to take Chaywanaprash or Amrit Kalash since ASY is superior.

Check out our Amla Pickle Recipe here.

If you are in India and Amla is in season (around December), take advantage of that and eat them fresh!

 

Credits:
Chywanprash photo - Jiva

 

Amla Pickle (Recipe)

Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry)

This recipe can be for lemon pickle by replacing lemons with amla.

Amla is the common name for the fruit of the Amalaki plant (Embilica officinalis). This is not only considered by many to be Ayurvreda's most potent fruit, but Amalaki is also one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda.

Tridoshic Fruit

One of the marvels of Amalaki is that it contains all 6 tastes except salt. Thus this fruit mitigate:

  • vata by its sour taste
  • pitta by its sweet taste and cold virya (energy) and
  • kapha by the dry quality and astringent taste.

Benefits of Amla

  • Rasayana - Rejuvenator that promotes longevity. Rasa (the essence of properly digested food) is being spread (ayana) to nourish all the rasavaha srotas: 10 dhaminis (arteries) and heart, as well as the udakava srotas: Talu (soft pallet) and kloma (pancreas/thyroid).
  • Good for the lungs and immunity. 
  • Digestion - assists bowels and reduces inflammation in the GIT as it supports healthy intestinal "inner" skin. This accordingly improves health and lustre of the "outer" skin.
  • Diabetes.
  • Fantastic aphrodisiac and rejuvenator.
  • Amalaki’s prabhava (special effect) is having a sattvic effect that raises the quality of consciousness and the overall wellbeing of the body.

Vitamin C Powerhouse

According to the studies, the average Amla fruit (22.5gm) contains 121mg of vitamin C.
The average orange (130 grams) has about 70mg of vitamin C.

So one little Amla berry is packed with more vitamin C than the orange, which a 5.8 times bigger fruit!

Amalaki has 10 TIMES the amount of vitamin C than an orange when we measure equal weights of both fruits.

Research suggests this all-natural vitamin C content contributes to the potent antioxidant capabilities of Amalaki.

This is far from mega doses of vitamin C that people are taking. But what is compelling is the ability of Amalaki to take a small amount of vitamin C and use it to activate an entire matrix of chemicals that deliver a multitude of health benefits.

Read more benefits and information on Amalaki here.

Amla Pickle Recipe

Note this recipe can simply be adjusted to make Lemon Pickle by replacing Amlas with chopped up lemons.

Fresh Amla is hard to get outside of Asia.

Ingredients

  1. Finely chopped Amla fruit - 1 kg
    (or if making lemon pickle, slightly peel the outer layer off then chop 1kg lemon).
  2. Rock salt - 100 gm.
  3. Sea salt - 200 gm.
  4. Turmeric powder - 25 gm.
  5. Dry roasted ground fenugreek powder - 2 tsp.
    Dry roast until it is very good smell and brownish red colour. Then grind to powder.
  6. Dry roasted ground cumin powder - 5 tsp at least.
  7. Lime Juice - 1 tbsp.

Spices to add it at the end:

  1. ghee
  2. mustard seeds - 1 tsp.
  3. cumin seeds - 2 tsp.
  4. fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp.
  5. garlic - 3 cloves finely chopped.
  6. curry leaves - 8 leaves chopped.
  7. dry chilli - 2/3 chopped (optional).

Method

Day 1

  1. Finely chop Amla fruit (approximately into 6 pieces per fruit) and remove the seeds until you have 1kg.
  2. Add 25 gm turmeric power and mix well.
  3. Add 5tsp roasted cumin powder + 2 tsp roasted fenugreek powder.
  4. Leave in a bowl loosely covered with a lid closed for 3 days (72 hours). Mix well at least a few times a day.

Day 4

  1. Add 100 gms rock salt + 200 gms sea salt. Mix well.
  2. Leave in a bowl with the lid closed for 3 days (72 hours). Mix well at least a few times a day.

(A lot of salt preserves and cooks the pickle).

 

Day 6:

  1. Now the pickle is just about ready but requires one last step.
  2. In a pan, heat ghee then fry in the ghee:
    • mustard seeds till they pop.
    • Then cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds till they pop. 
    • garlic, curry leaves and dry chilli until the garlic becomes golden colour.

Store the pickle in a glass jar and it is ready to be used.

This pickle gets better with age when stored in a glass jar.

 

 

Silver Pomegranate Ghee (Rajata Dadima Ghritam)

A divine herbal preparation performed in accordance with astrology. This medicated ghee is a rejuvenator and anti-aging rasayana.

A method passed down to Dylan Smith by his teachers, the Raju family. It involves abhishekam: pouring divine herbal substances on a pure silver Ganesh murti (statue/3D phenomenon of a consciousness state), then collecting the substances in a pure silver laksmi plate and preparing a medicated ghee from it.

Special mantras (primordial sounds) are chanted throughout this process to infuse vibrations into the highly receptive particles of the edible substances.

Dylan only conducts this procedure a few times a year as it has to be on on Sankashti Chaturthi (Ganesh’s anniversary) and when pomegranates are in season.

The Process

Teertam - offerings collected on a silver laksmi plate to be cooked into a medicated ghee (ghritam).

The finished product

Golden Milk Elixir

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This nightly sleep aid and anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating one of the most nourishing foods: cows milk, with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge overnight.

Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep?

This Ayurvedic remedy will reduce your stress to allow you to switch off and gain a more restful and undisturbed sleep.

Supersede the Stress

Insomnia, which can increase the risk of most degenerative diseases(1) is mostly caused by stress. When we are under stress, cortisol levels (stress fighting hormones) do not decrease, rather they keep us revved up throughout the night and we don’t have the energy to calm them back down.

Modern science has once again proved ancient wisdom by showing milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%. The improvements of sleep are remarkable:

  • Promotes deeper sleep (3)
  • Supports more restorative sleep (3)
  • Provides relaxation at the level needed for sleep (4)
  • Calms anxiety (4)
  • Improves numerous stress markers (5)
  • These peptides further support digestion, emotional state, cognitive function and even cardiovascular function. (6)

Interestingly, these peptides in milk activate GABA receptors.(4) Pharmaceutical drugs that are widely used as sedatives for stress, anxiety, and sleep target these same GABA receptors!(7)

Ojas Building

Even if you sleep well, this night-time tonic will not only upgrade your sleep to be more deep and restful, but also build your Ojas.

Ojas (OH-jas) is considered to be the most refined by-product of digestion, said to reside in the heart. Ayurveda considers ojas to be a bio-celestial substance that is our vital essence.

Our vitality, immunity, vigour, skin, sleep, digestion, spirituality and physical strength are all directly influenced by our reserve of ojas.

Ojas builds our inner silence. It Increases the ability to genetically connect with the circadian rhythms allowing the body to resonate with the rhythms and thrive. If your body is under stress, emergency alarm bells will keep ringing (flight or fight response/sympathetic nervous system) disconnecting you from the genetic ability to hear these rhythms.

Building ojas is an art. Yoga, pranayama breathing exercises, meditation, spending time in nature, sleeping at the right times, laughing, showing love and affection and giving to others, spending time being creative, relaxing, and doing things that make you happy all build ojas.

Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build ojas is to eat a diet of fresh, unprocessed whole foods in the appropriate season.
Further, there are certain foods and herbs in Ayurveda that are great ojas-builders. These were traditionally blended with warm milk and taken before bed as a sleep aid and an ojas-builder.

 

Ayurveda’s Super Sleep Recipe:

  • Boil 3/4 cup of unhamogensied cows milk + 3/4 cup of water + 2 strands of saffron + 1 chopped date + 3 crushed and peeled almonds. Boil till it reduces to approximately 1 cup or till it fully foams up.
  • After the milk has boiled. Add:
  • 1/4tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2tsp ghee.
  • 1/4 tsp Ashwagandha powder (optional for more ojas building and calming effect)
  • 1/4 tsp Shatavari powder (optional for more ojas building and calming effect)
  • pinch of Ojo or Samadhi (Raju family herbal preparation)
    (Can modify herbs and spices according to season and body constitution).

Sitr well, then drink and enjoy.

When to Drink It:

  • Have between dinner and sleep - approximately 45-60mins after dinner and 45-60mins before bed.
  • You can even make this your dinner.
  • Drink one cup of the golden milk each night for 3 months to rebuild ojas levels and support sleep patterns.
  • You can also have this in the morning approximately 45 minutes before breakfast or make it your breakfast, (good for people who don’t have an appetite in the morning). It is also a great replacement to coffee.

"But I Don’t Do Dairy"

If you are intolerant to dairy, it is probably indigestion, some weakness and/or your mind getting the better over you by 'accepting' the intolerance. Additionally, most milk is difficult to digest because it is unnecessarily homogenised, pasteurised the wrong way, added chemicals, pesticides, preservatives and anti-biotic’s.

However, drink the right milk and correct your agni, and you may find you can slowly introduce this medicinal lactation back into your diet.

Most places you can find milk that is non-homogenised without all these nasty additives. Getting non-pasturised or vat-pasturised, (heated at low temperature for short time), is a bonus, but the main precept is to drink non-homogenised milk. This has become so popular that mainstream supermarkets in Australia and New Zeland are now selling it. Additionally, most health-food stores will have it.

If you are very sensitive to milk, I suggest first correct agni, then slowly introduce dairy by drinking thin Lassi with lunch.

You may substitute substitute coconut or (freshly made) almond milk. Though you won’t get the benefits of the milk peptides, you’ll still have a vehicle for the ojas-building foods and herbs and some calming benefits from the warmth of the milk.

Take this milk to build some resiliency towards the stress that prevents us from sleeping like we should.

It’s tasty, nourishing and a great way to end the day, plus it’ll send you off with the clouds for the night.

References

(1) Occup Med (Lond). 2010
(2) The Open Sleep Journal. 2009;2:128-32
(3) J Dairy Sci. 2000 Jun
(4) Ther Umsh. 2009
(5) Eur J Nutr. 2005
(6) Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007
(7) FASEB J. 2001

Herbal Formulations – Nourishing Rasayanas

“Rasayana” = “That which promotes longevity”

These ancient rasayana formulas restore balance and strength to the physiology from the deepest, most unified levels of mind and body.

With the growing popularity of Ayurveda in Australia, increasing numbers of people are discovering the health benefits of the herbs and the essential role they play in healing and prevention.

Ayurvedic herbs are designed to help support the body’s natural functioning and healing. They build strength from within so that your body can heal itself.

You can take an anti-acid tablet, whether it is natural or not, which may put more alkaline in the body and block acid from secreting. The Ayurvedic approach is take herbs that make your body naturally do it’s own job of balancing PH levels, fixing the digestion so acid is not excessively produced and more.

You can take a calcium supplement, but in contrast Ayurveda would prescribe herbs and other measures to enkindle and balance your digestion so that you absorb calcium from foods and improve your skin physiology to be able to absorb calcium and Vitamin D from the sun, as well as secrete your own calcium.

Not only are herbs effective in treating specific conditions, they are used to prevent ailments that you might be inheritably or environmentally exposed to.

How Long Do I Take Herbs For?

Some “Rasyana” herbs, especially those Raju family formulas, can be taken for a long time. Generally herbs can be taken for 3-6 months to correct the body’s intelligence, but this varies for each individual and you should consult with your practitioner.

While it’s impossible to list all of the herbs in Ayurveda, it is within our reach to offer some insight into the herbs that are prescribed at the Vital Veda clinic as well as the Raju Family Clinic in Hyderabad, South India.

All herbs from Vital Veda and the Raju Family Clinic are from reputable suppliers and manufactures that we have  thoroughly investigated to ensure proper hygiene, purification and effective formulation of herbs, from the farmer to the harvester to the manufacturer.

Please contact us if you’re unsure on the method of administration, dosage amount or where you can buy these uniquely powerful formulas.

Herbal Formulations

Abudari

Tumours. Cancer.

Agni 

Strengthens digestion and liver functioning and is especially good for removing undigested material in the digestive tract. It can also be applied externally for acne and skin conditions, to help remove ama (blockages) collecting in the pores.

A Raju Family Formula

Amlycure D.S. (AIML)

Capsules to correct and protect the liver. Gives strength to the liver and alleviates liver disorders.

Amrit Arista

A fermented wine preparation for chronic fever, general debility, chronic fatigue, gout, liver and spleen disorders, jaundice, anaemia and weakness of urinary bladder. It enkindles tissue metabolism.
Dosage – 5tsp after meals 2x/day or as prescribed.

Amyron (AIML)

Contributes to normal energy release and vitality. Nutritional Anaemia. General Debility. Convalescence. Anorexia. Oxidative Stress. Enriched With special nutrients for haemoglobin and red blood cells.

Ananda Sidhi Yog

Highly nourishing to the body and boosts immunity, strengthens and repairs all the seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) and gives all the refined nourishment you need for rapid healing. Very good for chronic coughs (strengthens the lungs) and restores physical vitality.
A Raju Family Formula

Anantandi Yog 

Supports stress, hormones and overall longevity. Particularly good for females. Supports fertility in woman.
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix the powder with enough honey to make a paste.
A Raju Family Formula

Ashoka Arista

For female hormones and conditions such as leucorrhoea, vaginal discharge, menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, anaemia, prolapse of uterus affecting ovulation, infertility, endometriosis.

Ashwagandha Arista

For nervous system, mind and reproductive organs.
Helps with mental disorders, nervine disorders, insomnia, delirium, memory loss, post-partum weakness, fibromyalgia, nerve weakness, delirium, amnesia.

Asthi Powder 

Strengthens the bones, joints and connective tissues by increasing calcium absorption in the body.
A Raju Family Formula
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix with rose petal jam or honey, rose water + 1 drop of prandhara or as prescribed.

Bala Arista

“Bala” = “Strength.”
It is used in the treatment of Vata imbalance diseases such as neuralgia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, arthritis and spondylosis. It is also a very good nervine tonic as it improves strength of nerves, muscles and bones.

BGR-34

Manages blood sugar and diabetes, manages blood glucose, improves immunity, supports pancreas, powerful anti-oxidant and a great source of micro-nutrients.

Bocomo XT 

Helpful to reverse degeneration of the joints, bones and spine.

Black Medicine

For any skin abnormality such as all skin diseases, tumours, moles, sun damaged skin, skin cancers, tumours, shingles, eczema etc. Great disinfectant and for burns.

A Raju Family Formula

Click here to learn how to prepare black medicine.

Blue Pills 

Helps the body fight viruses or infections. Good for upper respiratory system, colds and anti-bacterial.
A Raju Family Formula

BVC Premium (Brihat Vata Chintamani Ras)

Jewels (Chintamani) are mixed with metallic preparations (bhasmas) to balance the central nervous system, vata and much more.
Dosage: 1 tablet crushed with honey early morning before sunrise or as prescribed.

Cervilon 

Effective for neck pain problems.

Chandraprabha Vati 

Chandra = Moon
Prabha = Luminous Glow
Vati = Pill
Chandraprabha vati = “The pill that gives the luminous glow of the moon.”

For genitourinary health. Stregnthens ojas (vitality), thus produces a luminous glow on the persons face. Indicated for diabetes and infertility caused by water stagnation in the water channels.

Dashamula Katutraya Kashayam

A very well known Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is widely used in the treatment of respiratory conditions. Particularly good for upper respiratory tract infections.

Dhanvantari Gutika

For gas in the body from digestive gasses to unwanted gas in joints.

Dhatu 

Restores and regenerates nerves, bones and tissues, because it nourishes and strengthens all seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) in the body. It is also good for improving calcium absorption.
A Raju Family Formula
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix with equal amounts of rock/quality sugar + enough ghee to make a paste.

Eugynin-L 

Normalises hormonal balance in women and puts a stop to leucorrhea (white vaginal discharge). Good for all female hormonal issues.

Eve Care (Himalayan Brand)

Maintains health of the reproductive organs. It helps to support normal menstruation, relieves discomfort of menstrual symptoms, promotes regularity of ovarian hormones and serves as a uterine tonic.

Gallakol Tablets – Increases Lactation and Purifies Breast Milk.

This herbal nutritive tonic can be taken by the mother even if breast milk is slightly not 100%.
Dosage: 2 tabs 2-4x / day before meals or as needed.

Gandusha 

Medicated oil for “Oil Pulling.” Mothwash, swish and gargle to draw out toxins through the oral channels, rejuvenate the tissues, protect oral health, and remove excess acidity from the stomach and even toxins from the thyroid and brain.
A Raju Family Formula

Glucomap 

Stablises blood sugar in type II diabetes patients.

Gudnagar Kalpa 

Good for digestion and metabolism, blood purification, immunity, allergies, fungus and skin problems.
A Raju Family Formula

Ictarus

Liver issues.

Indukantem Kashayam 

Combats chronic fevers, indigestion and abdominal disorders.

Indukantam Ghritam 

Immunity, digestion.

Kaishore Guggul 

Blood purifier thus helpful for skin health. Joint health, natural blood cleanser, useful as supportive dietary herbal supplement in many health conditions such as diabetes and skin diseases. Helpful for cancer mixed with pitta and inflammatory toxins.

Kanchanaar Guggul 

Great anti-inflammatory. Supports the healthy function of the Thyroid and cleanses the lymphatic system. It also helps minimize the future accumulation of Kapha by enkindling the digestive fire and promoting healthy elimination. Helpful in cancer.

Kesha Rasayana 

Good for calcium absorption, healthy hair and skin, and strong bones—nourishes all the seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) in the body.
A Raju Family Formula

Kumkumadi Paste/Powder

Used for abhyanga oil (daily oil massage). It maximizes the oil’s ability to draw out impurities through the skin. This improves whole-body health significantly because the skin is connected to and supports every organ and bodily system.
A Raju Family Formula

Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix 5 grams of powder with 1 Litre of sesame or coconut oil, shake and leave in the sun/day light for 3-7 days, then you have medicated oil for self-massage.

Livpar 

Assists general liver dysfunction, acute and chronic hepatitis, jaundice, fatty degeneration of liver, liver cirrhosis, liver damage due to alcohol or drugs. Also works on spleen.

Lumbaton Plus Soft Gel Capsules

Gives total freedom from low back pain.

Restores the freedom of movement, liberate from low back pain. This medicine is also administrated for joint pain, swelling and sprain. It is formulated using superior quality natural herbs.

  • Relieves pain and inflammation
  • Relieves sprain and muscular spasm
  • Nourishes the disc and prevents the degeneration.
  • Helps repair nerve damage.
  • Heals ligament injury

Mahatikta Ghrit

Mainly for skin inflammations and any skin disorders.. Anaemia. Good for post surgery to allow the body to heal. Tikta (bitter) herbs have a capability to enter minute channels which is required for healing.

Can come in medicated ghee plain or capsules.

Manasolassa Vati

Enhances mind-body coordination and connection. Pacifies overactive and thinking mind. Helps with sleep, insomnia and depression. Regulates blood pressure.
A Raju Family Formula

Migrakot (Kottakal Product)

Strengthens the head and treats migraine.

Mukta Pisti

Pearl powder processed with rose water in a golden mortar and pestle with specific mukta mantras.

Fires up neurons immediately. Balances heart palpitations as it immediately calms down and balances pitta by adapting to what is needed.  When pitta is depleted, fear and emotions sensitivity is higher as pitta is weak. Helps to bring someone back from unconscious state, panic attack, high anxiety, blood pressure issues.

Administration: 1 pinch on tongue or as prescribed.

Musalikhadiradi Kashayam

Balances female hormones and conditions like leucorrhoea and menorrhagia. Astringent action reduces excess bleeding.

Nasika 

A medicated oil to be inhaled up the nose to the brain (“Nasya”).
Nasika Clears, lubricates and protects the brain and sinuses and removes finer toxins everywhere. Good for prostate and urinary problems, calms the mind, strengthens the respiratory system, reduces inflammation, and increases immunity. Supports thyroid health and enhances all the sensory organs.
A Raju Family Formula
Dosage: Have on you so you can administer as many times per day (e.g. before exercise, pranayama, studying, driving etc.)
Don’t do right before food.

Nagadi Yog 

Good for many things including stress, longevity, and hormonal functions. Good for menstrual bleeding issues.
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix the powder with enough honey to make a paste.
A Raju Family Formula

Neeri Tablets

A comprehensive formulation having different vital herbs in synergistic concentrations and combinations. Apart from flushing the urinary calculi of moderate size and eradicating the urinary infections, it prevents their recurrence. Neeri exerts anti-microbial & alkalizer properties and helps in calculus disintegration. Neeri reduces complication in prostatic enlargement by improving tonicity of urinary bladder. Neeri, also exerts provides anti-oxidant & rejuvenative activities thereby acting as nephroprotective. An Aimil product.

Neeri KFT

Natural kidney function toner fortified with a higher number of synergistically acting herbal extracts in maximum optimal concentration for overall improvement in kidney health. A friendly approach in diabetic and hypertensive patients that improves functional capacity of kidneys. This liquid can help delay the need of dialysis by reducing the progression rate of degeneration and tends improve repair renal cells injury. Also indicated for Nephritis, Impaired GFR, Anasarca, Odema & blood circulation issues. An Aimil product.

Netra Amrit (Black Eye Drops)

Indicated for any eye problems including conjunctivitis, dry eyes, irritated eyes, allergies eyes, styes, macular degeneration and more. A preventative Rasayana to protect against vision loss and degeneration.

To Administer:

  • Punch a hole in the top with a pin. Make the hole big.
  • Before bed, put one drop in one eye. You may have to squeeze hard as it is a thick paste. Yours eye will sting a little for 10-30 seconds.
  • When the stinging has subsided and you are able to administer to the other eye, drop one drop in the other eye.
  • Close your eyes while you lie on your back and go to sleep.
  • The drops may exude out the sides of your eyes. Don’t wipe your eye but you can wipe what falls onto your face.
    • Wake up with clarity!

A Raju family formula.
**Do not heat** as the drops contain honey.

Nirocil

Anti-viral. Treats shingles, infections.

Nucart-OA 

Used for joint support and for treatment of osteoarthritis.

Ojo

Increases Ojas and is good for the heart.  Similar to Samadhi but a little stronger.  Useful for those aggravated by mental stress, tension and anxiety. It is also helpful for restoring calm during any stressful situation, including performance anxiety. Good for anything.
A Raju Family Formula

PH Ghee 

Protects and restores the internal tissues, promote hormone and PH balance and draws out the toxins. Brings powerful and rapid relief to menopausal dryness and sensitivity. Regular use can help to improve fertility during childbearing years.
A Raju Family Formula

Poweromin

Male libido, pre-mature ejaculation.

Prandhara Oil

Used in sinus or lung congestion, or can be taken in small doses internally for excess acidity and digestive blockages, or to prevent infection tendency.

Take to overcome nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence, spasmodic pain, respiratory issues, stomach infections. Good for respiratory issues, headache, fever.
Apply topically for toothache, headache and insect bite/itching.

Dosage: Steam Inhalation – 2 drops in a bowl of boiling water, cover head with towel and make the area air tight. Inhale in through nose, exhale out through mouth.
Mini steam inhalation – 1 dorp in mug, inhale steam and drink after.

A Raju Family Formula

Prabhakar Vati 

Provides strength to heart, lungs and nerves. Promotes sound sleep.
“Prabh” means “glow.” “Akara” is another name for “sun.”
These tablets make your heart function similar to a glowing sun. Everything moves around the sun and similarly the human heart.
A Raju Family Formula

Prameha Vati 

Regulates blood sugar levels and is very helpful in diabetes and for prevention.
A Raju Family Formula

Promactil 

Improves virility in men and tones up male reproductive organs. Purifies semen and increases sperm count. Especially important before conception.

Prostovin

Helps with enlarged prostate.

Punarnava Mandoora

Balances blood tissue and arteries.

Purodil 

Fights acne and pimples. Contributes to overall skin health. Controls skin infections and allergies.

Rasna Saptaka Kashayam

For vata. Spinal issues especially that includes nerves. Work effectively and quickly for pain.

Rhukot 

An anti-inflammatory agent and pain reliever. Helpful for joints.

Samadhi 

Opens the physical channels and enlivens wholeness (unity) in the mind and body. Particularly useful for those aggravated by mental stress, tension and anxiety. It is also helpful for restoring calm during any stressful situation, including performance anxiety. Balances Prana Vata.
A Raju Family Formula

Saptasaram Kwatham/Kashayam

it is for balancing Apana vata – vata (air/space) in the pelvic floor area. This be related to hips, lower back, or reproductive organs. It is good to remove pain whether it be musculo-skeltal issues or period pain. Generally good to balance female hormones.

Shallaki XT 

Cares for joints, supports the body’s natural inflammation response, provides an overall sense of well-being.  Useful in “Vata Rakta” (Gout) – where vitiated vata (poor circulation, decreased movement) and vitiated blood blocks the channels so that Ama (Uric acid and Sodium biurate) obstructs the pathway. This causes swelling leading to pain.
Shallaki (Boswella) breaks up scar tissue and puts back blood to that area for repair.

Shodana Vati 

A powerful detoxification agent and whole-body cleansing rasayana. Best free radical scavenger and anti-oxidant, eliminates ama (toxins), immune modulator and blood purifier. Also good for gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, tooth and oral problems, female problems, high cholesterol, chronic cough, eye disorders, addictions, and helps clear the skin.
A Raju Family Formula

Shoolagna Vati

For parasites, fever, headache, pain relief.
A Raju Family Formula

Smash It 

For unitary tract (UTI’s) and kidney stones.

Smriti 

Restores the memory of the Self and health, the innate intelligence and organizing power of the mind and body that gets overshadowed by stress and the “habit” of disease. Regular use increases consciousness, creativity, happiness, health, and balance in mind and body.
A Raju Family Formula

Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix smirti powder with equal amounts of Raju concentrated Brahmi ghee + double amount of honey to ghee. e.g. 60 grams smriti powder + 60 gram Raju Brahmi Ghee + 120 grams honey. Or as prescribed.

Sphatika Bhasma – good for fibroids and more.

Sravananda Vati 

Tablets for ear health.
A Raju Family Formula

Strech-Nil 

For stretch marks.

Stresscom

Capsules which help relieve stress, general debility, fatigue, anxiety, neurosis and premature old age related syndromes etc. The capsules contains Ashwagandha as the main ingredient which is harvested and processed in a specific method that is pure and potent. It is an effective anti-stress agent and one of the most  highly acclaimed adaptogens – energising the body when it needs it during the day, and calming overactive nerves for easy and restful sleep at night. It has a herbal intelligence that increases or decreases stress hormones like cortisol depending on the body’s need at any given time.
It also aids in improving immunity of the body and physical stamina of individuals.
Swashkastantak Yog 

Strengthens the immune system particularly during a cold or virus and fights infection, as well as for more chronic situations where stronger immunity is needed. It is also very helpful for allergies (especially when taken preventatively).
A Raju Family Formula

Swaskasantak Lehyam 

Improves "rasa and prana" health. Rasa is plasma, the dhatu or tissue, that comes first before blood. And prana is "life force" for proper oxygenation. It is particularly effective for helping coughs and congestion problems.
A Raju Family Formula

Tridoshic Digestive Tea

This formula consists of 22 organic herbs blended into coarse powder and packed into a compact glass container for you to keep on you so anytime you can drop a pinch in hot water after meals or when you experience digestive discomfort.
 
- Is suitable for all body types.
- Increases the digestive fire (deepena).
- Promotes complete digestion of food, including the backlog of earlier undigested food (ama).
- Helps in colic and digestion disturbances, bloating, gas and nausea. 
Formulated and packed by Vital Veda in collaboration with the Raju family. Made with organic herbs, mantras and love.

 

 

Ingredients: Shatapushpa, Jeeraka, Dhanyaaka, Shunti, Pancha-lavana salt, Amalaki, Ajwain, Haritaki, Bhumiamalaki, Methi, Maricha, Pippali, Yasthimadhu, Hing, Lavagna, Krshna Ela, Ela, Tvak.

Dosage: Mix 1 pinch – 1/2 tsp in a cup of boiling water, steep and sip hot.

Ural BPH

Helps in enlarged prostate. A more modern herbal formula using extracts of herbs.

(Vailya) Rasnadi Kashayam

All vata disorders. Anti-inflmmatory and helps joints.

Vajjra Dhatu

Vajjra Dhatu works similarly to the regular dhatu (details above), but more profoundly and also strengthens the mind. Vajjra means Diamond, and this powerful formula actually contains a small amount of finely processed diamond which brings great strength to the tissues (dhatu means tissues).

Helps with cell regeneration & strength. Quickly and powerfully regenerates after haemorrhages.
Take with honey or as prescribed.
A Raju family formula.

Varanadi Kashayam

Uterine problems, fibroids, urogenital system, thyroid.

Varchas

External apply to skin for minor and superficial scars, burns, cut and wounds. Indicated for pitta skin, dry skin, rashes, itching, psoriasis.

Vimpak Special

Aphrodisiac for males. Increases sperm count and libido.

Visora 

For skin conditions, itchy skin and Pitta disorders. If you have been prescribed this, Takra Dhara is probably a good treatment for you.

Womans Sitz Bath

Boil 2 heaped Tablespoons in a large pot of water (5-10 L) and reduce the water to half. Then add this decoction into a baby pool or bucket and add some more water. Then sit in the bucket with the water level up to your navel. Sit for 20 - 48 minutes and let the bath into reproductive organs.

Good for fertility, menopause, post-natal and female hormone issues.

Zandopa 

Enhances neurological function. Specifically, for chronic neurological conditions.

Zeotone

Bone and joint health.

Zulcer

Reduces the acid levels in the stomach and all over the body.

Disclaimer:

Pregnant woman should check which herbs can be taken as some are contra-indicated during pregnancy and conception.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dylan Smith. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice. They are intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dylan Smith and his community. Dylan Smith encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Mung Dahl Recipe

Mung is an easy to digest lentil that provides adequate protein. Used for both cleansing and building in Ayurveda, one can eat mung dahl everyday and not only will you gain complete nutrition and satisfaction, but soon this will be the stuff you crave!

Anti-Flatulence

Mung is the only legumes that is “vata balancing.” This means that, unlike every other type of beans or lentils, they will not produce any intestinal gas. They naturally are much easier to cook, digest, and assimilate.

Promotes Sattva ("Purity")

Sattva is a quality in us that translates to “purity.” If Sattva is increased, then so is our inner stillness, clarity of mind and contentment. Love radiates and flows back to us in abundance, while the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “bonding or loving hormone”) is simultaneously secreting. Fresh, seasonal whole foods are predominately Sattvic, thus increases the Sattvic quality in us, based on the Ayurvedic law of “Like Increases Like.”

This is why Mung Dahl is considered to facilitate spiritual growth and effectively detox the body. It has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick, and the healthy during special times of detox, cleansing, and deep spiritual practice.

Ingredients

serves 3-4

  • 3/4 cup of whole green mung dahl (with green skin on) (green gram)
  • 2 or more types of any fresh seasonal vegetables finely chopped - e.g. zucchini, kale, silver-beet, spinach, dandelion, cauliflower,  broccoli etc. - by using seasonal foods, nature is providing the antidote to the harsh qualities that the season may manifest.
  • salt to taste

Spices:

  • 1tsp turmeric powder
  • pinch of black pepper
  • pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1-2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1-2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 10-15 fresh curry leaves
  • leeks, spring onion or onion - all finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped - make sure to purify by removing the inner green sprout.
  • Ghee - Approx. 1-2 tablespoons.

Method

  1. Wash mung dahl and soak it for 2 hours. Even 1-6 hours of soaking is ok. The longer you soak the quicker it will cook.
  2. Boil mung dahl in a pot of water.
  3. When the mung dahl is getting more soft (test my squishing a lentil with your fingers), add vegetables that take a bit longer to cook (e.g. thick leafy green stems, broccoli stems, cauliflower, carrot etc.).
  4. Add turmeric + black pepper + salt + hing + quicker to cook vegetables such as leafy greens.
  5. In a separate pot fry the other spices in ghee along with onion, garlic and curry leaves.
  6. Add the spices in the main pot, mix well for 5 minutes to infuse the spices in the dahl.

You are adding the vegetables in the pot in a timely matter so that when the vegetables are finished cooking so are the lentils. 

Garnish with fresh coriander and fresh lemon.

Make the Meal a Complete Protein

Serve with a carbohydrate such as fresh bread and/rice or quinoa etc.
When you mix grain + legume you have all nine essential amino acids which make up a complete protein.

This explains how ancient cultures like India and Africa have been living off beans and rice for decades.

General Ratio:

  • 50% vegetables (at least)
  • 25 % protein
  • 25 % carbs

Enjoy this warming, comforting and super tasty dish that leaves you feeling energetic and satisfied after you eat.

Less cravings, sustainable energy levels and moving towards perfect health.

Ayurvedic Immunisation Over Vaccination For Babies

With the recent heat caused by Robert De Niro's controversial anti-vaccine documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe being pulled out of the Tribeca Film Festival, interest and suspicion has stirred up in the pharmaceutical vaccine industry.

So in due course, I will share with you an Ayurvedic way of immunisation.

Vaccinations are a very sensitive topic. I will not blab on about the pharmaceutical industry, only briefly talk about some of the science associated with vaccinations.

What Is Actually In A Vaccination?

Take away the propaganda, take away the new age jargon - just look at the science. Lets look at some of the ingredients of most vaccines:

  • Formaldehyde (well known-carcinogenic)
  • Aluminium (extremely toxic, known neuro-toxin)
  • Thimerosal is a Mercury containing preservative
  • Anti-Biotics
  • Egg Protein – many vaccines are prepared using chicken eggs.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • other heavy metals, unknown elements, germs that were not intended to be there.

These are put into a baby who has a weak and vulnerable immune system. This is further dangerous because injections bypass portals of immune defence to penetrate deeper into the body.

If you were to take a bottle and fill it with these ingredients and give it to a baby to drink, you could be charged with murder.

Vaccines Are Not 100% Safe

Contrary to what the government would like us to believe, vaccines are not 100% safe.

For example, from 1989 to 2011, the pharmaceutical industry paid out $2.3 billion a year for vaccine injuries.(1) In 2011, the Supreme Court of USA passed a law protecting pharmaceutical companies from all liability related to vaccine injuries, even if the vaccine could have somehow been made safer.(1)

In one study, published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) in 2004, the influenza vaccine was linked to a life-threatening condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome.

The Hepatitis B vaccine – which is given to newborns within 12 hours of birth – has been linked to liver cell destruction and accelerated cell death.

While government bodies and medical associations insists this is necessary, Hepatitis B is only spread by blood or intimate contact with body fluids from someone infected, and mothers are always screened during pregnancy.

"We have just witnessed yet another example of the power of corporate interests censoring free speech, art, and truth." 
Vaxxed filmmakers on behalf of Robert De Niro.

Taking these isolated studies and claiming that vaccinations are completely unsafe is also way out of context when considering the benefits and immunity they provide to millions of people worldwide.

I’m not against the principle of vaccinations, just make sure they give clean vaccinations! I’m against uninformed decisions.

My Suggestions If You Are Going to Vaccinate

Reduce or Spread Out Doses For New Borns 

The high amount of vaccinations starting as early as six months old up to six years old may be way too overwhelming for the immune system.

Remove Potential Toxins from Vaccines

Perhaps the most dangerous outcome of the Supreme Courts ruling to hold harmless the pharmaceutical industry from vaccine-related injury is the subsequent lack of motivation to improve the vaccines and use more natural ingredients.

Ask your pediatrician to order vaccines without mercury or other toxic substances commonly found in vaccines. More of these are coming onto the market. Europe took mercury out of the vaccines, the UN is advocating to have it out, Australia has removed it for under 5 year-olds, USA still has it.

Additionally or as a Replacement, Administer Ayurvedic Immunisation

The Ayurvedic immunisation I am about to reveal to you is important to boost your baby's immunity if they are being vaccinated. This will (to some extent) protect your baby from the dangers of vaccines.

However, this Ayurvedic immunisation method plus proper diet and lifestyle regimen will boost the child's immunity so adequately that there is very little to no need for vaccinations at all.

 

Ayurvedic Immunisation: Swarna Prasa (Golden Substance)

Tonic For Infants: Swarna Prasa

Mix 1 part ghee + 2 parts honey + 1 pin needle tip amount of gold bhasma (ash). This should be a very small amount.

*Honey should be unheated and at least 2 months old to increase the honey’s activity levels. Gold bhasma must be obtained from a reputable source.

 

Administering Ritual

The father is to give this to the newborn with a finger from his right hand. Put on the newborn's tip of tongue, before or after their first bath, as soon as possible (but no hurry) after the baby has come out of the womb. Then continue the rest of the essential practices for the infant such as:

  • Bathing (if you didn't already bathe the infant before administering the tonic).
  • Breastfeed within the first hour (max. four hours) after exiting the womb.
  • Oil massage - All over the baby's body. Ideally using medicated ayurvedic oils like our Sishu Kumkumadi Baby Massage oil. Cold-pressed coconut oil is also fine.
  • Whisper Baby Mantra - A primordial sound you whisper to the baby to immediately resonate and calm their physiology. This communicates to the baby "don't worry, you've arrived into a Vedic family, you will be enlightened, we will give you knowledge for enlightenment. You will once again unify with totality. Relax, you can be a baby now."  - contact your local Vedic Meditation teacher to receive and be taught about the Baby Mantra.
  • Wrap Baby in silk or muslin cloth completely, especially ears. Only expose eyes and nose.

Full post-natal regimen coming soon.

How Often To Administer Swarna Prasa

At least once soon after the baby exits the womb.

After that, this can be given to the baby once a month on the Pushya Nakshatra (corresponding to certain times during the constellation of Cancer). If you administer this tonic once a month for up to 12 years old this provides a powerful immunisation for life, however 7 or 12 months is also very beneficial.

Even if you missed out on the first dose right after birth, even a toddler can start taking the tonic.

Contact Us to order specially prepared Swarna Prasa Golden Tonic for your baby, using the finest and precious ingredients and preparation methods.

 

What is your opinion on immunisations?

Please comment below.

 

References

  1. Alternative Therapies Journal. Editorial. Vaccines: Both Sides of the Coin. July/Aug 2015. Vol 21, No.4. Alternative-Therapies.com

Ayurvedic Porridge (Quick Cooking Time)

Here is a simple, nourishing and nutritious meal that only a takes a few minutes to prepare, and you don't have to be a kitchen wizard to prepare it.

Sweet First

In Ayurveda, sweet is the first taste to start the day and also to start a meal (yep, 'desert' is the first thing you eat in Ayurveda).

After you have fasted for some time, whether it be overnight or in between meals, your hunger = strong agni (digestion and appetite). You need strong agni to digest the sweet taste because it is the heaviest taste (dominant with the earth element).

Further, the sweet taste kick starts the agni and stimulates saliva secretions (Bodhaka Kapha), to prepare your digestion for the meal and/or day ahead. This is why when you finish with sweet (common desert), you keep wanting more... and then you'll begin to feel very "full" and heavy.

Ayurvedic Porridge Ingredients:

  • Oats, coarse semolina, rice flakes or quinoa flakes -  1/3 - 1/2 cup
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp raw sugar (optional)
  • handful of raisins/sultanas
  • handful of one type of crushed nuts (almonds, macadamia or cashew)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cardamom powder

Method

  1. Put ghee in a pot, let it heat.

  2. Add 1/3 - 1/2 cup of coarse semolina or oats or rice flakes or quinoa flakes etc.
     

  3. Toast (fry) grains in the ghee to infuse ghee into the grains. - this lightens the grains and makes them easier to digest.
     

  4. Add approx. 1-cup of boiling water, stir and cook. - Be aware of porridge splatter, continually stir to avoid lumps and splatter.

  5. Add 1 tsp or tbsp of raw sugar (optional) + handful of raisins + handful of soaked and crushed almonds or cashews (optional for more protein and a filling breakfast) and stir.

  6. Add some cows milk (optional). If adding milk can initially add less boiling water.
  7. Add 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder + 1/4-1/2 tsp cardamom powder (cardamom and cinnamon removes morning sluggishness).

  8. Stir a bit more then it is ready!

Makes for 1 person.

Try another type of Ayurvedic Porridge HERE that is assists in weight loss and is yummy for children.

"A sweet start to the day wakes the agni up to say g'day!"