Melatonin: The Critical Hormone & How to Optimise It

Melatonin is an essential hormone that provides a multitude of benefits throughout the human body.

Mistakenly it has been dubbed the hormone of sleep, but more accurately it is the "hormone of darkness," since it trains our circadian rhythms to the day and night cycles, a critical cycle to be aligned with for optimal health.

Since the 2017 Nobel Prize was won for "Circadian Medicine," volumes of research are now showing melatonin is important for many things other than sleep and jet lag.

Benefits of Melatonin

Maintains Immunity

Low melatonin = weak immune system which makes you susceptible to cancer. Melatonin is the best anti-cancer hormone because it is vital for optimal immune function.

The Body’s Most Potent Antioxidant

As declared by numerous studies. Melatonin scavenges for free radicals, stimulates genes to turn on other antioxidant systems, has access to any and every cell in the body and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier.

The process:

  • During sleep, all your brain cells shrink from 40-60%, creating room in the brain for melatonin to flood in and bind to all the oxidative stress and free radicals.
  • It then sweeps this oxidative stress (that ages us) out through cerebrospinal fluid, down into the circulatory system, for the liver and kidneys to process and eliminate out of the body.
  • Melatonin also floods through the lymphatics and detoxifies different organs throughout the night.

Energy Levels and Mitochondrial Health

Mitochondria are the energy generators for every cell. Melatonin makes life easier and more efficient for these energy generators.

  • When melatonin is removed from your brain, you loose DHA in cell membranes.
  • DHA is the only lipid that can turn sunlight into DC electric current and visa versa.
  • The DC electric circulates through your body to provide you with energy.
  • DC current also counters inflammation (DC current is a negative charge and inflammation is a positive charge).
  • Note that stress also reduces DHA. Studiess here.

Maintains Circadian Rhythms and Regulates All Other Hormones

Since all the hormones are connected like a web. Especially reproductive hormones and hormones related to metabolism an appetite.

Better Sleep, Cognitive Health, Brain Health, Weight Loss

Numerous studies show this (3),(4),(5).

Melatonin is a direct antagonist to cortisol. When melatonin is up, cortisol (stress) goes down.

Healthy Bones and Joint Health

Studies showed melatonin helps in the treatment of bone pathologies such as the osteoporosis and the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). It aslo may prevent bone degradation and promote bone formation.

Healthy Microbiome

Our gut bacteria are regulated by our circadian clock and are sensitive to melatonin. Melatonin, which is secreted into the gastrointestinal lumen expresses circadian patterns of swarming and motility. Studies suggest the human circadian system may regulate its microbiome through the entrainment of bacterial clocks.

Blood Sugar, Metabolic Health and Cravings

Studies showed that Melatonin regulates insulin secretion and protects against reactive oxygen species which are a threat to pancreatic β-cells (the cells that do the job of storing and releasing insulin).

β-cells are very susceptible to oxidative stress because they possess only low-antioxidative capacity.

Low melatonin levels will cause high insulin levels and high dopamine levels which causes stress (cortisol) along with an increase in cravings, addictions and metabolic disorders.

Strong cravings for carbohydrates in the summer is a natural circadian response to prepare for the famine or lack of food during the darkness of winter. (1)

When we light our homes with artifical blue light for an extra 5-6 hours after sunset, we are sending the “endless summer” message to our cellular biological clocks that it is time to crave carbs in preparation for the famine of winter. This carb craving can last for 365 days a year.(2)

More Than Meets the Eye: Skin Receptors for Melatonin

It is not just your eyes that initiate melatonin production, there are receptors in your skin.

Melatonin is mostly produced after the retinal ganglion cells in our eyes perceive light. Interestingly however, there are also photo-pigments on the skin all over the body can detect different types of light and sync peripheral rhythms with the light and dark cycle.

Neuroxin is a UVA receptor present in our skin and eye that gets stimulated by light. This receptor was only found in 2009.

This is why even blind people can still have a diurnal rhythm in sync with the light/dark cycle.

Artifical Blue Light Disrupting Melatonin

Artifical blue light destroys melatonin.

Not only does it lower melatonin, but when we are watching our computers or TV at night, or checking our emails at or before sunrise, our dirunal clock becomes confused and all the hormones become disturbed (think of our hormal system like a web, all connected).

As we learnt before, it is not only our eyes!

The skin receptors also get stimulated by artifical blue light. Surface photo-chemistry influences the tissues underneath. These spectrums can penetrate all the way to the fat tissue layer and cause free radicals, energy problems, and more.

Your thyroid only sits about half a cm under you skin. So the blue light is penetrating to the thyroid. People with hashimotos beware. Perhaps the most important remedy for low thyroid is nasya + watch the sunrise + get sunshine on your neck and protect your neck from fake blue light.

Ways to Optimise Melatonin

Get Sunshine

Watch the sunrise and the sunset without sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses (as these alter a holistic light spectrum by blocking specific frequencies).

Sunbathe with as much bare skin as possible. Soak up the sun in moderation. Slowly build your skin tolerance to the sun.

Proper Sleep

Melatonin is the hormone of darkness. It will build while you are asleep. Be in bed before 10 pm, and wake up with the sun.

The latest Nobel Prize proved ancient wisdom by showing maximum melatonin production is between 10pm - 2am, which Ayurveda has been saying for thousands of years is the "Pitta time," where your body metabolises food, nutrients and hormones.

The catch is you need to be asleep for the production!

No Artificial Light at Night

Artificial light at night, even if it is ambient blocks the production of melatonin needed to get to sleep and stay asleep. Use candles or revolutionize back to incandescent light bulbs for night time.

Begin reducing blue and artificial light exposure starting at sunset, or 2-3 hours before bed. Make sure there are no lights on at night while you sleep. If necessary, use blackout curtains or an eye mask to block ambient light. Ensure you still get up at sunrise.

Go camping for a couple or few days without artifical light of electronic devices. That will do wonders.

Reduce LED Lights and Screens at Night

Don't look at your phone first thing when you wake up. Do your morning routine before touching that thing.

Reduce TV and computers at night time and 2 hours before bed. We are not biologically wired at all to be exposed to such high light temperatures while the sun is not up.

Use filters on your computer, make your phone screen "most warm" 24/7 and use blue light blocking glasses.

Nasya (Nasal Drops)

Nasya is the practice of sniffing herbal oil up your nose to your pineal gland to detox the pineal gland and activate it's functions of jobs like initiating melatonin secretion.

Learn more about Nasya here.

Melatonin Rich Foods

  • Goji berries (very high source).
  • Cherries, espeically tart cherries. Tart cherry juice has been studied to help sleep.
  • Walnuts and almonds.
  • Flaxseeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Fenugreek and mustard seeds
  • Raspberries
  • Bed Time Milk Elixir - Whether its milk from mother, cow or goat, studies show it boost melatonin.

(3)

Reduce Coffee - Logic will tell you that caffeine as a stimulant will inhibit melatonin production—and it does.  Studies suggest that at night the caffeine will block melatonin production. This supersedes the constituents in coffee that actually help boost melatonin levels.

Always eat in season since all food absorbs light and you will consume the appropriate dose of electrons and meltatonin.

Supplements

I recommend you only consider supplementation after you have tried all the natural interventions above.

Those who work night shifts or very long hours, people who fly frequently and people who still struggle with sleep should consider this.

Assess whether you need a time-release or immeditate melatonin. Get quality supplements here.

Although you can get melatonin from foods and man-made pills, sunlight is the most dominant synchroniser of melatonin production. Get more sun.

References

  1. T.S Wiley. Lights Out, Sleep, Sugar and Survival. Atria Books, New York. 2000
  2. https://nutritionfacts.org/2014/04/03/foods-with-natural-melatonin/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4352910/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3001215/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3742260/https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12640-012-9337-4

Credits:

  1. Dr. John Douillard, Lifespa.com
  2. 1cm^3 contains by Alexander Wunsch
  3. Melatonin Graph: Sandhills Neurologists
  4. Old-Clock photo - Fabrizio Verrecchia
  5. City Lights - Mike Wilson
  6. City Lights Disney - Denys Nevozhai

Herbal Formulations – Nourishing Rasayanas

“Rasayana” = That which “spreads the essence of nutrients and vigour.”

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 to take herbs that make your body naturally do its 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, but they are also used to prevent ailments that you might be inheritably or environmentally exposed to.

How Long Do I Take Herbs For?

Some “Rasayana” 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 manufacturers 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

4Blud

Offers natural iron. Increases RBC count and improves haemoglobin levels.
Contains rejuvenating herbs that re-energises and provides a reminder of wellbeing.
Provides supplementation of vitamins and minerals, and help recovery.
Helpful for anaemia, Allergic rhinitis, stress, memory loss, ulcer, fever, colitis, diarrhoea.

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. Contains bhasmas.

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 and good for platelets. 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. Especially good for rasa dhatu. 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. It will adapt to regulate hormones, e.g. if your body needs to reduce estrogen it will support that, if it needs to increase estrogen it will support that.  Supports fertility in woman.
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix the powder with enough honey to make a paste.
A Raju Family Formula

Ariflex

Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Gouty arthritis, Lumbago, Sciatica & Spondylosis.

Arogyavardhini Vati

For many things like hormones, liver and much more. Contains bhasmas copper and iron.

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, shingles, eczema etc. Great disinfectant and for burns. Topically apply.

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. Works particularly on the brain.
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.

Drakshadi Kashaym

This nourishing tonic strengthens and stabilises the mind and body. Helps in nervous system disorders, tiredness, dizziness, anxiety and schizophrenia. The primary ingredient in this liquid is raisins "Draksha."

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.

Gokshuradi Guggulu

For vata and kapha in the bladder. Gokshura is a balya (strengthening) and it's a special quality prabhava is to cleanse the urinary tract. This cleansing action of ama is multiplied with the addition of triphala, and reduces the adhesions and accumulations of kapha by scraping them away and clearing downwards.

Gudnagar Kalpa 

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

I-Clear 10D

Helps:

  • Reduces progression of diabetic retinopathy
  • Reduces retinal oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Improves MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density) and Visual acuity
  • Increases contrast sensitivity and foveal thickness
  • Insulate retinal nerve fibers, in turn, reduce optic nerve damage

Ictrus

Liver issues.

Indukantam Kashayam 

Indunktam translates to "lustre of the moon" because this herbal formula boosts your immunity so that you radiate. It 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 a 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, especially asthi, majja and shukra (bones, bone marrow and reproductive tissue).
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/daylight for 3-7 days, then you have medicated oil for self-massage.

Kupid Fort

A potent aphrodisiac for males to help with premature ejaculation, impotence, and spermatorrhea. Contains gold and ras bhasma.

Laghu SutaShekaraRas

Anti-histamine due to the Swarnagairika (purified red orche).

Lakshadi Guggulu

For joints, particularly osteo issues like bone fractures and osteoporosis. It is a little heating so consider the patient's acid levels.

Livpar 

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

Madhumeha Kusumakar Rasa

This herb is the best of its kind for Diabetes and its complications. It activates beta cells in the pancreas to produce insulin. The contents like Mamejjaka Ghana, Malawi, Haridra are well known for reducing food and urine sugar due to their Kapha and Meda Pachak action Shuddha Shilajit is a rejector and aphrodisiac beneficial in diabetic impotency and Yashada Bhasma Prevent eyes from bad effects of Diabetes.
Also helps in general debility, reduction of tissues, leucorrhea and breathlessness.

Mahatikta Ghrit

Mainly for skin inflammations and any skin disorders. Anemia. 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 to improve repair renal cells injury. Also indicated for Nephritis, Impaired GFR, Anasarca, Odema & blood circulation issues. An Aimil product.

Neo Tablets

Helps the urinary tract by strengthening the urinary muscles and improving nerve formation of the lower urinary tract. It is good for children and helps in bed-wetting. It is also a male aphrodisiac.

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

Pancha Tikta Ghritam Guggulu

Anti-inflammatory. Particularly for rasa and rakta dhatus (lymph and blood tissues).

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, premature 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 containing over 120 herbs.

General Adult Dose:
For acute parasite: 10-day course: 6 tabs 6x/day for 6 days then 4 tabs 4x a day for 4 days.
As preventative only for those whose system is weak and travelling in an unfamiliar toxic environment rich in unfamiliar pathogens – 4 tabs 4x/day or as prescribed.
For headache or pain: 6 tabs.
Or as prescribed.

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, arteries and increses iron.

Containing punarnava (Boerrharia diffusa), mandoora (iron oxide) plus many more herbs which activate the liver and spleen (ranjaka pitta) to create more rakta (blood cells). This formula not only increases iron in the body but increases our ability to produce and metabolise iron. It also helps in kidney health and diabetes. This formula contains medicinal metals (bhasmas) which are completely safe.

It also enhances lymphatic drainage, rejuvenates the kidneys, helps reduce excess fluids swelling and oedema.

“Punarha naveenam karoti” = Which makes all cells new.

Purodil 

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

Pushyanuga Churna

An astringent formula which helps with excess fluids like heavy menstrual bleeding, continual spotting, excess urination, and white discharge. It is also helpful in diarrhea and dysentery. For menstrual disorders, it is particularly effective along with Musali Khadira Kashayam.

Raisin Medicine

One of the most effective rasayanas for female fertility. Contains smriti and gold bhasma. A precious formula made by the Raju family. Dose: 10 grams 2x/day on empty stomach.

Rasarajeshwar Ras

A herbo-mineral Ayurvedic proprietary medicine (bhasma) that means “The King of Kings.” It combines metals of  Rasaraj Rasa Suvarna yukta, Shuddha Vishamushti, Ashwagandha, Rasa Sindoor and Dashamoola Vishesh Shodhit Guggul. This medicine is useful in treating brain and spine damages and all kinds of Nervous System Disorders. Rasarajeshwar Rasa reduces nervine irritation, inflammation and is an excellent pain reliever. Herbal ingredients such as Arjuna and Bala strengthen the muscles and nerves. It is indicated in diseases related to vertebral column and nervous system such as cervical spondylitis, lumbar spondylitis, sciatica, severe joint pain, frozen shoulder, arthritis etc. Good for nerves, paralysis and the voice. Manufactured by Shree Dhootapapeshwar.

Rasna Saptaka Kashayam

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

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 is related to hips, lower back, large intestine and reproductive organs. It is good to remove pain whether it be musculo-skeltal issues, period pain or digestive issues like constipation. 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.

Shir Shuladi Vajra Ras

This bhasma is good for strong headaches, migraines and fatigue.

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. Good issues regarding balance. Contains loha (iron) and naga bhasma.
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.
Sukamara Kashayam
Sukamara means "delicate." This herbal formula is typically prescribed for royalty and "delicate" people who can't tolerate herbs with strong taste and strong effect. Mainly for digestion.
Swarna Dhatu
A Raju version of the classical formulation Swarna MahaYog is combined with the Raju family formula, Dhatu (see above). This herb contains swarna bhasma (calcified gold ash), which plays a role in the neurological balancing action of this herb. Swarna Dhatu helps with mental debility, boosts immunity, increases sattva (purity of the mind), balances hormones and more. A Raju family formula.
Swasakastantak 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.

Triglize

Manages cholesterol, Hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides), Hypertension, Myocardial necrosis, Coronary atherosclerosis (build-up of plaque inside the artery walls), Hypercholesterolemia. Holds free radical scavenging properties.

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. Good for parkinsons.

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, inflammation.

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.

Yogendra Ras

Bhasma great for Parkinsons.

Yograj Guggulu

For joints, particularly degeneration of joins and very effective for Vata, muscles and nerves.

 

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. Contains Bhasmas.

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.


Turmeric: Highly Medicinal Spice & Essential Uses

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is the most thoroughly researched plant on this planet!

And I don’t blame the scientists for the 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.

Not another article listing countless benefits of turmeric, "I don't know where to start or what to use it for,"

Some of you may be thinking.

The bright orange rhizome deserves all these articles and documentation, but it can get a bit overwhelming.

In this article I will sum up the essentials and how to use Turmeric....

The average person in India eats about 2 to 2.5 grams of turmeric a day – almost every day of their lives. Interestingly, India has among the highest rates of prostate, breast, colon and lung health in the world. Some researchers credit turmeric for this.

The best part? Chances are, this spice may already be in your cabinet.

Turmeric has a vast catalogue of health benefits, but here is an

Essential Summary of the Benefits of Turmeric:

• Anti Inflammatory - best anti-inflammatory along with ginger.
• Mood Regulating - In one study, curcumin (the active ingredient that is so heavily researched), was shown to boost the brain chemical norepinephrine, which supports healthy mood, attentiveness, sleep, dreaming and higher learning.
• Curcumin also boosted the levels of dopamine – the “motivation” hormone that supports pleasure, emotion, satisfaction and locomotion – and serotonin, which plays a key role in mood, memory, learning, appetite, sexual behaviour, sleep, and many other functions.
• Protects Gut - Turmeric creates coating around gut area for protection. This prevents toxins from absorbing and will assist the bile in detoxifying toxins like heavy metals, parasites, pesticides, candida, fungi and more. This decongests the lymphatic system.
• Reproductive Nourishment: Breast milk purifier, sperm builder and nourishes reproductive organs.
 Joint Support - It can reduce stiffness and swelling and strengthens joints in cases of joint pain. People with arthritis should be eating plenty turmeric daily.
• Healthy blood - blood purifier, enhances blood flow and can thin blood. Supports liver function.

 

Boost Absorption: Simply Add a Little Black Pepper:

Researchers found that turmeric taken with black pepper – both common ingredients in curry – increased the absorption of turmeric by an astonishing 2000%! with no adverse effects!

How to Use Turmeric as Medicine:

  • Turmeric Powder is indicated over fresh turmeric because it is more purified and easier to digest. Fresh turmeric can be used but less than 3x a week in teas, stir fries etc. You may use fresh turmeric more if it is purified with limestone.
  • Add at the end of cooking - Curries, stir fires, meat roasts, eggs, dahls, salads, really any savoury meal calls for turmeric. Add the powder towards the end of cooking to savour all the nutrients and healing properties. A general rule is to add powdered spices at the end of cooking (except hing).
  • Anti-Viral Paste - Mix up this paste if a cough, cold/flu or virus hits you or when you feel one coming on. Step in early! Recipe here.
  • Meat - As meat is vulnerable to acquiring infections and cancerous bacteria, turmeric with its anti-cancer properties is vital to add to the cooking of meat.
  • Boosts Oil Pulling - Add a pinch turmeric powder to 1tsp of sesame oil and swish in mouth for a stronger anti-bacterial action and to heal bleeding gums.
  • Golden Milk - Mix turmeric with hot milk + other necessary spices. This promotes sleep, reduces stress, purifies breast milk amongst many more benefits. Recipe here.

External Uses:

Turmeric is popular among many beauty and skin products. Here are some home remedies and uses. Just be careful as it can stain anything it touches.

  • Disinfectant - Mix turmeric with a little ghee, butter or honey (enough to make a paste) and you have a paste to apply on cuts and wounds. Turmeric doesn't only disinfect the wound (it looks just like Betadine), but also heals it. This is a great mixture to have on hand in the first aid kit.
  • Anti-itch - Eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, any skin condition or where itching is present apply turmeric + butter or yoghurt paste to cool down the skin and relieve the itching. This also heals the skin condition.
  • Face Mask - Purifying face mask to sterilise and draw out or pacify pimples, blackheads and oily secretions. A general mask to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.
    Recipe: mix 2 Tbsp chana flour (chickpea) +1 tsp turmeric powder + 3 tsps milk. Apply on face and lie down until mask dries, then wash off. Can also use as skin exfoliator before shower.
  • Skin-Cancer - Protects from and heals skin cancers.

Properties:

Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter
Virya (action): Heating
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
Doshas: Balances vata, pitta and kapha

Summary:

Simply, turmeric should be used daily in your cooking (with a pinch of black pepper). Further, get to know its potent medicinal components more by utilising the powerful powder for home remedy medical applications.