The Sun as a Divine Healer for Optimal Health with Dylan Smith and Laura Poole {Podcast #010}

Throughout evolution, exposure to sunlight and the photosynthesis of vitamin D has been critically important for the evolution of land vertebrates. But all of a sudden in the past few decades, we have been burying the Sun from our lives while simultaneously increasing our exposure to artificial light. Could this be a foundational mistake for our health? Has the status quo's fear of the sun been blown out of proportion? 

Circadian medicine won the most recent Nobel Peace Prize saying that a resolution towards chronic disease is to live in-tune with our natural circadian rhythms. Simply, 'go back to nature' is now the prescription for healing. Dylan and Laura will share how to work with the Sun to optimise your health and immune system, so you can re-establish this important and foundational human-Sun relationship.

This recording is from a talk where Laura interviewed Dylan in Melbourne in September 2018.

About Laura Poole

Laura Poole is a Vedic meditation teacher, speaker, writer and community builder. She has trained intensively over the past decade with great masters in Australia, India and the United States. Based in Melbourne, Laura shares the wisdom of Vedic meditation, Vedanta and Ayurveda, making it relevant for living in today’s world. She is a truly dedicated leader and entrepreneur in the Melbourne meditation space, inspiring people to take care of their mental and physical health while encouraging them to make a real difference in the world.

Laura is the founder of Mahasoma - a movement that is creating a new cultural narrative through the embodiment of wisdom and practice. She was also an original co-founder/co-creator of 1 Giant Mind Australia and its free 'Learn to Meditate' app.


In this Episode we Discuss:

How Dylan became fascinated and in love with the sun.

Forming a relationship with the sun.

  • Like any sentient being, we are in a reciprocal relationship. We need to reciprocally give our attention and energy in order to obtain the benefits that the sun offers.
  • Practices to form a relationship with the sun for a mutual exchange of attention, awareness and admiration.
  • Surya Namaskar: Sun Salutation, a devotional practice to Surya (sun).

Circadian Medicine - What the latest Nobel prize was won for. Circadian Rhythms: living in tune with natures cycles and your own biological cycles. This is Ayurveda 101. This had the Ayurvedic community laughing but also provided well over-due relief. The Nobel prize was won for such fundamental natural law (Veda) because the prescription for healing the epidemic of chronic disease is to live in tune with nature.

The Vedic worldview.

The sun as a sentient being and one of the supreme forms of nature.

The Personality of the Sun:

  • Very consistent: always on time, unconditionally showing up.
  • Fiery, Heat
  • Energy
  • Power
  • Generous - Gives life unconditionally to everyone.
  • Central - everything is moving around it.
  • Illuminating - allows us to see. Gives us the capability to illuminate ideas within our own mind.

The Lighting Crisis: Burying the sun from our lives and replacing this with artificial blue light.

The sun providing the body with energy by generating DC electric current and activating mitochondria function.

Receiving an Altered Spectrum of Light

The problem with sunscreen, windows and glasses - you are blocking particular spectrums of light, so the light hitting you is an altered spectrum of light that is not holistic and causes damage.

The eyes as a seat of pitta (fire/metaboliser).

The importance of melatonin: “The king of hormones.”

Our Mistaken Fear of the Sun

Especially in Australia. Breaking free of social conditioning, questioning science and thinking clinically.

Why the Sun Rarely Causes Skin Cancer

Dermatologists can’t explain the growth in melanoma because while melanoma is increasing, our exposure to the sun is reducing. 

The difference between morning and evening light spectrums.

Under Active Thyroid - A common problem. Thyroid hormones are created by the pituitary gland which is turned on by light.

The Vital Time for Sleep: 10pm-2am

Absorbing micro-nutrients from food, regulating hormones.

The Influence of LED Lights (Screens, Lights) and Light Temperatures on our Hormones

Hacking our Computer and Phone Screens to Reduce Light Temperature for Hormonal Health

  • Phone: Change your light temperature on your phone setting to “most warm” and have it one 24/7. 
  • Computer: Iris software as a shield for your computer screen.

The Epidemic of Eye Diseases: Pre mature-blindness, macular degeneration, dry eyes.

Practices to mitigate these issues.

Nasya (Nasal Drops) - Medicated Oil to sniff up into the brain to lubricate the whole head, neck and throat.  Detoxifies and rejuvenates the pineal gland. Learn more.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Detoxifying Fluoride and Excess Calcium from the Pineal Gland

Fluoride

Structured Water

Re-structure your drinking and bathing water back towards water’s natural molecular state for proper hydration and detoxification functions.

Building Biology 

Recognising not just the biology of your skin, but the outer skin of what we live and spend time in (buildings and environments).

Skin Physiology and why blind people still have light and dark cycles. 

Melanopsin and photoreceptors in our skin that sense light without seeing, that metabolise light, circadian rhythms and that initiate melatonin production.

Self-Abhyanga (Self-Ayurvedic Massage)

  • An essential practice of anointing your body with oil and giving massage.
  • Benefits: Pacifies nervous system, move the lymph, enhances blood circulation, improves skin physiology, feeding skin micro-biology and more.
  • Download your free self-abhyanga poster here.

The Second Brain: The Gut

The enteric nervous system. Relax your belly, allow it to be soft.

The Third Brain: The Skin

A highly complex structure. 

The sense of Touch (Sparsha Indriya)

Vitamin D

  • 85% of the world is deficient in Vitamin D.
  • Why Oral Vitamin D is not as adequate of the sun.

The Importance of Preventive of Medicine

Due to the epidemic of chronic disease.

Heliotherapy (Sun Therapy) and UV Light Therapy

How to Safely Protect your Self From Excess Sun 

How to Implement Sun in Your Life

Building sun exposure and tolerance.

Pink Skin from the Sun is Good

Dermal pooling - red blood cells coming to the surface to absorb UV for prana (life-force) and energy.

Red Skin and Burning from the Sun is Not Good

What to do If you live in a dark country

Grounding to the earth's current.

Photo-Electric Effect - Light is stored in water and in food.

Sun Gazing

Jet Lag Remedy

Go in the sun, then eat the natural foods.

Moonlight 

Full Moon Energy

Excess blue light triggers activity from “Lunatics” and causes higher crime rates during full moon.

The Power of Afternoon/Evening Sun

Vedic Meditation as one of the most evolutionary things one can do for their health.

Tongue Scraping for removing toxins.

Convenience Overriding Health

Relationships - We in relationships with everything in life, but what type of relationship is this.

Resources

Mahasoma - Creating a new cultural narrative.

Further podcasts and reading about the sun - any podcast that interviews Dr Jack Kruse.


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The Vital Short Home Cleanse

5 Days to Revitalise Your Digestion, Metabolism, & Energy Levels

A "DIY" Panchakarma Detox and Rejuvenation Program

The Vital Short Home Cleanse (VSHC) is a short 5 day cleanse and detox designed for those who are ready to feel lighter, more energised and peaceful. It is appropriate for busy people who don't have the time for Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation program) or a similar longer cleanse/retreat.

The VSHC is a "DIY" (Do It Yourself) cleanse consisting of following a daily regimen, a simple and delicious diet protocol, taking a few herbal supplements and perhaps backing up a little from your regular life and giving more time to Yourself and rest.

"DIY" entails that the results are based on the level of your compliance and dedication to the program. How far you take it is up to you. You can choose to retreat and reduce external stimuli to turn your senses inside out to feel the deeper parts of yourself. Or, on the other hand, you can integrate the VSHC at the same time as working full time, which will still reap transforming benefits for you body and mind.

This easy 5 day detox will help stimulate your body's natural ability to burn fat, reset digestion, reduce cravings and eliminate toxins.

When to do the Vital Short Home Cleanse

  • The best time to detox is when you have the time to rest. During the 5 days you should be in bed every night by 9:30-10pm and have minimal social/work commitments.
  • It is important to cleanse and relax on a regular basis or when your lymph is stagnant. (see VSHC eBook for signs of stagnated lymph).
  • You can do the VSHC three to twelve times a year.
  • If you typically experience coughs, congestion, weakened immunity or allergy symptoms during a particular season, it is good to do this cleanse about one month prior to when you usually experience symptoms.
  • Do not do this cleanse during fever, if you are not feeling 100% well or during menstruation.

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Vital Short Home Cleanse Kit

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  1. Abhyanga Massage Oil - 500ml Medicated Sesame Oil (for cold climates) or 900-gram Medicated Coconut Oil (for hot climates and sensitive skin) to be used for Self-Massage. Supports lymph and blood circulation, pacifies the nervous, collects toxins from deep in the body to be eliminated and more.
  2. Nasika Oil - 15ml Medicated Nasal Oil for Nasya. Nasya pacifies the brain, strengthens sensory organs and more.
  3. Gandusha Oil - 100ml Medicated Oil to for daily Oil Pulling. Not only profound for oral health but also supports Head Neck and Throat health.
  4. Shodana Vati - 300 tablets. To be taken before dinner. General Detoxifying Agent and 3 Dosha Balancing and more.
  5. Copper Tongue Scraper

Total (with sesame-based Abhyanga oil) = $150

Total (with coconut-based Abhyanga oil) = $185

  • Shipping available within Australia (additional handling and postage fee).
  • Pick up from Bondi Beach, Sydney clinic available. 
  • Purchasing individual products are available.

To purchase the VSHC kit, and for any questions please email dylan@vitalveda.com.au

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.

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.

Gudnagar Kalpa 

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

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.

Lakshadi Guggulu

For joints, particuarly 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.

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.
 
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.

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.

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.

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.

Travel Healthy! Reduce Aeroplane Stress

Aeroplane travel will surreptitiously “suck the life out of you.” It sucks all the moisture out of your body.
With the humidity level in the cabins of most commercial aeroplanes at just 10-20%, and some even as low as 1%!(1), this makes aeroplanes drier than the Sahara Desert! which sits at about 25% humidity.

Take a good look at yourself in the mirror after travelling, especially if you travel a lot. If you are slightly in tune with your body, you will probably realise how much aeroplane travel accelerates your ageing process.

You may be surprised to learn the many risks associated with air travel.

For example, one study shows how bacteria can stay alive and continue to be infectious for more than a week on the armrests, seat pockets, seats and bathroom doors of commercial aircrafts. The dry air is said to contribute to their extra-long life on aeroplanes. (2)

That’s not to mention the health risks associated with jet lag, dehydration, swelling and fatigue.

Altitude Shock = Dehydration & Dryness

Ever wonder why it is so easy to fall asleep in a plane? It is likely because the oxygen has been literally sucked out of your brain as the cabin is being pressurised.

When people flock to mountain towns to hike, ski or for leisure, it is very common for them to get altitude sickness. Even fit athletes who train at altitude can tell the difference when they climb to 3,000 meters. In a plane, this altitude change happens in just a couple of minutes!

Dehydration and body dryness is the most instant result of altitude shock.

If you are flying a lot and your body is repeatedly put through such drastic altitude changes, the effects become chronic. Chronic sub-clinical dehydration will first dry out the outer skin and then dry out the skin associated lymph beneath the skin. When this dries out, lymphatic flow is hampered, compromising its function of draining toxins and circulating white blood cells around the body for immunity.

The good news is, I’ve compiled some effective strategies to buffer these risks. Incorporating just a few simple tips to your air travel routine will help lessen the impact of flying and help you feel more vibrant during and after your trips.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Pre-Hydrate

For 1-2 days before you fly, make every effort to drink plenty of warm-hot water. Approximately 2-3L depending on your body weight. Fresh coconut water is also recommended if in season and local.

On the day of your flight, sip hot water every 10-15 minutes to help further hydrate and support the lymphatic system.

Lubricate

Perform Ayurvedic Self-Abhyanga (Massage) before and after trips or treat yourself to an Abhyanga if available, especially upon arrival.

This will not only counter the dryness but effectively move the lymph and circulate blood. Continue to topically apply oil as a moisturiser on the flight.
Pack a little Ghee as lip balm, or use the massage oil.

Shilajit

Used by Himalayan mountain climbers to gain energy for climbing at heights above 6,000 meters and to help oxygenate at high altitudes. The active ingredient of this ancient herb, Fulvic acid, has now been found by scientists to support oxygen and energy transport. Consider taking this herb around travel days.*

* It is best to take herbs in a therapeutic combination rather than by itself. If taking by itself, have 1 day break every 7 days. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for a proper formulation and prescription. 

Pitta body types take caution as Shiljait is very heating and may aggravate Pitta.

Recycled Air

The Journal of Environmental Health Research reported that air travel increases the risk of catching a cold by 100 times because of the recycled air.

While exposure is unavoidable, we can increase our immunity and decrease our susceptibility.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Nasya

My most prized aeroplane survival tool.

Nasya is an Ayurvedic technique which involves lubricating the nasal passages (responsible for immunity).

Oil to use:  Vital Veda/Raju Nasika herbalised oil formula is superior. Inferior but still effective is Anu Tailia or cold pressed sesame oil.

Method: Tilt the head back and drop 1-3 drops in each nostril every hour so. The aim is to sniff it through the entire nasal passages, and even further up to your brain.
Also pop a couple of drops in your ears to deal with cabin pressure.

Learn about Nasya more here

Immune Boosting Rasayana (Elixir)

Ananda Siddhi 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.
This is superior to Chywanprash.
Take 1 tsp 1-2x/day. Contact Vital Veda to order.

Chywanprash
This trusted and popular Ayurvedic formula supports immunity. This is a classic remedy for supporting frequent travellers and mitigating your risk of catching a cold during a flight.
*Please buy a quality product from a trustworthy source such as Vital Veda or Maharishi Ayurveda.

Jet Lag

Imagine air-lifting a dolphin from the Tasman Sea off the coast of Sydney, Australia to the Indian Ocean by Singapore in just 8 hours. Then, after a quick layover, air-lift that same dolphin to the harbour in Hong Kong in 4 hours.

Would you expect that dolphin to ever re-establish normal migration patterns? If so, how long do you think it might take?

For humans too, this disruption of the body’s normal biological rhythms is very real.

Jet lag can cause fatigue and lead to cognitive decline, sleep issues, and even psychotic or mood disorders.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Daily Ayurvedic Massage

Since your skin has more nerve endings than any other organ, applying herbalised oil will pacify the nervous system. Every square centimetre of the body’s skin is innervated by sensory neurons. These neurones are much happier when fed with herbalised oil, rather than left dehydrated to become irritated and over-stimulated. Learn to do self-massage.

Watch the Sunrise & Sunset

Watch the sunrise and sunset to re-connect with the local circadian cycles. Natures rhythms will enter through the retina of your eyes to regulate hormones like melatonin.
Even if it means pulling yourself out of bed, it’s worth it, and beautiful.

Ashwagandha

Considered by many to be one of the most potent adaptogens, this herb supports the body’s ability to adapt to stress like that incurred by jet lag and prevent you from absorbing the crippling impact.

It is best to take herbs in a therapeutic combination rather then by it self. If taking by itself, have 1 day break every 7 days. Consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner. I recommend the product Stresscom as a good source of ashwagandha.

Blood Clots

20 million travellers will develop blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) a year.(3)
The risk factors seem to be a combination of sitting still for hours in a pressurised cabin, lymph congestion and dehydration.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Get Up and Move Regularly During Long Flights

  • Walk up and down the aisles more
  • Yoga Asanas - find a more spacious place to do stretches - I usually go near the bathroom, back or front of a section, near the staff stations, exit rows, rows with more leg room, empty business class areas, or my favourite, the muslim praying area.
  • Stretch your neck, rotate ankles, wrists, as much as you can while sitting.

Herbal Support

If DVT is an issue for you, it is important to consult a practitioner to tackle this problem. More complex herbs and treatment are required to dilate the channels.

Rest As Mentioned Above

Hearing Loss

Airline cabins range from 75 decibels in the front of the plane to 85 to 100 in the back. A loud nightclub, for example, roars at about 100 decibels. The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health limits safe noise levels to 88 decibels for four hours. This suggests that there is potential risk of permanent hearing damage during frequent flights that last longer than four hours.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Noise Reduction Headphones

If you are a frequent traveller, consider a set of noise reduction headphones, which reduce noise by about 40 decibels.

Nasya in the Ears

Pop a couple of Nasya oil drops in your ears before flying. Hold the head on each side for about a minute for the oil to sink down deep down into the eardrum.

Constipation

Very common due to jet lag, altitude shock and dehydration.

Swelling

Mainly caused by congested lymph.
Causative factors of lymph congestion are almost all of the idea discussed above, particularly:

  • Constipation dries out the lymph concentration on the gut wall.
  • Altitude shock affects cellular pressure, which is responsible for lymph movement.
  • Sitting still for hours may congest the lymph as their is no movement to pump the lymph and regulate the circulatory system.
  • Dehydration directly affects lymph flow.
  • Jet lag creates stress on the body, which is a major cause of lymph congestion.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Vital Veda / Raju Shodana Vati

Detoxification agent & whole-body cleansing purifier. 3-dosha blanching. Accordingly these herbal pills prepared by the Raju family will support regular bowel motions.

Triphala

Tripahla is a natural bowel toner that supports regular bowel movements. It can be used for short periods of time around travels without dependency. available at Vital Veda.

*Not necessary if you are taking “Shodana Vati.”

Sip Hot Water Frequently

Ensure you have a thermos with you to keep refilling. You’ll make best friends with the flight attendant and perhaps contribute to the revolution of drink hot water rather than cold.

Vata Tea

Since the Vata dosha gets mostly thrown out during travel, a Vata tea can assist in balancing. My favourite Vata tea is from Moksha Ayurveda.

Meditate More

Due to the harsh environment of an aeroplane, meditate as much as you like! It will buffer against jet lag, provide deep rest, and get you through the flight a lot more joyfully. Vedic Meditation is recommended.

Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol

These only dehydrate you further while in the flight.

Tongue Scraper and Herbal Toothpaste

Don’t forget these in your carry on luggage for long flights to scrape away the ama (toxins).

My on-board travel kit. Also includes a thermos and some Vata tea bags.

Don’t just Arrive Alive, Arrive and Thrive!

References
(1) Robert Haru Fisher, http://www.frommers.com/articles/4606.html
(2) http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/news/1656
(3) “The Lancet,” New Zeland, 2003.
Credits: Dr. John Doulliard, Lifespa.com