Over the years we've received many questions about how to take Maharishi AyurVeda herbal supplements for the most effective results. Here are some of the frequently asked questions and their answers. Whether you're new to our products or have been taking our supplements for years, there is always something new to learn.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SUPPLEMENTS
Why should I take Maharishi AyurVeda herbs?
Maharishi AyurVeda supplements contain high-quality herbs that are combined into potent formulas to address the underlying imbalance in the physiology, without causing side effects. Instead of just addressing the surface level, these formulations aim to enliven balance in the physiology and target the root cause of the issue.
I have many imbalances. Which herbs should I start taking first?
In Maharishi Ayurveda, we consider symptoms to be like the fruits of a tree. In most cases, there is a common root. There are primary and secondary imbalances. Ayurveda tries to address the primary imbalance first. Addressing the secondary imbalances might help, but that is only a partial approach. To take the guesswork out of the problem, see a Maharishi Ayurveda expert (vaidya) who can determine the root cause of the issue, and address all of your imbalances.
Maharishi Ayurveda supplements contain high-quality herbs that are combined into potent formulas to correct the underlying imbalance in the physiology, without causing side effects. Instead of just treating the symptoms, these formulations aim to enliven balance in the physiology and eliminate the root cause of the problem.
In Maharishi Ayurveda, we consider symptoms to be like the fruits of a tree. In most cases, there is a common root. There are primary and secondary imbalances. Ayurveda tries to address the primary imbalance first. Treating the secondary imbalances might bring relief, but that is only partial treatment.
To take the guesswork out of the problem, see a Maharishi Ayurveda expert (vaidya) who can determine the root cause of the problem, and address all of your symptoms.
Once you consult an ayurvedic expert, he or she can explain which foods and lifestyle habits are causing your imbalance. By knowing the cause, you can avoid the cause. Avoiding the causal factor itself is half of the solution.
As part of your consultation with an ayurvedic expert, you’ll receive recommendations that are designed for your body type, imbalances, and age—and which take into account the current season and even the time of day. If you can follow the recommended diet and daily routine, and at the same time avoid the underlying causal factors (i.e. foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate your condition), over time, balance will be restored. When your mind, body and emotions are functioning in balance, you will have no need for herbal formulas!
Digestion is also a key factor in restoring balance and strengthening immunity. Thus in most cases, the ayurvedic expert will make recommendations for strengthening digestion. Once these functions are restored, the body begins to function in a more balanced way.
Focusing on one or two imbalances at a time is best. Start with those imbalances that bother you the most. Sometimes, you may find that in clearing those up, some secondary imbalances get addressed as well.
That depends on what you are taking. Amrit Kalash and Organic Amla Berry are rasayanas—nutritional formulas that balance all the three doshas. You can take these with any other herbs. Other supplements have stronger, targeted therapeutic effects: for example, Elim-Tox or Worry Free, which balance specific doshas and subdoshas or support detoxification. These you shouldn't overdo. They are very powerful, and too many of them can overstimulate your physiology. As a general rule, don't take more than four formulas at a time in addition to Amrit Kalash. In addition, it is not always wise to take certain supplements simultaneously, because they may have overlapping benefits—for example, Elim-Tox and Radiant Skin.
It might be tempting to take Bio-Immune, Sniffle Free and Cold Weather Defense all at once to get rid of your problem quickly. However, you shouldn't take more than two products that address the same, related issues without first consulting an ayurvedic expert. Maharishi Ayurveda formulas are designed to take care of several aspects of the same condition, so taking more will not necessarily increase their effectiveness.
As far as dosage (i.e. the number of tablets to take at a time), you can follow the recommendations on the bottle. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, the dosage needed to correct an imbalance depends on the strength of the patient and the severity of the condition. This is best evaluated by an expert trained in Maharishi Ayurveda.
For herbal formulas that are designed for addressing a health issue before it manifests, such as Bio-Immune and Aller-Defense, it’s best to take them regularly for two to three months.
For herbal formulas that are designed to restore balance, such as Clear Throat, BP Balance, and Mind Plus, it’s best to take them until the imbalance is gone. Once balance is restored, you can continue for at least two weeks longer to be sure the body has adjusted to the new state of balance. This is because the disappearance of symptoms does not mean that the imbalance is gone. Maharishi Ayurveda distinguishes six stages of disease; symptoms don’t occur until stage four. Even if you are symptom free, you have three more levels of imbalance to clear. For detoxifying herbal formulas, such as Elim-Tox, Elim-Tox-O, and Herbal Cleanse, it’s best to use them according to the guidelines given for cleansing toxins from your body.
For certain ongoing conditions, it may be helpful to take the supplement on a regular basis to stay in balance. Cholesterol Protection, for example, reduces ama (digestive toxins) in the fat tissue. When ama accumulates in the fat tissue, it manifests as high cholesterol. When your cholesterol level becomes normal, you should continue taking Cholesterol Protection to prevent the build up of ama.
You can follow the instructions on the bottle. But there is some flexibility—if those times don’t work for you, then take them at your convenience. The main point is to take the herbal formulas regularly—for that is how the results come.
Since you use your body's systems and organs every day, they need constant support until the imbalance is fixed. Add supplements into your daily routine, and if you tend to forget to take them, devise ways to remind yourself. Create reminders in your cell phone or put post-it notes on your computer. Keep your supplements on your dining table instead of in the cupboard. Carry them with you in a tablet dispenser.
You can facilitate the balancing process by also adjusting your diet and routine. If you are taking Protection Plus Sinuses, for instance, you should also reduce heavy food, greasy food, fast foods, cold foods and drinks, and favor cooked warm meals that are easy to digest.
Maharishi Ayurveda herbal formulations provide a very powerful way to address imbalances and restore balance and well-being for a long, healthy life. By taking the right amount at the right time, and by adjusting your diet, you can greatly enhance their benefits.
Our tablets can be cut in half using a tablet cutter. Alternately, tablets can be ground into powder and mixed with raw unheated honey, applesauce or maple syrup.
Our products are most effective when used prior to their best before date. Per our vaidyas, products can be used up to a year past their best before date, but they may not be as effective as fresh product.
Specific Ingredient Concerns
You may notice that some of our products contain up to 99.5% organic ingredients, but do not feature the USDA organic seal on the packaging.
Why is this?
In order to certify a product as USDA organic, any non-organic ingredients in the product, no matter how small a percentage of the formula, must be on an approved list from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
All of our formulas contain exotic, ayurvedic ingredients. Since many of these exotic herbs are not yet on the NOP approved list, the entire formula cannot be certified as USDA organic even though the formula may contain almost 100% organic plants. It can take many years to petition to add new ingredients to the list and the outcome is uncertain.
We don't compromise our formulas. We could remove the small percentage non-organic ingredients and easily obtain the seal, but we don’t.
Our herbal supplements are made according to the ancient ayurvedic texts, and we intend to continue making them using the same ingredients that have been used for thousands of years. This is our commitment to maintaining the effectiveness and the purity of the ayurvedic tradition. It is the only way to craft ayurvedic formulations that deliver maximum effect for mind and body.
Where and when possible, we will continue to introduce organic ingredients.
Yes, Maharishi Ayurveda supplement products are gluten-free and made in a gluten-free production facility. Even Flexcel, which contains barley, is gluten-free because the barley used by our manufacturer is incinerated down into ash, during which any gluten, if present, is completely destroyed. The processing of the barley ash is not done in the same area that the rest of the supplement products are made and bottled, and uses separate equipment. Therefore, none of the products come into contact with the barley, or any other gluten-containing ingredients.
None of our products contain soy, and our manufacturing facility doesn’t process any products containing soy.
No, animals are not harmed while harversting our shell ingredients. It's part of the cycle of nature. Once the animal has vacated its shell, then we collect the shell, pearl or pearl oyster for use in our products. No killing is involved.
We source calcium from areas that are not known to be polluted, and test the quality of calcium for heavy metals and pollutants before use. Once harvested, we use only the pure inner layer of calcium and remove the upper layer of calcium which has come into contact with the environment. This process has to be done by hand, but ensures that the calcium used is of the highest quality. It is then purified according to the ayurvedic texts.
We process pearl, coral, conch and other shell ingredients using traditional ayurvedic methods that incinerate the minerals, converting them to a fine powder. During the incineration process, the allergen properties, if previously present, are destroyed. The process involves many steps of purifying the original materials. Because of the processing, a customer who is allergic to shellfish shouldn’t have any issue using one of our products containing shell ingredients. But it is always best to be cautious and alert to any symptoms when first trying the product. To date we have had no negative feedback.
All of our products are vegetarian. For a list of our vegan products, please click here.
Licorice is a traditional herbal remedy with a lot of benefits in ayurveda. It has a rasayana (health-promoting) effect on the mind and body, and is also balancing to Vata and Pitta. It supports healthy immunity, is good for the eyes and complexion, nourishes the tissues, soothes the digestive tract and promotes circulation.
In our synergistic formulas, we process our licorice in a particular way and use it in combination with other herbs that counterbalance any negative effect licorice could cause in the physiology (or to blood pressure) if taken by itself. The licorice used in our products is not deglycerized.
However, if someone already has high blood pressure or is concerned about taking a product containing licorice, we recommend you monitor blood pressure when taking the product, and/or consult your health professional before using one of our licorice-containing products.
None of our products contain genetically modified organisms (GMO's), and we’re careful to source from vendors who can assure us that their ingredients are non-GMO. Look for the "Non-GMO" seal on all of our supplement, tea, and food packaging. Also, organic products are always non-GMO. As part of the USDA organic guidelines, a product must not contain any GMO inputs/ingredients in order to carry the USDA organic seal.
Yes, our supplier has confirmed that the organic palm oil in our organic tablet coating (Opadry Nutrapure) is sustainably sourced.
The jatamansi we use is generally sourced by forest traders and can be considered wild-crafted. We are also working with the forest department and Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) in India to connect with tribes in forested areas to educate them about sustainable wild crafted harvesting to protect jatamansi and ensure a long-term supply of this ingredient.
Yes, our coral is sustainably-sourced, and is accompanied with the necessary documentation assuring that it is not endangered.
Babies & Children
Ayurvedic experts (vaidyas) generally feel that such classical rasayanas as Organic Triphala Rose and Organic Ashwagandha are safe in these circumstances, and there is a long history of use. All our products are made from whole plant parts, not synthetic concentrates, and as such do not have known side effects. But, we adhere to modern standards. Unless you have consulted with your physician first, and they recommend it, we do not recommend taking these or any herbal product while pregnant or lactating.
Yes, children can take our herbal food supplements to promote their overall health. Maharishi Ayurveda has a number of formulas that are especially beneficial for kids. At age four or five, start your child on Intelligence Plus. This will aid mental clarity, support resistance to stress and help balance emotions. Children can also take ¼ of their parents’ Amrit Ambrosia and Amrit Nectar Tablets morning and evening. Together they help reduce the effects of toxins from the environment by scavenging free radicals, and they contain natural sources of nutrients such as Vitamin C. Older children can take half the adult recommendation for Ambrosia and Nectar.
Children’s Dosages for All Herbal Formulations
For children 0-3 years
It’s best to seek advice from an expert trained in Maharishi Ayurveda before giving your child any herbal formulas.
May take ¼ of a tablet twice daily.
For liquids (like Mind Plus and Clear Throat), may take ½ teaspoon twice daily.
May take ½ full tablet twice daily.
For liquids (like Mind Plus and Clear Throat), may take 1 teaspoon twice daily.
10 years and older
May take 1 full tablet twice daily.
For liquids (like Mind Plus and Clear Throat), may take 1 tablespoon or 2 teaspoons twice daily.
To make the tablets more digestible, crush and stir them into applesauce, raw honey, maple syrup or yogurt.
The following products currently have the Ayush premium certification: Aci-Balance, Amrit Ambrosia, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Brahmi (Bacopa), Organic Triphala Rose, Organic Genitrac, Organic Guggul, Rejuvenation for Men, Throat Ease, Organic Youthful Mind, MA 320, MA 323, MA 325, MA 471, and MA 579.
Our plastic bottles are PET 1, which is a recyclable BPA-free plastic. We have also converted some of our plastic bottles to glass, and are committed to continuing to switch to eco-friendly packaging options as much as possible.
We've simplified the number of seals used on our packaging in an effort to be more eco-friendly and streamline the look of our products. Supplements, food and beverage products will have one seal, and cosmetic products will have a seal in some cases, but may be unsealed in other cases. We've made sure the seals are compliant with FDA regulations and that the products are safe to use. If you have any concerns, please reach out to our Customer Service department.
Our bottles are partially filled with cotton, as is the industry standard, to protect the tablets against breakage during shipment. We also have various tablet sizes and unit sizes, some formulas as low as 30 tablets and others up to 120 tablets. In an effort to be efficient and consistent with our product, we use the same bottle and label size for our various products.
Our products don’t have any side effects or contraindications, but if there’s a concern or you have a known medical condition, always consult with your health professional before taking one of our products.
Maharishi Ayurveda, as a dietary supplement company, is regulated by the FDA and as such, we are not allowed to discuss diseases or their symptoms even if traditional ayurveda has found to be helpful. As much as we would like to discuss traditional ayurveda and its treatment of disease, we are not allowed to do so. Our goal is to educate our customers about the Ayurvedic benefits of our products for supporting health and wellness in health categories including digestion, sleep, emotional balance and many others.
Per our vaidyas (ayurvedic experts), none of our products have blood thinning effect if taken in daily recommended doses.
The FDA requires that we list the maximum number of tablets in the Serving Size area of the Supplement Facts box if a range is given for "Suggested Use." For example, if Organic Ashwagandha recommends “1-2 tablets twice daily, with water after meals” then we list “Serving Size 2 tablets” to be in compliance with these regulations. However, we recommend that you follow the Suggested Use directions to determine the quantity that works best for you.
Yes, our products are tested for pesticides, heavy metals and live organisms. We use only ingredients and herbal products that meet our rigorous standards for safety. We follow the traditional methods of Ayurveda while employing the highest standards of quality control. To ensure purity, vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda products are tested before, during and after manufacture and then tested again by an A2LA accredited independent analytical laboratory in the US (that meets ISO 17025:1999 standards), prior to distribution. These tests include examination for:
• Heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury)
• Residual pesticides (at the start of the manufacturing process)
• Microbiological contamination (including E. coli, coliforms, staph and salmonella)
Our products far exceed the testing standards set by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the World Health Organization and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
We're always happy to be transparent with our products' testing results. To request a copy of the testing results for the products you are using, please send us the product names and batch numbers from the labels.
None of our products are tested on animals and they are cruelty-free.
Our manufacturer performs cross-sectional analysis on each herbal ingredient to make sure that they have been correctly identified before using them in our products.
In addition, our manufacturing facilities are registered with the FDA, and all manufacturing is done according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) to make sure that we’re in compliance with regulations during the manufacturing and labeling of our products.
Our plastic supplement bottles, lids, seals, labels, glass bottles and product boxes are all recyclable. Also, all our plastic bottles are stamped with a PET plastic number for recycling. We are committed to continuing to switch to eco-friendly packaging options as much as possible.