The Maharishi Ayurveda Self-Care System

Maharishi Ayurveda is an integrated system of natural healthcare, utilizing the age-old modalities, or health tools, of Ayurveda, combined with the very best of modern medicine. The information in this section is meant to be a general guide to Ayurvedic self-care practices and techniques. Most are very simple, and very effective at helping restore balance. Please consult your physician for specific Ayurvedic herb recommendations.

This approach to health is not a one-size-fits-all model. For self care to be effective, it has to work, it has to account for your particular imbalances and has to be simple. Maharishi Ayurveda Self-Care Systems do just that. They help support health and balance in all areas…weight control, anxiety, fatigue, high cholesterol, insomnia and more.

Each Maharishi Ayurveda Self-Care System includes specific recommendations for diet and lifestyle and herbal formulas. Please ask your physician about which herbal formulation, aroma, meditation practice, food, spice, yoga system or Ayurvedic detoxification treatments are best for you.

Beyond Ayurvedic Body Types

Ayurvedic body types are popular and fun, but not very practical for improving your current health. If you have an imbalance, it is more important to focus on correcting the imbalance first, regardless of your body type.

Understanding Maharishi Ayurvedic Herbal Formulations
Maharishi Ayurvedic formulas are precise traditional combinations of herbs, carefully selected and combined to strengthen any formula in seven crucial ways:

  1. Main herbs for the primary benefit
  2. Herbs to increase absorption
  3. Herbs to remove toxins
  4. Herbs to enhance digestion and prevent internal toxins
  5. Herbs to balance and support other herbs
  6. Herbs to block effects of stress
  7. Herbs to nourish every cell

Classical Ayurvedic Botany: Making an Authentic Formulation
Approximately 6,000 specially trained traditional gatherers collect the specific plants needed to make the formulations. These gatherers are trained in how to identify and select herbs in the wild according to classical and strict standards of Ayurvedic quality, full potency herbs. Each herb is then prepared for immediate transport to the central processing facility. Some herbs would lose their potency if they were left to sit overnight before being processed.

Advanced Purity Testing
Each batch of herbs is tested using high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) and other technologies to verify both the identity of the herb and its potency. Only about 50% of each crop meets established standards. Further tests ensure purity to avoid heavy metals, pesticide residues and biological contaminants.

Tested Once Again
Independent laboratories in the U.S. test our herbal shipments again when they arrive in the U.S. for metal and biological contaminants. This is done before we release the product to our distribution centers for shipping.

Quick Tips on Balancing Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Balance Vata:

Balance Vata when you are changeable, indecisive, fast moving or anxious, and prone to insomnia, dry skin and constipation.

To help balance Vata:

  1. Favor foods that are sweet, salty and sour
  2. Establish a regular daily routine
  3. Go to bed early
  4. Keep warm, especially when the weather is cold and windy.

There are Ayurvedic spice mixes, aromas and teas to help balance Vata. Ask your physician for a recommendation.

Balance Pitta

Balance Pitta when you are intense, critical, frustrated or angry, and prone to overwork, a ravenous appetite, and sensitive skin.

To help balance Pitta:

  1. Favor foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent
  2. Make time for leisure
  3. Don’t skip meals
  4. Stay cool, especially when the weather is hot.

There are Ayurvedic spice mixes, aromas and teas to help balance Pitta. Ask your physician for a recommendation.

Balance Kapha

Balance Kapha when you are lethargic, complacent or slow moving, and prone to easy weight gain, congestion, oily skin and oversleeping.

To help balance Kapha:

  1. Favor foods that are pungent, bitter and astringent
  2. Seek variety and new things in life
  3. Don’t overeat, and exercise regularly
  4. Stay warm, especially when the weather is cold and damp.

There are Ayurvedic spice mixes, aromas and teas to help balance Vata. Ask your physician for a recommendation.