Why is Ayurveda a unique approach to health? And why are the vpk Maharishi Ayurveda formulas so effective? It is all about the synergy of herbal combinations contained in the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda. The term Ayur means “life” and Veda means "knowledge." Thus, Ayurveda is the knowledge of life. Contained within it is the key to maintaining health and vitality at its highest level.
One of the fundamental goals of Ayurveda is to address the root cause of imbalance – not just the surface level. With a quick-fix approach, you may temporarily feel some improvement, but it can often be accompanied by unwanted side effects. And this is what makes vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda so different.
As is the case with most things in life, one size does not really fit all and herbs are no exception. In order to be effective, therapeutics of any kind should be based on a holistic approach that takes into account the individuality of each person. Failure to balance from a whole-picture perspective is what often results in addressing one thing but at the expense of another.
So, when it comes to choosing herbs that are right for you, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the Ayurvedic principle of synergy. What is synergy? It is a powerful pairing of agents that produces a combined effect greater than the sum of the separate individual parts. In this case, the powerful agents are herbs, and the result is a combined effect that offers targeted balance while minimizing potential side effects.
For example, if you were to address occasional anxiousness with an off-label herb like ashwagandha (because you heard it optimized your response to stress), and you already have a tendency towards excessive internal heat, because ashwagandha is heating in nature, you may increase heat in your body and depending on your predominant dosha makeup this may have unwanted results such as heated emotions, skin irritation, or digestive upset. Why? Because ashwagandha is known to be a heating herb.
Another example of this is if you have a tendency towards heat and you experience occasional constipation (a Vata imbalance), you would be better off taking Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) versus just a generic triphala formula. Why? Because triphala alone can be heating. This is why our vpk formula includes cabbage rose – a cooling ingredient allowing for safe long term use. That’s synergy!
The vpk Maharishi Ayurveda difference is in our synergistic formulas. All of our formulas are made according to the ancient tradition, and all have the 5 effects described below:
- Primary herbs are used to target specific health concerns. Examples include better sleep, less worry, regular elimination, or enhanced energy.
- Supporting herbs strengthen the action of the primary herbs.
- Assimilation herbs increase bioavailability and assimilation.
- Detox & repair herbs support the mind and body's purification and self-repair mechanisms, allowing the primary herbs to be utilized more effectively.
- And finally, balancing herbs mitigate potential discomforts or side effects that may arise along with the benefits of a particular formula.
At vpk, following the tradition of Ayurveda and verified with modern science, we have developed an intuitive system that enables you to target your desired outcome without sacrificing the holistic balance you’re striving for. Each of our herbal formulas are customized and tailored to interact in a synergistic manner with your particular dosha constitution.
What is a dosha? Every individual is a unique combination of three doshas -- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata is responsible for movement in the body and mind; think of thoughts, circulation, and elimination. Pitta enables metabolism both internally (food) and externally (experience); it is the fire in the belly and the warrior in our blood. Kapha is a grounding influence governing structure; the bones and muscles owe their strength to this dosha. To understand the doshas better and find out about your unique combination, take The Dosha Quiz.
The goal of Ayurvedic herbs and routine is to address your imbalance in one dosha (whichever is most out of balance) while maintaining balance in the other two. In this way, you are able to maintain harmony throughout your entire system while addressing the root cause of the issue. This is a key concept in Ayurveda, address the root cause and the symptom of the imbalance naturally falls away. Through Ayurvedic principals, we are able to “Prevent the danger yet to come.” by addressing imbalance on the level of the doshas. This is true prevention, we keep our bodies in balance, and they are in turn less susceptible to disease.
Each of our formulas is tailored to balance certain doshas, and this is why “vpk”, or Vata, Pitta, Kapha, is in our name. Each bottle is labeled with a vpk icon and dots under it to help you understand the dosha-balancing effect of the formula.
The benefit of vpk: A customized approach that takes into account all of unique you – not just part of you. Everybody is different. You deserve a wellness system that synergistically honors your individuality through all its forms and phases. Taking the time to understand your dosha constitution and the principles of Ayurveda is an investment that brings results for a lifetime. It is worth it!
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