Nature's Formulary Picrorrhiza - 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Picrorrhiza helps protect and strengthen the liver. Nature's Formulary Picrorrhiza pacifies Pitta and Kapha dosha imbalances.
Ayurved believes good health can be achieved by balancing (or correcting imbalances) the elements of nature (doshas) present within us; Vata (air), Pitta (fire), Kapha (water). Our dietary supplements play an important role in balancing the doshas, when used as part of a holistic regimen including diet, exercise, massage, meditation, and life-style changes.
Ayurvedic Name: Katukarohini
Botanical Name: Picrorrhiza kurroa
Common/English Name: No common name assigned.
Part(s) Used: Root
Major Constituents: Kutkin.
Individuals of dominant Kapha Doshas have slower metabolism. Pitta governs metabolic activities in the body. An exaggerated Pitta imbalance affects the body's metabolism. The liver plays an important role in metabolizing most substances into a form to be distributed to the rest of the body. A clean, healthy liver helps the metabolic activities in everyone, particularly of both Pitta and Kapha people.
Kaphas should start a regimented exercise program and minimize oily, sweet, heavy foods.When out of balance a Pitta's metabolism is overtaxed. Hence moderation of Pitta aggravating foods such as oily, fried, spicy foods and alcohol is suggested.
What is Ayurveda (Au-yur-vay'-duh)
Ayurveda was developed in India about 4,000 years ago and is one of the oldest documented health care systems. It is a "life-science", emphasizing health by integrating ayurvedic herbal supplements, diet, exercise, massage and life style. In Sanskrit (the equivalent language to Latin in India) the word Ayurveda literally means science of life (Ayur=life, Veda=science). Ayurvedic philosophy indicates that everything in the universe is made up of 5 elements; fire, air, water, earth and space. Air represents all that is gaseous, earth represents matter that is solid, all liquids are represented by water, fire represents any matter that can transform. In our bodies, as in nature, these 5 elements co-exist in a way that is by and large harmonious and where no one element dominates another perpetually. For this to harmony to exist, there has to be a force that manages a relationship between the elements of nature. In paired relationships, the forces guiding them are called the Doshas. These relationship are governed by 3 "forces" or "energies", known as Doshas. The Doshas represent the "subtle energy" that combines and balances the characteristics of the two elements it influences. This force has to often combine and balance seemingly contrary forces such as Fire and Water under Pitta. Vata manage the relationship between air and space while Kapha brings water and earth together. In addition to our bodies, everything around us has these Doshas; plants, pets, fruits, vegetables can all be classified using the same principle.
In our bodies Vata is the force behind move-ment; hence anything that moves or helps create movement is the responsibility of Vata. Pitta is responsible for digestion and metabolism; right from food we eat, and transforming it into their most basic form for absorption by the entire body as nutrient. Kapha is responsible for the fluids that act as the lubrication for movement, and as the glue that helps hold things together. Every individual needs all the three Doshas to exist since they each play a role in our body and mind. Yet we normally exhibit greater characteristics of 1 or 2 of the Doshas .This unique combination of Doshas defines the person's unique body type (or Dosha). The combinations could be Vata/Pitta, Vata/Kapha, Pitta/Kapha; for a total of 6 different combinations of these Doshas. Most people are a combination of 2; it is possible but unusual to have all three in equal proportions; or to be completely of 1 Dosha. This combination of our Dosha known as Prakruti, is determined at birth and remains constant, by and large throughout the lifetime. When at their natural state of balance, our Doshas provide the strength our bodies need to prevent the conditions that may allow disease. When out of balance, the body's loss of homeostasis permits health conditions and diseases to develop. You can learn more about each Dosha by visiting the pages for Vata, Pitta and Kapha Doshas, Our Body and Disease When the natural proportion, or balance of our Doshas is disrupted, illness can occur. Our Doshas can go out of balance due to toxin accumulation, stress, improper diet, poor habits and even the weather. Ayurvedic medicine's philosophy emphasizes moderation rather than denial. We can be healthy by practicing moderation within the realms of our body type. Denial can be just as unhealthy as indulgence. Our predominant Doshas will determine the imbalances we are prone to. Vata predominance when imbalanced, will experience conditions relating movement or of parts that help move us around. Pitta imbalances will lead to disruptions of metabolic and digestive systems and also lead to inflammatory diseases. Kapha imbalances lead to obesity and related conditions; fluid retentions, pneumonia, etc.
Nature's Formulary..... Organic • Wild Crafted • Supporting Fair Trade
For centuries Ayurvedic philosophy has advocated for humans to live in harmony with nature; with respect and reverence for the resources she provides. Nature’s Formulary has always believed in this philosophy. Their commitment to the program is reflected by the display of the seal of the program “Sustainable Cultivation • Best Practices” on their product label. As this country’s most experienced Ayurvedic line, Nature's Formulary has always believed in on-going product improvement so that customers can purchase the best they can offer. Here are some of their policies: Nature’s Formulary products will be manufactured from organic or wildcrafted herbal raw materials. To support this, they recently launched new initiatives under a program titled “Sustainable Cultivation • Best Practices”. The objective of the program is to establish criteria for working with suppliers of the company’s natural materials. Nature’s Formulary will give preference to suppliers who support these initiatives:
- All plant based materials will be either organic or wildcrafted. Organic agriculture will support sustainable cultivation.
- Wildcrafted materials will be sustainably collected with strict compliance to government regulations
- Support of wildcrafted materials provides collectors with a means of livelihood.
- Provide collectors education on responsible forestry practices.
- Preference for family farms. Support fair prices for farmers. Nature's Formulary will work to reduce the number of intermediaries between themselves and the farmer and work together to encourage fair trade practices.
- Support gender equality for workers throughout the supply chain; from farm to factory.
- Educate growers about child labor.
- Support local communities near growing areas with activities such as aid for education, school supplies, internships, assistance in medical care.
- Manufacturers with established policies and best practices such as: Recycle herbal/agricultural by products by offering it to farmers as livestock feed, compost for use as fertilizer, as fuel for thermal process equipment
- Minimize use of water and recycle as much as possible
- Use solar or wind energy
Nature’s Formulary is also stepping up internal practices that have been in place for quite some time.Here are some examples:
- All of their packaging components always have been and will be completely recyclable
- Their product label is made from material containing recycled paper. They use solvent free inks; minimizing VOC emissions. These inks eliminate drying equipment, reducing the carbon footprint.
- Reuse packing boxes when possible. Use recyclable and biodegradable packaging materials in their warehouse operations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do these Ayurvedic herbs come from and where does Nature's Formulary manufacture their products?
Nature's Formulary purchases raw materials from USA based suppliers. Their products are manufactured in the USA in FDA inspected facilities. All of the world's supply of Ayurvedic herbs comes from India.
Are Ayurvedic herbs safe?
Ayurvedic herbs have been used safely in India for more than 4,000 years. When used as directed and in traditional formulas/doses, Ayurvedic herbs have an excellent safety record. Nature's Formulary follows all the cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These norms prescribe stringent standards for quality control, traceability and more.
Is the best way to select products for me by first finding out my Dosha and then matching the products recommended for my Dosha?
Yes that is the best way. Let us take an example. You take the test and come up as a Pitta (highest) then Kapha (second) and Vata (distant third). Your constitution is Pitta/Kapha. This indicates the conditions you may have to watch out for - for example Liver health. Check out Phyllanthus and you will see that is recommended for Pitta imbalances (Kapha imbalances too - in this case)
Do I have to know my Dosha to select products?
No because these herbal products will have an effect on everyone - regardless of their Dosha. However selecting on the basis of Doshas will match the products best with your body's needs and your body's tendencies.
Then why do I need to know my Doshas?
Your unique Dosha combination indicates your tendencies and hence the health conditions to which you may be susceptible. Knowledge of your Dosha will help you devise a lifestyle plan that includes Nature's Formulary herbal products and foods, massage, exercise, etc that will be matched to your unique needs. The key difference in Ayurvedic medicine is the belief that this holistic approach leads to better health. Research has shown that more and more Americans believe this to be the case. Ayurveda provides a time tested system and tools to create a holistic lifestyle plan.
Is Ayurvedic herbal therapy validated by modern science and clinical studies?
Yes, Ayurvedic herbs have been heavily researched over the last 25 years! There are literally hundreds and hundreds of studies available at many well-known databases.
About Nature's Formulary
- Nature's Formulary was started 19 years ago with a vision to deliver the highest quality Ayurvedic products. Nature's Formulary the country's most experienced Ayurvedic company!
- Their products are completely 100% natural, we do not use any artificial additives or preservatives. All of their products are cruelty-free, Nature's Formulary does not do any testing on animals.
- They believe in full disclosure of ingredients, if it is in the product, it is on the label.
- Their supplements are exclusively in VEGETARIAN. Nature's Formulary were the FIRST Ayurvedic company in the USA to use vegetarian capsules.
- All of their products are packaged in the USA and 99% of our them are manufactured in the USA - in FDA inspected facilities. This makes them compliant with the most current U.S. FDA regulations. Their facilities are not only inspected by the FDA but they have also passed accreditations from the Natural Products Association and the U.S. Pharmacopeia.
- Nature's Formulary USA based manufacturing operations help all of us work out of our current economic condition. Nature's Formulary's management team is very active in natural product industry associations such as the American Herbal Products Association.
- As far as possible, they use bio-degradable and/or recyclable packaging materials. 100% of Nature's Formulary packaging can be recycled! Their warehouse also prefers the use of bio-degradable packaging materials as much as possible.
- Natures Formulary believes the Ayurvedic philosophy that good health comes from integrating all aspects of our lives, from herbs to diet, exercise and massage.