What is Ayurvedic medicine?
Ayurveda or "science of life" is an ancient Indian system of medicine founded on the immutable laws of nature. Ayurveda views each patient as a unique, complex individual. Unlike other medical modalities which focus on the treatment of symptoms of an illness, Ayurveda concentrates on the source of the patient’s disease, supporting the body’s innate wisdom to restore optimal health.
The basis of Ayurvedic philosophy is the belief that the intelligence of the natural world is within each of us. The five basic elements of the universe – ether, air, fire, water and earth – combine in the body into three characteristic humors (doshas): Vata (ether and air), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). Ayurvedic medicine stimulates our inner intelligence, and activates our own unlimited healing potential in order to achieve optimal balance of the three doshas (Don’t know your dosha? Take our dosha quiz and find out).
What are the Ayurvedic concepts of Prakruti and Doshas?
Ayurvedic philosophy maintains that people are born with a specific constitution, which is called the prakruti. The prakruti, established at conception, is viewed as a unique combination of physical and psychological characteristics that affect the way each person functions.
Throughout life, an individual's underlying prakruti remains the same. However, one's prakruti is constantly influenced by various internal, external and environmental factors like day and night, seasonal changes, diet, lifestyle choices, and more. Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention of illness, and recommends maintaining health through following daily and seasonal regimens which create balance.
Ayurveda teaches that three qualities, called doshas, form important characteristics of the prakruti, or constitution. These doshas are called vata, pitta, and kapha, and they all have a specific impact on bodily functions.
Adherents of Ayurvedic medicine believe that each person has an individual, "tailored" balance of the three doshas. Individual doshas are constantly "in flux," and are influenced by eating, exercising, and relating to others.
Ayurvedic adherents believe that dosha imbalance produces symptoms that are related to that dosha and are different from symptoms of another dosha imbalance. For example, if the aggressive and "hot" pitta-prominent person aggravates pitta, he/she may develop a prickly rash or an acidic stomach. Many factors can cause imbalance, including a poor diet, too much or too little physical or mental exertion, chemicals, or germs.
Furthermore, each dosha is associated with a specific bodily "build" or shape, and is linked to certain personality traits. Ayurveda also links each dosha with particular types of health problems. (Don’t know your dosha? Take our dosha quiz and find out.)
Does RUved® test for heavy metals in their products?
Yes. In-house manufacturing, lab testing, and heavy metal testing of all herbs grown and cultivated in Himachal Pradesh region confirms that this area, which is the natural habitat of most Ayurvedic herbs, yields the highest quality herbs. As the extracts are concentrated, they go through another inspection for heavy metals and microbiological testing. Independent third party testing is completed on all materials and again on the finished products.
It is important to note, many plant-based foods, even when grown organically, can contain lead and mercury due to absorbing low amounts that are naturally occurring in soil. Heavy metals can be found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even some of the foods we eat. This is not limited to any particular area of the world. RUved® ensures that our products meet or exceed FDA, EPA, and American Herbal Product Association guidelines.
Are your products organic?
Our Ayurvedic herbs carry certifications in organic and kosher practices, as well as ISO practices and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Formulated by Ayurvedic and naturopathic physicians and made from standardized herbal extracts to ensure quality and potency, we maintain the highest quality control standards in the Ayurvedic herbal industry.
Are your products manufactured in the United States?
RUved®’s herbal products are manufactured in the United States using ingredients grown on out farms and processed at our state-of-the-art plant in Nagrota Bagwan, Himachal Pradesh, India. All production is overseen by our team of scientists and doctors. Manufacturing takes place in temperature, humidity, and dust controlled rooms to prevent cross contamination and product deterioration. Additionally, each piece of equipment is individually sterilized before each production run. All of these measures are in place to ensure that RUved® provides products that are fresh, natural, sanitary, and free of adulterants of any kind.
What makes RUved® products stand apart?
RUved® stands apart by extracting and standardizing Ayurvedic herbs, which is extremely uncommon for Indian herbs. RUved®’s herbal extraction methods use state-of-the-art technologies to obtain maximum levels of active principles, as well as full spectrum extracts.
In addition, all of our herbs are grown and harvested on our own farms in the pristine and pure environment of the Himachal Pradesh region of India, which is the natural habitat of most Ayurvedic herbs. From seed to market, close attention is paid to the health and development of each plant in every aspect, including the overall condition of the plant, the size of the root, and the timing of harvest to ensure optimal potency and quality. This produces herbs that are ideally suited for use as supplements to enhance good health in accordance with the 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic tradition and ensures the highest quality herbs exclusively for RUved®.
What is RUved®’s “Green Commitment?”
RUved® is dedicated to making the world a better place. Whether it is through the care given to the growing of our herbs, the treatment of the people working for us in our fields and factories, or by supporting the communities surrounding our growing efforts in India and across the globe, RUved® is committed to having a positive impact wherever we do business.
One of the ways that pledge has come to life is through the use of renewable energy. Our state-of-the-art hydroelectric project employs a micro-unit generator that does not disturb the natural flow of the river; thereby protecting fish runs and wildlife while aiding local farmers and villages, enhancing their quality of life, and encouraging them to have less impact on the environment as well. We have also instituted a program to reduce the impact of widespread deforestation that plagues India and encourage long term planning to ensure the sustainability of all resources indigenous to the region. We have introduced a program that educates the villagers about how to wild-craft valuable plants and herbs without negatively effecting the environment, ensuring the sustainability of these treasured indigenous plants remains for generations to come.
RUved® continues its commitment to its growers, community, and customers by providing better-than-market-wage jobs, education about sustainable harvesting, community clinics free of charge for those who are unable to pay, clean water facilities in areas that previously had none, and many other services, including educational opportunities for the tribal communities of the Himachal Pradesh region. We are working every day to discover new ways that we can add to our sustainable practices.