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Welcome – UTTARAYAN With Ancient Energy Bar – Tilgul Laddus

In Ayurveda, as there is a daily regimen or routine recommended, there is also a seasonal regimen. The reason is as simple as it gets-

As our external environment changes our body’s internal environment also gets affected. ‘Ritucharya’ (seasonal regimens) mentioned in Ayurveda was devised depending on the movements of the Sun. They are nothing but adaptation techniques so our body can maintain homeostasis at all times. This time period of ‘Makar Sankranti’ is the celebration of ‘Uttarayan’ - Uttara ( North) and Ayana (Movement) of the Sun. It provides us with best quality sunlight to restore the bodies Vit D reserves that the body can utilize up to a year. The food prepared and indulged in during this time also reflects this thought.

 When we talk about the ‘Faral’ of Diwali season or the ‘Tilgul ladoos’ of Makar sankranti we are enriching our bodies to have good stores of energy and immunity for the year ahead.

 Let us understand this using the perfect example of Makar Sankranti. This day forward we often find large quantities of freshly prepared Tilgul ladoos in our homes.As our external environment changes our body’s internal environment also gets affected. ‘Ritucharya’ (seasonal regimens) mentioned in Ayurveda was devised depending on the movements of the Sun. They are nothing but adaptation techniques so our body can maintain homeostasis at all times. This time period of ‘Makar Sankranti’ is the celebration of ‘Uttarayan’ - Uttara ( North) and Ayana (Movement) of the Sun. It provides us with best quality sunlight to restore the bodies Vit D reserves that the body can utilize up to a year. The food prepared and indulged in during this time also reflects this thought.

When we talk about the ‘Faral’ of Diwali season or the ‘Tilgul ladoos’ of Makar sankranti we are enriching our bodies to have good stores of energy and immunity for the year ahead.

Let us understand this using the perfect example of Makar Sankranti. This day forward we often find large quantities of freshly prepared Tilgul ladoos in our homes.       

Thus, it acts as an appetite enhancer and digestive. It helps to lower bad cholesterol and inflammation. The Ayush Ministry also recommends using sesame oil for nasal instillation (Nasya) and oil pulling (Gandusha) as immunity promoting measures.

So just, imagine what this combo, together, does to your body. 

  • Packed with nutrients, tilgul ladoos provide support to our musculoskeletal system and keep joint troubles away as the cold environment affects joints and muscles also.
  • This is the coldest period of the winter season so they help in generating heat in our bodies.
  • Til and Gud make the perfect combination like an energy bar, which not only satisfies the Digestive fire but also balances the doshas and enhances our immunity.
  • It is also beneficial in keeping the skin and hair nice and soft during this cold and dry season.
  • Not only Tilgul but also Chikki, Gulachi poli, etc, serve the same purpose. 

Some of the Best things come in small packages.’ Tilgul ladoos’ are perfect examples.

So, it's good to remember in the back of our minds, this Makar Sankranti we are not exchanging just sweets but - health and positivity for the rest of the year ahead.

For more information watch our #SAYYESTOAYURVEDA series on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit our official website under Ayurveda: The Science of Life for more videos.

Article By: Dr.Madhuri Bhogan (MD Ayurveda)

The Snooze Factor

14th November may be celebrated as Children’s Day in India, but Globally it has a greater significance as being World Diabetes Day. The blue circle in the logo adopted by the UN represents global diabetes awareness. ‘It signifies the importance of unity of the community globally about diabetes in response to the diabetes epidemic’- IDF (International Diabetes Federation). 

We at Sandu Pharmaceuticals want to do our bit in raising awareness on this subject.

We Indians love a hearty meal, which usually leads to your full tummies & a longing for a short nap. Did you know, these frequent short naps can really shorten the quality of life you may have? You may be wondering why we are ruining the joy of your favorite day-time activity. How in the world does it relate to our agenda of raising awareness? Well!!! We have your best interest at heart.

Diabetes can be correlated with Ayurvedic diseases like Prameha, Medoroga (metabolic disorders) & Santarpaniya  Vyadhi (disorders due to overnutrition). Prameha is one of the conditions that are seen as a result of Medoroga & Santarpaniya Vyadhi, followed by disorders such as ati-sthoulyata, cardiovascular disorders, memory and intellect defects, lethargy etc. So, when taking a look at the causes for Prameha (Diabetes) we find that Divaswap or daytime napping is listed as one of them. Thus, the common denominator between all three that we can identify is Divaswap.

Ayurveda says that in prameha, unhealthy lifestyle leads to vitiation of all the dosha & dhatus which have jala mahabhuta predominance. So, there is malfunction of kapha dosha predominantly along with pitta & vata dosha. Also we find there is malfunctioning of meda dhatu (mainly) along with other 9 body tissues. The result of this is excess urination, thirst, hunger, profuse sweating etc which are the most common symptoms in diabetic patients. Divaswap vitiates all three doshas in our body. This along with other causative factors leads to various modern research says about the effects of frequent daytime napping is represented in the schematic.

Frequent day-time napping causes:

·      Increase in BMI

·      Waist circumference (central adiposity)

·      Increased fasting insulin

·      Increased cholesterol & cholesterol related lipoproteins

·      Fatigue & bodily pain

·      Disturbed sleep efficiency at night.

The stated factors are usually related to increased risk of cardiovascular & metabolic diseases. Just as we give a lot of thought when it comes to investments, similarly we must spare the same for our lifestyle. As what we do daily is ultimately an investment to our health for now & future. Haven’t we voluntarily chosen this habit of frequent day-time napping as part of our lifestyle? We know old habits die hard but correcting this is within our capability. So take this one small step towards your health & limit your daytime napping.

We ask you this, if prevention is better than cure, why wait?

Snooze your habit of snoozing for an improved healthy lifestyle, before it’s too late.

As the theme of World Diabetes Day for the year 2021-2023 is ‘Access to Diabetes Care’,

Sandu offers:

·      Debix

·      Vasant Kusumakar Rasa

·      Chandraprabha Gutika

Makarprash, The Immunity Powerhouse

Makarprash, The Immunity Powerhouse

Our immunity and good nutritive diet has direct connection. Not only in modern science has now endorsed it, but Ayurveda, the ancient medicinal science also explains the importance of food. According to Ayurveda food is responsible for confering good health but is responsible for generation of diseases, when not consumed in proper way. Low immunity due to any reason leads to various infectious diseases. For that along with good food Ayurveda recommends Rasayan chiktsa ( Ayurved Tonics) for good immunity.

Sandu Makarprash is one of the most popularly recomended tonic by many vaidyas as a tonic. Makarprash is prepared from immunity booster herbs like Amalaki, Guduchi, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Kamal, Vidarikanda, etc. It also contains Makardhwaj [ processed with gold], Lakshmivilas Ras [with Gold] & pure cow ghee. All theses herbs are useful for maintenance of well being & in fact rejuvenating the person. Recurrent cold, cough, fever, throat infections and other similar symptoms, are commonly seen in any viral infection. Regular use of Makarprash surely helps to prevent from theses problems by improving immunity in a person. Lakshmivilas Ras in Makarprash helps to reduce symptoms of cold, cough, rhinitis & other respiratory symptoms. Makarprash gives strength to the lungs as well as beneficial for robust functioning, thus improving respiratory systems. Suvarnabhavit Makardhwaj in Makarprash improves immunity & prevents from recurrent diseases along with nourishing the body. Makarprash contains Mauktika bhasma, which is a natural source of calcium, hence it gives strength to bones & teeth. Makarprash is proven beneficial to maintain skin soft & smooth as it contains pure cow ghee, so moisture of the skin remains maintained.

Makarprash improves our immunity, prevents from recurrent diseases attacks, nourishes all seven dhatus & thus improves general health of person. Makarprash taste is accpeted even by children & so everyone should consume it for improving immunity with Ayurveda.

Enhance your haircare with Keshita

Keshita, Best Ayurvedic Hair Oil For Your Weekly Hair Care Routine

Every woman dreams for long, black & beautiful hair. Because healthy hair is the most noticeable part of a beauty. Not only women but men also wish for healthy black hair for their attractive appearance. But in today's cosmetic world, many people are facing hair related problems. Unhealthy diet, stress, sleeping at late night, excessive use of hair styling equipments, use of chemical based shampoos and cosmetics and pollution are important reasons for causing hair problems. Hair fall, premature graying of hair, split hair, dull hair, dandruff, early baldness in males etc are very commonly seen problems in each age group nowadays. For beautiful and healthy hair one should take proper hair care with regular oil massage.

Keshita (Sandu Mahabhringraj oil) is best ayurvedic hair oil for healthy and long hair. Sandu Keshita contains Bhringraj as a main ingredient along with Jatamanasi, mehendi, Amalaki and other herbs beneficial for hair. The base of Sandu Keshita is coconut oil, known natural oil for benefits to hair and scalp. Regular use of Keshita (Sandu Mahabhrungraj oil) strengthens hair follicles & strands, arrests thinning of hair, confers long, silky hair. Keshita (Sandu Mahabhringaraj oil) is very beneficial for hair loss & alopecia (baldness). It serves as hair cleanser, helps in premature graying of hair, split hair.

Keshita (Sandu Mahabhringaraj oil) is best ayurvedic oil for hair growth. Massaging scalp with Keshita (Mahabhringaraj Taila) nourishes scalp, reduces dandruff and relieves itching. Keshita (Sandu Mahabhrigaraj oil) restores shine, texture and smoothness of hair. Massage with Keshita (Sandu Mahabhringaraj oil) exerts calming effect and promotes sound sleep.

Embrace The Winters Like A Chrysanthamum


Seasons change at their own pace and catch us off guard scrambling to have everything in place to face what they bring. I’m sure this year too was the same for you. Every man who is a father, brother, husband knows when it comes to women there are always 10 different products for just a single part of the body. I wonder, wouldn’t it be better to have just a few things instead of a whole army of things just for your skin, face, hair etc. Instead of spending your precious hard earned money on expensive products why don’t we look at our kitchen for achieving the same result. Let me tell you, Ayurveda has listed some hacks to survive winters with glowing skin just like chrysanthemums.

Handy tips:

1)  Tweak your daily routine

Add a small step of Abhyanga or oil massage to your routine. With a small amount of warmed oil of your preference or as per your Prakriti massage your body and take a warm bath after. This will do wonders for your skin

2)    Switch your face wash

Tired of your face wash leaving your face dry and scale? Why don’t you try substituting or switching it to Besan flour, Masoor dal flour or herbal ubtan. They act as chemical free natural cleansers and don’t leave your skin dry.

3)    Home-made face packs

As you can probably tell all ingredients mentioned are within your reach and don’t wreck havoc on your wallet. Well you can use at home ingredients to make a face pack that will leave your skin feeling good. Multani mitti is a tried and tested formula for moisturizing your skin. Besides this Aloevera or Papaya can also be used to reduce skin irritation, dryness etc.

When it comes to certain things in life- ‘Less is always more’

Article By : Dr.Madhuri Bhogan (MD Ayurveda)

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Suffering from PCOS? Try Debix

We observed PCOS awareness month in September!! As per the observations of certain groups working in the field of PCOS in India, medical practitioners more often  recommend dietary and lifestyle changes as a first response to PCOS pateints, than in the United States, but the push for prescription medication is also less likely as a first response by medical professionals in India. May be because, there is less awareness of herbal options for this condition PCOS.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS in short, a condition in women, is becoming increasingly common in recent times.

The complicated  name, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, can be simplified as follows:

  • Poly- means many.
  • Cyst means a bubble-like thing in the body tissue.
  • Ovary is the female organ that produces ova or eggs.
  • Syndrome means a group of signs and symptoms complained by the patient

The basic cause of PCOS is insulin resistance (IR), despite large quantities of insulin in the body, target tissues  like fat resist the action of insulin. And this results in variety of signs and symptoms in PCOS.

 First of all, the menstrual periods become irregular. PCOS drastically reduces fertility because the ovary fails to form ova.

 In PCOS, there is a marked tendency to put on weight. The accumulated weight does not get removed easily even with a vigorous exercise programme. All in all, PCOS leads to difficulty maintaining a healthy weight.

Male hormone, Testosterone, also causes the occurence pimples and unwanted hair growth on the face. Just like teenagers and adolescents, the patient starts getting acne which does not go away easily, causing a great deal of stress for her.

How to correct all this topsy turvy? Well, it is not easy. It needs drastic life-style changes like fasting and doing physical exercise. These lifestyle measures decrease insulin resistance. Eating a balanced diet rich in green leafy vegetables which will provide you with what are called anti-oxidants. Tobacco and alcohol aggravate the hormonal imbalance so they must be avoided at all costs.

There are many herbs that Mother Nature has gifted to us. One of them is GUDAMAR, (Gymnema sylvestre) roughly translated as a “Sugar Killer”. Its constituent, Gymnemic acids, a polyphenol,  have been shown to exert antidiabetic, anti-sweetener, and anti-inflammatory activities. In the animal model of PCOS, it was demonstrated that gymnemic acids improved the menstrual cycle regularity, reduced testosterone levels and weight in PCOS rats. 

SANDU offers GUDAMAR containing combination called DEBIX to take care of the hormonal imbalance in PCOS. Besides, Gudmar, DEBIX contains many other similar ingredients like Jamunbeej (Syzygium cumini), Karela (Momordica charantia), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna).

When the doctor prescribes to you DEBIX you know you are getting the best herbs in the best form. You simply take it as prescribed. 

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Boost your digestion with Dadimavaleha

Sandu Dadimavaleha , Indigestion Related To Diarhhoea & Dysentery

Ahara (diet), Nidra (sleep) and Brahmacarya (abstinence) are recognized as the three pillars, essential for the smooth running of life. Ayurveda has given minute detailed explanation of types of food (Ahar), right way and quantity of consuming food, also properties of each and every cereals, vegetables and fruits. Fruits are a must to meet the required amount of vitamins and minerals in the body. Some fruits and vegetables are fulfilled with so many medicinal properties, so these vegetables and fruits should be consumed by everyone. Pomegranate is one of them. It is described as Dadima in Ayurvedic text. Sandu Pharmaceuticals Dadimavaleha, a very popular and tasty health tonic.

Dadima is the main ingredient of Sandu Dadimavaleha. It balances all the three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Sandu Dadimavaleha is best ayurvedic medicine for nausea and vomiting. It relieves excessive thirst and burning sensation. Sandu Dadimavaleha contains Jaiphal, Dadim (pomegranate) & Jaiphal both are astringent, so Sandu Dadimavaleha helps to stop loose motions in many diseases.

Sandu Dadimavaleha is very good tonic to reduce fatigue after diarrhoe and dysentery and improves appetite associated with. Other ingredients like Shunthi, Marich, Dalchini in Sandu Dadimavaleha act as dipan & pachan. Sandu Dadimavaleha enhances absorption of iron from food, thus benefits in iron deficiency anemia, hence Sandu Dadimavaleha is the best ayurvedic medicine for raising hemoglobin. It improves blood circulation and helps to overcome weakness & fatigue. Therefor useful in menstruating women like a tonic to overcome effects of weakness. Sandu Dadimavaleha is good for heart. It improves immunity and body strength by improving generation of good quality of blood componenets. Sandu Dadimavaleha is very tasty, so it can be easily consumed by children, adults as well by pregnant women. 2 teaspoonful Sandu Dadimavaleha 2 to 3 times daily should be consumed by everyone for best results.

Cancel Your Appointment With Cancer

                    Cancer, a disease in which some of the body’s cells grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. 4th Feb World Cancer Day an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the largest and oldest international cancer organization dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. Why did this need arise?

Each year 10 million people die from cancer & according to experts; this number could rise to 13 million.

‘History is who we are and why we are the way we are’ - David Mccullough

Human history has witnessed a lot of changes and dramatic events. Necessity as we are all well aware is the mother of invention. This need led to the inventions of numerous things of which we are reaping the benefits & drawbacks. Those born with the silver spoon are directly experiencing these positive & negative while those who are not, are ruining their health by constantly running after these conveniences. At what point of time did the threat of cancer start to leave its footprints in human history.

Cancer-like diseases such as Arbuda & Granthi that are a type of inflammatory or non-inflammatory swelling, with their particular remedies mentioned in Ayurveda as well Siddha medicine. Cancer case reports from India began in the 17th century & began to rise ever since the 20th Century.  Coincidentally, in India the Tobacco plant was introduced around the 17th Century. As per the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), tobacco related cancers account for 27% of cancer burden (2020) in India. This is just a small aspect of its rise.

             Just run through the list of probable causes of cancer. I am sure you must have noticed, these factors are the result of the evils of today’s, evolving society and its trends.

How can Ayurveda help us?

For starters, we can look towards Ayurveda to guide us to an ideal daily routine, diet, yoga, meditation etc. Nearly 30-40 % of cancer deaths due to unhealthy diet, obesity, lack of physical activity can be averted by following the three pillars of Ayurveda i.e. Ahar, Nidra and Brahmacharya.

 The therapeutic approach of Ayurveda is categorised into Prakriti-sthapani chikitsa (Health maintenance), Roganashani chikitsa (Disease cure), Rasayana chikitsa (Restoration of normal function) and Naishthiki chikitsa (spiritual approach).

Every moment our body is continuously generating new cells, but are they healthy? Panchkarma therapy works as detox & formulations like chyavanprash as Rasayan or rejuvenative therapy. This makes the new generating cells healthy as well as enhances your immunity.

Modern researchers have now proved anti-Cancer activity of many herbs. Not only this, but it is also effective in recovering from ailments and weakness from post-cancer therapy and treatment. When you think of Ayurveda just imagine, Mary Poppins bag, everything you need is in here. So, an integrated approach will definitely aid in tackling the threat of Cancer.




        Article By: Dr.Madhuri Bhogan (MD Ayurveda)

Bifidobacteria And Breastfeeding Benefits Connection

Our Ancient Ayurvedic books are the richest source of health wisdom; our seers always maintained that this wisdom will remain valid eternally, it does’nt have the expiry date. This is so true for: मातुरेव पिबेत्स्तन्यं तत्परं देहवृद्धये। This simple Sanskrit line means that mother’s milk is the best for infant’s growth and development and therefore, breastfeeding should be promoted. It is as simple as that because it is the MOTHER NATURE’S gift.


Besides, nutrients like water, carbohydrates, protiens, fats, vitamins and minerals, mother’s milk contains certain bioactives and commensal bacteria as shown in the figure. It seems that, the gut of breasfed babies do have certain microbes which contribute to the beneficial effects of mother’s milk.


The studied bifidobacteria utilize certain carbohydrates (human milk oligosaccharides, HMOs) in breastmilk to grow in the gut where they transform aromatic amino acids (Proteins, which are also found in breastmilk) into aromatic lactic acids. The production of these aromatic lactic acids in the gut probably has a beneficial effect on the infants' immune system.

Bifidobacteria do play a main role during this time to digest the healthy sugars in breast milk that are important for babies’ growth. In fact, breastfedd babies do have much higher levels of these beneficial bacteria in their intestines than those who are bottle-fed. Bifidobacteria control the immune system and keep the gut wall healthy in infants, which can help prevent infections.

Besides the health effects in infants, as a bonus, mother gets following benefits of breastfeeding!

l  Breastfeeding helps mother to lose body weight after delivery.

l  It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps  uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth.

l  Breastfeeding also lowers risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

l  It may lower risk of osteoporosis, too.

l  It is indeed a bliss to enjoy the company of the baby. Bonding does happen.

l  And on a lighter note, breastfeeding helps you save time and money, no need to buy formula milk, bottles etc.

So MOTHER NATURE does teach us to live symbiotically with the MICROBIOME, right from the birth!! 

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