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Padma: An Ancient Tibetan Herbal Formula

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Learn how this ancient Tibetan formula reduces plaque in veins and arteries, and controls bacterial infections in the lungs that lead to asthma and allergies.

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1. Understanding Tibetan Medicine

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Understanding Tibetan Medicine

Tibetan medicine is one of many traditional medical systems around the world that is rooted in the concept of balance. When we are in balance we are healthy, while imbalances often lead to illness. This ancient practice of medicine is a complex system that reflects the close relationship between man and nature. At the very heart of Tibetan medicine are three subtle principles or bodily energies. These energies—wind, bile, and phlegm—have both physical and emotional properties.

Wind is associated with movement, including the circulation, digestion, and the nervous system. Bile relates to the metabolism and liver function, and phlegm is connected to anything that lubricates the body and the memory.

Within these three bodily energies are five elements: air, fire, water, earth, and ether. Each one, except ether, plays a role in the classification of illnesses that are considered hot, cold, or neutral. Too much heat or cold creates imbalance, and imbalance leads to disease. Inflammatory bowel disease is one example of excessive heat, while a sluggish digestion can be a sign of too much cold. An illness is often a result of an excess of either one or the other.

 

2. The Discovery of Padma Basic

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The Discovery of Padma Basic

Padma Basic is one of many classic herbal formulas that originated in Tibet and was hand-carried through Mongolia to Siberia by followers of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan medicine during the Communist invasion. In the mid-nineteenth century, Alexander Badmajew, a Tibetan doctor who had left Tibet for sanctuary in Siberia, relocated to St. Petersburg and brought with him a suitcase stuffed with his precious collection of herbal formulas. They had become an integral part of his medical practice and he could not be without them. Among these formulas was one called Padma 28, the twenty-eighth formula in his collection. This formula is now also known as Padma Basic.

Other members of his family shared Alexander’s passion for Tibetan medicine and used many of its traditional herbal formulas. His nephew, Vladimir Badmajew, became a well-known doctor in Poland who continued the family tradition of combining Tibetan and Western medicine to successfully treat his patients. And Vladimir’s son, a surgeon named Peter, held on tightly to his family’s inheritance of herbal formulas until a single event occurred that would introduce Padma Basic to the world.

 

3. Padma Basic and Healthy Circulation

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Padma Basic and Healthy Circulation

Your circulatory system carries blood throughout your body through your veins and arteries, nourishing your tissues with oxygen and nutrients. Poor circulation reduces the ability for the food and oxygen you need to reach your cells. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help support good circulation, while smoking, a poor diet, and inactivity can lead to a buildup of plaque resulting in blockages in your veins and arteries. They can also contribute to circulatory problems that affect your legs and heart. Preventing these blockages is not only a key to staying healthy; it’s an important factor in looking and feeling young. Blockages cause arteries to become narrow and stiff, reducing circulation. The result is that when less oxygen and nutrients are supplied to waiting cells, you feel tired and run down.

For optimal circulatory health, you need to prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries, and studies show that Padma Basic is particularly effective in keeping veins and arteries free from plaque. While surgery and chelation therapy are two modern methods of reversing atherosclerotic plaque, Padma Basic has been found to be effective both in helping to prevent and treat this buildup at a fraction of the cost and with no side effects.

 

4. Padma Basic and Inflammation

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Padma Basic and Inflammation

An inflammation is like a fire in your body. It creates heat and spreads if you don’t put it out. Left alone, an inflammation may lie smoldering, burning slowly and undetected without you ever knowing it’s there. Eventually, it can lead to chronic illnesses, but not all inflammation is harmful. Acute inflammation can actually be beneficial. It protects you by helping your body burn up foreign materials like toxins and bacteria, preventing them from spreading and causing damage to tissues and organs. The heat, pain, redness, and swelling from inflammation are all protective responses that help your body eliminate foreign substances and prepare injured tissues for repair.

Chronic inflammation is damaging. When tissues become inflamed repeatedly or consistently they break down faster than they can be repaired. This process leads to numerous diseases over time. It can take decades before a minor inflammation develops into diabetes, cancer, or heart disease, but chronic inflammation rarely just “goes away.” As we said earlier, inflammation has recently been found to be a major risk factor for heart disease and is directly associated with a buildup of plaque in the arteries. But it’s also a component of every condition that ends in “itis” (arthritis, dermatitis, gingivitis, hepatitis, colitis, pancreatitis, and so forth); some forms of cancer; asthma; and inflammatory bowel disease.

 

5. Padma Basic and the Immune System

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Padma Basic and the Immune System

You are as healthy as your immune system is strong. A healthy immune system protects your body from harmful viruses, bacteria, parasites, molds, dead cells, and allergic responses to undigested food. A strong immune system will protect you from the minor discomforts of colds or flu as well as from devastating conditions like cancer and autoimmune diseases. A weak immune system, on the other hand, makes you vulnerable to pathogens that contribute to disease. So your immune system is your key to staying healthy, vital, and young. Padma Basic appears to work on both minor and major immune problems by acting as an immune regulator. It turns on an underactive immune system and turns down one that is overactive.

Supporting the Immune System

Perhaps there is no illness that is as strongly associated with the immune system as cancer. When your immune system is strong, renegade cancer cells can be identified and destroyed just like other substances your body identifies as foreign invaders. But when your immune system is weak, these cancer cells produce an enzyme that helps them attach to blood vessels. Then they can break through these blood vessels and travel to other organs. The process where cancer spreads to other locations is called metastasis. All cancers become more dangerous when cancer cells travel to other sites and the cancer spreads like wildfire.

 

6. Padma Basic and the Lungs

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Padma Basic and the Lungs

Allergies and bacterial infections can lead to more serious lung problems like bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma. Just as many herbs contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances, they also tend to have antimicrobial activity. The herbs in Padma Basic have all of these properties, making it particularly well suited for lung problems in both adults and children. The studies on its effectiveness for respiratory infections in children are further evidence of its safety and efficacy.

Bronchitis, Pneumonia, and Respiratory Infections in Children

Children with compromised immune systems come down with frequent colds that often lead to bronchitis, pneumonia, or bacterial lung infections. These children often grow into adults with chronic lung problems and suppressed immune systems. The traditional treatment for these lung problems is to give children course after course of antibiotics. The antibiotics work until the child either builds up immunity to the drug, or the bacteria or virus mutates into a form that the antibiotics can’t recognize. Then that particular antibiotic is no longer effective and the search goes on for other drugs that can do the job … at least for a while.

 

7. Padma Basic and Cancer

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Padma Basic and Cancer

Many factors contribute to the complex category of diseases we know as cancer. This is why there is no one solution. Researcher and oncologist Daniel Clark, MD, councils doctors to “detoxify and support the immune system.” This is good advice for any chronic illness, but it is perhaps even more appropriate in the case of cancer, a disease associated with cell aging.

This aging is not necessarily a result of a person’s biological age, but often a condition where the immune system is unable to function properly. A healthy immune system can destroy and eliminate damaged or renegade cells and remove pathogenic bacteria and viruses. A toxic, overloaded, and weakened immune system allows diseased cells to multiply and form into tumors. Certainly, a key to both the prevention and treatment of any cancer is to strengthen the immune system and remove excessive toxins.

You may remember that free radicals are molecules that damage cells and contribute to inflammation. Chronic inflammation further damages cells, creating a cycle that is difficult to break. Damaged cells usually contain an antigen that helps the killer cells in your immune system recognize them as foreign bodies that need to be destroyed. But some cancer cells are clever enough to remove or cover up this antigen, allowing them to elude the killer cells and stick more effectively to one another. When cancer cells cluster together and adhere to one another they create tumors.

 

8. The Future of Padma Basic

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The Future of Padma Basic

We know from a number of clinical and laboratory studies that Padma Basic has powerful activities against intermittent claudication and inflammation. Each study using this ancient formula points to a number of additional applications for which it appears to be extremely helpful. Here are a few of them.

Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases like lupus, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis are all conditions where the immune system attacks its own tissues. Viral and bacterial infections, stress, and genetics may all contribute to these diseases, and preliminary studies indicate that Padma Basic may be effective in their treatment as well.

Rheumatoid arthritis in children responds to Padma Basic’s ability to regulate an overactive immune system. In a six-month clinical study, nineteen children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) were divided into two groups. One group was given two to four capsules of Padma Basic daily for six weeks; the other group received thymus extract suppositories for four weeks. JRA patients experienced improvements using both formulations, including a reduction of symptoms and improved laboratory tests. In addition, neither formulation had any side effects. The researchers of this study suggest that Padma Basic may be used as an alternative to orthodox medical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

 

9. How to Use Padma Basic

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How to Use Padma Basic

Padma Basic is not a “magic bullet.” Think of it instead as a major ingredient in a comprehensive program including a healthy diet, supplementation, and regular exercise to support and restore your health. A full daily dose of Padma Basic is two capsules taken three times a day, but this amount may be too much to begin with, and two capsules twice a day may be sufficient for some people depending on their weight and the severity of their health problems. It may also be more than necessary for less serious and less chronic conditions. Here are some general guidelines.

For chronic conditions:

• Begin taking one capsule two times a day for three days

• Increase to two capsules two times a day for three days

• Increase to two capsules three times a day for 2 to 24 months, depending on the condition and its severity

For hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, and immune dysfunction:

• Follow the dosage directions above

• Continue at full dosage for a longer period than 24 months as directed by a qualified integrative doctor.

 

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