FAQ

The directions on some Himalaya labels, for example, say: "Take 2 capsules daily before meals". When your directions say "before" or "after" meals, how long before or after a meal?

A good rule of thumb is 20 minutes before or 20 minutes after.

Can your supplements be taken ongoing for an indefinite period of time? Or do you have to take them for few weeks and then stop for a while?

All Himalaya formulas have been proven safe and effective and can be taken long term. We suggest your formula be taken for a minimum of three months to receive the best results.

However, we suggest the following as a general rule:

  • If you have an immediate, short-term health concern, we recommend that you take the product until the concern is resolved.
  • If you have an ongoing health concern (e.g. for stress, joint health, liver function, etc.), we recommend that you continue taking the product as long as the desired health benefits are being experienced, which could be for any long-term period of time.

I am concerned that there is Black Nightshade in your LiverCare; someone told me Black Nightshade is poisonous.

Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) contains both valuable protective and liver detoxification compounds. As with any botanical, the climate, soil type, weather, and maturity of the harvested plant parts will determine the over all chemical make up of the plant ingredient.

Himalaya is a seed-to-shelf company, which means we grow our own herbs and maintain total control of the plants through harvesting, research, quality control testing, manufacturing, and distribution. Himalaya uses only the ripe berries from the Black Nightshade, with NO detectable toxic compounds.

Himalaya HeartCare has Licorice in it, and I've heard Licorice can increase blood pressure. Why is it in HeartCare?

As with all supplements, botanical plants are analyzed for an upper limit of what would be considered safe to consume in a day. For those people who regularly ingest more than 20 g of Licorice per day, AND have a known sensitivity to this plant, they may experience an increase in blood pressure. 

HeartCare contains only a very few milligrams of Licorice, an amount known for it's benefits as part of this comprehensive, synergistic formula. HeartCare is supported by a number of double-blind placebo controlled clinical trials ensuring the safety and efficacy of this product.

Can I take more than 2 capsules a day of LiverCare?

LiverCare is a balanced and comprehensive herbal formula with many human clinical trials supporting the known benefits achieved at specific dosages. We recommend following our label directions. The directed serving has been established through well-designed clinical, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies proving efficacy and safety. Through widespread use worldwide, NO adverse reactions have been reported.

Should women take MenstriCare ongoing, or only during their cycle?

Like all of Himalaya's Formulas, MenstriCare has been proven safe and effective and can be taken long term. We suggest this formula be taken for a minimum of three months to receive the best results.
However, we suggest the following as a general rule:

  • If you have an immediate, short-term health concern, we recommend that you take the product until the concern is resolved.
  • If you have an ongoing health concern (e.g. for stress, joint health, liver function, etc.), then we recommend that you continue taking the product as long as the desired health benefits are being experienced, which could be for any long-term period of time.

Can you provide me with the exact amount of each ingredient e.g. mg/capsule in your proprietary formulas?

Himalaya herbal formulas are proprietary, which means that they are protected by trademark. It is the labeling rights of all manufacturers to present a proprietary formula with one total milligram amount. Every botanical ingredient is an integral part of the synergistic function of the formula, which is uniquely designed to support all relevant systems in the body.

To develop such a comprehensive herbal formula, and to back each formula with a sufficient set of clinical trials that proves the formula to be safe and effective, is an 8 - 10 year process. Because Himalaya formulas are sold as herbal pharmaceuticals and OTC products in many countries around the world, our demand for the highest standards of excellence a part of our business model.

Since its inception the company has focused on developing safe, natural and innovative herbal products that help people worldwide. Today, over 300,000 doctors endorse Himalaya products worldwide, and consumers in more than 80 countries rely on Himalaya to support their health. We trust this builds confidence in the comprehensive and proprietary nature of our formulas.

I've heard in various media sources that the suggested serving is 1000 mg of Bacopa twice daily, but your label says take 1 caplet (750mg) per day before food. Can I take more than one of your Bacopa so that I can get to 1000 mgs per day?

The recommended serving on our Bacopa label is safe and effective because it was tested in clinical trials at the recommended serving conducted by Himalaya R&D. However, we always encourage our customers to discuss the serving different than on the label with a qualified healthcare provider.

I need to know if vitamin E in your products comes from corn and soy and if they are NON-GMO? As corn and soy are among out top allergens.

The vitamin E (tocopherol) is from sunflower oil.

Is your Botanique by Himalaya toothpaste safe for a toddler?

Yes, it is safe for 2 years old, however, consult a health care practitioner if child is younger than 2 years of age.

Cane sugar is commonly known to be (refined) white sugar. Why do you have cane sugar in Chyavanprash?

Himalaya Herbal HealthCare is required to adhere to FDA labeling guidelines as defined by The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). These guidelines dictate using standardized common names within the Supplement Facts Box on every label. 

"Sugar" has been a part of the age-old Chyavanprash recipe since the original formula 5,000 years ago. However, the "sugar" used in Chyavanprash is not the refined sugar that you see in the marketplace today. Our Chyavanprash "sugar" is a specially processed form called Matsyandika in Sanskrit. 

In the traditional system of Ayurveda medicine, if you want to deliver a nutrient, for example, to the muscles or to the bones, you use Matsyanadika to help direct medicinal plant constituents to those specific tissues of the human body. Therefore, from a traditional medicine perspective, the form and amount of sugar used in Chyavanprash is important to the formula.

Is LiverCare, the formula you sell in the USA, different than Liv.52 that is sold in other countries? I've heard that there different ingredients in Liv.52 that have been taken out of LiverCare. Please explain the difference?

The herbal ingredients in both products are the same with the exception that the international version of Liv.52 has an additional mineral component listed as "mandur bhasma" on the label-"mandur bhasma" is Iron, also called Ferrous Oxide. The inclusion of iron into the formula remains a necessary support ingredient in developing countries where iron-deficiency is common. The United States, however, has the lowest rate of iron deficiency in the world according to the World Health Organization, making the presence of this ingredient unnecessary, and unadvised. 

LiverCare was formulated with the same ingredients as our world renowned Liv.52, however, in addition to not containing iron, LiverCare is free from excipients, binders, and additives (NO magnesium stearate). Furthermore, LiverCare is offered in a vegetarian capsule and not in tablet form like Liv.52. Again, both products contain the same proprietary list of botanical ingredients, and both products are backed by published human clinical, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials proving efficacy and safety.

Are your formulas and pure herbs okay for pregnant and nursing women?

We do not recommend Himalaya herbal formulations and pure herbs for pregnant and nursing mothers, but you can consult your healthcare provider to discuss herbal supplementation.

What are the differences between LiverCare® and milk thistle?

LiverCare® is a comprehensive formula clinically studied for overall liver health, effectively supporting all 500 functions of the liver including detoxification. In comparison, milk thistle has been shown to primarily support detoxification, only one of the liver's many functions.

Can Ayurvedic supplements benefit customers, who are already using other types of supplements, like Chinese herbs?

Yes. Ayurveda is simply a system of medicine that can predict the appropriateness and effectiveness of an herb, however, there is nothing that separates an "Ayurvedic herb" from being used in any other system of herbal medicine. Keep in mind that turmeric, for example, is a very common "Ayurvedic herb", yet it is rarely identified as such. In fact, today many herbs used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine are commonly known herbal supplements, like Holy Basil, Garlic, Gotu Kola, Bacopa, and Ashwagandha.

What is "hydroxypropyl methycellulose" found in your capsules?

As the FDA requires that our labels properly identify our vegetarian capsules as "hydroxypropyl methylcellulose," which is the technical name for the one ingredient that is the plant-sourced capsule. This is the same material used in the two-piece, plant-sourced capsules found throughout the industry. It is often identified on labels as "vegetable cellulose" or other simple descriptions. Himalaya uses Vcaps®, which are widely used vegetarian capsules.

People get worried about products coming from other countries. What do you do to ensure the quality and purity of every product in your line?

For Himalaya, the complexity and timing of our unique process is highlighted by three important company mandates: purity, efficacy, and batch-to-batch consistency.

All of our products are produced in a U.S. certified GMP facility, with batch testing at THREE points in the process: after harvest, after the extraction, and after final tableting or encapsulating. These tests include potency, profile, heavy metals, microbial count, and pesticides. Further, because our products do come into the country we are confident that no other product on the shelves under goes more quality assurance that Himalaya products.

THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.

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