Bimala: The classic Tibetan formula to calm the mind and encourage restful sleep
Do you endure sleepless nights and mood swings throughout the day? Doctors of Tibetan Medicine have long used Bimala (Dza ti 20), also known as Vimala, to provide herbal support for these difficulties.
If you experience insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, night waking, or simple restlessness, Bimala can provide you with relief. Bimala works equally well for nervousness, sadness, lack of concentration, and forgetfulness. Often recommended for those on the spiritual path, meditators and people who are seeking a more calm and balanced mind, Bimala is widely used in Tibetan medicine. In general, Agar 35 and Bimala can be used to treat similar conditions. People who 'run cold' should use Bimala, as it is slightly warming, while those who tend toward the hot end of the spectrum may find Agar 35 more supportive.
In addition to the stress and anxiety-reducing effects, reports are coming in saying that Bimala and Agar 35 are for many people effective treatments for tinnitus, or ringing in the ear. Tinnitus effects more than 10% of the population, worldwide. A growing number of people have notified us that their tinnitus was reduced by more than 60% after just a few days of taking Bimala.
This formula was developed by the great Indian Pandita (scholar) and Buddhist Dzogchen master Vimalamitra in the ninth century, whose works on Buddhist philosophy, meditation practice, medicine and alchemy are still studied and practiced today.
We now carry Bimala in both capsules and the traditional pellet form. Capsules can be swallowed with warm water on an empty stomach, either morning or evening. This formula can also be used both morning before eating, and before bed for greater support. To take the pellets it is necessary to crush or chew the pellets and swallow with warm or hot water. There are 50 capsules or pellets per bottle. Take 1-2 capsules or pellets in the evening or morning. As with many Tibetan herbal formulas, Bimala is most effective when taken on an empty stomach.
In Tibetan medicine circles, it is often recommended to take Bimala at night along with a small amount of aged wine, such as port. This combination helps to bring the Bimala deep into the body, and can be very healing. The great modern Dzogchen master Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche often recommends both Bimala and Agar 35 to be taken in this way.
The traditional uses of Bimala are described in Vimalamitra's 84,000 Healing Therapies:
"A special therapy for vata (wind/rlung) in the heart:when the nine wicked spirit siblings are rampant,no one will be unaffected by this disease.The symptoms are depressionmental instability, disturbed thinking,pain and tightness in front and back of the upper body,lack of mental clarity, poor memory,being sad for no reason, restlessness,hostility, lethargy and agitation, shortness of breath,acute fainting. Because various illnessesarise, the method of healing them with medicine is demonstrated."
Myristica fragrans, Terminalia chebula, Shorea robusta, Aquilaria agollocha, Carex, Ferula jaeschkeana, Bambusa textilis, Amomum subulatum, Elettaria cardamomum, Eugenia caryophyllata, Carthamus tinctorius, Carum carvi, Santalum album, Pterocarpus santalinus, Terminalia belerica, Emblica officinalis, Melia composita, Allium sativum, and Geranium.
This formula is made of herbs which are conscientiously, sustainably hand-harvested and gathered by well-paid, well- treated workers. All the herbs which go in to making these complex formulas are organic and wild-crafted. They are made according to strict Buddhist principles and consecrated according to traditional, ancient, methods.