Modern research shows that we actually have the power to turn even cancer on and off, by making certain lifestyle choices.
Below are the most commonly asked questions about our company, products, and general care for the body. If you don’t see what you need, please feel free to contact us using our form in the contact section.
What makes Chakrafood products unique?
We specialize in enzyme fermenting food-grade herbs to achieve the ideal balance between gentleness and potency. As a result, our products are safe to take on a daily basis.
How does fermentation improve the effectiveness of herbs?
Fermentation is a process where digestive enzymes thoroughly break down ingredients into more bio-available forms of nutrition. This maximizes the healing potential of each herb by increasing absorption while being very gentle on the body.
Where can I purchase your products?
Chakrafood products can be purchased exclusively at locally-owned health food businesses around the country. We are fully committed to supporting mom and pop stores and cooperatives because the more they thrive, the healthier the respective communities.
Where are your products made?
Both Emptiness and Movement are made in Korea. As we continue to expand into various formulas, our products will also be made in the U.S.
Why is regular bowel movement so important to our health?
Virtually all ailments begin with accumulated toxins inside of our intestines. The modern Western diet, which is high in fat, sugars, and red meat speed up the accumulation of plaque in the intestinal wall lining, gradually impairing our natural bowel function. As a result, toxic gases and fungus proliferate in our intestinal tract and get absorbed into our blood stream to attach cells all over our body, triggering chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Therefore, it is critical to our well-being to maintain regular and thorough bowel movement.
What makes Emptiness more effective than other cleanses?
Enzyme fermentation is the secret to the efficacy of Emptiness. By breaking down the nutrients into simpler compounds, Emptiness reaches the deepest crevices of the intestinal lining and removes the festering toxins.
In addition, whereas other cleansing programs simply rely on fiber, Emptiness uses the distinct cleansing properties of 12 different herbs to enhance our body’s own cleansing mechanisms. This elevates Emptiness to the highest caliber cleanse program available today.
Who can benefit from Emptiness?
Whether you have a history of constipation, inflamed bowels, or simply want to take your body to the next level of health, a thorough cleanse can be very beneficial. Unlike ordinary cleanses that rely on potent herbs and large quantities of fiber that often over-stimulate the bowels and cause dependence, Emptiness is a traditional Korean remedy carefully balanced to soothe and strengthen our body’s own detox mechanisms. As a result, after 1-2 months of our program, most people are able to maintain regular and thorough bowel movement while gradually decreasing the dosages of Emptiness.
How does fermentation bring out the best in herbs?
During fermentation, enzymes unlock the true healing potential of herbs by breaking them down into smaller compounds. This allows the fermented herbs to reach the deepest crevices of the intestinal wall lining and remove the accumulated plaque from our GI tract. The pre-digestion of herbs also takes the extra workload off of our digestive system. As a result, Emptiness allows for a very thorough and soothing cleanse that is much gentler on the body than using whole herbs.
How long should I use Emptiness?
Emptiness can be used to fit your personal goals. If you would like a casual, on-going program for optimizing your general colon health, we recommend using the 5-Day Maintenance Kit on a monthly basis. If you wish to do a very deep and thorough cleanse, or currently suffer from colon malfunction such as constipation or IBS, we would recommend using the 30-Day Complete Program every three months. The more consecutive days you use Emptiness, the more benefits you will achieve from the thorough removal of accumulated toxins from your intestinal tract. This will allow the body to absorb more of the vital nutrients and water, providing your cells with more energy and cleansing your bloodstream to protect against chronic diseases.
Will Emptiness interfere with my normal lifestyle?
Because our ingredients consist of gentle, food-grade herbs, there are no dietary restrictions or drastic lifestyle changes necessary during the cleanse.
Will Emptiness send me to the bathroom right away?
No. Emptiness is designed to be extra gentle on our body, due to our fermentation process. The cleansing herbs work gradually to enhance our body’s natural detox mechanisms rather than causing unpredictable bowel movements. It takes on average 12-48 hours before experiencing bowel movement.
I’m vegetarian. Can I still take Emptiness?
Yes. Our entire formula, including the capsules, are vegan.
What is in the granules and capsules?
Emptiness is made of two formulas that work together to improve GI health. While the Soothing Formula (granule pack) warms and soothes the intestinal lining, the Strengthening Formula (capsules) tones the bowel muscles. By working on multiple levels of our body’s natural cleansing mechanisms, Emptiness delivers an incredibly thorough and satisfying cleanse.
I’m gluten intolerant. Can I still take it?
As our formula contains wheat, we would not recommend the use of our product if you have Celiac Disease or have a wheat or gluten allergy.
What if I have a history of inflammatory bowel disease?
By customizing each dosage, you can use Emptiness to alleviate inflammatory bowel disease symptoms. If you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. IBS, gastroenteritis, chronic diarrhea, etc.), we recommend taking just one dose or half of a dose per day with lukewarm water. This regimen helps soothe the GI tract and improve stool consistency. After 2 weeks to 1 month of such modified use, or when the inflammatory symptoms subside, you may gradually return to the standard dosage of two per day to get the most out of Emptiness.
What makes it different from taking digestive enzymes?
Instead of using isolated enzymes to directly aid in breaking down food in the stomach, we use food-grade herbs that contain powerful digestive enzymes (kiwi, schezuan pepper) as well as herbs traditionally known to rejuvenate the stomach’s innate function. For example, ginger and citrus peel have been used in Korean medicine to tonify the stomach and relieve nausea, while baby barley leaf is an excellent soother of inflammation in the stomach and esophagus.
Are there digestive enzymes in it?
Yes – the Movement formula is made from herbs that are rich in digestive enzymes such as kiwi, schezuan pepper and ginger.
Is it safe to take for sensitive stomachs?
Yes – the Movement formula is specifically designed to soothe inflammation and pain in the stomach and esophagus by using food-grade herbs that are extra gentle on the body. Our enzyme fermentation process allows the formula to achieve the highest potency while maintaining gentleness.
Isn’t Szechuan pepper spicy? Why is it in this formula?
Great point! Although szechuan pepper is often avoided by people with stomach inflammation for its spiciness, our fermentation process completely breaks down the “heat,” and what is left are the powerful digestive enzymes to support our stomach. As a result, no spiciness can be tasted or felt in Movement.
Who can benefit by taking it?
As a traditional Korean formula for addressing digestive ailments, the combination of herbs in Movement has been taken for alleviating chronic to severe indigestion, acid-reflux, heartburn and nausea.
How long should I be taking it?
Depending on the condition, Movement can be taken on an as needed basis or even daily. For occasional stomach discomfort or indigestion, we recommend intake as needed, and for chronic conditions, we recommend intake 7 days per month. For severe conditions, we recommend intake 3 months at a time.
Should I take it before or after a meal?
Although Movement can be taken any time there is stomach discomfort, the best time to take it is right after each meal to allow the high potency enzymes to help digest your food.
Why is it best to take without water?
In order to prevent diluting the formula, Movement is best taken without water. The syrupy paste that forms once the granules are chewed will smoothly coat the esophagus and stomach.
Is it gluten free?
Yes – Movement is a gluten free formula.
Why does it say “contains milk”?
One of the key ingredients used for the optimum fermentation of the herbs in Movement is lactose. Because the FDA stipulates that foods that contain any milk ingredient be labeled as “contains milk,” we are required to label it as such, even though our formula does not contain any other part of milk.
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), has brought diet and nutrition to the forefront of cancer prevention and treatment. In his book “The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health,” Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University comes to a similar conclusion. He finds that the same healthy habits for preventing cancer also work to reverse cancer. This is because all cancer cells need a very particular internal environment in order to develop, multiply, and metastasize throughout the entire body.
We agree that what we consume on a daily basis can turn the tides of cancer. At Chakrafood, we formulate products that reflect the leading body of nutrition research available around the world. In the sections below, you can find some of the key healing mechanisms in our nutritional care program. We sincerely hope that this information may impart courage and hope in the hearts of those fighting chronic illness every day.
What Leads to Breast Disease?
Breast Disease is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. By metastasis, it can spread to other parts of the body via the circulatory system. From a holistic and comprehensive standpoint, breast cancer is a disease of an impaired circulatory system.
The circulatory system can be divided into two major systems: the cardiovascular system, which nourishes our body by distributing blood and oxygen to our cells, and the lymphatic system, which cleanses our body by detoxifying carcinogens, antigens, and cell waste. In effect, the lymphatic system receives toxins from the cardiovascular system, filters them out, and returns clean fluid back to the cardiovascular system. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain our body’s circulatory mechanisms in order to prevent carcinogenesis.
Breast disease develops with the impairment of the circulatory pathways around breast tissue. When the circulation of lymph fluid around breast tissue is impaired, toxins from cell waste build up in and around the ducts (tiny tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple), cause cell damage, develop into tumors, and eventually into cancer.
Diet and Breast Disease
With the above mechanisms in mind, we can see how certain foods in our diet raise the risk of breast disease. A high-fat diet, for example, leads to obesity and the accumulation of fat in the blood vessels. This impairs the circulation of blood, which in turn impairs the circulation of lymph through lymph vessels. Excessive consumption of alcohol also raises the risk of breast disease by causing inflammations in blood vessels and thus impairing the circulatory system.
- Detoxify the lymph nodes and lymph vessels, and
- Prevent the accumulation of toxins in the breast ducts by enhancing our body’s circulatory mechanisms
What Leads to Prostate Disease?
Prostate Disease occurs when excessive consumption of energy-dense foods results in toxic accumulation of un-metabolized nutrients within the prostate glands. In order to prevent or treat prostate disease, it is critical to regulate one’s diet and eating habits.
Diet and Prostate Disease
Studies have shown that a diet that consists of high-fat dairy products as well as excessive red meat consumption raises the risk of prostate disease. High-fat dairy products like margarine and butter coagulate at room temperature. When these foods enter our body, fats that accumulate in the prostate glands coagulate, become toxic, and cause inflammation, which can then lead to disease. Animal protein has also been shown to increase the body’s testosterone levels, which is known to induce the growth of prostate disease cells.
Objective for Protection
- Flush out the accumulated toxins in the prostate and
- Reestablish and regulate male hormone balance
What Leads to Colorectal Disease?
Colorectal Disease begins with tumor growth in the colon or rectum. When un-metabolized nutrients from our food and carcinogenic substances from the environment aggregate in the linings of the colon or rectum, the gastrointestinal tract’s immune system cells release pro-inflammatory immunoglobulins to fight the unwelcomed antigens. Inflammation of the colorectal lining causes cell damage and can lead to the growth of tumors.
Diet and Colorectal Disease
- Obesity, consumption of red meat, consumption of alcohol, and chronic constipation are implicated in the development of colorectal cancer.
- In obese individuals, fat accumulation in the intestinal lining weighs down the intestines, which results in straining and eventual impairment of the intestinal muscle lining. The weakening of intestinal muscles prevents active bowel movement that is necessary to flush out toxins from the intestines.
- High-fat food consumption destroys Bifidobacterium, a probiotic bacteria that increase our glucose tolerance. This can lead to diabetes, which raises the risk of colorectal cancer.
- Red meat consumption (especially grilled) introduces carcinogens and acidifies the intestinal tract, setting the stage for inflammation. Inflammation of the intestinal tract further impairs bowel movement, leading to toxin accumulation.
- Chronic constipation is the result of stress-induced muscular tension of the intestines, and causes toxin build-up in the colon and rectum.
Objective for Protection
- Remove the accumulated toxins in the intestinal lining,
- Generate new cells in the intestinal lining,
- Re-establish Bifidobacterium cultures in the intestines, and
- Strengthen the intestinal muscles to improve bowel movement
What Leads to Lung Disease?
Lung Disease is most often caused by non-dietary factors such as smoking, industrial pollution, and an excessively dry climate. In order for the lungs to function fully, the mucus lining the cell walls must remain moist. Carcinogenesis of the lungs occurs when the factors above cause the mucus lining the brochi, bronchioles or alveoli dry up, causing the lungs to shrivel up.
Objective for Protection
- Generate mucus in the respiratory tract and
- Cleanse the toxins and pro-inflammatory factors in the bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli
What Leads to Liver Disease?
Clean blood is critical for protection against disease, which often metastasizes from one organ to the next via blood vessels. For example, colorectal disease cells often metastasize straight to the liver via the portal vein, which directly connects the liver to the intestines. As the main detoxifier of blood, the liver plays a crucial role in our body. Once the liver’s enzymes have cleansed toxic waste from our blood, it is stored in the liver before delivery to the rest of our cells as a source of oxygen and nutrients. Constant and high levels of toxins in the liver impair its ability to fully detoxify the blood, leading to accumulation of toxic blood in the liver, which then leads to inflammation and tumor formation.
Diet and Liver Disease
- Obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, diabetes, and anabolic steroid use have been implicated in raising the risk of liver cancer
- In obese individuals and those who consume excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, the accumulation of triglycerides in the liver leads to fatty liver disease, which can lead to liver cancer
- In individuals with diabetes, accumulated glucose is turned into fat in the liver, which causes fatty liver disease and eventually may lead to liver cancer
- Use of anabolic steroids burdens the liver with unusually high amounts of antigens and toxins, which impairs the liver’s detoxification pathways
Objective for Protection
- Enhance the liver’s detoxification pathways
- Discharge accumulated toxins from the circulatory system
- Stimulate the generation of new blood cells
- Revitalize the circulation of blood in the cardiovascular system
What Leads to Stomach Disease?
As part of the digestive system, the stomach is intricately related to the immune system via the nearby lymph nodes, which help fight infections and antigens that enter our body. Stomach disease initially develops in the wall of the stomach and can go undetected for many years until they eventually spread through the lymphatic system or the cardiovascular system. Carcinogenesis of the stomach usually follows a weakened immune system and inflammation of the stomach lining.
Diet and Stomach Disease
- Obesity, high salt consumption, and Helicobacter Pylori infection have been linked to the risk of stomach disease.
- Excessive consumption of salt in the diet raises the concentration of sodium in the stomach, dehydrates the stomach lining, and causes inflammation
- Helicobacter Pylori infection impairs the immune system, and lowers the stomach’s anti-bacterial properties
- Inflammation of the stomach leads to decreased absorption of vitamin B12, which is critical to digestive health
- Inflammation of the stomach impairs the stomach’s function by weakening its muscle lining
Objective for Protection
- Protect the stomach wall from bacterial infection and pro-inflammatory factors
- Enhance the stomach’s digestive properties
- Strengthen the stomach muscle lining
What Leads to Lymph Disease?
Lymph Disease is a disease that starts in the lymph nodes and lymphoid tissues. Advanced lymphoma is especially fatal because it can metastasize throughout the body through the lymphatic system. When our circulatory system is impaired, lymph fluid is unable to freely circulate and end up accumulating in the lymph nodes. Carcinogens, cell waste, and antigens aggregate in the lymph nodes and stimulates the development of tumors.
Objective for Protection
- Detoxify and cleanse the lymphatic system
- Re-establish smooth circulation of lymph fluid