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About -Karuna

Welcome!

This website offers you exceptional Karuna formulations backed by solid science and clinical trials. The website is designed to work for you, helping you help your patients, and we trust you will find it easy to use and loaded with beneficial information.

Thirty Six Years of Responsible Nutrition™

Karuna36Logo Since 1981, Karuna has earned the loyalty of thousands of holistic medical professionals, doctors who expect and deserve products and service that exceed conventional standards. We will meet your high expectations, one order at a time, week after week and year after year. Referrals remain Karuna's primary source of new Customers, which we accept as affirmation that you notice and appreciate the extra effort we invest in serving your practice.

Karuna creates the best products possible, utilizing research-validated ingredients of verified freshness, purity and potency. Pricing these products to keep them affordable for your patients means tightening profit margins and keeping overhead moderate. Although we have a lower profile than some companies, Karuna's philosophy and approach are preferred by a large and growing number of alternative and complementary practitioners who continually choose Karuna products for a greater share of their therapeutic nutritional needs.

Our Appreciation For You, Our Customer

The name Karuna is a Sanskrit word meaning "the embodiment of compassionate activity." It's a daily reminder that our work assists you in promoting the healing and wellness of your patients. We are sincerely honored to earn our living within a dedicated community of compassionate health care practitioners that makes such a significant positive difference in our world.

We invite and welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please let us know how we can better serve your practice and your patients. We enjoy interacting with our Customers, and we will always go the extra miles necessary to earn your trust and your business -- fortifying our ongoing assurance that You Can Rely on Karuna as Confidently as Your Patients Rely on You™.

Vegetarian Capsules and Organic Ingredients

Most of the encapsulated products we offer are now provided to you in vegetarian capsules. Traditional gelatin capsules are used to encapsulate formulations containing non-vegetarian ingredients. We appreciate the support for this positive evolution from so many of our Customers committed to purity and hypoallergenicity. After careful testing, we have selected the strongest and most reliable vegetarian-source capsules.

An increasing share of the Karuna product line benefits from the presence of organic and wildcrafted ingredients. We utilize organic herbals and botanicals whenever realistically possible, balancing patient affordability with the availability and assay-verified potency of organic choices. As feasibility expands over time, Karuna will continue to source organic ingredients for existing and new formulations.

Using Our Website

This website presents products in sixteen categories selected to provide as much clarity and ease of product location as possible. Products in each category appear in alphabetical order. A complete Ingredient Cross Reference allows you to source Karuna formulations by ingredient. All ingredients are listed in alphabetical order. After each ingredient are listed the products (in alphabetical order) containing that ingredient, along with ingredient amount and catalog page number. Our website offers this same Ingredient Cross Reference with links to each product.

About Ingredients

Karuna products reflect our commitment to providing you with herbal and nutritional supplements free of preservatives, excipients or other additives problematic for the allergic or sensitive patient. Tablets and capsules contain no added sugars, artificial flavorings or preservatives. Disintegration time for all tablets is QC verified at thirty minutes or less unless otherwise indicated. Our search for the finest natural ingredients extends across six continents, and organic sources provide an increasingly larger percentage of our ingredient choices.

Solubility and bioavailability are primary considerations in the design of Karuna capsules and tablets, and we use hypoallergenic ingredients to fill any additional space. Where necessary, cellulose (vegetable fiber from white birch) is used as a disintegrant, and vegetable stearines are utilized as lubricants. For tablets, aqueous cellulose coating is used unless non-allergenic food glaze or pH-sensitive enteric coatings are required by the nature of the tablet. Amino acid chelates are from barley or rice, hydrolyzed protein or free amino acids.

For herbal ingredients, standardized botanical extracts are used whenever possible, assuring reliable potency. Herbal concentrates are used in many formulas and are indicated in parentheses. For example, a (4:1) herbal extract represents a four-fold concentrate of the starting material, with four pounds of raw herb being required to produce one pound of extract. The resulting activity will be approximately four times that of the powdered, unconcentrated herb.

Reading Karuna Labels

The ingredient listings on this website, like Karuna product labels, comply with FDA Supplement Facts requirements. For both product labels and catalog listings, we make every effort to report clearly what is and what is not in our products by following the correct format for declaration of ingredients. For herbs, the common name is usually followed by the italicized Latin name in parentheses. The parenthetical word following a non-herbal ingredient generally reflects the ingredient source, as in Calcium (citrate). The amount in milligrams, micrograms or International Units (IUs) which follows reflects the actual amount of the ingredient preceding the parentheses, not the amount of the source from which it is derived. Thus, in the case of:

Calcium (citrate) 400 mg

the formula is providing 400 mg of actual elemental calcium. Because only about 20% of calcium citrate complex is elemental calcium, the formula must contain 2,000 mg of calcium citrate complex in order to substantiate a label claim of 400 mg of Calcium (citrate). By contrast, a label reading:

Calcium citrate 400 mg

can be misleading: your patient may be receiving just 80 mg of elemental calcium (20% of the 400 mg calcium citrate complex).

The same rules apply for mineral complexes of amino acids (chelates), aspartates, sulfates, oxides and other forms, as well as for certain vitamins, all of which yield only a characteristic percentage of the mineral or vitamin itself.

Structure and Function Statements

Most product formulations are preceded by several bulleted "o" statements permitted under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Where appropriate, the statements include citations to research findings in respected medical publications. We trust you will find them helpful. These statements are truthful and non-misleading, describing the role or mechanism of a nutrient or dietary ingredient as it relates to the structure and function in human beings. Karuna Corporation has substantiation for each of these statements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the FDA requires the following statement, which you will see frequently on this website:

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.

Ordering Information

You may place your Karuna orders by phone, fax, mail or via this website. Reach us toll-free by phone at 800-826-7225. Monday thru Friday 7a.m. - 5 p.m. Our local number is 415-382-0147. During non-business hours, our voice mail system will take your orders and other requests. You can place your fax orders toll-free at any time day or night, using our convenient fax order form and faxing your orders to 800-711-6740 or 415-382-0142. Initial orders may be charged to your VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card - or shipped C.O.D.

Your order, received by 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, will be shipped the same day. Other orders will go out the following business day. At your request, your rush orders can receive expedited shipping. You will be charged only the actual charge for expedited shipments. With the exception of distributors, no shipping will be charged for orders totaling in excess of $200.00/ net 30 terms or for orders totaling over $150.00 when paid by credit card, as long as these orders utilize standard ground delivery. The free shipping provisions of the preceding sentence do not apply to orders sent to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign countries.

Returns will be accepted within 60 days of purchase, as long as the product is not marked on or opened.

Our Gratitude To You

To our regular Customers, we extend our thanks for your continuing trust in our products and service. If you are a new Karuna Customer, we welcome you to our family of dedicated practitioners who select the finest in medical nutrition for their patients. We never forget that the success of our Customers is essential to our own, and we appreciate the opportunity to benefit your patients and your practice.

Please communicate with us as frequently as you wish - we rely on you for new product and product improvement ideas, as well as for guidance in serving your practice more effectively.

As you work to provide optimal benefit for your patients, Karuna is grateful for the opportunity to support your efforts with superior natural formulations backed by exceptional Customer service, product literature and technical support.

May your practice remain continually prosperous and enjoyable!