Wholeness in Health
Health is wholeness. Developing the full potential of every individual is the supreme goal of the health profession. Not only absence of disease and balance in mind and body ought to be aimed at but to guide every individual to fulfillment on every level personal, physical, mental and also vocational, social and cosmic. For this, we have to first define what the human potential is. According to all major traditions of knowledge and belief systems in the world, the individual is cosmic. Man was created in the image of God. The kingdom of heaven is within everyone. Veda declares a human being as Brahman, wholeness, and totality. Our research has shown that total knowledge available in Veda and the Vedic literature is embodied in the human physiology. Hundreds of scientific studies on Veda as available in Maharishi’s Vedic science and technology demonstrate that every individual can gain higher states of consciousness and rise to supreme balance, integration, fulfillment and enlightenment. Let us examine, and offer to the world from the platform of this great gathering of health scientists, the various procedures that not only can alleviate suffering but also raise every individual and society to perfection creating enlightenment, peace and harmony for everyone and in the family of nations.
Dr. Nader received his M.D. degree from the American University of Beirut. His Ph.D. is in the area of Brain and Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and he completed post-doctoral work as a Clinical and Research Fellow in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Ayurveda for Global Health
President of All India Ayurvedic Congress a recipient of “Padma Shri” & “Padma Bhushan” award for his contribution to Ayurveda.
Maharishi AyurVeda – using the full value of the Veda
Maharishi AyurVeda – using the full potential of the Veda
The Veda in Maharishi AyurVeda indicates that the totality of Natural Law that is available in the Vedic sounds is also available in the consciousness of every human being. Furthermore, it has been discovered that there is a one-to-one relationship between the structure and function of the Vedic sounds, and the structure and function of the human physiology. This pioneering achievement was undertaken by neuroscientist Dr. Tony Nader, MD, PhD, working under Maharishi’s guidance. It’s significance is that the Vedic Sounds provide a link between consciousness and physiology and can be utilized to enliven the perfect functioning of Nature within every individual.
Practical applications of the discovery of Veda in human physiology are the Model of Vedic Physiology, Vedic Sound Therapy, and Vedic Vibration Technology. These applications will be presented in detail.
The range of Maharishi AyurVeda programmes also includes Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems, Nadi Vigyan, Pancha Karma, classical herbal formulas, Yoga Asana and Pranayama, music therapy, Maharishi Aroma therapy, prevention programmes, and collective health programmes.
The full practical application of Maharishi AyurVeda will be offered in Health Centres for Integrative Medicine, which are designed according to the rules of Vedic architecture. While AyurVedic approaches are favoured, the main principle is to choose the best options from ancient and modern science to make sure the best possible treatment choice is provided.
In conclusion, the goals of the newly formed International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation for Health Professionals will be presented and the benefits of joining the foundation outlined.
Rainer Picha, MD, is a senior consultant in cardiology from Austria. In 1996 he shifted his focus from a full-time position as Assistant Director at the Department of Cardiology of the State Hospital in Graz, Austria, to become a researcher at Maharishi Vedic University in Vlodrop, The Netherlands. Dr. Picha has travelled throughout the world to lecture on Maharishi AyurVeda and together with his multidisciplinary team he has developed new hospital designs, course materials and medical curricula in order to integrate the most ancient system of health care – Maharishi AyurVeda – with modern medicine. Dr. Picha is now overseeing all Maharishi AyurVeda activities worldwide.
Lifestyle Diseases and their Solutions in Ayurveda and Yoga
Life style diseases are the gift of civilization or industrialization to the modern world. They can include Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, atherosclerosis, asthma, some kinds of cancer, chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic renal failure, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and obesity.
Changed life style due to various working conditions, drug abuse, alcohol, smoking, eating more meat and sugary products with fatty foods and increased sedentary habits are the major causes of these diseases.
Ayurveda is not only medicine but knowledge of how to live happily by observing rules and regulations for balancing natural influences on our body. These include various regimens described in preventive medicine of Ayurveda. Ayurveda describes ways and means to prevent and treat all life style disorders. These include bio –purificatory procedures, taking care of proper diet and exercise according to constitution, various herbal medicines and rejuvenation. Adding Yoga and Transcendental Meditation to these will certainly help to prevent diseases created due to industrialization.
One of the foremost experts on Ayurveda. He is leading academician and physician in the field of Ayurveda. Chairman National Academy of Ayurveda, Pune, India.
Ayurvedic Medicine is Unified Field Based Medicine
Recent breakthroughs in our scientific understanding of the Universe from String Theory and M-Theory present Ayurvedic medicine in a completely new light. They reveal that Ayurvedic medicine is Unified Field Based medicine—i.e., the direct application to human health of the deepest principles of nature’s functioning—i.e., the deepest laws of nature governing subatomic scales. Specifically, the three doshas directly correlate, in modern scientific terms, to the three Superfields of supersymmetric quantum field theory; the pancha mahabhutas to the five quantum-mechanical spin-types; and the Atma (Self), which is fundamental to Ayurveda, correlates to the Unified Field itself. This new understanding from modern physics reveals that Ayurvedic medicine is, in fact, millions of times more fundamental (and thus potentially more powerful) than contemporary pharmacological medicine. It also explains why Ayurveda, being Unified Field Based medicine, is truly holistic—and hence naturally free of adverse side effects, in comparison to more superficial and fragmented allopathic approaches.
Renowned quantum physicist, Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at MUM, and President of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace.
Is Consciousness the Key Factor for Evidence-based Medicine, Personalised Medicine and Integrative Medicine?
Is Consciousness the Key Factor for Evidence-based Medicine, Personalised Medicine and Integrative Medicine?
The classical Āyurvedic texts explain that the human being (Purusha) is the combination of matter (five Mahābhūtas) and consciousness (Chetana). This view is in contrast to the understanding that consciousness is just the result or correlate of brain activity.
Everyone experiences consciousness as the essence of his life, but surprisingly there are no commonly agreed definitions of consciousness amongst top scientists from the fields of neuroscience, biology, psychology, physics, computation, and philosophy.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has put forward a very simple and straightforward definition: “Consciousness is that which is conscious of itself.” This short Sutra-like definition describes in seed form the sequential development of consciousness interacting within itself, thereby creating the appearance of potential diversity in the form of observer, observed, and process of observing, within the abstract unity of self-referral consciousness. This continuous process of self-interaction then leads to the appearance of matter in the form of the physical body and the ever-expanding universe.
This is in line with the evolution of the universe (Srishti) as described in Ayurveda on the basis of Sāṁkhya philosophy, in which the basic building blocks of matter sequentially emerge from an unmanifest field of consciousness (Avyakta).
Interestingly, some physicists also describe the basic building blocks of creation in terms of qualities similar to those attributed to the Self (Ātma) in Vedic science (Hagelin 1989). A deeper analysis of the concepts of Āyurveda shows that they are more in tune with the latest theories and principles of modern physics, self-organising systems, chaos theory, system biology, epigenetics, pharmacogenetics, stem cell research and regenerative medicine, placebo research etc., than with the concepts of classical physics and biochemistry that are presently still taught and used in the practice of modern medicine.
Maharishi’s Vedic Science and technology integrates these modern theories with ancient Vedic knowledge, and presents Āyurveda as a scientific prevention-oriented system of health care that can be globally implemented and integrated with every existing system of medicine.
Furthermore, the research of Tony Nader MD, PhD (1994, 2012) has shown that the self-interacting structures of consciousness available to us as the sounds of the Vedic literature are expressed in material form in the human physiology, thereby opening a completely new understanding of the human physiology, and new possibilities for prevention and therapy.
All Āyurvedic terms and concepts can be finally understood in terms of their origin in consciousness, e.g. the three Doshas have their origin in the relationship between the three fundamental constituents of consciousness – the observer (Rishi), the process of observation (Devatā), and the observed (Chhandas).
The study of medicine is therefore the study of the physiology along with its source in consciousness. Development of consciousness through meditation is not an add-on to Āyurveda, but a core aspect of its practice, not only for the patient, but also for the physician. Numerous studies in peer-reviewed international journals have shown far-reaching health benefits resulting from repeatedly becoming established in one’s own SELF (Swa-stha) during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Charaka (Sa. 3.20-21) advises every physician to collect his mind and senses and be established within himself (Ātma) before performing medical duties.
The theory and practice of Āyurveda includes basic approaches that are now becoming popular in modern medicine, such as:
1) Evidence-based medicine: Āyurveda uses a systematic evidence-based approach (Parīkshā) to acquire valid knowledge, such as: expert opinion, authoritative textbooks (Āptopdesha), direct observation and perception including diagnostic tests (Pratyaksha), inference (Anumāna), reasoning (Yukti), and also Kārya-Kāran siddhanta (cause and effect theory).
2) Personalised/predictive/precision medicine: Personalised prevention and therapy based on constitutional types (Prakriti) and precise classification of all influences on health (diet, medicines, behaviour, climate, age, etc.) according to the three Doshas is one of the great strengths of Āyurveda.
3) Integrative medicine: Āyurvedic texts also advise us to also take into consideration other areas of expertise, and integrate this knowledge, as it might not be possible to get the best solution by only considering one field of knowledge.
In order to become a globally accepted system of health care, Āyurveda must expand its present predominantly herbal medicine-based approach, a) horizontally, by including all the 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic literature (Yoga, Vedic astrology, Vedic architecture, Vedic agriculture, Gandharva Veda music, etc.) and b) vertically, by recognizing consciousness as the primary reality of all aspects of medical practice – physician, patient, and society (collective health).
Director International College of Perfect Health, The Netherlands; founder Austrian Society of AyurVedic Medicine (1986).
The Supreme Value of AyurVeda as cognized in Brahmi Chetana—Unity Consciousness—by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi, from the peerless perfection of the state of Brahm itself, looked into the Veda and Vedic Literature, and discovered there the supreme system of prevention-oriented, comprehensive, Natural Law-based, all-enriching system of perfect health:
“The centuries-old, medicine-predominant approach to heath has failed to eliminate sickness and suffering; this is because medicine alone is too superficial to influence the innumerable values that constitute the structure of life and its evolution. Only a HOLISTIC approach that takes into consideration all aspects of mind and body together can be successful in handling health.
“As every aspect of life is the expression of Natural Law, the approach to health must be based on the knowledge of the origin and evolution of Natural Law —guiding principles of intelligence upholding the balance functioning of the human physiology.
“The total knowledge of the immortal, eternal WHOLENESS of Natural Law is available in Rik Veda, and all the 36 aspects of Vedic Literature, and their divisions and subdivisions. This age-old knowledge of Natural Law has remained scattered. Now I have organized it in the form of a perfect science—the Science of Perfect Health—which is competent to maintain the perfect, integrated, balanced health of every individual and science as a whole” —Maharishi
President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
Mainstreaming Ayurveda – Mastering Production and Regulatory Challenges
Chairman ‘Maharishi Ayurveda Products’ is engaged in Maharishi´s envisioned Mission of Re-enlivening Ayurveda by Synergizing with Modern Science, Quality Management Systems & Technologies.
Ayurvedic Approach to Anxiety Disorder
Ayurvedic Approach to Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older in a given year causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty. It is one of the most prevalent mental health problems in the UK and elsewhere, yet it is still under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event, anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated. Prevalence estimates of anxiety disorders are generally higher in developed countries than in developing countries. Effective therapies for anxiety disorders are available, and research is uncovering new treatments that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives. Anti-depressants, barbiturates are the drugs of choices in such conditions, but are known to have certain limitations. In addition, some non-medical approaches like psychotherapy etc. are also in practice. Ayurveda advocates blending Satvavajaya (psychotherapeutic procedures) along with specified therapeutic procedures like Shirodhara and certain medicinal plants known as Medhya Rasayana like Brahmi, Vacha, Jatamamsi, Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Jyotishmati, Yashtimadhu, Triphala etc. in the treatment of minor psychiatric ailments like anixiety states. According to Ayurveda understanding, these procedures increase the qualities of Sattva and decreases Tamas and Rajas by correcting the function of Buddhi (intellect) thus helps in controlling sense organs. Ayurveda follows a number of principles that can be used successfully to control the condition. This is a big ray of hope and can play a crucial role in restricting the pathology and improving quality of life of the individuals. There are number of evidences of the positive effect of these non invasive and safe Ayurveda approaches.
Vice Chancellor Gujarat Ayurveda University, Padma Award winner (medicine) 2015 – The honor of Padma Shri has been conferred on him by the Govt. of India for his exceptional services for upholding the essence and values of Ayurveda.
From OM to Genom
Despite advances in modern medicine, science and technology, information sciences, difficulties many challenges especially in health and medicine remain unresolved. Several years of research involving botany, chemistry, pharmacology no significant outcome has been achieved neither in basic understanding of health and disease nor in medicine, drugs or therapies. In the process neither Science nor Shastra appear to have been much benefitted. Knowledge from Shastra can help to address present challenges in Science. The foundational logic and basic concepts can give new leads. This talk gives few examples including genetics and prakriti, bhasma and nano particles, rasayana and regenerative biology, personalized and integrative medicine to discuss how Shastra (OM) can give newer insights to basic sciences (Genome).
Professor & Director at Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Pune; Editor-in-Chief at Journal of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine; Honorary Director at International Longevity Center, India.
Medical Management of Surgical Indications – an Ayurvedic Approach
For past 2-3 decades surgery, the branch of medicine is being developed and thousands of patients found relief from their illness with the help of surgical management. The associated branches of modern science viz. Biophysics,Biochemistry, Pharmacology are always helpful to surgical intervention.
Many times the patient is not fit for surgery due to other medical problems. In such state the surgery has limitation and procedures are contra indicated. Ashtang Ayurveda is given special Stress upon “Shalakya Tantra” the branch of surgery. Acharya Sushruta is known as a pioneer of plastic surgery. Many surgical descriptions are advised in his text Sushrut Samhita. Even in the textbooks of Ayurvedic medicines, whenever there is a limitation to medical management the physician advised to refer such cases to surgeon.
They mentioned that to manage such patients surgically is right of Dhanvantari School of Surgery. But in present scenario many conditions of patients can be managed medically. Especially in some diseases, where surgery is indicated we can manage those conditions with Ayurvedic medicines.
Some diseases where surgery is indicated, medicines are not having that much scope. In those conditions Ayurvedic medical management plays an important role.
The ailments like Urolithiasis, Gallstones, small Cysts, Uterine fibroids can be managed successfully with the help of Ayurvedic medicines.
Founder and president of Vanoushadhi Vidhyapeeth, Kolhapur, India. Editor of Vanoushadhi Magazine and author of eight books on Ayurveda. Received numerous national and international awards.
Ashtavaidya Tradition of Kerala Ayurveda
Ashtavaidya Tradition of Kerala Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a system of holistic treatment and is thousands of years old. Kerala has been a rich source of medicinal plants and there was already a system of folk medicine that was locally practiced. It is believed that Vagbhata, composed Ashtangahridayam sitting on a rock near the Thiruvizha temple in Kerala. This class of physicians who could intellectually combine these two branches came to be known as Ashtavaidyas of Kerala. They are generally referred to as Mooss and Nambis.
According to the legend, it was Lord Parasurama who brought eighteen (18) Namboodiri (Kerala Brahmins) families to Kerala and appointed them as physicians for the 18 regions of Kerala. They were called Ashtavaidyas since they were equally proficient in the eight (Ashta) branches of Ayurveda.
There were 18 original Ashtavaidya families. Of 15 Ashtavaidyas practicing now, I belong to the Elayidathu Thaikkat family of Ashtavaidyas which is the most prominent one today.
System of training
The traditional system of learning any branch of knowledge in India is Gurukula. The disciple stays with the Guru (Master) and also takes care of even his personal care. Since Ashtangahridayam is the backbone of the Ayurvedic treatment, Ashtavaidyas begin their study by learning by-heart all the 7120 verses of the treatise.
This is followed by the period of apprenticeship. under a guru. By close observation of his Guru’s methods of examining the patient, the student could understand the rationale behind the prescription. The students were also taught to identify plants for making personalized medicinal preparations.
Method of treatment
A notable feature of Ayurvedic treatment by Ashtavaidyas is the care taken to examine even minute details of the personal history of a patient before diagnosing the disease and prescribing a treatment. Ashtavaidyas diagnose diseases by interacting with patients and not by noting the pulse. But Ashtavaidyas of Pulamanthole Mooss family have recently started checking pulse in some cases.
As for the medicines, they are prepared by the Ashtavaidyas themselves for which they have their own units. Some of the Ashtavaidyas had discovered their own formulations for specific disorders.
Many Ashtavaidyas have written commentaries on Ashtangahridayam and other Ayurvedic books. A few of them have been published also. Sahsrayogam, Yogamrutham, Chikitsamanjari, Alathiyur Manipravalam are a few among them. Sahasrayogam contains a thousand formulations. Also many of the Vaidyas have been prolific writers.
My Guru Vayaskara Moos was one such writer. Surprisingly, he is the only one who has written in English, apart from Sanskrit and Malayalam. ‘Single Drug Remedies’ and ‘Ayurveda Flora Medica’ are two of his significant works. They are important reference books in Ayurveda materia medica today. Another notable Vaidya is Vaidyamadham Narayanan Namboodiri who has to his credit many articles on Ayurveda and treatment practices in periodicals.
Chairman and Chief Physician at Ashtavaidyan Thaikkattu Mooss, Aatma Ayurvedic Hospital, Thrissur,Kerala,India, Chief Consulting Physician at Keraleeya Ayurveda samajam Shoranur, and at PNNM Ayurveda Medicial College.
RASAYANA (The Rejuvenation therapy) – a noble contribution of Ayurveda to modern day health scenario
RASAYANA (The Rejuvenation therapy) – a noble contribution of Ayurveda to modern day health scenario
RASAYANA in the form of geriatrics – is among eight classical clinical branches of AYURVEDA, which comprises of the judicious and specialized use of diet, drug and lifestyle to promote the longevity of life by preventing ageing & diseases. Looking to the various definitions given in texts it can be said that Rasayana therapy is primarily linked with molecular nutrition. Rasayana remedies seems to work through nutrition dynamics, improving the molecular health, in turn leading to rejuvenation and positive health.
Ayurveda is a science of life designed to fulfill two aims and objectives of health care i.e., promotion of physical & mental health and management of the diseases occurring in the body. In 21st century, after the significant control of infectious diseases, the medical professionals are engaged in prevention and management of life style disorders. In this regard Traditional Medicines have come in the lime light due to their role in the prevention and the management of life style disorders. Modern conventional medicine is a basically an offensive medical strategy without giving much thought to defensive strategy, other than supplementation of Vitamins, minerals etc. Due to the concept of host defense strategy of Ayurveda practiced as Rasayana therapy, Ayurveda is attaining a special strategic importance in global health scenario.
The Rasayana therapy, a unique, well-known and time tested regimen attracted the attention of clinicians and pharmacologists in last 30 years. After seeing the experiences of physicians, the scientists have started to explore the pharmacology of Rasayana drugs. The possible mode of actions like Nootropic, Anabolic, Adjuvant, Anti-oxidant, Free radical scavenging/quenching activity, Adaptogenic , Immuno-modulatory, Anti stress and Intellect & Memory promoter have worked out critically and results are available on net as published papers.
However, in last decade new activities of Rasayana drugs like Genomic stability, Epigenome activation and shut down, Neuroprotective, cognition boosting anti-leukemic agent, adjuvant to radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Myeloprotective, Cytochrome P450 inhibitory potential, DNA protective activity, Hepato-protective, Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity etc have attracted the attention of scientists. Now the concept of functional food is also attaining the importance where Rasayana drugs are also considered.
The classical Rasayana drugs like Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Guduci, Pippali, Brahmi, Sankhapuspi, Bhumyamalaki, Haridra, Bhallatak, Guggulu, Shilajitu etc have been extensively tried at clinical and experimental levels. Role of Rasayana drugs have been widely recognized for the management of chronic diseases like DM-II, obesity, Rheumatoid arthritis, Chronic Pulmonary disorders like Br Asthma & Bronchitis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Radio-chemo therapy adjuvant, Bio-enhancer of Antibiotics (Pippali), Liver disorders of infective and non-infective nature.
Rasayana word search on PUBMED gives 178 results. It is amazing to note that on Pubmed search only turmeric search results in 3102, curcuma longa – 2242 and curcumin – 7462. Piper longum –with 6040 results, is next extensively worked out drug. Further for Withania sonifra 699, Phyllanthus emblica/ Emblica officinalis- 287, Tinospora cordifolia – 246, Phyllanthus niruie -128, Bacopa monieri – 148, Mucuna pruriens – 178 and Shankhapushpi – 26 search results were available.
However, out of these published papers very less belongs to clinical studies based on fundamentals of Ayurveda, because pharmacological studies may increase the understanding of the scientists and their confidence level but it will not serve the purpose of human use in general. A research program on Rasayana therapy should focus on mechanism studies before proceeding to parametric assessment of secondary effects which could be mixed effect of many associated factors. It cannot be over emphasized that only basic studies may succeed to validate the basic principles of Ayurveda, which would open newer vistas of original research. The secondary therapeutic studies will limit the scope to mere treatment validation, with temporary impact. (Prof R H Singh 2010)
Chairman, Ayurveda Chair at University of Debrecen, Hungary; former Director at Gujarat Ayurveda University. 32 years of professional experience, 120 published papers,
Regulating Genes for Stress Response, Inflammation and Tumor Suppression through Transcendental Meditation
International Director for Food Purity, Safety and Security, Professor of Molecular Biology, Maharishi University of Management, USA. Exec. Dir. Earth Open Source, USA & EU.
Total Mental Health: A Model for Vedic Psychiatry based on principles of Maharishi AyurVeda
VEDIC PSYCHIATRY – A Model of Total Mental Health based on Principles of Maharishi Ayurveda
WHO reports that mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Maharishi Ayurveda provides a holistic model for health that includes diagnosis and treatment in the domains of mental, physical and environmental health, their interdependence and their common basis in consciousness or the unified field.
This presentation will elaborate on Ayurvedic theory and practices for developing mental health in the context of the consciousness-mind-body-environment model. The thesis of Vedic psychiatry is that the development of full mental health requires knowledge and practices in these four domains of health, including but not limited to, Vedic counseling. Empirical evidence will be referenced.
Physician, scientist, educator, and one of the world’s leading authorities on scientific, natural approaches for heart disease, high blood pressure, stress and other cardiovascular risk factors.
Masters Degree Program in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine
The Masters of Science program in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine offered at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, includes both a traditional and western approach of the study of Ayurveda. Each of the eight main systems of the body is examined in terms of physiology, pathology, assessment, and management of health disorders from the perspective of Maharishi AyurVeda and that of modern Integrative Medicine. The goal of this program is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge, which enlivens the body’s inner intelligence – the field of pure consciousness – to provide prevention and treatment of illness, and the promotion of ideal health.
Founding President, and currently Trustee, Maharishi University of Management, Co-Dean College of Perfect Health, Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology and Health, and author of three books.
Ayurveda in the West: the Opportunities and the Challenges
As providers of authentic AyurVeda healthcare services for more than 22 years, we have had the opportunity to observe, first hand, the introduction of AyurVeda to the West. In those past 22 years, we have faced the challenges inherent in introducing a new paradigm of healthcare to the West. Having fairly successfully met these initial challenges of educating the public and gaining respectful acknowledgment, or at least tolerance, by allopathic institutions, researchers and practitioners, today we see promising opportunities. But with these new opportunities comes a new set of challenges.
The opportunities inherent in the increasing popularity of AyurVeda in the West bring with them a far more serious set of challenges. At this time, the single most important challenge confronting those of us who are concerned for the perpetuity of authentic AyurVeda, is to ensure that it remains embedded in Veda. Maharishi spent his life restoring the Veda and Vedic Literature to its authentic, holistic, unified integrity. And in so doing, Maharishi put the Veda back into AyurVeda.
Keeping AyurVeda rooted in the Veda is key to a successful global integration of AyurVeda, avoiding the dangerous perspective that AyurVeda is nothing more than a collection of parts from which one can pick and choose. It is essential to avoid this Western tendency toward fragmentation, commercialization, and secularism, since these tendencies are, in fact, at the very root of the epidemic of poor health and emotional suffering we see today.
AyurVeda must be offered as a holistic science if it is going to consistently and successfully address chronic disorders, prevent disease, as well as address the pervading psychological and emotional imbalances symptomatic of this day and age. Maharishi’s insight into the integral unity — not only within the body of Ayur-Vedic knowledge itself, but as importantly, within the entire body of Vedic Science — is the foundational perspective that will allow AyurVeda to fulfill its mission to offer perfect health as the full unfoldment of human potential.
Founder / Vice President The Raj Ayurveda Health Center & Spa, Fairfield, IA, USA. President of the Global Health Foundation for Women. International Trustee of the Global Women‘s Organization for Total Knowledge.
Treating 20.000 Patients with Panchakarma
Patients coming for treatments to an Ayurvedic clinic in the west mostly come for chronic conditions – and most of them have already been treated unsuccessfully for their ailments by modern medicine or other naturopathy. Scientific studies impressively document the improvement of physical health as well as the improvement of overall psychological wellbeing in different aspects. Patients coming are not very familiar with Ayurveda – so it is medically sensible apart from diagnosis and treatment with the classical time tested modalities to teach them basic concepts for further improving their life style, eating habits etc. before going back home.
Medical Director Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre Bad Ems. She was honoured the “Global Hakim Ajmal Khan Award” as “Best Ayurvedic Physician 2006” and the “International Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2013 and is also the author of eight books on Ayurveda.
Salai Guggal – an Ayurvedic Remedy prevents Development of Insulitis in Animal Models with Autoimmune Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes and the late onset autoimmune diabetes of the adults (LADA), are autoimmune diseases where pro-inflammatory cytokines, deriving from white blood cells (lymphocytes, macrophages) cause inflammation of pancreatic islets, destroy insulin producing cells and finally cause diabetes.
Salai guggal, the gum resin of Boswellia serrata, has been shown to posses anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties by inhibition of leukotriene synthesis and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from white blood cells including interleukines, interferone-γ and tumor necrose factor-α. It is used in the therapy of chronic inflammatory diseases i.e. autoimmune diseases. In Ayurvedic terms salai guggal reduces Pitta and Kapha.
In two animal models with autoimmune diabetes similar to human Type 1 diabetes i.e. after application of multiple low doses of streptozotocin to mice and the use of the None Obese Diabetic (NOD) mouse we could show that the administration of salai guggal and two of its pharmacological active compounds i. e. 11-keto-ß-boswellic acids prevented production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, development of insulitis and finally diabetes.
It is concluded that salai guggal and respective boswellic acids by turning down an irritated immune system stopped development of autoimmune diabetes in experimental animals.
Since at present there is no drug available, which can prevent insulitis in autoimmune diabetes, salai guggal and especially 11-keto-ß-boswellic acids could be a therapeutical option.
Professorship in pharmacology for natural scientists, pharmaceutical institute at the University of Tübingen.
Time-Tested, Scientifically Verified Solutions for the Health Problems of our Time
Bestselling author, meditation trainer and popular speaker. He is one of the leading experts in the area of health, stress and energy management.
Concept of Beauty in Ayurveda
Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. We always think on this line. But the concept of beauty exits since ancient time. It has been admired since time immemorial. However the concept of beauty changes according to culture, religions and generation.
Ayurvedic science has considered beauty not only from outer appearance of an individual but from inner aspects also. It considers the beauty of whole body. It is not only beauty of hair, facial, pedicure and manicure. It has given emphasis not only on body but also on mind and soul.
One can find historical references from Pre Vedic period. In Vedic period mantras and lepas (e.g. facial packs) have been mentioned to improve the luster of the skin. Herbal preparations like amalaki, bhringaraj have been mentioned in Atharva Veda to promote the hair growth. There are number of other preparations from different herbs and food ingredients and oils.
Beauty is an actual expression of our wellbeing. Hence importance has been given to aahar (nutrition), proper exercise and behavior also. Inner beauty reflects on outer beauty. Healthy body + healthy mind = Beauty.
Ayurvedic gynaecologist and nutritionist. Since the past 40 years she is the director of International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune, India and is working in the field of Ayurveda and Yoga.
Running a Panchakarma Clinic successfully and how to avoid Management Mistakes – unique Features of Maharishi AyurVeda
Running a Panchakarma Clinic successfully and how to avoid Management Mistakes
Setting up and running an Ayurveda clinic in Europe that conforms to the highest Ayurvedic standards is very challenging. Dr Pirc is the Founder (in 1992) and CEO of one of the largest clinics in Europe – the Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre Bad Ems, Germany, and is an international consultant on the establishment of Ayurveda clinics.
Dr Pirc will discuss how to deal with major challenges and practicalities and how to get the management advice in key areas.
Unique features of Maharishi Panchakarma treatments, refined over many years by top experts and made available in standardized form around the world, will be reviewed.
Founder and CEO, Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre Bad Ems, Germany (since 1992); international consultant for establishing Ayurveda clinics; Secretary General of EURAMA – European Ayurveda Medical Association.
First Results of the Charaka-Trial on Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Complex Āyurvedic Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Knee (CARAKA-Trial) – A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Āyurveda and Conventional Standard Care
Kessler C1,2 , Michalsen A 1,2 , Witt CM 1
1 Institute for Social Medicine Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany
2 Immanuel Hospital Berlin, Department for Internal and Complementary Medicine, Berlin, Germany
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a complex Āyurvedic diagnosis and treatment compared to conventional standard care in patients with OA of the knee.
Methods and Design
A total of 150 patients were included in a prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled study. The primary endpoint was the change in the Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) after 12 weeks.
The trial data is currently being entered and analyzed. First results will be presented.
Research Coordinator, Immanuel Hospital Berlin and Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany.
In this time of technology, standard of living has improved, what about our health? Many awareness campaigns about the depleting ‘ozone layer’, very few about the depleting ‘human immune system’. We owe progress to ‘Industrialization’ and ‘Globalization’, protection of our health is possible only through ‘Herbalization’. ‘Ayurveda’ serves as a guiding light in our mission of ‘Herbalization’. Knowledge in ayurvedic scriptures needs to reach every household. As lovers of ‘herbs’ we need to join hands for Human Immune Proliferation Movement through Herbs! Hoping that every participants of this historic Ayurveda conference, will take up the responsibility of a ‘Global Ambassador of Health through Herbs’.
One of the foremost Herbal Entrepreneur cultivating organic Ganoderma Lucidium (The King of Herbs). Has set up a distribution network for herbs across the globe and travels worldwide promoting health and healing through herbs.
Digestion as Key to Systemic Wellness: The Maharishi AyurVeda Model, with Validation from Modern Medical Science
Digestion as Key to Systemic Wellness: The Maharishi AyurVeda Model, with Validation from Modern Medical Science.
Recent reports in the modern medical literature are validating the time-honored Ayurvedic principle that healthy digestion is key to overall systemic wellness. This presentation will highlight the central features of Ayurveda’s theory of digestion–including digestive power (agni), tridosha balance, enteric toxicity (ama), and bowel dysfunction (grahani)—as well as correlates from recent gastroenterology and integrative medicine research. We will examine causes of impaired digestion (agnimandhya), the brain-gut connection, antigen-immune reactivity, impaired intestinal permeability (leaky gut), and dysbiosis, and the local and systemic inflammatory disorders resulting from these imbalances.
National Medical Director, Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America. He pioneered the introduction of Maharishi AyurVeda in the USA, co-founded the original MAV clinics, and has directed post-graduate training programs for the past 30 years.
Chronotherapeutics—What’s Time Got to Do with It? A Novel Behavioral Blueprint for Transforming Societal Health
The Ayurvedic texts designate kala or “time” as one of the three main categories of disease causation, and detail specific recommendations for timing of sleep, eating and exercise. Yet the dimension of time has largely been ignored, or has remained undiscovered, in the contemporary practice of medicine and preventive health education. Recent discoveries in chronobiology and chronotherapeutics document significant, and often marked, physiological modulation and therapeutic effects of time on regulation of mood, cognition and weight as well as in the treatment of hypertension, cancer, asthma, depression and other disorders. The latest scientific research elucidating Ayurvedic chronobiologicial principles for health will be reviewed and the implications for improved societal health through widespread implementation will be explored.
Associate Clinical Professor of Physiology and Health at the Maharishi University of Management
Maharishi AyurVeda and Patient Centred Care
Maharishi Ayurveda offers the gold standard for Patient Centred Care. Cancers, heart disease, diabetes and obesity are lifestyle issues. Medicines do not heal or prevent these modern epidemics. Patient Centred Care is coming to centre stage as the appropriate strategy for prevention and health care. Maharishi Ayurveda offers a time tested, evidence based, economically feasible approach in primary care for health promotion, disease prevention and treatment.
Dr. Donn Brennan was founding President of the Ayurveda Practitioners Association in the UK. He works consulting in Britain and Ireland and he is the Medical Director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, Skelmersdale, in the UK.
The value of HRV (Heart Rate Variability) in measuring the effects of ayurvedic interventions
President European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA), Board German Ayurveda Association, Medical Director Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre, Ried, Austria
Miraculous Aromatherapy – Examples of Research and Healing Experiences with Essentia Oils
Aromatherapy has become a popular way of using the therapeutic effects of healing plants through various simple means of application. Timeless folk-medicinal knowledge of numerous cultures of our world has become easily available today for everybody who is interested in natural ways of wellness, self-healing, energy medicine, etc. Over 5 000 research studies on essential oils confirm the interest in Aromatherapy as a serious and efficient therapeutic approach. The link of
Ayurveda and Aromatherapy is an interesting additional perspective to convey more understanding of the functioning of essential oils.
Founder of AYUS GmbH – Oshadhi GmbH / Germany – Ayus Tunisia – companies for high quality organic essential oils and associated products from worldwide origine. Aromatherapy lecturer and founder of Orto de Prouvènço, Aromatherapy training Center of intl. reputation in High Provence / France.
Validating Ayurvedic Therapeutics: Challenges and Solutions
Having roots in Vedic philosophy Ayurveda has continued to evolve including newer practices and substances as depicted in later period texts and as experienced today.
Details on specific diseases and comprehensive information on nearly 7500 signs and symptoms are described in Ayurvedic texts. This comprehensive clinical knowledge when interpreted in the context of biomedical advances can provide an opportunity to better interlink the disease development in the context of its morbid local and systemic manifestations.
Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia with thousands of formulations prescribed for variety of indications in nearly 60 dosage forms, oral or external, offer intricacies of natural phenomena and principles of synergy. Such complex therapeutic interventions and practices need validation based on experience, inference, experiment and algorithmic logic.
Dr. Narendra S. Bhatt, M.D.Ayu.; B.Sc. (Botany) has 40 years of teaching, clinical, research and pharmaceutical experience. He has received four national awards, one international award and being an Ayurvedic physician in forth generation he has always continued his clinical practice.
Kerala Speciality Therapies in Global Health
Kerala Specialty therapies in Global health
Kerala Specialty therapies are the set of Ayurvedic therapies widely used all over the world that has originated in Kerala, India. These are Navarakizhi( Shashtika Pinda sweda) Pizhichil( Sarvanga dhara), Talam & Talapothichil (Siro lepas), Sirodhara etc which are mostly of external in application. These therapies are being extensively used and it’s full potential is explored by eminent physicians like Ashtavaidyan Alathiyoor Narayanan Nambi (Senior) in curative as well as treatment areas. This precious knowledge is being propagated all over the world through various Maharishi Clinics.
Initially, this presentation is going to explain what are those therapies and its classical origins. The logic behind the selection of these therapies will be explained with suitable case studies in various types patients especially from the west.
Dr. Nambi is one of the leading figures in Ayurveda, a star orator, teacher, clinician and researcher. Available all over the world, he represents the rich ancestry of Ashtavaidyas- the greatest traditional medical families in India having centuries old lineage
Consciousness and Collective Health: The Vedic Perspective and Research Findings
Consciousness and Collective Health:
The Vedic Perspective and Research Findings
The Vedic Literature identifies a transcendental field of consciousness, which is described as the Self (Atma) of everyone. This foundational insight has been translated into an empirically testable hypothesis by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, that the enlivenment of the field of Transcendental Consciousness by a group numbering the square root of one per cent of the population practicing together the TM-Sidhi program creates an influence of harmony and positivity in the entire society. This hypothesis has been tested repeatedly over the past four decades, replicating health-related effects such as reduced mortality due to violence and accidents, and reduction of health-damaging behavior.
Research Professor and Trustee, Maharishi University of Management
Achieving rapid response in pathological cases through Homeopathy
Achieving rapid response in pathological cases through Homeopathy
India presently has the largest number of practising Homeopaths. Homeopathy in India is one of the
alternative line of treatment for a broad range of clinical conditions. Likewise, India also has the
largest number of Ayurvedic Vaidya’s. Culturally, Indians are open to various alternative treatments
that advocate wholistic views on health.
As systems of medicine, both Ayurveda and Homeopathy have defined and understood several
primary factors while treating patients. The attempt is to see how these sciences analyse them:
1 – the concept of health.
2 – the concept of disease.
3 – how to evaluate factors that contribute to disease and health.
4 – the approach to life-style factors.
5 – the duties of a physician .
The objective here is to bridge these two systems of medicine by identifying key points of
similarities if any. Evidently, both systems of medicine have several fundamental principles in
common. The presentation will highlight the similarities in the above concepts for opening up a link
between Homeopathy and Ayurveda, so they work in synergy with TM for achieving the higher
quality of health for humans. The purpose of this presentation is to shift focus from therapy
centered behaviour to patient centered behaviour on the part of the physician.
Furthermore, the presentation aims to expound the above understanding with relevant clinical cases
with the help of pre and post treatment diagnostic work-up.
Advanced pathological cases like Enteric Duplication Cyst, Mitral stenosis, Appendicitis, Renal Calculi,
Space Occupying Lesion, Dysfunctional Bladder, etc. where patients were advised to undergo
surgical intervention responded favourably to medical line of treatment which thankfully saved the
patients from physical,mental and monetary stresses. Infective diseases like Dengue, Tuberculosis,
Malaria, etc . which are nowadays increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment regimens were cured
with homeopathy by building up immunity ,without any post illness fatigue. Therefore the quality
life of the patients were not compromised. In addition to these Hormonal disorders like
Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid disorders, Ovarian cyst etc also responded favourably to
homeopathic treatment . Cases which had no definite solutions with the modern medicine like SSPE,
Pott’s Spine, Dry Eye Syndrome, etc. has been treated with homoepathy much to the patients relief.
Evidently homeopathy can address patho-physiology of illness rapidly and effectively, especially
where the alternative choices are restricted to steroidal , hormonal or surgical treatments that can
be accompanied by side effects.
In conclusion, it is suggested that as practitioner’s of healing art one should aim to make the
patient’s welfare the primary concern. We need to become a physician first and then a Ayurved, or a
Homeopath, or a Allopath,etc. For achieving Wholistic health it’s time we start integrating the
systematic learnings from Ayurvedic, and Homeopathic therapy in combination with TM. MERU
here has already done good quality work in this direction ,we just need to work cooperatively to
move ahead.Maharishi’s vision and MERU’s efforts for helping suffering humanity can become
more and more a reality in a consistent manner, through this approach so that mankind benefits
from this endeavour.
Dr. Modi is lecturer and honorary at Smt. C.M.P. Homeopathic medical college, Mumbai and has over 30 years of experience in practicing classical homeopathy. He has delivered many seminars and lectures at national and international conferences.
Novel biomarker-supported pharmacotherapeutic exploitation of substances of ayurvedic origin. The example of curcumin.
Novel biomarker-supported pharmacotherapeutic exploitation of substances of ayurvedic origin. The example of curcumin.
Background. Curcuma longa has been utilized for various medical purposes for several
hundred years in traditional Indian medicine. Nevertheless, the medical evidence to support
its use is almost lacking, similar to underlying pharmacological mechanisms responsible for
curative effects in either experimental animals or clinical patients.
Aim. Our preceding experimental studies with rats revealed that an improvement in spatial
memory performance occurred both in aged rats with Alzheimer disease model characteristics
and scopolaminne-induced memory impairment model. We carried out a series of
experiments using with rats to estimate the putative cognitive function improving effects of
curcumin, the active ingredient of curcuma longa at the aforementioned paradigm. We also
approached mechanisms explaining curcumin effects.
Methods and Results. A significant improvement in spatial memory was observed in aged
male, otherwise healthy Winstar rats weighing 500-550 g and in those with insulin resistance
determined by hyperinsulinaemic euglycaemic glucose clamping. However, insulin resistance
per se was found to deteriorate cognitive performance. The memory improving effect was
dose dependent and strongly significant at a curcumin dose range of 0.3-100 mg/kg body
weight given orally twice a day over a period of 7 days. A dose-dependent insulin sensitizing
effect was also seen in insulin resistant animals. The memory improving effect was correlated
with a D-amino acid oxydase (DAAO) inhibitory effect of curcumin, whereas the insulin
sensitizing effect was found to interact with an endogenous insulin sensitizing mechanism
known as meal-induced insulin sensitization. A pilot clinical study with 12 aged volunteers
confirmed the memory improving effect of a preparation containing curcuma longa rhizoma
extract with a pure curcumin equivalent of approx. 100 mg twice a day.
Conclusion. Curcumin induces an improvement of cognitive performance in both
experimental animals and aged human voluteers. The effect is underpinned by DAAO
inhibition. This effect is supported by insulin sensitization produced by curcumin, the
mechanism of which seems to be independent of DAAO inhibition.
Rector, University of Debrecen. Dept Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy Medical and Health Science Centre, University of Debrecen.