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What Maharishi Ayurveda can offer modern medicine
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15 December 2011
Dr Stuart Rothenberg, Director of Medical Education in Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America, recently explained why a course in Maharishi Ayurveda health care is needed. The course, which is in progress, trains wellness consultants who will be able to work in a supplementary role, providing services that modern medicine cannot.
Dr Rothenberg outlined a few of the problems with modern medicine in order to explain exactly what Maharishi Ayurveda has to offer.
Those problems include a paucity of effective prevention approaches and spiraling healthcare costs, which were $2.4 trillion in 2009 and are continuing to rise every year, threatening to bankrupt the economy.
In addition, modern medicine can produce deleterious side effects, with 250,000 related deaths in the US annually, according to the latest reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Lastly, there is the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. Dr Rothenberg remarked, 'Fifty per cent of the adult population is suffering from at least one chronic disorder—meaning that the prevailing healthcare system has not been very successful in getting at the root of these chronic conditions, because half the population continues to suffer from them.'
Dr Rothenberg went on to talk about areas that doctors 'are not trained in, in conventional medical practice but that are potentially so valuable'. Maharishi Ayurveda Wellness Consultants can make use of these areas of knowledge to fill these gaps in conventional health care.
Maharishi Ayurveda addresses important elements missing in conventional medical practice through an extensive, systematic approach to prevention and an individualized approach to treatment based on analysis of constitutional type.
Indeed, according to Dr Rothenberg, some modern scientists are beginning to understand this individualized approach to medical treatment. As a result, this new term, personalized medicine, is being discussed in recent medical literature.
Maharishi Ayurveda also addresses underlying determinants of chronic disease and uses a number of methods to dispel disease, including detoxification procedures and an extensive herbal pharmacopoeia.
In addition, added Dr Rothenberg, Maharishi Ayurveda is thoroughly researched. It has had over 600 studies conducted at over 200 universities and research institutes in 30 countries, more than 45 Randomized Control Trials (RCT), and over $25 million in funding from the (US) National Institutes of Health.
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