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Ayurveda the latest darling of holistic healing
by Julie Deardorff
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Translate This Article
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
27 February 2005
On 27 February 2005 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported:
Ayurveda, the original science of health, is becoming more popular. Increased publicity, books, and positive testimonials from celebrities and the general public have brought Ayuveda into the mainstream of holistic healing.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of health.
According to the article, the 5,000 year-old science of health, ayurveda, places greater emphasis on diet and prevention than is generally found in modern medicine. Now, an increasing number of Americans are turning to ayurveda to heal deeply rooted health problems.
Today, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association has nearly 400 members, compared to 95 when it was founded in 2000; and there are 30 institutions in the United States where students can learn ayurvedic skills. Ayurveda treatments are also becoming common at spas and yoga studios. The article reported that some of the treatments, including 'panchakarma', can last up to 21 days and can heal chronic problems.
One follower of ayurveda is Ricky Williams, the former Miami Dolphins football star. Williams quit playing football at the height of his career and began studying the ancient Indian system of medicine. The article quoted Williams as stating, 'My balance has increased as well as my flexibility. A lot of my pain has decreased too.'
According to ayurveda, the body is made up of three 'essential qualities, or doshas'. Everyone has all three (vata, pitta, and kapha), but usually there are one or two that dominate. Knowing your dominant doshas can help determine the foods to eat, oils to use, exercise to practise, and skin-care regimens. As the article explained, the goal in ayurveda is to maintain the balance of all three doshas in order to have good health.
The article credited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, for introducing the US to ayurveda back in the 1980s. Maharishi Ayurveda is practised at The Raj Ayurveda Health Center, located near Fairfield, Iowa.
Nancy Lonsdorf, medical director of the Raj, and one of the US's most prominent ayurvedic doctors was featured in the article as well. Lonsdorf addressed the issue of people who are hesitant to use ayurveda because of concerns that the herbal supplements are, for the most part, unregulated by the government. Lonsdorf said, 'People shouldn't think that just because something is natural it's safe, but it's also a mistake to think all herbs are unsafe.'
More and more people are finding ayurveda to be the most effective means of preventing disease and maintaining health and happiness.
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