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Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health - Part II: Dr Anand Srivastava discusses promotion of longevity
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19 January 2008

Dr Anand Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director of Maharishi Ayurveda Products Ltd, continued his review of the progressive development of Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health, with special focus on the promotion of longevity.

Please also see Part I of this article.

Referring back to the comprehensive Vedic definition of health contained in the ancient Ayurvedic texts, Dr Srivastava noted: 'If we look at it deeply, we find this is the formula of longevity. When all Doshas* are in balance, when all the tissues are being renewed all the time, when the body is being renewed all the time, then where is the ageing?'

Among Maharishi Ayur-Veda's many approaches to restoring balance, Rasayanas are a special class of herbal food supplements designed to enhance overall health and promote longevity. Research on one Rasayana—Maharishi Amrit Kalash— has demonstrated that it gives extremely powerful protection against oxidative stress—the constant attack by oxy radicals and reactive oxygen species—which, unchecked, creates damaging effects in every cell of the body. These oxidative agents, collectively known as free radicals, have moved to the forefront in health sciences and are now understood to play a crucial role in both initiation and promotion of many major diseases**. Free radicals are produced as by-products of normal metabolism, but are especially increased by stress, environmental pollution, and pesticides in foods, intensifying oxidative tissue damage, and thereby accelerating the ageing process and contributing to a wide range of diseases.

Comprehensive scientific research has shown that Maharishi Amrit Kalash is the most effective known food supplement to ensure optimal anti-oxidant protection. This extraordinary effect is the result of more than 40 different herbs, containing a large number of powerful anti-oxidant active ingredients that support and enhance each other for optimum results. This unique product was developed from an ancient formulation under the guidance of the world's greatest Ayurvedic physicians and scholars, ensuring the highest standards of preparation and authenticity in accordance with classical Ayurvedic texts.

Dr Srivastava noted that Maharishi Amrit Kalash is now the most extensively researched Ayurvedic preparation in the world, commenting specifically on studies demonstrating benefits for patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and for individuals with heart disease. Beneficial effects from other Maharishi Ayur-Veda preparations have also been documented, including improvements in patients with diabetes from the preparation MA-471, and reduction in cholesterol with MA-1596.

Dr Srivastava also introduced new research being conducted by Dr Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, USA. Dr Schneider is currently working with a large hospital in Delhi, India, to examine the effects of specific Rasayanas in promoting longevity.

He also mentioned a preparation Shatayurasayana introduced by one of the leading experts in Ayurveda, Dr B.D. Triguna, past President of the All-India Ayurveda Congress and Director of the National Academy for Ayurveda in India. Dr Triguna worked closely with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, to revive the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom. Dr Srivastava explained that shatayu means 100 years of life, and that Dr Triguna would like to offer this very special preparation and monitor its effects.

Dr Srivastava read a beautiful sentence given by Dr Triguna from a Vedic text, which depicted the ideal of human life. Translated it read, 'We live for 100 years, we hear the glory of God for 100 years, we see the beauty of earth for 100 years, our (physical) movement should be for 100 years, we should be fully independent for 100 years, not dependent on anyone, we live a life of prosperity for 100 years and much more than that'.

Dr Srivastava said that, 'Fortunately with our scientists and the parameters available, we don't have to wait to prove we can live 200 years, we can prove within a year or two that the possibility to live longer life is there. So I would like to invite everyone to join in this'.

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* Basic physiological principles governing every aspect of the body

** For an in-depth discussion of oxidative damage related to degenerative diseases, and the effect of Maharishi Ayur-Veda Rasayanas please see Freedom from Disease: How to Control Free Radicals, a Major Cause of Aging and Disease—A Scientist Rediscovers Prevention-Oriented Natural Health Care—Maharishi Ayur-Ved; by Hari Sharma MD published by Veda Publishing Inc., Canada

***Dr B.D. Triguna, Ayurveda Martand, Member of Indian Council for Research in Ayurveda, Government of India; past President, All India Ayurveda Congress, is the world's foremost authority on the Ayurvedic practice of Nadivigyan, the diagnosis of existing and forthcoming diseases by feeling the pulse. Dr Triguna has received one of India's highest honours, the Padma Bhushan Award, in recognition of over 50 years of leadership in the field of Ayurveda.

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