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Experts describe therapeutic uses of Maharishi VedAroma Essential Oils
by Global Good New staff writer
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7 March 2009
The sweet scent of Vedic Aromatherapy is blossoming in MERU, Holland for clients of the new Maharishi Vedic Medicine Rejuvenation and Prevention Programme.
Dr Rosie Geelvink, aromatherapy expert and developer of Maharishi VedAroma Therapy, along with Dr Robert Keith Wallace, the pioneering researcher on the neurophysiology of higher states of consciousness, spoke recently about the physiology of the sense of smell and benefits of essential oils. Please also see Part I of this series.
'Experiments show that aroma therapy balances the activities of the right and left hemispheres of the brain,' said Dr Geelvink. 'Within seconds of inhalation, the pulse changes and becomes more balanced,' she said, referring to diagnostic pulse assessment used by those trained in Maharishi Vedic Medicine.
In the sense of smell, ten million olfactory nerve cells detect molecules and cause chemical reactions which are transmitted as electrical stimuli directly to the limbic system—the oldest part of our brain. The limbic system is the seat of emotions, memory, creativity, motivation, and regulation of the autonomic nervous system. Before we consciously perceive a fragrance, it has influenced our emotions, heart rate, breath rate, etc. Fragrance stimulates the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphines and serotonin, which invoke a state of well-being.
All essential oils have bactericidal properties, support production of white blood cells, and help develop immunity to infectious illnesses. Essential oils are among the most powerful destroyers of free radicals, a major cause of disease.
Dr Wallace, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology at Maharishi University of Management, USA, said, 'Essential oils are very interesting to medical science. Thousands of studies have been conducted which indicate essential oils have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory effects.' He continued, 'Essential oils have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumours and substances which promote cancer, reduce spasms and convulsions, and aid the management of dementia. Aroma therapy is frequently used for palliative care, as it helps patients deal with severe procedures, post-operative nausea, and the pain of childbirth. Patients going through severe medical treatments can do so in a more enjoyable manner with VedAroma Therapy as complementary care.'
The effectiveness of essential oils used for therapeutic purposes depends on the purity of the oils. Dr Geelvink explained that VedAroma oils are certified organic, wild harvested, and of the purest, highest quality.
There are many simple ways to profoundly enhance one's physical, mental, and emotional well-being with aromatherapy, she said. The VedAroma website offers suggestions for which oils to use, but, said Dr Geelvink, 'What you like best usually gives the best results.'
Please visit www.VedAroma.com for detailed information. Inquiries about the VedAroma Therapy Programme may be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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