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'Enormous change' in acceptance of Maharishi Ayur-Veda
by Global Good News staff writer
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29 November 2011
Dr Stuart Rothenberg, a medical doctor and expert in the field of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, recently expounded upon the great progress made in health care in the last 30 years. In his overview, Dr Rothenberg focused on the shifting national paradigm in the United States which has made it possible for alternative and natural medicines to gain wide acceptance and practice.
We can see this shift easily if we look at the history of Maharishi Ayur-Veda in the US, said Dr Rothenberg. There has been a change in acceptance and interest in Maharishi Ayur-Veda since it was introduced many years ago.
In the beginning, reception towards Ayur-Veda and other alternative medicines was cold, especially from the point of view of mainstream medical practice. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted this would be the response, but knew a shift would eventually come.
Dr Rothenberg said, 'Maharishi encouraged us to be very bold and bring out the knowledge of Maharishi Ayur-Veda as the supreme system of natural medicine long before this became accepted, much less fashionable, which it is now. At the time he even said that this would be a long-term project.
'Indeed, it was about ten years later, in the mid-1990s, that everything started to shift. National medical organizations that used to be very negative about alternative approaches and natural approaches were beginning to open up.'
Dr Rothenberg continued, saying that by the late 1990s, it got to the point that the Journal of the American Medical Association devoted a full issue to natural medicine, and the National Institutes of Health inaugurated a centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
'It's been such an enormous change,' he remarked.
Now about two-thirds of American medical schools have courses for their students and residents in natural or integrative medicine. NIH has granted more than $24 million over the past 20 years to study the effects of the Transcendental Meditation Programme and other related programmes on cardiovascular disease.
Dr Rothenberg concluded, 'Here we have such a great opportunity because Maharishi Ayur-Veda really fulfils that need and that desire for a really coherent and effective system of natural health care.'
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Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Rothenberg's report on Maharishi Ayur-Veda.
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