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Diagnosis and treatment of hypertension from the Maharishi Ayurveda perspective
by Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Enlightenment: The Transcendental Meditation Magazine Translate This Article
9 September 2012
Having described in his recent article on 'Total heart health' how Transcendental Meditation helps to reduce blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors, Robert H. Schneider,* M.D., F.A.C.C., goes on to explain how other modalities of the Maharishi Ayurveda program can bring hypertension back into balance.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension from the Maharishi Ayurveda® Perspective
Let's see what other modalities might be used to bring high blood pressure or hypertension back into balance through Maharishi Ayurveda.
As a major risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease. It contributes to hardening and thickening of the inside of the arteries in the heart and brain. In medical terms, this is called ''atherosclerosis.'' From a modern medicine point of view, atherosclerosis or damaged arteries is the single most deadly condition in the world today, since it is the cause of most heart attacks and many strokes, the number one cause of mortality globally.
However, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, the story of heart health and disease is a bit different. The body's functions and processes are governed by three main physiological principles, or doshas, that are the first vibrations or physiological manifestations of the unified field in our bodies. These are the quantum mechanical building blocks of individual physiology and the whole universe.
The first of these building blocks is Vata, the principle of movement or activity. Pitta is the principle of transformation, metabolism, or fire. Kapha is the principle of fluidity and structure.
In the case of an individual or a disorder in that individual, one or more of these doshas may predominate. This leads to a mind-body type for an individual and a mind-body type for any disorder that might afflict that individual. (Click here for more about mind-body types). Since there are three main physiological operating principles and each of them may go out of balance, it follows that there are three main types of heart disease—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha predominant.
Global Good News will continue to feature Dr. Schneider's recent article, as he considers possible causes of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha types of hypertension, as well as treatment and prevention.
Source: Enlightenment—The Transcendental Meditation® Magazine
* Dr. Schneider is a physician-scientist-educator, and one of the world's leading authorities on scientific, natural approaches for prevention and treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, stress, and other cardiovascular risk factors. Over the past 25 years, he has directed $25 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations for his pioneering research on natural approaches to heart disease. The results of this groundbreaking research have been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed medical journals and proceedings, and featured in more than 1,000 television, radio, magazine, and newspaper reports, including CNN Headline News, ABC's 20/20, Fox News, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.
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