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Scientific research contributes to growing interest, respect for Maharishi Ayurveda
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27 July 2013
Maharishi Ayurveda* health care is becoming more widely known and respected, in part because of an accumulating body of scientific research being presented at conferences and in publications.
Lothar Pirc, co-founder and managing director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany, reported on recent developments.
One study shows the effectiveness of Maharishi Ayurveda by looking at breast cancer and Maharishi Amrit Kalash, one of the premier traditional Ayurvedic formulations. 'Amrit' is also one of the most researched and among other health-promoting qualities it is renowned as a powerful antioxidant. Describing the research, Mr Pirc said, 'This double-blind study, conducted in the most prestigious research institution in Asia, shows that the side effects of chemotherapy are reduced by an average of 50 per cent when people take Maharishi Amrit Kalash.'
This study has special relevance, he added, as many women suffer from breast cancer worldwide and chemotherapy is known to have unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects.
In part due to studies like this, many in the growing yoga community are embracing Ayurveda as a holistic system of medicine. Just last month, the magazine The World of Spirituality (Welt der Spiritualitat) published an eight-page article by Mr Pirc, based on his recent conference presentation about the link between Yoga and Maharishi Ayurveda. The article was originally published, he explained, under the title 'Enlightenment: The Goal of Yoga and Ayurveda - From Philosophy to Science'—in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Light on Ayurveda, at the University of Massachusetts in the USA.
The World of Spirituality is a leading publication that caters to the growing yoga movement in Germany, said Mr Pirc. '[It is] interesting to the yoga community to understand what yoga can accomplish with transcending,' he added.
Transcending** is a central aspect of Maharishi Ayurveda, and one that differentiates it from the form of Ayurveda that is generally known and practised today. This is a point that Mr Pirc is emphasizes at every Ayurveda conference he attends.
He explained that many Ayurveda experts at these conferences quickly grasp the advantages of incorporating transcending. For example, at a recent symposium in Belgrade, Serbia, in which several hundred doctors participated, Mr Pirc invited 30 Vaidyas (Ayurvedic doctors from India) to an impromptu introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation. Now the Vaidyas are all interested in learning the technique.
Mr Pirc also praised the profound contributions of the founder of Maharishi Ayurveda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 'Maharishi is so respected. The Vaidyas in India really understand what Maharishi has done to bring Ayurveda to the world.' This whole booming interest in Ayurveda came from Maharishi's work and his organizations around the world, Mr Pirc said.
See related articles:
∙ India: Dr Karin Pirc presents research on Panchakarma rejuvenation treatment at international Ayurveda conference
∙ Germany: Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre Bad Ems offers return to health in 5-star comfort
∙ Germany: Maharishi Ayurveda clinic treats health disorders of modern civilization
* Ayurveda is the world's oldest and most comprehensive system of natural health care, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective health science. Maharishi Ayurveda represents the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete and authentic practice of Ayurveda as recorded in the Vedic texts.
** Transcending: The settling down of the mind to experience increasingly refined levels of the thinking process, eventually going beyond thought to experience pure awareness, the silent, unbounded field of transcendental consciousness, the basis of the mind's activity. Transcendental Meditation promotes the effortless process of transcending in a systematic, reliable, repeatable manner.
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