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Berlin: Congress of medical doctors celebrates German Ayurveda Association's 30-year Jubilee
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25 November 2013
The 30-year Jubilee Congress of the German Ayurveda Association, an association of medical doctors, was recently held in Berlin, Germany's capital and a centre of Ayurvedic academic interest. Over 100 doctors and researchers attended the Congress, which was titled 'Fascination Ayurveda'.
Founded in 1983 under the inspiration of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the German Ayurveda Association is the oldest doctors' association for Ayurveda outside of India.*
Members of the European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA) played a key role in organizing the Congress. Dr Wolfgang Schachinger, an Austrian medical doctor who manages an Ayurvedic health centre in Austria, is EURAMA's founder and president. Founded in 2008, the group works with European medical associations that promote complementary and alternative medical treatments throughout Europe. It brings Ayurvedic doctors from all schools together in order to promote and make Ayurveda an integral part of the European health system.
About half the speakers at the conference were professors from well-known teaching hospitals and universities throughout Germany. Topics dealt with alternative and complementary medicinal practices and research as well as Ayurveda and Maharishi Ayur-Veda.
The Congress started with an introductory talk by Dr. med. Ulrich Bauhofer, one of the founding members of the German Ayurveda Association, who spent many years working with Maharishi researching Ayurvedic treatments and herbal remedies. He began working with the renowned Ayurveda expert, Dr V. M. Dwivedi, in the early 1980s doing research on Rasayana therapy (Rasayanas are special Ayurvedic herbal formulations for promoting health, vitality, and longevity). During this era Dr Bauhofer travelled throughout the world doing research and lecturing on the principles of Maharishi Ayur-Veda.
The title of Dr Bauhofer's talk was 'A Quiet Medicine for a Loud Time', in which he presented Maharishi's core principles of Ayurveda. Dr Bauhofer spoke on the theme of the Veda, explaining its importance in the development of human consciousness, and how it is actually the foundation of human consciousness. He also described practical medical applications of Vedic knowledge in daily life through Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care. Dr Bauhofer's simple, clear presentation helped an audience not familiar with Maharishi's Vedic Science understand important concepts related to physiology and health.
As one of the main organizers, Dr Schachinger described several valuable features of the conference. Time was structured into the programme for colleagues to interact with one another, allowing for important connections between Ayurvedic practitioners to be established. Dr Schachinger felt this was an important step in making Ayurveda a mainstream therapy within Europe. At the end of the first day there was a concert of Gandharva Veda music, one of the many modalities of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care. Dr Schachinger also felt that a presentation by a comedian created a sense of humour and lightness about life that 'enlivened the whole conference with joy'.
* Ayurveda is the world's oldest, most comprehensive system of natural medicine, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India and is now officially recognized by the World Health Organization. Maharishi Ayur-Veda is the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete and authentic practice of Ayurveda as recorded in the Vedic texts.
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