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Germany: Congress highlights contributions of German Ayurveda Association and European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA)
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25 November 2013
Members of the European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA) played a major organizational role in the recent 30-Year Jubilee Congress of the German Ayurveda Association in Berlin. Founded in 2008, EURAMA's purpose is to bring Ayurvedic experts from different schools together in order to make Ayurveda an integral part of the European health system. As well, association members work with European medical associations that promote complementary and alternative medical practices.
One focus of planning sessions in Brussels is bringing to the attention of government officials the valuable role complementary and integrative medicine can play in community health.
It was through EURAMA, and on behalf of the German Ayurveda Association, that during the Congress a letter was sent to German legislators, health insurers, and the press detailing research on Maharishi Ayur-Veda* health care in Germany, as well as citing cost-saving data from health insurance companies in North America and Europe.
Wolfgang Schachinger, a medical doctor and manager of an Ayurvedic health centre in Austria, is founder and president of EURAMA and a board member of the German Ayurveda Association. For 30 years he has enjoyed playing a part in the globalization of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, which has also resulted in Ayurveda becoming more of a household world in Germany.
Among the founding members of the German Ayurveda Association, established in 1983 under the inspiration of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is Dr Ulrich Bauhofer, who for many years worked with Maharishi and other Ayurvedic experts doing research on Maharishi Ayur-Veda therapies. During this time he also travelled the world lecturing on the principles of Maharishi Ayur-Veda. Dr Bauhofer gave inspiring opening remarks at the Congress, introducing Maharishi Ayur-Veda in a simple, clear presentation to an audience who, although experts in their own right, were not all acquainted with Maharishi's Vedic Science.
Austrian cardiologist Dr Rainer Picha, who is Minister of Health of the Global Country of World Peace, also worked with Maharishi for many years, developing the Model of Vedic Physiology.
In a recent review of the Congress by some of its organizers, Dr Picha commented that the current increased receptivity to Maharishi Ayur-Veda shows a change of attitude. When doctors hear about Ayurveda and preventive medicine, they are open to the concepts and interested in implementing an integrated programme into their universities and clinical programmes. Returning to their practices after the Congress, a number of traditional allopathic doctors realized that there are effective programmes available within Maharishi Ayur-Veda, and wanted to incorporate them.
Lothar Pirc, managing director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany, also commented that, with all the research to back up its effectiveness, people are keenly interested in the technology of Maharishi Ayur-Veda.
* 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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