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Germany: Maharishi Ayur-Veda presented at 30-Year Jubilee Congress in Berlin
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25 November 2013
During the 30-Year Jubilee Congress of the German Ayurveda Association held recently in Berlin, several experts in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care presented research and knowledge in this field.
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.
One such presentation was given by Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, one of the world's leading authorities on scientific, natural approaches to heart disease, high blood pressure, stress, and other cardiovascular risk factors. Dr Schneider presented his scientific research on heart health and the role of Transcendental Meditation—the consciousness approach of Maharishi Ayur-Veda—in reducing cardiovascular disease. His talk included research published last year in the respected cardiology journal Circulation, showing that regular practice of Transcendental Meditation dramatically reduces the incidence of heart attack and stroke in practitioners.
He also referenced the scientific statement issued last May by the American Heart Association (AHA) stating that Transcendental Meditation is the only meditation technique found to be effective in reducing high blood pressure. This AHA statement was made only after a rigorous yearlong review.
Lothar Pirc, managing director of the renowned Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany, reported on an article about Maharishi's insight into Vedanta, the ultimate knowledge of life and its application for the creation of world peace, that recently appeared in Tattva Viveka, a prestigious German journal for science, philosophy, and spiritual culture that features papers by academicians and professors of Indology.*
The article, 'Die Wissenschaft der Transzendentalen Meditation', is based on a scholarly paper written by Mr Pirc, Dr Girish Momaya, Director of Maharishi Vedic University, Netherlands, and Dr Susan Brown, professor at Maharishi University of Management, USA, which was presented at the 20th International Congress of Vedanta in New Delhi last year.
Mr Pirc said the article has been reprinted and will be made available to professors of Indology and Sanskrit in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.
The discovery of Veda and the Vedic literature in human physiology by Tony Nader, MD, PhD, was the subject of a seminar during the Congress given by Austrian cardiologist Dr Rainer Picha. Dr Picha explained that Dr Nader's discovery, under Maharishi's guidance, led to the development of the model of the Veda in human physiology, as its practical application. Dr Picha worked with Maharishi for many years to design and create the Model of Vedic Physiology. Using the model in his seminar, Dr Picha presented a simple but in-depth explanation of how the human physiology actually is the reverberations of the Veda. At the end, the audience had the opportunity to experience Veda in their own physiology through hearing the sounds of the Veda and seeing the corresponding part of the physiology lit up.
One professor in the audience reported that when a particular aspect of the Vedic literature was played, which is related to the joints and bones, she felt a soothing warmth in her troublesome knee.
A medical doctor from Austria who manages an Ayurvedic health centre, Dr Wolfgang Schachinger is founder and president of the European Ayurvedic Medical Association (EURAMA). He gave a seminar at the Congress on an Ayurvedic purification therapy that can be done at home, one that he finds useful in his general medicine practice, called Amapachana** therapy.
In related news, presentations were made to medical doctors in Austria by the team of Dr Schneider, Dr Picha, and another physician. In the audience, many of whose members expressed interest in continuing education to become an Ayurvedic expert, was a leading expert in complementary medicine in Austria. A university professor who founded an institute for hypertension reviewed research results with Dr Schneider and Dr Picha.
See related article: Germany: Growing interest in integrative medicine seen at Berlin medical conference
* Indology is described as the academic study of the history and cultures, languages, and literature of the Indian subcontinent, including modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
** Dr Schachinger describes this therapy as 'how the ama or toxins in the physiology are cooked, digested, and expelled'.
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