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Germany: Growing interest in integrative medicine seen at Berlin medical conference
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25 November 2013
Speakers at the recent Congress in Berlin celebrating the 30-Year Jubilee of the German Ayurveda Association, founded in 1983, covered a range of topics that revealed the extent to which integrative medicine is now being practiced.
Integrative medicine combines the best of traditional and modern medical technologies and takes into account all areas that affect a person's health. One example of this integration at the Congress came from a German professor who specializes in neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. For many years he has been studying the influence of the composition of bacterial flora in the gut on the nervous system as a whole, and specifically how the flora influence Parkinson's disease. His research indicates that when patients adopt an Ayurvedic diet, intestinal flora becomes most balanced.
Although the treatments he uses are not specifically aligned with Ayurveda,* his approach employs the principle found in Ayurveda that most, if not all, diseases can be traced to imbalances in the digestive tract, specifically to the bacterial composition in the large intestine.
Reviewing the Congress proceedings in a recent presentation, conference organizers commented that this example reveals how modern science, through its techniques and methods, is discovering ancient principles of good health. The realization by medical doctors who practise conventional medicine that there exists an intimate relationship between the nerves in the gut and those in the brain is significant, said Austrian cardiologist and Maharishi Ayur-Veda expert, Dr Rainer Picha.
Dr Picha was one of two medical doctors who worked with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi extensively over many years, who presented research studies on Maharishi Ayur-Veda at the Congress. The second was Robert Schneider, MD, FACC.
Dr Picha, who is Minister of Health of the Global Country of World Peace, worked with Maharishi on creating the Model of Vedic Physiology, and gave an in-depth explanation of how the human physiology actually is the reverberations of the Veda. Dr Picha referred to the discovery of Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, under Maharishi's guidance, that Veda and the Vedic literature is like a blueprint that describes the complete details of the body, its structure and its function.**
Dr Schneider is a physician, scientist, educator, and one of the world's leading authorities on scientific, natural approaches for heart disease, high blood pressure, stress, and other cardiovascular risk factors. During the last 20 years he has directed more than US$20 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States for his pioneering research.
At the conference he presented research on heart health and the role of Transcendental Meditation in reducing cardiovascular problems. In addition he read the scientific statement published by the American Heart Association last May, after a thorough 12-month research review, which concluded that Transcendental Meditation is the only meditation technique found to be effective in reducing high blood pressure.
* 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.
** In appreciation for this achievement, Dr Nader was honoured by Maharishi with the title 'Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam' and given responsibility for guiding the Global Country of World Peace.
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