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Germany: Professors present on complementary medicine at German Ayurveda Association gathering
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25 November 2013
'Fascination Ayurveda', a conference held recently in Berlin to celebrate the 30-Year Jubilee of the German Ayurveda Association, began with a presentation by Dr. med. Ulrich Bauhofer, one of the first physicians trained in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care. His talk, 'A Quiet Medicine for a Loud Time', brought out Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's core principles of Ayurveda.* Dr Bauhofer also described practical medical applications of Vedic knowledge in daily life through Maharishi Ayur-Veda.
On the second day of the Congress, about half the presentations were by professors from European universities, with some speakers already involved in complementary medicine.
One talk, 'The Gut-Brain Axis', dealt with the connection between the digestive system and brain function, a relationship that is described in Charaka Samhita, one of the classical texts of Ayurveda in the ancient Vedic literature. The speaker was a professor who has been successfully managing chronic neurological diseases, including Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, with treatments that are based on how the digestion influences the functioning of the whole physiology. 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.
A professor of Indology and Sanskrit gave an inspiring talk on the ancient Ayurvedic texts that included insights into the Vedic tradition of passing knowledge orally from teacher to student; the importance of maintaining the purity of the knowledge in the texts; and how the treatments described in the texts are useful today, even after many thousands of years. She referenced Charaka Samhita, which describes in great detail diseases, their remedies, special medicinal herbs, etc.
A professor of complementary medicine at the Charity Hospital of Berlin who is a leading researcher in this field, as well as an outspoken proponent of integrative medicine, researches both complementary and integrative approaches to health care. He is highly regarded not only as a researcher, but also as a presenter at many international conferences.
Integrative medicine combines the best of traditional and modern medical technologies and takes into account all areas that affect a person's health.
The head of the Ayurveda Department in the Complementary Medicine Department at the Charity Hospital of Berlin, who wrote his doctoral thesis on Ayurveda, spoke on how Ayurveda is used at the hospital, and offered suggestions for Ayurvedic clinical research possibilities in Europe.
A professor of pharmacology from Tubingen has been testing Ayurvedic herbs for 25 years. His main research has been on the use of the herb frankincense. He presented new research that suggests Type 1 diabetes can be treated with Ayurvedic herbs, especially with frankincense. It seems to be able to prevent the destruction of insulin producing cells, and thus may have the potential to prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes, at a specific stage of the disease.
* 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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