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Government of India invites Maharishi Ayur-Veda physicians to participate in its quest to offer natural medicine to the West
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29 March 2009
As the Western world faces a health care crisis, India offers the wisdom of its ancient system of natural medicine, Ayur-Veda, as an effective and inexpensive approach to preventive health care.
Recently, the Department of Ayur-Veda in India's Ministry of Health sponsored a conference about offering Ayur-Vedic education in the West. The government invited leaders in the field from around the world to confer with them on how to promote the Indian systems of natural medicine.
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The largest delegation to attend consisted of five medical doctors from Austria, Switzerland, Malaysia, and the USA, who are experts in Maharishi Vedic Medicine. The name refers to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation Technique, who revived the complete understanding of the ancient Vedic Knowledge, including Ayur-Veda, which had become fragmented and misunderstood over the centuries.
Robert Schneider, MD,* one of the Maharishi Ayur-Veda delegates, said, 'We were there in a spirit of mutual support for the common goal to bring out this valuable knowledge. In fact, Maharishi has been doing this for the past 50 years, starting with the consciousness aspect of Ayur-Veda. Since the 1980's, he has brought out the physiological aspects of Ayur-Veda, and in the 1990's he brought out the environmental aspects of Ayur-Veda—Vedic Architecture, public health in terms of collective consciousness, and Vedic Astrology.'
Dr Schneider explained further, 'These three dimensions, based on the Unified Field of Natural Law, comprise Ayur-Veda according to the classical texts. This is an expansion on the conventional understanding of Ayur-Veda, which is largely, and unfortunately, limited to herbal medicine.'
The Maharishi Ayur-Veda physicians are co-chairing and serving on several committees, providing education and collegial support to the Indian government and other interested groups. Agenda topics include education, research, product purity, and quality control—areas in which Maharishi Ayur-Veda has years of experience. Said Dr Schneider, 'We've been researching Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health for over 30 years. And now we've started this new medical school, the Maharishi College of Perfect Health,' which he says, 'serves to nourish, collaborate, and pioneer the way for similar institutions around the world'.
A representative from the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Products factory in India, which holds several recognized manufacturing certifications, including ISO, HACCP and GMP, spoke at the conference about the high levels of quality control they already follow. Said Dr Schneider, 'The government wants to apply these manufacturing practices to other Ayur-Veda factories throughout India.'
Commenting on the role of consciousness in Ayur-Veda, often omitted due to misunderstandings about its scientific validity, Dr Schneider said, 'Consciousness-based medicine and education is not only in the Ayur-Vedic texts, but it is scientific. The state of Pure Consciousness—Atma, the Self—is now described as the Unified Field by modern physics,' as the fundamental level of Nature's functioning.
Global Good News will continue the interview with Dr Schneider on Maharishi Integrative Medicine and the Maharishi College of Perfect Health in a future article.
*Robert Schneider, MD, is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Director of the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, and Dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health.
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