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Dr Nancy Lonsdorf gives keynote address at national conference on integrative medicine
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29 November 2011
Every year, Scripps, recognized as one of the top integrative medicine teaching and clinical organizations in the US, sponsors a national conference on integrative medicine.
Integrative medicine is a new term quickly gaining popularity. According to Dr Stuart Rothenberg, Director of Health Professional Training Programs at Maharishi Ayur-Veda Association of America, the term 'means the integration of natural approaches with conventional medicine.'
This year, the annual conference was held in Florida and attended by 500 medical doctors. Dr Rothenberg's colleague in the field of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, was invited to give the keynote speech.
Dr Lonsdorf spoke about Ayurveda, but she spoke with a twofold intention.
Firstly, she wanted to inspire the audience with a vision of Ayurveda, the most ancient science and knowledge of life. She wanted to show that Ayurveda 'in itself is a complete system that fulfils the need of integrative medicine,' commented Dr Rothenberg.
He spoke of the second element of Dr Lonsdorf's speech, which was about 'Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's revival of Maharishi Ayur-Veda and the unique contributions that makes to the field of Ayurveda—to reestablish [Ayurveda] in its authenticity and completeness, with so many modalities that were lost for so long, but which, through Maharishi's inspiration and great work were revived and now incorporated to create a complete system.'
Maharishi Ayur-Veda had a booth and exhibition at the conference.
Dr Rothenberg said, 'The response was tremendous. Following [Dr Lonsdorf's] talk, our exhibition booth was just flooded with people, and the majority of the doctors attending visited the booth and expressed interest in going on with the training, both in Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda.'
In addition to Dr Lonsdorf's endorsement of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, the director of cardiology for the conference also mentioned the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda.
Dr Rothenberg remarked that the doctor, who is also a director at the Scripps Center, 'publicly, in her speech on integrative cardiology, endorsed the TM Technique as the most effective, most thoroughly validated and researched technique of meditation, which made a huge impact on this big conference.'
Her endorsement, as well as the prominent keynote speech by Dr Lonsdorf, 'really gave tremendous validity to our [Maharishi Ayur-Veda] programme.'
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Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Rothenberg's report on Maharishi Ayur-Veda.
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