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India, Nepal, Greece: Total Health World Tour highlights integration of modern science, ancient Vedic medicine
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28 January 2013
Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, one of the world's leading authorities on scientifically verified natural approaches to prevention and treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular risk factors, recently undertook the first stage of a Total Health World Tour that included presentations and meetings in India, Nepal, and Greece.
Dr Schneider is Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and Dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA.*
The tour began in India in December of 2012, at the World Ayurveda Congress in Bhopal. One of the topics considered at the Congress was international applications of Ayurveda, the world's oldest and most comprehensive system of natural health care, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India.
Dr Schneider was one of a number of experts in Maharishi Ayurveda from India and other countries who participated in the Congress. Maharishi Ayurveda represents the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete, authentic practice of Ayurveda as recorded in the Vedic texts. Dr Schneider and his colleagues sought to bring out Maharishi's perspective—an expanded, holistic understanding of Ayurveda and its applications, re-establishing its original focus on the primary importance of consciousness and mind-body balance in creating health; and also drawing on the knowledge of modern quantum physics and empirical validation through scientific research.
Dr Schneider was invited to chair a session on public health. In his keynote address he described how Ayurveda, from Maharishi's perspective, directly relates to public health because it encompasses not only individual, but also community, societal, and world health. He also spoke about the role of collective stress in epidemics.
Cardiovascular disease is now the number one cause of death in India, as it is in the rest of the world. Noting this, Dr Schneider and other Maharishi Ayurveda experts also pointed out that for thousands of years it has been known, as documented in the major texts of Ayurveda, that there exists a close relationship between the heart and consciousness. To truly improve health it is necessary to address consciousness on both individual and collective levels.
The delegation also visited the Maharishi Vedic Health Centre in Bhopal. The recently inaugurated Centre is a large, deluxe development offering Maharishi Ayurveda consultations, treatments, and knowledge programmes, and is designed to appeal to Indians as well as internationals. Dr Schneider and others participated in a panel discussion during a welcoming ceremony for all the guests.
In Delhi, joining a large group of leading physicians, researchers, and administrators of Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health from several countries, they attended the 25th anniversary celebration of Maharishi Ayurveda Products, led by Dr Anand Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director of Maharishi Ayurveda Products Ltd in India.
The celebration honoured the founders of Maharishi Ayurveda, represented by Dr Devendra Triguna, a distinguished Maharishi Ayurveda Vaidya (expert physician), who addressed the gathering; he is the son of Dr Brihaspati Dev Triguna, one of the esteemed founding members of the Maharishi Ayurveda Council of Vaidyas and a world renowned expert in Ayurvedic medicine.
Dr Schneider was invited to participate in a seminar at Apeejay Stya University in Delhi, a large private university dedicated to science, research, and technology. Prompted by faculty interest, his address explored ancient Vedic technologies of consciousness brought to light by Maharishi, and the links between modern science and ancient Vedic Science.
After the events in India, in January Dr Schneider went on to Nepal, where he spoke at a conference at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu on 'Integrative Medicine for the 21st Century in Nepal'. He pointed out that the most up to date health care system is one that integrates modern medicine with ancient Vedic medicine, which is the theme of Maharishi College of Perfect Health and Maharishi Health Centres being established in many countries.
This first stage of the Total Health World Tour concluded in Greece. At the University of Athens medical school there is a programme in stress management in which doctors and health professionals learn about mind-body medicine. Dr Schneider, who lectured at the university several years ago, was invited to return as a visiting professor, and spoke about how Maharishi Ayurveda and Transcendental Meditation can reduce individual and collective stress and improve health.
Commenting recently on the tour and other countries he has visited in the past year, Dr Schneider said that everywhere he has found similar receptivity to this knowledge of the integration of modern science and ancient Vedic Science in understanding the relationship between mind and body, and deep interest in relating it to the traditions of the country.
* Dr Schneider's research team has received over US$20 million in grant support from the National Institutes of Health (US) for research on Transcendental Meditation (the consciousness approach of Maharishi Ayurveda) and cardiovascular disease.
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