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Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health: Applying the timeless knowledge of health to all levels of life
by Global Good News staff writer
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7 March 2014
Dr. med. Walter Mölk, a medical doctor from Austria, recently gave a comprehensive presentation on health at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands. Dr Mölk, who also holds the position of Deputy Minister of Health for the Global Country of World Peace,* presented news and knowledge about several aspects of Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health.
Maharishi Ayur-Veda** represents the modern revival by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete, authentic practice of the timeless Vedic system of health care. Over the long passage of time Ayurveda had lost its connection to the total knowledge of natural law, and become more a system of herbal medicine. Maharishi reconnected the knowledge of health to the knowledge of consciousness. Under Maharishi's guidance Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, discovered that the human physiology has the same structure as the Veda and Vedic literature—that the physiology is consciousness. This understanding is fundamental to Maharishi Ayur-Veda, the different modalities of which address all levels of the individual, including physiology, mind, and consciousness.***
One topic Dr Mölk addressed in depth was the role and value of Panchakarma (purification and rejuvenation therapy), one of the approaches of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care. He described elements of the treatments in simple terms, while bringing out a detailed understanding of underlying principles. These included the importance of the sequence of the treatments and how they can transform the physiology. To emphasize the importance of proper sequence Dr Mölk gave an analogy from Charaka, one of the classical texts of Ayurveda, which states that not giving the treatments in the proper sequence is comparable to trying to squeeze juice out of an unripe fruit.
He defined the Ayurvedic terms ama and ojas, and discussed how they affect the body. Anything we take into the body needs to be 'cooked' by the digestive fire before it can become bodily substances, Dr Mölk said. In a comprehensive sense 'diet' can be understood as everything we take in through the five senses. It all has to be properly metabolized so that in the end, rather than becoming a sticky substance of impurities, ama, which contributes to disease processes, it can become the finest product of digestion, ojas, which holds everything together in a state of balance with its connecting and nourishing values.
The purpose of Panchakarma is to remove the ama, or impurities in the tissues, from the body. Specific dietary and behavioural guidelines are recommended to facilitate this process. Moderation, said Dr Mölk, is a main guideline. For example, exercise needs to be moderate or it can inhibit the process. Extremes of heat or cold are also recommended to be avoided.
Dr Mölk discussed the understanding in Maharishi Ayur-Veda of disorders developing through six stages. Maharishi Ayur-Veda experts can detect problems at any stage, using the very refined technique of Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, making it possible to correct imbalances and reverse the process.
It is ideal to have Panchakarma treatment on a regular basis, especially during seasonal changes, to prevent the buildup of impurities in the physiology. Changes of season represent a critical junction point, when one set of laws of nature is changing into another.
Reporting related developments in the field of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, Dr Mölk described two courses for health professionals recently held near MERU. A course in January was the first basic course of training in Panchakarma for health professionals to be offered in 20 years. Participants from nine countries were honoured to have as their course leader Ashtavaidya Mooss, a senior expert in Ayurveda from India, who worked closely with Maharishi to develop special programmes for chronic disorders.
The second course, with 27 participants from around the world, brought out advanced knowledge for very experienced Maharishi Ayur-Veda physicians who have been offering Panchakarma treatments in leading health clinics in their countries.
In other news, a new foundation has been created, the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation, whose purpose is to coordinate and maintain standards for Maharishi Ayur-Veda health professionals around the world. The new organization will offer courses to train health professionals in Maharishi Ayur-Veda, as well as provide ongoing educational followup in the form of regular newsletters with the latest research, new products, and course updates. The foundation will serve as a platform connecting and supporting Maharishi Ayur-Veda health professionals, creating a strong, united voice of consciousness-based Ayurveda in the world; its overall goal is to help make Maharishi Ayur-Veda an integral part of the health care system.
Global Good News will feature further articles on Dr Mölk's talk.
* The Global Country of World Peace was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a consortium of educational organizations in more than 100 countries working to create a new era of peace, progress, and prosperity in our world family. It is a 'nation without borders', a home for peace-loving people everywhere.
** 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 recognition of 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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