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Dr. Robert Schneider meets with India's new Health Minister
by Jim Karpen
Maharishi University of Management, USA - The Review Translate This Article
16 December 2014
Dr. Schneider, MD, FACC, is one of the founding faculty members of the Department of Physiology and Health at Maharishi University of Management (MUM), and a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on natural medicine. As a physician researcher, Dr Schneider specializes in the field of natural medicine. For more than a decade, he and his collaborators have examined the efficacy of Maharishi AyurVeda and the Transcendental Meditation technique for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, especially hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Schneider, dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health, at MUM participated in a presentation to the Congress by the new prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, in which Mr. Modi expressed his plan to revive the traditional systems of medicine of India and emphasized a scientific approach to traditional medicine.
One of the early initiatives of Prime Minister Modi was to elevate AYUSH from a department to a ministry within the central government.
''He comes across as a very practical person, and also a man who appreciates and practices Vedic knowledge and technologies,'' Dr. Schneider said. ''He bridges East and West, and his government ministers share that view.''
Dr. Schneider said that Prime Minister Modi expressed concern about the health of his citizens resulting from modernization in India, where cardiovascular disease is now the leading cause of death. Because modern medical treatment is expensive and not accessible in much of the country, Prime Minister Modi feels that traditional systems must be revived.
While in India, Dr. Schneider met with Shripad Naik, the newly appointed minister of the Indian government's Ministry for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH), and with other high-ranking officials to build collaborations with Maharishi University of Management. In his meeting with Mr. Naik, Minister of AYUSH, in his home office, Dr. Schneider discussed potential collaborations between the Indian government's AYUSH and the University's Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, including a chair of Ayurveda, and education and research on Ayurveda and Yoga.
Other high-level officials that Dr. Schneider met with included the director general of a council within AYUSH that focuses on research on Ayurveda, as well as with the secretary of AYUSH.
In his plenary address and in his meeting with Minister Naik, Dr. Schneider spoke about Vedic psychiatry, a new area of the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health he is developing that supports the central role of mental health in all of health and well-being.
Vedic psychiatry is based on principles of Maharishi AyurVeda and complements the Transcendental Meditation technique and the physiological and environmental approaches of Maharishi AyurVeda.
Also presenting at the World Ayurveda Congress on insights from Maharishi AyurVeda was Vaidya Dinesh Gyawali, an MUM faculty member and PhD candidate in physiology.
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