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The Emerging Field of Vedic Psychiatry
by Harry Bright

Maharishi University of Management - MUM Press    Translate This Article
17 October 2016

Maharishi University of Management* is pleased to announce the release of a groundbreaking work in the field of mental health: Reflections on Maharishi AyurVeda and Mental Health by Jim Brooks, MD.

Chronic mental disorders, including depression and anxiety, are leading causes of morbidity, disability, and loss of quality of life. It is estimated that as many as one-third of all Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder.

In this practical and very readable work, Dr. Brooks addresses the inability of modern medicine to prevent and treat these chronic disorders. He proposes an effective solution found within the world's most comprehensive and ancient system of natural medicine—Ayurveda.

World-renowned Vedic scholar and teacher Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in collaboration with leading Ayurvedic experts, scientists, and physicians, conducted a modern revival of Ayurveda known as Maharishi AyurVeda. Dr. Brooks anticipates that the Maharishi AyurVeda approach to mental health, or Vedic psychiatry, will have a major impact on how medicine understands, prevents, and treats mental disorders.

Maharishi Ayurveda enlivens the inner intelligence of the body and strengthens its natural healing ability. According to Ayurveda, disease is primarily the result of imbalances and impurities that accumulate in the body over time. The specialty of Ayurveda is in diagnosing imbalances at an early stage—before symptoms of disease arise, eliminating those imbalances from the body and teaching each person how to live a healthy, balanced life.

Topics include:

∙ The Human Psyche: A Model from Quantum Physics
∙ Maharishi AyurVeda and Therapy
∙ Pyschotheraputic Use of Vedic Literature
∙ The Bhagavad-Gita: A Model for Vedic Counseling

''I have witnessed thousands of my patients benefit from these recommendations and I wholeheartedly encourage you to quickly read this book and put it to practical use in your life.''
Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, pioneering Ayurvedic practitioner and leader in integrative medicine and Ayurveda, author of The Ageless Woman.

Jim Brooks, MD, has spent his life helping people create health for themselves through natural medicine. He is a practicing psychiatrist who has studied and applied Maharishi AyurVeda for many years. He received extensive training from some of the most renowned Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) in India. He is also a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique and has authored many journal articles and book chapters on Ayurveda and mental health.

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Maharishi University of Management (MUM) is a private, accredited university featuring Consciousness-Based Education, designed to develop the student's total potential. The curriculum offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business, but also integrates self-development programs. All students, faculty, and staff practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique, which develops integrated brain functioning, promotes wellness, and enhances learning ability and academic performance. Other innovations include taking one course for 3-1/2 weeks with a three-day break between each course, and organic vegetarian meals. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 [toll-free in US; outside US call: 1 641-472-1110] or visit

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