Research on Maharishi Ayurveda Modalities
Over the past 33 years, over 600 scientific studies conducted at over 200 independent research institutions in 30 countries have demonstrated a broad range of health benefits for people regularly using Maharishi Ayurveda programs. The following is a small sampling of the many research studies which have been conducted on components of the Maharishi Ayurveda program.
The Maharishi Ayurveda program for Chronic Disorders
Published in Behavioral Medicine, September, 2000, this case series describes the outcome of four patients participating in an integrated, multi-modality Maharish Vedic Medicine program. The participants, one with Parkinson's disease, one wth sarcoidosis, a third with renal hypertension and a fourth with diabetes/essential hypertension/anxiety disorder, were evaluated before, during and after the treatment program. Results suggested substantial improvements as indicated by reductions in major signs, symptoms and use of conventional medications.
Maharishi RejuvenationSM programs
Published in Abstracts of the American Public Health Association 127 Annual Meeting and Exposition, 1999. In a longitudinal evaluation, serum levels of participants were measured before and after undergoing the detoxification procedure known as Maharishi Rejuvenation treatments. After treatment, mean levels of PCB's (-46%) and b-HCH (-58%) changed significantly. The results indicate that the Maharishi Rejuvenation treatments provide significant reduction in levels of lipophilic toxicants. Lipophilic toxicants (including PCB, h-HCH, DDT and dioxins) have been associated with hormone disruption, immunosuppression, cancer and other disorders.
Maharishi Rejuvenation treatments were given for 3 - 5 days to 31 subjects (15 male and 16 female) with a mean age of 40.6 years. Fasting blood samples were tested for biochemical parameters before, one week following and 2.9 months following the treatments. Total cholesterol decreased in all subjects and HDL cholesterol rose 7.5% (p=0.015) after 2.9 months if original values were less than 15 mg/dL. Lipid peroxide, a measure of free radical damage, rose during Maharishi Rejuvenation treatments, then fell to lower levels at 2.9 months. Pulse and diastolic blood pressure were reduced after the treatments. State anxiety measures improved significantly. These results indicate that Maharishi Rejuvenation treatments are useful in improving cardiovascular risk factors.
Maharishi Ayurveda Shirodara is a treatment prescribed for alleviating neurological and psychological disorders. The influence of this treatment on the dynamics of brain activity were measured by EEG and results show two contrasting modes of brain activity during the procedure. The first, a low level of activation, is similar to meditative periods of the Transcendental Meditation® technique; the second was indicative of brain excitation. Findings indicate that Maharishi Ayurveda Shirodara generates high coherence in neural systems, thereby supporting more comprehensive states of conscious awareness
Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology
A 1998 double-blind, randomized study on Maharish Vedic Vibration Technology and chronic arthritic patients in Europe reported that three fourths of the 179 patients reported immediate 60% or greater relief and half of these reported 100% relief.
The Transcendental Meditation Program
Dr. Robert Schneider’s 1995 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension has shown that high blood pressure — which afflicts over 40 million Americans — can be treated as effectively using the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program as with traditional medications.
A five-year 1987 study on health insurance statistics evaluated 2000 people across the country who practiced the TM program. The data was collected by the insurance company. The statistics from the meditation group were compared to those of a control group selected by the insurance company to match the TM group for age, education, profession and other variables. Compared to the control group, the TM group went to the hospital 56% less often for illness or surgery. In addition, the TM group needed 50% fewer doctors’ visits. (Orme-Johnson) published in Psychosomatic Medicine.
A 1996 Harvard Univerity study of 77 elderly nursing home residents compared three types of meditation and relaxation techniques (TM, “mind-fulness training” and “mental relaxation”). The three year study showed the TM group had the greatest reductions in stress and blood pressure. The TM group also had a significantly higher survival rate: they were the only group in which no one died during the study, although the average mortality rate in non-participating residents during those 3 years was more than one third. After 8 years, the TM group's mean survival time was 65% higher than that of the other groups combined.
Maharishi Vedic Sound Therapy
This study compared the effects of Maharishi Vedic Sounds (Sama Veda), hard rock music (AC/DC, Back in Black) and no sound on the growth of cells in culture. Five human tumor cell lines (lung, colon, brain, breast and skin) and one normal cell line (fibroblasts) were tested. The recordings of Sama Veda and “Back in Black” were normalized to maintain the same maximum amplitudes, with no significant effect on the results. Maharishi Veda Sounds significantly decreased the average growth rate across cell lines. In the presence of hard rock music, growth rate of cells was significantly increased but the effect was not consistent. The study concludes that sound has an effect on the growth of neoplastic and normal human cells in vitro.