Impact of Ayurveda on the Aging Process and Alzheimer’s Disease

Ayurveda offers a whole system of effective interventions. Ayurveda is the world's most ancient system of preventive health care. Developed in India over 6,000 years ago, ayurveda (which translates as knowledge of life) is a natural approach to creating balance and strengthening the body's healing abilities.

Classic ayurveda was restored to a more complete science of health care over the last 30 years. Working together with the foremost Ayurveda experts in India, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation® program (TM), systematized and restored ayurveda, along with all other branches of Vedic knowledge, to its purity and completeness in accord with classic Vedic texts. Maharishi Ayurveda enlivens the inner intelligence of the body and strengthens its natural healing ability.

Don’t Let Your Brain “Dry Up"

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Ayurveda states that with advancing age, the makeup of the brain and body gradually becomes increasingly agitated and dry. Alzheimer’s is often associated with marked shrinkage of the brain. In the diagram, the difference between a normal healthy senior and a brain of an Alzheimer’s patient are evident. This “drying” effect is a powerful tendency that must be remedied by proper diet, digestion, and routine.

The Raj’s expert on natural health care and Maharishi Ayurveda can diagnose imbalances in the physiology that would predispose a person to Alzheimer’s. The expert then offers recommendations to regain balance in the physiology, nourish the brain in the effort to counteract the natural “drying” influence of the brain, and establish optimum levels of mental and physical functioning.

The Raj Prevention Program for Alzheimer’s includes an individually determined set of Panchakarma treatments, such as Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Pizzichili, and Nasya, to help counteract the age-related “drying” influence by lubricating the brain.

Consciousness, Physiology, and Aging

Consciousness-based methods, including meditation, help increase and restore balance in brain physiology. The most widely used and researched meditation technique is Transcendental Meditation, which has been shown to significantly increase brain coherence and integration, leading to greatly improved physiological and psychological health.

Over 40 years of scientific research indicates that the Transcendental Meditation technique enlivens the body’s own inner intelligence. This promotes healthy mind/body functioning, including reductions in chronic diseases, (some of which are risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease).

In addition, the practice of Transcendental Meditation allows individuals to become more flexible in their thinking and behavior, and thus more likely to explore, accept, and use alternative lifestyle choices that promote health. Therefore, Ayurveda offers a powerful contribution to enhancing brain integration, specifically the health of glial cells and myelin insulation, and can help us delay, if not prevent, the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

(For more information about the scientific research on consciousness and anti-aging, please visit the Maharishi University of Management site at):
http://mum. edu/cbe/brain/abilities_aging.php
http://mum .edu/cbe/brain/reversal_of_aging.php

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