Osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative arthritis) is the most common of arthritic conditions, afflicting more than 15 million people in the United States. Caused by inflammation, breakdown, and loss of the cartilage "cushion" between the bones of the joints, the disease is present in almost everyone by the age of 70.
Primarily associated with the aging process, osteoarthritis often develops when repetitive use of the joints irritates and inflames the cartilage. Over time, a build-up in the water content of the cartilage and a degeneration in its protein makeup, marks early stages of its progression. In advanced stages, total loss of cartilage results in friction, pain and limited joint mobility as uncushioned joints move bone to bone. Degenerative arthritis usually affects the large weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees as well as those of the hands, feet, and spine.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who brought the Transcendental Meditation technique to the world more than 50 years ago, has revived and systematized Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology. The word "Vedic" means pertaining to Veda, the field of Pure Knowledge or Total Knowledge of Natural Law.
For thousands of years, Veda and the Vedic Literature have been held to be the expression of the Total Knowledge of Natural Law. According to tradition, the Vedic sounds contained in Veda are the fundamental vibrations which structure the material universe, including the human body. Through a tender impulse of Vedic vibration, pain can be transformed into a feeling of pleasantness and abnormality can be transformed into normal physiological functioning.