Chronic disease affects 45 percent of working age adults according to a study by Catherine Hoffman published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1996. While the modern biomedical approach has been somewhat effective in managing acute illness, the management of chronic disease has not been as successful. (more...)
Published in: [Frontiers in Bioscience 6, h1-6, April 1, 2001]
Abstract: There is a growing interest for more effective, innovative programmes to address the chronic illness suffered by approximately 40 percent of the U.S. population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a new Maharishi Vedic Medicine programme — the Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology — on the quality of life of individuals with chronic disorders. A total of 213 individuals took part in the study (mean age = 48.55 years; average length of time of chronic illness = 18.42 years). Results showed that over three sessions, the average self-reported improvement in chronic illness was 40.97 percent. Conditions related to neck pain improved the most (51.25%), followed by respiratory ailments (48.00%), digestive problems (46.90%), mental health, including anxiety and depression (46.34%), arthritis (41.57%), insomnia (37.38%), back pain (36.32%), headaches (35.83%), cardiovascular conditions (22.31%), and eye problems (21.19%). Findings also showed significant reductions in frequency of discomfort or pain (p<.000001), intensity of discomfort (p<.000001), and disabling effects of the discomfort in daily activity (p<.000001), in addition to overall improvement in mental health (p<.000001) and vitality (p<.000125). Possible mechanisms of action are presented.
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Published in: [Frontiers in Bioscience 6, h7-17, April 1, 2001]
Abstract: To explore ancient Vedic medical techniques, 176 subjects with arthritis participated in a controlled study through the non-pharmacologic approach known as the Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology (MVVT). Using a double-blinded and randomized experimental design, the findings showed significant reductions of pain and stiffness, and improvement in range of motion in the study sample. One hundred percent relief of symptoms was the most commonly reported category of improvement due to treatment. For the group as a whole, differences in mean response of treatment and control conditions with respect to relief of pain, limitation of motion, and reduction in stiffness were highly significant: t values ranged from a low of 5.609 in stiffness to a high of 20.950 in pain, p=.000009 to <10-49 respectively. Analysis by sub-categories of peripheral arthritis, painful conditions of the spine, and rheumatoid arthritis likewise produced significant results. Mechanisms of action were proposed, drawing on Maharishi Vedic Science, developments in quantum field theory, and specifically the theories of chaos and self-organizing systems as they relate to physiological functioning. The instantaneous relief of pain and improvement in function in such a high proportion of subjects with chronic arthritis is unparalleled in modern medical science.
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This research article shows, amongst others, the detailed results obtained by Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology for the different categories of disorders. Also, the long-term stability of results is analyzed.