The Maharishi Ayurvedaa Treatment of Ten Chronic Diseases — A Pilot Study

Netherlands Magazine of Integrated Science, Vol. 5, No. 35, pp. 586-594, 1989.

G.W.H.M. Janssen, M.D.

Conducted at
Maharishi Ayurvedaa Health Centre, Laag Soeren, The Netherlands


From September 1987 to January 1988, a preliminary research study was conducted in the Maharishi Ayurvedaa Health Centre at Laag Soeren on the effectiveness of the Maharishi Ayurvedaa treatments of the following diseases:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • bronchial asthma
  • chronic bronchitis
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • hypertension
  • chronic constipation
  • headache
  • chronic sinusitis
  • non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

A total of 126 patients completed the treatment, which consisted of the following: diet program, Maharishi Ayurvedaa herbal preparations, and regulations for the daily routine. The patients could also make use of the following treatment procedures: physiological purification therapy, neuromuscular integration therapy, marma therapy, and the Transcendental Meditation technique for the development of consciousness.

Of the 126 patients, 100 (79%) experienced an improvement, 17 (14%) showed no change, and 9 (7%) experienced a worsening of their condition. The majority of the ten clinical conditions showed a significant or strongly significant improvement: rheumatoid arthritis (p=0.04), bronchial asthma (p=0.09), eczema (p=0.03), hypertension (diastolic blood pressure, p=0.07), chronic constipation (p=0.0001), headache (p<0.0001), and chronic sinusitis (p=0.01).

The following diseases showed a result in the predicted direction: chronic bronchitis (p=0.11), psoriasis (p=0.19), diabetes mellitus (p=0.13), and hypertension (systolic blood pressure, p=0.12).

Ten subjects could be declared cured during the research period. Of the 35 participants who had medication prescribed by their family doctor or specialist, 14 (40%) could reduce their dose or could even stop the medication. The Maharishi Ayurvedaa preparations were tolerated well by 95% of the patients.

On the basis of this research, it can be concluded that within a relatively short time the Maharishi Ayurvedaa treatment is able to bring about a substantial improvement in seven of the ten above-mentioned diseases, even if these have already existed for many years. It has been found that this form of therapy can be combined with other forms of treatment without any problem.

Considering the great number of patients suffering from chronic diseases and the results of treatment of these diseases with western medicine so far, and considering the effectiveness, lack of harmful side effects, and relatively low cost of Maharishi Ayurvedaa treatments, it is clear on the basis of the results of this study that the direct application of Maharishi Ayurvedaa is justifiable and desirable, and that further research into this treatment modality deserves the highest priority.

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