75th Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL SECTION – February 2017
The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Bad Ems, Germany
Lothar Pirc, Founder and CEO, Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre Bad Ems, Germany (since 1992); and director of the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, The Netherlands.
Managing an authentic Ayurveda clinic and treating 25.000 patients with Panchakarma at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Bad Ems, Germany
Lecture of Lothar Pirc for professors and students
at the invitation of Prof. Dr. med. Valdis Pirags – excerpt
Maharishi AyurVeda Private Clinic in Bad Ems Germany has treated 25,000 people since it opened 30 years ago, and is probably the largest dedicated residential Ayurveda clinic outside India. It has official status as a private hospital, has 90 staff, has been featured in 1200 favourable press reports and 300 TV appearances; and has received 15 significant awards and honours, from India as well as from Germany and elsewhere.
The average stay in the clinic is ten days, and 70% of the patients have attended the clinic before.
We will share our experience and insights into what makes a clinic successful, and how to overcome the many challenges faced by any Ayurveda clinic in the West. These include: extremely labour-intensive treatment in countries where labour costs are high; treatments are not yet reimbursed by health insurance; high expenses from consumables and laundry; legal restrictions in some countries preventing the presentation of research to the general public.
The most common conditions that are benefited include: diabetes 2, hypertension and heart disease, obesity, fibromyalgia, intestinal problems.
A brief presentation of published research on the Maharishi Panchakarma programme (though not conducted at our clinic) will include: a 58% elimination of environmental toxins including pesticide residues and heavy metals (which would normally take decades to leave the body), improvements in 16 parameters of physical and mental health, reduction in aggressive oxygen free radicals, and decrease of total cholesterol.
We offer a lively optional supporting programme at the clinic, which offers added attraction and tends to enhance the patient’s long-term benefit, with health education on diet and daily routine, yoga exercise, gem-light therapy, Gandharva music therapy, lectures on Transcendental Meditation.