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October 2, 1991

Maharishi Ayur-Veda

JAMA. 1991;266(13):1769. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470130045011

To the Editor.  —I enjoyed your article on Maharishi Ayur-Veda. During the past 15 years of active family practice, I have experienced firsthand the successes and failures of the conventional approach to illness.The time has come for alternative philosophies to be accepted into the mainstream of medicine, because for many common illnesses today, the traditional approach of physical diagnosis and treatment simply does not work. Diagnosis and treatment are ultimately disempowering to patients, since they place the locus of control in the physician's hands.Among the many alternatives, Maharishi Ayur-Veda stands out as having a coherent and easy-to-understand philosophy, and it is backed up by rigorous scientific research. The principles of psychophysiologic typing, meditation, diet, and herbal supplements are simple, cheap, ecologically sound, and applicable to virtually everybody, whether or not they have a serious illness. I hope we can look forward to more of