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October 2, 1991

Maharishi Ayur-Veda

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston, Mass

Harvard Medical School Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1991;266(13):1770. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470130045015

To the Editor.  —The descriptive summary of Maharishi Ayur-Veda by Sharma et al1 represents an invaluable supplement to our medical practice. I congratulate JAMA on its foresight in bringing this underrecognized area of therapeutics to the attention of your readers.Maharishi Ayur-Veda represents both the most ancient and advanced system of health care by being the first truly quantum field-based medicine. It sees the individual as a complex wave form rather than our classical view of the individual as a collection of separate organ systems.The wave form of the individual physiology is defined in terms of movement (Vata), energy (Pitta), and structure (Kapha). The physician then tailors treatment regimens to modify imbalances of this wave form. This approach is easily incorporated into a modern medical practice. The practicalities of treatment are well described by Chopra.2The mental and physical health benefits, as well as the societal health