The Maharishi AyurvedaSM Approach to Fibromyalgia
The Raj program for fibromyalgia is conducted under the supervision of an Ayurveda Health Consultant and draws on knowledge from Maharishi Ayurveda, the world's oldest and most complete system of natural health.
Through its unique assessment of causal imbalances at the basis of the condition, and its wide range of time-tested recommendations, Maharishi Ayurveda provides the most comprehensive approach to fibromyalgia available in natural health care today.
Understanding the Root Causes of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition associated with the experience of non-inflammatory pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments and joints. It is created by a variety of physical, mental and social influences and therefore responds well to the multi-modality approach of Maharishi Ayurveda.
To truly address the causes of fibromyalgia, it is necessary to remove the following types of root imbalances.
a) Nervous system imbalance
According to Ayurveda, the physiological principle at the basis of nervous system stability and activation is called Vata. Fibromyalgia is perceived as a classic Vata imbalance.
Vata is the most easily disturbed physiological principle in the body. Maharishi Ayurveda provides a wide variety of time-tested dietary, herbal and lifestyle recommendations to help balance Vata and remove the symptoms caused by its aggravation.
b) Buildup of toxins and impurities
Many disorders can occur when toxins build up in tissues. One of the first influences toxin accumulation has is on the nerve tissue. If toxins continually aggravate the nerve tissue the result can be symptoms of tenderness, pain and hypersensitivity to stimulation.
Toxins can also block the channels of circulation to affected areas, thus diminishing the natural cleansing processes of the body and allowing more impurities to accumulate in the tissues.
The Maharishi RejuvenationSM therapy treatments, received During the in-residence portion of your program, address the need to cleanse the body and open the channels of circulation by providing the most thorough internal cleansing programs available in Ayurveda medicine.
c) Accumulation of stress
Various stressors like infection, allergy and mental stress are well known to trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. Enhancing the body's ability to recover from stress is an integral part of The Raj's approach to health and well-being.
The following programs for stress management are available during your in-residence stay at The Raj:
- Instruction in the Transcendental Meditation® program
- Ayurveda massage and heat treatments
- Instruction in Yoga asana postures and Ayurveda flexibility exercises
A Natural Treatment Approach to Fibromyalgia
The following section describes the Maharishi Ayurveda approaches used at The Raj to remove the root causes of fibromyalgia by reducing Vata imbalance, eliminating toxin buildup and reversing the effects of chronic stress.
a) Cleansing therapies: Maharishi Rejuvenation Therapy
Your daily three-hour treatment program of massage, heat treatment and mild internal cleansing is the cornerstone of your In-residence treatment at The Raj. These three treatments received in combination every day for 5 to 21 days create the ideal internal physical environment for healing.
b) Herbalized Oil Massage
Daily herbalized oil massage provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect to the entire nervous system. The motion of massage creates heat and friction which enhance circulation and help cleanse the areas of chemical impurities that could be aggravating and hypersensitizing nerve tissues.
The various herbs that have been boiled into a base oil, and the oil itself, are specifically chosen for their Vata balancing influence. The oil allows the herbs to deeply penetrate the tissue beds, thereby balancing the nerve tissues in the affected areas. Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will choose a specific herbalized oil that is individually prepared for your condition.
Your program involves two types of Ayurveda herbalized massage:
- Your home program involves herbalized self-massage for 5-10 minutes in the morning before you take your shower. You will be instructed in the technique of Ayurveda massage, which involves specific strokes used over joints, ligaments, muscles and different parts of the body.
- During the in-residence portion of your program, highly trained Ayurveda technicians daily perform very specialized massage for you, using oils in which as many as 50 herbs have been cured. These special oils are only available as part of the in-residence program. These daily oil massages are a cornerstone of the in-residence cleansing process.
c) Diet, Nutrition and Digestion
Fibromyalgia can be created and aggravated through improper diet. Some foods make Vata highly active, thereby increasing excessive sensitivity to pain and aggravating fibromyalgia symptoms.
Consultations with The Raj Ayurveda Health Consultants, along with daily educational meetings, will help you understand which foods are the most clogging and obstructing to circulation and which are the hardest to digest. These foods have the potential to create toxins (undigested food not only clogs the channels in the body but actually becomes toxic).
Foods that can easily be digested, creating micronutrients that are then assimilated into the tissues to rebuild tissue strength, will be recommended. Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will also provide programs to improve digestion, an important prerequisite for overcoming fibromyalgia.
During your in-residence stay at The Raj you will also learn the basic principles of Ayurveda cooking. The Raj cooking classes provide knowledge of how to prepare foods in ways that create maximum nourishment for the body while simultaneously preventing incomplete digestion and clogged circulation.
In summary, improper nutrition can create and aggravate fibromyalgia, but proper nutrition can go a long way to curing and preventing it.
d) Stress Management and Improved Mental and Emotional Function
It is well documented that fibromyalgia is often worsened by heightened stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. There are hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can aggravate the nervous system and the immune response. The sleep disturbance that is often created by fibromyalgia increases fatigue, which in turn increases one's susceptibility to stress, which in turn aggravates the fibromyalgia condition. A downward spiral gets created. The Raj Ayurveda Health Consultants recommend practice of the Transcendental Meditation program for removing the stress component of pain and insomnia.
If you choose to learn meditation during your in-residence stay at The Raj, highly trained teachers of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique are available to instruct you in the TM program. The TM technique has a wealth of scientific research verifying its effect on reducing many of the mental and stress factors influencing fibromyalgia. Research shows it creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimuli.
There are published articles on the effectiveness of TM practice for both pain relief and insomnia.
Practice of the TM technique twice a day is as an ideal mental approach to the problems of fibromyalgia. The TM program at The Raj gets your practice off to a strong start, and your instructor will help connect you with the local TM program center in your home area for any follow-up that you may desire.
e) Lifestyle and Daily Routine
One of the most important factors for balancing Vata and maintaining stability in the nervous system is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely effective in reducing Vata imbalances.
Improper lifestyle can create the Vata imbalance at the basis of fibromyalgia and disrupts the body's ability to remove toxins and impurities. Our Ayurveda Health Consultant will review your daily routine and provide the information you need to help create a daily schedule that will actually increase balance your nervous system and aid in the healing your body.
f) Ayurveda Herbs and Reduction in Free Radicals
During your consultation, our Ayurveda Health Consultants select the appropriate herbal formulas for strengthening digestion, balancing the nervous system and purifying the body of toxins, including free radicals.
Free radicals are highly irritating to the physiology and their presence creates and worsens many disorders, including fibromyalgia. When appropriate our Ayurveda Health Consultants recommend Ayurveda herbs that contain powerful anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers. These herbs can also have a holistic influence of balancing and nourishing the entire physiology.
Traditional Ayurveda theory says that herbs are most effective after a person completes an internal cleansing program. The main focus of your in-residence stay are the Ayurveda cleansing and rejuvenation treatments that you will receive daily. Once this program is finished, you are ready to gain maximum benefits from your herbal program.
g) Exercise and Flexibility Education
Stretching exercise is known to have a positive effect on fibromyalgia. During your in-residence stay at The Raj, we offer Yoga classes every day to give you a simple but profound set of postures that can be practiced daily to create a healthy flexibility throughout the body. We also instruct you in individualized Yoga breathing practices that create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.
Our in-residence courses give you knowledge you can continue to apply after you leave The Raj to maintain your progress in alleviating the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
For detailed information on program structure and fees link to Program Description in this web page.
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