IMR Press / FBL / Volume 6 / Issue 6 / DOI: 10.2741/A720

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Open Access Article
A double blind randomized controlled trial of Maharishi Vedic vibration technology in subjects with arthritis
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1 Maharishi University of Management, Vlodrop, The Netherlands
2 Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, Albuquerque, N.M., USA
3 Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA
4 Dept. of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital, Mannasset, N.Y., USA
5 Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, USA

Academic Editor: Robert Schneider

Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2001, 6(6), 7–17; https://doi.org/10.2741/A720
Published: 1 April 2001
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Frontiers in natural medicine research)
Abstract

To explore ancient Vedic medical techniques, one hundred and seventy-six subjects with arthritis participated in a controlled study through the non-pharmacologic approach known as the Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology (MVVT). Using a double-blinded and randomized experimental design, the findings showed significant reductions of pain and stiffness, and improvement in range of motion in the study sample. One hundred percent relief of symptoms was the most commonly reported category of improvement due to treatment. For the group as a whole, differences in mean response of treatment and control conditions with respect to relief of pain, limitation of motion, and reduction in stiffness were highly significant: t values ranged from a low of 5.609 in stiffness to a high of 20.950 in pain, p = 0.000009 to <10-49 respectively. Analysis by sub-categories of peripheral arthritis, painful conditions of the spine, and rheumatoid arthritis likewise produced significant results. Mechanisms of action were proposed, drawing on Maharishi Vedic Science, developments in quantum field theory, and specifically the theories of chaos and self-organizing systems as they relate to physiological functioning. The instantaneous relief of pain and improvement in function in such a high proportion of subjects with chronic arthritis is unparalleled in modern medical science

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