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Incorporating the therapeutic benefits of meditation, the restorative benefits of yoga, and the healing power of positive thinking, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa formulated Medical Meditation, a combination of kundalini yoga and meditation documented to improve spiritual and physical well-being. With ample statistics to support the legitimacy of Medical Meditation, inspiring stories of patients who have benefited from it, clear illustrations of various poses, and plenty of mantras, Meditation as Medicine serves as both a primer for those new to meditation or yoga, and a thorough guide to a groundbreaking new option for alleviating the pain of any number of physical maladies: ulcers, cancer, addiction, endometriosis, osteoporosis, and indigestion among them.
Dr. Khalsa -- a distinguished physician who is also a yogi trained by kundalini yoga master Yogi Bhajan -- begins with an excellent overview of meditation and the scientific support for its efficacy as a healing practice. Readers who are unfamiliar with the basics of meditation will find this outline of the eight chakras, the nadis, the five tattwas, and more, particularly helpful. Meditation as Medicine proceeds to detail the ways in which our bodies deteriorate as we age. Various glands become overworked and start to lose their ability to distribute appropriate amounts of the different hormones that keep the body in working condition, leading to a number of conditions, from cardiovascular problems to poor eyesight to Alzheimer's disease. Through Medical Meditation, Dr. Khalsa asserts, one can learn to stimulate those glands that need stimulation and thus improve the endocrine, immune, or nervous systems, as well as the psyche.
But in addition to the use of Medical Meditation as a deterrent to the onset of aging and its related ailments, Dr. Khalsa has also found that Medical Meditation can be used quite powerfully to help battle afflictions already in progress. The use of Medical Meditation in concert with traditional medical treatment is, for many, far more effective than the traditional treatment alone could have been. Dr. Khalsa cites numerous stories of patients he has treated who experienced miraculous recoveries following a regimen of Medical Meditation.
Providing extensive scientific support for his findings, Dr. Khalsa explains how and why Medical Meditation works. And, just as important, where no scientific proof is available, Dr. Khalsa points out that he is stating a professional belief. Often, these beliefs are well grounded in ancient science, but it is always valuable to note the instances in which modern research does not yet support certain hunches. Meditation as Medicine devotes a great deal of attention to the practice of Medical Meditation, offering abundant illustrations of different positions. Also included is an invaluable chart listing a host of possible ailments, which chakra they affect, and the particular form of Medical Meditation called for. Throughout the book, Dr. Khalsa's clear and approachable writing style makes accessible to the reader what could seem, in less capable hands, like intimidating scientific jargon.
As the complex relationship between the body and the mind continues to be explored, new findings consistently support the idea that the mind does, in fact, have the power to heal the body. Why not let Meditation as Medicine help you harness some of that power for your own benefit?