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Ayurveda Experts (01:34)

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Veteran reported T.R. Reid interviews two experts in the field of Ayurveda. One is a female Indian professor and the other a reporter for BBC.

Ayurveda Put to the Test (01:16)

Two men had positive results from Ayurveda massage, including increased motility and relief from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Ayurvedic clinics abound in India.

Ancient Ayurveda (01:08)

Ayurveda translates into "knowledge of long life." This knowledge has been passed on for several thousand years.

Ayurvedic Clinics (00:60)

One of the best of the Ayurvedic clinics specializes in chronic illness such as migraines back pain. These kinds of conditions are hard to cure in the West.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Pain (01:02)

Reporter T.R. Reid will spend three weeks studying Ayurvedic medicine while he is a patient receiving treatment for shoulder pain.

Shoulder Replacement (01:15)

In the States, a reporter sees his surgeon about chronic shoulder pain. The physician recommends surgery to replace the shoulder joint, and he explains the downside of this kind of surgery.

From New Medicine to Old (01:04)

Instead of shoulder replacement surgery, a reporter chooses Ayurvedic medicine.

Astrology and Ayurveda (01:23)

Ayurveda believes that the alignment of stars and planets at birth influence a person's health. The reporter is highly skeptical.

Temple Blessings and Ayurveda (01:11)

Part of the process of checking into the clinic is to ask for blessings from the Hindu god of healing. The process of healing is more profound in Ayurveda than in Western medicine.

Process of Ayurveda (00:38)

Ayurvedic healing is a process that happens on its own. Western cures are different from Ayurvedic healing. The cessation of symptoms does not always mean that healing is complete.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Snakebite Victim (01:30)

A video presentation shows how Ayurvedic doctors treat a snakebite victim.

Pulse Diagnosis (01:48)

An Ayurvedic doctor takes his patient's pulse, a procedure that involves the alertness and sensitivity to what the doctor perceives. Subtle variances in the pulse relate to changes in the body.

Vital Forces of Ayurveda (01:13)

An Ayurvedic doctor concludes that a patient's physical state can be summarized in two words, pita kapha. An Ayurvedic principle states that all living things are controlled by three vital forces, or doshas.

Environment and Illness (01:23)

Treatment for restoring balance to a system includes daily massage with oils. This is part of the theory that environment is a major factor in illness. Treatment invokes the body's healing response.

Testimony About Ayurvedic Healing (01:41)

Patients at an Ayurvedic clinic in India report on their healing processes.

U.S. Physician Seeks Treatment in India (01:31)

A U.S. physician, trained at the Ayurvedic clinic in India, returns to the same clinic for treatment of uterine fibroids.

Ayurvedic Medicine and Fibroid Tumors (00:49)

A physician from the U.S. gets positive results with Ayurvedic treatment for uterine fibroids.

Natural Medicine (01:14)

Ayurvedic oral "medicine" is often nasty tasting because there are no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Ayurveda does not use any products that are not found in nature.

Herbs for Healing (01:02)

The Ayurvedic clinic has its own herb farm from which is compounds its medicines. Ayurveda seems to have a plant to cure any ailment.

Traditional Ayurvedic Healers (01:53)

Ayurvedic healers come from a long line of people who have learned about plants and healing, made observations, and learned by trial and error.

Processing of Herbs (01:32)

Herbs are cooked according to ancient Sanskrit recipes.

Ayurveda: Knowledge System (01:07)

Ayurveda is a dynamic knowledge system. Ayurvedic traditions have evolved over thousands of years.

Dosha Balance (01:52)

During Week 2 of his treatment, reporter T.R. Reid continues with a regimen designed to balance his doshas. He takes 6 doses of medicine each day and adheres to other rules applicable to his healing regimen.

Second Week of Ayurveda (01:29)

Reporter T.R. Reid, in his second week of treatment at an Ayurvedic clinic in India is a bit discouraged and calls the treatment "chaotic."

Negative Attitude Towards Ayurveda (01:18)

A reporter, discouraged with his Ayurvedic treatment, interviews other residents of the clinic who are also undergoing treatment.

Ayurveda and Rejuvenation (01:34)

An Indian attorney comes to the Ayurvedic clinic for rejuvenation treatments. Leeches are applied to clear up skin lesions.

Ayurvedic Purification Treatments (01:43)

Doctors begin a body purification program for reporter T. R. Reid. Eye drops and nose drops are painful, and from the nose drops, Reid gets a cold.

Morning in India (01:23)

Report T. R. Reid reports on the morning activities in and around the Ayurvedic clinic.

Ayurveda and Logic (00:59)

A reporter finds himself uncomfortable with the non-scientific aspect of Ayurveda, such as astrology and rituals.

Western Importance of Science (00:57)

The Western belief system places great importance on science and in nothing beyond reason. Even Western medicine has a place for faith to work--it is called the placebo effect.

Placebo Effect and Culture (01:34)

Placebos take many forms. In the West, people believe that doctors can help them and that medicine can heal them. In India, people believe in rituals and other cultural elements.

Value of Ritual in Healing (01:30)

After two weeks of Ayurveda, reporter T. R. Reid begins to see the value of ritual in healing. In Ayurveda, all elements work to bring together mind and body.

Evidence of Healing (01:28)

Reporter T. R. Reid discovers that he has more movement in his shoulder after two weeks of Ayurveda. His range of motion has improved by 10%.

Acceptance of Healing (01:16)

Traditional Ayurvedic healers do not analyze why a person is healed, but rather accept that the person is healed. Western analytical minds often want to know more.

Scientific Experiment (01:11)

A doctor's experiment attempts to show which is the better treatment for rheumatoid arthritis--allopathic medicine or Ayurveda.

Value of Ayurveda (01:07)

A skeptic at first, reporter T. R. Reid accepts that the healing he experienced is directly related to Ayurveda. He plans to continue treatment back in the United States.

Ayurveda in the United States (01:25)

In the States, a reporter finds that Ayurveda is practiced in New York. He can continue his treatments. In the United States, most of the "bad" tasting medicines now come in pill form.

Range of Motion Losses (01:22)

Ten months after his Ayurveda treatment in India, a reporter loses the improvements he gained because he does not keep up with the treatment.

Ayurveda: Epilogue (01:47)

Reporter T. R. Reid finds that he became less of an unbeliever after three weeks in India. He agrees that Ayurveda should be respected for its long tradition of healing.

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When his American doctor suggested shoulder replacement surgery, veteran reporter T. R. Reid decided to investigate other options. This program documents his three-week stay at a clinic in southern India dedicated to the ancient practice of ayurveda, a form of Hindu medicine. Reid’s treatment involves astrology, entreaties to the Hindu god of healing, and a seemingly bizarre regimen of massages, mudpacks, brews, and caustic eyedrops—all with the goal of realigning his body’s doshas, a concept roughly similar to the classical and medieval “humors.” Although the patient initially wavers between skepticism and nonchalance, he ultimately discovers some improvement, along with insights about faith, the placebo effect, and the limits of Western science. (54 minutes)

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL40616

ISBN: 978-1-61616-152-1

Copyright date: ©2008

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