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Breakthrough! MIT-Trained Scientist Uncovers The Scientific Foundation Of Siddha & Ayurveda

Breakthrough! MIT-Trained Scientist Uncovers the Scientific Foundation of Siddha & Ayurveda

By Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai | April 10, 2015

Seminal Paper Published in Engineering Systems Journal

Journal Paper Validates the Systems Science of Siddha & Ayurveda

Systems Health: Research Paper on Scientific Journal

A breakthrough paper that conclusively validates the scientific foundation of Ayurveda and Siddha, based on modern control systems engineering, has been published in the International Journal of Systems of Systems Engineering (IJSSE), an eminent peer-reviewed international systems engineering journal. The paper’s research findings were presented at Sages & Scientists Conference in Carlsbad, California USA.

The paper entitled The Control Systems Engineering Foundation of Traditional Indian Medicine: The Rosetta Stone for Siddha and Ayurveda, which is accessible in Open Access format from Inderscience Publisher (and available below), begins:

“This work uncovers the scientific foundation of traditional systems of Indian medicine: Siddha and Ayurveda, from core principles shared in modern control systems engineering. The discovery provides a much-needed integrative framework to develop a systems medicine that overcomes the reductionism of modern healthcare.” (Source: V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Title of the Journal, 2014)

Eminent systems scientists and medical researchers are hailing the paper as a fundamental and seminal contribution to the field of integrative medicine and systems science.

“We at IJSSE are honored to bring this incredible work to the world of systems and medicine. This work demonstrates the power of a systems engineering approach to reveal the invariance of foundational engineering principles, across both cultural and temporal scales spanning 5,000 years.”

“This discovery is not based on a reductionist medical approach but on an engineering systems approach, and conclusively ends the age-old debate on whether Ayurveda and Siddha have scientific integrity. This ‘Rosetta Stone’ provides a much-needed gateway across east and west, ancient and modern, science and tradition, to illuminate western scientists and the modern world to the scientific foundation of Siddha and Ayurveda.”

Prof. Adrian V. Gheorghe, the Editor of IJSSE, a world-renowned systems scientist, as well as holder of the prestigious Batten Endowed Chair on System of Systems Engineering and Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering with the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA, said:

Rudolph Tanzi, Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, who attended the Conference said

Dr. Deborah J. Nightingale, former Director of the MIT’s Sociotechnical Systems Research Center and Professor of Practice in Engineering Systems and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT for nearly 17 years, said:

“This is a seminal paper that unequivocally proves the scientific basis of Ayurveda and Siddha. The research demonstrates that the ancient scientists of India, over 5,000 years ago, independent of the Western world, discovered principles of systems science, the underpinnings of Ayurveda and Siddha as well as the underpinnings of modern systems engineering principles (which were defined by the West in the 1930s) that govern modern technologies from the thermostat to the spacecraft, as well as the functioning of the human body.”

Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD, Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Well-Being, and a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine stated:

“With great clarity, this paper reveals a direct one-to-one correlation between the terminology used by the ancient Rishis and Sages of India to describe Ayurveda and Siddha and the principles of western systems science. This discovery demonstrates the true genius of Ayurveda and Siddha.”

Why This News is Relevant: Siddha/Ayurveda Are Scientific Systems

For hundreds of years, western scientists have found it difficult to accept Indian systems of medicine. Lack of scientific explanation of how the treatments actually work have led to the systems being looked upon as “hocus-pocus,” or “snake oil” or having no scientific foundation.

This is the first paper to provide a real scientific foundation to these systems of medicine , based on foundational Western Systems Theory, core to Modern Engineering principles. This paper clearly, in a methodical manner, provides the Rosetta Stone to really understand the fact that ancient yogis were not just spiritual people, but systems scientists

Know the Truth: Siddha/Ayurveda were systems-based approaches to treating humans

The modern healthcare system was borne during the industrial era, and was structured to manage the calamities of war. Those conditions compelled a reductionist thinking. Wartime situations required a healthcare system that rewarded specialisation and ‘magic bullet’ solutions, which triaged to a single drug, the right specialist, or the right procedure to address immediate and catastrophic events. Reductionism was effective for these situations, delivering life-saving solutions: steroids, antibiotics, specialists and surgical techniques to solve problems, after the onset of disease or catastrophe.

Reductionism now pervades all aspects of the modern healthcare system, including
basic research, patient treatment and drug development. The systems
requirements for wartime healthcare are different from the systems requirements for a
healthcare that enables prevention of disease and delivery of solutions, which are aligned to the long-term benefit of the whole human. The failure of modern healthcare system can be traced to this mismatch of systems requirements.

Indian systems of medicine practiced since 5000 years ago were designed as a system to understand nature, the human body and the environment as one system. They developed one language to understand this and this is embedded in the systems of Siddha and Ayurveda. The truth is that these systems of medicine provide the true foundation to treating and healing people. In other words, while the western systems of medicine emerged out of war and death, eastern systems emerged for sustaining and preserving civilian life and for prevention of disease.

Siddha is from the Tamil word meaning ‘perfection’; Ayurveda means
‘knowledge of life’ from the words Ayus which means life, and Veda, which means
knowledge. Siddha and Ayurveda have particular differences, such as emphasis on particular modalities and minor variations in terminology; however, their foundational elements are the same.

Find Your Way: Systems Health®: The Foundation of Integrative Medicine

The principles from this paper have now been put into a curriculum called Systems Health.

Developed by Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the Inventor of Email, Systems Health is a breakthrough curriculum based on the findings from this paper. The curriculum is has been organized as a set of video lectures accessible to people of varying disciplines, be they are medical doctors, nurses, alternative medical practitioners or anyone interested in improving their health.

Systems Health demonstrates that the ancient yogis and rishis of india were not just religious gurus but they were actually systems scientists. And though they spoke a language which may seem foreign to the western world, their language has a one-to-one correspondence with the principles of control systems engineering.

This course was tested for 3 years at MIT to a diverse audience of MDs, Ph.Ds, yoga teachers, eastern medical practitioners and others who all sat in one room, and, through the language of Systems Health, they were able to understand the foundational principles of health across east and west, ancient and modern, science and tradition.

Now these courses have been made available to the world and have received positive response by the thousands that have taken it.

The principles from this paper have now been put into a curriculum called Systems Health.

Developed by Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the Inventor of Email, Systems Health is a breakthrough curriculum based on the findings from this paper. The curriculum is has been organized as a set of video lectures accessible to people of varying disciplines, be they are medical doctors, nurses, alternative medical practitioners or anyone interested in improving their health.
Systems Health demonstrates that the ancient yogis and rishis of india were not just religious gurus but they were actually systems scientists. And though they spoke a language which may seem foreign to the western world, their language has a one-to-one correspondence with the principles of control systems engineering.

This course was tested for 3 years at MIT to a diverse audience of MDs, Ph.Ds, yoga teachers, eastern medical practitioners and others who all sat in one room, and, through the language of Systems Health, they were able to understand the foundational principles of health across east and west, ancient and modern, science and tradition.

Now these courses have been made available to the world and have received positive response by the thousands that have taken it.

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Dr. Deepak Chopra speaks about Systems Health

Be the Light: Read the Paper & Take Your First Video Course

For anyone from the east or west, who is truly interested in the core principles of health and who wants to move beyond the reductionism of western medicine as well as the religious aspect of eastern medicine (based on guru worship and blindly following somebody), Systems Health will provide a commonsensical and rational set of integrative knowledge, founded irrefutably in science.

Systems Health is for anyone who wants to understand the fundamentals of health or well-being:

  • Medical Doctors
  • Alternative Medical Practitioners
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  • Naturopaths
  • Health Enthusiasts

Our suggestion is that you take the first step by reading the paper and get a taste of Systems Health by taking the first video course called Fundamentals of Systems Theory. The credit for you taking this course can be applied towards the Foundations of Systems Health Certification Program as well. The paper and the video course will illuminate you to the “rosetta stone” that bridges the language of eastern medicine, particularly siddha and ayurveda with western systems theory.

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About Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai

Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the inventor of email and polymath, holds four degrees from MIT, is a world-renowned systems scientist, inventor and entrepreneur. He is a Fulbright Scholar, Lemelson-MIT Awards Finalist, India’s First Outstanding Scientist and Technologist of Indian Origin, Westinghouse Science Talent Honors Award recipient, and a nominee for the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation. His love of medicine and complex systems began in India when he became intrigued with medicine at the age of five as he observed his grandmother, a farmer and healer in the small village of Muhavur in South India, apply Siddha, India’s oldest system traditional medicine, to heal and support local villagers. These early experiences inspired him to pursue the study of modern systems science, information technology and eastern and traditional systems of medicine to develop an integrative framework linking eastern and western systems of medicine.

In 1978, as a precocious 14-year-old, after completing a special program in computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science at NYU, Ayyadurai was recruited by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) as a Research Fellow, where he developed the first electronic emulation of the entire interoffice mail system (Inbox, Outbox, Folders, Address Book, Memo, etc.), which he named “EMAIL,” to invent the world’s first email system, resulting in him being awarded the first United States Copyright for Email, Computer Program for Electronic Mail System, at a time when Copyright was the only protection for software inventions.

Ayyadurai went on to receive four degrees from MIT, including a bachelors in electrical engineering and computer science, and a dual master’s degree in mechanical engineering and visual studies from the MIT Media Laboratory. In 2003, he returned to MIT to complete his doctoral work in systems biology within the Department of Biological Engineering, where he developed CytoSolve®, a scalable computational platform for modeling the cell by dynamic integration of molecular pathways models. Following his doctoral work, he returned to India on a Fulbright, where he discovered the systems theoretic basis of eastern systems of medicine, resulting in Systems Health®, a new educational program that provides a scientific foundation of integrative medicine. While at MIT, he also developed a pioneering new course called Systems Visualization which integrates systems theory, narrative story telling, metaphor and data visualization to provide visualization of complex systems. More…

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