IAM meditation lowers stress hormones

1 February 2011 , Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi

IAM—Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique lowers stress hormones, according to a study recently published in the 2011 volume of the international journal Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (eCAM), published by the Hindawi Publishing Corporation. The five-year study, titled “The Effect of Meditation on Psycho-Physiological Variables,” examines the effect of IAM Technique on various psychological, physiological and biochemical parameters.


According to the study, practitioners of IAM Technique experience a reduction in stress-hormone adrenaline within 48 hours of beginning the practice. This reduction was shown to sustain in IAM Technique practitioners throughout the eight-month monitoring period accounted for by the study. The study also showed a decline in stress-hormone cortisol following eight months of practice. Other physiological results documented by the study include a significant decrease in the heart and respiratory rate of practitioners, as well as significant increase in IgA levels, which are associated with immunological benefits. Through the study’s psychological-evaluation component, a major change was also recorded in the attitude of practitioners towards ‘stressful events.’ This study was conducted by Ms. Vandana Balakrishnan (research scholar), under the guidance of Dr. Harish Kumar, Head of the Department of Endocrinology; Prof. L. Saraswathy (HOD); and Prof. G.K. Suseeladevi of the Department of Physiology, at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in Cochin. Prof. K.R. Sundaram, HOD, Department of Biostatistics at AIMS, provided the statistical support. The results of the study have given rise to further research, including a study on the effect of IAM Technique on relieving stress amongst cancer patients undergoing treatment, as well as the impact of the technique in relieving hypertension.

IAM Technique is taught free of charge throughout the world by representatives of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), the non-governmental organization of renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). It comprises a combination of yogic postures, breathing practices and mental-concentration exercises. MAM has been teaching the technique to the public since 2003. In 2008, at the request of the Indian government, MAM began teaching IAM Technique on a widespread scale to India’s military and paramilitary soldiers. The technique is also being taught in schools and colleges throughout India, as well as to employees of businesses corporations, including Infosys, BSNL and IIM.

Amrita Kripa Sagar – Recognition comes knocking

01 December 2010

Within seven years, what started as a hospice for HIV positive and AIDS patients, came to be recognized as “the best community care centre in Kerala, for the year 2010.” The award, by Kerala State AIDS Control Society (KSACS) consists of a trophy and citation.

Amma says ‘Love can cure diseases, heal wounded hearts and transform human minds…” Amrita Kripa Sagar, born out of Amma’s infinite love, was started by MAM in September 2003, and administered with round the clock love and compassion by Amma’s team of dedicated disciples.

The holistic approach, apart from basic medical support, provides psychological support and spiritual services. Most importantly, they who might later be ostracized by society and turned to streets by their families are taught skills to earn their own livelihood. So, identity of the inmates is kept confidential at all times.

The services further extend even to the families of the hapless HIV victims, in terms of scholarships, provisions etc.

Minimally invasive cardiac surgery at AIMS from January

Kochi, 10 Nov 2010

Minimally invasive method, the most modern technique in cardiac surgery will become fully operational at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences by January next Year.

Minimally invasive cardiac surgery has a lot of advantages over conventional heart surgeries. While conventional surgery demands a twenty centi meter long incision cutting the sternum, minimally invasive method needs only seven centi meter incision, and that too on the side of the chest, in between the ribs. Patients post surgery convalescence needs only four-five weeks against the conventional rest period of almost four months.

Minimally invasive method can be used for all types of cardiac surgery.

AIMS showcased in Kuwait

9-10 October 2010, Kuwait
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), one of the leading health care institutions in India, showcased various facilities in the field of health services with their active participation at the 1st International Conference and Fair for distinctive hospitals took place in Kuwait last week end.

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is a major presence internationally and receives patients from around the world including several countries from the Middle East. “We have a dedicated team that manages our international patients starting with the processing of their medical reports, organizing travel, managing their stay in the hospital and return back home,” said Mr Unnithan, General Manager, Marketing of AIMS.

“We had already held a few discussions with Mubarak Al Kabeer of the Medical College here in Kuwait for student exchange and faculty exchange programs with us and to explore other possibilities to utilize our strong academic expertise,” he added.

AIMS also organized a seminar on the side line of the Kuwait Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition organized with official sponsorship from the Ministries of Health, Defense and Interior, Kuwait Oil Company and Kuwait Medical Association.

The Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, Ajai Malhotra, inaugurated the seminar in which he appreciated the steps taken by Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences to come forward with a medical collaboration with the state of Kuwait and to participate in the first ever International Medical Conference and Exhibition in Kuwait.
For promoting medical tourism, Mr Ajai Malhotra said that the Indian embassy will arrange a new type of visa called Medical Visa for foreigners in which the patient and a family member can stay in India for medical treatment for up to one year.

Amrita clinic in Sivakasi

29 Aug 2010, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu
Amrita Clinic, a free medical dispensary was started functioning at the Anbu Illam premises in Sivakasi. Sri KKSR Ramachandran, Minister of Tamil Nadu, inaugurated the clinic in the presence of Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri. A lot of local villagers will be benefited from clinic.


Telemedicine to Andamans

March 25th 2009 marked the beginning of the telemedicine connectivity between Amrita health care center at Shadipur Port Blair, Andamans and Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi. Thousands of people were benefited with this initiative.

Live tele consultation with Amrita Health Care, Andaman. Dcotors from AIMS in the inset

Dr Chithra, Dept of Psychiatry

Dr Joel, Dept of Dermatology

Dr B Pradeep, Dept of General Surgery

Dr Rajesh, Dept of Pulmonary

Dr Vijayamohan, Dept of Orthopaedics

Patients needing specialized care located at Andamans were provided with treatment advice, second opinion, follow-up care etc with the help of this telemedicine facility. Within a year approximately 3000 patients –more than 8 patients a day– tele-consultations to Amrita health center at Andamans were provided from AIMS.

This service has helped in preventing unnecessary patient referrals to distant hospitals located at the mainland thus avoiding huge travel cost for patients. This initiative has brought out better health outcome for patients and also helped in attaining higher level of confidence in the community’s local  health care system.

Andaman signs MoU with Amrita Institute

mou-andaman14 Oct 2009, Port Blair
In order to provide super specialist services to the people of these islands through the GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair, the Principal Secretary (Health), Andaman & Nicobar administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Br. Sadashiva Chaitaniya, Mata Amaritanandamayi Math and Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi.

With the signing of the MoU, super specialist facilities in areas like Cardiology, Surgical Gastroenterology, Urology, Pediatric Surgery, Head & Neck Surgery, Gynecological Endoscopic Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Spinal Surgery will be made available to the public at GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair  on a monthly basis, which will include consultation, diagnostics and surgical services. Nurses and Paramedics of GB Pant Hospital will be provided training in conducting the super specialty operations. The specialists from Amrita will also provide their expert advice to patients through Tele-medicine facilities as and when required.

It is expected that these facilities will come as a boon to the public of these islands and will save them the expenditure and trouble of going to various hospitals on the mainland for treatment.

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NABH accreditation for Amrita Institute

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences has been granted NABH (National Accreditation Board of Hospitals & Health Care Providers) accreditation. Amrita is the first university teaching hospital to get NABH accreditation in the country.

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, (http://www.qcin.org/) set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organizations and to set benchmarks for progress of health industry.