A random-assignment, placebo-controlled, blinded pilot study
MLG was first introduced in the USA in 2008 at The Raj, the Maharishi AyurVeda Health Spa in Fairfield Iowa, and both meditators and non-meditators reported beneficial results – including long-term benefits. Ayala Melzer-Scharf and Keith Wegman, the first practitioners in the US, gave thousands of treatments and gathered and analysed clients’ reports and collected statistics. Although the results were impressive, it was not possible to do a double-blind, placebo-controlled study at that time.
Then in September 2018 Dr Fred Travis of MIU stepped in and designed a robust scientific study in conjunction with Ayala Melzer Scharf and Dr David Scharf, and Joachim Roller, who fabricated the placebo used in the study.
This double-blind random-assignment, placebo-controlled pilot study investigated the effects of Maharishi Light Technology with Gems on self-reported measures of healing, depth of awareness, and mood state. All 18 subjects were given placebo as well as real treatments, without knowing that the study included a placebo.
The results were statistically significant and indicated positive results on the measured variables.
This pilot is just the beginning of a research programme to test the beneficial effects of MLG therapy. Future research is also planned that will use physiological measures to further explore the effects.
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