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Approaches to Holistic Health

News Letter No. 96

AHI News Letter

July 2015

No. 97

 

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Focus Articles:

- Holistic Health,  Ms. E. Kuppozhackel, India

- Alternative Health, Mr. M. Kalirathnam, India

Flash Articles

- We Made It, Mr. H. Kumara, Sri Lanka

- Disaster Response, Mr. K. Kannaro, Cambodia

Around Japan

- CSO Partnership, Mr. T. Nakashima, AHI

- DET, Ms. M. Berkowitz, Japan

- 100-Day Walk, Ms. Y. McLennan, AHI

HERE and THERE

- Eco-Agriculture, Mr. D.R. Jayatilake, Sri Lanka

- SAYONARA Dr. Kawahara

- New Collaboration Project in Pakistan and Nepal

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Holistic Health Promotion, Sr. Eliza Kuppozhackel, Ayushya, India

 

1. Holistic Health

 

Holistic  health  contributes to  the  total  wellbeing  of  a person  and  the  integration
of  body,  mind  and  spirit. The  six  aspects  of  holistic health  are  physical  fitness, psycho-nutrition,  stress management, environmental sensitivity, self-responsibility,  and  cosmic  awareness.
Various  systems  that  are  functioning  in  the  person need to be in harmony and balance to bring about good health. The vital energy present in the system makes it vibrant and active. Any block or imbalance in the energy flow brings about disease. Removing the imbalance or blocks facilitates the flow of vital energy and restores health. 

 

2. AYUSHYA’s Healing and Alternative Therapy 

 


Ayushya Centre for Healing and Integration is one of  the  first  Holistic  Health  Training  Centers and Holistic  Health  Clinics  in  India  established  by  the Medical  Mission  Sisters  in  1985. Ayushya aims  at promoting health, healing and wholeness and to develop a new health culture in persons, families and societies,  through  Integrative  Healing  and Alternative Therapies. The expert team in Ayushya provides many non-drug healing modalities for treating physical,  psychological,  emotional,  social  and  spiritual illnesses.  The  herbal  garden,  echo-farming,  greenery,  and  quiet  surroundings  provide  peaceful  atmosphere for those seeking integration and healing.


Ayushya  concentrates  on  giving  training  of  short and long duration for those working in community
health, treatment  for  various  ailments  using  nondrug  alternative  therapies.  One  month training for six  consecutive  years  was  done  jointly  with  the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI). These participants  are  mostly  working  in  the  remote  villages and rural areas in North and Northeast India where  there  are  no  hospitals  available. Recently there  was  an  attempt  to  train more  community health nurses in Alternative Therapy Approach. 


The government made it a policy that there must be a doctor in all clinics to prescribe medicine. Many
of  the  sisters  doing  humanitarian  work  to  help  the poor who had no hospital facility or doctors available in the poverty stricken rural area of Jharkhand and other places found it difficult to cope with it. At the same time they wanted to help these poor people. A  few  NGO  groups  got  together  and lanned what  to  do.  On  request  we  conducted  one  month training course in alternative therapies so that they can  treat  them  without  medicine.  Together  with CHAI we organized a training program for 16 participants mostly sisters working in Jharkand  in June and  October  2014,  and  they  were  back  in  their places  working  in  their  clinics.  Some  of  them  are coming back for a follow-up training so that they can get a diploma in Integrative Healing and Alternate Therapies  under  Bharath Sevak  Samaj  (BSS), promoted by the Government of India. We are planning the next one month training course in October 2015.


We  believe  in  multiplying  training  so  that  more people can be equipped to share the knowledge to many. Some of the participants of our ongoing programs have put up clinics in different parts of Kerala and India and are helping many with non-drug therapy approach. Today more and more people are becoming aware of the side effects of drugs and the effect of spurious drugs. Hence there is a growing awareness  for  self  responsibility  for  promotion  of health  and  thus  search  for  alternatives.  We also work with the self-help groups (men and women) in our  neighborhoods  to  create  awareness  in  holistic health  and  non-drug  therapies.  Free  counseling  is given to the  students in the government  technical school and Sunday school in the parish.  

 

One of the recent developments is the psychonutritional cure for chronic ailments with raw food therapy,  yoga,  and  meditation  and  stress  management.
This is a forty-day treatment and many ailments like asthma, diabetes, heart problem, arthritis, migraine, allergy,  mental  problems, addictions,  obesity,  etc. are  treated  with  raw  food therapy.  People  are  glad that  they  can  get rid  of  their  medicines  and  live  a happy healthy  life.  Many  researches  done  in  this area showed that the cause of many ailments is the toxins that build-up in the body from the pesticides used in the food, adulteration in food items, atmospheric  pollution,  lack  of exposure to  sunlight,  air and earth. So natural treatment helps in healing.


3. Natural Farming and Herbal Garden

 

Zero budget natural  farming  developed  my Subash  Palekkar is adopted  in Ayushya  to  provide  poison  free vegetables  and fruits. It is in the process  of  developing  in  collaboration  with the  local Panchayat.  Besides providing healthy food it is also  an  attempt to preserve  the biodiversity  of the  earth  and ecological  balance. In this   we collaborate with many other interested groups to develop this further. Local cow rearing is part of this approach. The cow urine and dung  are used as manure and pesticide instead of synthetic ones. Many groups joined natural farming.


Herbal garden provides raw materials for various oil preparations for aches and pains, swelling, wounds, cuts, bruises, allergies, dandruff and skin problems. Herbal  tooth  powder  is  promoted  as  an  alternative to toothpaste. It is good for dental problems like bad breath,  gum nfection,  gum  bleeding,  mouth  ulcer and  giving better color and healthy teeth.

 

 

 

 The  cooperative  bank  in  our  neighborhood  has started a village  market (Nattu Chantha) to sell the products  from  the  natural farming  since  many groups have started it. We collaborate with them and take our herbal and farm products there. It is to encourage  people  to  buy  and  sell  without  a  middle man  so that  the  farmers  themselves  get  the  monetary benefit for their work. This is another alternative to people’s development and many are cooperating with it. Networking with likeminded groups is another milestone in promoting alternative approach to health, well being and development.


Counseling,  family  therapy  and  emotional  body therapy are part of handling the stress and strain of
modern life and the problems that  have come up in families and work situation. Many people need professional  help  in  handling  their  psychological  and emotional  problems. Ayushya has a professional team who can reach out to them.
Ayushya has completed this year 30 years of service in providing integrative healing and alternative therapies  to  people  of  various  categories.  More awareness  is  created  among  people  and  many are now looking for alternative approach in health and development. 

 

 

 

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