Yoginder Sikand undergoes a course in Psycho-synthesis and the Inner child, and comes away exorcised of his childhood demons
The healing touchAlmost a hundred years ago, an Austrian Catholic lady doctor named Anna Dengel arrived in India. Moved by the sufferings of Muslim women in Rawalpindi, who had no access to regular medical care because of the custom of women’s seclusion, Anna set up the Medical Missions Sisters (MMS), a group of Catholic nuns who could provide professional medical treatment to such women.
Today, MMS is an international Catholic congregation, with some 600 nuns involved in healing work in almost 20 countries. Despite being a Catholic organisation, MMS serves people irrespective of religion.
In India, MMS has set up a number of hospitals, including the well-known chain of ‘Holy Family’ hospitals. In recent years, it has also been involved in public health-related issues, through training programmes for preventive health care and numerous grassroot courses for village health workers, traditional birth attendants (dais) and health animators.
The MMS centre in Pune organises various short-term residential courses throughout the year on issues related to emotional, psychological, and physical health, with traditional, holistic, non-allopathic, and meditative approaches to treatment. The Holistic Health Centre in the campus provides holistic treatment for a number of illnesses for a modest fee.
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