November 2014 By Punya Srivatsava The future of health care lies in the fusion of allopathy with alternative therapies, giving rise to a system that will treat each patient holistically and uniquely,says Punya Srivastava Dr Rajiv Parti was the chief of anaesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital in Bakersfield, California, when his life was turned upside down by a cancer that led to multiple surgeries. During the last surgery in December 2010, Dr Parti had a near death experience. Twenty minutes into the surgery, his consciousness left his body as he saw himself floating in the surgery room above his physical body. He recalls his vivid experience of enduring the torments of hell for some moments, because he had neglected the emotional needs of his patients and family. He cried for help, and the soul who came forward to guide him was his late father. His father guided him through a tunnel, where he witnessed two past lives that provided him with the answers to his current life problems of addiction and sense of entitlement. He was greeted by his guardian angels, who imparted divine knowledge and led him to a Light Being brighter than a thousand suns. Before the Light Being, he was given a new direction in life, which was to help people fight diseases that plagued the soul. After getting a second chance at life, Dr Parti gave up his practice and began serving people as a healer. Dr Rajiv Parti “I was given my life back specifically so that I could help others suffering from chronic pain, addiction and depression. The insights have propelled me to offer coaching on spiritual wellness based on the underlying core message of forgiveness, love and healing. It is my firm conviction that one cannot achieve total wellness or sustained health without understanding that there is a dimension to wellness that comes from beyond the physical care of the body. It is only by leading an integrated life, in which the body and Being are both cared for, that the essence of wellness is achieved. As a physician, I offer the known scientific and medical benefits of ancient traditions like ayurveda, yoga and deep meditation to open the gateway to spiritual transformation. As a teacher, I offer a vital message to my human family about the concept of seva and its potential for individual and collective transformation in the time and age we live in. As a physician, I say it is time we opened our eyes,” he shares. It is only by leading an integrated life, in which the body and Being are both cared for, that the essence of wellness is achieved. Dr Rajiv Parthi Today, Dr Parti runs a highly successful healing practice in California. Based on his book, The Soul of Wellness, he started a 12-week customised programme integrating the best aspects of modern health care and non-conventional, evidence-based therapies. This programmme allows the patient to rest and relax back into total wellness as it covers medical analysis of the body, recommended meditation, yoga and ayurvedic practices, nutritional assessment, recommended mantra healing and colour therapy with the support of world class doctors and healers. Similar is the story of Goa-based Dr Aruna Viswanathan, M.B.B.S., M.S. (E.N.T.), F.A.G.E, an internationally renowned surgeon and holistic health expert treating patients from all over the world. Around two decades back, while tending to her patients in Coimbatore, Dr Viswanathan came down with a severe bout of jaundice that rendered her completely bed-ridden. From a successful young practising doctor she went to being a bed-ridden patient. “The biggest blow was that despite being a practising doctor, I couldn’t cure myself,” she laments. A liver transplant was recommended but Dr Viswanathan decided against it, and reconciled herself to death. The shift happened when one of her patients came to her rescue with ayurvedic herbs that healed her in no time. “That presented a whole new dimension of faith to me. The way I recuperated and healed completely was not less than a miracle,” shares Dr Viswanathan. Since then, she has been practising holistic healing in varying capacities. She is sought after as a medical expert for treating patients with integrative options and offering new science beyond commercial mainstream medicine where it can save a life. She offers a perfect combination of advanced cutting edge medicine and ancient ayurveda and natural medicine. Currently the head of Organic India’s medicinal board, she has been using ayurveda and meditation as part of her treatment protocol for several years, and has a huge clientele of patients worldwide. “I think of myself as a vehicle of consciousness born on this planet to serve others through love and healing. I discovered that all of us are more than just this physical body, and we need to care about our body-mind-spirit altogether,” says Dr Viswanathan, who s also the HOD of ENT and Integrative Medicine, Vrundavan Shalby Hospitals. Similar are the stories of Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Dean Ornish and Lissa Rankin – all renowned names in the field of integrated and holistic healing. Deepak Chopra completed his medical degree in India, migrated to America where he specialised and practised as an endocrinologist, before founding the Chopra Wellness Centre. It is based on the principles of integrative medicine, combining the medical model of conventional Western medicine with alternative therapies such as yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and ayurveda. Today, he is a poster boy of the integrated healing approach. Integrated approach According to spiritual texts, the human being is made up of panchamaya kosha or five sheaths, with the physical body (annamayakosha or food sheath), as the most immediate and grossest sheath. The others in a scale of ascending subtlety include the pranamayakosha (the life force sheath), the manomayakosha (the mind sheath), the vijnanamayokosha (wisdom sheath), and finally the anandamayokosha (bliss sheath). Before an ailment or disorder affects our physical body, it first affects the more subtle bodies. For complete wellness, we need to heal all these sheaths beginning with the most subtle one. In other words, we need to heal the body, mind and spirit. Operating from this awareness is what distinguishes the integrated healing model. “The older I grow, the more I experience ‘love’ as the most powerful healer of the suffering soul,” said Dr Mia Leijssen, Professor of Physiotherapy and Counselling, University of Leuven, Belgium. She was speaking in the International Conference on ‘Spirituality in Healthcare’, 2009, organised by the department of counselling, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield, Bangalore. She observed that if the spiritual dimension were to be included in mainstream healthcare, its character would be deepened and enriched, even transformed. “A healing process includes the physical, social, and psychological dimensions over time, while the ultimate healing seems to come from an opening up to the spiritual dimension, a resource beyond that of our own will, a self-transcendent source,” she had said. While modern medicine has countered several diseases that were once fatal, through the essentially violent method of destroying the viruses and bacteria causing the ailments, it has ignored the cause of the ailment, often to be found in the mental or spiritual sheaths. More and more research is now proving that as much as 80 per cent of disorders are psychosomatic in nature. In its focus on curing, modern medicine also ignores the far more important aspect of prevention. It is unsurprising that over time, allopathic ‘cures’ eventually end up as chronic conditions unresponsive to allopathic treatment. There is no cure for conditions like BP, heart problems, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, or for that matter, cancer. Its other disadvantages such as intolerable side-effects and skyrocketing costs are causing an ever increasing exodus. Treating the whole The most significant aspect of the integrative approach is that it treats the patient as a whole person, instead of looking at him as just a damaged liver or a bunch of malignant cells. As Dr Rachel Remen, author of the wonderful book, Kitchen Table Wisdom, said, “Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping might be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.” Carl Rogers, renowned American psychologist, had something similar on his mind when he said, “I feel at times when I am really being helpful to a client of mine, there is something approximating an ‘I-thou’ relationship between us; then I feel as though I am somehow in tune with the forces of the universe or that forces are operating through me in regard to this helping relationship.” Holistic healing provides more time and attention, and a broader approach to healing which is not based solely on Western medicine but also draws from indigenous culture. According to Dr Mitch Krucoff, Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, Dukes University, Durham, indigenous modalities in India coaxed him to ask how much better our finest technology might perform if in addition we paid more systematic attention to the rest of the human being – meaning the body-mind-spirit spectrum. Dr Ajay Sankhe, Senior doctor and Director at Bhakti Vedanta Hospital and Research Institute, Mumbai, shares a case where homeopathy along with spiritual counselling rescued the innocence of childhood. “Being a paediatrician, I came across a child with stubborn constipation. All of his investigation reports were normal, hence consequently, a po
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