The Pioneer

IS­SAC MATHAI, IN­DIA

India Today - - SOCIETY & TRENDS -

His blue­print of heal­ing is now a model for the world

The mo­ment you step in­side Ban­ga­lore’s Soukya In­ter­na­tional Holis­tic Heal­ing Cen­ter, you re­alise it’s no or­di­nary clinic. No bland, plas­tic limbo land, just light, airy space with gur­gling foun­tains, green­ery, dot­ted with Ker­ala, Nal­lukettu-style thatched huts. The 30-acre heal­ing cen­tre, which caters to the bold­face names such as Madonna and Arch­bishop Tutu, Prince Charles of Eng­land and ac­tor Ra­jinikanth, sym­bol­ises the dra­matic changes tak­ing place in medicine to­day. The man be­hind it all is Dr Is­sac Mathai, whose fa­ther was a priest and mother the only doc­tor of a lit­tle vil­lage, Wayanad, in Ker­ala. Even as a stu­dent of home­opa­thy in Kot­tayam Med­i­cal Col­lege, he took up ther­apy cour­ses in yoga and tran­scen­den­tal med­i­ta­tion. By the time he set up Soukya in 1989, he had trav­elled the world, worked as a prac­ti­tioner in Lon­don, treated the rich and the fa­mous—Bea­tles, St­ing and Tina Turner. But his brush with celebri­ties did not shift his fun­da­men­tal faith: Holis­tic health. “I had the vi­sion of a model,” he says, “where the fo­cus would be on the pa­tient and the tools would in­clude any­thing the pa­tient needed for cure.”

In Novem­ber 2013, Soukya with the Col­lege of Medicine, UK, kick­started a global net­work, with hun­dreds of prac­ti­tion­ers of com­ple­men­tary and al­ter­na­tive medicine from across the world as­sem­bling at Ban­ga­lore for a three-day global con­fer­ence. Dr Mathai is also rolling out his low-cost ru­ral holis­tic health cen­tre. It has been set up to serve seven vil­lages through pre­ven­tive health pro­grammes. “In­dia is sit­ting on a wealth of heal­ing, food and spir­i­tual tra­di­tions. If the govern­ment can­not do any­thing about it, let me at least try in my own lit­tle ca­pac­ity,” he says. Dr Mathai, founder and di­rec­tor of Soukya, isa home opathic and holis­tic physi­cian

Pho­to­graph By RO­HIT CHAWLA

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