Massive health boost with Integrative Medicine

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At least 10,000 people in 10 neighbouring villages at Vagat in Hoskote will soon enjoy a sustainable health system. Children here will not only be taught yoga at school, but all villagers will have access to an integrated health system, including homeopathy, Unani, Siddha, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga and much more. 
The Rural Holistic Health Centre at Vagat is a first of its kind in rural India. The foundation stones for this centre and also the Soukya International Institute of Holistic and Integrative Medicine were unveiled on Sunday at the Soukya health centre in Whitefield. 

Referring to the centre in Hoskote taluk as the answer to health problems in the Western world, Michael Dixon, chairman, College of Medicine, London, said it will be a model to the entire world. The center will provide sanitation, better hygienic conditions, toiletries, water supply, women and children's healthcare, lifestyle changes and will also address malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. De-addiction programmes will also be included. 

He said cost of Western health services is on the rise. The integrated system aims to bridge the gap between medical services and affordability, he said underlining that medicine should be redefined to serve patients. 

Dr Issac Mathai, trustee, Soukya Foundation Charitable Trust, said that as part of the holistic health center, yoga would be introduced in 10 village schools. "An organic farm with a herbal garden will be developed at the health center. Local women will be encouraged to grow medicinal plants with a buy back guarantee to improve their economic independence," he said. 

The institute aims to promote education, training and research in different systems of medicine like ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga, siddha and unani, and complementary therapies, integrating them with allopathy. It will collaborate with the College of Medicine in London and propose to have a conference in 2012 in Bangalore, following which the training programme will begin.

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