ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS OF MEDICINE

ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS OF MEDICINE

Pro-Vision always has preferential option for Alternative Systems or Indian Systems of health care. Many have vouched for the efficacy of Indian systems of medicine in treating certain diseases, disorders and disabilities. Pro-Vision, when took over the Children Orthopedic Centre, Mylaudy initiated Siddha system of medicine and soon Reflex therapy. It was found to be very effective and well accepted.

In collaboration with Shara’s Alternative Medicine Research Foundation, Parvathipuram, Nagercoil, Alternative Systems of Medicine are practiced in Mylaudy. Every Saturday is set aside for Alternative Systems of Medicine. Both children and adults benefit from alternative systems. Some of the practices are given below:

Reflex therapy: Dr. Jahabar Sathik, D.P.M.,D.Acc.,D.N.Y.S.,D.V.M.S., R.M.P., N.D.,FR.I.M., H.S.M.P.,Ph.D., a native medi-care practitioner provides Reflex Therapy. He is assisted by Mr. Sudhir, a trained reflexologist. Though a rare therapy practiced in a rehabilitation setting, the response is very good. A number of children with different special needs access the therapy and benefit from it. The person sits or reclines on a couch with their feet bare, while the practitioner examines their feet before working on all the areas of the feet. The practitioner relaxes the feet with gentle massage, and then works on the reflex points using specific techniques. Every Saturday, as an average 40 children and 35 adults benefit from reflex therapy. The feedback received from them and the impacts observed are really encouraging.

Siddha: Siddha medicine, traditional system of healing that originated in South India and is considered to be one of India’s oldest systems of medicine. The Siddha system is based on a combination of ancient medicinal practices and spiritual disciplines as well as alchemy and mysticism. It is made available to children attending the centre. Often it is very effective in stimulating the brain and overall health and wellbeing of the children. Dr. N. Mohandoss, BSMS, M.Sc,.Ph.D.,Dip. (Yoga), is the consultant. There is increasing acceptance among the parents and the regular use of Siddha medicine increases with tangible results in children with special needs. Adults with chronic diseases and neurological complaints also attend and benefit from the system. Every Saturday, as an average, 12 children and 8 adults benefit from Siddha medicine. Integrated approach yields very good results.

Naturopathy:
It combines products which are mainly derived from plants, herbs and minerals followed by a well – balanced diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Unlike other methods of treatments, the ayurvedic treatments are targeted toward specific health problems.

Dorn Therapy:
Dorn Method therapy is similar to Osteopathy and Chiropractic. Dorn is a gentle and very safe manual therapy developed to correct misalignments of the Spinal Column and other joints, which so often are the cause of pain and grief, such as referred pain down the sciatic nerve, sciatica. Mr. Anis, a trained Dorn therapist practices the system and every Saturday a number of patients both adults and children benefit from the treatment.

Varma Therapy:
It is an Indian traditional art of vital points. It combines massage, alternative medicine, traditional yoga and martial arts in which the body’s pressure points (varmam) are manipulated to heal or cause harm. The healing called Vaidhiya Murai is part of Siddha medicine. Practiced in combination with other medical interventions.

Fitness Exercises:
Physical fitness is yet another method practiced in the centre to promote wellbeing of the adults and children. Mr. Abu guides the patients towards maintaining physical fitness through exercises and posture correction methods.
The efficacy of alternative systems is proved by different experts and institutions. Pro-Vision Children orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centre from its experiences could vouch that these systems are very effective in dealing with children with special needs and adults with different complications.

In the coming years more efforts would be taken to reach out the community with outreach camps and assessments.