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Prof. Dr. K. BALASEKARAN, B.A., M.D(AM)., Ph.D(AM)., D.Sc., FRHS., is a Physician having experiences as Medical practitioner more than 20 years and rendering his service also as Controller of Examinations of “National Board of Alternative Medicines”. He was born in 1967 at Kondathur, Sirkali. Earlier 1990’s he associated some medical free camps through Siddha and Ayurvedic medicine for the poor peoples who they lived in the deep rural areas around twenty kilometers of Vaitheeswarankoil, Kondathur, Pagasalai. Not only in medical field but also he focused in social services for poor peoples and serve the society.
PRO state’Whereas conventional medicine is primarily oriented toward the treatment of disease, Alternative medicine is oriented toward prevention, health maintenance, and treatment. In conventional medicine, drugs are developed based on the concept that the elimination of specific causes of a disease, such as microorganisms, will cure a disease. On the other hand, the belief in Alternative medicine is that a disease is the product of an imbalance in the body and mental elements that reduce the body’s resistance to diseases. If the imbalance is corrected and the body’s defense mechanisms are strengthened by herbal formulas, lifestyle changes, and diet, then the body will resist a disease with a goal of eliminating it. Herbal and herb mineral products regularly used in Alternative medicines are believed to strengthen the body’s defenses. Scientific evidence is gradually developing in support of the Alternative medicine concept.
Scientific, technical, and engineering advances in the 20th century have been extraordinary. They created an explosion of new information and understanding in molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, antibiotics, vaccines, genetics, mapping of genome, and the identification of genes responsible for inherited diseases. Alternative medicine physicians have also benefited from these new medical advances. Scientifically based information is the core of the preclinical, clinical, residency, and continuing medical education phases of training.
An Alternative medicine physician must be able to understand and appreciate new scientific knowledge in order to maximize the benefits of Alternative medicine therapies. In order to do so, an Alternative medicine physician must be aware of the current information on the disease processes, inter- and intracellular message transmission, membrane transport, protein interactions, chemical and microbial toxins, autoimmunity, cellular and humeral immunity, and dynamics of neurotransmitters. A physician needs to know about genetics, congenital inborn metabolic problems, pharmacological and biochemical research, and the use of various clinical chemistry data in diagnosis and monitoring disease processes in order to interpret the clinical data. He must understand the basic principles of toxicology and how the knowledge can be used in developing protocols for clinical studies. He must also know how to apply basic science to the Alternative medicine concept of disease management and the use of modern diagnostic methods involving urine and blood chemistry, enzyme assays, histology, pathology, radiology, etc. Finally, the Alternative medicine physician must understand the interaction of spiritual and psychological elements of patients as described in Alternative medicine and be able to earn the patient’s trust through compassionate and holistic care.
Prof. Dr. K. BALASEKARAN,
B.A., M.D(AM)., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.H.S.,
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