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Prof. Dr. T. Selvaraj, B.Sc., M.B.,B.S., M.D(Acu)., D.Sc(H.C)., ARSH(Lond)., M.A, M.Phil, Ph.D., B.G.L., widely regarded as the pioneer of the holistic medical movement in India, is the Chairperson of the Open International University For Alternative Medicines (OIUAM). An internationally renowned practitioner of Alternative Medicine, Dr. Selvaraj is also an organizer, visionary, author and teacher.
Right from the initial stage of his medical education, he recognized the value of treating “the whole person” comprising the physical ,mental. emotional, social and psychological dimensions of man and not only the physical aspect of the individual as is the practice with Modern Medicine. After studying the different systems of medicine. Dr. Selvaraj came to the conclusion that the various systems needed to be integrated to be more effective and humane. This could be accomplished by evolving an holistic system of treatment and practicing a holistic life style.
It is especially in such a context that alternative medicines are relevant as they are a cost-effective medical service for one and all. It has the advantage of being far more inexpensive than modern medicine, has virtually no side-effects, is more acceptable to people because of their ancient, time-tested prescriptions and are inherently holistic in that these systems treat the human being as a whole and not just the physical body.
Born in 1963 in Tamilnadu. Dr. Selvaraj graduated in B.A, (Eng.Lit), from the University of Madurai in 1983. And Dr. Selvaraj graduated in B.Sc., (Zoology), from Annamalai University in 1986. Then in 1992, He graduated in Medicine with the degree of M.B.,B.S., (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from the Rajah Muthiah Medical College Hospital, of Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, and Regd. with Central Council (MCI), Medical Council of India. As a Modern Medical Practitioner, Dr. Selvaraj had not much interested and satisfied with the treatments of Allopathic Medicines, he had been a lot of aversion on Modern Medicines, because he found there were a lot of incurable patients, and Drugs induced diseases by Modern Medicines and there are no curable medicines or curable way for Chronic Diseases. He was not interested in the field of surgery of even in small cases except major cases. Then his eyes were turned to Alternative System of Medicines. Then in 1998 by Distance Education, he graduated with a degree of BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from the Biraja Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa.
He earned his M.D(Acu)., from the Open International University, for Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Srilanka in 1997 and Ph.D(Acu)., from Medicina Alternativa, Kazakhastan (the then USSR) in 1999. Dr.Selvaraj was conferred the D.Sc (Honoris Causa) in 1997 by the Open International University, Colombo, for his outstanding services for the promotion and popularization of holistic healing in India. Dr. Selvaraj completed the M.A., Psychology in 2001 – 2003 and M.Phil., Psychology in 2003 - 2004 and Ph.D., Psychology in 2004 – 2008 and B.G.L., in 2008 – 2010 at Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram. He is an eminent consultant Psychologist and he is also the visiting Professor of the OIUCM, Colombo - 6, Srilanka.
He is the Managing Director of the International Institute of Alternative Medical Sciences and Research (IIAMSR), Founder & President of the National Board of Alternative Medicines (NBAM) and the Founder and Chancellor of OIUAM. Dr. Selvaraj is the author of several books besides having articles published in leading newspapers and magazines of the country. He is an Editor of Medical Magazine (Monthly). He has also actively participated in a number of National and International conferences organized by government and non-governmental organizations in India and abroad, his name having become synonymous with alternative medicines in India and has appeared in the Asia Internationals Who’s Who for his outstanding contribution to the cause of Alternative medicine in India.
Dr. Selvaraj holds wide ranging memberships/fellowships in the health and medical field. Some of these are of the Royal Society of Health, U.K. International Association of Traditional Medicine, World Federation of Holistic Health, Italy; Medicina Alternativa, Colombo and the Indian Public Health Associations.
In recognition of his achievements in Alternative Medicines and social welfare. Dr. Selvaraj has received several prestigious awards. In 1996 he was presented the “Medicina Alternativa” Awards by Dr. Panneer Selvam, Shanmuga Hospital, Salem and in the following year he was presented the Maruthuva Thilagam Award by Mr. Justice Mohan, Madras High Court, Chennai, in 1997 he received the Honorary Doctorate from OIUCM, Colombo, Srilanka. 2001 onwards he was presented Siddha Maruthuva Semmal, Sindhanai Sudar, Senthamil Kavignar, Siddha Maruthuva Narpani Nayagan, Sevai Semmal, Seyal Nirai Semmal etc.,,
FROM THE DESK OF THE CHAIRPERSON
“Wind of change are now softly blowing in the fields of natural medicines. This re-birth of the medicines of the past will help to humanize the scientific medicine of tomorrow and structure a new futuristic, integrated medicine for the 21st century”.
First of all, I would like to thank you for showing interest in the alternative medical therapies, which is becoming more and more popular throughout the world.
Natural and traditional medicines respond directly to the Third world’s need for psychological health and physical well being. It is also congruent to man’s intense desire for spiritual and aesthetic fulfillment. For an oriental, traditional medicine represents the sum total to measures, ingredients, customs and creative procedures of several forms, both material and spiritual which since prehistoric times, have enabled him to remain healthy by protecting himself against disease, alleviating human suffering and curing disorders, the majority of Orientals regard life as a total synthesis of the body, mind and spirit and, in accordance with this firm conviction, they consider positive health as the blending of physical ,mental ,social, moral and spiritual wellbeing, Natural Healers are, therefore, part of the natural heritage of the health care system. Since the practitioners of traditional medicines are already well patronized and respected by members of the communities which they serve, the adoption of natural medicine in the grand design in the strategy of implementation of national health care programmes makes pragmatic sense. The “ bare foot doctors” is a successful example of this strategy.
In 1977, the “30th World Health Organization (WHO) assembly adopted a historic resolution urging interested governments to give ” adequate importance to the utilization of their traditional systems of medicine with appropriate regulations to suit their national health needs. Both developing and developed countries have, thereafter, displayed greater interest and awareness in using traditional and indigenous health care resources in the implementation of their national health programmes.
Immediately in the 1977 WHO resolution, a world wide promotional effort for traditional and natural medicines was launched. The success of this promotion may be measured by the growing interest in these disciplines among many successful practitioners.
There is a growing volume of articles and research papers on related themes appearing in scientific journals and lay publications ; consequently, many scientific institutes and agencies are seeking to collaborate in research and training in traditional medicines.
Thus the traditional medicine program today is at historical crossroads. It has generated international awareness of the richness and importance of the subject, a development which represents the rebirth of the medicine of the past and one which may help to humanize the medicine of tomorrow.
A few decades ago, it was generally assumed by the scientific community that medicinal plants, homoeopathic doses, acupuncture needles, magnets, yoga etc. could be safely relegated to no more than a footnote of medical history but this assumption has indeed, turned out to be very premature one. During the past two decades, the upsurge of herbology, homoeopathy, acupuncture, yoga etc. in every country, has been phenomenal, Manipulative medicines are being taken seriously note of, the world over, particularly in locomotors disorders. The complementary medicines are here to stay and need to be integrated with allopathic medicines, sooner rather than late
The Open International University for Alternative Medicines (OIUAM) has been founded for the purpose of teaching the various alternative therapies as you will find in the subsequent pages. The institution imparts teaching through the correspondence systems of imparting education.
We trust as a result of your enquiry and the receipt of this prospectus, you will decide to enroll with us, and join the ever-growing roll of students. If you have any questions, please feel free to write to us.
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