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SHARING OF THE CHAIRPERSON

Prof. Dr.T.Selvaraj, 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.T. Selvaraj is also an Organizer, Visionary, Author, Writer, Teacher, Poet and an Editor of a Monthly Magazine .

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. T. 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.

MEDICAL CAREER

Born in 1963 in Tamilnadu. Dr. Selvaraj graduated in Eng.Lit, from the University of Madurai in 1983. He started his medical career from 1984 with Diploma of Integrated Medicine. Then in 1998 he graduated with a degree of BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from the Biraja Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa, and Regd. With the State Council of Ayurvedic and Unani Medicines, Bihar, Patna. And a Diploma from the Board of Homoeopathic System of  Medicine, Nagaland, Kohima. He went on to study different therapies in leading institutions in India and abroad.

He earned his M.D(Acu) from the Open International University, for Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Srilanka and a Ph.D. from Medicina Alternativa, Kazakhastan(the then USSR). 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,      M.Phil.,   Psychology   in    2003 – 2004,

Ph.D., Psychology in  2004 - 2008 and B.G.L., in 2009 – 2010  at  Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram. He is also 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 Chancellor of OIUAM. Dr. T. 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. T. 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.

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In recognition of his achievements in Alternative Medicines and social welfare. Dr. T. Selvaraj has received several prestigious awards. In 1996 he was presented the “Medicina  Alternativa”  Awards by Dr. Panneer Selvam Salem and the following year he was presented the Maruthuva Thilagam Award by Mr. Justice Mohan Madras High Court, Chennai and 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 later.

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.

Good luck! Best Wishes!!

Prof. Dr.  T. Selvaraj,
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., B.G.L., B.A.M.S., M.D(Acu)., D.Sc(H.C)., ARSH(London).,
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