Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal,widely regarded as the pioneer of the holistic medical movement in India, the Founder - President of India Board of Alternative medicine. An internationally renowned practitioner of alternative medicine, Dr. Agarwal 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" consisting of the physical aspect of the individual as is the practice with modern medicine. After studying the different systems of medicine, Dr. Agarwal came to the conclusion that the various system needed to be integrated to be render more effective and humane. This could be accomplished by evolving a 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 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, times-tested prescriptions and are inherently holistic in that these system treat the human being as a whole and not just the physical body.
Born in 1961 in Rajasthan, Dr. Agarwal graduated from the University of Calcutta in 1980. In 1984 he graduated with a Diploma in Medicine and Surgery from the Council of Homoeopathic Medicine, Govt. of West Bengal. He has completed Doctorate in Medicine in Homoeopathy from University Grants Commission Recognized University and Recognized by Central Council of Homoeopathy under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare , Govt. of India. Also graduated in Ayurveda from Hindi University, Allahabad and Naturopathy from the Indian Institute of Naturopathy, Coimbatore. He also completed courses in Yoga Therapy from Kaivalyadham, Pune and Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. He then studied the different systems of the reiki in leading institutions in India and abroad. He obtained a M.D. in traditional & Alternative Medicine from the Open International University, Colombo and a Ph.D. from Medicina Alternativa, Kazakhastan (the then USSR). Dr.Agarwal was conferred the D.Sc. Honoris Causa in 1994 by the Open International University, Colombo, for his outstanding services to the promotion and popularization of holistic healing in India.
He is the National Vice-Chancellor of the International Association of Educators for World Peace and a Visiting Professor of the Open International University, Colombo and East West University for Holistic Health Science, California, USA.
He is editor of the Indian Journal of Holistic Health & Medicine, and is author of several books besides having articles published in leading newspapers and magazines of the country, and has also actively participated in number of national and international conferences organized by government and non- government organizations in India and abroad, his name having become synonymous with alternative medicines in India and has appeared in Asia International’s Who’s Who for his outstanding contribution to the cause of Alternative Medicine in India. Dr. Agarwal has organized a number of successful national and international conferences which were greatly successful having received the blessings and well wishes of the Hon’ble President of India Hon’ble Vice- President of India, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Hon’ble Health Minister of India and Hon’ble Governors and Chief Minister of the different states of India and a host of international luminaries such as Late Mother Teresa, H.H. the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela. Queen Elizabeth, Rev. Desmond Tutu, Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali (the then Secretary General of United Nations), Dr. Kofi Annan (Secretary General of United Nations), Smt. Sonia Gandhi and many others. These conferences were attended by delegates from more than 50 countries world wide and also graced by a host of dignitaries such as Mother Teresa, Governors, Union Ministers, State Ministers and diplomats.
Dr. Agarwal holds wide ranging memberships / fellowships in the health and medical field. Some of these are the Royal Society of Health U.K., World Federation of Holistic Health, Italy; Medicina Alternativa Colombo.
In recognition of his achievements in alternative medicines and social welfare, Dr. Agarwal has received several prestigious awards. In 1992 he was presented the Indira Gandhi Memorial Award by Mr. Justice Samir Mukherjee and the following year he was presented the Michael Madhusudan Award by Mr. Prashanta Chatterjee, Hon’ble Mayor of Calcutta and in 1994 he receive the Vijay Rattan Award from Mr. P.M. Sayeed, Union Minister. In 1995 he was presented the Manav Sewa Award by the Hon’ble Governor of Orissa; the Rajiv Gandhi National Unity Award by Mr. Vasant Sathe, President of India Council for Cultural Relations; and Mother India International Award by Mr. R.L. Bhatia, Union Minister. More recently, Dr. Agarwal was honoured with the Knight of Malta by the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the Netaji Award and Mother Teresa Award.
Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal
M.D., D.Sc., FRSH (London)
Indian Board of Alternative Medicines
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