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"Winds 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 to tomorrow and structure a new futuristic, integrated medicine for the 21st century."

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 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 patronized and respected by members of the communities which they serve, the adoption of natural medicine in the grand design is 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 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 worldwide 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, homeopathic 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 a very premature one. During the past two decades, the upsurge of herbology, homeopathy, acupuncture, yoga, etc. in every country has been phenomenal. Manipulative medicines are being taken seriously note of, the world over, particularly in locomotor disorders. The complementary medicines are here to stay and need to be integrated with allopathic medicines, sooner rather than later.

The Indian Board of Alternative Medicines has been founded for the purpose of teaching the various alternative medical therapies. The institution imparts the teachings through regular classes and correspondence courses. Students throughout the world are assured to the fact that a thorough instruction and absolute personal attention in every details will be given to the best of our level in all the respects.

We trust as a result of your enquiry, 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. Suresh Kumar Agarwal
M.D., D.Sc., FRSH (London)
Indian Board of Alternative Medicines

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