"The object of the art of healing
is to cure a patient, both physically and mentally. So the main
question is not to uphold any particular school of medical science;
rather, the key task is the welfare of the patient."
Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
The medical projects run by Ananda Marga incorporate
a wide range of medical disciplines, from Western allopathic medicine
such as the
Abha Seva Sadan hospital in India, to Eastern and other natural
The Ananda Marga Wellness Center
in Cebu, Philippines, is a naturopathic clinic which was originally
conceived to help the majority of people in the Philippines who
are suffering from poor health as a result of poverty. However,
it is a fact that even those from the higher strata of society are
also physically suffering and seeking alternative ways to address
their health concerns. The AM Wellness Center thus aims to be a
model center which is open to anyone, even those outside the Philippines,
looking for a reliable method of treatment and recovery. AMWC enables
themselves through a system of natural therapy without dependency
2. Become physically fit, mentally relaxed and fully conscious individuals.
3. Overcome problems caused by excess fat, stress and disease in
4. Learn new healthy systems of eating, exercise, drinking water
and harmonious thought.
the Center we call our patients students, because they have come
not merely to be cured but also to learn how to stay healthy for
the rest of their lives. They come for many reasons, with many problems
including: sinusitis, insomnia, anemia, general anxiety, arthritis,
skin disease, diabetes, cysts and tumors, depression, blood pressure,
joint and back pain, high cholesterol, menstruation problems, liver
and gall bladder problems, chronic headaches, weak lungs, acidity,
asthma, heart trouble, hemorrhoids, kidney stones, ulcer, obesity,
lethargy, mental weakness and many more.
Everybody benefits enormously, and large numbers are completely
cured. A high percentage of these cures happen to people who normal
doctors consider to be incurable, and who, at best, are believed
to require maintenance-medicine for the rest of their lives.
Natural therapy is premised on a 100 percent
positive approach to life. It strikes at the root of disease and
illness, which is primarily due to inappropriate eating and thinking
habits that cause toxins and stress to accumulate in the body.
Natural therapy uses a number of systems to facilitate the body's
cleansing. A balance of these techniques is prescribed according
to individual needs.
The main treatment systems are:
• A nutritious, delicious diet of alkaline food (fruits, vegetables
and other light vegetarian food) that is easy to digest, freeing
the digestive system from its normal burdens.
• An exercise program ranging from gentle yoga exercise for
the glands and nerves, to the vigorous movement of brisk walking
and active games.
• Hot and cold water treatments, mud packs, enema colon cleansing
and sun baths to relax stressed nerves, eliminate toxins and tone-up
exhausted internal organs
• A water-drinking system (3 to 4 liters or more daily) to
• Mental exercises or meditation (including deep relaxation
and visualization) to convert stress into calm positivism
• Entertaining and educative activities to fill the patients'
days in a fun, interesting and relaxing way so that they can overcome
their stress and disease
• For specific patients a graduated program of specialized
elimination diets, such as only liquids or fruits for a reasonable
number of daysUnlike other medical systems, natural therapy.
Since 1971 Dada Dharmavedananda has been teaching yoga and natural
health all over the world. In 1995 Dada opened his first two natural
therapy centers in Taiwan, with the specialized approach of
treating all three levels of being: body, mind and soul. His third
project was an in-patient center on a farm in South Korea. These
small but effective projects provided the experience needed to finally
start the present full-fledged global model center in Cebu, Philippines.
Over 1000 of Dada's patients and students donated for the construction,
which took 2 years. During this period the staff underwent invaluable
training. By October 2005 the Wellness Center was beautifully built
and fully operational.
After opening we continued to add more elements
to the Center. New therapies included a massage-bubble-bath which
is better than a jacuzzi, sun and oil treatment, aerobic dance,
art and music therapy, daily cooking classes, easy-going croquet
and other games on our green-grass lawn, and a children's
theatre group. The children's theatre has such a charming flow that
many of our students not only like to watch but also join in.
Inside we added beautiful custom-made furniture. Landscaping developments
included a fountain in the middle of the garden pond, a walk-way,
an outdoor ramp, and numerous plants and small trees.
We now have seven full-time staff and several part-time volunteers.
In addition, students get guidance as needed from Dr Paredes, who
we consider to be Cebu's best doctor. Dr Paredes' electric-acupuncture
diagnostic machine often surprises our students by pointing out
unexpected toxicity or other defects in one or other of their organs.
Usually the normal methods of natural therapy are enough to generate
a cure, but occasionally we also need Dr Paredes to prescribe a
herbal or homeopathic medicine.
Have you got what it takes?
Email service at anandamarga.org to volunteer.