Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal, widely regarded as the pioneer of the holistic medical movement in India, is the Founder – President of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine. An interna -tionally renowned practitioner of alternative medicine, Dr. Agarwal is also an organiser, visionary, author and teacher.
Right from the initial stage of his medical education he recognised the value of treating “the whole person” consisting of the physical, mental, emotional, social and psychological dimensions of man and not simply 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 systems needed to be integrated to be render more effective and humane. This could be accomplished by evolving a holistic system of treatment and practising a holistic life style.
It is especially in such a context that alternative medicines are relevent 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 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.
Regraduated 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 therapy 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 popularisation of holistic healing
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 a number of national and international conferences organised by government and non-governmental organisations in India and abroad, his name having become synonymous with alternative medicines in India and has appeared in the Asia International’s Who’s Who for his outstanding contribution to the cause of Alternative Medicine in India. Dr. Agarwal has organised nine national and five international conferences which were greatly successful having received the blessings and well wishes of 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 Ministers 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 worldwide and were also graced by a host of dignitaries such as Mother Teresa, Governors, Union Ministers, State Ministers and diplomats.
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 received 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. Jagdish Tytler, Union Minister; Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi National Award by Mr. Vasant Sathe, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations; and Mother India International Award by Mr. R. L. Bhatia, Union Minister. More recently, Dr. Agarwal was honoured with the Netaji Award and Mother Teresa Award.