04/22/2016, 17.26
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First alternative medicine hospital run by the Sisters of Nazareth opens in Bihar

This is the first facility of its kind in the state. During the opening ceremony on Wednesday, Mgr William D'Souza SJ, Archbishop of Patna, stressed the importance of finding “wellness and integrity” in a busy life. The centre offers yoga, herbal massages, and Ayurvedic treatments, as well as dietary and joint pain advice.

Patna (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have opened an alternative medicine wellness centre, the first of its kind in the State of Bihar.

The facility is located within the Nazareth Hospital, in Mokama, which is run by the congregation, about 60 km from Patna, the state capital.

Mgr William D'Souza SJ, Archbishop of Patna, was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

In his address, the archbishop described the initiative as a sign of "hope and a tool for wellness and integrity for people who are stressed and overloaded [by tasks] in a rapidly growing world."

Mgr D'Souza cited Jesus who said, “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest,” (Mt 11:28). He also thanked the hospital for "meeting society’s needs since it opened.”

Sister Basanti Lakra, provincial of the congregation and a hospital administrator, said, "We started this new venture to meet the needs of the changing times. Providing alternative therapies is good for a healthy lifestyle. "

The centre has modern equipment and offers services at reasonable prices: yoga, aromatic herbal massages, hydrotherapy, mud therapy, and Ayurvedic treatments with oils. Dietary advice and spine and joint pain care are also available. The goal is to provide psychological well-being.

Treatment time is assessed case by case after medical consultation. The centre has a general ward, as well as private rooms. It also offers personalised counselling.

For Dr Mandal Sarju, an experienced naturopath, "We must rediscover the importance of contact with nature to find harmony with the entire ecosystem."

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