Each One Teach One. Each One Treat One. Each One Reach One.




Overview of Sansthan

PREAMBLE

The graph of the sick and the ailing is showing an ever increasing trend all over the world, specially in under developed and poor countries. India is no exception with millions of its poor and who just cannot afford the high costs of modern day treatment and medicines. No government can have adequate resources to meet all the heath requirements of the poorer sections of society. People in even the developed countries find it difficult to meet high medical costs and equally high medical insurance premiums.

In this grim scenario, an entirely different and innovative approach is needed to alleviate the sufferings of the sick and ailing millions across the globe. There is no dearth of people in human society with purity of heart, noble intentions and a desire to serve the needy. All that is required is for few enterprising and service minded people to take the lead and bring together under one umbrella all such good and right thinking men and women with the common intention of serving humanity.

Acupressure Research, Training and Treatment Sansthan was thus established at Allahabad, India on 26 Mar 1995 for just this purpose. It is an organization of selfless volunteers dedicated to the cause of free social service to the sick and the ailing. The bulk of the volunteers come from the cadre of senior citizens, middle age housewives and unmarried girls.

Senior citizens who are no more active in their vocations find time sitting heavily on them and many experience a feeling of being unwanted in society. Middle age housewives and unmarried girls also have plenty of time to spare. The Sansthan found that the time and latent energy of these groups as also of other volunteers could be channelised and be put to good use in the service of the suffering masses.

 As its name suggests, the Sansthan was established with a view to carrying out research, training and treatment through practically cost free acupressure therapy, a therapy with tremendous effectiveness but without any side effects associated with modern medicine. The therapy has great mass potential on account of its simplicity of application, practically no cost basis and ease of learning.

The Sansthan had a humble beginning and started off on a modest scale with a group of seven volunteer men treating 12 patients free of cost in a borrowed building. The sapling planted in the year 1995 has today become a banyan tree and the small Allahabad group of seven has turned into a large country wide cohesive group of countless thousands. The banyan is still spreading its branches and there are no full stops.

Over a period of time, the Sansthan has established more than 80 affiliate treatement centers across the length and breadth of India for providing free acupressure treatment to one and all. Thousands of fully/partially trained acupressure therapists are engaged in volunteer service all over the country for this purpose. The acupressure therapists trained by the Sansthan are somewhat akin to bare foot doctors of China with the difference that the Sansthan trained therapists are mostly volunteers with no monetary motives.

Today, the Sansthan has its own building which houses its headquarters, out patient hospital, research center, training academy, library and its publications wing. An acupressure training college, the first of its kind in India, is under way. See History of Sansthan for full background details. The Sansthan is committed to turn the present tide into a mass movement and take it forward to every nook and corner of not only India but to rest of the world in due course. The Sansthan needs active support from all segments of the society the world over in its endeavor to bring succor to the sick. 

The Sansthan has made it a policy not to accept donations in cash or kind from any quarter. It also does not charge any treatment costs to the patients. Yet, it needs funds to carry out its multifarious activities. Over a period of time, the Sansthan has made itself a financially viable organization, mainly through sale of professional books published by itself and partly through training fees levied on trainees which though are bare minimal.

MOTTO

To fully achieve its objectives, the Sansthan has set the following motto for all its volunteer members:

1.  Each One Teach One.  Each member must impart knowledge of acupressure therapy to at least one person in a   year.

2.  Each One Treat One.  Each member must treat at least one person every day free of cost as part of voluntary service.

3.  Each One Reach One.  Each member must motivate at least one person in a year to join in to similarly provide voluntary service.
RESEARCH
The Sansthan has been carrying out acupressure related research right since its inception in 1995. Research findings are regularly being published in the Sansthan’s in house quarterly journal ‘Saraswati’ and its various publications. These are also being disseminated during the national conference of acupressure therapists being organized by the Sansthan at Allahabad annually. Sansthan’s president, Shri Mata Prasad Khemka and its senior vice president Shri Jagdish Prasad Agrawal have been the fountainheads behind all the research activities of the Sansthan assisted by a team of dedicated volunteer individuals.

Shri Khemka has concerned himself mainly with research based on Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM), i.e., acupressure. Effective one point acupressure treatment of a multitude of diseases has been the high point of his research. He has been quick to find acupressure cure for epidemic diseases like chikungunya and dengue that broke out in India in 2006 and for which there existed no established treatment. Shri Khemka’s researches have proved to be a boon for hundreds of acupressure therapists who have been using the research results in the treatment of patients to very good effect.

Shri J. P. Agrawal has been instrumental in a path breaking research in an entirely new field, namely, ayurvedic acupressure. The research is based mainly on study of ancient Indian ayurvedic text of ‘Charak Sanhita’. This research has revolutionized acupressure treatment through discovery of simple and extremely effective remedy to a vast number of diseases including intractable diseases such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, etc. It has now become possible to completely cure diseases such as trigeminal neuralgia, blockage of coronary artery, etc. without surgery, through ayurvedic acupressure treatment.


 

Training

The ultimate aim of the Sansthan is to train at least one member of each family in the basics of acupressure therapy so that the person can look after the health needs of him self/her self, family members, neighbours and friends. The Sansthan organizes awareness programmes and basic training for this purpose. In addition, the Sansthan conducts a number of higher level courses to train acupressure professionals.

The Sansthan has established a training wing and a training academy with a view to meeting its objective. The training wing conducts short-term basic acupressure courses at Allahabad and outstations at periodic intervals. The training academy located at Allahabad conducts long-term advance acupressure courses. Minimal fees are charged to the students for these courses.

Following types of training programmes are generally conducted by the Sansthan.

• Awareness training programmes.
• Basic training.
• Advance training.
• Residential training.
• Super advance training.
• Long term academy courses.


For further details of above training, see Synopsis: Sansthan Training.

Various universities in India are also offering certificate/diploma/advance diploma/bachelor degree courses in conjunction with the Sansthan.  For further details of these courses, see Synopsis: University Acupressure Courses.

Plans are under way for the Sansthan to establish an acupressure training college at Allahabad for running a full fledged four-year residential course in acupressure. Land for this purpose has been acquired and construction of various building blocks is under progress.

NATIONAL ACUPRESSURE CONFERENCE

The Sansthan organizes a two-day national conference of acupressure therapists at Allahabad in the month of Dec each year. The first such national conference was held in the year 1999. The conference provides a unique forum for acupressure specialists to present research papers and to exchange views. It is invariably combined with five-days super advanced training programme. The conference cum training is attended by learned acupressurists of the country in overwhelming numbers.

Over a period of time, the national conference cum super advance training at Allahabad has come to occupy the primary slot amongst all the acupressure related events in India. Not only advance training based on most complex subjects is covered during the event but the outcome of all the research carried out by the Sansthan during the past one year on both traditional Chinese medicineand ayurvedic acupressure is disseminated for the benefit of the participants.

TREATMENT

               

The Sansthan is committed to providing free acupressure treatment to any one in need irrespective of a person’s financial standing. It runs an out patient hospital at Allahabad where free treatment is given by volunteer therapists in two shifts daily around the year including on Sundays and holidays. The Sansthan is closed only on two days of the year on the occasion of Holi and Diwali. More than 300 patients avail of the free treatment at the hospital daily.

The Sansthan has over 100 affiliate treatment centers at Allahabad and at various places in India where similar free treatment is provided. Some of these centers run daily while some others run on lesser number of days per week. Local therapists who have been trained by the Sansthan man these centers. Services of Sansthan’s expert therapists are provided at outstation centers where required. Over a combined total of ten thousand patients are treated daily at the various affiliate centers of the Sansthan.

The Sansthan conducts free treatment camps of three to ten days duration at various places in the country from time to time on the request of local organizations. Acupressure experts from the Sansthan are sent to these camps and are assisted by the local therapists.

LIBRARY

        

The Sansthan runs a well-stocked library at its headquarters at Allahabad for the use of all its members. Apart from a small security deposit, there is no membership fee. Books pertaining to anatomy, physiology and various branches of acupressure such as Chinese and Ayurvedic acupressure, Sujok, EAV, etc are available at the library. The library stock includes some of the rare professional books and which have been obtained from various sources abroad.

PUBLICATIONS

At the very time of its founding, it was found by the Sansthan that very little literature on acupressure was available in India. The few foreign books that were available in the country were very costly and beyond the means of the common person. A need was therefore felt by the Sansthan to prepare and publish literature on the subject and make available the same to people at an affordable price.

Work on the project started soon after the Sansthan’s inception. Many books on various acupressure and medical related subjects have since been written by members of the Sansthan and are being sold at minimal price. Between 1995 and 2012, over 65 books written by the Sansthan’s member-authors have been published. The process continues. These books have been hugely popular amongst acupressure therapists and interested laymen in the country and many editions of these books have had to be published.

Amongst the most popular have been the ‘Treatise on Advance Acupuncture/Acupressure’ series of books by Shri M. P. Khemka, the founder president of the Sansthan. The Treatise has been planned in 24 volumes of which 19 have been published till the end of 2011. Equally popular have been the books on ayurvedic acupressure, mainly the epical ‘Charak Ayurvedic Acupressure’ in two parts written by Shri J. P. Agrawal, the founder senior vice president of the Sansthan.

The Sansthan regularly publishes a quarterly journal named ‘Saraswati’. The journal carries articles of interest to the acupressure community and contributed by the Sansthan’s members. Research results and important case histories are published in the journal as a record and for the benefit of acupressure therapists.

See Sansthan Publications for full details of Sansthan’s books.

 


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