A clearer vision — a case study in Integral Health
This is an observational case-report of a patient with end-stage diabetic retinopathy who opted to try out a few non-conventional ways which brought about a subjective improvement in his vision and his life. This case opens up a possibility of a cure in hopeless cases where the physical organs are already irreversibly damaged.
Mr A, a 50-year-old gentleman suffering from diabetes, came to our centre complaining of severe loss of vision in both eyes. He was hardly able to see as far as even 2 feet. He was diagnosed to have end-stage proliferative diabetic retinopathy for which he had undergone multiple surgery and laser treatment. A complete eye examination revealed no scope for visual improvement by medical or surgical means as his entire retina was covered with fibrovascular tissue. This information did not surprise him as he was very much aware of this during the course of his previous visits to different doctors. However, he was open to any other means of treatment which could help him to improve his vision. He also agreed with the concept that the human body has a tremendous hidden potential to respond to non-conventional therapies.
He was advised a session in our integral health centre. His personal history revealed that he was very ambitious but had never really achieved his goals. These failures often dragged him into depression. He was fond of good food and dress, the non-availability of which caused him much distress time and again. He wanted everybody to listen to him but in real life it never happened. His wife and children were very unkind in their behaviour. His life was centred only round his own selfish interests and that of his family. He developed a phobia about his future insecurity and the misbehaviour of his family members.
However, he had spiritual inclinations and had taken initiation in Kriya Yoga. A part of his mind did believe in God, but his surrender was passive. He believed that God would take care of his health even if he was careless. As a result, he never bothered to visit any doctors even once before his eyesight failed.
We explained to him the relationship of his disease to his egoistic movements and fears, as Integral Health takes into account the disharmony in thoughts and emotions when searching for the root of a disease. He was motivated to use his will and imagination as tools for healing as that would give him a sense of control over his disease. Instead of being a helpless victim, he was offered a role of partner in the healing process. He was advised to meditate on the Mother’s music and chant the Gayatri mantra regularly. He agreed to make a fresh start.
He started making changes in his attitude and lifestyle, opening himself more and more for the inner force to work. After a while, he informed us that his mind had decided not to neglect the body. He was trying to unburden himself of many non-relevant issues. He started handing over more responsibilities to family members and staff instead of taking on all the responsibilities of his work and the home himself. His confidence and faith improved, as did his vision. His working vision improved according to his experiences. He was advised to continue his meditation and chanting with more intensity.
He was advised to concentrate more on the Ajñā cakra which he had tried and was comfortable with. He was next advised to concentrate on his forehead, heart and navel sequentially, stopping for some time at each place and visualise the golden rays of the rising sun entering his body and activating the dormant energy centres. He enthusiastically practised these processes on a regular basis.
He reported an improvement of up to 20 feet in his vision. His irritability decreased. He was more calm, joyful and peaceful. He was advised to follow his inner voice to regulate all the activities of his life.
This case highlights some basic principles of Integral Health and opens up a possibility of a cure in hopeless cases where the physical organs are already irreversibly damaged.
1. Disease is a state of disequilibrium, not only in the physical, but also in the psychological dimensions. His diabetes and related eye conditions are reflections of the inner state of his being, his extreme lack of good nature and hope.
2. The human body has a tremendous healing capacity which has not been tapped by modern medicine to date.
3. The healing process involves changing thoughts and beliefs, not just taking drugs.
4. Simply by taking a resolution to care for the body, a cascade of healing process starts.
5. Meditation, visualisation, chanting of mantras can help in opening new processes for the functioning of the body which the practitioner starts experiencing.
6. Integral Health is not only about healing a diseased organ but about bringing a lot of peace, joy and strength into life.
7. In this process, no other medication from any other stream like Āyurveda or homoeopathy was used for treating his eye condition. Neither was any alternative process like acupuncture or reiki employed.
8. This case is not likely to be a spontaneous recovery as it has never before been reported in burnt-out end-stage diabetic retinopathy cases where the retina is physically damaged beyond repair due to long-term hypoxic damage.
9. This method would not be effective in all cases. In this instance, the faith and attitude of the patient played a crucial role in the healing of this case.
Dr Debabrata Sahani and Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya work together at a a centre for integral eye care and research at Keonjhar, Orissa. Dr. Debabrata Sahani is also an editor of NAMAH.
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