Prof Dr P B Lohiya Chairman Indian Academy of Acupuncture Science efforts for recognition of Acupuncture started far ago when his friend Mundhe Saheb was deputy CM.
The demand was for Acupuncture as a separate pathy as in China. It was not possible at state level to get law amendments done so with his friends suggestion he approached then health minister Dr Gulam Nabi Azad.
With this a commitee of western doctors was appointed to decide future of Acupuncture.No Acupuncturist was part of the debate hence it was in vain.
To add to the controversy in 2002-3 a notification to ban Acupuncture pranic healing reiki colourtherapy urinetherapy hydrotherapy hypnotherapy etc was passed.
This period was very stressful for Dr Lohiya. Pramod Mahajan saheb -his dear friend helped. He had to approach Sushma Swaraj health minister in NDA through him at a party meeting at Ranchi.
Sushmaji was convinced about the wrong amendment of banning systems.
Only Acupuncture and hypnotherapy were accepted as mode of therapy to be practised by qualified medical practitioners and appropriately trained personnel.
With timely thought of sir and word was changed to or and all students were accepted by the term appropriately trained personnel.
Later all went smooth Health secretary Iqbalsingh Chahal was approached to recognise the system. Health minister to state Vikhe Patil ..Dr Gavit Sir were regularly approached ..but all insisted on West Bengal type of council which restricted non Medical practitioners in many ways.. presently same situation in our state... With sir being council President the regulations of Bengal council need to be timely altered. This will not happen under people with Blind eye scanners of Allopathy. Acupuncture is beyond knee and back Pain is known to Sir and all his students. Rest Allopath turned Acupuncturist cannot digest this.Way beyond Pain and Paralysis treating fibroid optic atrophy CRF CAD is passion of Sir.. His vision is one step ahead. Moreover the vision is open to all shishyas liberally and generously. He is the Right choice. President Acupuncture Council. To be declared very very soon.
Maharashtra Acupuncture Council formation is nearing up. Pursuing efforts of Indian Academy of Acupuncture Science are on.
The first President of council for term of 2 years will be declared diplomatically. That is by the Government. Henceforth elections will be held as it is done for Maharashtra medical practitioners and MCI.
President of the first council will be it's foundation..Sir selection will be undoubtfully strong foundation . His efforts to treat lakhs of patients training 10000 plus students in India and abroad. He went against his own lobby of Modern medicine practitioners in 2 ways.
1. by treating incurable diseases and proving them wrong.
2. by training non medicos in Acupuncture to build up a strong base for the science to flourish. Many Allopaths practicing Acupuncture in the country did not like this. Hence this is the 2nd way.
*without so many..thousands of practitioners in hand .. who would have thought to form a council. The gross idea comes from growing numbers and a need of regulation.
I believe that council should bear members who strongly believe in Acupuncture and it's effects and not them who would restrict it to Pain and Paralysis.
Hence Dr Lohiya Sir and his team has to be the priority.