Issue No. 315, October 2015
Towards an Integral Approach to Health
The new Santé Clinic On 15th August, 2015, the Santé Clinic was opened. It is an experiment in integrative medicine as an approach to integral health. But what is integral health? And what are the challenges involved in such an experiment? Auroville Today spoke to three of the core management team – Jocelyn, Dr. Ruslan and Dr. Sumeet – to find out more. What is your definition of integral health? Jocelyn: Most allopaths tend to define health as an absence of disease, and that is also the dictionary definition. But ours is a positive definition which includes the whole being. Ruslan: It’s a balance and harmony between the different planes and levels of the being. Why is there a need for a new integral healing centre in Auroville? Ruslan: It was a response to a need. I worked at the Auroville Health Centre for six years. It served both the village and the Aurovilians and it was always very busy: sometimes I was seeing 40 patients in a morning. These are terr...