Sumita Sarang Satarkar
My journey began in Pune, my birthplace. My childhood memories are filled with my time spent at my school, Renuka Swarup. My most striking memories are associated with my love for singing. I took part in several interschool and interstate singing competitions. I also got the opportunity to sing on stage through children’s song programs organized by Kilbil Rangbhoomi.
I decided to get a formal singing education at the age of 10. I learnt how to polish my raw talent under the guidance of my teacher, P. Karmarkar. At the age of 11, I passed the ‘Light vocal music’ examination conducted by Pune Aakashwani. Soon after, at age 17, I passed the ‘B High grade’ All India level audition. At the age of 18, Pune Aakashwani broadcasted my first original ‘light classical vocal’ program. At this point, it was a no-brainer that I would pursue a musical career.
However, it seemed as if the universe had other plans for me. This turning point would shape my destiny.
I decided to pursue a 4 year course of Yoga and Naturopathy in C.S. Medical College, Pune. The syllabus was grueling and I ended up studying a wide variety of subjects including Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Practice of Medicine, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Materia Medica, Pathology, and Microbiology Bio chemistry, Forensic Medicine, Preventive & Social Medicine, Naturopathy, Yoga and Acupuncture. I was awarded a gold medal in Anatomy upon finishing the course.
After completing this course, I developed a deep fascination for Acupuncture Science. I decided to pursue Acupuncture and embarked on a journey to broaden my knowledge in this field. During that time, around 1996-1997, there was no specific curriculum or government-established institutions for Acupuncture training. I had no choice but to look for private institutes that could allow me to get advanced training.
In Mumbai, reputed Acupuncture expert, Dr. Toliya had established the International Academy of Scientific Acupuncture. After an entrance exam, where I ranked first, my admission was confirmed. At this institute I completed two 1-year certificate courses, “Medical Acupuncture” and “Advanced Acupuncture and Pulse Diagnosis” from 1997-1999.
After finishing these courses, I was clueless about my plan of action. ‘Should I start treating patients by renting out a small place?’, ‘Should I join a therapy centre?’ these questions plagued my mind. Back then, patients were unfamiliar about traditional modalities of treatment, and Acupuncture was completely out of the question!
Eventually, I decided to go to each patient, right to their doorstep. I used to ring doorbells and ask people about their illnesses. I used to offer them free treatments as well, but people were quite skeptical and refused to try Acupuncture.
Initially, I was upset by this refusal, but I realized pretty soon that I had no choice but to be patient.
Exactly a year later, I got the opportunity to serve my first patient. He was a paralytic, bedridden, poor patient with a frustrated wife who had given up all hopes of his recovery. With her hesitant approval, I began treating him. Despite being nervous, I was confident about the potential of Acupuncture Science. Within 15 days, the man stood up! It was an extraordinary moment for me, it fueled me to turn my passion into reality.
Following his recovery, I got several patients willing to try out Acupuncture. ‘Seeing is Believing’ after all. I was diligently carrying out my work, but somehow, I still felt that my knowledge was limited. I wished to learn more, and I decided to pursue a course in Diploma of Acupuncture from a new private institute named Maharashtra Academy of Acupuncture, from 1999-2000.
Meanwhile, I was getting a vast response to Acupuncture treatments, I started attending 20-25 patients a day. However, it was becoming tiring and time consuming to travel all over Pune. I decided to rent out a small place, and recruited a small staff to help me out. My patients also allowed me to study ‘Pulse Diagnosis’, a field I was immensely curious about. My first teacher, Dr. Toliya had taught me that one needs to check at least 1000 different patient’s pulses to identify one abnormal pulse. Keeping this in mind, I started studying Pulse diagnosis through each patient of mine.
Gradually, my patients began recommending my treatment to other people, and my work began growing like a tree.
One day, during my regular routine at the clinic, I heard something that shocked me. I overheard a conversation between two patients, who were discussing how they got healed by me and were labeling me as a God-like figure. I was upset after hearing this, as it reminded me of how people were so unaware of the reality of Acupuncture.
I decided to educate the public about the potential of Acupuncture. I started organizing Acupuncture awareness camps for free in various social organizations like Rotary, Lions, Senior citizen clubs etc. I took more than 800 lectures at these camps. I wanted to reach out to rural areas as well, so I travelled to villages in the eastern and southern parts of Maharashtra. I received an unbelievably large response of hundreds of patients a day.
I was able to make a difference in people’s lives by virtue of Acupuncture’s healing power. Seeing them free of pain and aware about the science behind it, and receiving their acknowledgement and blessings were my true earnings.
Eventually, I began seeking even more training opportunities. I got the chance to meet an expert in advanced techniques of Acupuncture, Dr. Nilesh Patel, in Indore. At his institute named Acupuncture Academy, I took up special certificate courses on “Chrono-Acupuncture” and “Cosmetic Acupuncture”, from 2008-2009.
Following that, I got an opportunity to learn from a highly acclaimed Acupuncturist, Padmashree Dr. Raman Kapur in Delhi. I completed a course from his workshop in “Bloodletting” and “Acupuncture protocol for Infertility” during 2009-2010.
At that time, there was a one-year certificate course conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Vocational Examination run by the Government of Maharashtra. This was the first and only course for Acupuncture started by the Government. This small step towards Acupuncture recognition meant a lot to me. I did that course and ranked 1st in Maharashtra.
Simultaneously, a new wave of Acupuncture recognition started spreading throughout the country. I joined the Acupuncture Association of India, in order to contribute from my end to this new movement of Acupuncture recognition.
In 2013, I thought of getting some training from overseas to understand how western Acupuncture modalities work. I got an opportunity to learn from Acupuncturist Stuart Lee from London. I completed a certificate course in Acupuncture and Musculoskeletal disorders under him at College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, London.
I wished to go further and broaden my knowledge by travelling to China, where people conduct extensive Acupuncture research. It was not easy to go there, but I eventually got the opportunity to learn from a Chinese Acupuncturist, Dr. Paul. I completed an Internship and certificate course on Management of Diabetes through Acupuncture at Wangjing Hospital of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing. The internship was quite intensive and I got to experience working at the biggest Acupuncture Hospital in the world, with more than 500 beds.
After coming back, I joined a workshop in Tongue Diagnosis and completed a certificate course under a very senior Acupuncturist from Kolkata, Dr. Debashish Bakshi, at Indian Research Institute of Integrative Medicine.
I also completed a distance learning course of Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy form Mahatma Gandhi University. It was a 2-year course which gave me immense knowledge and I passed their examinations with 82%.
During these years, I had begun submitting my research abstracts to several scientific committees who were working in Traditional Medicine. My papers got selected in National and International conferences and I got plenty of opportunities to present my research in India and Overseas.
By then, my research data for Pulse diagnosis had reached the milestone of 50000 patients. Based on this research data, I was able to develop ‘100 patterns of Pulse for Accurate diagnosis and Healing in Acupuncture’. I urgently wanted a platform where I could submit this data and get it recognized. Unfortunately, there was not a single University in India which was acknowledging Acupuncture Research.
During an Alternative Medicine conference, I got the opportunity to meet a great Lady, a pioneer in Traditional and Alternative medicines, Dame Dr. Meher Master Moos. Having graduated from Oxford and completely devoted to the healing sciences as well as having worked with an icon in Acupuncture, honorable Dr. Anton Jayasuria, she was very welcoming to me as a researcher in her Zoroastrian institute. She, along with well-known Physicist Dr. R N Shukla, was the first woman scientist in India who brought Kirlian photography to our country which is used to demonstrate Human Aura. I was amazed by her talent and dedication.
She agreed to accept my research for a PhD thesis, upon seeing my experience of more than 18 years in my field and the huge number of data I had gathered. Since it was a perceptional study about the reading of Human Pulse on the vital energy level, it drew a lot of criticism among the faculty who were in charge of approving the thesis. I was fortunate enough to have a guide like Dr. R N Shukla, who advised me to prove my research statement by utilizing vital energy mapping software which measures our vital energy levels accurately. It was a milestone for my research as it validated my pulse examinations by giving the exact same results.
I submitted my thesis in 2013 to the Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Colombo. After 2 years, my thesis got approved as my original work.
Dr. Meher Master Moos was very proud and she specially felicitated me at the 33rd World Congress by the hands of Hon. Russian Consul General in India. She blessed me and said that she will take my research to the world. She said “It is really valuable to mankind. Your research is a readymade dish for a person who wishes to learn such a difficult method of Pulse diagnosis. It will be a revolutionary move in diagnosis in this modern era, where ancient diagnostic methods are waning.”
She took my work to the United Nations (UN) and I got an invitation from the UN to represent Acupuncture at the UNCSW61 (the commission on status of women). It was a very significant moment in my life. I represented my Nation, “My Bharat” at United Nations in New York, only through my work of Acupuncture. I am highly grateful to Dr. Meher Madam for helping me create such a historic accomplishment.
Soon after, I found a new 2-year distance learning Masters course in Acupuncture, at Karnataka State Open University, Mysore. Through this course I learnt Acupuncture applications, Bio elements, Acupuncture Fundamentals, Scientific base of Acupuncture and various other relevant subjects. I secured distinction with 74.67%.
After that, at a Traditional medicine convention at Vienna, where I was an invited speaker, I attended several scientific talks by scientists from International Quantum University of Integrative Medicines (IQUIM), USA. I heard lectures of Dr. Paul Drouin, the founder of IQUIM and Dr. Amit Goswami who is a great scientist in Quantum Physics and Quantum Biology. I was captivated by their knowledge and decided to pursue education from IQUIM.
Through an entrance exam and a personal interview, I was accepted for a 4-year full time course for a Doctorate in Integrative Medicine. The first 2 years was coursework through classroom sessions and examinations. Due to the time zone difference between the USA and India, almost all the online lectures were at night. My dissertation began in my third year. My topic was ‘Quantum Healing Approach with Acupuncture Methodologies to Treat, Heal and Prevent Hypo and Hyperthyroidism using Pulse Diagnosis Patterns for accurate diagnosis’. For my thesis I had the clinical data from my patients. I completed my doctorate with distinction, in 2019.
At the same time, during an International conference in Netherlands, I met Dr. Domenico Delfino, the Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Perugia, Italy. He was impressed by my talk on the subject of Pulse diagnosis and invited me to their University, for a talk for the students. The subject of Acupuncture and Pulse diagnosis was so well-received that the University of Perugia invited me as a Keynote Speaker at the Traditional Medicine Festival in Foligno, Italy. Every year, I began giving talks there, did workshops and eventually some medicine students started coming to Pune to learn from my Institute: Saheacci: The School of Alternative Healing & Acupuncture Insync.
This was my journey of 25 years filled with learning and embracing the potentials of Acupuncture, which is so powerful that it kept me afloat on a sea of infinite possibilities. I feel tremendously blessed to be known as an Acupuncturist, a Healer. I wish to offer my sincerest gratitude to the Universe and my Guru, Sadguru Shri Saibaba.
‘Love is infectious, the greatest healing energy’ – Saibaba.