King Charles and his wife Camilla, Academy Award-winning author and actor Emma Thompson and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu were among the many popular guests who visited the Soukya Holistic Health Center just 26 kilometers from the city of Bengaluru. One person. Spread across 30 acres of ornamental gardens, its centerpiece is an organic farm. Over the past 20 years, the center has welcomed guests from his 120 countries to find solutions for everything from depression to skin diseases to pulmonary fibrosis.
Prince Charles spent a week in a residential facility at the age of 71.st Celebrated my birthday at Soukya in 2019 and immersed myself in the tranquil setting of the center dotted with palm trees, tuberose, jasmine, bougainvillea and 300 medicinal plants and herbs. His wife, Camila, has visited the center seven times since 2010.
“The royal family, including the king and queen, have always had strong beliefs in integrative medicine, especially homeopathy,” said Soukya, founder of Soukya, which has 25 luxurious rooms with private gardens and 44 treatment rooms. Medical Director Issac Mathai, Ph.D. The late Queen Elizabeth was known to carry a leather medicine case containing several homeopathic remedies wherever she went. Her son, (now) Prince Charles, has also been very vocal about the benefits of alternative medicine, especially during his Covid-19 pandemic.
Mathai is also one of the royal couple’s wellness consultants and visits the residence about three times a year. He is also invited to the King’s coronation on May 6, along with his wife Suja, co-founder and executive director of Soukya. “It’s an honor to be part of the King’s special day. It shows their confidence in me and my skills,” says Mathai.
He is known for his holistic and customized approach to healing. His lengthy consultation sessions often end with his wellness schedule including homeopathy, ayurveda, naturopathic medicines, diet, massage, yoga and acupuncture, acupressure and reflexology sessions. “The goal is to heal the whole person. To keep his/her mind, body, emotions, spirit and body in perfect balance, traditional health sciences can help us achieve that,” says Matthew. says.
As a young homeopath, he worked from 1985 at the 101 Clinic, one of the oldest and largest holistic health clinics in Europe. The healthcare system has delivered far better results than following just one. At that time, he dreamed of a holistic wellness center that combined India’s traditional medical system. “For the past 20 years, patients from all over the world have come to his Soukya on the recommendation of doctors practicing Western medicine,” says Mathai.
However, after Covid-19, perceptions of the benefits of integrative medicine, including Ayurveda and yoga, have diversified. “Everyone wants to have a strong immune system, a healthy mind and body, not only fight disease, but live a happy and healthy life. Nothing beats an approach,” adds Mathai.
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