Sumita Sarang Satarkar
Registered Acupuncture Practitioner
Registration no: MCA/2022/11/B/002450
Founder, Director, Swasthya Santulan Medicare Pvt Ltd.
My journey began in Pune, my birthplace. My childhood memories are filled with the 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 learned 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 in Yoga and Naturopathy at 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, 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 governmentestablished 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 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 center?’ these questions plagued my mind. Back then, patients were unfamiliar with 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 to 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 patients’ 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 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 Godlike 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 traveled to villages in the eastern and southern parts of Maharashtra. I received an unbelievably large response from hundreds of patients a day.
I was able to make a difference in people’s lives by Acupuncture’s healing power. Seeing them free of pain and aware of the science behind it, and receiving their acknowledgment 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 in “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 the 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 1 st in Maharashtra.
Simultaneously, a new wave of Acupuncture recognition started spreading throughout the country. I joined the Acupuncture Association of India, 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 the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, London.
I wished to go further and broaden my knowledge by traveling 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 the 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 the Indian Research Institute of Integrative Medicine.
I also completed a distance learning course for Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy from Mahatma Gandhi University. It was a 2-year course that 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 that were working in Traditional Medicine. My papers got selected for 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, the 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 Ph.D. 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 from 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 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 the 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 wink 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, the Scientific base of Acupuncture, and various other relevant subjects. I secured distinction with 74.67%.
After that, at a Traditional medicine convention in Vienna, where I was an invited speaker, I attended several scientific talks by scientists from the International Quantum University of Integrative Medicines (IQUIM), USA. I heard lectures from 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 at 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 the 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 medical students started coming to Pune to learn from my Institute: Saheacci: The School of Alternative Healing & Acupuncture Insync.
This was my journey of 27 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, and 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.
LEADERSHIP AND AWARDS
- March 2017- Indian Woman Acupuncturist to represent India, at the United Nations, through (All Shah Behram Baug Society, Mumbai, recognized as consultative status at UN) for research in Acupuncture in New York in CSW 61, Commission on Status of Women.
- January 2017- First Indian Acupuncturist to introduce the philosophy of Acupuncture at University Of Perugia, Italy. Invited for a key talk on Pulse diagnosis in Acupuncture at Medicine department as well as Nursing department at Perugia and Foligno University, Italy
- May 2017, London- Indian Woman Acupuncturist to be invited as plenary speaker at Summit of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, UK.
- September 2017- Xian, China – Indian woman Acupuncturist to be invited as Key note speaker on Acupuncture healing and definite pulse pattern for Thyroidism.
- November 2017- Italy- First Indian woman Acupuncturist to be invited for opening ceremony of Traditional Medicine Festival at Foligno, Italy. Presented a key talk in the presence of Mayor of Foligno, Health Minister of Umbria district and Her excellency of Indian Embassy of Italy, on Ancient Indian Philosophy of Birth and Acupuncture healing on Primary and secondary Infertility.
- November 2017- Srilanka- Invited speaker at Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Colombo
- October 2016- First Indian woman Acupuncturist to be invited as a keynote speaker at Chicago, at International Restorative Medicine Conference.
- September 2016- First Indian Woman Acupuncturist to present a research paper at Netherlands in International Traditional Medicine symposium, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- First Indian woman Acupuncturist to be appointed as an Organising Committee Member, Moderator, and Trainer for 2nd International Restorative Medicine Conference at Vienna, Austria 2017 and Paris 2018.
- 2013- Presented research paper on “Collagen induced arthritis and Acupuncture” at the 6th International conference on Natural Medicine at Paris, France
- 2003-2017 Researched and presented more than 800 lectures, creating Acupuncture awareness in different social organizations in India and abroad.
- 2005-2014 300+ free treatment camps in rural areas of Maharashtra.
- 2012 Presented Research paper on ‘Convulsions due to cochlear Implantation and Acupuncture healing’ at the 19th International conference of alternative medicine, Kolkata.
- 2010 Presented Research paper on ‘Convulsions due to cochlear Implantation and Acupuncture healing’12th National conference of Acupuncture Association of India, Indore
- 2011 Presented research paper on “collagen induced arthritis and Acupuncture” at National conference, Delhi.
- 1998- Conducted Training Workshops for Maratha Federation of Mauritius in Acupuncture
- March 2020: Kartutva Gaurav Puraskar by Prabhat Papers ltd. Pune
- March 2019 : Dr Skadder Karya Bhushan Puraskar at Pune.
- January 2018: Awarded with International Excellence Award by the hands of Madhuri Dixit Nene at Thailand.
- July 2017- Awarded with Kartutuwa Gaurav Puraskar by the hands of Hon.Smt. Amruta Phadnavis and Hon Adv. Shri Ujjwal Nikam at Pune
- 2017 Most Prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Sanman awarded at House of Lords, London.
- 2016 Best Speaker Award – Conference series Ltd, United States of America
- 2016 Best Research paper Award, Traditional Medicine Organization, Netherlands
- 2016 International Quality Award, Brands Impact, Goa
- 2015 Global Quality Award, New Delhi
- 2013 Asia Excellence Award, Bangkok
- 2013 Health Excellence Award, Kolkata
- 2013 Gaurav Puraskar, Pune
- 2012 Dhanvantari Award, Kolkata
- 2012 Kartutva Gaurav Puraskar, Mumbai
- 2011 Pragati Mahila Sanman Puraskar, Nashik
- 2011 Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, New Delhi
- 2011 Rashtriya Acupuncture Ratna, Hyderabad
- 2009 Acupuncture Excellence Award, Bangalore
- 2009 Mother Teresa Award, Bangalore
- 1994 Gold Medal (Consistent first rank for consecutive three years)