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PASIG CITY, FEB 24 (UCAN) -- The head of an Indian Christian ashram is in the Philippines to teach Church and government workers how to use herbal medicine to cure the poor.

Carmelite of Mary Immaculate Father Aji Sebastian is giving a Feb. 22-27 seminar on Heat Reduction Therapy, which uses five basic herbs in different combinations to cure sicknesses.

The 33-year-old priest, who is also a medical doctor and holds a doctorate in Alternative Medicine, runs Darsanalaya (place of vision) in Delhi archdiocese.

Seminar organizer Maria Victoria Geronilla told participants, including Bishop Francisco San Diego of Pasig, a Philippines Darsanalaya had been set up in Pasig City with the help of Pasig diocese.

Father Aji told UCA News he was not in the Philippines to promote his ashram or alternative medicine. He came to find people who want to help cure the poor.

"Eighty per cent of Asians and Africans are poor and get no benefit from medical institutions," the priest noted. "I have come here to find people who will reach out to the poor with simple medicines."

He says Africans and Asians are willing to accept death because they have no money for medication. "That should never be allowed."

Serving health needs of poor residents

In India he has trained healers in 18 states. These people give some of their time to the poor and that, he says, is what he wants to see happen in the Philippines.

Pasig diocese allowed the use of the cathedral hall and other facilities for the seminar. It sent Church workers to join sessions with city government workers and other participants.

The diocese hopes the event can help the Church serve the medical needs of poor Pasig residents, diocesan chancellor Father Roy Rosales told UCA News.

Each seminar participant spends 15 minutes a day in yoga and silent meditation which are elements of healing the sick, says Father Aji, who is also diagnosing participants' illnesses.

Religious of the Good Shepherd Sister Mary Rose Tapia told UCA News she came to the seminar from Tagaytay, south of Manila, because "I want to learn how I can serve better" the poor people who live near her.

Her religious community runs Maryridge retreat house to help people with ailments. "We deal with people who are not terribly sick, but who are in need of mental, physical or social wellbeing," Sister Tapia said.

The nun has been practicing holistic medicine for over 10 years. She hopes the seminar will show her how to start a herbal garden and identify what herbs to plant.

Geronilla told UCA News she is paying for the entire cost of the seminar because she believes in alternative medicine and what the priest is doing.

The widow met Father Aji last October when he visited the Jesuit-run East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI) in Quezon City.
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