Dr. B G Gokulan is reviving the ancient medical science of ayurvedic ophthalmology to make eye care affordable and accessible to the world. Over the last 24 years, he has pioneered and popularized clinical ayurvedic ophthalmology amongst the medical fraternity, Government and the public in India.
Headquartered at Thiruvalla, Kerala, Gokulan has been sharing his research and associated activities with other medical groups and institutions to increase the visibility and acceptance of ayurvedic eye care. Through partnerships with local modern hospitals and clinics across South India as well as Mumbai, Dr. Gokulan is scaling to make it accessible. While he consults at partner hospitals and clinics treating patients, he also trains paramedics and junior doctors who are interested to learn this ancient medical science. He feels its important to spend as much time learning from theory as much in practice. While, building acceptance amongst the medical fraternity, he is also, piecing together the supply side infrastructure through trainings. At his Sudarshanam School of Ayurveda Nursing and Panchakarma, paramedics and junior doctors undergo special training in ayurvedic eye care. A one year diploma course in Ayurvedic Nursing and Panchakarma is also taught to paramedics.
Over the last two decades, Dr. Gokulan has directly treated about 30,000 patients and impacted more than 50000 patients indirectly. People are now more aware about the safety and possibilities of Ayurveda in various non-surgical treatments. To further scale his impact, Dr. Gokulan is now involved in a one year long pioneering clinical research in association with Retina India and few modern partner hospitals to explore the possibilities of ayurvedic ophthalmology with the modern medical fraternity as well as global mass thus gaining global acceptance. Dr. Gokulan plans to increase the number of modern partner hospitals to be able to reach out to a larger public mass.
Note: This was updated in December, 2013. Read on for the ELECTION profile.