Dr. Archana Swami works as a scientist at Modern Therapeutics. She got herPh.D in Biotechnology from the University of Pune, while working at Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India. She is also a practitioner of Su-Jok. She describes her journey in the world of science and in Su-Jok.
Can you describe your career journey?
I learnt to apply the knowledge of chemistry at sub-micron scale and to perform surface chemistry at nano-scale during Ph.D to create functional particles at nano-scale that is a thousand fold smaller than human hair. I worked on packaging nucleic acids into nanoparticles for manipulation of genetic machinery of cells. This exposure during Ph.D. took me to the next phase of my journey where I began with a postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School (HMS) under the supervision of Prof. Omid Farokhzad (BWH, HMS) and Prof. Robert Langer, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Here I developed innovative therapeutic strategies for treatment of bone cancer and musculoskeletal disorders, while studying signaling pathways for new drug discovery. More importantly I learned to ‘pick the right question’ and understand how the answers will impact the next five years.
You are now a master teacher of Su-Jok. Can you tell us a little about Su-Jok?
In Sujok therapy, palm and foot represent all the organs/meridians in the body. ‘Su’ means hand while ‘Jok’ means palm. Developed by Professor Park Jae Woo, this therapy is 100% safe, simple and easy to perform even by the patients. Since hands and feet are the locations of systems of active points corresponding to all organs and part of the body, stimulation of these points produces a curative effect. This method is universal. With the help of Sujok, various kinds of illnesses can be treated.
Can you tell us about your journey into Su-Jok?
When my father-in-law, Ramen Mukherjee retired after serving in geological survey of India, he wanted to continue his good work for the society and do something that had social impact. He came across, Sujok and decided to learn it. He was very taken with the technique and became a master teacher. He has been serving the society with Sujok for 9 years now. Initially Sujok did not caught my interest very much. Being a scientist by training I was not a big believer in alternate medicines. When my child was born, one day suddenly I got a severe back pain. My father-in-law used Sujok to help heal it. It was magical. I then started to take interest in knowing and learning Sujok. I have learned the technique and now work as a practitioner.
How do Sujok practitioners diagnose and cure problems?
We press different pressure points and when we get the feedback from the patient as to where it is painful we can correlate the location of the pressure point in the pam of hand or feet to the organ of interest in the body that can get benefitted by simulating the pressure point. By stimulating the relevant pressure points by say for example applying pressure or putting seeds, the parson gets healing effect in the corresponding organ or tissue. This works via network of nerves, by sending signal to the relative organs to cure the problem. Sujok has been found to be immensely helpful to heal certain physical problems such as blood pressure, headache, bronchitis, asthma, gastric acidity, ulcer, constipation, migraine, vertigo, irritable bowel syndrome, gastr-oesophageal reflex disease, disc prolapse, complications due to chemotherapy, menopause, excessive bleeding and many more. It can also be used to cure mental issues like depression. Sujok is a great therapy for soul and body that provides natural treatment to the patients, who otherwise, depend on pills to cure such diseases. It is the alternative form of therapy that can complement any main stream treatment plans (not substitute) and can be very easily provided. It is a self-healing tool literally in your hands.
What is Seed Therapy?
A seed has a life. This is well explained by the fact that when we sow a seed, it develops into a tree. Keeping this in mind, when we put and rub a seed on the pressure points, it gives us the life and takes away the disease. For instance, round, spherical shaped seeds of pea and black pepper are known to provide relief to ailments related to eyes, head, knee joints and back problems. The kidney shaped red beans is used to treat kidney and stomach related disorders. The seeds with sharp corners are applied by mechanical method and exert pathological influence on the body.
It is seen that after the treatment, the seeds also change their structure, shape and color (they may become fragile, discolored, enlarge or decrease in size, shrivel, crack or even fall to pieces). Such reactions show how seeds take get impacted by the exchange in energy with the site of implementation in patients, in philosophical terms they take away the pain and disease.
What is Smile Meditation?
In Sujok, a smile is referred as Buddha smile or a child's smile. Smile meditation aims to strike a harmony with our mind, body and soul.
With this, one can improve health, self-confidence, develop and enrich one's abilities, succeed both in education and work and become a vibrant person that helps to make a progressive society. By spreading smile, positive vibes are released by an individual that helps him/her to maintain cordial relations with others, spread cheer in one's livelihood and stay motivated.
Where do you practice?
I practice at the Satsang Center in Woburn, MA. My father-in-law, Ramen Mukherjee trained a few people and we are now volunteers who provide the treatment at the center. We work for free but clients donate to Satsang Center at their own will. We are available everyday between 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Why do you give so much time to being a Sujok practitioner?
It is a gift to be able to help others. When we see the relief that people get it is a very great happy experience. Sujok requires us to hold people’s hand. Connecting with people in that way is very special. I am fortunate to have learned the technique and I would like to share it with others.
How can people get in touch with you?
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