In 1979, Dr. S.R.Jindal, an eminent industrialist and a philanthropist, started Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences as a charitable hospital under Sitaram Jindal Trust. It is in the outskirt of Bangalore in an eco friendly campus of 130 acres of lush greenery. This Institute was later renamed as Jindal Naturecure Institute (JNI)
A great institution in the making, 1978-1979
The basic objective was to promote a drugless therapy which combines Indian Nature Cure with Yoga and other drugless regimens, namely, Diet Therapy and Physiotherapy, to make the patients understand the destructive ways of drug use, inculcate among them the habit of vegetarianism, self doctoring and regulated eating habits and exercise; and to take the concept to all strata of the society, and the weaker section in particular. To familiarise the general population with the concept of naturopathy, an in-house publication, Health Herald, was released on 14 June 1979. The institute became functional on 12 September 1979.
Madavara Lake adjacent to the Institution in 1979
The new regimen placed great importance in traditional Indian Naturopathy that believed in the curative power of Panchamahabhuta (the great 5 elements of nature) and the inherent will of self preservation of life, and its capacity to heal itself in natural conditions. A great deal of emphasis was given on therapeutic Yoga, discipline, diet and ambience. The diagnostics were kept above board and in line with modern medical science. Specific diseases, like asthma, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, migraine, all abdomen/liver problems etc. were taken up for treatment without administering drug. Patient care and humility in service became a hall-mark of Jindal, so is its strict rules. It was, in fact, the advent of a new drugless regimen in patient care, both curative and preventive, with no side effect, which also is an integral part of rural Indian life-style, where the rich and poor alike can be easily integrated.
At a time when Naturopathy were not taken seriously in the society, and mostly unknown, the Institute started its journey with an approach which was humble, yet firm, based on faith, science and wisdom.
The effort was met with great success. Within no time, the fame spread by the words of mouth all over the world.
In course of time, other drugless modalities like Physiotherapy, Acupuncture and Gym exercise were added.
The institute had modest beginnings with just twelve patients seeking admission for treatment on its opening day. At the time of inception, the total bed capacity was 107, with 36 Free beds, 15 Single Rooms, 12 Double Rooms, 12 cottages and 2 Nests.
With time, JNI was moving forward, and extension was taking place gradually. All the departments started getting well-equipped with modern gadgets; The Physiotherapy department is one of the best in the country having electro therapy equipments like shock wave therapy, interferential therapy, ultra sound, cryo- ultrasound, cryo- flow, traction with short wave, high-power laser, short wave diathermy along contrast pad, ultrasound, 4 touch lazar, endothermy, and also wax bath, magneto therapy etc.
Gym also has not lagged behind in patient care. It has most modern equipments like Treadmill, Elliptical, Recumbent Bike, Rower, a Multi-Gym, Upper body Ergo meter, Abdominal Machine, Back Extension, Leg Extension, Leg Curl, and Power Plate etc
By the time it was 1990 , to bring more credibility to the diagnostics, rather than referring outside, an allopathic hospital, Manav Charitable Hospital, (link) was set up on campus in April 1990 by the Sitaram Jindal Foundation. The hospital has eighteen functional departments with modern medical equipments which include, among others, Siemens’ make Biochemistry Analyser and Immunoassay Analyser, 500 MA X-ray machine, Mammography, CT scanner, Endoscope, Ultrasound and 2D ECO, Phaco Emulsifier, fully equipped Dental and Gynec Department etc. (photo)
Apart from JNI patients who visit it for diagnostics and in emergency need, this hospital is open to poorer section of the society and a significant number of people approaching the hospital are Below Poverty Line poor from the neighbouring areas. Treatment and essential medicines are offered free. On a typical day, the hospital receives about eight hundred out-patients, besides the patients from JNI.
About a decade later, JNI had achieved eminence above every other similar establishment, and won the trust of common people. A galaxy of eminent thinkers and leaders paid rich tribute to the Institute for its valuable contribution to preventive health care in India. It has gradually consolidated its position as a leader in the field of treatment through naturopathy and yoga. It is in fact a preferred destination for treatment for thousands of patients who come from across the globe. Presently, it has bed strength of more than 450 patients, and with a single-minded inspired workforce of more than 500 employees including 30 doctors, 25 yoga experts, and more than 200 technicians, it offers an impeccable patient care.
Below is given JNI timeline :