This Kutchi couple from Mumbai had come for treatment at a small nature cure centre run by a small time allopath at Bhuj more than three decades ago.
Seeing growth in natural treatment industry, the couple decided to devote their time, energy and money in setting up a large scale natural-treatment centre. After three and half decades, their dream has finally come true with Navjivan Nature Cure Centre on Mandvi road in Bhuj at a cost of more than Rs7 crores.
"We are happy that many people now are increasingly taking benefit of natural way of medication. At our centre, dangerous diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart ailments are successfully treated," said Ramniklal Chhadva during a visit on Sunday. He flatly denied that naturopathy treatment at a sophisticated centre is expensive.
"We provide free general treatment to the poor. Our charges are much lower than other similar facilities which offer naturopathy treatment. Our aim is not to make money and so far we are making losses," said Chavda.
Chavda added that they have specially trained staff of 65 people at the centre. Chavda said that they are on the midst of building a shelter house for the old and retired.
He said they were also planning to set up college imparting education in naturopathy in collaboration with a NGO, Virayatan.
To a query he said they had no plan to make trust of their project during their lifetime. "We can not rule out this in the future. In fact we have told our children that this should never be considered as their family property. It is solely for public service,
specially for the poor," he said.
The new name Navjivan has been deliberately chosen, for it means new life. The 14-acre centre is surrounded by another 100 acres of lush green organic farm. The scenic area has serene environment which has a great soothing effect on visitors.
There are aesthetically built cottages in traditional style. Dr Raja Santoshkumar, a resident chief medical officer said that their centre was also an ideal place for vacationing.
"This is a medical tourism centre where one can also have fun and relax and all naturally," he said.
The centre also treats patients with acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, ayurveda, and bodywork.