Alternative medicine

Why some people see alternative medicine as magical —Omisande

Dr. Cyril Omisande is Professor of Clinical Magnetology and President of Cyrillic College of Technology, Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. In this interview by SEYI SOKOYA, he talks about the influence of alternative medicine on human life, among other issues.

As a professor of clinical magnetology, how do you think this aspect of the medical line is useful for humans?

Magnetic therapy is very useful. It has been an age-old process; it is not new. It is only now that people have developed it for health purposes. In ancient times, in Egypt and elsewhere, people used magnets. Even as we are, the earth we find ourselves in now uses magnets. All human beings have a magnetic influence. Thus, each sense of our body is magnetic. What I mean is that it has both a north pole and a south pole. So every cell in the body; your blood, your flesh, everything in your body is magnetic. That is why the influence is greater. As I said earlier, the earth where we are now is magnetic, so it will continue to radiate magnetic rays into our body. So whenever there is a lack of balance. Diseases will set in when the magnet inside and outside the body is not balanced.

With your rich experience, do you think Nigerians are sufficiently aware of the influence of alternative medicine?

I am an example of the success of alternative medicine in Nigeria. In November, it will be 28 years since I started my practice of alternative medicine in Nigeria. I started with magnetotherapy and when we came on the scene, some people called me a magician, others called me other names. They thought people practicing alternative medicine were unemployed.

Many orthodox doctors are unwilling to study alternative medicine they used to say it is magic but thank God for where he has taken us today and helped Nigerians because we are the pioneer of magnetic therapy and of alternative medicine. I am now a stakeholder in Nigeria. It’s always good to know what you’re doing; especially when you trust her and impact lives and I’ve been doing this for 28 years.

What are the challenges faced as an expert in alternative medicine?

We have come a long way, we have been able to put all these insinuations aside. They think we are evil, but now they finally realize that we are simple and we are like all the other hospitals. What you see with me is from India, so it’s like bringing what’s in India to Nigeria. I practice like they practice in India. People can see that there is nothing evil. Alternative or complementary medicine is different from traditional medicine. In traditional medicine, there are incantations and a few other unexplained things. But the alternative is academic. We have books on just about every subject. Are you talking about herbal medicine or acupuncture? Books and people study up to the university level and even up to the doctorate. level in alternative medicine now. So I think Nigerians are becoming more aware. One thing I have noticed about Nigeria is that what happens in the outside world takes time to reach Nigeria. Take the phone for example, they’ve been using it in India since the 80s when I was there. It was 30 years after he arrived in Nigeria. Orthodox doctors do not help matters. I don’t advertise, but people come to my clinic from all over the world. We have patients from Britain and America who come to Nigeria for treatment and not to talk about the West African sub region and other parts of Africa. People come to Ijebu-Ode for treatment.

Are you saying that alternative medicine is more valuable than orthodox medicine?

Yes, it is valuable. Go to India, today 70% of Indians go to alternative medicine. That is why their orthodox medicine is very cheap. That’s why you see a lot of Indian medicine. Nigeria is their dumping ground. I’m just using India as a case study. I am an Indian citizen. I lived there, I still go there; I have children there. Thus, alternative medicine is practiced well and it heals. It eradicates diseases from the body.

You were in the news when COVID-19 was more threatening and you played a major role in alternative medicine. Was this a way of telling Nigerians the importance of alternative medicine?

Yes. I took up the challenge when COVID-19 arrived. Media men came to interview me at that time. I let people know that alternative medicine can take care of COVID and it was successful. I went to places, even the Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health contacted me. I played a part in the time of COVID and I thank God for that.

Would you say that was one of the reasons behind your decision to establish a college?

It’s a way of giving back to society what I was able to gain from outside. I see that Nigeria does not have enough alternative medicine schools. All you see is all these fake colleges, and that’s cheating. More so, stakeholders from the Ogun State Ministry of Health, of which I am a part, discussed how to inculcate alternative medicine. They see me as the father of alternative medicine in Nigeria. We have many such colleges in India and with my experience we decided to start something here. The collaboration of other institutions will be necessary, and that is why we have created this college to teach people the true knowledge and the basic course. We thank God that the college has come to stay while enjoying steady growth.

What has been the experience since the establishment of the college?

We thank God, many people inquire and we have started to have students. People are very happy with our commitment to creating such opportunities in Nigeria as the economic problem I am the country in cannot allow more people to travel to India or China to study alternative medicine. We have a lot of students and they are currently taking advantage of what the college offers. We even have doctors and pharmacists as his students. So we thank God that we do this to impart knowledge. We also have students taking online courses from outside the country. So, by the grace of God, we have started well and come on well.

Would you say you have achieved your goal of spreading alternative medicine in Nigeria?

When I started my practice after I came back from India, I said that after 25 years I will start university and I am happy today, even if it is a little late, in my lifetime, I opened a university where people can study Complementary and Alternative Medicine. So it’s a dream come true. I am extremely happy that even the Indians are ready to collaborate with us. The Ogun State Ministry of Health also wants us to have an impact on the people.

Realizing this sir, do you foresee a conflict with orthodox medicine?

What conflict? Mine is an example. I have been doing my practice for years. I have a hospital in Ijebu-Ode and I have one in Ibadan, Oyo State. During the year, I contributed immensely to the growth of the health sector in Nigeria. The professionals of the sector give the best of themselves. As for me, I set the tone for others.