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Alma Ata declaration emphasizes primary health care which has been described as “Essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology, made universally accessible to individuals and families of the community through their full participation and at a cost that a community and a country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development, in the spirit of self-reliance and self-determination.

Primary health care practice is based on the special training and scientific orientation provided to health care workers including physicians, nurses, midwives, auxiliary and community workers and Traditional medical practitioners.


To strive to become the global leader primarily in Complementary Medicine Education and for the benefits we bring to uplift the health standards in society and for recognition for the excellence of our people, research, learning and innovation.

Training and Certification

Therefore Medicina Alternativa under the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION guidelines have established procedures and regulations outlining the Code of Ethics that healers are expected to allow, consequent to their training and certification by “The Open International University For Complementary Medicines”. However, practitioners are governed by legislation and regulations which are appropriate to their country in which they hold registration, in addition to the Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics is a general guideline to all practitioners.


As candidates from many countries of the world found it difficult to attend the courses held in Kazakhstan, it was decided to transfer the main base to Western Europe. Some years later, the subsequent (second) Chairman (Prof. Dr. Jos Schade, M.D., Ph.D) transferred the organization to the Netherlands (Houten, City of Utrecht, Dr. S. Yasuda being the first Patron). However, persons from Third World countries and developing nations could not easily avail of the training programs in the various medical disciplines made available through the organization in Western Europe because of expensive living costs. In order to make this knowledge accessible to a larger population, and especially to those in economically less well-off countries, it was decided to move the base to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Sir Anton Jayasuriya. Medicina Alternativa initially was based at the Institute of Acupuncture at the Colombo South Government General Hospital, Kalubowila, Sri Lanka. Over 29,000 students from 120 countries have been taught complementary medicine at this clinic with worldwide numbers exceeding 150,000 to date. Under the auspices, the various regional associations have instituted training courses, Symposia and World Congresses in all five continents and in over one hundred countries in the past quarter of a century.

Thus, it was decided in 1987 to constitute The Open International University for Complementary Medicines with special emphasis to conduct an intensive clinical training program on various Complementary and alternative therapies worldwide, working with conjunction with other affiliated originations. The Sri Lanka Government was requested to enact legislation to enable The Open International University for Complementary Medicines to be constituted as a privately funded postgraduate institute. In March, 1988 onwards, degrees are being conferred and training courses are being conducted under the U.N. theme “Health for all by the year 2000”. The Open International University for Complementary Medicines form part of this worldwide endeavor to improve educational and public health facilities by the year 2000 A.D.

His Excellency J. R.Jayewardene, former President of Sri Lanka, by Letter No. 196/1 of 25th March, 1988 recognized the Open International University for Complementary Medicines as a privately funded body and also kindly consented (in August 1989) to be the Honorary Patron of this University. Prof. Dr. Sir Stanley Cook was the International Chancellor and Mr. Eardly Perera Esqr, President’s Counsel, was the chief legal advisor.

Since then Medicina has been in the forefront in developing and promoting Complementary and Alternative Medicines World Wide for the past three decades.The Affairs of the Medicina is run by the board of directors appointed both locally and internationally by the Trustees of Medicina Alternativa. After the passing away of Prof.Dr.Anton Jayasuriya, the Chairmanship from 2005-2012 was held by a prominent Neuro Physician Prof.Dr.Gethanjana Mendis MD, FRCP who also headed the sports medicine unit of the ministry of sports in Sri Lanka for numerous years.

Our Legacy

Medicina Alternativa has the unique distinction of being the institution that brought to light the use of instruments that resembled acupuncture needles to treat humans and animals when such tools never existed elsewhere in the world. It is also affiliated to an institution that is incorporated by an act of parliament which uses herbal treatments that can be traced to “Rawana” period in Sri Lanka.

Our research at Belilena ( home for the prehistoric “ Balangoda Man” ) in which Dr.Siran Deraniyagala, Prof. Anton Jayasuriya, Prof. Lakshman Madurasinghe and team members participated in 2001, Its findings showed that modern Homo Sapiens Sapiens existed in Sri Lanka over 35000 years ago perhaps hinting at the theory that the garden of Eden existed in Adam’s peak from where modern man originated and migrated to other regions.

Archaeological research done by experts in this field now has ample evidence to show that even as early as 123,000 BC, ancient humans lived in Sri Lanka: the oldest inhabitant being located in Sri Lanka in Pathirajawela, near Ambalantota. This Lankan is estimated to have lived 20,000 years before the Neanderthal inhabited the earth. Patirajawela also exposed a flake and stone tool industry belonging to 125,000 to 75,000 BC. This meant that the Lankans had already started their long journey towards civilization.

Then in 1962, Dr Victor Inyushin at Kazakh University participated as the Co-Founder of Medicina at the initial discussion in Kazakhstan with Professor Anton Jayasuriya . Using the results of experiments, he suggested the existence of a ‘bioplasmic’ energy field composed of ions, free protons and free electrons. Since this is a state distinct from the four known states of matter – solids, liquids, gases and ‘plasma’ – Inyushin suggests that the bioplasmic energy field is a fifth state of matter.

Medicina therefore has a responsibility to safeguard this knowledge and spread it worldwide for the benefit of mankind.

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