Fr. M. Britto Joseph s.j. a Jesuit Priest, belonging to the Madurai Province, is credited with evangelizing and proselytizing Naturopathy and Homoeopathy in India.
Affordable and safe health-care has always been a need and it still continues to be a necessity for the majority of the population (middle-class and rural) in India, a country where major share of one’s earning is spent on housing and food, savings are meager, often liquidated by medical and hospitalization expenses. Families often end up in huge debt. A country that enjoys a rich heritage medicine system in the form of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is today a victim of lifestyle diseases that is only burdening the existing inadequate health-care facilities in India. It is against this background we can come to appreciate the value of Fr. Britto’s mission.
Fr. Britto has done a yeoman service through his mission to make people aware of the efficacy of Naturopathy and Homoeopathy and to this end he has run several health empowerment courses in Mumbai and its suburbs, in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Nepal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as well as in Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
The value of 'Preventive Healthcare' has gained credence and is a part of many top-line hospitals today merely as a promotional gimmick; empowering people isn't part of their plan. Fr. Britto initiated this decades ago.
Over the decades thousands have attended his health empowerment courses and have experienced the power of nature’s healing. Families have rediscovered the secret of good health through right diet (includes correct cooking) and managing and preventing chronicity of illness through naturopathic means. Children of many of the families who attended the courses and adopted his teachings have grown to become doctors, especially homoeopaths. (This alone can be considered as a singular significant contribution).
Fr. Britto has profound knowledge of indigenous medicines and home remedies. He learnt acupuncture from Chinese doctors in Malaysia and also holds a Diploma in Siddha Medicine from Madurai. He is also a master in the art of therapeutic massage.
Fr. Britto was instrumental in the founding of the department of Naturopathy and Homoeopathy in the Holy Family Hospitals in Patna and Delhi, where he worked as Consultant for five and three years respectively.