B.G. Gokulan

Ashoka Fellow
Thiruvalla, Kerala, India
Fellow Since 1994


This profile was prepared when B.G. Gokulan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1994.
The New Idea
Gokulan, who possesses a thorough knowledge of both traditional and modern medical practices, is creating a new field of health care in India by providing accessible, location specific, and cost-effective eye care.

Dr. Gokulan, whose title was earned through seven years of study of the ancient discipline of ayurvedic medicine, is demonstrating ways to avoid expensive diagnostic, treatment, and surgical procedures by using ayurvedic ophthalmologic preventative and curative practices. These practices can halt the progression of cataracts and other common eye ailments without resorting to surgery or expensive medical treatments.

Dr. Gokulan is systematically documenting and reviving a broader range of ayurvedic methods than is currently used, while training motivated and interested students and graduates of both ayurvedic and modern medicine in these cost-effective methods. This training enables poor and disadvantaged communities to access primary eye care for conditions such as night blindness, conjunctivitis and myopia, as well as cataracts.
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