Systems Health is fundamentally an education technology that embodies what Shiva wanted to achieve as an ambitious child nearly 50 years ago.
“It had to do with my grandmother,” he says with a smile. “She was a Siddhar, a practitioner of a 5,000-year-old system of healing. I used to watch her treat and heal people who lined up outside her home in her small village in South India. I was awestruck how this woman with no degrees was able to observe people’s faces, and deliver a personalized program of herbs, mantra and massage, uniquely suited for the person. Four degrees and decades later, during my Fulbright research, it struck me that there was profound similarity between the ancient Indian healing methods she practiced and modern engineering controls systems theory. That was the ‘aha’ moment.”
That ‘aha’ led to Shiva publishing a seminal research paper in an international systems engineering journal. He had realized that the ancient yogis and sages of India were not just men in saffron robes, but systems scientists, who had created a core science for understanding all systems: our body, the trees, the world, the cosmos and beyond.
What Shiva discovered and organized into Systems Health is a profound educational program that provides the bridge between Western engineering controls systems theory and Eastern systems of medicine such as Siddha and ayurveda. Systems Health makes the ancient knowledge not only accessible to all, but also credible to the Western scientific audience by providing the scientific foundation that takes it beyond “woo woo” medicine to something tangible.