Obituary: Dr. M K Ramachandran – Pioneering Alternative Therapies and Royal Recognition

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Dr MK Ramachandran, originally from Kozhikode in Kerala passed away in London, on 16th March 2024.  He leaves behind his beloved wife, Rema, three devoted children – Remina, Razeetha, and Rahesh, and three cherished grandchildren – Anusha, Riya, and Lakshmi.

Dr. Ramachandran’s lifelong dedication to medicine began with his graduation from Kasturba Medical College of Manipal in the sixties. His quest for knowledge and commitment to healing led him through various hospitals and roles as a general practitioner in India before his journey took him to the UK in 1974. There, he pursued specialisation in Paediatrics at Hartlepool Hospital, subsequently serving in esteemed positions at locations including Dumbarton, Dublin, and Dewsbury Hospital, West Yorkshire.

In 1978, he set up his first GP practice in St Francis’ Church Hall in Linford near East Tilbury, Essex before setting up his final two practices: the Appledore Integrated Medical Centre in East Tilbury and Medic House in Tilbury, Essex. Dr.Ramachandran settled in Orsett in Essex after he became a GP.

Dr. Ramachandran’s holistic approach to healing extended beyond traditional medicine, as he passionately embraced complementary and alternative therapies. He held diplomas in Acupuncture, Medical Hypnosis, and Ayurveda (Indian Holistic Therapy), and in 1985, he obtained his degree in Homeopathy. Dr. Ramachandran served as a Clinical Assistant at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital and established a practice as a Homeopath on Harley Street.

His dedication to alternative preventative therapies led to his connection with Prince Charles, now King Charles, and he was honoured with an invitation to the Prince of Wales’s Integrated Health launch at St James’s Palace in 2005.

Beyond his professional endeavours, Dr. Ramachandran was a man of diverse interests. An avid gardener, artist, and music enthusiast, he found joy and solace in the beauty of nature and the richness of cultural expression. His love for travel allowed him to explore the world and nurture his passions, such as creating a Japanese garden inspired by his experiences in Japan.

Despite his global adventures, Dr. Ramachandran remained deeply connected to his roots and cherished his relationships with family and friends. Although he left Kerala in the seventies, he regularly returned to India to visit his loved ones – all of whom he cared for deeply.

His legacy as a compassionate person, healer, cherished family member and friend will undoubtedly endure. He leaves behind fond memories and inspiration for many people who knew him.

The funeral service to celebrate the life of Dr. M K Ramachandran will be held on Tuesday, 26th March 2024.

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