Naturopathy

Naturopathy – Nature Cure

Walk in Fresh Air

Naturopathy – Nature cure is an art and science of healthy living and a drug-less system of healing based on well founded philosophy.

Nature cure is rightly defined as a system of man building in harmony with constructive principles of nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of living.

 

History of Naturopathy

The revival of nature cure started in India by translation of Louis Kuhne’s  book “New  science of healing”. Shri Shroti kishan swaroop of Bijnor translated this book in hindi and urdu languages in about 1904. Shri D.Venkat chelapati Sharma translated the book in telgu language in about 1894. This gave a wide propagation to this therapy.

Later on, Gandhi ji was influenced by the book “Return to Nature” written by Adolf Just and become a firm believer of naturopathy. He not only wrote several articles in favour of Naturopathy in his newspaper “ Harijan” but did its several experiments too on himself, on his family members and on the members of Ashram. Gandhi ji included it in his constructive programs and also established a nature cure hospital in Urli kanchan near pune which is still functioning.

The Swastha Vritta described in Ayurveda is basically Naturopathy.

Naturopathy and Seven Elements

Naturopathy uses seven elements to restore the health of the patient:-

  1. Ether (Akash)
  2. Air (vayu)
  3. Sun / fire ( Agni)
  4. Water (jal)
  5. Earth (prithvi)
  6. Diet
  7. Ram Naam

 

Main Principles of Naturopathy

Naturopathy recognizes ten basic principles which should be thoroughly understood. An understanding of these principles would enable anyone to maintain good health and live a long healthy life full of joy. These ten basic principles are:-

  1. All diseases are same, their causes are same and their treatment is same.
  2. Germs do not cause disease.
  3. Acute illness is not an enemy but a friend.
  4. Nature itself is the doctor.
  5. Treatment is not of a particular disease but of the entire body of the patient.
  6. Diagnosis of disease is not necessary.
  7. It takes time to cure a patient suffering from chronic ailments.
  8. Suppressed diseases come to surface through nature cure.
  9. Simultaneous treatment of body, mind and soul.
  10. No medicines should be given to the patient during nature cure treatment.

 

Techniques of healthy living

  1. Balanced eating
  2. Fasting
  3. Treatment with mud
  4. Treatment with water
  5. Massage
  6. Treatment with Sun Rays
  7. Air bath

 

1. Balanced eating

Balanced eating

Balanced eating

    • The first step in the techniques of healthy living is balanced eating.
    • According to this therapy the food must be taken in natural or maximum natural form only.
    • Fresh seasonal fruits, fresh green leafy vegetables and sprouts are excellent examples for this.
    • These diets are classified as :-
          • Juices
          • Raw diets
          • Fruit
          • Boiled vegetables
          • Soup diets etc.
    • Being alkaline these diets help in improving health, purifying the body and rendering it immune to disease.
    • A balanced food is more than 50 % for an individual seeking good health.
    • In recognition of this paramount importance, food is regarded as the Basic Medicine in Naturopathy.

2. Fasting

Fruit Juice

Fruit Juice

    • Fasting is an important technique in the natural methods of health preservation.
    • For fasting to yield effective results, mental preparedness is an essential pre-condition.
    • Naturopathy believes that fasting is the process of giving rest to the digestive system.
    • During this process, the vital energy which digests the food is wholly engaged in the elimination of diseases from body.
    • Fasting is an excellent treatment for removing the disorders of mind and body.
    • Fasting is advised in treating the disorders like indigestion, constipation, gas, digestive disorders, bronchial asthma, obesity, high blood pressure and gout etc.
    • A long fast should be undertaken in the supervision of an experienced and competent physician.
    • Short fast on fruit and liquid diet may be kept whenever required.
    • During fruit diet only one type of food should be taken 3-4 times a day.  Precaution should be observed that the total amount of fruit intake a day should not exceed 1 kg.

3. Treatment with Mud

Treatment with Mud

Treatment with Mud

    • Mud therapy is very simple and effective.
    • The mud used for this purpose should be neat and clean and taken from at least 3-4 feet depth from the surface of the ground. There should be no contamination of stone pieces or chemical manure etc in the mud.
    • Mud dilutes and absorbs the toxic substances of body and ultimately eliminates them from body.
    • Mud packs and mud baths are the main forms of this treatment.
    • In different diseases like constipation, headache due to tension, high blood pressure, skin diseases etc mud is used successfully.
    • In the condition of headache and high blood pressure mud pack is applied on forehead also.

4. Treatment with water

Treatment with Water

Treatment with Water

    • Like mud, water is also believed as the ancient method of treatment.
    • Taking bath properly with clean, fresh and cold water is an excellent form of water therapy.
    • Such bath opens up all pores of the skin, imparts lightness and smartness to the body, all systems and muscles of body are activated and the blood circulation improves.
    • The old tradition of taking bath in rivers, ponds or water falls on specific occasion is virtually a natural form of water therapy only.
    • In other methods of water therapy hip bath, enema , hot and cold fomentation, hot foot bath, spinal bath, steam bath, immersion bath, hot and cold packs on abdomen, chest and other parts of the body are the recent developments of water therapy.
    • Water therapy is used mainly for preserving health and curing different types of diseases of bilious character.

5. Massage

Massage therapy

Massage therapy

    • Massage is also essential for preserving health.
    •  It aims at improving the blood circulation and also at strengthening bodily organs.
    • In winter season, sun bath after massaging the whole body is a well known practice of preserving health and strength. It is beneficial to all. It bestows combined benefits of massage and sun rays therapy too.
    • Also in diseased conditions necessary therapeutic effects can be obtained through specific techniques of massage in order to overcome different disease symptoms.

6. Treatment with Sun rays

coloured bottles for charging water with Sun Rays

coloured bottles for charging water with Sun Rays

    • Seven colours of sun rays have different therapeutic effects.
    • These colours are violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.
    • For prevention and treatment of different diseases these colour work effectively.
    • Coloured bottles filled with water and coloured glasses are used as devices of sun rays therapy for treating different disorders.
    • Different coloured bottle filled with  ¾  water are charged by sun rays from morning to evening by placing the properly corked bottles on a wooden plate.
    • The green coloured water charged with sun rays is consumed by strong people having enraged bile (excessive heat) in their bodies every morning and evening one hour before meals in half cup dose. Weak persons suffering from constipation may use yellow coloured water after meals twice a day in half cup dose for getting rid of constipation.

7. Air Bath

Walk in Fresh Air

Walk in Fresh Air

    • Fresh air is most essential for good health.
    • Here, air is used by means of air bath.
    • In this process one should walk daily after removing the cloths at a lonely , clean place where adequate fresh air is available.
    • Physicians also recommended air bath in certain diseased condition.

Things to Avoid while taking Naturopathic treatment

Tea, coffee, white sugar, spices, fried things, non-veg, alcohol, smoking, tobacco, zarda, gutka, etc are contra indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Pamala Walke on July 6, 2015 at 6:28 am said:

    wow, awesome post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

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