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THEME: NURTURING VITALITY THROUGH NATUROPATHY
Medical Officer, Yoga & Naturopathy
AYUSH, STNM Hospital
Nature cure is an art and science of healthy living and drugless system of healing based on Vedas and other ancient texts. It is based on the morbid matter theory, concept of vital Force and other concepts which were available in ancient text, indicates that these modalities were widely practiced in ancient India.
Naturopathy has its roots in the Sankhya Philosophy which is one of the six main philosophies (shad Darsana)of the ancient Indian tradition. In the Sankhya philosophy the entire universe is made of 24 tattvas or principles. The human body also is made of those 24 principles. Of these 24 principles, there is emphasis of five principles-earth, air, fire, water and space (PanchaMahaBhutas), its modifications which form the basic building block of the body. In nature cure, it is argued that since the body was built from the 5 great elements, the same 5 elements can also be used for Curing, repairing or correcting any defect in the body.
Naturopathy has incorporated those subtle principles into basic laws for simplicity. The whole practice of Nature cure based on the following principles.
· Accumulation of morbid matter
· Abnormal composition of blood and lymph
· Lowered Vitality
Nature cure believes that, all the diseases course due to accumulation of morbid matter or toxins in the body and it scope is given for its removal, it provides cure or relief. It also believes that the human body possesses inherent self-constructing and self – healing powers.
Nature cure does not believe in the specific cause of disease and its specific treatment but takes into account the totality of factors responsible for diseases such as one’s un-natural habits in living, thinking, working, sleeping, relaxation, etc and also considers the environmental factors involved, which on the whole disturbs the normal functioning of the body and leads it to a morbid, weak and toxic state.
For treatment, a Nature cure physician primarily stresses on correcting all the factors involved and helps in Nature’s effort to overcome disease by applying correct natural modalities and controlling the nature forces to work within safe limits.
The Five main modalities of treatment are air, water, heat, mud and space. Thus Naturopathy can be broadly defined as ‘a system where in human beings live in harmony with the principles of nature. These constructive Principles are applicable on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes of Living. Naturopathy has great health promotive, disease preventive, curative and restorative potential.
Principles of Nature Cure or Naturopathy:
· All disease, their cause and their treatment are one.
· The primary cause of disease is not microbes (like bacteria, viruses, amoeba, etc). Microbes develops after the accumulation of morbid matter when a favourable atmosphere for their growth develops in the body.
· Basic cause is morbid matter and not the microbes.
· Acute diseases are our friends not the enemies, chronic diseases are the outcomes of wrong treatment and suppression of the acute diseases.
· Nature is the greatest healer. The body has the capacity to prevent itself from acquiring diseases and has the ability to regain health if unhealthy.
· In Naturopathy, the patient is treated and not the disease.
· In Naturopathy diagnosis is easily possible ostentation is not required. Long waiting for diagnosis is not required for treatment.
· Patients suffering from chronic ailments are also treated successfully in comparatively less time in Naturopathy.
· After emerging, suppressed diseases can be cured by Naturopathy.
· Nature cure ,treats physical, mental, social (moral) and spiritual- all four aspects at the same time.
· Nature cure treat body as a whole instead of giving treatment to each organ separately.
· Naturopathy does not use medicines. According to Naturopathy “Food is Medicine”.
DIFFERENT MODALITIES OF NATUROPATHY TO IMPROVE VITALITY
Naturopathy is a science of healthy living. It teaches us how we should live, what we should eat and how our daily routing should be. Nature cure not only help us in attaining freedom from diseases but also helps in acquiring positive and vigorous health. Its main object is to change the living habits of people and to teach them the healthy life style.
The human body has got remarkable recuperative power. It is composed of five great element (PanchaMahaBhutas) imbalances of these, creates diseases. Treatment of diseases by these elements (i.e) Air, Water, Mud, Fire and Space is known as Nature Cure.
Fasting is an important modality in the natural methods of healthy preservation. Therapeutic Fasting should be done only under supervision of competent Naturopath.
Fasting is a process of giving rest to the digestive system. During this process, the vital energy which digests the food is wholly engaged in the eliminative process. Fasting remove the disorders of mind and body. Fasting is adviced in treating the disorders like Indigestion, Constipation, Gas, Digestive disorders, Bronchial Asthma, Obesity, High Blood Pressure and Gout etc.
According to Nutrition and diet therapy the food must be taken in natural or maximum natural for only. Fresh seasonal fruits, fresh green leafy vegetables and sprouts are excellent in improving once vitality.
i) Eliminative Diet:
Liquid-Lemon, Citric juice, Tender coconut water, Butter milk, Wheat grass juice etc.
ii) Soothing Diet:
Fruits, Salads, Boiled/steamed Vegetables, Sprouts, Vegetable chutney etc.
iii) Constructive Diet:
Wholesome flour, unpolished Rice, Little pulses, Sprouts, Curd etc.
Being alkalines these diet helps in improving health, purifying the body and rendering it immune to disease. Proper combination of food is necessary. Our diet should consist of 20% acidic and 80% alkaline food for preserving health and to improve out vitality. Food is regarded as medicine in Naturopathy.
MUD THERAPY: Mud Therapy is very simple and effective. The mud used for therapeutic purpose should be clean and taken from 3 to 4 ft. depth from the surface of the ground. Mud Therapy is used for giving coolness to body, Mud dilutes and absorbs the toxic substances and eliminates them from body thus improves vitality of the body. Mud packs and Mud baths are the main form of treatment.
Water is believed as the ancient method of treatment. Taking bath properly with clean and fresh water is excellent form of hydro therapy. Such bath opens up all pores of the skin, import lightness and freshness to the body, all the systems in the body is activated and it improves blood circulation. The old tradition of taking bath in rivers, ponds or water fall on specific occasion is virtually a natural form of Hydrotherapy.
Hip bath, Enema, Hot and Cold fermentation, Hot Foot bath, Spinal bath, Steam bath, Immersion bath, Facial steam, Hot and Cold packs on Abdomen, Chest pack, Renal pack, Hepatic pack are some of the hydrotherapy in naturopathy.
Massage is one of the modality in Naturopathy and it is quite essential for preserving health. It aims at improving the blood circulation and also strengthening bodily organs. In winter season, sun bath after massaging the whole body is known practice of preserving health and strength.
There are many specific therapeutic techniques of massage for different diseased condition. The effect of exercise can be derived from massage.
Applying manual pressure with the thumb to certain meridian channels in the body is known to confer immunity and improve the vitality of the body and remove blockage in the meridian channels. Points to improve respiratory effort achieved by applying intermittent pressure over acupressure points- LI-4, LI-II, SP-6, TW-5, CV-17, ST-36.
Sun Rays have different therapeutic effects. Exposing outer body to sun light stimulate metabolism, improves condition of gland and its secretion, vitamin-D formation, Sunlight soothes nerve and boost mood increase production of endorphins and serotonin.
Solar therapy plays an important role in improving our immunity and vitality. Plantain leaf bath act as detox. Even solarised water and oil are used therapeutically.
Asana and Pranayama:
Asana-Physical posture and regular practice of suryanamaskar improve muscular flexibility and bone health. It make the spine suppla and improve blood circulation to all vital organs. Practising it with breath coordination relaxes the mind and reduces anxiety and depression.
Pranayama- Regulation of Prana which clear the ‘physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath and so the flow of prana-Life energy.
Asanas and Pranayama improve the vitality of the body by removing the obstacles and induce free flow of energy.