“Place your hands into the soil to feel grounded. Wade in water to feel emotionally healed. Fill your lungs with fresh air to feel mentally clear. Raise your face to the heat of the sun and connect with that fire to feel your own immense power.”
Nobody can deny the healing power of nature. Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is based on this very idea. It is the holistic system which strives to find the cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of the person.
Naturopathy is a system of healthcare with a deep history of traditional philosophies, practices and medically trained practitioners. The term was coined in 1892 to describe a rapidly growing system of natural therapies.
The basic six principles are followed during treatment :
1)The Healing Power of Nature
As already stated, nature is the best healer. Naturopathy recognizes the inherent ability of the body to heal. It recognizes the ordered and intelligent nature of the human body. The therapists who practice naturopathy, identify and remove obstacles to recover, facilitate as well as augment and enhance this inner healing ability.
2) Identify and treat the causes
The treatment is purely based on identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than merely eliminating or suppressing symptoms.
3) Do no harm!
Three points are kept are considered to avoid harming the person:
- Methods and natural medicinal substances are used to minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
- The suppression of symptoms is avoided, wherever possible.
- Each and every individual’s healing process is acknowledged and respected. The least necessary force is used to diagnose and treat illness.
4) Doctor as a Teacher
Patients are educated, encouraged and a feeling of self-responsibility regarding their own health is developed. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
5) Treat the individual fully
A patients’ physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors are taken into account. Since total health also includes spiritual health as well as physical health, naturopathic therapists encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual path.
Disease prevention, assessment of risk factors, hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness are emphasized while the treatment process is going on.
Some common conditions treated by naturopathy:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Back, neck and joint pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Weight Management
- Women’s Health- Eg: Endometriosis, Premenstrual Syndrome
- Men’s Health- Eg: Enlarged Prostate
- Skin Disorders
- And Much more
Remedies for better health
1) MUD THERAPY
Mud Therapy is refreshing, invigorating and vitalizing. This not only cools but also absorbs toxic substances from the body. It improves the condition of the skin by increasing the circulation and energizing the skin tissues. It has been successfully used for diseases like constipation, headache etc.
2) HYDRO THERAPY
Having a bath with clean and cold water opens up all the pores of the skin and makes the body light and fresh. Cold bath improves the blood circulation. Hydrotherapy helps to eliminate out undigested food and other waste products. Proper bath improves the natural defense mechanism or immune system of the body.
3) MAGNET THERAPY
This therapy activates the iron content in the blood and increases the RBCs and WBCs count. It acts as an anticoagulant and keeps the patient away from blood clotting. It is also beneficial for the normalization of the nervous system. For magnet therapy, therapeutic magnets, magnetic belts, magnetic and bracelets are also used for treatment.
4) CHROMO THERAPY
Water and oil when exposed to the sun for specified hours in colored bottles or glasses are used in treating different disorders. It helps in recovery from different disorders.
5) AIR THERAPY
Taking fresh Air bath outside for 20 minutes is of utmost importance for good health. Air bath has a soothing effect on the millions of nerve endings in the body. It is effective for nervousness, neurasthenia, rheumatism, skin and mental disorders.
Other therapies include: Meditation, Massages, Fasting, and Diets
Benefits of Naturopathy
Naturopathy has many benefits, some of them include:
- It aims to treat the root cause of the illness, not just the symptoms.
- Totally natural and drug-free treatment.
- Used for maintaining wellness once the initial condition is rectified.
- It is both a safe and effective health care modality.
Wellness follows the establishment and maintenance of optimum health and balance. It is the state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought, and action. Wellness is inherent in everyone no matter what diseases are being experienced.
“We often forget we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves.”
Naturopathy strives to create a healthy world in which humanity may thrive. So go natural and be totally healthy, happy and free!