Naturopathy teaches us how we should live, what we should eat, and how should our daily routine be. Naturopathy not only helps in attaining freedom from disease but also helps in acquiring positive and vigorous health. Its main objective is to change the living habits of people and to teach them a healthy lifestyle. Different modalities of Naturopathy are very helpful in the fulfilment of this pursuit.
Naturopathy believes Health is a dynamic process that allows people to thrive despite various internal and external stresses. Health arises from a complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle and other components. Health is characterized by positive emotions, thoughts, and emotions. Healthy people are energetic and creative as they lead goal-oriented lives. Health does not come from doctors, pills or surgery, but rather from people’s own efforts to take appropriate care of themselves.
Naturopathy, as an art and science of healthy living, is a drugless system of healing based on well-founded philosophy. There are a number of references in Vedas and ancient texts. It has its own concept of health and disease and also principles of treatment, such as the morbid matter theory, the concept of vital force. Gandhiji is regarded as India’s Father of Naturopathy, who professed Nature Cure, as he stayed in Nature Cure Clinic in Pune from 1934 to 1944, and Naturopathy in his constructive programmes and inspired several national leaders to join his minority health movement. Water cure was synonymous with Nature Cure in those early days.
Naturopathy works on the basic premise that the human body has a remarkable recuperative power, and is composed of five great elements, Pancha Maha Bhutas, imbalance of which creates diseases. Naturopathy views health as more than the mere absence of disease. It is believed that most disease is the direct result of ignoring natural laws leading people away from optimal function toward progressively greater dysfunction in body, mind, and spirit. Naturopathy recognizes death is inevitable but believes progressive disability is often avoidable. It is a system of man building in harmony with the constructive principles of Nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of living. It recognizes the existence of the vital curative force within the body. It regards all diseases, their cause and treatment as one.
Naturopathic physicians recognize the role of bacteria and viruses in illness but view these as secondary factors. Bacteria and virus enter and survive in the body only after the accumulation of morbid matter when a favourable atmosphere for their growth is established in body. Hence, the basic cause is morbid matter, not bacteria. Ordinarily, Naturopaths do not find it necessary to diagnose the patient. They analyze right from the daily routine, seasonal observances, diet schedule, and hereditary factors. The physical appearances reflect the deposition of toxins in different organs. The Science of Facial Diagnosis and observing encumbrances takes into account the form of the body, the carriage, the colour, and the movements. Analysis of the iris as to the changes in the constitution, colour and the markings are indicative of underlying conditions, which are reflected in the opposite eye.
Acute diseases are a self-healing effort of the body, Hence, they are considered as friends, not enemy. Chronic diseases are the outcome of wrong treatment and suppression of acute diseases. Body has a capacity to prevent itself from disease and regain health when affected. In Naturopathy, the patient is treated not the disease. According to Naturopathy, Food is Medicine. According to Gandhiji, ‘Rama Nama’ is the best Natural treatment, meaning doing prayer according to one’s spiritual faith is an important part of treatment.
The principle of Naturopathy is that the accumulation of toxins is the root cause of all diseases. Except for traumatic and environmental causes, prevention and elimination of toxins is the route to health. Naturopathic treatments employed are nutritional therapies, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and physiotherapy, which are effective in treating various conditions in a person as a whole. It advocates aiding the human system to remove the cause of disease by expelling the unwanted and unused matters from the human body. The focus is on naturally occurring substances, minimally invasive methods, and the promotion of healthy habits. A naturopath also educates with clear strategies to empower and improve life and take charge of own wellbeing. Thus, by using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.
One can visit Naturopathic practitioners for various health-related purposes, including primary care, overall well-being, and treatment of illnesses. Naturopathy has great health promotive, disease preventive and curative as well as restorative potential.