Naturopathy

What is naturopathy: Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine and it is based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, and massage. The ideology and methods of naturopathy are based on vitalism and folk medicine. Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including, herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counselling. In a different point of view, Naturopathic medicine is defined as a drugless, non-invasive, rational and evidence-based system of medicine imparting treatments with natural elements based on the theories of vitality, toxaemia and the self-healing capacity of the body, as well as the principles of healthy living or Naturopathy is a system of man building in harmony with the constructive principles of Nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual

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planes of living. It has great health promotive, disease preventive and curative as well as restorative potential.

According to Ministry of Ayush, naturopathy is an art and science of healthy living and a drugless system of healing based on well founded philosophy. It has its own concept of health and disease and also principle of treatment. Naturopathy is a very old science. We can find a number of references in our Vedas and other ancient texts. The morbid matter theory, concept of vital force and other concepts upon which Naturopathy is based on are already available in old texts. The revival of Naturopathy started in India by translation of Germany’s Louis Kuhne’s book “New Science of Healing”. Shri D. Venkat Chelapati Sharma translated this book in Telgu language in 1894.

 Gandhiji was influenced by the book Return to Nature written by Adolf Just and become a firm believer of Naturopathy. 

Inception: The term naturopathy was coined in 1895 by John Scheel and purchased by Benedict Lust, whom naturopaths consider to be the "Father of U.S. Naturopathy. The term "naturopathy" originates from "natura" (Latin root for birth) and "pathos" (the Greek root for suffering) to suggest "natural healing’’ Naturopaths claim the ancient Greek "Father of Medicine", Hippocrates, as the first advocate of naturopathic medicine, before the term existed. Naturopathy has its roots in the 19th-century Natural Cure movement of Europe. In Scotland, Thomas Allinson started advocating his "Hygienic Medicine" in the 1880s, promoting a natural diet and exercise with avoidance of tobacco and overwork

What is the main objective of naturopathy: The main objectives of Naturopathy are to change the unhealthy living habits of people and to teach them the healthy and positive lifestyle in accordance to the laws of Nature with the effective help of different Naturopathy modalities.

How Does It Work: The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person - that means mind, body, and spirit as a whole or independently. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness - not just stop the symptoms.

Importance of Naturopathy:  Naturopathy is one of the essential drugless orders of elective arrangement of medicines. Naturopathy doesn't utilize medicines. In Naturopathy, Food is Medicine and thought about nature as the best healer. In naturopathy, illnesses are treated from all encompassing perspective as it is missing in different parts of alternative medicines, where particular medicines are more typical. Naturopathy has extraordinary illness preventive, remedial and additionally preventive potential. Our eating regimen ought to include 20 percent of acidic and 80 percent of alkaline foods for keeping up great wellbeing.

In Naturopathy, Diet is one of the crucial parts in managing diseases. Sustenance wealthy in vitamin– B complex and Vitamin C helps the body bounces over from distressing circumstances. Starches contain neurotransmitter serotonin produce a comforting effect and increases sense of well-being. As per naturopathy, every one of the sustenance ought to be taken in crisp structures. Naturopathic Diets are partitioned into three sections.

Salient Features of Naturopathy:

  • All diseases, their causes and treatment are one. Except for traumatic and environmental conditions, the cause of all diseases is one i.e. accumulation of morbid matter in the body. The treatment of all diseases is elimination of morbid matter from the body.

  • The primary cause of disease is accumulation of morbid matter. 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 of disease is morbid matter and bacteria secondary causes.

  • Acute diseases are self-healing efforts of the body. Hence, they are our friends, not the enemy. Chronic diseases are outcome of wrong treatment and suppression of the acute diseases.

  • Nature is the greatest healer. The human body itself has the healing power to prevent itself from disease and regain health if unhealthy.

  • In Nature Cure it is not the disease but the entire body of the patient which is caused and is renewed.

  • Naturopathy Cures Patients suffering from chronic ailments are also treated successfully in comparatively less time by Naturopathy.

  • In Nature Cure the suppressed diseases are brought to surface and are removed permanently.

  • Naturopathy treats all the aspects like physical, mental, social and spiritual at the same time.

  • Naturopathy treats the body as a whole.

  • According to Naturopathy, “Food is only the Medicine”, no external medications are used.

  • Performing prayer according to one’s spiritual faith is an important part of treatment (According to Gandhiji “Rama Nama" is the best Natural Treatment)

 

Some Important Treatments of Naturopathy:

  • Mud pack, Mud Applications

  • Mud Bath, Underground Mud Bath, Mud Pool Bath

  • Hip Bath

  • Spinal Bath, Spinal Spray Bath

  • Immersion Bath, Friction Bath

  • Foot Bath, Arm Bath

  • Steam Bath, Sauna Bath

  • Sun Bath, Colour Sun Bath (Chromo Bath),

  • Green Leaves Sun Bath

  • Hot & Cold Fomentation

  • Wet Sheet Pack, Chest Pack, Abdomen Pack, Trunk Pack

  • Knee Pack, Neck Pack, Wet Girdle Pack

  • Enema-Warm Water, Butter Milk, Tender Coconut Water etc.

  • Circular Jet Bath

  • Colon Irrigation

  • Deluxe Hydro Massage, Jacuzi

  • Hot and Cold Water Douches, Effusions

  • Whirlpool Bath

  • Under Water Exercises

  • Magnet Therapy

  • Colour Therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Acupressure

  • Reflexology

  • Physiotherapy Treatments - Exercise Therapy, Electro Therapy

 

Techniques and Benefits of Different Modalities of Naturopathy:

  • Diet Therapy

  • Fasting Therapy

  • Mud Therapy

  • Hydrotherapy

  • MassoTherapy

  • Acupressure

  • Acupuncture

  • Chromo Therapy

  • Air Therapy

  • Magnet Therapy

 

Education in Naturopathy: The development and promotion of Yoga and Naturopathy could not be attained as expected at par with Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy due to huge dearth for qualified manpower. However, in the recent years, many NGOs and Voluntary Organizations have come up to establish Yoga and Naturopathy Health Homes as well as Degree Colleges. At present, there are 12 such Colleges in India, three in Karnataka affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore; four in Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University, Chennai; two in Andhra Pradesh, University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada; one in AYUSH University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, one in Bharkatulla University, Bhopal & Ayurveda University, Jamnagar, Gujarat. These Colleges are endowed with theoretical, practical, clinical facilities which help to train the students multi-dimensionally. In this course, the students are offered to study diverse holistic treatment modalities which are totally drugless and natural in all aspects

 

Naturopathy Colleges In Karnataka

SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences

UJIRE – 574240, Dakshina kannada, Karnataka, India

Intake: 60

Alvas College of Naturopathy & Yoga

MoodbidriI –  574 227   South Canara District, Karnataka, India

Intake: 60

Govt. Nature Cure & Yoga College

PKTR Hospital, KRS Road, Mysore – 570002 Karnataka, India

Intake: 25

SVYASA College of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences 

Eknath Bhavan, Kempegowda Nagar, Bangalore-560019

 

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