Naturopathy – Treatment Philosophy
The principle of natural cure is founded on the theory of Panchamahabhuta (पंचमहाभूत), that the body is made of five universal elements – space (आकाश-akash), air (वायु-vayu), fire (अग्नि-agni), water (जल-jal) and earth (पृथ्वी-prithvi) and that diseases are caused by an imbalance in the state of these elements. Natural therapies remove the imbalances (विकृति-vikruti) of the elements by removing the causative factors and bring the elements back to their natural state (प्रकृति-prakruti). Therefore, it is not only a treatment system but a way of living in line with the laws of nature so that people can enjoy a disease free and healthy life.
Many diseases of the body are born due to the accumulation of toxins produced during the process of digestion. Normally, these toxins are excreted as the body’s waste, but due to an incorrect diet and lifestyle, negative mental attitude, stress and a lack of proper exercise, vital force is diminished and these toxins start accumulating in the body and eventually cause the disease.
The basis of all treatments in nature care is to assist the body in removing these accumulated toxins through normal channels. Nature has given wonderful powers to the body to heal itself and regain health. By using this inherent strength, the body can be rid of all sicknesses and health be restored. Acute diseases like fever, cold, diarrhea and edema are caused as a result of the body’s efforts to remove these toxins. Normally, these diseases get cured on their own. If the symptoms are not serious, by letting these bodily cleansing processes do their job patiently, we can help the body heal itself. A continued accumulation of toxins in the body over a long period of time eventually leads to conditions such as asthma, kidney problems, rheumatism and diabetes.
Therefore, by developing a healthy lifestyle involving a natural and balanced diet, a proper daily routine, maintaining physical and mental hygiene, regular exercise, cultivating positive thinking and proper relaxation, we can keep the elements in balance, and restore and rejuvenate our health.
Various treatment programs used at our naturopathy c described below. Personalized treatment programs are devised by the doctors at the center, depending upon the medical condition of individual health-seekers.
DETOXING THE BODY THROUGH NATURAL DIET AND FASTING
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Diet plays a vital role in Nature cure regimen, as it believes that ’you are what you eat’.
Most diseases are caused by an imbalanced diet or wrong dietary habits and hence dietary modification is one of the most important parts of therapy in nature cure. Health-seekers are prescribed specific diet programs including juice diet, fruit diet, raw diet, or specific diet depending on their medical conditions.
Langanam parama oushadham” Fasting is the supreme cure. In Niramaya, we practice therapeutic fasting in which specific juices/soups are given as per disease condition. It helps in elimination of the toxins by giving rest to the digestive system and enhancing the healing properties within our system.
Fasting is voluntary abstinence from food and not abstinence from all the essentials of life. It should not be confused with starvation. Fasting is constructive, while starvation is destructive. Fasting is the best natural way to give rest to the physiological systems of the body and thereby provides an excellent opportunity to cleanse and repair the system. It helps concentrate the vital energy in order to detoxify the body.
This is one of the oldest and most serviceable treatments of hydrotherapy. It helps to detoxify the lower abdominal and pelvic organs. The health-seeker sits comfortably in a specially designed Hip Bath Tub, leaving his feet outside. Hip portion of the health seeker is immersed in the water. It helps to tone up digestion and relieve constipation. It is also helpful in menstrual irregularities and gynecological problems.
A gentle massage of fine water columns through spray on the spinal cord and its nearby parts is called spinal spray. A specially designed tub is used for this treatment. This serves a great measure in influencing the central nervous system. Spinal spray is useful in insomnia, Spinal stenosis, Degenerative disorders of nervous system and psychic disorders.
Spinal Bath :
In this procedure, the spine is immersed in a specially designed tub so that the spinal cord and its nearby parts get affected by the bath. A stream of water is employed over the spine, confined to the median line. It affects the central nervous system.
Immersion bath is taken by immersing the entire body other than head in a full size tub filled with warm, hot or cold water depending upon the condition of a health-seeker. It creates an appetite, accelerates the circulation and arouses the nervous system. It is useful in Sleeplessness, Anxiety, Nervous debility, Depression, Parkinsonism, Hypertension, Migraine and certain skin diseases.
Hot & Cold Fomentation
Alternate applications of hot and cold compresses causes contraction and dilation of blood vessels and helps relieve congestion and toxins from the tissues. This treatment is given for relieving acute pain in various parts of the body. It is specially useful in arthritic pains, bronchitis, asthma and muscular pains.
Steam bath :
The process of exposing the entire body to steam with exception of head by sitting in a appropriately constructed cabinet is called steam bath. Steam bath is a treatment to eliminate morbid matter from the skin. It opens the pores of the skin. It is the most convenient means of inducing perspiration with the help of moist heat. It is useful in Rheumatism, Generalized body ache and Obesity.
Local steam : The process of giving hot fomentation using steam with or without herbs to a specific part of the body is called local steam. It is an extremely valuable remedy for both acute and chronic inflammations and pains. It is useful in Arthritis, Frozen shoulder, General Pains, Cold, Cough and sinusitis.
Enema : The procedure of cleaning the intestine by introducing a set quantity of water through the rectum is called enema. It is also known as rectal irrigation. It helps to remove fecal matter and toxins from the colon. It is useful in constipation, indigestion, acidity and digestive disorders.
Mud Pack : Packs made of unpolluted and chemical free mud are indirectly applied over eyes and lower abdomen through packs. It helps to relieve congestion in the eyes and improve digestion. It absorbs excessive heat from the treated part as it retains coolness for longer time.
Mud Bath : The direct application of unpolluted and chemical free mud about a consistency of a thick mush over the body is called mud bath. It improves blood circulation, tones up the skin, thus helping a great measure for various skin aliments. It is useful in skin disorders like Eczema and Psoriasis. It is quiet relaxing and helps reduce anxiety and stress. It is also useful in the treatment of Headache, Sleeplessness, Hypertension, Migraine and Digestive disorders.