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Naturopathy

Naturopathy is an art and science of healthy living and a drugless system of Healing based on well founded philosophy. The Fundamental difference of Naturopathy with other systems is that its theory and practice are based on holistic view point where as the laters's approach is specific. Naturopathy does not believe in the specific cause of disease and its specific treatment but takes in to account the totality of factors responsible for disease such as one's unnatural habits in living, thinking walking, sleeping, relaxing, sexual indulgence etc. and also considers the environmental factors involved which on the whole disturb the normal functioning of the body and lead it to a morbid, weak and toxic state. Our eminent Naturopathy physicians helps in nature's effort to overcome disease by applying correct natural modalities and controlling the natural forces to work within safe limits.


Different modalities of Naturopathy

1. Diet Therapy

According to this therapy the food must be taken in natural or maximum natural form. fresh seasonal fruits, fresh green leafy vegetables and sprouts are excellent from this point of view. Our diet should consists of 20% acidic and 80% alkaline food for preserving health.

2. Fasting Therapy

Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink or both, for a period of time. A fast may be total or partial concerning that from which one fasts, and may be prolonged or intermittent as to the period of fasting. Fasting is an important treatment modality for health preservation. In fasting, mental preparedness is an essential pre-condition. prolonged fasting should be done only under the supervision of a competent Naturopathic physician.

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Benefits and Physiological effects of Fasting:

Physicians of most cultures, throughout history, have recommended extended fasting as therapy for various conditions from ancient to modern. Though earlier observations were studied without scientific methodology or understanding they still point to utilization of fasting as a therapeutic modality.Earlier observations were based on animal behaviour but today they are based on animal physiology. Prominent among the physiological effects conferred by fasting (Calorie Restriction and Intermittent Fasting) are the following:Increased insulin sensitivity that results in reduced plasma glucose and insulin concentrations and improved glucose tolerance, reduced levels of oxidative stress as indicated by decreased oxidative damage to proteins, lipids and DNA, increased resistance to various types of stress including heat, oxidative and metabolic stresses and enhanced immune function.

Both gross and cellular physiology is profoundly affected by caloric restriction(CR) or intermittent fasting(IF) regimes. With respect to gross physiology there is of course a significant reduction of body fat and mass, which supports a healthy cardiovascular system and reduces incidents of myocardial infarction. In addition to cardioprotection a greater tolerance to stress is induced in the liver, the nutrient core of homo sapiens. The presence of alternative energy stores such as ketone bodies enable homo sapiens to survive additional stresses of life. Excessive and deleterious blood glucose is curtailed by an enhanced sensitivity to insulin and glucose and its utilization as an energy source.

3. Mud Therapy

Mud therapy is very simple and effective. The mud used for this should be clean and taken from 3 to 4 feet. depth from the surface of the ground. Mud is one of five elements of nature having immense impact on the body in health as well as in sickness. It can be employed conveniently as a therapeutic agent in Naturopathy treatment as its black color absorbs all the colors of the sun and conveys them to the body. Secondly as the mud retains moisture for a long time, when applied over the body part, it causes cooling. Thirdly its shape and consistency can be changed easily by adding water. Moreover, it is cheap and easily available.

(a) Mud Pack-Local Application

Keeping soaked mud in a thin, wet muslin cloth and making it into a thin flat brick depending on the size of the patient's abdomen, apply it. When applied to abdomen it relieves all forms of indigestion. It is effective in decreasing intestinal heat and stimulates peristalsis.

(b) Mud Pack for Face

Soaked mud paste is applied on the face and allowed to dry for 30 minutes. This is helpful in improving the complexion of the skin and removing pimples and open skin pores which in turn facilitate elimination.

(c) Mud Bath

Mud may be applied to the patient in sitting or lying position. This helps to improve the skin condition by increasing the circulation and energizing the skin tissues. Care should be taken to avoid catching cold during the bath.

4. Hydro Therapy

Hydrotherapy is a branch of Nature Cure. It is the treatment of disorders using different forms of water. These forms of water application are in practice since age-old days. Hydrothermal therapy additionally uses its temperature effects, as in hot and cold baths, saunas, wraps, etc. and in all its forms-solid, fluid, vapour, ice and steam, internally and externally. Water is without doubt the most ancient of all remedial agents for disease. This great healing agent has now been systematized and made into a science.

Effects and Uses of Water

1. Taking bath properly with clean cold water is an excellent form of hydrotherapy. Such baths open up all the pores of the skin and make the body light and fresh. In the cold bath all systems and muscles of body get activated and the blood circulation improves after bath. The old tradition of taking bath in rivers, ponds or waterfalls on specific occasions is virtually a natural form of hydrotherapy.

2. It is the most flexible medium for producing the thermic and mechanical effects desired and can be applied to a limited area or to the whole body surface.

3. It is capable of absorbing heat and also gives out heat with great readiness.It can, therefore, be used either for abstracting heat from the body or communicating heat to it. Though cold water is chiefly used, the purpose is not to take away or reduce the bodily heat, but to increase the vital power to generate more heat than what is lost.

4. Being a universal solvent, its use internally, in the form of Enema or Colonic Irrigation or water drinking aid greatly in the elimination of uric acid, urea, salts, excessive sugar, and many other blood and food chemicals that are waste products.

It should also be noted that the successful use of these methods needs a certain level of vital power. Where that power is too low, these are useless. As in acute conditions there is a higher degree of vital power, and hence there is a certainty of vital reaction. In chronic cases, where the vital power is lower, these baths are less useful, but in such cases the packs are useful because they are milder in their application.

Water is used in many forms and treatment, The various forms of treatments are:-

1. Compress and Fomentation

(a) Cold Compress: Abdominal Cold Compress

2. Baths

(a) Hip Bath

(b) Spinal Bath

(c) Spinal Spray

(d) Steam Bath

3. Immersion Baths

5. Massage Therapy

Massage is an excellent form of passive exercise. Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical (anatomical), functional(physiological), and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. If correctly done on a bare body, it can be highly stimulating and invigorating. Massage is a modality of Naturopathy and quite essential for maintaining good health. Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure-structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving-tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints or other connective tissue as well as lymphatic vessels. Masssage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm and feet. Various oils are used as lubricants like mustard oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil, aroma oils etc. which also have therapeutic effects.

Benefits of Massage

The general massage, dealing with all parts of the body, is highly beneficial in many ways. It tones up the nervous system, influences respiration and quickens the elimination of poisons and waste material from the body through the various eliminative organs such as the lungs, skin, kidneys and bowels. It also boosts blood circulation and metabolic processes. Massage removes facial wrinkles, helps to fill out hollow cheeks and neck and eases stiffness, sore muscles and numbness.

Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include pain relief, reduce trait anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and state anxiety. Theories behind what massage might do include blocking nociception(gate control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous system which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph and improving sleep but such effects are yet to be supported by well designed clinical studies.


6. Chromo Therapy

Seven colours of sunrays have different therapeutic effects. These colours are:-Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. For being healthy and in treatment of different diseases these colour work effectively. Water and oil exposed to sun for specified hours in coloured bottles and coloured glasses are used as devices of Chromo Therapy for treating different disorders. The simple methods of Chromo Therapy help in the process of recovery in a very effective manner.

7. Magnet Therapy

Magnet therapy is a clinical system in which human ailments are treated and cured through the application of magnets to the body of the patients. It is the simplest, cheapest and entirely painless system of treatment with almost no side or after effects.The only tool used is the magnet.

8. Shiatsu

9. Chiropractic

10. Aromatherapy