Features of Naturopathy (Swarupam)
- Naturopathy is a science of living in tune with nature.
- It is not only useful against disease but also educates man how to prevent himself from disease.
- The methods, which are employed in treatment are mud pack, enema, hot and cold fomentation, mud bath, sun bath, steam bath ete.
- Being a system without medicine it is free from side effects and iatrogenic (diseases created by wrong treatment or diagnosis by the physician) diseases.
- Naturopathy is safe for all and is beneficial in almost all the disease conditions provided it is rightly applied.
- In Naturopathy, patient’s diet is his medicine. It is generally fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, soups without too many salts and spices.
- Naturopathy puts lot of emphasis on well balanced diet.
- Naturopathy does not make one dependent on doctor or institute. So one can learn the principles and follow them in their routine life to maintain health.
- According to naturopathy the causes of diseases are wrong eating habits, wrong thinking habits and wrong living habits. So it is necessary that one should follow the Nature cure principles of Naturopathy and remain healthy.
Relation between Ayurveda and Naturopathy
Fundamental principles of Naturopathy are derived from the philosophical system of ancient India and Ayurveda. Therefore basic principles of Naturopathy are also found in the Vedas, Ayurvedic Samhitas and Yogic texts.
According to the Indian philosophy the Universe and the human body are composed of five elements or mahabutas, i.e. Prithvi (Earth), Ja!a (Water) Agni (Sun), lItlyu (Air), Akasha (Ether). For proper activities in the Nature and Man, there balance is essential. If the eq uilibrium of these elements is maintained in the body, the man remains healthy. When this equilibrium gets disturbed, diseases start. The balanced condition of these elements depends on various factors like food, atmosphere etc. To correct diseases, proper food, water and other natural means are essential. This essentiality is the base of naturopathy.
Naturopathy believes that due to weakness of digestive system and intake of inadequate food and faulty life style, a variety of unwanted and incompatible products i.e. toxins accumulate in the body. When these toxins override a limit and spread in the system it leads to disease. According to Ayurveda also food is the important factor responsible for health as well as disease. Naturopathy depends on diet, natural living and self-curative forces which works towards health. It does not prescribe medicine. Ayurveda utilizes both i.e. nature cure principles as well as medicine.
Naturopathy intents to eliminate accumulated toxins from the body and to prevent their accumulation. This is the fundamental principle of Naturopathy and it is very much similar to Panchakarma therapy of Ayurveda.
Naturopathy advises planned fasting for preservation of health and as a therapeutic procedure in the management of different diseases. In Ayurveda, langhana or fasting has been digestive fire and to get rid of ama or toxins from the body.
Importance of Naturopathy in Modern Life
Day-by-day our life has become artificial and at present we are far away from nature. We ignored directions of the nature. Therefore now-a-days it is rare to find out perfectly healthy person.
Naturopathy is a science, which provides complete health with the help of nature. We can make ourselves healthy and satisfied by living in tune with nature.