What is Naturopathy
Naturopathy grew out of what was termed the “Nature Cure” movement that flourished in Europe in the early 1800s. Vincent Priessnitz is credited with being the first of these practitioners. He used nature’s own elements such as water (termed water cure), fresh air, exercise, and diet to treat disease in patients of all ages, including children. Naturopathic medicine is as much a philosophy as it is a medical practice. It is based on the use of a variety of natural therapies to treat disease. Naturopathic treatments are mainly based on the five great elements or panchamahaboothas namely air, water, earth, fire and ether, which are the fundamental constituents of every living being. The common naturopathy modalities include counseling, diet and fasting therapy, mud therapy, hydrotherapy, heliotherapy, Varmam massage therapy, acupressure, acupuncture, magnet therapy, Color Therapy, Seed Therapy, Sujok Therapy and yoga therapy
What happens during Naturopathy Treatment
The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person — that means mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness — not just stop the symptoms. One of the most important tenets of naturopathy is that when the cause of disease is removed, the body will use its inherent abilities to heal itself, and the use of natural treatments can help influence these abilities. Naturopathic medicine has seen a resurgence in recent years because of public demand. Many of the conventional medications that worked so well at first have lost some of their appeal. The disadvantages of conventional treatments, such as untoward side effects or decreases in effectiveness due to long-term use, have made the natural approach to health care more appealing.
Vitality of Naturopathy
Eastern herbal medicine and naturopathy have traditionally worked with a belief in the vis medicatrix naturae – the healing power of nature. In this view, the body in optimum health, and in proper alignment with nature (which is actually the same thing), possesses a vital force or energy that enables self-healing. The practitioner’s key responsibility is to help the patient stand in right-relationship with nature so that the self-healing vitality can be generated.
The body’s vital capacity, its animating and restorative dynamic energy, can be strategically viewed as flowing in three overlaid dimensions:
The general vitality of the body as a whole
The vitality pertaining to specific body systems
The vitality of particular organs (and of tissues that have the status of organs such as the skin, muscles and mucous membranes).
Vitality and integrity (in the sense of being whole, unified, consistent) are related concepts. In order to manifest integrity, the body and its systems and organs must be properly nurtured and utilized, with: appropriate diet, water, rest, activity and direction of thought (in other words with a fitting regime). The integral ‘body’ (successfully aligning its physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects) constitutes the vital organism. The patient’s and the practitioner’s estimations of the patient’s vitality provide core insights into the patient’s predicament and serve as key markers to figure progress in future consultations. Source (Science Direct Peter Conway )
Benefits of Naturopathy Treatment
Rather than just a short-term relief, Naturopathy gives you a new way to live your everyday life. It is a great chance to restart your life on a healthy note. Naturopathy educates you about what are the best lifestyle and diet routine for you and gives you a chance to live long and prosper for the rest of your life.
How safe is Naturopathy Treatment
Naturopathic physicians are often successful at treating chronic conditions that don’t respond to conventional medicine. This includes, but is not limited to: fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance, and digestive disorders. They are able to respond to the individual needs of patients and develop a treatment plan that includes nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, diet and fasting therapy.The synthesized chemicals in Allopathy give positive results along with some negative effects too. Naturopathy utilizes natural substances and non-invasive procedures as a part of treatment which is proven to be safe and which creates no side effects. Naturopathy is safe for your body.