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“CURE FROM THE NATURE.........”

The Philosophy of nature cure is based on sciences dealing with newly discovered and rediscovered natural laws and principles, and with their application to the phenomena of life and death, health diseases , and cure.

Every new science embodying new modes of thought required exact modes of expression and new definition of words and phrases already in common use. Therefore I have endeavored to define, as possible, certain words and phrases which convey meaning and ideas peculiar to the teachings of Nature Cure.

The student of Nature cure and kindred subjects will do well do well to closely study these definition and formulated principles, as they contain the pith (essential part) and marrow of our philosophy and greatly facilitate its understanding.

1.            What is Nature Cure?
                Nature cure is a system of man building in harmony with the constructive principle in nature on the physical mental and moral planes of being.
2.            What is the Constructive principle in Nature?
                The Constructive principle in Nature is that principle which builds up, improves, and repairs, which always makes for the perfect type, and which is opposed to the destructive principle in Nature, whose activity in Nature is designated as evolutionary.
3.            What is the Destructive Principle in Nature ?
                The destructive principle in Nature is that principle which disintegrates and destroys existing forms and types, and whose activity in Nature is designated as devolutionary.
4.            What is Normal or Nature?
                That is normal or natural which is in harmonic relation with the life purpose of the individual.
5.            What is health?
                Health is normal and harmonious vibration of the elements and forces composing the human entity on the physical, mental and moral planes of being, in conformity with the constructive principle in Nature applied to individual life.
6.            What is disease?
                Disease is abnormal or inharmonious vibration of the elements and forces composing the human entity on one or more planes of being, in conformity with the destructive principle in Nature applied to individual life.
7.            What is the Primary Cause of Disease?
                The primary cause of disease, barring accidental or surgical injury to the human organism and surroundings hostile to human life, is violation of Nature’s Laws.

Basic Concept


                In fact Nature cure is a way of life which we find a number of references in the Vedas and other ancient texts. The morbid matter theory, concept of vital force and other concepts upon which Nature Cure is based are already available in old texts which indicate that these methods were widely practiced in ancient India.
The whole practice of Nature cure based on the following three principles.
                Accumulation or Morbid matter. Abnormal composition of blood an lymph.

Lowered vitality


                Nature cure believes that all the diseases arise due to accumulation of morbid matter in the body and if scope is given for its removal, it provides cure or relief. It also believes that the human body possesses inherent self constructing and self healing powers. The fundamental difference in Nature Cure with other systems is that its theory and practice are based on holistic view point whereas the latter’s approach is specific. Nature cure does not believe in the specific cause of disease and its specific treatment but takes into account the totality of factors responsible for diseases such as one’s un-natural habits in living, thinking working, sleeping, relaxation, sexual indulgence etc., and also considers the environmental factors involved which on the whole disturbs the normal functioning of the body and lead it to a morbid, weak and toxic state.

                For treatment it primarily stresses on correcting all te involved and allowing the body to recover itself. A Nature cure physician helps in Nature’s effort to overcome disease by applying correct natural modalities and controlling the natural forces to work within safe limits. The five main modalities of treatment are air, water, heat, mud and space.

PRINCIPLES


1.            All diseases, their cause and their treatment are one.
2.            The basic cause of disease is not bacteria. Bacteria develop after the accumulation of morbid matter when a favorable atmosphere for their growth develops in body. Basic cause is morbid matter and not the bacteria.
3.            Acute disease is our friends not the enemies. Chronic diseases are the outcome of wrong treatment and suppression of the acute diseases.
4.            Nature is the greatest healer. Body the capacity to prevent itself from diseases and regain health if unhealthy.
5.            In Naturopathy diagnosis is easily possible. Long waiting for diagnosis is not required for treatment.
6.            Patients suffering from chronic ailments are also treated successfully in comparatively less time in Naturopathy.
8.            After emerging, suppressed diseases can be cured by Naturopathy
9.            Nature cure treats physical, mental, social (moral) and spiritual all four aspects at the same time.
10.          Nature Cure treats body as a whole instead of giving treatment to each organ separately.
11.          Naturopathy does not use medicines. According to Naturopathy “Food is Medicine”.
12.          According to Gandhiji Rama Nama is the best natural treatment”, means doing prayer according to one’s spiritual faith is an important part of treatment.

                In Short Nature Cure includes all the available non-in-vasive treatments and diagnostic modalities which do not interfere with the body’s natural functional capacity and healing process and are in affirmity with Nature’s constructive Principles.

History


                Nature Cure movement started in Germany & other western countries with “Water cure” (Hydrotherapy). Water cure was synonymous with Nature cure in those early days. the credit of making water cure world famous goes to Vincent Priessnitz (1799-1851) who was a farmer. Dr. Henry Lindlahr and others go to the extent of crediting him as ‘Father of Naturopathy”. The word “Naturopathy” has been coined by Dr. John Scheele in the year 1895 and was propagated and popularized in the western world by Dr. Benedict Lust. A number of Doctors of modern medicine and others became Nature Cure enthusiasts and gradually developed them. Nature Cure movement gained momentum in India as Mahatma Gandhi, “ Father of The Nation” became much interested in this system and included it in his programmes. He has also established a  Nature Cure Hospital in Uralikanchan, Dist. Poona, Maharashtra. Which is still functioning.

Naturopathy adopts the following diagnostic methods:

Full life case history - covering all the facts of life, since birth.
Facial diagnosis - the science of facial expressions by studying the various characteristic features upon the body.
Iris diagnosis - Study of iris indicating the condition of various visceral organs.
Modern clinical diagnosis to some extent.

The methods applied for cure in Naturopathy are the following:
1.            Water Therapy: Water is the most ancient of all the remedial agents. It is employed i different forms in treatment and produces several types of physiological effects depending upon temperature and duration. Hydrotherapy is almost all types of disease conditions.
2.            Air Therapy: fresh air is essential for good health. Air therapy is employed in different pressures and temperatures in variety of disease condition.
3.            Fire Therapy: Existence of all the creatures and forms depends upon “Agni” (fire) In Nature Cure treatment, different temperatures are employed through different heating techniques to produce different specific effects.
4.            Space Therapy: Congestion cause disease. Fasting is the best therapy to relieve congestion of body and mind.
5.            Mud Therapy: Mud absorbs, dissolves and eliminates the toxins and rejuvenates the body. It is employed i treatment of various disease like constipation, skin diseases etc.,
6.            Food Therapy: Most of the diseases are amenable through food therapy. As you eat so will you be physically as well as mentally. Your food is your medicine. These are the main slogans of Nature cure.
7.            Massage Therapy: Massage is generally employed for tonic, stimulant and sedative effects. It is an effective substitute for exercise.
8.            Acupressure: There are different points on hands, feet & body which are associated with different organs. By applying pressure on these selected points, related organs can be influenced for getting rid of their ailments.
9.            Magneto Therapy: Magnets influence health. South and North poles of different powers and shapes are employed in treatment, by applying directly on different parts of the body or through changed up water or oil.
10.          Chromo Therapy: Sun rays seven colors - violet, indigo, blue, yellow, orange and red. These colors are employed through irradiation or body or by administering charged water, oil and pills for treatment.