Naturopathy (Nature Cure) – Method and Practice
The nature cure system aims at the readjustment of the human system from abnormal to normal conditions and functions. This is done by adopting methods of cure which are in conformity with the constructive principles of nature. Such methods remove the accumulated toxic matter from the system without in any way injuring the vital organs of the body. They also stimulate the organs of eliminations to function better and thus pave the way for the purification of blood and the body at large.
Regulating the diet is the first step. All acid forming foods including proteins, starches and fats are to be excluded for a week or more and diet is to be confined to only fresh fruits, which will disinfect the stomach and alimentary canal. If the body is overloaded with morbid matter, as in acute diseases, a complete fast is prescribed for a few days for the elimination of toxins. Fruit juices may be taken during a fast and when the healthy appetite returns then alkaline foods like raw vegetables and sprouted whole grain cereals may be added.
Another important factor in the cure of diseases by natural methods is to stimulate the vitality of the body. This can be achieved by using water in various ways and at varying temperatures in the form of packs or baths. The application of cold water, especially to the abdomen, the seat of most diseases, and to the sexual organs, through a cold sitting(hip) bath immediately lowers body heat and stimulate the nervous system. In the form of wet packs, hydrotherapy offers a simple natural method of abating fevers and reducing pain and inflammation without any harmful side-effects. Warm water application, on the other hand, are relaxing.
Other natural methods useful in the cure of diseases are air and sunbaths, exercise and massage. Air and sunbaths revive dead skin and help maintain it in a normal condition. Exercise, especially yogic asanas, promotes inner health and harmony and helps eliminate all tension: physical, mental and emotional. Massage tones up the nervous system and quickens blood circulation and the metabolic process.
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