Naturopathy – an art as well as the science of healthy living and a drugless system of healing.
It can be defined as a system of man building in harmony with the constructive principles in nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of being.
The system has great health promoting, disease preventing, curative and restorative potential.
According to Naturopathy, our body has its own recuperative power. If given a chance, the body heals itself.
The philosophy of Nature Cure is based on sciences dealing with newly discovered or rediscovered natural laws and principles, and with their application to the phenomena of life and death, health, disease and cure.
Every new science embodying new modes of thought requires exact modes of expression and new definitions of already well-known words and phrases.
As this universe is made up of the 5 elements – harmony or balance, the body is healthy; if altered it leads to acute conditions, which if not removed from the root cause leads to disease. In such cases the cure can be found by utilizing the same five elements.
CONCEPT OF NATUROPATHY
Our body is made of PANCHAMAHABHOOTAS
The Five Great Elements
Aakash – Space (Shabda)
Vayu – Air (Sparsha)
Tej – Fire (Rupa)
Aap – Water (Rasa)
Prithvi – Earth (Gandha)
Balance in these 5 elements is Health and imbalance leads to disease.
There are two principal methods of treating disease. One is the combative, the other the preventive. The trend of modern medical research and practice in our routine is almost entirely along combative lines, while the individual, progressive physician learns to work more and more along preventive lines.
The slogan of modern medical science is, “Kill the germ and cure the disease.” The usual procedure is to wait until acute or chronic diseases have fully developed, and then, if
possible, to subdue them by means of drugs, surgical operations, and by means of the morbid products of disease, in the form of serums, antitoxins, vaccines, etc. The combative method fights disease with disease, poison with poison, and germs with germs and germ products. In the language of the Good Book, it is “Beelzebub against the Devil.”
The preventive method does not wait until diseases have fully developed and gained the ascendancy in the body, but concentrates its best endeavors on preventing, by hygienic living and by natural methods of treatment, the development of diseases. By these it endeavors to put the human body in such a normal, healthy condition that it is practically proof against infection or contagion by disease taints and miasms, and against the inroads of germs, bacteria and parasites.
Hence the success undoubtedly is based on the fact of preventive instead of combative methods of treating disease. People are beginning to realize that it is cheaper and more advantageous to prevent disease than to cure it. To create and maintain continuous, buoyant good health means greater efficiency for mental and physical work; greater capacity for the true enjoyment of life, and the best insurance against failure and poverty. Therefore, he who builds health is of greater value to humanity than he who allows people to drift into disease through ignorance of Nature’s laws, and then attempts to cure them by doubtful and uncertain combative methods.