Naturopathy is a holistic system and works on toxemia theory of disease. It is the build up of toxicity that causes disease. The toxicity can be due to internal and external causes due to problem in food, lifestyle and environment. Naturopathy is ‘holistic” in its approach taking the human body as a whole – it treats the root cause of a disease and not the symptoms. Diagnosis and treatments with natural methods that promote the body’s own ability to heal. Naturopaths focus on treatments based on natural forces, completely avoiding the use of surgery and drugs. Naturopaths aim to prevent illness through stress reduction and bringing changes to diet and lifestyle, rejecting the methods of symptomatic treatment of other systems.
The functions of the body generates waste matter that when not properly expelled leads to accumulation that results in toxicity. Make an environment in and out of the body for detoxification. The body knows how to heal itself. The healing power is aided by the vitality or vital power of the body. When toxins accumulate the body goes into a detoxification mode. Through symptoms like fever, inflammation, colds, cough, diarrhea, dysentery, and skin eruptions the body throws out the toxins. Human body is an astounding device. Verily an omniscient and omnipotent engineer has designed it. That creator himself has bestowed it with the power of mending itself whenever it turns out of order. This system prevails in plants, animals and birds as well. As flawless, computerized, reconditioning mechanism works within the body. Along with the creation of body, an expert physician is also created within. In the language of the science of life, it is usually termed 'vital force' or 'vital power'. What we have to do is to create an atmosphere conducive for the proper functioning of this doctor. For that it is very important to keep our internal organs at ease.
This can be achieved through fasting. If we could stay without food for 1 or 2 days in a week, drinking only pure water, that would definitely activate our internal healing faculty. During new moon and full moon days there will be special changes in the blood circulation. Fasting at that time will be enough to cast the toxins in the blood out of the body with ease. If we could fast for one month during different seasons of the year, that would suffice for the annual maintenance of body and to recover fully from all its ailments. And furthermore this causes entry of sufficient air contents to the body. So in naturopathy, fasting is the best remedy for all maladies except in the cases where fasting will be a menace to life.
As a result of our irregular life habits, the internal 'doctor' may be put in to such a position that it cannot act properly, catering to the needs of the body. In such situations the 'Vital force' can be activated with pure water. Washing the limbs and face with pure water and applying pure water around the waist and head are found to be very effective in such situations.
At times when water fails to bring forth the desired effect, we get instant relief with mud. Earth is mud and we are the part of earth. It may be for this reason that mud replaces the deficiencies.
Sunlight also is found to be useful in expediting the process. We all know that exposure to sunlight will aid synthesis of vitamins D within the body with the support of proper nutrition.
To walk in the dawn, exposed to fresh air, to be in meditation during the early morning hours, to delight exercises will all activate the vital force leading to speedy relief from ailments.
Taking fully nutritious food, chew it well before consumption, taking liquid food sip by, sitting properly before taking food, having it in a calm and healthy atmosphere, free from talking reading and watching television, consuming large quantity of vegetables and fruits in the diet, reducing the carbohydrate intake, having supper early, relaxing a little after food etc. are some of the rules of the system of nature cure or natural life.
The reason for the naturopathic systems outshining all other systems is simply due to the fact that it strictly imposes nutrition and healthy dietary habits. It is for this reason that naturopathy is rightly termed Natural Hygiene System. What naturopathy aims is to do justice to the human nature and to be in harmony with his surrounding nature.
It is nature's law that children like to play in mud and love to bath in rainwater. So do never arrest them the call of nature. To a certain extent man can follow the example of other living beings around him. As they are designed to obey the rule of nature fully, very rarely do they have diseases. As human beings are endowed with the freedom to break the law, they do have diseases in plenty.
When you feel thirsty drink pure water, when do feel hungry have half stomach ,live in the open full of sunlight, sleep early and wake early, get away with all mental tension and stress. If you follow these habits, you will never catch any illness. That is why plants and other living beings do not have as much illness as human beings have. Take only such type of food that can do well to your body created by the nature and chemical foods.
Food is medicine and nature is the doctor. That is naturopathy or nature cure. Its not a treatment but a way of life.