If nature cures, why do we need Naturopathy? We live on planet earth, under the sun. We still breathe the common, available air, we still use water for drinking, bathing, washing. What could be unnatural about that?
The fact is, in the last four decades, our lifestyles have changed dramatically. In the following interview, Naturopath Dr Mahadeshwara Swami tells us how this change directly affects our health.
Dr S Mahadeshwara Swami has founded a Naturopathy center in Yelahlanka New Town, called Prakruti Arogyadhama. He graduated from SBM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences. You can send your queries to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the relevance of Naturopathy in today’s world?
The human being is made of five elements- Fire, Water, Earth, Space and Air. The problem is, in today’s world, none of these elements exist in their natural, pure form anymore. Let us study each element.
The hottest thing around being the sun, we naturopaths worship the sun as the embodiment of the fire element. In the good old cave days, people had maximum exposure to the sun. They woke up early and benefitted from the early-morning infra-red sun rays. But now we sleep late and get up late and miss a large chunk of the vitamin D provided by the sun.Therefore, the body’s immunity, the fighting power, diminishes. Lack of Vitamin D affects the bone density, resulting in arthritis. There is a decrease in the secretions, metabolic rates, and bio – mechanism of the body.
It follows that the life-style change required here is to get up early, go out for a walk, and sleep early.
Our body is 70 per cent water. But it’s not stationary, it’s always moving. Being a universal solvent, water is always busy cleaning out the chemical residues from our cells, the urea, uric acid, et cetra. The only thing we have to understand here is that the intake should be equivalent to the output. We need to drink at least three to four liters of water every single day for the balance to be maintained.
In today’s world, however, we don’t have time to drink water. Before we brush our teeth in the morning, we should start our day with two full glasses of water. There are microbes in the mouth which help the water to wash out the entire tract from mouth to anus.
All our vitamins, minerals, the energy supply, is gotten from the soil. The market of today’s world has driven the farmer to spray poisonous chemical fertilizers on all the crops produced. This not only affects the quality of the vegetables, it also ruins the soil by reducing the natural potentiality of the earth.
Organic farming, in which natural fertilizers are used, is the only solution to undo the damage and renew the nourishing soils.
In Naturopathy, the space in the body is understood by the space in the intestines. Space is nothing but a vacuum. An emptiness. Just like every living being needs periodic rest to function well, our digestive tract also needs a break every now and then. In Naturopathy, fasting is simply a cleansing process. The purpose of washing is the removal of dirt. A therapeutic fast, under the guidance of a naturopath, won’t necessarily be ‘mouth shut’. If the patient has arthritis, he will get carrot juice mixed with water; if obesity is the problem, then lemon juice with honey will be the sole diet of the day.
Air is the most vital force. In Sanskrit, it is called prana. The quality of the air being so polluted in cities, our lungs have literally shrunk in size to avoid breathing fully. The solution is to strengthen the lungs by the practice pranayaam early every morning,when the ozone and oxygen content is high in the atmosphere. Pranayaam helps in curing all respiratory tract problems, like cold, cough, bronchitis, asthma, et cetra.
What are the ailments where Naturopathy is the most effective?
All chronic ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, all the respiratory disorders, orthopedic ailments, neurological conditions, et cetra. can be cured by Naturopathy.
In spite of Naturopathy being so logical, why is it not as popular as it should be?
Naturopathy centers in Bangalore
Next to ISCON
Golden Star Nature Cure Center
Contact : Dr. Sandeep 9448792860
151 – 13th cross, 1st phase,
Shankar Nag Park
Yehlanka New Town,
Contact Dr. Swami :08028461304
Jindal Nature Cure Institute
Tumkur road, Bangalore
Basala Samiti Nature Cure Hospital
Raja Rajeshwari Medical College
Prakruti jeevan Kendra
8th cross, Malleshwaram,
Naturopathy basically utilizes the body’s natural healing power to do its job. For that,the body needs to rest, to fast, and that, in today’s world is not the done thing. We live to eat. People avoid Naturopathy because they think that they cannot go hungry. Secondly, we are scared of facing the healing crisis.
What is the healing crisis?
There are two kinds of crisis in a body; one is a disease crisis and the other is a healing crisis. A healing crisis is that in which symptoms of a disease come and go. The body periodically needs to expel toxins. Nature cure is nothing but giving the body a chance to detoxify. For example, vomiting, lose motions, headaches, slight fever are all symptoms of the body giving out an alarm that it needs to detoxify.
At such times, it is best to let the body and mind rest for a day or two. Never suppress these symptoms by taking antibiotics. Of course, it is important to confirm that the fever is not indicative of something serious like malaria or typhoid, in which case antibiotics should be taken.
What is your take on allopathic medicine?
Allopathic medicine is a life – saving system. Every allopathic medicine has contra-indications written on the strip. So when we eat these medicines, they are all processed through the liver, the factory of metabolism, and the medicine reaches each and every cell of the body, before it is flushed out by the kidneys. So it is like a slow poison.
Allopathy should be taken only in life-saving diseases. Pain-killers, antibiotics, anti-histamines are the most dangerous drugs. They all have side effects that give you a long term headache. ⊕