NATUROPATHY - GETTING BETTER WITH NATURE CURE!

By Pradeep Mahajan 

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Naturopathy – Getting Better With Nature Cure!

Naturopathy believes that all the diseases arise due to accumulation of morbid matter in the body and if such matter is removed by some means, it paves the way for cure or relief. It also believes that the human body has inherent self constructing and self healing powers.
 
Naturopathy was practiced in ancient Greece (400 BC). Dr Benedict Lust is considered to be the the founder of modern-day naturopathy who practiced the art of natural healing and introduced it in the US in 1892. Dr Lust established the American School of Naturopathy in 1902.
 
Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine where natural medicines are used for healing. It uses a holistic approach to cure an illness. Naturopathy looks at illness as a form of healing. Its focus is always on healing and health rather than disease. Naturopathy was practiced more widely in the US than in other countries, in early 20th century.
 
Naturopathy involves modifications of diet, lifestyle, and similar natural ways to cure the person.
 
Naturopathy is a system of healing science stimulating the body’s inherent power to regain health with the help of five great elements of nature.

Naturopathy is a call to “Return to Nature” and to resort to simple way of living in harmony with the self, society and environment.
 
Medical doctor practicing Naturopathy understands the body, soul and mind of a person first and then decides about the treatment. Naturopathy focuses mainly on two areas – the healing ability of body and the lifestyle of a person.

Naturopathy takes holistic view of the health. It takes into consideration all factors responsible for diseases such as — not so natural habits in living, working, sleeping, relaxation, thinking, sexual indulgence etc. It also considers the situational & environmental factors that disturb the normal functioning of the body and lead it to a morbid, weak and toxic state.

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Naturopathy focuses on correcting all the factors involved in the disease state and allow the body to recover itself. Naturopath helps in Nature’s effort to cure disease by applying correct natural modalities and regulating the natural forces to work within safe limits. The five main modalities of treatment are air, water, heat, mud and space.

( Panchamahabhutas – five natural elements in Ayurveda ).
 
Some of the major principles of Naturopathy :

Basic cause of disease is morbid matter. Bacteria develop after the accumulation of morbid matter in the body. Morbid matter creates favourable condition for bacteria to develop.

Chronic diseases are the outcome of wrong treatment and suppression of the acute diseases.

Nature is the greatest healer. Body has the capacity to prevent itself from diseases. Body also regains health naturally / if treated with naturopathy.

Patient is treated in Naturopathy and not the disease.

Nature Cure treats patient simultaneously at all four levels : physical, mental, social (moral) and spiritual.

Naturopathy believes in — “Food is Medicine”.

Naturopathy doesn’t follow a single road to good health. This approach includes a wide array of noninvasive techniques and therapies.

There are many approaches followed in Naturopathy, major ones are as follows :

Water – Therapy / Hydrotherapy : It is the most ancient of all the remedial agents. It produces several types of physiological effects based on temperature and duration.

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Air – Therapy: Good health requires fresh air. Air therapy is used in different pressures and temperatures, in variety of disease conditions.

Fire – Therapy: Here different temperatures are used through different heating techniques. These produce different specific effects.

Fasting Therapy : Clogging causes disease. Fasting is the best therapy to get rid of clogging in body and mind.

Mud – Therapy: Mud absorbs, dissolves and eliminates the toxins and rejuvenates the body. It is employed in treatment of various diseases like constipation, skin diseases etc.

Food-Therapy : Your food is your medicine. This is the main slogan of Nature Cure.

Massage–Therapy: Massage acts as tonic & stimulant. It creates sedative effect. It is an effective substitute for exercise.

“Accupressure” – Different points on hands, feet & body are associated with different organs. If pressure is applied on these selected points, related organs can be cured of their ailments.

“Magneto-Therapy ” : South and North poles of magnets of different powers and shapes are employed in treatment. Magnets are applied directly on different parts of the body. Charged water or oil is also used in magnetotherapy

Chromo – Therapy : Seven colours of Sun ( violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red ) are employed through irradiation or body or by administering charged water, oil and pills for treatment.

Naturopathy takes time to heal diseases but most of the time it ends in successful results. But you need concentration, belief and dedication to attain the best results in naturopathy.



WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY?

By Shelby Lowry

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Some people might think that aromatherapy is replacing traditional medicine. Although it is an alternative method of practicing wellbeing, let it be known here and now that aromatherapy is in no way a replacement for modern medicine. Instead, see it as a tool that helps enhance your wellbeing both physically and psychologically using scents to stimulate certain responses. When performing aromatherapy, your goal should be to use the essential oils to shift your mental state and assist your body's natural ability to regulate, heal, and balance itself.

How Does It Work?

Aromatherapy works as you inhale certain scents to stimulate your hypothalamus. Your hypothalamus is what regulates important bodily functions, like sleep and emotional responses. Once it reaches your hypothalamus, the stimulus of the scent travels through your limbic system and into the hippocampus, which is a part of your brain that's crucial for memory. Not only does this help us associate a certain scent with a specific memory, but this is also what allows the body to react to the healing scents of aromatherapy.

Who Can Benefit? 
Aromatherapy has endless benefits and isn't exclusive to any one group of people. If you're easily stressed or tend to feel out of balance, using aromatherapy might be a way to combat these involuntary feelings. Even those with respiratory concerns may be able to find an essential oil that soothes them. Overall, aromatherapy can be used by anyone who want to experience the holistic powers of essential oils. Just remember, it's not meant to replace traditional medicine.

If you want to know for sure whether or not aromatherapy is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you suffer from joint or muscle pain? 
* Do you regularly have trouble sleeping? 
* Are you experiencing depression, chronic stress, or anxiety? 
* Do you experience PMS or menopausal symptoms? 
* Do you have skin concerns, including acne or cellulite?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider exploring your options with aromatherapy. What have you got to lose?

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How Can I Use Aromatherapy?

You can get creative with your use of aromatherapy once you understand its properties and benefits. Here are a few ways you can try out aromatherapy in your everyday life.

* Adding it to a diffuser and inhaling the steam. 
* In a foot and hand bath. 
* Direct application onto the skin (always remember to use a carrier oil or other form 
of dilution to prevent any discomfort on the skin). 
* With a compress. 
* As a chest rub to support your respiratory system. 
* On a pillow for soothing effects to help you fall asleep faster.

Now that more and more people are becoming familiar with the benefits of aromatherapy products, you can find aromatherapy being practiced almost everywhere you go these days. Spas, massage centers, and yoga studios are incorporating this style of relaxation to further improve the mental welfare of others. Many aromatherapy fanatics claim that it can help awaken your senses and boost your cognitive function, including improved memory and an overall more relaxed state of mind. If you're looking for these types of effects, you can read more about aromatherapy to better understand the products you can use to get the most out of this holistic practice.

What are some useful aromatherapy products?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils and a variety of aromatherapy products like candles and aromatherapy diffusers. Candles and diffusers are great aromatherapy products and allow you to change the type of oil you want to use, so they're versatile and convenient.

Before you purchase your aromatherapy products, make sure that they're made especially for this purpose. This relates more to the essential oils than anything else. There are some products that can be labeled as aromatherapy products but might not actually be built to provide the benefits you're looking for. Some products might contain artificial ingredients, which can actually cause more harm than good in most cases. Be sure that you're using aromatherapy products that were built for the purpose of providing the calming and stimulating effects of aromatherapy.

Where can I find aromatherapy supplies?

There is no shortage of places to find aromatherapy supplies. With its popularity surging and no signs of it slowing down, you can grab as many essential oils and aromatherapy supplies as you need, regardless of your budget. There are countless varieties of essential oils that can offer different benefits to you. You can search your local brick and mortar shops or browse any distributor of aromatherapy supplies online to get started on your path to feeling the benefits of aromatherapy. A healthy mind, body, and soul is within reach.


 

REFLEXOLOGY - NON INVASIVE HEALING TECHNIQUE

By Gary Kent Boyd

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Reflexology? Ever heard of it? Neither had I until I ran into a site put up by Bill Flocco, director and founder of the American Academy of Reflexology. It apparently is a site for pain relief and is responsible for giving you a deep sense of relaxation.

Reflexology

This process is based on the idea that injury or disease in one part of the body can cause a buildup of substance that irritates nerve endings in reflex points in the feet, hands and ears. Thus, reflexing - applying pressure on and gentile manipulation at the points of the feet, hands and ears - corresponds to and helps specific areas of the body.

Example

The reflexes in the fingers and toes correspond to the head and neck. For best results massage these reflex points for five to ten minutes at least twice a day and at least four times a week. Sometimes relief will come quickly, or it can take several days, weeks or longer for reflexology to help.

Caution: if pain is related to a medical condition seek help from a doctor.

For each ailment you can apply pressure on the hands, ears and feet for relief.

A few reflex points are described here:

Jaw Pain

This winter I fell on the ice on the right side of my face swelling it up giving me a lot of pain and a large contusion. I had intensive pain in the jaw area although X-rays proved negative. After running across reflexologist Dr. Flocco site I thought why not try it. On his site he directs you to use the tip of your index finger, locate the small flap of cartridge at the top of the earlobe. Then move your finger about half an inch toward the back edge of the ear. Place the tip of the thumb behind the ear and with the index finger on the front, squeeze gently, applying firm, but not painful pressure. Apply pressure on both ears at once.

After you have applied the reflexology on the ear for five to ten minutes, do it on your feet. While seated, place you left foot on the opposite knee. With the left hand grasp the big toe and apply pressure with the tip of the thumb to the widest part of the big toe in the area closest to the second toe. Switch legs and repeat, exercise both for five to ten minutes.

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After trying these methods on the ears and feet for the prescribed amount of time, four times a week, after two weeks the pain had dissipated to the extent I no longer had pain. Wow, to say the least I was amazed it worked!

Lower Back Pain

I was so amazed this worked like it did I thought I would try it on my chronic back pain I developed when I was younger. I had been taking Ibuprofen for it forever; I just thought that maybe this would do the job.

On the site the good doctor directs you to find the area just above the wrist on the thumb edge of the left palm. Grasping from behind with the fingers of the opposite hand, apply gentile pressure to this point with the tip of the thumb. Gently roll the tip of your thumb while applying pressure. Switch hands and repeat for five to ten minutes four times a week. I did these exercises for one week and the back pain completely disappeared from my body. I have not had back pain now for several years; now I am sure I was onto something.

Reducing Urinary Frequency

As I have grown older I was getting up to go to the bathroom at least twice a night. I have looked at several different drug treatments whose side effects are worse than the treatment. I looked again on the site and found an exercise that the doctor said would eliminate getting up at night completely. You need to do this simple exercise four to six times daily and he vowed this would get rid of the urine frequency.

The site says, while sitting, place your left foot on your right knee. Find the spot on the inner edge of the left foot that is a direct line below the ankle bone, where the inner side of the foot and the sole of the foot meet. Using your right thumb, apply pressure on this point. Gently grasp and stabilize the left foot with the fingers on the right hand while you do this. Repeat on the opposite foot. The exercise should last from five to ten minutes. Do this daily until urination frequency disappears.

I tried it for two weeks and the urination frequency finally, at long last, disappeared. I am happy to say that reflexologist Dr. Flocco has done wonders for my pain management. By simply following his direction the problems have all gone away.