Article contributed By Dr Teerthika
Naturopathy is a distinct type of primary care medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and current research. It is guided by a unique set of principles that recognise the body’s innate healing capacity, emphasise disease prevention and encourage individual responsibility to obtain optimal health.
Naturopathy treatments begin with re-establishing the condition of health such as developing a healthier diet and lifestyle regime. Naturopathic physicians identify specific weaknesses or dysfunction in their patients and tailor treatments based upon the patient’s individual presentation. Naturopaths facilitate this healing process by identifying treatments to enhance healing and removing obstacles that stand in the way of cure. In Naturopathy it’s believed that symptoms are an external manifestation of an internal imbalance due to any combination of physical, mental or emotional causes. I’s important to treat the underlying causes.
The primary role of a Naturopathic physician is educating. The doctor is a teacher who motivates patients to assume more personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet. Thomas Edison said, ” The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest patients in the maintenance of the human frame, in diet, and in the prevention of disease.” It’s more effective to teach, rather than treat patients. Naturopaths heal patients through five elements of the universe: air, fire, water, space, earth.
- Hydrotherapy Packs:
Arm and foot bath
- Colon hydrotherapy
- Mud therapy:
Full body mud bath
- Diet and fasting therapy:
- Massage therapy:
Full body massage
- Ganji turmeric pack
- Mustard pack
- Yoga therapy
All these treatment modalities enhance the body’s healing power.
Ganji turmeric pack:
Ganji turmeric pack has a great palliative effect in all skin disorders. Turmeric is rich in a nutrient called curcumin. It is also rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial effects. Curcumin is able to suppress the excessive production of TNF-alpha by activated macrophages. Rice powder is also a great anti-inflammatory agent, and a good antioxidant. Thus, ganji turmeric pack helps in curing all skin disorders.
Mustard pack: A natural painkiller
Mustard seeds are rich in a nutrient called selenium, they are also rich in magnesium which is known for its high anti-inflammatory effects. Mustard also has great heat in it which helps in vasodilation and reduces the pain when mustard powder is mixed with rice flour which is a great anti-inflammatory agent as well as a good antioxidant. Mustard packs help in reducing pain to a great extent and act as effective natural painkillers. Naturopathy is evidence-based medicine. Research has been done on the effect of mustard packs in patients with osteoarthritis and lumbar spondylosis which has a high impact factor.
Acupuncture is a Chinese technique in which thin needles are used to prick specific points in the body. It has a great analgesic effect and it controls the autonomic nervous system function such as blood pressure regulation. Acupuncture also modulates the imbalance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic activity.
It is a method of treatment that uses wavelengths in the visible region for curing different diseases and medical conditions. In various studies it has been shown that exposure to warm colours increases respiratory movement, frequency of eye blink, cortical activation. Cool colours showed the opposite effect by acting as an relaxant. Chromotherapy provides colour to the electromagnetic body or the aura around the body, which in turn transfers energy to the physical body; this makes chromotherapy most effective.
Yoga therapy benefits physical and mental health via down regulation of the HPA axis and it also has a positive effect on the hippocampus. It reduces grey matter in the amygdala in the brain which in turn reduces negative thoughts. Yoga helps in overall well-being by controlling the autonomic nervous system.