NATURE CURE FOR COMMON DISEASES
It is somehow difficult to distinguish between naturism and naturopathy. Living in accordance with nature’s law is an elixir of life and helpful resistance against diseases. In the opinion of naturism, modern civilization is responsible for all ills of mankind. The solution according to them is to return to nature. Total rejection of modern health facilities and by eating raw vegetarian food can guarantee good health. This ideology is gaining more recognition across the world particular in Europe. Naturism advocates nature worship and there were a million naked worshippers of nature in Germany alone. Naturopathy delves beyond worshiping nature. It emphasizes restoration of health through the adoption of extraneous curative measures like hydrotherapy, fasts, day therapy, regulation of food, magneto therapy acupressure etc. Naturopathy totally against the use of drug for curing diseases because of its adverse effects on health. The sole aim of nature is to strengthen the hormonal functions of the body and to build natural resistance of the body to diseases through natural measures.
To prevent illness, one should avoid improper dietary habits, engage in regular exercise, abstain from drug addiction, avoid irregular life-style and indiscriminate use of drug. The history of naturopathy could be traced to the period before the reign of Hippocrates, the father of modern medical science. The spectacular thing is that Hippocrates owes his fame primarily to his advocacy of naturopathy. There were several other famous scientists that adopted nature cure to heal acute diseases in the various parts of the world. The principles of the unity of the causes of diseases is the first basic principle of naturopathy which traces the cause of all diseases to one single source-the accumulation of toxic and foreign substances in the body. Food is considered in naturopathy as essential need and nutrients should be taken in appropriate proportion. According to the proponents, food basically serves two important purposes in the body and it includes supplying of all essential nutrients of the body and maintaining the acid-alkali balance in the body.
There are basic principles guiding the choice of food and dietary habits. The ratio of acid to alkalis in blood must be balanced to guarantee good health.
Fasting and exercise are weapons that can be used against ailments. Hydrotherapy of course is another remedy prescribed by nature cure. The widely accepted methods of hydrotherapy are enema, hip-bath steam-birth, hot-foot bath etc. Drinking and birthing are by far the most important use of water for hydrotherapic treatment. Massage is another remedial procedure which has a wider healing effects on organs and systems of the body whenever they have problems. Magnet is also being used as a tool for nature cure. The basic assumption of magnetotherapy is that one remains healthy as long as equilibrium is maintained in the electromagnetic forces operating within the complex body system. Universally accepted agreement has not been reached as regards precise methods of using magnets to cure diseases.
There are several case histories of persons that have been healed using naturopathy approaches and methods. And there are specific procedure and guidelines to follow in treating common diseases using nature cure approach. The treatment of diseases using either hydrotherapy, clay therapy, sun-birth, magnetotherapy, acupressure etc depends on case history of the disease. There are specific treatment of the various disorders. Magneto therapy is good for treating disorders of the liver, spleen etc. Magneto therapy is also of considerable benefit in the treatment of varicose veins. Acupressure is also being employed for good maintenance of health. This involves application of deep pressure in certain parts of the body for healing effects. By exerting pressure regularly in certain parts of the body, the condition of health of such person would improve considerably. Juice diluted with water is also good for treatment of several diseases. The naturopathy treatment has no side effects or allergic reactions unlike drugs that can cause further damage and likely to expose one to other health risks.