All forms of medicine have different ways of treating illness. While modern medicine follows the path of tablets, syrups and ingestible there are other alternative methods too. Naturopathy is an alternate method of healing, where the healing power of nature is used to cure illnesses.
Naturopathy is also known as ‘Natural Medicine’ since it follows the principle that believes that our body has all the healing powers including the physical and mental within.
Naturopathy believes in the five elements of Water (Jal), Air (Vayu), Fire (Agni), Sky (Akash) and Earth (Prithvi) and according to them sickness is caused by an imbalance of these elements in our bodies. Vomiting, runny nose, coughs, fevers etc. are signs that our body is trying to get rid of any impurities within.
Naturopathy, is a very old holistic approach to healthcare that believes in natural healing and making use of nature to cure our diseases and problems. Even the ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates stated the importance of nature’s healing powers.
Naturopathy has 6 underlying tenets, which are –
- Natural and minimum invasive methods to treat patients
- Faith in nature’s power to heal and cure.
- Treating patients by looking beyond the symptoms.
- Naturopathy is a way of living, where those who practice can maintain overall good health.
- Belief in the body being a conjunction of the physical and spiritual.
- Naturopathy believes in prevention rather than cure.
While the tenets of Naturopathy sound simple, the advantages of it are manifold –
Health Benefits – The basic underlying focus of Naturopathy is to promote and maintain good health. Naturopathy looks to eliminate illness-causing factors and replace them with natural, health promoting factors. Naturopathy uses naturally available resources like mud, water and natural ingredients to cure and heal the body by aiding the body’s natural healing capabilities.
Preventing diseases – In case of illness and diseases, naturopathy arms itself to cure patients absolutely drug free by completely relying on our body’s healing capabilities and the goodness of nature. From Yoga to natural medicines like neem, honey etc. Naturopathy believes in no or minimal invasive techniques and using all natural medicines to cure diseases.
Personalized treatment – Naturopathy does not believe in flat treatments where patients receive the same prognosis for the same symptoms. Naturopaths study the symptoms and beyond to treat the problem at its roots and not just cure the physical symptoms. Thus two people with the same physical symptoms might not receive the same plan of treatment to cure them. This allows for personalized and individual treatments that are inherently applicable to each patient. Thus this form of medicine goes to the heart of the problem to rid the patient of physical symptoms as well as the underlying cause of the sickness or disease.
Natural Treatment – Since Naturopathy uses only natural treatments; it is safe to say that their treatments are safe not just for adults, but also for children and adults. Side effects are totally eliminated with the use of natural resources and are safe for all genders and ages, while being suitable for people with other medical conditions like pregnant women or people with heart problems etc. Not only are they safe, these treatments can be used without fear of side effects. The treatments are simple, easy, effective and it looks at overall wellbeing and not just curing.
Cost-Effective – Naturopathy does not rely on expensive drugs or pharmaceutical companies that have huge markups. Being rooted in nature, naturopathy treatments are relatively cheaper than mainstream medicines. From natural herbs and other naturally occurring medicinal ingredients, patients can rely on safe and effective treatment without having to worry about huge bills. This is a big advantage naturopathy has to offer its followers as even simple medicines can also burn an average joe’s pocket!
Naturopathy has several benefits in our overall health, but the most distinguishing factor that sets naturopathy apart from regular medicine is that it believes in prevention rather than cure. A number of doctors obviously believe in regular medicines; however, they also believe in the basic tenet of the healing powers of nature to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Certain philosophies of naturopathy help us improve our health, aid in improving our immunity and prevent us from falling prey to common illnesses like colds and flu. Given this, naturopathy is definitely the way to go for those who seek options for natural effective prevention and cure of health related ailments sans the side effects.