' Nature Cures, not the Physician' - Hippocrates.
Nature cure is a constructive method of treatment which aims at removing the basic cause of disease through the rational use of the elements freely available in nature.
Naturopathy explains that health can be promoted by eating well balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, maintenance of the healthful weight and avoiding toxic habits like smoking, drug addiction etc.
Definition and derivation :
- Naturopathy- A drugless system of healing by use of physical methods (Dorland's medical dictionary)
- (nature+o+pathy) A system of treating disease, largely employing natural agencies such as air, water, sunshine etc. and rejecting the use of drugs and medicine(New millennium 4th edition)
- The treatment of diseases etc. without drugs involving diet, exercise, massage etc(Oxford dictionary 3rd edition)
- The therapeutic living application of constrictive laws of nature is called Naturopathy (Dr. Henry Lindlahr).
Aims of Naturopathy :
Principles behind naturopathy :
The following are the six basic principles of naturopathy :
Naturopaths have to follow these principles.
The patient should be treated with care to avoid any injury.
Recognize the innate immunity of the person's body, respect the healing power in his body and create in him the consciousness to cure the disease on his own.
Identify the causes behind the disease and address them. Appearing symptoms should not be suppressed or ignored.
Everyone should be educated to keep their health healthy. Encourage him to stay healthy. Also, convince yourself that you are responsible for your own physical abilities.
Treatment should be done by considering each person's habits, diet and illness.
Everyone should explain the importance of health to the people and society around them. Also tell them how to avoid illness and how to stay healthy.