Naturopathy is based on the belief that we are born healthy and strong and that we can stay that was if we live in accordance with the laws of nature
Fresh air, sunshine, a proper diet, exercise, relaxation, constructive thinking and the right mental attitude, along with prayer and meditation all play their part in keeping a sound mind in a sound body.
Naturopathy believes that disease is an abnormal condition of the body resulting from the violation of the natural laws. Every violation has repercussions on the human system in the shape of lowered vitality, irregularities of the blood and lymph and the accumulation of waste matter and toxins. It isn’t just the digestive system that is affected by a bad diet. When toxins accumulate, other organs such as the bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs are overworked and can’t get rid of these harmful substances as quickly as they are produced.
The whole philosophy and practice of Naturopathy is built on three basic principles.
The first and most basic principle of Naturopathy is that all forms of disease are due to the same cause, namely, the accumulations of waste materials and bodily refuse in the system. These waste materials in the healthy individual are removed from the system through the organs of elimination. But in the diseased person, they are steadily piling up in the body through years of faulty habits of living such as poor diet, worry, overwork and excesses of all kinds. This first basic principle infers the only way to cure disease is to rid the body of toxic accumulations.
The second basic principle of Naturopathy is that all acute diseases such as fevers, colds, inflammations, digestive disturbances and skin eruptions are nothing more than self-initiated efforts on the part of the body to throw off the accumulated waste materials. Naturopathy states that all chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, rheumatism, asthma, kidney disorders, are the results of continued suppression of the bodies systems. This principle also covers the belief that acute diseases develop through harmful use of drugs, vaccines, narcotics and gland extracts.
The third principle of Naturopathy is that the body already contains an elaborate healing mechanism which has the power to bring about a return to health, provided we do the things that will enable it to do so. In other words, the power to cure disease lies within the body itself and not in the hands of the doctor.
Naturopathy vs Modern System
The modern medical system treats the symptoms and suppresses the disease but does little to ascertain the real cause. Toxic drugs which may suppress or relieve some ailments usually have harmful side-effects. Drugs usually hinder the self-healing efforts of the body and make recovery more difficult. Per the late Sir William Osler, an eminent physician and surgeon, when drugs are used, the patient must recover twice – once from the illness, and once from the drug.
Drugs cannot cure diseases; disease continues. It is only its pattern that changes. Drugs also produce dietary deficiencies by destroying nutrients, using them up, and preventing their absorption. Moreover, the toxicity they produce occurs at a time when the body is least capable of coping with it. The power to restore health doesn’t lie in drugs, it lies in nature itself.
The approach of modern allopathic medicine is on a more combative line after the disease has set in, whereas Naturopathy puts greater emphasis on preventive method and strives to attain and maintain health and thus prevent disease before it starts. Modern medicine treats each disease as a separate entity, requiring specific drug for its cure, whereas Naturopathy treats the organism (person) and seeks to restore harmony to the whole of the patient’s being.
Methods of Naturopathy
Naturopathy aims at the readjustment of the human system from abnormal to normal conditions and functions, and adopts methods which are in conformity with the principles of nature. Such methods remove the accumulation of toxic matter and poisons without injuring the vital organs of the body. They also stimulate the organs of elimination and purification so that they will function better.
To cure disease, the first and foremost requirement is to regulate the diet. So, a well-balanced natural diet, sufficient physical exercise, fresh air, plenty of sunlight, pure drinking water, good personal hygiene, adequate rest and right mental attitude can ensure proper health and prevent disease.