Nature Cure or Naturopathy is a way of life of which we find a number of references in the Vedas and other ancient texts. Nature cure or Naturopathy is based on the morbid matter theory, concept of vital force and other concepts which were available in ancient Indian texts which indicate that these methods were widely practised in ancient India.
One-day (24-hour) water fasts have become a popular way to maintain health and vigor. Fasting uses the self-healing properties of the human body. Health improvements happen when the digestive system is given rest and the organs get ample time to repair and heal themselves.
Water fasting has been adopted from ages as an effective detox method. Water fasting relies on the self healing nature of the human body. Our digestive system works day and night without rest. It not only has to process the food that we eat, but also has to remove the waste matter and toxins. Imagine your car that runs 100 miles every day without oil change or maintenance for a couple of years.
Pranayama is an effective method for weight loss. Due to our busy lifestyle we tend to have less time for attending fitness programs, going to a gym or going for a morning walk. Practice of pranayama is simple and can be done at home. It can be easily integrated with our daily routine.
Depression can be managed by various yoga practices and by following the yogic way of life. According to scriptures, bliss is inherent nature of all beings. But in our day to day life, we have lost this inner connection to our own source of joy and bliss. In Sanskrit, the word for health is ‘Swasthya’ which comes from two root words – ‘Swa’ which means Self and ‘Stha’ which means centered.
In sanskrit the word for health is “Swasthya” which has a profound meaning. It is made of two root sanskrit words – “Swa” or the Self and “Stha” meaning centered. So swasthya can be roughly translated as “Centered in one’s own Self”. In the Indian System, the Self is described as Sat-Chit-Ananda or Being-Consciousness-Bliss. This is the true nature of every being. Any deviation from this state of well-being can be considered as a disease.
Water fast is one of the most potent methods used in Nature cure. Water fasting adheres to the basic principles of nature cure which is based on the use of five natural elements – earth, water, fire or sunlight, air and space for self-healing and rejuvenation. In water fasting, food is not consumed and body survives only on pure water, fresh air and sunlight.
Yogic management of acidity and heartburns includes use of Asana, pranayama and diet adjustments. Acidity has today become more of a life style problem because of our busy work schedule, mental stress and anxiety which goes with it. Acidity may be accompanied by related problems like heartburn and gas formation.
Lower back Pain is one of the most common complaints in the modern working class. Yoga management of lower back pain can be both preventive and curative. Most of us suffer from lower back pain at some point of life. Yoga management of lower back pain can be understood by first looking at the causes of back pain.
Yoga and exercise are not the same. Today, most fitness programs teach exercises, Yoga asanas, pranayama, Tai Chi, aerobics, martial arts, etc or a combination of these. Though all of these are aimed at maintaining and improving health, few understand the difference between Yoga asanas and other forms of fitness methods.