Introduction

Naturopathy and Ayurveda - Introduction

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is one of the oldest forms of medicine, and it is based on the belief that the body can heal itself. It favors a holistic approach to healing, employing non-toxic natural therapies to restore as well as maintain physical, emotional and mental health. Naturopathy is not an alternative to modern medicine, but is used by people as an additional therapy.

Naturopathy aims to bring an individual back to a homeostatic state by reaching internal stability. It offers a better solution not only because it uses complete natural, drug free method but also because it focuses to heal the root causes of an illness than simply removing the symptoms. It is suitable for adults as well as children.

Naturopathy uses natural medicine to help heal the body itself. It is rooted in the belief that health is more than just the absence of disease and work on the strengthening the body’s natural defenses. You can see naturopath for many different health concerns like skin concern, gastrointestinal concern, stress reduction, fertility and boost immune function.

It comprises of various therapeutic treatments. The popular naturopathy therapies are:

  • Nutritional medicine
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Massage
  • Mud therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Hydrotherapy

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine that comes from ancient India. Ayurveda is derived from Sanskrit words ayur meaning “life,” and veda meaning “science” or “knowledge.” Thus the term meaning can be translated as “knowledge or science of life.” Its origin dates back an estimated 5-10,000 years, and it is widely considered to be the oldest form of health care in the world. It is based on two major principles. The first principle is that the body and mind are interconnected, and the second principle is that our mind is powerful enough to heal the body.

Ayurveda is based on the principle called “Pancha Maha-Bhoota”, which says that everything in this universe is made up of five basic elements which are

  • Space (Aakash)
  • Air (Vayu)
  • Fire (Agni)
  • Water (Jal)
  • Earth (prithvi)

Ayurveda employs diet, herbal treatment and breathing techniques to restore mental, physical and spiritual health. Ayurvedic medicines prepared from the herbs are said to have no side effects. It works effectively fighting against various infections and diseases and thereby gaining quick recovery. Having a consultation with ayurvedic practitioner will help you understand the behavioral causes of current imbalances and get advice on how to change your diet, lifestyle, and herbs to restore balance.

According to ayurvedic science, body is combination of 3 doshas, or “energies.” These doshas are vata (air), pitta (bile) and kapha (phlegm). Ayurvedic science believes that a person falls sick only when there is an imbalance in vata, pitta and kapha.


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