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The nature cure movement started in Germany with the "water cure" (Hydrotherapy). The credit of Making water cure goes to Vincent Priessnitz (1799-1851), who was a farmer.

The nature cure movement gained momentum in India as Mahatma Gandhi, "Father of the Nation", became interested in this system and included it in his programmes. He also established a nature cure Hospital in Uruli Kanchan in Pune, Maharashtra which is still functioning.

Naturopathy believes that nature is the greatest healer and the body has the capacity to prevent itself from diseases and regain health. The treatment can include consultations on lifestyle and diet, recommendations of mantras and meditation, moxibustion (burning of the herb mugwort), use of supplements and massage with specially formulated herbal oil, and occasionally, acupuncture.

The practice of nature cure is based on the three principles: accumulation of morbid matter, abnormal composition of blood, lymph and lowered vitality. The system of nature cure states that the basic cause of disease is not bacteria. Bacteria developed after the accumulation of morbid matter when a favorable atmosphere for their growth develops in the body.

All diseases rise due to this morbid matter in the body, and if latitude' is given for its removal, the body provides a cure. It is also believed that human body possesses inherent self constructing and self–healing powers.

Nature cure takes into account the totality of factors responsible for diseases such as habit in living, thinking, working, sleeping, relaxation, sexual indulgence, and considers the environmental factors involved, which on the whole disturbs the normal functioning of the body and leads it to a morbid, weak and toxic state. A nature cure physician helps in nature's effort to overcome disease by controlling the natural forces to work within safe limits. The five main modalities of treatment are air, water, heat, mud and space. The recent development of nature cure advocates the practice of drug less therapies like massage.



MORE and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, improve exercise performance in people with angina, help asthmatics breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally ease the everyday stresses of life. Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance a person's physical, emotional and mental states. The concept of meditation works on the principle that when the mind is calm and focused on the present, it neither reacts to memories from the past nor is being preoccupied with plans for the future, two major sources of chronic stress known to impact health.

There are several techniques of meditation but they all have one thing in common – focus on quietening the busy mind. The concept is not to remove stimulation but rather to direct concentration to one healing element: one sound, one word, one image, or one's breath.

All forms of meditation can be broadly classified into concentrative meditation and mindful meditation. Concentrative focuses attention on a breath, an image, or a sound (mantra), in order to still the mind and allow greater awareness and clarity to emerge. The simplest form of concentrative meditation is to sit quietly and focus attention on the breath.

Yoga and meditation practitioners believe that there is a direct correlation between one's breath and one's state of mind. For example, when the mind is calm, focused and composed, the breath will tend to be slow, deep and regular. As one focuses one's awareness on the breath, the mind becomes absorbed in the rhythm of inhalation and exhalation. As a result, breathing will become slower and deeper, and the mind will become more tranquil and aware.

Mindful meditation, involves becoming aware of the continuously passing parade of sensations and feelings, images, thoughts, smells, and so forth without becoming involved in thinking about them. The person sits quietly and simply witnesses goes through the mind, not reacting or becoming involved with thoughts, memories, worries, or images. This helps to gain a more calm, clear and non–reactive state of mind.

Studies show that after meditation, reactions are faster, creativity greater and comprehension broader. In addition, by silencing the mind, meditation can also put one in touch with the self, allowing the body's own inner wisdom to be heard.


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