In the current health care domain, Naturopathy is a promising intervention. Having roots from the ancient time, Naturopathy teaches us “A simple methodology for healthy living”; “A holistic approach towards life”. We will help to learn this art and science in one’s daily life to keep up a Healthy mind thus delivers a healthy body.
Naturopathy grounds on the essence of the pancha mahabhuta, (Air, water, fire, earth, ether) and their healing effects. Since being a part of pancha mahabhuta our body possesses the innate power to heal itself, hence “body heals itself” is the mantra of naturopathy.
Naturopathy physicians believe that the imbalance of vital energy in the body triggered by the accumulation of toxin is the primary cause of all dis-ease and discomfort. Thus Naturopathic medicine is structured to detox the body and mind, regain equilibrium and restore optimal health. Therefore in this drugless holistic system, we solely embrace the traditional healing practices; based on the vital powers of Nature; which are also evidence-based for this modern time. The treatment modalities are created with many traditional therapies, lifestyle changes, counseling, environmental medicine, and health education.
Our main focus in Animaa yoga is to understand the root cause of one’s health problem, rejuvenate the body and mind, increase vitality, make one experience health which is ‘’a state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit’’.
Mud therapy is the simplest and effective method of treatment that has a tremendous effect on the body both in health and sickness. The Mud is utilized in the forms of mud baths, mud packs, and full-body, partial and local applications.
Healthy moistened earth is rich in compounds, minerals, and other nutrients that are found to be effective in curing a variety of disorders. Mud as such; acts as a cleansing and healing agent; it also holds many therapeutic values including detoxification, exfoliation, cooling effect. It boosts the metabolic activity of the body and improves circulation. The Cosmetic usage of mud is at the high end.
It is fascinating to realize that during childhood we all might have loved to play in the mud, sand, and clay, which is because we are innately been connected with the element earth; hence a child is attracted to the environmental stimuli of playing in the mud, moreover, this showed a natural phenomenon to improve the immune system of the child’s body that provide resistance to infection and toxins.
Acupuncture and acupressure are classic forms of healing science in the eastern traditional system. These techniques are being used since ancient times for both acute and chronic diseases. Currently, their therapeutic interventions are widely practiced all over the place. It is thought to be most valuable since it is less complicated and more beneficial.
According to traditional Chinese theory, the acupoints are located on meridians or channels through which vital energy flows. This vital energy or life energy is known as qi or chi. The meridians are subtle network channels of life force, which forms subtle network connection with the internal organs and autonomic nervous system.
The acupuncture points are located on meridians where nerves, muscles, and connective tissues are present. Acupuncture treatment is done by inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the meridians to various depths. It stimulates the nervous system, immune system, promoting circulation to the needled area, encourages wound healing, and activates the body’s natural pain modulators.
Acupuncture is safe and convincing not only as an analgesic agent but it also proved remarkably effective in many diseases; besides being free from side effects it is simple and worthwhile. There have been many studies of its potential usefulness.
Acupressure is done by placing pressure on the Acupoints to release qi. It is often called acupuncture without the needles. Instead of the needles, this involves the application of manual pressure using figures or any blunt objects on the acupoints to avail the desired results. The pressure is often held for several seconds to few minutes. Various techniques are used to apply pressure on the surface rhythmically on the skin. These techniques induce the effects of tonification, disperse, and tranquility.
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure on certain specific points over the feet and hands. It is based on a unique theory, believing where the areas of the foot and hands correspond to the areas of the body and internal organs, hence manipulating the points of the feet and hands would send signals to release chemicals such as endorphins intending to reduce stress and pain. Reflexology also stimulates the vital organs for proper function as they are massaged through certain points. Reflexology also works to remove the blockages in the energy pathway therefore a balance is achieved to the energy body. It is a very effective therapy to calm a stressful mind.
Massage is an ancient technique that has been practiced throughout the human history in most cultures. Massage as therapy includes a variety of manipulative techniques, involves varying degrees of pressure and movement to the soft tissues of the body which comprise the muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, joints, skin, and lymphatic vessels. We offer Swedish or Classical Massage, Ayurvedic massage, Aromatherapy massage, and Therapeutic massage. Massage therapy is well found to be an efficacious routine for pain relief, provides great support to rehabilitate sports injuries, beneficial for stress reduction, addresses mental issues like anxiety and depression facilitates the elimination of toxins from the body. It is an excellent rejuvenation for the body and mind. Massage therapy does not only help to manage a health condition but also to enhance overall wellbeing.
We want our lives to be colorful. Naturally, our bodies and mind feel associated with colors. Most people experience a sense of relaxation to certain color vibrations. Color therapy is the science of using light energy or the seven color spectrum for healing purposes. The healing capacity of our body increases substantially when exposed to electromagnetic radiation or color.
Solar energy from the sun is one of the main sources of energy, we need for survival. The same light energy from the sun is manifested down into a seven-color spectrum. In naturopathy treatment, we use this form of light energy as color therapy or chromotherapy. Color therapy reinforces the healing process of the body to treat disease or disorder and to revamp health and harmony.
In this method, we use the visible spectrum of electromagnetic radiations or colors to fine-tune the body’s vibrations hence it fosters significant results to accomplish a state of equilibrium in the body-mind, and spirit. We employ light energy from colored lights in a precisely designed chromotherapy room. Naturally, sun-exposed oil and water for specific hours in colored bottles and glass are used as treatment modalities.
By nature, Fasting is the best form of rejuvenation to one’s body, mind, and spirit. It has been practiced throughout human history in every culture and religion. Multifarious references related to fasting are present in the sacred books and ancient texts. It is evident that animals do fast when they fall sick. Some studies in animals exhibit higher life expectancy with fasting.
Fasting is the custom of abstinence from all or some food and drink for a specified, recurring period. There are many different types of fasting. But in general, most types of fasting are performed over 24-72 hours.
In the revolutionary modern society where daily bread is abundant at hand, people often overindulge in food and this, in turn, becomes one of the primary causes of illness. Therefore it is essential to keep a fasting routine to maintain one’s healthy state of being. Since Fasting is the natural detox and revitalizes method, it helps to bring back health in diseased and maintain health in healthy people. Fasting has a great influence on all physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.
The fashion of Fasting is outpouring lately among the ethnic groups; while Fasting is seen as a highly relevant lifestyle strategy to treat and prevent non-communicable diseases that are at upsurge. Fasting is also becoming a keystone of preventive care. Many studies associated with fasting display excellent results from increased weight loss to better brain function, improved sugar control, heart function, and cancer prevention and also have shown to extend life expectancy. Another reason that fasting can improve overall health is through the activation of the body’s ability to pull at its fat stores for energy. During fasting, the body enjoys the shift from using glucose for fuel to using fat instead. This process is referred to as ‘fat burning.
The various types of fasting are Water fasting, Juice fasting, and intermittent fasting, Partial partial, calorie restriction and Therapeutic fasting.
“We are what we eat”; it is as simple as that, choosing the right diet and eating the right amount of food at the right times is the key to grow healthy as a physical, mental, and emotional being. A correct diet along with a healthy lifestyle and positive thinking is a fantastic formula to live joyfully.
Food provides us with all micro and macronutrients essential for growth. Most cultures have developed a healthy pattern of dietary habits. Food does not only provide essential nutrients but also is inherently related to community and evolution. Food provides joy and love. A healthy relationship with food is essential to a person’s well-being.
When the physical and mental body feels dis-ease; food would contribute as a medicine as well. Therefore in Naturopathy, we believe food will greatly work as a natural medicine for disease prevention and health preservation. Diet therapy is one of the main treatments to be followed in naturopathy to reverse the diseased body and depressed mind. We will program the diet for your health condition as needed. A holistic diet greatly impacts health, growth, and other aspects of life, on the whole, this will improve the quality and longevity of life.
A healthy diet includes eating and drinking enough of the right foods to provide your body with the nutrients needed to function properly, contributing to the healing process of the body and enhance vitality.
Water is the essential component of the human body; “On average, 60% of our body volume is water”. Every cell in our body needs water for survival. So as you can see” water is life”. Nevertheless, the therapeutic usage of water, externally and internally in various forms and temperature is called “water cure” and Hydrotherapy is a well-known form of the water cure.
In the naturopathy system, hydrotherapy treatment is one of the principal forms of healing method; it has been broadly practiced everywhere. Without any doubt, Water has been utilized as a healing agent throughout Human evolution. Taking bath properly with clean cold water is an excellent form of hydrotherapy itself.
The traditional ritual of taking bath in rivers, ponds, and waterfalls on particular occasions is virtually a natural form of hydrotherapy. The Use of water in various forms and various temperatures could produce a significant result on different systems of the body. External or internal application of water in any of its forms (water, ice, steam) is utilized for health promotion and for treating various health conditions.
There are different appliances used to deliver hydrotherapy, including full-body immersion baths, body-specific tubs, whirlpool baths, and cold and hot water wraps (compresses fomentation packs) enema.
This great healing agent has now been systematized and scientific studies on the therapeutic effects of water on our bodily systems are ongoing.
The chlorophyll-rich green banana/ plantain leaf possesses tremendous health benefits. Apart from having rich antioxidants; this leaf is also rich in polyphenol oxidase which is enzyme support to treat Parkinson’s disease. Because of its antioxidant property plantain leaf is used to treat various health issues. Like soothing coughs, ease irritation of the mucous membrane helps in upper respiratory tract infection and also in cardiovascular care. It is also used to wrap wounds and burns.
The therapeutic intervention of integrating plantain leaf bath is one of the primary characteristics of naturopathy. It is becoming a popular detoxifying method in naturopathy centers and also trending everywhere.
In this natural detoxification method, we utilize the sun’s rays into the body. It induces profuse sweating, by this manner Plantain leaf bath has become a wonderful skin rejuvenation treatment as well. The compounds like polyphenol and epigallocatechin gallate present in the plantain leaf serves as a good antiseptic, anti-inflammatory agent and have fantastic healing properties.
Some research work showed the immediate effect after plantain leaf bath exhibited improvement in the cardiovascular and autonomic function of the body, furthermore, this therapy tranquilizes the restless mind and induces sound sleep.
The Sun is naturally bestowed with healing power. The Traditional Indian practice of sun worship ( surysnamaskar ) is intended with the exposure of our body to the Sun’s rays for some time to avail great health benefits from its energy. Many of these traditions are degrading now and giving rise to various physical and mental disorders. Because of the modern lifestyle system, sun exposure has become minimized.
The Sunbath is also called heliotherapy, during this procedure the body is exposed to direct sunlight intentionally to utilize the therapeutic benefits and healing properties of the natural light energy. Besides being the richest source of vitamin D sunbathe also works as a natural sterilizer. Anything you put in the sun gets sterilized including our body.
So it is proved to be great therapy in viral, bacterial, and other infections. It is a natural immune booster. Hence in tuberculosis condition, the sunbath is a must.
The immediate effect of sunbaths showed beneficial results to the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular system. This miraculous therapy helps treat skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, acne vulgaris, vitiligo, and neonatal jaundice.