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Acupressure

Introduction: Acupressure is the science of nature, which teaches us how to cure the disease by our own natural healing power or in built mechanism of the body. It can also be termed as the process of curing one self by his own electric current “CHETNA” present in the body. Acupressure is an ancient therapy. Acupressure and acupuncture first originated in India. Then later Buddhist monk took it to other countries and spread it to China, Egypt and other parts of Asia.

Acupressure is officially recognized and is extensively used in China, Japan, and Korea. It has been employed in the east for about 1000 years, for maintaining health.

A detailed study has shown about 1000 Acupressure points on our body. About 90 to 100 points are important for common disorders of human body. Many diseases can be cured or prevented with the help of this therapy. Acupressure can play an important role in maintaining health of an individual. It is a cheap treatment, and is free from any side effect.

Benefits: Acupressure tones up and increases the efficiency of the body by strengthening the joint, muscles, digestive system, brain, heart and the eyes. Treatment can be taken as often as needed. A list of diseases which can be effectively treated by acupressure is as follows-

Acute and chronic designator, acute sinusitis, bronchial asthma, common cold, constipation, cataract, tonsillitis, paining of eyes, severe bronchitis, retinas, myopia, toothache, flatulence, ulcerin, stomach, pharyngitis, throat pain, hiccough, diarrhea, headache, migraine, facial paralysis, neuropathy, stiffness of shoulders, tennis elbow, sciatica, back ache, osteoarthritis, nocturnal dieresis, paralysis etc.

Precaution: Acupressure should not be used in very serious case like fractures, in case of newborn babies and in pregnant women. It is advisable that this treatment should be taken during empty stomach or 1 to 2 hours after heavy meal. It is observed that some people apply pressure for a longer time in the hope of an early cure. This above act could damage the switches due to overworking.

Air Therapy

Air is one of the most essential elements for the survival of human being. One can survive without food or water but it is impossible to survive even for a minute or two without air. Oxygen, the most important element required by body is present in the air that surrounds us. It is the primary fuel of our body. The main source of oxygen on earth is photosynthesis by vegetation like trees, shrubs and other green plants. It purifies our blood and activates the cell of our body. Plants take up carbon dioxide from the air for their nutrition and growth and in turn release oxygen into the air.

It has been observed these days that many people adopt a wrong way of breathing. A deep breath, expanding the chest ensures a high quantity of oxygen inhaled. Hence it is essential and of great medicinal value to walk in open spaces covered with greenery and take deep breath to ventilate the lungs. The cool breeze of early morning being fresh, pure and rich in oxygen fills the mind with cheer. Oxygen helps to increase the body resistance and body becomes strong and attractive. One should always breathe through the nose. The air while passing through the nasal passage becomes warm and has a salutary effect on the lungs. Our nostrils have minute hairs, which serve the purpose of filter that removes the fine dust particles from the air. One thing should be carefully noted that face should not be covered while sleeping.

Color Therapy

Surya Chikitsa or Color Therapy is a drugless method of treating the diseases by using different colors from sunlight. The rays of the sun contain all the essential elements needed to reestablish and maintain the health of the human body. Sun rays are made-up of seven colors – (1) Red (2) Yellow (3) Orange (4) Green (5) Blue (6) Indigo (7) Violet.

These colors can be seen in rainbow. These seven colors have different qualities. In the other words there are only 7 medicines for all the bodily ailments. The law of nature is that where there is light, there is energy and there is life. There is coolness, heat and weight in colors. Place a thermometer in a glass of water and throw rays over it. Red rays will show heat and blue rays will show coolness. This proves the above fact.

The history of color therapy is very ancient. Indian Vedic scriptures have mentioned the significance of these colors. This system was first practiced in India by Indian Rishis (Indian Saints). Then slowly this knowledge reached to China, Egypt, Greece and spread throughout the world. According to the basic principles of Surya Chikitsa or Color Therapy, human body is composed of different colors and lack of any color in our body gives rise to disease. A man is said to be in a state of health as long as the colors of the spectrum are in a harmonious state in his body. The body parts, which are visible, have different colors and so have the internal organs. The brain, eyes, lungs, heart, liver, intestines, kidney, bones, blood have different colors. When closely examined, even the smallest cell of the body is found colored.

During the state of disease, there is a disturbance in the balance of colors in the human body. When a disorder arises, besides its chemical balance, its color balance too is affected. Surya Chikitsa or color therapy restores the chemical and color balance of the body and cures the disease. Color therapy removes the foreign matter from the system that causes disease. It removes the disorder from the root cause and permanently suppress the disease.

This is a universally accepted fact that development of all living forms of life depends mainly on solar energy. Today solar cells can produce electricity and can run cars, trains etc. When the sun is the life force of all living things, the efficacy of colors, which are emitted from the sun rays, can hardly be doubted. An experienced naturopath can use seven colors for curing different ailments, but for the ordinary person, following four groups will be helpful for treatment:-

  • Red, Orange and Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue, Indigo and Violet
  • White Solar Charged Water

Red, Orange, Yellow Charged Water

Nature: Stimulating, expanding and heating property.

Properties: Orange color mainly affects the stomach, liver, spleen, kidney and the intestine. It improves the blood circulation and tones up the muscles. It is helpful in cold, anemia, low blood pressure, rheumatism, sexual weakness, sprains, polio, paralysis, constipation, brain disorders, indigestion, diabetes and eye defects. This water removes weight and removes weakness. It also increases milk in nursing mother's breasts. It enhances mental power, willpower, intelligence and courage.

Precaution: It is injurious in cases of fever, boils, inflammatory disorders, when nerves are very active and in case of high palpitation of heart.

Green Charged Water

Nature: Neutral, harmonizing and eliminating.

Properties: It builds up muscles and gives energy. It strengthens the nerve center and purifies the blood. And it helps to expel foreign matter from the body and helps to perk up body and mind.

Benefits: It is a mixture of yellow and blue color. It is the king of colors. It keeps the body chemistry well balanced. Being highly medicinal and depressive, it is of great help in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, fevers like typhoid and malaria, liver trouble, eye trouble, indigestion, small pox, boils, pimples, skin trouble, eczema, nightly seminal ejaculations, diabetes, boils, ulcers, headache, nervous trouble, dry cough, cold etc.

Blue, Indigo, Violet Charged Water

Nature: Contracting, cooling and soothing.

Properties: It is a good antiseptic. It removes swelling caused by wind and help in curing burning sensation of any kind. It affects mostly the mouth, throat and the above part reaching the brain. It increases and stimulates the hormones and the antibodies. This water increases the resistance of our body from bacterial diseases. This color is related to human mentality.

Benefits: It is useful in skin diseases, high blood pressure, old ulcers, abdominal colic, dysentery, arthritis, over fatigue deafness, migraine etc. It is as helpful medicine in easing childbirth. It is very effective in high fever and headaches, and removes burning sensation from the body. It cures excessive bleeding during menstruation, and is an effective medicine in tonsillitis, swelling of gums, toothache, pyorrhea and other aliments of the throat. If one gets burnt on any part of the body, pouring blue waters or oil and giving blue rays on the affected part, will give him a quick recovery and will also help in removing the burning sensation.

Precaution: Injurious in paralysis, colds and anemia.

White Solar Charged Water

It can be prepared by keeping the water for 8-10 hours in direct sunlight. A liter of this water should be taken every morning. Those who are sick and sensitive can first start with 1 glass of water and gradually increase the amount. This water should be taken empty stomach in the morning. Without brushing your teeth. Nothing should be taken (tea, coffee, or breakfast) with in one hour after taking this water. Other color charged waters could be taken after 45 minutes if needed.

Method To Prepare Colored Water

Colored water (water treated with different color rays of the sun) can be prepared, by exposing water in transparent glass bottles of desired color in sunlight for 6-8 hours. To prepare blue water, use blue color bottle. If colored bottle is not available warp white bottle with transparent colored sheets. After treating the water keep it for 1-2 hours to cool and then use it. Color combination described in ancient Hindu books Red, yellow and blue are the original natural colors. By mixing these colors other colors are formed. Red color when mixed with yellow color in equal proportion produces orange color and yellow color. If mixed with blue produces green color.

Color Combination

Red and yellow make orange, blue violet make indigo. Yellow and green make lemon. Green and blue make turquose. Red and violet produce magenta. Magenta and red make scarlet. Blue and red make purple/ violet. Yellow and blue make green. Orange and violet make brown. Green and orange make olive. Green and violet make slate.

Sun Bath

The exposure of body to sun rays at a particular time is termed as sun bath. It has many medicinal values. Sunlight is of prime importance for maintaining good health. Out of the five naturopathy. Sun bath should be taken early in the morning. Sun showers three types of rays upon us. These are:-

  • Rays of visible (white) light: Sunlight has seven different colors, which can be seen during rainbow. They are violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Each color has an effect on the body.
  • Infra red rays: These rays generate heat, and are beneficial in the winter. They have a good effect on the body. It relaxes the muscles, reduces swelling and removes pain.
  • Ultra violet rays: When these rays are exposed on the skin, vitamin D. is produced. Sunlight is the best available source of vitamin D. Ultraviolet rays keep the skin healthy, cures disease of the bone known as ‘Rickets'.

Sunlight is beneficial for the whole body. Sunlight destroys certain bacteria and disease spreading germs. It increases red blood corpuscles and white blood corpuscles in the blood and helps to increase the natural resistance of the body. It is beneficial in rheumatism, lumbago, backache, gout, cramps and loss of appetite. Sunlight helps to develop the size and the strength of the muscles. It is also useful for pregnant lady. She gets relief from fatigue, backache, over stimulation etc.

Points To Remember While Taking Sun Bath

During sun bath, minimum possible clothes should be worn. The mild sunlight of morning and evening is to be taken. The intense sunlight of the mid day should be avoided. Do not look directly into the sun. Eyes should be closed and head should be covered during sun bath. Initially, the duration of sun bath should be 5 minutes. This time can be increased gradually. In summer, it should be taken for 15 minutes and for 50 minutes during winter. It is advisable to take a cold water bath after sun bath. If cold water bath is not possible, body should be wiped by a piece of cloth dipped in cold water. Sun bath should be taken in a place, which is sheltered from direct wind. It should not be given to patients suffering from fever or acute pulmonary tuberculosis.

Diet

Very few know the relation between diet and health. From the health point of view vegetarian diet has lot of good points. As compared to nonveg, vegetarian diet is easily digestible and contains less fat, sugar and calories. Because of the emphasis on fruits, vegetables and grains, medical experts and nutritionists everywhere in the world now recommend vegetarian diets. Naturopathy has made a detailed study of merits and demerits of each food and drink. Proper diet is a veritable elixir of life. A proper food must serve two purposes.

The food should supply all essential nutrients to the body and it should maintain the acid-alkali balance in the blood. The essential food elements are water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and fibers. A balanced diet contains all the food elements needed by the body to keep one healthy. Proteins build tissue, fats and carbohydrates produce energy and heat. Minerals and vitamins are needed for growth, to maintain tissues and regulate bo9dy function. A diet lacking in any of the needed food elements may cause certain deficiency causing diseases. Both the energy value of food and the energy spend in daily activity are measured in units of heat called “Kilo Calories”. Diets for gaining or losing weight are based on the amount of calories taken into the body in the form of food, and the amount of calories used up in the activity. Special diets may be prescribed for people suffering from certain diseases.

For example the healthy body needs fruits, vegetables, sugar, but a person with diabetes must limit the use of sugar. Children need special dietary because they grow rapidly and need food not only to replace worn out tissues but also to provide energy and build new tissues. Older people need as many nutrients as children and young adults.

Fasting

Fasting is natural. It is one of the most effective treatments covering a wide range of disorders. Fasting is a real cleaning device. It purifies and does overhauling of our body. Fasting is the simplest and quist6est method of relieving the body from overloaded food and preventing it from poisoning the system. Fasting once a month or if possible once a week is necessary to keep the body healthy. Fasting should not be confused with starvation. Fasting starvation are two different types of condition. Fasting is constructive where as starvation is destructive. Fasting is the one of the most important and cheapest of all natural remedies. A fast means total abstention from taking any kind of food. There are different types of fast such as fruit fast, juice fast, water fast or half day fast by abstaining from food at one mealtime. Water fast is one of the best fast. It is helpful in reducing weight and cleaning the system. During fast one should observe complete rest. Fasting can be practiced in winter and hot seasons simultaneously. But during winter season, the faster feels uncomfortable because of the dilution of fat under his skin making him feel colder in winter. Fasting should not be observed in the conditions like pregnancy, tuberculosis, diabetes, acute cases of kidney and liver infections, extensively spread cancer, in diseases due to deficiency such as rickets, night-blindness, beriberi, marasmus, scurvy etc. Tea and coffee should be avoided. Only fresh water and juices can be taken. Fasting for 1 to 2 days can be conducted easily but for longer period it should be done under the supervision of a naturopath or an experienced person.

Some benefits of fasting are:

Purification, Rejuvenation, Revitalization, Rest for digestive organs, Clearer skin, Improved senses, vision, hearing, taste, Reduction of allergies, Weight loss, Drug detoxification, Spiritual awareness, More energy, Better sleep, More relaxation, Better attitude, Inspiration, Creativity, Change of habits, Diet changes.

Hydro Therapy

Water is the life of living beings, their existence depends on water; therefore water should be given to the thirsty in whatever state he may be. Water is one of the most important constituents of our body. It maintains the temperature and keeps our body healthy. Understanding these facts ancient Indians presented the techniques of using water internally and externally.

Effects of Cold Application

Cold water application for a few minutes has a tonic effect. By applying cold water, the small blood vessels in the skin contract during immersion and open up afterwards, resulting in a noticeable warm feeling as the vessels dilate.

Benefits:

Cold water taken early in the morning in empty stomach, stimulates the heart, stomach, liver and gastrointestinal track. It is a natural laxative and cures constipation. When taken early in the morning and at bedtime, it helps to regulate stools, urine and perspiration and thus eliminates the toxins. It is useful in obesity, chronic constipation, rheumatism, fever, biliousness and gastric problems.

Effects of Hot Application

Hot water works in the opposite way, initially it attracts the blood to the skin and stimulates the sweat glands, after which the blood cools.

Benefits:

Hot water is a stringent and a safe painkiller. It removes pain by eliminating the toxins from the body. It helps in flatulence, bilious troubles, coughs, dysentery, diarrhea, vomiting, suppression of urine and cramps etc.

Methods of application:

  • Externally-body packs, baths
  • Internally-drinking water/enema

External application methods:

Body Packs:

These are cloths soaked in water of an appropriate temperature and applied to skin. Body packs are useful in many chronic disorders, where a stimulation of the eliminative functions of the skin is desired. Three cloths are needed for a pack. The wet cloth is laid over the skin, a larger linen cloth that is laid over it and a larger woolen blanket on the outside.

  • The Head Pack: It is useful in headache caused by nervous exhaustion and anemia. It is also useful for rheumatic and neuralgic pain in the head.
  • The Throat Pack: It is useful in infections of throat and also in coughs, loss of voice, croup enlarged, tonsils, diphtheria etc. The throat pack must be accompanied with bandages of the legs or calves, or even of abdomen to withdraw blood from congested parts.
  • The Arm Packs: They are useful in reducing the inflammation of the heart or lungs.
  • The Hand Pack:It is useful in headache, pains in eyes, toothaches etc. In obstinate cases both head-pack and hand packs are necessary.
  • The Trunk Pack: It is used for dispersing the accumulated gases in the stomach and abdomen. This pack expels the accumulated gases and helps to relieve colic caused by it.
  • The Leg Pack: During leg pack one should cover both the legs up to thighs but the feet are to be kept open. It is useful in congestion of the head, giddiness, headache, fainting fits and infections of throat, lungs and heart. It is useful for varicose veins, rheumatism and gout.

Baths:

  • Shower Bath: It is taken from the top where shower is fixed. It stimulates the circulation and has a great tonic effect. Normal water should be used while taking bath. Bathing with cold water makes body strong and disease resistive.
  • Face Bath: This bath can be taken by dipping the face in a small wash tub filled with cold water. After dipping slowly rub the whole face with both hands and slowly dip the face in cold water several times. It will make the complexion bright and lustrous.
  • Sponge Bath: It is useful in fever and debilitating diseases when the patient is unable to take bath. This bath can be taken on the bed itself.
  • The Arm and Hand Bath: It can be taken by dipping these parts in hot and cold water alternately, 5 minutes in hot water and 1 minute in cold water. Then dry the parts with towel and massage them slowly for 10 minutes. It will tone up the joints and muscles.
  • The Half Bath: This bath is taken by sitting in a leaning posture in a tub 6 feet long, 3 feet wide and 1 foot deep. This bath relieves congestion, objection of the central organ, tones digestive system, muscles and promotes blood circulation in the body. It brings a refreshing sleep.
  • The Head Bath: The patient should lie down on a plane surface and the back of his head must be placed in broad basin containing cool water. This bath is a good remedy for nervous weakness, spinal weakness, headache, neuralgic pains of the head, ears or face, rheumatism of the scalp, loss of smell or taste. It also promotes flow of the blood to the brain, strengthens hair roots, improves color of the hair, removes dandruff and cleans the scalp by removing waste matter from it.
  • Neck Bath: It can be taken by pouring fresh cold or hot water on the neck in a thin stream and rubbing the parts gently. It tones neck muscles and is good for neck strain, stiff neck and sprains.
  • Hip Bath: This bath is very useful in constipation, piles, prolapsus of rectum, palpitation of heart, disorders of liver, spleen, lungs, bladder, kidney and female diseases.
  • Sitz Bath: This bath is very good for sexual disorders. This bath can be taken by man or woman sitting in a tub filled with cold water and gently washing their sexual organs, without allowing the water to touch any other part of the body. It strengthens sexual organs, prevents emissions and other disorders.
  • Epson Salt Bath: It helps in rheumatism and removes uric acid from the blood.
  • Leg Bath: It can be taken by dipping the legs up to knee in cold or hot water for 20-30 minutes. This bath strengthens the legs and feet.
  • Water Treading: It means to step up and down in a bathtub filled with cold water. It lasts for 2-4 minutes. The reaction is a pleasant warm glow in the feet. This is recommended as a strengthening activity and useful in insomnia.
  • Jet Spray Bath: In this bath a stream of water is thrown with a force on a person from a distance with a water hose or pipe, with a strong jet. This bath is useful in polio, insomnia as it stimulates the nerves and muscular system.
  • Normal Full Bath: This bath is taken by immersing the whole body in collected water like lake, river or tank for a few minutes. While taking this bath, produce friction by rubbing hands briskly over the whole body and cleaning them properly. This bath is a healthy exercise and it develops resistive power against diseases. It dissolves the morbid matter in the blood and expels it out of the body. It also helps the blood to circulate properly and strengthens the muscles.

Internal application methods:

Drinking Water Therapy:

Water therapy sounds ridiculous, but is one of the most effective therapies. Besides being free from side-effects, this therapy has shown positive results in many incurable diseases. It is very simple and can be practiced by individuals irrespective of age, sex or place. It helps clean the stomach and enables intestines to form new fresh blood known as “Hematopoiesis” that fights against the disease causing organisms. For this therapy pure boiled water must be used. Early in the morning 6 glasses of normal water should be taken in one stretch, before attending any morning chores. Neither eatables nor any beverages like tea, coffee should be taken one year after this. This therapy is helpful in headache, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, rheumatism, sinusitis, bronchitis, acidity, gastritis, dysentery, constipation, irregular menstruation, skin problems and other problems related to the stomach.

Enema:

Enema means injection of fluid into the rectum. It cleans the intestine and helps in eliminating morbid matter from the stomach. It cleans and tones up the digestive system. Regular enema, once a week, tones up the digestive system and increases resistive power.

There are two types of enema generally used:

  • Tube enema
  • Wall enema apparatus
Juice Therapy

Juice plays a great role in eliminating diseases and helps in the process of cleaning the body. The alkaline mineral present in the juice, loosens the acid poisons in the body, dumping them into the blood stream which are further eliminated from the body by various organs of elimination. It is a fact that, sooner a person starts drinking an abundant quantity of juice, sooner he will begin to cooperate with nature. Juice of fruits and vegetables must be consumed fresh, to get the maximum benefit out of it. One should extract juice only when required and consume fresh. Juice should not be gulped; it should be consumed slowly in small sips. This process helps the juice to be mixed with saliva. Further the sugar present in the juice is digested with the help of digestive juices present in the saliva. Juice is easily digested within 20-30 minutes and is quickly mixed in the blood. If the juice is consumed for health purpose; do not add sugar, salt or other liking for taste. Proper juice diet and raw food plays a great role in maintaining the proper balance of formation and destruction of the cells and blood corpuscles present in the body.

In some common ailments, juices of fruits and vegetables are found beneficial in their treatments that are mentioned below:

  • Acidity: Grapes, Orange, Mosambi, Carrot, and Spinach.
  • Acne: Grapes, Pear, Plum, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrot, Potato, and Spinach.
  • Allergies: Apricot, Grapes, Carrot, Beet and Spinach.
  • Arthritis: Sour cherry, Pineapple, Lemon, Grapefruit, Cucumber and Beet.
  • Asthma: Apricot, Lemon, Peach, Carrot and Celery.
  • Bronchitis: Apricot, Lemon, Pineapple, Peach and Onion.
  • Constipation: Apple, Pear, Grapes, Carrot and Watercress.
  • Diabetes: Citrus fruits, Carrot, Celery, Lettuce and Spinach.
  • Epilepsy: Red grapes, Carrot, Figs, Celery and Spinach.
  • Gout: Red sour cherries, pineapple, Carrot and Celery.
  • High Blood Pressure: Grapes, Orange, Carrot and Beet.
  • Insomnia: Apple, Grapes, Lemon, Carrot and Celery.
  • Jaundice: Lemon, Grapes, Pear, Beet and Cucumber.
  • Sinus Trouble: Apricot, Lemon, Tomato, Onion and Radish.
  • Tonsillitis: Apricot, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit and Pineapple.

Raw juices of fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and natural sugar. They exercise beneficial effect in normalizing all the body functions. They supply needed elements for the body's own healing activity and cell regeneration, thereby speeding up the recovery.

Massage

Introduction: Massage occupies an important place in naturopathy. It improves blood circulation, relives pain, fatigue and tones up the muscles. It has many beneficial effects on different parts of the body. Massaging the skin opens the pores and helps in the removal of poisonous matter from the body. Massaging the abdomen kindles gastric fire, strengths the digestive system and increases the efficiency of the liver. Massaging the muscles removes tension, pain, and swelling and increases the blood circulation. Massage means scientific manipulations of the soft body tissue with hands.

Massage is the systematic manual application of pressure and movement of the soft tissue like muscles, ligaments, skin, tendons, and fascia (the membrane surrounding muscles and muscle groups. Massage encourages healing by promoting the flow of blood, reliving tension, stimulating nerves, stretching and loosening muscles and connective tissue to keep them elastic. Before physical exercise, massage helps in warming up. Massage after a workout has been shown to reduce the waste products that builds up in muscles after exercise. These products also cause cramps and discomfort. Massage, if given correctly, offers relief from muscle strain. This is because when muscle is massaged blood is expelled from that area and when pressure is removed, fresh newly oxygenated blood flow into the muscle thus improving its tone. Tension is lessened by slow rhythm tic strokes, allowing the recipient to relax. The lymphatic drainage is encouraged to become more efficient and thus the clearance of toxins from the tissues and the relief from swelling are activated. Friction and pressure improves circulation to the viscera and the skin develops a more glowing and healthy appearance.

Benefits:

  • The pores of the skin are opened up, thus helping of the elimination of poisons from the body through perspiration.
  • Massage reduces the tension of the muscles and relives muscular pain.
  • The circulation of the blood in the part massaged speeds up, so that the part is supplied with more nutrients, and its healing powers increase.
  • Massage relives tension of the nerves and soothes them.
  • Massage the abdomen stimulates the digestive system, and promotes better elimination of wastes.
  • Massage activates urinary system.
  • Systematic massage reduces the burden on the heart, tones it and thus increases its efficiency. Massage is shown to promote relaxation and remove pain and anxiety in hospitalized cancer patients.
  • Massage in premature infants was found to enhance weight gain and shorten there hospital stay.

Precaution: Massage is not advisable with an infectious skin disease, a rash or an unhealed wound, circulatory ailments such as phlebitis or varicose veins and inflamed or infected injuries.

Creating an Environment For Massage:

  • Soft light music played in the background will encourage relaxation and promote concentration.
  • Subtle lighting is very important. Bright, glaring lights make it difficult to relax.
  • The room should be comfortably warm, but not hot.
  • The best place to massage at home is on the floor. The person receiving the massage can be supported by a thin mat or folded blankets covered by a sheet or towel.

Massage Oils: You can use olive, sunflower, safflower, and coconut oil. Oils like almond, avocado and walnut are best in winter months or can be used to enhance the effect of the other oils. Cold pressed oils are preferable. Keep the oil in a handy position through out the massage. Store in a dark glass container in a cool dark place during the course of its use.

Mud Therapy

Earth is one of the five remedies in nature care mud therapy has a vital role in Naturopathy. Mud is applied on different parts of the body to cure diseases.

There are two types of application:

  • By applying mud on the affected parts
  • By mud bath

Mud Pack:

Mud pack is very useful in pimples, boils, spots, patches and constipation. It reduces the temperature, cleans the skin tissue and improves the complexion of the face or body wherever applied.

Benefits:

  • Cooling of the affected part: the cooling effect of a mud pack is much greater than that of a wet water pack, it reduces the body temperature and is useful in high fever.
  • Absorption of toxins: mud has a wonderful and unique property of absorbing the toxins from the body.
  • Reduction of swelling: a clay pack reduces the swelling of any part of the body.
  • Relaxation of tension: A clay pack reduces tension of the muscles and soothes over-stimulated nerves.

Mud Bath:

Mud bath can be taken by covering the whole body (except head) with clean mud or clay for 20-30 minutes. Clay can produce both cooling and warm effect on the body. If the mud pack or clay is covered well with a thick woolen or cotton cloth it will give warming effect and if it is left uncovered it will have a cooling effect on the applied body part.

Benefits: Mud therapy is useful in headache, body pains, constipation, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, piles, stomach ache, irregularity in menstruation, leucoderma, burns, wounds, burning soles and palms.

Mudra Therapy

Mudra therapy or mudra chikitsa is an ancient therapy. It originated in India several thousand years ago.

Indian Rishis used to perform this hand mudra to remain healthy.

Mudra therapy was designed keeping in mind basic principles of naturopathy. Hands are one of the most important organs of our body. Regularly different types of magnetic waves are emitted from our body. By pressing different fingers of both hands, we can regulate the magnetic waves and balance five basic elements in our body. By using this technique in our daily life we can control disease and remain healthy.

Following are some Mudras:

  • Gyan Mudra (Gyan – Knowledge): This mudra increase mental power and sharpens memory.
  • Aakash Mudra (Aakash – Sky): This mudra is beneficial for heart and ear problems. It also strengthens our bones.
  • Pruthavi Mudra (Pruthavi – Earth): This mudra increases brightness and weight of our body. Regular practice brings a glow on our face.
  • Varun Mudra (Varun – Water): It cleanses the impure blood in our body. It removes dryness of the body.
  • Shunya Mudra: This mudra is beneficial for ear diseases.
  • Vayu Mudra (Vayu – Air): This mudra is beneficial in Vayu disorders like sciatica, paralysis, spondylisis and removes stiffness of the neck.
  • Surya Mudra (Surya – Sun): This mudra decreases weight and is beneficial in hypertension.
  • Pran Mudra (Pran – Life): This mudra increases resistance power of our body.
  • Apan Mudra (Apan – Bad elements): By regular practice of this mudra, body becomes soft. All the waste matters is removed from the body.
Pyramid Therapy

Introduction: Pyramid Therapy is one of the oldest therapies in the world. Pyramid therapy has the power to cure all ailments or diseases. Most of the people think of pyramids is from Egypt . But the fact is that the origin benefits of pyramid shape was described by Indian Rishis much earlier in India, even thousands of years ago the temples of India had this pyramid shape at the top. The base of the ‘Yagna kund' was given this shape.

Benefits: Pyramid is highly beneficial for human beings because it has unique qualities like - The geometry of the pyramid liberates a very strong pranic field or bio-energy inside it. Due to this property pyramid is beneficial in increasing the bio-energy of human being. It also increases the bio-energy level of vegetables, foods, water, milk etc., when kept inside it for a certain period. And by consuming these products that energy is absorbed by the human body.

Process of using Pyramid: The apex of the pyramid releases energy which is hot in nature and the energy released from the base gives a cooling effect. These factors are to be borne in mind while using pyramid. Normally for general treatments, pyramids should be kept on affected organ 10-20 minutes daily. A small pyramid should be kept in every house to prevent and cure all diseases. For best result pyramid should be aligned before using.

Precaution: A pyramid is purely a drugless therapy. There are no side effects of it. While using pyramid one should lie on a wooden bed and there should be no contact with the floor, otherwise the efficiency of the treatment will not be up to the mark.

Yoga

Yoga is a term that has two meanings:

  • A school of thought in the Hindu religion
  • A system of mental and physical exercise

Practitioners of Yoga are called yogis. They use Yogasana (exercise) to achieve their goal of isolation of the soul from the body and mind. The word Yoga means discipline in Sanskrit language (one of the most ancient and scientific languages of the world).

Yoga believes in the principle that, every human being consists of Prakriti and Purusha. Prakriti includes a person's body, mind and ego (conscious self), Purusha is pure, empty consciousness of the soul. The Yoga teaches that the soul is completely separate from the rest of the person, but the person does not realize it. Human beings suffer because of their wrong belief that their soul is bound to the body and mind. The Yoga exercise aims to give people knowledge of the meaning of their soul. After a person has obtained this understanding, his soul will gain moksha (release) from the sansara (world-cycle of rebirth). A yogi under the guidance of a guru (teacher), goes through eight stages known as Asthanyoga on the way to moksha .

The eight stages are:

  • Yama (Social discipline): Yama means restraint or abstention. It contains five moral practices:
    • Ahimsa (Non-violence): It means not to hurt any creature mentally or physically through mind, speech or action.
    • Satya (Truthfulness): It is the presentation of a matter as perceived with the help of sense organs.
    • Asteya (Non-stealing): It means not to cover and acquire physically, mentally or by speech other's possessions.
    • Brahmacharya (Celibacy – Moderation in sex): Brahmcharya does not mean life-long celibacy, but moderation in sex between married couples.
    • Aparigraha (Non-acquisitiveness): It means abandoning wealth and means of sexual pleasure.
  • Niyama (Individual discipline): Rules of conduct towards oneself consist of certain disciplines, which are both physical and mental. These are five in number:
    • Shauch (Cleanliness): It means internal and external purification of the body and the mind.
    • Santosha (Contentment): It is a state of mind by which one lives happily and satisfied in congenial or uncongenial atmosphere.
    • Tapas (Austerity or penance): It is the conquest of all desires or sensual pleasures by practicing purity in thought, speech and action.
    • Swadhyaya (Self-study): It means exchange of thoughts in order to secure purity in thought and accomplish knowledge.
    • Ishwara Arpan (Surrender to God): It consists of pure devotion to God and surrender of all actions to him.
  • Asana (Postures): sana means holding the body in a particular posture to bring stability in the body and to the mind. The practice of Asana brings purity in tubular channels, firmness to the body ad vitality of the body and the mind.
  • Pranayama (Breath control): The literal meaning of Pranayama is controlling breath. The aim of practicing Pranayama is to stimulate, regulate and harmonize vital energy of the body. Just as a bath is required for purifying the body, so also Pranayama is required for purifying the mind.
  • Pratyahara (Discipline of the Senses): The extroversion of the sense organs is due to their hankering after worldly objects, has to be restrained and directed inwards towards the source of all existence. This process of drawing the senses inwards is Pratyahara or putting the sense under restrain.
  • Dharana (Concentration): Dharana means focusing the pure mind on one's personal deity or on the individual self. The practice of Dharana helps the mind to concentrate on a particular object.
  • Dhyana (Meditation): When one sustains and maintains the focus of attention through Dharana unbound by time and space, it becomes Dhyana (meditation). Deep concentration destroys the Rajas (good virtues) and Tamas (bad virtues) Gunn of the mind and develops the Satvika gunn (gentleman qualities).
  • Samadhi: The eighth and the final stage of Yoga is Samadhi. At this stage, one identity becomes both externally and internally immersed in meditation. During Samadhi supreme happiness free from pleasure and pain is experienced. It is the climax of Dhyana.

Different types of Yoga Asanas:

  • Ekpaaduttansan
  • Bhujangasana
  • Ardha Shalbhasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Utthipadmasana
  • Paschimottanasan
  • Ustrasana
  • Ardh Matsyendrasana
  • Gomukhasana
  • Surya Namaskar
  • Dakshasana
  • Namaskarasana
  • Parvatasana
  • Hastapadasana
  • Ekapadaprasaranasana
  • Bhudharasana
  • Ashtangapranipatasana