Though the term Naturopathy was coined in 1895, this type of medicine had been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands of years prior. In the mid and late 1800s in the United States, the standard medical schools taught herbal, homeopathic, and nutritional medicine along with surgery and other more heroic type medicines.
Gradually, the pharmaceutical direction to isolate components of the herbs created more potent, but potentially more toxic drugs. Further, with the advent of antibiotics, the long-term adverse consequences of drugs was not understood and the slower, more gradual effects of Naturopathic medicine almost pushed it into disuse in the early 1900s. The current resurgence is due to a recognition of both the accomplishments and the limitations of the current medical system and the efficacy of Naturopathic medicine.
The foundation of Naturopathic medicine is the vitalistic philosophy of the "healing power of nature." This means that within every human organism there is a healing energy, which includes our immune system in the fuller sense of both the physical and the psyche, which is responsible for our wellness and our ability to heal and maintain health.
The term hydrotherapy is derived from the Greek words: Hydro- Water and Therapeia - Healing Hydro or aquatic therapy is a method of using the physical aspect of water for medical and relaxing treatments. Water has proved its medical significance for a very long time. The up-thrust or buoyancy is used for reducing the pressure effect of gravity on the skeletal structure. The human body reacts to the increased hydro-static pressure by dilating the arterial blood vessels. The resistance or drag of the water is a property, which is used for muscle strengthening. The force/speed relationship obeys the rules of isokinetic training of muscle power.
The buoyancy of water minimizes the efforts of gravity on the weight bearing Joints, spinal column and ligaments. The entire therapy improves balance and coordination. Water is an excellent medium for applying temperature energy [warmth] and changes of temperature to the human body; both local overall.
How It Works
- A warm bath (ranges from 35°C to 40°C) relaxes the body and soothes sore areas. It increases blood circulation in skin; promotes cell renewal, while eliminating toxins through perspiration and lymphatic drainage.
- Cold water, in contrast, stimulates and invigorates, increasing pulse rate – a cold bath (usually between 10°C to 21°C) is extremely exhilarating and increases your metabolism rate. If you are feeling tired, you might want to try taking a warm shower or bath followed by a short, invigorating cold shower to help simulate your body and mind.
- Water has a hydrostatic effect. That feather-light massage it creates, stimulates touch receptors on skin, boosting blood circulation.
Whenever you try any new treatment, always be aware of certain precautions to heel. If you’re unsure of your medical condition, check with your doctor before a nice dip – better safe than sorry. Here’re some safety measures:
- If you have diabetes, avoid any form of hot applications (baths, saunas, wraps etc) to the body, especially to your feet.
- Hot immersion baths and long, hot saunas are not recommended for those with diabetes or multiple sclerosis, pregnant women and anyone with high or low blood pressure, as it can cause dizziness.
- If hyperventilation occurs, turn down the temperature and breathe from your abdomen, not chest.
- Elderly people and young children can become exhausted by too much heat and should avoid long full-body hot treatments such as immersion baths and saunas.
- When you start to relax in a hot bath, you tend to get sleepy. Just make sure you get out of the bath before you feel drowsy. Accidents can happen anywhere!
Mud Therapy is a naturopathy, which is used to treat chronic inflammation caused by internal diseases, sprains, bruises, wounds and boils. Most of the naturopathy practitioners use moistened earth to cure various diseases. Earth, which is used in the Mud Therapy, can be obtained from ant-hills or riverbeds. The earth should be pounded well and sieved to remove stones or coarse particles of sand contained in it.
The common types of therapeutic mud are :-
Moor - Peat-based organic muds.
Fango - Thermal muds of hot springs.
Brine muds - Highly saline coastal muds.
Healing clay - Usually swelling mineral clays.
The mud therapy can be done in two modes :-
Mud Packs- To prepare proper mudpack, clay is collected from ten centimeter below the surface of the earth and it is ensured that there is no pebbles or compost. The clay is then made a smooth paste by mixing it with warm water. The paste is then allowed to cool and spread on a strip of cloth. The size of the cloth may vary according to the requirements.
The mudpack treatment is useful in the diseases related to general weakness and or nervous disorders. Mudpack is beneficial for headaches, eye troubles, swelling, stomach trouble, kidney disorder, gout, rheumatism etc.
Mudpack is an alternative mode of treatment. The area under treatment is given fomentation (warm moist medicinal compress or poultice) for five minutes until it is well heated. Mud is then directly applied on the skin for fifteen minutes or other time span, depending on the degree of reaction required. Hot and cold therapies are used to relieve chronic pains, intestinal cramps and lumbago. The alternate application of mud help to cure from the problems rose due to flatulence and intestinal obstructions. It is beneficial for curing colitis, enteritis, amoebiosis and other diseases caused by bacteria.
Mud Bath- Mud Bath is another way of the alternative treatment. It follows the same procedure of Mud pack but in a larger scale on the entire body. A cleansing water bath and cold shower is taken after the mud bath.
The Mud Bath tones up the skin as it enhances blood circulation and energizes the skin tissue. Frequent Mud Bath is very effective in skin treatment and cosmetology as it improves complexion, clear spots and patches on the skin. Various skin diseases like psoriasis, leucoderma and even leprosy can be cured by Mud Bath. The bath is also effective in getting relief from rheumatic pains or pains caused by injuries.
The duration of the Mud Bath should be from thirty minutes to one hour. Care should be taken so that the patient does not catch cold during the Mud Bath.
Mud Pack For Face:-
Mud Therapy is a naturopathy that has many beneficial effects in treating diseases, ailments and skin problems. It is also used as the beauty product now a day. The mud Therapy is used to cure diseases like osteoarthritis, periarthritis, back and joint aches and pains where there is no inflammation.
Mud Therapy helps to cure various diseases like :-
- It cures allergy, psoriasis and many other skin diseases even leprosy.
- It reduces the irritation of eyes hence useful in the case of conjunctivitis, itching of the eyes, allergic conditions, hemorrhage in the eyeball.
- Mud therapy is useful in cases of errors of refraction like shortsightedness, long-sightedness and especially in case of glaucoma.
- General weakness and nervous disorders are cured by mud therapy.
- Stomach trouble, kidney disorders can be removed.
- Mud Therapy can cure gout, rheumatism, arthritis, asthm a, bronchopneumonia, diabetes etc.
An enema is an internal bath which helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas and accumulated faecal matter. During colon cleansing, toxic material is broken down so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination.
We cannot expect to have sharp minds or vitality for living when our bodies are polluted. Your sense of well-being can be dramatically improved with enemas. You often feel lighter and more energetic. The body can again assimilate food in the colon and better defend itself against disease. People report greater alertness, overwhelming joy, incredible insight, and even better sex after cleaning the colon.
High concentrations of toxins such as those produced from putrefying faeces in the constipated bowel will always move from areas of high concentration into areas of low concentration. This means that the toxins, which are in solution, easily get absorbed into your blood. And from the blood, some of these toxic products naturally diffuse into all of the living cells of your body where they accumulate, literally causing a slow poisoning that leads to early onset of disease and premature aging.
With enemas you can prevent the accumulation of constipated waste in the colon. Your blood will begin to clean-up right away. When this happens the toxins that are concentrated in your tissues will diffuse back into the blood where they will be eliminated by your liver and kidneys. Your liver and kidneys are no longer overwhelmed by toxins and as long as you control constipation and try to avoid pollution from other sources, your liver and kidneys can do a remarkable job.
Many serious diseases may be averted through this gentle, scientific technique. Enemas are a key factor in the restoration of the body's natural balance and overall quest for vibrant health. Enemas are specially helpful when you are on a colon cleanse (like Oxy-powder or AIM Herbal Fibreblend) or fast to quickly help the body remove accumulated toxins in the bowel. It can be helpful in any type of “unwellness” like headache, fever etc.
If you suffer from heavy constipation an Enema can also be useful. But never let the Enema replace a bowel movement. Enemas should be kept to a minimum and used only for short periods. They are not meant to replace a healthy bowel movement and prolonged and wrong use can make the Colon lazy. If you are unsure about what you are doing talk to your Holistic Colon Hydrotherapist.
The use of Colour as a Therapy is a truly holistic, non-invasive and powerful therapy which dates back thousands of years; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt.
Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths and, as such, is a form of energy that is used in Colour Therapy.
This light energy affects all living cells (as we all know, without light all living things are affected). Used in the right way, these different frequencies of light, i.e. colour, can have a profound and healing effect on all creation, human or otherwise. It is a well know scientific fact that everything has a vibration, that is to say that all things have their own vibration/frequency, and that includes US!
what it can be used for :-
Colour Therapy can be used for any problem whether, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual for specific problems as well as an over all relaxation therapy.
Colour Therapy can be used safely and effectively - either alone or alnogside any other therapy, whether complementary or orthodox medicine - for adults, children, babies and non-human animals alike. (However, no complementary therapy should ever be considered as an alternative to orthodox medical advice.)
Colour energy can be the catalyst for our healing process and encourages normal and healthy workings of the body.
Colour Therapy should not be something you just go to a therapist to 'have done to you'. Colour is everywhere and should be utilized as part of our everyday life. A professional Colour Therapist can explain and advise you on how you can use colour at home for health and wellbeing.
The right colour for you :-
Your colour preferences can tell a professional Colour Therapist a good deal about you.
Colour choices can indicate where there may be an imbalance of colour which can highlight a potential problem; whether emotional, physical, mental or spiritual and also gives indications of personality issues which may need to be addressed.
The emotional, physical, mental and spiritual aspects make up the whole person and really one cannot be isolated from the other.
A Professionally qualified Colour Therapy practitioner will help you to understand your Colour preferences, and indeed your need for a certain colour or colours.
Not unlike a sauna in that it induces sweating, but with entirely different atmospheric conditions, the steam bath not only relaxes you and renews your energy, but also promotes your health and beauty as well. It is operating most effectively at temperatures of between 43C(110F) and 46C(116F) and a relative humidity above 100%. In a steam bath, steam (or to be more scientifically correct, MIST) should be permanently present. This requires an efficient steam generator, a precise control system and a steam-tight cabin to prevent steam escaping and damaging the fabric of the surrounding room.
Health Benefits of Steam Bath
The health benefits of steam baths have been exaggerated over the years, a study conducted by the University of Munich suggested that benefits of a steam bath include helping with bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness. Other benefits of a steam bath are help with chapped skin, tension, the best benefit of a steam bath could be cleaning of the skin a steam bath increases the blood flow to the skin and removes dead skin and leaves your skin smooth, clean and soft.
Massage therapy is a passive form of exercise and is prevalent since ancient times. Massage basically manipulates the soft tissues of the body, scientifically. The manipulation is done with pressure, including tension, motion, or vibration practiced manually or even mechanically. The therapy can be applied to different tissues of the body including muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, and/or organs of the gastrointestinal system.
When massaging manually, one can use hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet. There are around eighty distinct massage modalities. One of the main reasons for the application of massage therapy is its profound clinical effectiveness. It tones up the body, the nervous system, enhances respiratory system and boosts blood circulation and metabolic purposes. Moreover, it also accelerates the elimination of waste and toxins from the body. Other benefits of massage therapy includes removal of facial wrinkles, fills hollow cheeks and neck and eases stiffness, numbness and sore muscles.
There are different ways of massaging different body parts for healing purposes.
- Massage of Joints
- Massage of Abdomen
- Nerves Massage
- Chest Massage
- Back Massage
- Throat Massage