By Life Positive December 2010 Naturopathy cures several chronic conditions by using the five great elements – earth, air, fire, ether and water. We list some of the best establishments across the country that practice this simple yet effective healing system. Naturopathy, also called nature care, prescribes the ‘return to nature’ formula for all physical ills. The philosophy of nature care takes strong exception to the use of chemicals to prevent and fight disease. It believes in allowing inherent natural defence mechanisms of the body to effect self-cure. According to naturopathy, diseases are physical manifestations of the body`s attempt to heal itself when it falls out of harmony with its environment. Nature care is primarily based on three principles: The body possesses the power to heal itself through its internal vitality and intelligence; disease is a manifestation of vital force applying itself to the removal of obstructions to the normal functioning of organs and tissues; cures should take a holistic approach to health. By integrating these principles, naturopathy seeks to stimulate the body`s inherent power to restore itself to health with the help of the five natural elements — earth, air, fire, ether and water. Listed below are some of the most popular establishments in India that treat a variety of conditions with naturopathy. If you have never walked the nature cure path, the information that follows could well mark your first step towards physical and mental wholeness.Himachal Pradesh Kayakalp, KangraKayakalp, which is managed by the Himalayan Research Institute for Yoga and Naturopathy, Kangra, offers naturopathic as well as ayurvedic modes of treatment in its 90-bed hospital. The institution’s specialists include therapists trained in the reputed Swami Vivekananda Yog Anusandhana Samsthan in Bangalore, Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Jindal Nagar, Bangalore, and Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute, Pune. Room charges vary from Rs. 500 a day to Rs. 3,000 a day. Treatments are priced between Rs. 50 (jet bath) and Rs. 150 (mud bath). Treatments include salt water fomentation, steam baths, and immersion baths with epsom salts. 01894-235676, 235666, www.kayakalppalampur.comUttarakhand Mahatma Gandhi Nature Cure and Yoga Institute, ChampawatMahatma Gandhi Nature Cure and Yoga Institute is located at an altitude of 5,600 ft above sea level in the lap of the Himalayas. The institute stands on a green expanse far from the madding crowd.Noted naturopath Dr Salila Tewari, who manages the hospital, believes meal times are linked to functions of the body. As the processes of digestion, assimilation and elimination are linked to the day’s cycle, the body works best when one follows its pattern. The institute is run by a team of qualified and dedicated professionals under Dr Salila Tewari who has been a naturopath for 30 years.05965-211148,www.naturecureandyoga.com Haryana Swasthya Gram, GurgaonSwasthya Gram is situated at village Binola, 40 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. It has a hospital with an OPD facility and separate sections for men and women. Treatments offered at the centre include massage, hot fomentation, enema, mud packs, steam baths, soil treatment, jet bath, hip bath, and hand and foot bath. Vegetarian food is served and patients are encouraged to give up tea, coffee, alcohol and zardas. The hospital treats several conditions like obesity, asthma, polio, paralysis, spondylitis, arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes and stress-related disorders.0124-3208666 and 3251222, www.swasthyagram.comSanjeevani, Sonepat Located at Gohana in Sonepat, Sanjeevani, which is run by the Swamy Satyanand Trust, is just 38 km from Delhi. Among the naturopathic treatments provided here are jet spinal bath that utilise the healing properties of water to heat lower back pain, cervical spondylosis, obesity, hypertension, muscular pain and gastrointestinal disorders. Room charges range between Rs. 800 a day for a dorm bed to Rs. 3,500 for a room for two.91-1263-257930 / 253740 / 256946, www.sanjeevaniindia.org Shradhanand Naturopathy Centre, Kurukshetra Swami Shradhanand Yoga and Naturopathy Centre follows the basic naturopathic credo that man needs to trust the five elements – air, earth, water, ether and fire – if he wants to restore his body and mind to wholeness. This establishment has treated nearly 32,000 patients from countries like USA, England, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Thailand since its inception. The centre is also engaged in producing medicines from cow dung and urine. The trust’s nature care centre offers a three-year diploma in naturopathy to those who wish to pursue the healing system as a career. The centre recommends wax baths that are said to be effective against all sorts of disorders like diabetes, asthma, joint pains, muscular pains, back and neck pain, constipation, gastric trouble, piles, cancer and skin infections. 91 – 01744 – 238 656, 238 048, 0941 6038 142, www.naturecuregurukulkshetra.orgMaharashtra Bapu Bhavan, PuneNational Institute of Naturopathy (NIN) is located inside the historical Bapu Bhavan on Tadiwala Road, Pune. Bapu Bhavan gets its name from Mahatma Gandhi, who had made this institution his home.NIN was earlier known as Nature Cure Clinic and Sanatorium. It was then run by the Late Dr Dinshaw K Mehta. The All India Nature Cure Foundation Trust was established in this Centre and Mahatma Gandhi became its lifelong chairman. The NIN has a governing body headed by the union minister for health who is its de-facto president. About 100 varieties of food items, including organic unpolished rice, wheat, honey, jaggery, wheat grass powder, herbal tea powder, herbal shampoos, herbal tooth powder, herbal facial powder, enema sets, spinal bath tub, mud packs and hip bath tubs are sold at Bapu Bhavan at reasonable prices. Treatment methods at the institute include enema, hip bath, spinal bath, spinal spray, mud packs, steam bath, sauna bath, scientific massage and foot and arm bath.91-020-26059682/ 26059683/ 26059684/ 26059685, www.punenin.orgNisargopchar Ashram,UralikanchanFounded by Mahatma Gandhi and based on principles espoused by him, this naturopathy centre has made remarkable progress over the last 50 years. Patrons visit the ashram from every corner of India and abroad for naturopathic treatment. Treatments based on naturopathy are given to patients suffering from arthritis, cardio vascular diseases, diabetes, bronchitis, skin diseases, and asthma. Lectures on nature cure principles, dietetics, yoga and chronic diseases are delivered every day at the ashram to educate patients as well as visitors. The ashram can accommodate 200 patients a day.020 – 26926298, 26926230,www.nisargopcharashram.orgOmkar NaturopathyHospital, DadarDr Kumud Joshi’s naturopathy hospital is located near Portuguese Church in central Mumbai. The 10-bed hospital treats a host of conditions including heart disease, ulcers, bronchitis, amoebiasis and migraine, blood pressure, sinusitis, tonsilitis, insomnia, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, spondylosis, digestive disorders and skin diseases. Treatments include enema, hip bath, spinal bath, spinal spray, mud packs, steam bath, sauna bath, scientific massage, foot and arm bath, chromo bath, mud bath and various forms of poultices.This hospital also has an eight-day naturopathic rejuvenation programme that is known to cure several chronic conditions. In some cases, the treatment is extended to 10-days at no extra cost.022-24301435, 022-24366382 A patient takes steam at a nature cure clinic KarnatakaJindal Nature Cure Institute, Bangalore Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences or Jindal’s Farm was established in 1979. It has 275 beds and a separate section for women patients. The INYS is a charitable institution. The money paid by patrons covers only the accommodation. The minimum stay advocated being 10 days, a patient can recuperate in relative luxury. Even though some of the more expensive treatments such as whirlpool bath are charged separately, the price is value for money. The INYS claims efficacy in treating migraines, respiratory disorders such as bronchial asthma, abdominal ulcers, spondylitis, anxiety, diabetes and high blood pressure among others. However, patients suffering from heart diseases, cancer, tuberculosis, and skin diseases, and pregnant women are not admitted.Elimination forms the thrust of the cure and majority of the several naturopathic treatments are centred around it in the form of enemas, hot and cold packs, baths, compresses and massages.91 – 80 – 23717777,www.jindalnaturecure.orgPrakruthi Arogyadhama, MandyaThe 60-bed Prakruthi Arogyadhama at Sri Atmalingeshwara Kshtera, Hanumantha Nagara offers nature cure treatment combined with rehabilitation programmes for addicted individuals, reflexology, lifestyle modification programmes and stress management. Room charges vary from ` 300 to ` 600 a day. Rooms are also provided to family members accompanying patients. The centre is known for its mud treatment where black soil, after being processed, is used for treating various skin diseases as well as for rejuvenation.08232-245595,www.prakruthiarogyadhama.inSDM Yoga and Nature Cure Hospital, UjireSpread over 16 acres of green land, Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences offers a five-year bachelor’s course in naturopathy, yoga and other alternative systems. The college is affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. Basic medical subjects, natural therapies, nutrition and dietetics, yoga are also taught and practiced at this centre. The academic year begins from July every year.This institution employs hydriatic applications, including hip bath, spinal bath, sauna bath, steam bath, water massage,
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