Naturopathy or NaturoTherapy, as an age-old healing method, was very much in practice in India when drugs and technology were not much in vogue. Nature provided all the elements, within the range of the natural foods, which man needed in the way of nutrient and medicine. Thus, the healing power by naturopathy was nothing new to the Indian tradition. In Indian homes, home remedies have always come before the even doctor’s medicines. This clearly portrays the sheer importance of naturopathy as a trustworthy alternative treatment procedure in ancient India. With passing time, Indian naturopathy gained contour as one of the important health care systems in India, famed for its side effect less treatment.
- Air Therapy
- Bath Therapy
- Energy Therapy
- Color Therapy
- Diet Therapy
- Fasting Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Mud Therapy
- Raw Juice Therapy
- Sleep Therapy
- Sun Therapy
Air Therapy: Air is essential for our survival and fresh air is key to good health. It is advantageous to take air bath every day, i.e. walk in fresh air for at least 20 minutes with very light clothes on. The effect of air bath is enhanced when it is combined with exercise and cold rub.
Breathing technique also plays a vital role in improving effectiveness of Air therapy. Deep breaths help in intake of more oxygen which refreshes the body and improves its resistance. It is important that one inhales through nose as small hairs present in nose purify air before it enters the body. While taking air therapy one must be careful as to not walk around in a polluted area. A walk on a busy and polluted road will not be as effective as walk in a green garden/park.
As the cool air comes in contact with skin surface, body reacts to it by improving blood circulation. Thus warm blood rushes to the surface and helps in elimination of waste material from the body. This helps in cleansing the system. Air bath also has soothing effect on the body and it helps in curing conditions of neurasthenia, nervousness and skin disorders.
Air therapy is known to have positive effects on heart health as more oxygen is pumped to heart’s muscles. Also, air therapy involving deep breaths could increase life-span, as fewer number of breaths per minute could elongate lifespan. Tortoise is an example of a living being who breaths only five to six times per minute and lives 200 years.
Air therapy also improves health of other body organs such as lungs, abdomen, diaphragm, kidneys and pancreas. It also improves digestive system and keeps lethargy at bay. Air therapy helps in taking toxins out of the body and thus improves immunity.
Bath Therapy: Is a valuable therapeutic agent since time immemorial. In all major ancient civilizations, bathing was considered an important measure for the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. Water has been regarded as an important remedial agent to several diseases such as diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, fever, jaundice, constipation, and other such ailments. The ancient Vedic literature in India contains numerous references to the efficacy of water in the treatment of disease. There are numerous spas and “Baths” in most European countries where therapeutic baths are used as a major healing agent. Water exerts valuable effects on the human system. It equalizes circulation, boosts muscular tone, and helps in digestion and nutrition. It also tones up the activity of perspiratory gland and in the process eliminates the damaged cells and toxic matter from the system.
The common water temperature chart is; cold 10 degree Celsius to 18 degree Celsius, neutral 32 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius and hot 40 degree Celsius to 45 degree Celsius. Above 45 degree Celsius, water loses its therapeutic value and is destructive. There are several types of Bath therapy which helps in curing gastritis, hyperacidity, indigestion, jaundice, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, fever, cough and so on. The various types of bath therapy are Enema, Cold Compress, heating compress, hipbath, spinal bath, full wet sheet pack, cold footbath, steam bath, immersion bath, and Epsom salt bath. These bath therapies are an effective method of cure to several ailments. There are certain methods, duration, and process, which are to be followed in each therapy.
There are also certain precautions, which are necessary while taking these therapeutic baths. Full baths should be avoided within three hours after a meal and one hour before it. Local baths like the hipbath and footbath may, however, be taken two hours after a meal. Clean and pure water must be used for baths and water once used should not be used again. While taking baths, temperature and duration should be strictly observed to obtain the desired effects. A thermometer should always be used to measure the temperature of the body.
Color Therapy: Is also known as Chromotherapy, which deals with the method of treatment of diseases, by color. Color therapy is a technique of restoring imbalance by means of applying colored light to the body. It was a popular method of cure even in ancient times. Some 2,500 years ago, Pythagoras applied color light therapeutically and ‘color halls’ were used for healing in ancient Egypt, China, and India. According to practitioners of Chromotherapy, the lack of a particular color in the human system can cause various diseases.
Blue and red colors are considered as the two extremes and yellow represents the midpoint. These are also the three most important colors in a rainbow. The natural colors of the rainbow are highly valuable to the protection of health and for healing ailments. A patient is first subjected to an examination to determine which color he lacks. The deficiency is determined by observing the color of the eyeballs, nails, urine and excrement. In cases of the lack of red the eyes and nails will be bluish, and the urine and excrement white or bluish. If there is a deficiency of the blue color, the eyes and nails will be reddish, and urine and excrement yellowish or red. Sunlight plays a major role in recovery from chronic diseases. Almost every affliction can be cured by the careful use of sunlight. The rays of the sun improve digestion and nutrition, accelerate blood and lymph circulation and increase the elimination of impurities through the skin.
The action and effect of different colors on the body along with their healing properties in the form of food items:
Red: This color symbolizes heat, fire and anger. It is a motivating and energizing color. It stimulates arterial blood and brings warmth to cool extremities. It is contained in food items like Beets, radish, red cabbage, tomatoes, watercress, most red-skinned fruits, red berries and watermelon.
Orange: This color is emblematic of prosperity and pride. Orange is useful for stimulating blood supply and revitalizing the nerves. Orange-skinned vegetables and fruits such as carrot, orange, apricot, mango, peach and papaya contain this color.
Yellow: Yellow color is associated with joy and happiness. It is laxative and diuretic. It is refreshment to the brain, the liver and the spleen. Lime and lemon, sweet lime, grapes, pumpkin, melon, banana, mango, apple and guava contain this color.
Purple: Purple or indigo combines the blood-warming red and pooling antiseptic blue. It is an excellent stimulant without being an irritant. It exerts a soothing effect on the eyes, ears and the nervous system. It contains in all the foods having both blue and violet colors.
Green: Made up of blue and yellow, green is regarded as a color of accord and harmony and it is a mild sedative. Most of the green vegetables and fruits such as gourds, spinach, plantain, lettuce, pea, green mango, gooseberry, pears, beans, contain this color.
Blue: Cool, soothing and sedative, blue alleviates pain, reduces bleeding and heals burns. Foodstuff like Blue plum, blue beans, blue grapes contain this color.
Violet: Eggplant, berries, black carrot and purple grapes contain this color.
Methods of Treatment in Color Therapy
There are two methods of treating diseases by color. The first method is by the application of light through different colored glasses and in the second method is by external or internal use of color-charged water. In the former method, sheets of glass of the required colors are needed. They are placed at the window frames or any other suitable place in such a way that the sun’s rays can pass through them and fall directly on the patient’s body. The duration for this color treatment is thirty minutes. In case of local application, a pane of glass can be placed in front of the diseased part so that the light passing through the glass falls on the afflicted area. Lanterns can be used for this purpose during nights. A single lantern can have glass panes of four dissimilar colors and the requisite color can be focused on the patient or the affected parts.
In the second method, colored bottles are required. These bottles should be cleaned and filled up to three-fourth level with fresh well water, distilled water or rain water. The bottles should be corked and then placed in bright sunlight for three to four hours. After this exposure, the water is said to obtain medicinal properties and this color charged water can be used both internally and for external applications. Wounds and ulcers can be washed with this water and it can also be used to massage the affected parts or applied as compress on them. For internal use, an adult can take 30 ml of color-charged water as a single dose. The dose can be repeated as required.
Diet & Nutrition Therapy: Is a very important part of living and a nutritious diet helps keeping new diseases from affecting the body. Ayurveda suggests that only a balanced diet is not sufficient for good health. It recommends that specific bodily conditions require specific diets. It looks at diet as an alternative therapy and treats the body as a combination of three different factors called vata, pitta and kapha. These factors represent air, fire and water respectively. A healthy boy is one in which the three elements are perfectly balanced which can be achieved through diet. When any one of the elements is disturbed, the body becomes prone to diseases, correcting the diet can cure it.
Diet therapy is a process of treating diseases of the body by eating a diet, which contains the necessary curative and preventive ingredients. A diet therapist would try to include the useful foods in the diet and eliminate all the harmful ones so that the person can recover quickly. Practitioners of medicine even claim that a healthy diet plan can help curing diseases and assist in prevention of the disease. This is the main function of a diet therapy.
Be it with a well-structured diet plan for healthy living, or be it with a plan of diet for different diseases, diet therapy has carved a niche for itself as a noteworthy alternative therapy.
Energy Therapy: Is the gentle art of clearing cellular memory through the human energy field promoting health, balance and relaxation. Energy therapy is based on the concept of connection between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms of our lives found in many holistic healing methods. It uses focused healing energy to clear blocks that accumulate in the body hindering the natural flow of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy. This healing focus promotes personal empowerment, self-healing and spiritual growth.
Why it Works: For many people, feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, and tired become a way of life. Living this way can lead to health problems such as headache, digestive disorders, back and neck pain tension, and sleeplessness, among others. Additionally, situations such as conflict in relationships, both personal and professional, being unproductive and unhappy at work, can easily and consistently develop. These types of issues, which originate from physical, emotional, and mental stress often involve an unhealthy complex relationship between mind and body, are ideally suited for treatment with energy based bodywork and therapy.
Energy therapy acknowledges that negative life experiences create emotions such as anger, fear, stress, resentment, guilt and sadness and that these emotions become trapped in specific areas of the physical body. Trapped emotions, often called energy blocks, create physical, emotional and mental disharmony.
How it Works: During an energy session, suppressed emotions are released without the client having to remember the actual stressful event that caused the energy block. It is a safe, gentle, supportive method that can be used to release negative patterns of the past and help to empower and bring balance to your life. It is an extremely effective healing modality that releases stress, feelings of being overwhelmed, and negative emotions.
- Releases tension and everyday stress that makes you feel tired, burned out, and overwhelmed.
- Creates a renewed sense of vitality.
- Supports healing on all levels—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
- Brings balance to your life, allowing you to enjoy a clear sense of purpose and direction.
- Leaves you with a deeply relaxed and calm state of being.
Fasting Therapy: Is one of the most ancient customs. This is nature’s oldest, most effective and yet least expensive method of treating diseases, recognized as the achievement of natural healing. Throughout medical history, it has been regarded as one of the most dependable curative methods. It refers to complete abstinence from food for a particular period pertaining to a specific purpose. The common cause of all diseases is the accumulation of waste and poisonous matter in the body, which results from overeating. The majority of people eats too much and follows sedentary occupations, which do not permit sufficient and proper exercise for utilization of this large quantity of food. This surplus overburdens the digestive organs and clogs up the system with impurities or poisons. Digestion and elimination become slow and the functional activity of the whole system gets deranged. Every disease can be healed by only one remedy – by doing just the opposite of what causes it, that is, by reducing the food intake or fasting. By depriving the body of food for a time ,the organs of elimination such as the bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs are given opportunity to expel, unhampered, the overload of accumulated waste from the system. Thus, fasting therapy is merely the process of purification and an effective and quick method of cure.
Duration of Fasting
The duration of the fast depends on the age of the patient, the nature of the disease and the amount and type of drugs previously used. The duration is important, because long periods of fasting can be dangerous if undertaken without competent professional guidance. It is, therefore, advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two to three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by a day or so. The period, however, should not exceed a week of total fasting at a time. A correct mode of living and a balanced diet after the fast will restore vigor and vitality to the individual.
Fasting is highly beneficial in practically all kinds of stomach and intestinal disorders and in serious conditions of the kidneys and liver. It is a miracle cure for eczema and other skin diseases and offers the only hope of permanent cure in many cases. The various nervous disorders also respond favorably to this mode of treatment.
Methods of Fasting Therapy
The best, safest, and most effective method of fasting therapy is juice fasting. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements in fresh, raw vegetable and fruit juices are extremely beneficial in normalizing all the body processes. They supply essential elements for the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration and thus speeding the recovery. All juices should be prepared from fresh fruit immediately before drinking. The patient should get as much fresh air as possible and should drink plain lukewarm water when thirsty. Fresh juices may be diluted with pure water. The total liquid intake should be approximately six to eight glasses. Only very simple exercises like short walks may be undertaken during the fast. A warm water or neutral bath may be taken during the period. Cold baths are not advisable. Sun and air baths should be taken daily. Fasting sometimes produces a state of sleeplessness, which can be overcome by a warm tub bath, keeping hot water bottles at the feet and by drinking one or two glasses of hot water.
Benefits of Fasting Therapy
There are several benefits of fasting. During a long fast, the body feeds upon its reserves. Being deprived of needed nutrients, particularly of protein and fats, it will burn and digest its own tissues by the process of autolysis or self-digestion. But it will not do so indiscriminately. The body will first decompose and burn those cells and tissues, which are diseased, damaged, aged or dead. The essential tissues and vital organs, the glands, the nervous system and the brain are not damaged or digested in fasting. Here lies the secret of the effectiveness of fasting as a curative and rejuvenating method. During fasting, the building of new and healthy cells is sped up by the amino acids released from the diseased cells. The capacity of the eliminative organs, that is, lungs, liver, kidneys, and the skin is greatly increased as they are relieved of the usual burden of digesting food and eliminating the resultant wastes. They are, therefore, able to quickly expel old accumulated wastes and toxins. Fasting affords a physiological rest to the digestive, assimilative and protective organs. As a result, the digestion of food and the utilization of nutrients are greatly improved after fasting.
Breaking of Fast
The success of the fast depends largely on how it is broken. This is the most significant phase. The main rules for breaking the fast are no overeating, eating slowly and chewing food thoroughly; and taking several days for the gradual change to the normal diet. If the transition to eating solid foods is carefully planned, there will be no discomfort or damage. The patient should also continue to take rest during the transition period. The right food after a fast is as important and decisive for proper results as the fast itself.
Thus, fasting therapy helps in the cure of a number of diseases.
Juice Therapy: Raw juice therapy which is also known as juice fasting is a method of treatment of ailments through an exclusive diet of juices of fruits and vegetables. This therapy is considered the most effective way to restore health and revitalize the body. In Raw juice therapy, the eliminative and cleansing capacity of the organs of elimination, namely lungs, liver, kidneys, and the skin, is greatly increased and masses of accumulated metabolic waste and toxins are quickly removed. Digestion of food and the utilization of nutrients are greatly improved in this therapy. An exclusive diet of raw juices of fruits and vegetables results in much faster recovery from diseases and more effective cleansing and regeneration of the tissues than the fasting on pure water.
Effects of Raw Juice Therapy
Raw juices of fruits and vegetables are very rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and natural sugars. They exercise advantageous effect in normalizing all the body functions. They supply needed elements for the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration, thereby speeding the improvement. Alkaline elements in raw juice is highly beneficial in normalizing acid-alkaline balance in the blood and tissues as there is over acidity in most conditions of ill-health. Calcium, potassium, and silicon in raw juice help in restoring biochemical and mineral balance in the tissues and cells, thereby preventing premature ageing of cells and disease. Raw juices contain certain natural medicines, vegetal hormones, and antibiotics. For instance, string beans are said to contain insulin-like substance.
Precautions in Raw Juice Therapy
Certain precautions are, however, necessary in adopting an exclusive diet of raw juices. All juices should be made fresh immediately before drinking. Canned and frozen juices should not be used. Only fresh ripe fruits and vegetables, preferably organically grown, should be used for extraction of juices. Raw juices oxidize rapidly and lose their medicinal value in storage, even under refrigeration so only as much juice as needed for immediate consumption should be extracted. The quality of the juices has a distinct bearing on the results obtained. In case of incomplete extraction of juices, their effective power is proportionately reduced due to the absence of the vitamins and enzymes, which are left behind in fiber and the pulp.
Types of Juices
Fruit and vegetable juices may be divided into six main types. These are, Juices from sweet fruits such as prunes and grapes, Juices from sub-acid fruits like apple, plum, pear, peach, apricot and cherry, Juices from acid fruits like orange, lemon, grapefruit, strawberry and pineapple, Juices from vegetable fruits, namely, tomato and cucumber, Juices from green leafy vegetables like cabbage, celery, lettuce, spinach, parsley and watercress and Juices from root vegetables like beetroot, carrot, onion, potato and radish. Fruit juices stir up toxins and acids in the body, thereby stimulating the eliminative processes. Vegetable juices, on the other hand, soothe the jaded nerves and work in a much milder manner. They carry away toxic matter in a gentle way. Owing to their differing actions, fruit and vegetable juices should not be used at the same time or mixed together. It is desirable to use juices individually.
Treatment of Diseases in Raw Juice Therapy some common ailments, which can be treated in raw juice therapy, are:
Acidity: Grapes, orange, mosambi, carrot, and spinach.
Acne: Grapes, pear, plum, tomato, cucumber, carrot, potato, and spinach.
Anemia: Apricot, prune, strawberry, red grape, beet, celery, carrot, and spinach.
Arthritis: Sour cherries, pineapple, sour apple, lemon, grapefruit, cucumber, beet, carrot, lettuce, and spinach.
Allergies: Apricot, grapes, carrot, beet and spinach.
Arteriosclerosis: Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, celery, carrot, lettuce, and spinach.
Asthma: Apricot, lemon, pineapple, peach, carrot, radish, and celery.
Bronchitis: Apricot, lemon, pineapple, peach, tomato, carrot, onion, and spinach.
Bladder Ailments: Apple, apricot, lemon, cucumber, carrot, celery, parsley, and watercress.
Colds: Lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, carrot, onion, celery, and spinach.
Constipation: Apple, pear, grapes, lemon, carrot, beet, spinach, and watercress.
Colitis: Apple, apricot, pear, peach, pineapple, papaya, carrot, beet, cucumber, and spinach.
Diabetes: Citrus fruits, carrot, celery, lettuce, and spinach.
Diarrhea: Papaya, lemon, pineapple, carrot, and celery.
Eczema: Red grapes, carrot, spinach, cucumber, and beet.
Epilepsy: Red grapes, figs, carrot, celery, and spinach.
Gout: Red sour cherries, pineapple, tomato, cucumber, beet, carrot, celery and spinach.
High blood pressure: Grapes, orange, cucumber, carrot and beet.
Halitosis: Apple, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, tomato, carrot, celery and spinach.
Headache: Grapes, lemon, carrot, lettuce and spinach.
Heart Disease: Red grapes, lemon, cucumber, carrot, beet and spinach.
Influenza: Apricot, orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, carrot, onion and spinach.
Insomnia: Apple, grapes, lemon, lettuce, carrot and celery.
Jaundice: Lemon, grapes, pear, carrot, celery, spinach, beet and cucumber.
Kidney Disorders: Apple, orange, lemon, cucumber, cucumber, carrot, celery, parsley and beet.
Liver ailments: Lemon, papaya, grapes, carrot, tomato, beet and cucumber.
Neuritis: Orange, pineapple, apple, carrot and beet.
Obesity: Lemon, grapefruit, orange, cherry, pineapple, papaya, tomato, beet, cabbage, lettuce, spinach and carrot.
Piles: Lemon, orange, papaya, pineapple, carrot, spinach, turnip and watercress.
Prostate Troubles: All fruit juices in season, carrot, asparagus, lettuce and spinach.
Psoriasis: Grapes, carrot, beet, and cucumber.
Rheumatism: Grapes, orange, lemon, grapefruit, tomato, cucumber, beet, carrot and spinach.
Sinus Trouble: Apricot, lemon, tomato, carrot, onion and radish. Sore Throat: Apricot, grapes, lemon, pineapple, prune, tomato, carrot and parsley.
Tonsillitis: Apricot, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, carrot, spinach and radish.
Varicose Veins: Grapes, orange, plum, tomato, beetroot carrot and watercress.
After the raw juice therapy, the return to normal balanced diet should be gradual, and in stages. In the beginning, two juice meals may be replaced by milk and fruits. Then gradually juice meals may be substituted by a balanced diet.
Massage Therapy: Is a therapeutic cure to many diseases. It involves the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. If correctly done on a bare body, it can be highly stimulating and refreshing. Massage therapy dates back as far as 400 B.C., when the great Hippocrates, the father of medicine, employed massage and manipulation in healing his patients. Since then it has been used as a mode of treatment for many ailments and it has restored many a sufferer to health and vigor. Massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies are often complex mixtures of holistic healing practices involving physical, emotional and spiritual components. The definitions that follow provide only brief explanations of many of the techniques currently in practice.
Types Of Massages:
Panchakarma: (five actions) Is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and self-healing.
Swedish Massage Therapy: This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had a massage before, this is a good one to try first.
Aromatherapy Massage: Massage therapy with adding one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
Hot Stone Massage: Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
Deep Tissue Massage: Targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Shiatsu: A form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance. People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time. It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm, and there is usually no soreness afterwards.
Thai Massage: Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches. You don’t just lie there–the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.
Pregnancy Massage: Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs.
Reflexology: Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.
Sports massage: Is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
Back Massage: Some massage clinics and spas offer 30-minute back massages. If a back massage is not expressly advertised, you can also book a 30- or 40-minute massage and ask that the massage therapist to focus on your back.
Benefits Of Massage:
- Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind.
- Restore your constitutional balance improving health and wellness.
- Strengthen your immune system and become more resistant to illness.
- Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind thereby slowing the aging process.
- Enhance your self-reliance, strength, energy, vitality and mental clarity.
- Bring about deep relaxation and sense of well-being.
Mechanotherapy: Is a method of healing physical ailments and restoring sound health with the aid of exercise. The term is similar to electrotherapy and pharmacotherapy, which refers to the use of electrical modalities like ultrasound and applications of pharmaceuticals respectively for curing maladies. Under this branch of treatment, various exercises are prescribed to promote tissue repair through mechano-transduction. Masso-therapy is another term frequently used in relation to mechano-therapy, which refers to therapeutic massage.
Mechano-transduction is the phenomenon in which the cells of the body sense and respond to the mechanical loads. Researches have established the therapeutic use of load on a body, which can be effectively used for remodeling cartilage, bone, muscle, and tendons and for stimulating tissue repair. Various ailments such as muscle tears, fractures can be effectively cured by controlled loading. Several systematic reviews and randomized controlled clinical trials have proven the efficacy of Mechanotherapy for an array of musculoskeletal problems.
The central concept of mechano-transduction, which is the integral part of mechano-therapy, lies in the conversion of mechanical loading into cellular responses. These responses then help in promoting structural changes in the body. A prominent example of this theory can be witnessed in the adaptation of a bone to load. It is a common phenomenon that a weak bone in response to appropriate load can become stronger and longer. In fact, in the process of mechano-transduction, the cells respond by converting the mechanical stimuli into biochemical responses, which helps in bringing about changes in structure. Step-wise it can be summarized as on application of a mechanical load, the loading message is distributed throughout the tissue to trigger and assemble the bio-chemicals, which are necessary for the proper alignment of the body structures. At each step, the communication occurs through a network of messenger proteins, lipids and ion channels.
Mud Therapy: Has been regarded as an effective remedy to several diseases in ancient times as well as the middle ages. In modern times, it again came into eminence as it was discovered to have remarkable effects to refresh, enliven, and vitalize the human body; especially during the night. The forces of earth have remarkable effects upon the human body, especially during the night. It is believed that for wounds and skin diseases, application of clay or moistened earth was the only true natural cure. Out of the five constituent elements of this universe mud (earth) has a pivotal role to play in our well being. The dark color of mud helps in absorbing different colors and conveying them to the the body, giving it therapeutic properties. Also, its shape and consistency may be modified with ease, just by changing the water content, which makes it easy to use. A mud pack is advantageous over a cold compress (cold water therapy) as it retains the coolness over a longer period of time. Therefore, it is recommended whenever a prolonged cold application is required. Lastly, it is easily available and a cost effective treatment option.
Benefits of Mud Therapy:
- It relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation, maintains metabolism rendering positive impact on digestion
- It is useful in conditions of inflammation/ swelling and relieves pain
- It is a good hair conditioner and is good for skin
- It is useful in condition of stiff joints
Sleep Therapy: Is a vital element in one’s mental as well as physical life, since the loss of sleep exerts seriously detrimental effects upon the nervous system. This involves a periodic rest of the body, which is absolutely essential for its efficient functioning.
Abstaining from sleep for longer periods may cause intense psychological changes such as loss of memory, irritability, hallucination and even schizophrenic manifestations. Sleep is the indispensable condition to the healing of energy. Sleeping pills are no remedy for sleeplessness. They are habit-forming and become less effective when taken continuously.
Requirement of Sleep:
The average amount of sleep needed to feel well rested is seven-and-a-half hours, though it varies from 6 to 9 hours. Women sleep from 45 minutes to 1 hour more than men. The amount of sleep required varies at different ages such as for new born it is 18 to 20 hours, for growing children it is 10 to 12 hours, for adults it is 6 to 9 hours and for aged persons it is 5 to 7 hours. Throughout the sleep, the depth of ordinary restful sleep fluctuates. In most adults, sleep deepens through the first hour, after which it lightens rather sharply and then more gradually until morning or until the usual time of wakening. However in growing children sleep deepens a second time for a little while. 2 hours before and 2 hours after midnight are the most valuable for sleep of all the 24 hours of the day and in at this time, the mental and physical vigor are at their lowest ebb and sleep is soundest and most natural.
There are many theories about good and bad sleeping positions. Practically everyone changes positions several times during sleep. For proper sleep, however, one should not sleep on one’s back but on the side with one or both legs brought well up and the head and the shoulder slightly forward.
Sleeping well is an art. It needs an ideal blend of healthy habits and control of mind. A clean body and mind, relaxed mood, physical exercises and perfect dietary control are some of the basic sleep-inducing methods. Some of them are as follows:
- The sleeping place should be well ventilated, with balanced temperature and free from noises.
- The bed should be neither too hard nor too soft, but comfortable.
- The pillow should not be too hard or too high.
- The bedclothes should be loose fitting and light colored.
- Another important rule is not to eat heavy food shortly before bedtime.
Sleep Therapy provides an opportunity to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviors that may be contributing to sleep problems. Sleep Therapy can be used to support those suffering from sleep problems and other mental health conditions that may have negative consequences on sleep. The health issues that can be cured from the Sleep Therapy are as follows:
- Dual Diagnosis
Sun Therapy: The pineal gland of our brains secrete a hormone called Melatonin. This hormone plays an important role in helping us fall asleep. However, overproduction of this hormone leads to laziness. Production of Melatonin increases during dark/night and falls during daytime. Melatonin production is affected by intensity of sunlight; while Blue/Green rays hinder Melatonin production, Violet/Red rays improve it. Therefore, Sunbathing act at hormonal level to keep disorders at bay. Scientists have conducted various experiments on Melatonin and concluded that intensity of Sunlight, spectrum and time affect health. Those who do not get exposed to sunlight may develop physical and psychological disorders. Has been known to mankind for centuries. Benefits of Sunlight therapy were initially recognized in Ancient text (Vedas). Modern science later confirmed benefits of sunlight on human health and proved its disease fighting properties. One can easily obtain sunlight through any of the following.
- Cover your head with a wet towel, take off clothes and let sunlight on all your body parts by either lying down or sitting in the sun. It is advisable to expose your body to mild and not harsh sunlight as harsh sunlight could damage skin. Enjoy sunbath for fifteen to twenty minutes. Once u start sweating, bathe in cold water and thereafter take rest.
- With no clothes on, cover your entire body with a dry towel and enjoy sunbath for 15-20 minutes.
- With no clothes on, let sun rays fall on your body. During the sunbath, keep applying water on your body parts using a brush.
- Enjoy oil massage while taking sunbath.
- Lie down in sun and cover your entire body with banana leaves. This is the best method of sunbathing.
- Wrap a wet towel on your naked body and lie down in the sun.
- Cover your entire body with mud pack and lie down in the sun for 15-20 minutes.
- Please note that last two methods i.e. Wrapping wet towel and applying mudpack on body are used in case of special conditions. Ozone layer which lies 20-25 miles above the earth surface filters harmful part of sun rays to protects us. Thickness of Ozone layer is maximum before 8am and after 5pm. Therefore, it is advisable to take sunbath during these hours.
- It is important to stay hydrated during sunbath.
- One should drink at least one glassful of water during sunbath.
- It is important to cover your head with a wet towel during sunbathing.
- After taking sunbath one should bathe with water.
Benefits of Sunbathing:
- Sunbathing improves blood circulation.
- Sunbathing helps in eliminating toxins from the body.
- Sun rays help in synthesis of vitamin D in presence of ergosterol calcium found under skin. Therefore sunbathing everyday in mild sunlight (between 6am and 8am) helps infants strengthen their soft bones. Also, Calcium and Phosphorus are useful to body only in presence of vitamin D. Research studies suggest that UVB rays promote synthesis of vitamin D3 in human body deficiency of which affects calcium metabolism which further leads to increase in blood pressure.
- Sunbathing improves conditions such as Osteoporosis, Paralysis, Gout, Tuberculosis and other skin ailments.
- Scientific experiments in winter season on 34 sad, disinterested, aloof, Irritated, and lazy people have revealed that sunbathing for 3 hours a day helped 30 of them normalize.
Water Therapy: Water is the natural solvent for most of the things and gives natural remedies to many of the diseases. Water therapy is an alternative therapy that is used very widely now a day. Water is indeed one of the fundamental elements for a healthy body and also for a glowing skin. Each function of the body is very much regulated and dependent on water, which further affirms that water is indeed necessary to carry important vitamins, hormones, chemicals and oxygen to almost all the parts of the body. Water is therefore the most important thing that is consumed to give many beneficial results.
Water therapy was practiced from ancient time to heal the diseased people. In many prehistoric cultures like ancient Rome, China and Japan, the hydrotherapy and hydro-thermal therapy were common practice that have been used for the treatment of the disease. In ancient India, even water therapy has been regarded as one of the most sought after therapeutic treatment. This remarkable water therapy originates from ancient Ayurvedic medicine. In Sanskrit, the name for the practice is “Usha Paana Chikitsa” which means “early morning water treatment”.
Even today, water therapy is widely accepted in the area of alternative medicine. When somebody wants to follow a fitness routine or achieve a health goal, drinking proper amount of water is always necessary.
Drinking sufficient amount of water is necessary for proper functioning of body, which also plays a major role in treating a number of diseases. Chronic fatigue, depression, mental anxiety, gastric disorders, urinary infections, eczema, rheumatism etc. are the diseases that can be resulted from the drinking of less amount of water and can be treated by increasing the intake of water.
Drinking plenty of water helps in detoxification of the body. If water is not drunk regularly, dehydration might take place. If the dehydration persists and is not corrected naturally with drinking plenty of water it produces symptoms and with time develops the disease. There are many diseases that can be cured by water therapy, e.g. headaches, obesity, kidney stone, joint and back pain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety and depression, fatigue, insomnia, cravings, asthma and allergy, arthritis pain, constipation and solve many skin problems like pimples and the dark circles.
Steps for Water Therapy:
It has long been known that drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach purifies the body’s internal system. An especially important result of this treatment is that it cleanses the colon, which makes the body much more able to absorb nutrients from food. The technique of water therapy is very easy simply by maintaining following steps:
- One should take 6 glasses of water or 1.5 liters of water early in the morning in an empty stomach without taking breakfast or eating anything.
- Each glass of water should be taken at a stretch.
- After drinking the water, urinate 6 times in the first hour of the therapy.
- One should go to the washroom in every 10 minutes, without any delay.
- After this, one glass of lukewarm water should be taken with few drops of lemon added to it to increase the taste.
- Now one should wait for 15 minutes before taking the breakfast.
- Same schedule should be followed at night before going to bed.
Precautions for Water Therapy
There are certain things that should be kept in mind; otherwise, the results of water therapy will not be all that satisfactory. The routine cannot be broken for about 3 months. Someone might feel the sensation of vomiting but this is absolutely normal and no need to visit the doctor. During this water therapy, high-cholesterol food cannot be consumed. Along with this therapy, at least 8-12 glasses of water should be taken throughout the day. If water therapy is continued in this way, it will definitely give one beneficial results.