Naturopathy Treatments in India :
Naturopathy Treatments in India are mushrooming in large numbers and especially the metropolitan cities. Most of them follow a similar routine for treating the common ailments. For instance, strictly vegetarian food is served in all of them, as per the doctor or dietician’s prescription. None of the centers allow patients to bring in food from outside. Alcohol, smoking, chewing tobacco, and the consumption of tea, coffee, and non-vegetarian foods are forbidden in all the centers.
All the naturopathy centers require the visitor (patient) to stay on campus, for a duration that depends upon the nature of his or her complaint. Some naturopathy centers prescribe a minimum stay of ten days, as they say that no significant effect can be observed within a shorter period. Charges vary, depending upon the kind of room the visitor prefers, with choices ranging from a dormitory to an entire cottage. In between these two rates are the various options like a single room, an executive room, a cottage or a hut.
Apart from the charges for the accommodation, food and treatment charges are extra. Treatment charges very depending upon the complexity of treatment warranted by the specific ailment. Children below fifteen years of age are not allowed inside these centers nor are pregnant women. Patients should be able to walk at least 1 km without support to gain admission here. Whether it is treatment that suits the more spiritually inclined, with yoga and meditation forming an important part of the day’s routine, or more modern equipment like saunas and whirlpool baths that take one’s fancy, one can choose from many naturopathy centers in India
Naturopathy believes :
“All healing powers are within your body.” Since we fall ill only when we go against Nature, the cause of diseases (toxins) is expelled from the body to cure it. Fasting has been described as Nature’s way to recover. A thorough rest, which includes fasting, is the most favourable condition in which an ailing body can purify and recoup itself.
Rishikesh in India is called the yoga capital of the world and there are many ashrams in Rishikesh offering courses on meditation, yoga and Hindu philosophy. The International Yoga Festival is organized every year from February 2 to 7 by the state tourism. Kerala, in the southernmost tip of India, is noted, among many other things, for its Ayurvedic resorts that draw a large number of tourists every year.
The treatments provided by these resorts have become so popular that the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has started a ‘Monsoon Rejuvenation’ Package that combines sightseeing tours with Ayurvedic massages and treatment. The Ayurvedic treatments are considered most effective after the karkadam or monsoon months because during this period the body has less heat and hence is most responsive to treatments.
The treatments are variously divided into rejuvenative, preventive, and curative. The most common rejuvenative therapy is the herbal oil massage, where two oils are selected according to one’s body constituency. The massage tones up the whole body and, if followed by a steam bath ( in water mixed with herbal powers ), it makes one feel fresh and invigorating. Most Ayurvedic regulars have this massage once a week and swear by its rejuvenative qualities.
Natural Treatment :
There are several naturally found materials in India that offer economical natural treatments through naturopathy. Some of these are the lemon, milk and salt.
Lemon and Naturopathy :
For cough, cold and fever, lemon is very effective. Squeeze a lemon in a glass full of water and drink repeatedly. This will cure all of the three ailments. But if the fever is high and makes one thirsty, boil the water. This will bring down the fever and reduce the thirst. If the cold is severe, it can be added to the required amount of honey in the above mixture. Another very beneficial method is as follows: cut a lemon in half, add in it salt, ground black pepper and powdered molasses.
Heat this and squeeze the juice directly on the tongue. To remove the freckles on the face, rub a piece of lemon on them and they will lighten considerably. Sprinkling a little alum on the lemon works wonders for the complexion. Rubbing half a lemon on the teeth not only makes the teeth shiny and bright but will also cure bad breath. To reduce the body weight adds a little salt and one lemon to 350 ml of lukewarm water and drink daily on an empty stomach. You can also substitute honey to salt.
Milk and Naturopathy :
Milk should ideally be consumed in the morning since it is believed that the heat of the sun helps in digestion of milk. Adding sugar to milk is very harmful since it not only induces phlegm, it also destroys the calcium content in it. It should be drunk at room temperature if possible. However, if one prefers warm milk, then do not overheat it.
Overheating destroys all its beneficial elements. For the sweetening of milk and easy digestion, one can add honey to it. If one is suffering from cough, constipation, diarrhea, stomachache, or indigestion, he / she should avoid consumption of milk. For acidity, drink cold milk twice a day. For hiccups, it is advised to warm a glass of milk and drink. In addition, for tiredness, a glass of warm milk will prove effective. For wrinkles, pimples and blemishes, warm milk can be applied.
After half an hour, wash the face with clean water. One has to do it regularly before sleeping at night; then it will solve the problem and improve the complexion. Adding a little saffron to a spoonful of fresh milk and applying it on the lips will cure their darkness and make them softer. If one is suffering from an itchy rash, add a little water to some milk and apply on the rash with cotton wool and then wash. It will stop the itch and cure the rash.
Salt and Naturopathy :
Salt is good only in small quantities and rock salt is better than sea salt. Eating excessive salt weakens the gums and is also the cause of body odor. Due to excessive consumption of salt, body cells die, and when these dead cells come out through the pores with perspiration, the odor is very strong and foul. To help the situation, one can consume salt in very small quantities. Salt is very drying; hence, excessive amounts of salt will cause unnatural thirst. But it can be very beneficial as well.
In a headache, keep a pinch of salt on the tongue or smell a mixture of three grams of salt in one-fourth cup of water. For a stomachache, mix half a spoon salt in a glass of hot water and drink. This will not only cure the pain but will also remove the cause of the pain. For softening the skin, wet the skin and take a fistful of salt and rub in circular motions and then wash. It is advised to do it once a week and it will slough off dead skin, thus making it soft. For cracking heels or rough feet, soak the feet in warm water by adding some salt to it.