The term ‘naturopathy’ is derived partly from a Latin word, ‘natura’, and partly from a Greek word, ‘pathos’, suggesting natural healing for all sufferings. The treatment of any health disorder in this system will be with or through nature. No drug is used, being unnatural and man made. According to naturopathy, when we use any drugs for healing, we actually take our body systems by surprise as the body cannot assimilate it naturally. On the contrary, in most cases, drugs suppress the body’s immune system and produce toxic side effects. At times, the side effects are more dangerous than the original disease for which the medicine was prescribed. Naturopathic practice, on the other hand, is based on a faith in the body’s ability to heal itself by the natural, internal healing process of the body.
The western naturopaths claim that Hippocrates, the ancient Greek “Father of Medicine”, is the first advocate of a naturopathic approach to healing. But Indian Naturopathy has derived its strength from India’s own medical treatise, Ayurveda, which is more than 5,000 years old. It believes that life is an intrinsic part of an all pervasive Nature, ruled by 5 Great Elements (Pancha Mahabhuta) – The Earth. Water, Fire, Air and Space, and human life is a product of this great cosmic design. The key to its survival, therefore, has to be sought in nature itself.
A vcnaturopathy consultation begins with a patient’s interview focusing on lifestyle, medical history, body language and emotional state as well as a physical examination. Doctors here will not prescribe drugs, but if one is using already, considering the health condition of the patient, doctors may help taper down the doses gradually and will integrate other conventional medical approaches such as acupuncture, physiotherapy, diet and lifestyle counseling with naturopathic treatments. Counseling includes making patients aware of the cause of illness.