This article throws light upon the top seven natural cure methods to keep a man healthy. The methods are: 1. Acupuncture 2. Acupressure/Reflexology 3. Magneto-Therapy 4. Spinal Bath 5. Nature Cure through Sniffing Powder 6. Sleep 7. Auto-Urine Therapy.
It is necessary to understand the underlying principles of this Chinese system.
According to this philosophy, there exist two types of forces in this universe:
(i) Unifying forces.
(ii) Opposing forces.
The different combination of these forces determines the health of an individual. Medicine is required to correct the imbalance created by opposite forces.
As per this system, it is required to maintain a balance between sympathetic and para-sympathetic divisions of autonomic nervous system. In human body numerous homeostatic mechanisms exist which regulate respiration, heart rate, blood pressure etc. According to this system human body is criss-crossed by a network of pathways called meridians through which life force flows.
It is a balance between:
(a) Yin – passive force.
(b) Yang – active force.
When the balance is upset, the meridians get blocked and illness follows. Acupuncture is designed to open-up these blockages. The science consists of inserting the tips of needles into the skin at specific points to stimulate ‘nerve’ impulses. In human body there are about 2000 acupuncture points and the meridians flow through the organs, nerves, brain, skin and respiration system.
Apart from the central and governing meridians there are channels which are bilateral. Yin meridians run from the toes upwards and Yang meridians run from the head and fingertips downwards. Needles, vacuum-cups and gentle thumb massage stimulate flow of lymphatic fluids and release toxins from the muscles.
Acupuncture is considered to be an effective anesthetic because the needles stimulate the release of endorphins (the brains natural painkillers) and jam the central nervous system which prevents pain signals from reaching the brain.
As per this system vital energy flows from channels and organs. By deficiency or blockage of vital energy it is not only the channels or organs but also the preceding and subsequent channels get affected thereby creating diseases.
In this process stimulation is done to remove these blockages. It is thus an important system which can be used as effective medium of relaxation. This system helps in increasing body resistance to fight against all infections. It is thus a system which can be used as effective medium for relaxation. It also increases tension bearing capacity of a person by making him more relaxed and disease free.
Natural Cure Method # 2. Acupressure/Reflexology:
As per Dr. Fitzgerald, father of this therapy, electric current (chetna), passes through whole body and if any part of the body is not receiving such currents then pain/disease will develop at that point. Switch-boards of these currents for all parts of the body are said to be in two palms and two soles of the feet.
As per the principles of this therapy, body can be divided into ten vertical zones running through it like stripes starting from the head and terminating at fingers of hand and toes.
All reflex points exist in palms and soles of feet. As this therapy deals with all the reflex points it is called Reflexology. This therapy is also called acupressure because in this technique pressure is given for 10-15 minutes daily at a point for few days to re-charge the electric current of that part of the body where disease is reflected.
As per this therapy, foot massage does relieve tension and is a good treatment for sleeplessness. For nervous tension, this therapy suggests clasping of hands tightly, interlocking the fingers, then with left hand fingers pressed on back side of right hand and then with right hand pressed on the back side of the left hand.
The treatment is given for two-three minutes and if repeated for four or five times a day, it helps in overcoming nervous tension. Such treatment, if done for 5-10 minutes at night before going to bed helps ensure good sleep and cure insomnia.
All diseases produce tension and this therapy helps in curing various diseases by making the life current pass in the whole body. This therapy can be said to increase tension- bearing capacity of a person.
Natural Cure Method # 3. Magneto-Therapy:
Magneto-therapy is one of the systems of treatment of various diseases through the application of magnets. Each magnet has two poles, viz., north and south. The North Pole is believed to kill germs and it stops the development of bacteria. The South Pole generates heat and provides energy and warmth to various parts of the body and helps in removing pain and swelling, rigidity and stiffness of any part of body.
By this therapy, the functioning of various systems of the body viz., circulatory, digestive, nervous, respiratory and urinary can be regulated and controlled, and thereby functioning defects of the body can be reduced.
The main principle of magneto-therapy and its advantages are as under:
(a) Blood veins are spread throughout the body and blood contains haemoglobin which in turn contains elements of iron. By the use of magnet all parts of body can be affected because of the elements of iron.
(b) By the use of magnets over different parts of body, beneficial effect on human metabolism can be produced.
(c) By the use of magnets, blood clotting or clogging can be removed as it makes circulatory system more effective. Use of magnet removes calcium, cholesterol and other deposits from the body and cleans the blood.
(d) The magnetic waves produce heat which helps in removing pain and swelling from the body.
(e) By the use of magnets beneficial effect on the working of autonomic nervous system and internal organs, can be achieved.
(f) By the use of magnets, secretions of hormones can be controlled.
(g) The magnetic treatment works wonderfully in the growth of cells, rejuvenation of tissues and in increasing the number of new blood corpuscles.
(h) This system improves the self-curative faculty, viz., homeostasis of the body.
(i) This system removes fatigue and nervousness.
The various beneficial effects that this system produces helps a person to live healthy to enjoy the life by building self-confidence and helps in increasing the tension bearing capacity of a person to meet various challenges of the life.
The magnetic treatment has been duly supported by Dr. Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy medicine, by the use of whole magnet which is magnetic poliambo and the same covers 397 symptoms. Medicine prepared from North Pole covers 459 symptoms. Medicine prepared from South Pole is magnet’s polus asutrails which covers 387 symptoms.
Natural Cure Method # 4. Spinal Bath:
Naturopathy approach emphasises the need to keep the head cool and feet warm to keep oneself healthy. This approach requires even distribution of body heat to all parts of the body to maintain and improve vitality of the body and mind. This technique produces soothing effect on nervous system and helps in reducing tension.
In this, an individual lies down in a tub with head on one side of tub and buttocks on the other side of the tub and feet are kept outside the tub. In this bath, cold water is poured into the tub and the individual remains in the tub for 15 to 30 minutes though adequate care should be taken to cover upper portion of the body with blanket, if the weather so demands.
Spinal bath helps to cool central part of the body, i.e. belly and if it is followed by head bath in which head and face are cooled by pouring cold water for 10-20 minutes. This head bath helps in cooling the brain. Such system of bath acts as health promoting measure for busy executives and helps them to relieve the tension through this method.
Natural Cure Method # 5. Nature Cure through Sniffing Powder:
One gram each of coriander seeds, jayphal, black pepper, nausadar (Ammonium Chloride) when grinded and strained through fine cloth to get their uniform mixture and the same is taken as sniffing powder helps in soothing the brain nerves and works as a tonic for tension-reduction.
Natural Cure Method # 6. Sleep:
Sleep is a natural device which rejuvenates the whole body to allow it to function more efficiently physiologically during wakefulness. In sound sleep one gets rest and there is direct access to the source of life. It is necessary to know that one spends one third of one’s life time in bed for relaxation by way of sleep.
Inadequate sleep has a direct bearing on a person’s competence in dealing with stressful situation. Rejuvenation process of sound sleep has both physiological and psychological effect. This process affects continuously even in dream which apparently relieves one of mental tension, fatigue and stress.
In terms of research works of Hattman, (1964), lot of physiological and bio-chemical changes take place during sleep that are believed to allow the body to throw out fatigue and physical tension and stress.
Sleep gives rest to our tired muscles and rebuilds body tissues. Its main beneficiary is brain, the most busy and complex part of one’s body. It brings a temporary measure of peace by shutting out for a while the mental hubbub of life.
As sleep has a direct bearing on the competence of a person in dealing with stressful situation, it is necessary to understand the basic principles which help in promoting quality sleep to get maximum recouping of energy during sleep.
1. One should go to bed with relaxed body and mind, free from feeling of mental and physical discomforts.
2. One should spend preceding 5-6 hours before sleep in a constructive way which should give happiness and self-satisfaction to the person concerned.
An important principle that can be derived from sleep is that when one breathes through belly one experiences relaxed state of mind as compared to when one breathes through chest. Tension bearing capacity of a person can be increased by having qualitative sleep.
Though sleep can be induced by medicine but it is better to enjoy natural sleep as medicine creates its own side effects and benefits of artificial sleep cannot be matched with natural sleep.
Natural Cure Method # 7. Auto-Urine Therapy:
This traditional therapy has been widely discussed over 107 sholakas (verses) in ancient Sanskrit in, The Damar Tabtua as expounded by Lord Shiva to his Divine Consort, the Goddess Parvati. As suggested in this book, it is heavenly nectar which is capable of destroying senility and disease.
Dr. Jon Amstrong of America has re-established credibility of auto-urine therapy by his wide spread work in the beginning of this century.
The results arrived at after his intensive researches can be summed up as follows:
1. The body begins to absorb more oxygen from the atmosphere after the commencement of auto-urine therapy, and the metabolic reactions are speeded up. The results of a large number of experiments support this conclusion.
2. The commencement of auto-urine therapy is invariably followed by a slow but definite increase in the number of red blood corpuscles in and the haemoglobin content of the blood. Dr. Dharmadhikari believes that these changes in the body functions play a very important part in curing disorders.
In the book ‘Yoga’ published by the Bihar School of Yoga, Monghyr, a knowledgeable and learned doctor has ascribed the efficacy of urine to the following reasons:
1. Urine supplements the essential nutrients and makes up the deficiency of any nutrient in the body.
2. Urine contains highly active enzymes that have a salutary effect on all the physiological reactions taking place in the body.
3. Urine contains valuable salts necessary for the body. It has the well-known and widely used twelve salts to cure any and every disease.
4. The hormones contained in urine are of great benefit to the body.
5. Urine possesses bacteriocidal properties. It therefore destroys the disease-causing bacteria in the body especially those infesting the digestive tract.
6. The substances present in the urine augment and sharpen the body’s natural powers of resistance to diseases.
7. The substance called ‘urea’ present in urine is a diuretic and increases the efficiency of the kidneys.
8. Urine is a tonic that strengthens the body, and an ‘elixir, that confers longevity.
Ayurveda and other ancient works on medicinal science have accorded their approval to the drinking of urine as a therapeutic measure. Ayurveda regards urine as is effective antidote against harmful confluence of excesses of the three humours.
According to the researches done by the advocates of this therapy, urine consumption promotes the generation of antibodies that helps in overcoming disorders by increasing resistance power in body. Auto-urine therapy helps in overcoming common disorders like colds and coughs, and acute disorders like fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, severe coughs, constipation.
It acts powerfully in the disorders of digestive system, respiratory system, genital system, circulatory system and urinary system. Though self-urine is not advisable in disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney failure.