This article is the fourth in the series of Nature Cure or Naturopathy – An Introduction to Principles and Practices – Part I, Nature Cure or Naturopathy – An Introduction to Principles and Practices – Part II and Nature Cure or Naturopathy – An Introduction to Principles and Practices – Part IIII. As we mentioned at the end of Part III, conventional medicine and modern science do not accept the basic self-healing mechanism of the human body and its power in healing all physical afflictions to restore normal health. What is required is the employment of the right methods to allow the body to use its powerful healing mechanism to return to normalcy on its own, with complete avoidance of unnecessary or highly harmful external interventions, especially strong medications or use them very sparingly and with great care.
The major problem with the modern system of medicine lies in its basic approach of diagnosing symptoms of diseases and treating the symptoms without ascertaining the real causes of the diseases, which invariably suppresses the underlying causes of the diseases temporarily. Most modern drugs, antibiotics and medications only result in hindering, slowing down or totally negating the self-healing mechanism of the human body. This not only makes recovery from the diseases much more difficult, but many of the drugs are themselves toxic to the human body, resulting in harmful side effects. To solve this problem, even more potent drugs are administered by modern medicine, thus building a huge pyramid of wrong treatment. The body slowly deteriorates and withers away under the effect of these drugs.
Further, it has been already proven beyond any doubt that most germs, bacteria and viruses have become completely immune to several generations of medications and their power of immunity keeps growing with the invention and administration of new and even more powerful generations of medications that cause still greater harm instead of solving the basic problems. In fact, a renowned physician and surgeon, Sir William Osler, commented that a patient is forced to recover twice when administered with modern drugs. According to him, the patient has to recover first from the disease itself and again from the effects of the drugs prescribed as a cure for the disease.
Drugs and physicians do not cure diseases as Hippocrates emphatically pointed out. They only change the patterns of the diseases. Further, modern drugs also lead to dietary deficiencies due to their power to destroy essential nutrients, use them up quickly and prevent their slow but steady absorption into the body system. Additionally, they produce toxicity inside the body when the body is in a least condition of coping with such toxicity. Restoration of health to normalcy is possible only by nature and natural methods and not by drugs. Another major distinction exists between modern medicine and nature cure. The former treats each type of disease as an individual or a separate entity, immediately assuming that specific drugs will cure that disease.
On the other hand, nature cure considers the body as a complete and comprehensive system and strives to restore harmony in each and every part of the human body system, dealing with the body of the patient as a whole, instead of treating the body in separate parts. This approach is logical because it should be apparent by now that each part of the body is closely interlinked with every other part. Naturally, diseases cannot be treated and cured completely if only one or two parts are tackled with, having no consideration or thought for the other interlinked or interrelated parts of the body.
Further, nature cure not only treats ailments or disorders after they set in but lays very high emphasis on prevention of the diseases before they set in. Naturopathy offers measures that all human beings can adapt easily by changing their lifestyles and habits by tuning them to nature. Can there be any other easier way or method to attain a good health, maintain it and avoid diseases? Thus, this Nature Cure or Naturopathy – An Introduction to Principles and Practices – Part IV and the three previous parts in this series of articles should make it clear that nature cure or naturopathy is far superior to any other medical system. If you have any doubts, questions, clarifications or even suggestions on these four parts of nature cure presented by us, you are most welcome to contact us and we will respond immediately. Our subsequent articles will focus the various methods that nature cure adopts and explain each one in as much detail as possible.