Naturopathy: Panchamahabootas and its Representation in Human Body

Naturopathy: Panchamahabootas and its Representation in Human Body

Dr.Prashanth Shetty profile Authored by Dr.Prashanth Shetty on 22 Jan 2015 - 10:43.

The Eliminatory Organs of the Human Body:

The excretory system is a passive biological system that removes excess, unnecessary, or dangerous materials from an organism, so as to help maintain homeostasis within the organism and prevent damage to the body.

It is responsible for the elimination of the waste products of metabolism, as well as other liquid and gaseous wastes. As most healthy functioning organs produce metabolic and other wastes, the entire organism depends on the function of this system; however, only the organs specifically meant for the excretion process are considered a part of the excretory system.

Unity of disease and unity of cure

A close resemblance exists between the mechanism and the functions of a wrist watch and those of the human body. Their well-being is subject to similar underlying laws and principles. Both, watch and a human body may function abnormally as a result of accidental injury or unfavorable external conditions, such as extreme heat or cold, etc. However, in our present study of the causes of disease, we shall not consider accidental injury and hostile environment, but confine ourselves to causes arising within the organism itself.

The watch may cease to vibrate in accord with the harmonics of our planetary universe for several reasons. It may lose time or stand still because the wound spring has spent its force, or its parts are not made up of the right constituents, or foreign matter clogs or corrodes its mechanism.

Causes of Diseases: Similarly, there exist three primary causes of disease and premature death of the human body. These are as follows:

  • Lowered vitality
  • Abnormal composition of blood and lymph
  • Accumulation of morbid matter and poisons

In the ultimate, disease and everything else that we designate as evil, are the result of transgressions of natural laws in thinking, breathing, eating, dressing, working, resting, as well as in moral, sexual, and social conduct.

Toxins, free radicals and antioxidants:

We live in a toxic environment. No matter where we live or how careful we are, we cannot avoid environmental toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink -- all over the planet. What is particularly worrying is the exposure to high levels of pesticides in our homes, considerably higher than the levels we are exposed to outdoors.

Free radicals are produced when our cells create energy and when we are exposed to pollutants or toxins such as cigarette smoke, alcohol, or pesticides. If allowed to go unquenched, free radicals can cause damage to the body's cells. The cells that line the arteries, the fat cells in the blood, the immune cells, and so on, can all be affected by free radicals. And because of this, free radical damage (or oxidation) has been linked to the formation of every degenerative disease known, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, and the ageing process itself.

Free radicals are unstable chemicals formed in the body during normal metabolism or exposure to environmental toxins such as pollutants in air, food, and water. Free radicals help our bodies to generate energy and fight infections; but when we have too many free radicals they attack healthy cells, causing them to age prematurely. The action of rust is probably the best analogy of how excess free radicals work in our body.

We are being constantly exposed to increasing amounts of free radicals due to increasing environmental toxins in our living and working environments. At the same time, our intake of protective cell pigments is decreasing. Free radicals are known to cause or exacerbate most (and especially chronic) diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, macular degeneration and cataracts.

Aging: Free radical damage, mutates the body's future DNA and RNA cell blueprint message, by pairing with electrons in the DNA chains, ultimately leading to cellular electronic imbalance. Inevitable blurring of the DNA and RNA blueprint will occur as mutated cells replicate —this is aging.

Cancer: In other cases, excess free radical damage can cause DNA messages to accelerate the cell division process into a state of panic, whereby DNA are unable to withstand the rate of degeneration — this is cancer.

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our food which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. Phytonutrients act as antioxidants which help form the body's defense against free radical damage to cells.

Eliminative Organs:

There are four eliminative organs such as skin, lungs, kidney and bowels to eliminate toxins produced in the body.

Skin: The skin is the body’s largest organ, with an estimated size of 2 square yards. In order for the process to work efficiently, proper care must be taken to ensure that the skin is healthy and uncongested. If the skin is not performing its role of eliminating harmful materials, there can be a buildup of uric acid and other harmful elements under the skin.

The condition of skin is largely related to the inner health and diet of the individual. Adopting a lifestyle and dietary changes that support internal health helps considerably in optimizing the skin’s function and allowing it to appear its best.

Factors affecting elimination through skin:

  • Air Conditioner
  • Lack of exercise
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Less intake of water

Nature-cure treatments:

  • Steam bath
  • Sauna bath
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Mud bath
  • Water treatments
  • Full wet sheet pack


The lung is the essential respiratory organ in many air-breathing animals. Its principal function is to transport oxygen from the atmosphere into the bloodstream, and to release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream into the atmosphere.

Pollutants such as chemicals produced from vehicles, homes, businesses, roads, farming, foods, cleaning products, smoke, dirt and dust can be absorbed directly via the lungs into the bloodstream. Cells that line our airways are damaged, making it more difficult for the bronchi in our lungs to absorb the oxygen we need. Other factors that may also affect mucous production in our lung tissue include stress, anxiety, and a consistently poor diet.

Factors affecting elimination from the lungs:

  • Faulty breathing habits
  • Air pollution
  • Smoking
  • Industrial pollution
  • Smoke from vehicles in metropolitan cities

Nature cure treatments:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Chest pack
  • Steam inhalation
  • Regular breathing habits
  • Pure oxygen zone
  • Spinal bath

Large intestine: The large intestine (or "large bowel") is the third-to-last part of the digestive system. Its function is to absorb water from the remaining indigestible food matter, and then to pass waste material from the body. The large intestine is about 4.9 feet (1.5 m) long.

The large intestine takes about 16 hours to finish up the remaining processes of the digestive system. Food is no longer broken down at this stage of digestion. The colon absorbs vitamins, which are created by the colonic bacteria — such as vitamin K, vitamin B12, thiamine and riboflavin.

Causes of indigestion:

Causes of stomach upset are overeating and eating foods that may not agree with the stomach. Undercooked and some types of foods make the stomach work twice as hard, making it difficult for the stomach to break them down. Some people may have problems eating certain types of foods that cause increased acid production.

Overeating also causes indigestion. There is just too much food so that your stomach cannot digest everything. Meals that are not taken at regular times also cause indigestion.

Psychological factors such as stress can also cause indigestion. Smoking and drinking alcohol also cause stomach upsets. Cigarettes and alcohol contain chemicals that may irritate the stomach and cause people to suffer indigestion.

Factors affecting the elimination from bowels:

  • Modern eating habits
  • Excessive intake of non-vegetarian food
  • Overeating and irregular food habits
  • Fast foods and bakery items
  • Salted, colored, seasoned, fried, stored, frozen, tinned foods and stimulants
  • Excessive use of palm oil, coconut oil, vanaspathi (hydrogenated oil), etc.
  • Excessive use of ghee (clarified butter) and cheese
  • Excessive use of sweets and maida (refined wheat flour) products

Nature cure treatments:

  • Juice therapy
  • Hip bath
  • Mud pack
  • Gastro-hepatic pack
  • Partial massages
  • Enema
  • Colon hydrotherapy

Kidney: The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs in the abdomen that form part of the urinary tract. They are responsible for filtering waste products and useful chemicals from your blood and eliminating the waste products into the urine. Without the kidneys, waste products and toxins would build up to dangerous levels in the blood and damage your body. The kidneys also regulate the body's level of necessary substances like water, sodium, and potassium.

The correct balance of such substances is vital for the body to function healthily, but excess amounts can be harmful. In addition to removing wastes, the kidneys are also responsible for releasing vital hormones.

  • Rennin is an important hormone for regulating salt levels and blood pressure.
  • Erythropoietin is vital in the process of red blood cell formation in the bone marrow.
  • The kidneys also produce the biologically active form of vitamin D, which is used for absorbing calcium and maintaining the health and strength of bones.

Factors affecting elimination from kidneys:

  • Adulterated food and drinks
  • Less intake of water
  • Drugs (capsules and injections)
  • Alcohol

Nature cure treatments:

  • Fruits and vegetable juices
  • Diuretics
  • Ample water intake
  • Hip bath
  • Kidney pack





*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.