Top 10 Basics of Naturopathy you Must Know

Understanding the Basics of Naturopathy

Dr.Uma Shankar Sharma profile Authored by Dr.Uma Shankar Sharma on 8 Jan 2015 - 08:55.

Naturopathy is a distinct system of primary health care, an art science philosophy which practices diagnosing, treating and preventing disease. Naturopathy physicians seek to restore and maintain optimum health. Naturopathy is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. It's diagnostic and therapeutic methods are diverse and will continue to evolve as knowledge of health and diseases expands. The following principles are the foundation for naturopathy practice.

Top 10 Basics of Naturopathy you Must Know

(1) The body heals itself

(2) The main cause of disease is enervation (fatigue and listlessness)

(3) Deposits of metabolic end-products in the body is disease

(4) Acute disease is a remedial process, rather a cure by itself

(5) Food does not increase vitality

(6) Fasting provides an opportunity for the body to heal itself

(7) Germs do not cause a disease but are found in the diseased conditions

(8) Exercise or physical activity keeps the balance between nutrition and drainage

(9) External medication give only symptomatic relief, does not cure

(10) Patient’s own will power, determination and faith are necessary for nature cure treatment

1. The body heals itself:

Healing means restoration to a normal condition or make a sick body healthy. Cure does not come from outside but from inside. Medication can only relieve symptoms, but not cure. A wound heals, broken bones knit, cuts heal, bleeding stops and fever comes and goes, body pains are sometimes more or at times less. Surgery is based on natural healing by the body itself. Surgeons have no influence on the healing mechanism.

2. The main cause of disease is enervation (fatigue of the nervous system):

Nervous system is made up of brain, spinal cord and motor and sensory nerves. When there is a fatigue in them, it is termed Enervation. It is also known as neurasthenia, nerve weakness, nervous break-down, depression or nervous debility.

The causes of Enervation:

  • Mental and psychological causes
  • Sensory excesses sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch
  • Excessive sensuality
  • Nerve leaks
  • Diet abuse
  • Bad habits
  • Bottled drinks
  • Lack of exercise
  • Social and financial causes
  • Lack of rest and sleep

3. Deposits of metabolic end products in the system is disease:

Diseases do not attack people. Diseases grow slowly within the body through continued abuses and toxin accumulation. Every disease, acute or chronic, develops from the accumulation of toxins and wastes in the body. The so called disease manifests in the form of symptoms (fever, pain, aches, mucus, flow, diarrhea etc.) which are normal restorative actions of the body until they degenerate into chronic structural defects.

      Five main types of waste matter  needs elimination from the body, which are:

  • Catabolic waste matter.
  • Waste matter of undigested and unassimilated food.
  • Waste matter due to infective live foreign bodies like germs and parasites.
  • Waste matter due to foreign substances which are dead.
  • Medicinal waste matter, if any.

4. Acute disease is a remedial process, a cure by itself:

Acute disease is the body’s natural and normal way of rapidly eliminating accumulated toxins and is a natural function of the body which may be expressed as fever; mucus flow, coughing, diarrhea, inflammation, headache, appetite loss, weakness, heaviness, desire to sleep, sore throat, muscular aches etc.

Acute disease should be permitted free expression without treatment or palliation or suppression. Fasting ensures rapid restoration of health. The instinct to sleep and fast during acute illness should be honored.

5. Food is a building material, does not increase vitality:

Food, after all, is a powerless substance to build flesh, blood, bones and nerves. Only a living breathing organism can convert it into a living tissue. Food is subordinate to life, to the force inherent in every living creature. It is this mysterious life force that decides which and how much of foods supplied to the body, shall be built up into body tissues, which suggests that it is the body, not food, which is more important.

6. Fasting does not cure disease but helps body to heal itself faster:

Fasting means there is no intake of food, except water. Fasting means absolute abstinence from food, drinks, smoking, sex, exertion etc. Drinking water as required by the body and resting to the maximum degree is fasting. Fasting provides rest physically, mentally, physiologically and by sensorium. It is total inactivity (as far as possible).

7. Germs do not cause disease but found in disease conditions:

Invasion of germs on the human body is called infection. Germs, per se are not causative factors of disease. The body has its own defenses and if germs enter the healthy body, they are immediately killed or made ineffective by the body. The body has ingenious series of defenses. Tonsils act as filter to protect the body from invasion of bacteria and aids in the formation of white blood cells which are body’s defenders. In spite of this, if the bacteria reach the stomach, they are destroyed by the chemicals in the stomach. Germs which get entry through the nose, is thrown out with a sneeze.

8. Exercise or physical activity keeps the balance between nutrition and drainage:

Life is activity and this activity is essential to build strength. Exercise is essential to development and maintenance of vital structures. Exercise is essential for development and maintenance of vital health.

9. External medication give only symptomatic relief but does not cure: Peacefulness and quietness of the mind play an important part in recovery. Mental satisfaction or auto suggestion is much more important than external treatment or activity. Human body is a very complex organism and it has not so far been understood well.

10. Patient’s own will power, determination and faith are necessary for nature cure treatment: People complain of aliments think they are destined to be sick all the time.  It is important to believe that health comes by healthful living and not through medicines.


Naturopathy was criticized for not having scientific verification. This is true. There is a dearth of the objective documentation of many of the basic naturopathic procedures, but there are many difficulties inherent in the currently acceptable research methods, as far as their application to natural therapeutics is concerned.

Now, the growing interest in natural health care has precipitated a need for both basic and clinical research in naturopathic medicine and yoga. The major goal of the present research has been to provide new insights through systematic observations and experimentation, into nature healing to provide empirical evidence.

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