Most ancient systems of medicine believed that a disease arrives when the connection between the natural energies and the human body snaps, leading to the disruption of the body’s self-healing capacity.
Last week, I elaborated on the healing power of air. This week I will focus on water, sunshine, heat and earth.
Two-thirds of the human body is water, and it’s an important healing force. Water can store temperature in the form of heat or cold and can be made to move to apply pressure on the muscles or skin.
Drink three glasses of water first thing in the morning. This simple technique helps heal diabetes, acidity, headaches, arthritis and indigestion.
Aquatic therapy: Exercise in water to help heal arthritis, osteoporosis, stiff joints and joint replacements.
Enema: Using plain water or herbal decoctions, enemas help sort out severe constipation, indigestion, weakness or paresis (partial paralysis) of the legs, menstrual disorders, as well as low fertility.
Hip bath: Cold and hot water are alternated in a hip bath to increase the blood supply in the pelvic area and help heal uterine disorders, fibroids, recurrent hernia, and prostrate problems.
Spinal bath: The patient lies down on a specially-constructed wooden bed in which a central column has been carved as a channel for alternate washes of hot and cold water, helping to heal neurological disorders like sciatica, severe headaches and paralysis of the legs.
Sunshine gives us vitamin D and was an integral part of all ancient systems of treatment. The standard treatment was a sunbath. Now, solar lamps, ultra violet rays and light-based treatments are used to treat skin disorders such as acne, eczema and jaundice among the new-born. Sunshine is useful in treating depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sleep disorders and circadian rhythm disorders.
Heat treatments help heal muscle stiffness, arthritis pain and many sports injuries.
Earth or mud contains minerals, making it ideal to treat skin, liver, intestine and pancreatic disorders when plastered on the abdomen in packs.
(The series is concluded)
From HT Brunch, August 14, 2016
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