Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday left for Bengaluru to undergo a naturopathy treatment for diabetes and a chronic cough that he had been experiencing for the past few years.
The 47-year-old Kejriwal left for the Karnataka capital around 11 on Wednesday, and is expected to spend about 10 days at a popular naturopathy centre, where he will undergo intense treatment for his condition.
Bengaluru-based Jindal Naturecure Institute is a popular destination in the outskirts of the city for naturopathy. The Delhi CM had spent 12 days at the facility last year. He underwent treatment to control his abnormally high blood sugar levels and to cure his persistent cough.
According to the sources in the Delhi government, Kejriwal had benefitted from the therapy the last time.
The body’s self-healing characteristic is what practioners of naturopathy believe in and use to treat people suffering from various health conditions.
According to experts, naturopathy is one of the AYUSH (Ayurveda Yoga and Naturopathy Unani Siddha Homeopathy) systems of healing that revolves around five basic elements or panch mahabhut— earth, water, sun, air and ether.
“Naturopathy can treat lifestyle induced ailments that are even chronic in nature such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, upper respiratory tract infection and skin diseases, etc. We do not treat accident cases or infectious diseases,” says Dr Rukamani Nair, medical superintendent, Bapu Nature Cure Hospital and Yogashram, in Mayur Vihar, Phase-I.
Naturopaths believe that 99% of the diseases are caused by the violation of natural laws that include lack of self-control, ignorance and indulgence, and what naturopathy does is help undo the results.
“The therapy is about detoxifying the body and taking people back to basics. We don’t use any medicines or chemicals. Normally 10 days is enough for people to be relieved of their symptoms but 36 hours is enough to start showing results,” says Dr SK Mundra, an expert in naturopathy at west Delhi’s Santosh Bio-Dynamic Naturecure and Yog.
Mud represents earth and people are given mud therapy that includes mud bath, mud packs, mud massage, etc. In winters, warm mud is applied. Mud therapy is used for chronic gastric ailments, skin diseases, etc.
Also known as hydrotherapy. Water is one of the major components . People are made to drink water, sit in hot/cold water, take steam bath, etc.
Panchmahabhut is known as five elements. They are ...
PRUTHVI MAHABHUT ⇒ Earth represents the solid state of matter in the planet. It symbolizes stability, permanence and rigidity. The human body consists of bones, teeth, cells and tissues, as the manifestations of the earth. Earth is regarded as a stable substance. Talking about human being, stability is the prerequisite for leading a healthy life, which is focused by Ayurveda.
AKASH MAHABHUT ⇒ Ether is described as the space, in which, everything happens. All matter exists in space. Ether is the distance that separates matter. Space is everywhere and touches everything. It is the receptivity and non-resistance to what is true. Talking about the human body, space is the considered as the vessel that receives all impressions. In the heart, it is believed that space accepts love.
VAYU MAHABHUT ⇒ Air One of the forms of the pancha bhutam - air - is mobile and dynamic. Within the human body, air is present in the form of oxygen, which is the basis for all energy transfer reactions. Existent without form, air is the prerequisite for fire to burn. Talking about the human body, air is indirectly required to produce energy, which is the basic requisite for one’s survival. Air is also the basic element of Ayurveda.
TEJ MAHABHOOT ⇒ Fire In order to convert solids into liquids, to gas and back again to the original state, a certain amount of power is required, which is provided by fire. Fire has the power to change the state of any substance. In human body, fire is present in the form of energy that binds atoms together, converts food to fat and muscle. In addition, fire creates impulses of nervous reactions and even our thought process.
JAL MAHABHOOT ⇒ Water The liquid state is represented by water, another element of Ayurveda. Water is the prerequisite for the survival of living creatures, including humankind. About 70% of human body is made up of water, the very important liquid that is required for smooth functioning. In addition to water, fluids including our blood and lymph move between our cells and through our vessels, thereby providing us the energy required. The body temperature is also regulated. Water is a form without stability.