Naturopathy | Spinal manipulation and massage

To be strictly correct, these belong to the closely associated fields of osteopathy and chiropractic. They are commonly used as an adjunct in naturopathic practices. In theory, a basic requirement for the proper function of any organ is that it receives its normal nerve supply from the central nervous system. If the nerve supply is blocked at any point, such as by pinching due to misaligned spinal vertebrae, then the organ to which this nerve force was directed suffers abnormal function and as a result may move into a diseased state. In such a case, it is commonly found:


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Naturopathy | Fasting

This is a very powerful cleansing technique but should be used with care. A fast can extend anywhere from one day to about six weeks. The most powerful, but also the most difficult, is the water fast. Next in strength is the juice fast and then the so-called, mono-diet. Fasting relies on the body having sufficient vitality to initiate its own cleansing process once the digestive load is removed, for digestion is a process which requires considerable energy. The larger or more indigestible the meal, the more energy is required by the intestines to secrete digestive enzymes and to absorb and transport the digested food through the intestinal wall. The intestines, in common with all mucus membranes, can be used as an eliminative organ as well as an assimilative one. That is, it can also secrete waste products of metabolism in the reverse direction, out of the bloodstream through the wall and into the intestinal tube. This will only occur when the digestive load is small or nil, so different types of fasts have different effects on the body.


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Naturopathy | Diet & Herbs

Diet

Signs of vitamin and mineral deficiency are noted. These are given in tablet form, in natural preparations which the body can absorb easily without strain. Foods containing these missing factors are suggested to be included in the diet. Often an essential item is missing – a common one is unsaturated fatty acids. Often the diet is very high in acid forming foods (meat, dairy products, eggs, fish, grains) and low in alkaline forming foods (fresh raw fruit and vegetables) causing excessive waste build-up in the tissues. Even though adequate cell function can be restored by altering the diet, wastes must be cleared and organs (and often the whole body) revitalized. Often foods are not of sufficient energy content to do this and herbal remedies then find their usage.


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Topic 1 | Naturopathy | Part 2

The results of this disease process will show up in several ways. There will certainly be a drop in the efficiency of the organ. Everything it normally produces, essential to the wellbeing of the body (hormones, special nutrients, blood cells, etc.) will be produced in much smaller quantities. At this stage a person would notice a lowering of energy and loss of the feeling of well-being. As wastes and toxins build up, pain, fever and inflammation will occur. Fever and inflammation are in themselves quite useful devices. Fever raises body temperature, enabling wastes and toxins to be burned up, at the same time encouraging elimination by sweating. Some bacteria can live only in temperatures close to that of the normal body, and so the fever may effectively kill many kinds. Inflammation dilates blood vessels in the organ, giving increased blood supply of nutrients and rebuilding materials and allowing more efficient removal of toxins. At the same time, the blood immunity mechanism is activated and white blood cells are able to easily move in and reach the bacteria. By now the person would be well aware of a disease process, as there may even be severe reactions such as vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding, all of which are extreme reactions to a situation rapidly going out of control. At this point the disease process becomes acute and if major bleeding occurs unchecked, the whole vital process may cease. Vomiting and diarrhoea are not in themselves any great cause for alarm, as they are natural rejection processes and if they are allowed to continue, will do much to clear out the problem.


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Lesson 27 | Naturopathy | part 1

Kriya yoga is a rite, a ceremony, a method, a sadhana. It is an ancient, scientific and time-tested means to harmonize naturally occurring energies within the human framework so that they resonate with the more subtle underlying energies. It is a method of refining one’s physical, psychic and mental forces so that individual awareness can penetrate the depths of one’s nature. It systematically ‘sharpens the point’ of individual being.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

 

Topic 1 | Naturopathy | Part 1

Naturopathy is a system of medicine which aims at restoring health and eliminating disease


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Daily Practice Program | Nada Sanchalana

Now you should integrate kriya number 3, nada sanchalana, with the previous two kriyas from Lesson 25. The approximate time required for the three practices is about 21 minutes, which should leave spare time to practise other techniques. Carefully read our second discussion on kriya yoga and bear it in mind both during your daily program and in your day to day life.

In this lesson we have introduced antar mouna and described stage 1. If you have time try to practise it.

Practise and perfect either setu asana or chakrasana, according to your ability. If you can do chakrasana then there is no need to do setu asana; if you cannot do chakrasana, then practise setu asana as an alternative.


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Antar Mouna – Stage 1 Awareness Of Sense Perception | Technique

Sit in a steady and comfortable pose.

Keep the spine erect, but without strain.

Close your eyes and keep them closed for the whole practice.

Say to yourself: ‘Now I will start the practice of antar mouna.’

First of all be aware of your body.

Feel the sensations of touch – the pressure of your body against the ground, the sensation of the blanket wrapped around your shoulders and so forth.

Fix your whole attention on the sense of touch.

Do it intensely until you lose interest.

Then become aware of the outside environment.


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