Yoga is one of the six systems of Indian ancient medicinal Philosophy. The word "Yoga" originates from the Sanskrit root "Yuj" which means union. On the spiritual plane it means the union of the Individual self with the Universal self. Yogic science does not tell you what to do and what not to do; but it teaches you how to be. Yoga is not only a science but an art of living which works on all aspects of an individual and is a complete system of culture and education for the body, mind, emotion and intellect. The practice of Yoga helps anyone to gain good health, mental peace, emotional equanimity and intellectual clarity with a healthy body, clean mind and pure emotion. The practitioner can learn to perfect/excel in his chosen career. Maharishi Patanjali is regarded as "The Father of Yoga". Patanjali identified all the teachings in the Vedas about mind and presented them in a precise and organized form called "Yoga"
Hydrotherapy helps in cleansing and healing the body through enema, different baths, and compresses at different temperatures; hot, cold, neutral or alternate. In general, hot relaxes and cold tones up. Drinking water is also good for us. It is an essential nutrient; it improves circulation, muscle tone, and helps in eliminating toxins from the body. Natural sources of water like a clean stream also contain pranas. (जल तत्त्व)
Diet and Nutrition
Natural Nutrition in the form of whole grains and sprouts, seeds and nuts, vegetables and fruits, and small quantities of unrefined natural oils, nourishes the body properly. Nutrition depends on the food that we take, whether in solid, liquid or gaseous form. Oxygen and water are the topmost essential nutrients for human body. We have all heard of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins. All of them have different functions and all are needed in specific proportions (as a building needs specific and quality materials in certain proportions for it to be strong and lasting, so does our body). Why natural nutrition? It is for two reasons; one, natural products have these nutrients sufficiently; two, our system is such that natural nutrients are absorbed easily and happily by the system. When we take synthetic nutrients, our system reads them as chemicals and is therefore, reluctant to accept them. Once the foods have been refined or processed, they lose most of the nutrients. Thus we only appease our hunger without supplying what is actually needed by the body; the body remains hungry for what it needs. Deficiencies caused by improper eating habits are one of the major causes of disease as the systems are not able to function properly, thus leading to a diseased state. (पृथिवी तत्त्व)
Magneto therapy is based on the theory that since all living beings exist in earth's magnetic field (the reason why a compass always rests in north- south direction) it has a specific influence on the human body. The human body also has its own magnetic field, an electromagnetic energy field. In case of any disorder/complaint in the body, this energy field gets disturbed. The purpose of magneto therapy is to correct this and restore it to its normal condition which has a direct impact on the physical health. Also, we know that our blood contains iron, and blood is everywhere in the body in blood vessels and capillaries; one can only guess that blood circulation might get affected as there is iron content in blood, increasing blood circulation to the area where a magnet is applied; or it could be that due to the presence of the magnet, there is an ion exchange in blood causing increased blood flow leading to more oxygen to the area which is helpful in the healing process. Whatever the reason, magneto therapy has shown positive results as a supportive therapy along with nature cure, especially in chronic diseases to relieve pain and to accelerate the process of tissue healing. Depending on the condition, sometimes electric magnets are also used to intensify the effect.
Acupressure and acupuncture recognize the presence of life-force in the body flowing in invisible (subtle) channels in the body called as meridians. The term they use for life-force is chi or ki (we call it prana, and call the meridians as nadis). Similar to our understanding, obstruction in the flow of life-force is the cause of disease/discomfort according to them also. Acupressure and acupuncture are techniques to restore unobstructed flow of life force in meridians in the body and regain health. The basic difference between the two is that in acupressure only pressure is applied to certain points in the body, in acupuncture needles are inserted at certain points. Usually one needs many sessions for it to be effective. Combined with nature cure where cleansing of the body is also happening simultaneously, it becomes much more effective and beneficial. Not only does it produce results in the body, it works on the mind as well. It is helpful in treating anxiety, insomnia, stress etc as it helps relieve the nerves and mind besides physical ailments connected to different organs.
Massage is an important treatment. It is a sort of passive exercise. As in exercise, here too, the blood circulation increases, the stagnant venous blood is pushed out of blood vessels and capillaries in tissues. They receive fresh, pure blood that is full of nutrients and oxygen, so the tissues are rejuvenated, the cells become healthier. Cells are like the bricks in a building; healthy cells mean healthy organs and healthy body. Muscles become stronger and more active. The health of skin also improves as friction increases blood supply to it. During massage, endorphins are released by the brain, central nervous system and the pituitary gland; these are natural pain killers, stress busters and have a soothing effect on nerves and brain. That is why, after a massage the body and mind both become relaxed and refreshed. It is especially good for bed ridden patients who cannot take any other form of exercise. Patients with hypertension should avoid vigorous massage; a light massage with movements away from the heart can be taken though.
Physiotherapy is a way of treating disease, injury or deformity by physical methods without using medicines. In some cases massage is beneficial, sometimes mechanical force is used; certain movements are repeated or certain manipulations are done to improve the condition. These may be preceded or followed by hot fomentation or cold applications depending upon the condition. Certain exercises are prescribed for long term effects, all without the use of harmful drugs. These days, use of infra red radiation to relax and heal, ultra sonic therapy to heal internal injury, IFT, vibration, and traction etc (all being non-invasive techniques) has also been included. Sometimes after healing of a fracture hot wax treatment is given to relax the tissues before taking exercise to regain movement.