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Know Your Body

Nature Cure is a system of building the entire being in harmony with the constructive principle in Nature on the physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of being.

The constructive principle in Nature is that principle which builds up, improves and repairs, which always makes for the perfect type, whose activity in Nature is designated as evolutionary and constructive and which is opposed to the destructive principle in Nature.

The destructive principle in Nature is that principle which disintegrates and destroys existing forms and types, and whose activity in Nature is designated as devolutionary and destructive.

You are unique, just like everyone else is unique. Every habit and every medicine creates different effect for everybody. So, your body is ‘one-of-a-kind’ universe and you can attain the supreme bliss of good health, only if you know your body.

Our body is made of a distinctive blend of three types of energies which the Ayurveda describes as ‘Doshas’. How these energies interact with each other, denotes your nature (Prakriti), health and well-being at large. They are ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’, and ‘Kapha’. If you can understand the nature of your body, it becomes relatively easy to attain good health and maintain it.

Primary and Secondary Causes of Disease....

Primary Causes

Lowered vitality due to overwork, nightwork, excesses, overstimulation, poisonous drugs and ill-advised surgical operations. Abnormal composition of blood and lymph due to the improper selection and combination of food, and especially the lack of organic mineral salts and other essential nutritional elements. Accumulation of waste matter, morbid matter and poisons due to the first two causes, as well as to faulty diet, overeating, the use of alcoholic and narcotic stimulants, drugs [both street and prescription], vaccines, accidental poisoning and, last but not least, to the suppression of acute diseases (Nature’s cleansing and healing efforts) by poisonous drugs and surgical operations.

Secondary Causes

Hereditary and constitutional taints of sycosis, scrofula, psora, syphilis; mercurianism, cinchonism, iodism and many other forms of chronic poisoning. Fevers, inflammations, skin eruptions, chronic sinus discharges, ulcers, abscesses, germs, bacteria, parasites, etc. Mechanical subluxations, distortions and displacements of bony structures, muscles and ligaments; weakening and loss of reason, will, and self-control resulting in negative, sensitive and subjective conditions which open the way to nervous prostration, control by other personalities (hypnotic influence, obsession, possession); the different forms of insanity, epilepsy, petit mal, etc.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine....

First, Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
Naturopathic physicians choose the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for each patient.

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
Naturopathic physicians choose the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for each patient.

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)
Naturopathic doctors identify, address and remove the underlying causes of disease.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Educating and supporting patients on personal health management is an important role for naturopathic doctors. They empower patients to take responsibility for their own health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum)
This is a holistic concept that recognizes the body as an integrated whole. Naturopathic doctors treat the patient, not the disease. A naturopathic assessment addresses the nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors in a person’s life.

Prevention (Praevenic)
Naturopathic doctors promote a focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

Understand the three ‘Doshas’ – ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’ & ‘Kapha’

As the modern science explains, everything in the Universe is made up of matter and energy. This fact has been underscored by the Ayurveda too. Ayurveda suggests that our body is made of the five basic elements or ‘Panch Mahabhoota’ which are Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Ether. And our body sustains life by maintaining the crucial energy balance through the interaction of these five elements. They are classified as the three ‘Doshas’.

VATA = Air + Ether ‘Vata’ principle is also known as the ‘Kind of the Doshas’. It represents the wind and space elements. The ‘Vata’ dosha is the driving force which dominates nerve impulses, blood circulation, respiration and elimination of wastes from the body. It governs everything related to various movements in the body viz. physical and psychological movements including breathing, heart beats, extension and contraction of muscles, etc.

PITTA = Fire + Water
‘Pitta’ principle is also known as ‘That which Digests’. ‘Pitta’ represents the amalgamation of fire and water elements. ‘Pitta’ is associated with body’s metabolism, temperature, and psychology. It controls the major functions of body like digestion and appetite, skin tone, sensory perception, thoughts and emotions. It is predominantly controls the functions of the liver, digestive system, senses, and brain.

KAPHA = Water + Earth
‘Kapha’ principle binds the entire body systems together and it is known as ‘heaviest of all three ‘Doshas’. It represents combination of earth and water elements. ‘Kapha’ controls and maintains the shape & structure, lubrication of the joints, growth of body tissues, and fertility. ‘Kapha’ exerts balance amongst the bodily fluids and it regulates the physical appearance of the body.

These three ‘Doshas’ are integral to your health and well-being. If you can maintain their balance and harmony by implementing healthy habits and food, your body would experience the eternal bliss which is called inner peace.

Find your Body Type (Prakriti)

Please do take a moment to understand your body type using the chart mentioned below. If you know your body’s ‘Prakriti’ well, you can easily lead a healthy and happy life.

TYPEVATAPITTAKAPHA
Body FrameThin – usually short or tallMediumLarge, Tall
WeightLow weight, doesn’t gain weightMedium Weight stay sameHeavy Weight
EyesSmall, Dark EyesMedium Sized, Light Eyes, Easily InflamedLarge Eyes with thick eyelashes, Gentle Gaze
SkinDry, Rough, Cold Cracks EasilyMoist, Warm, Pink Prone to acneSoft, Smooth, Moist, Cool
ComplexionDarkFlushed, Sunburn EasilyPale
HairRough, Dry, WairyThin, Oily, Light Colored, Grey, Bald PrematureThick, Wavy, Oily
Eye BrowThin, SmallMediumThick, Bushy
NoseSmall, ThinMedium, SymmetricalWide
TeethVary in size, CrookedMediumLarge white
JointsStiff, Tend to CrackLoose, Average SizeLarge, Stirdy
NailsThin, BrittleSoft, PinkStrong, Thick, White, Smooth
MuscleThin, UndevelopedAverage SizeLarge well developed
UrineScant, ColorlessProfuse, YellowModerate, Milky
MenstrualIrregular, ScantyRegular, Bright colorRegular, Pale color.
StoolScanty, Dry, Hard, Prone to Gas & Constipation Abundant, Loose & SoftModerate, Dense with Mucus.
ApetiteVariableStrongLow
DietaryLikes to snack on Dry, Crunchy foods.Like Cold Drinks & Snacks.Like Sweet & Creamy.
ThirstLowHighModerate
DigestionProne to Gas.Good, Strong, Fast.Slow, Steady
SweatHardly Sweat.Profuse strong smelling.Moderate
Circulation Poor, Cold Hand & Feet.Good Hot Hand & Feet.Moderate Temperature Cool
WeatherLike Sun & Warmth.Cold Weather.Warm & Windy.
SensitivityCold, Wind, Dryness Noise.Heat, Sunlight, Light & Color.Touch, Old & Dampness.
ImmunityLowModerate.Strong
Physical EnduranceLowModerate.Strong
SleepLightModerate.Deep
DreamsProne to NightmareColorful, Vivid Passionate.Rarely or Uneventful.
MovementsQuick.Move with Purpose & Motivation.Moves Slowly & Steadily, Gracefully.
DesicionChanges Mind Quickly, Indecisive & Nervous.Decisive & Determined.Changes Mind & Opinions Slowly.
ThoughtsCreative, Visionary Ideas.Logical, Critical, idealistically.Thinks Slowly & Methodical.
Learning AbilityEasily Learn & forget Easily, Poor Memory.Easily with clear memory.Learn slowly good long term memory.
ProfessionalArtMedicine, EngineeringBusiness
MindProne to Anxiety, Fear Nervousness & Worry.Prone to Irritability Anger, Aggression, Jealousy. Prone to Depression lethargy, Attachment
AttitudeLively, Positive attitude when balance.Warm, Outgoing & Confident.Peaceful, Happy & loving when in balance.
MoneySpends in trifles.Earn but spends on Luxury.Can earn & Save after motivation.
SpeechQuick Speech Talkative.Argumentative, Confrontational, Enjoy’s Debate.Talks Slowly & Deliberately.
TravelLove Travelling.Need beautiful environment.Domestic, Spends more time in the home.
SensitivitySensitive to sound.Sensitive to Visual Stimulati.Not that sensitive.