Today, we live at a pace with an ever-increasing demand for jobs, odd work hours, hectic social lives surrounded by an equally polluted environment. Our bodies are under constant stress due to bad posture, sedentary lifestyles, and faulty dietary habits. In the long run, these effects build up and emerge in many different forms from acute to chronic ailments. Naturopathy and Yoga therapies are the best to detoxify, cleanse, heal, repair, and strengthen ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Treatment modalities at Yenepoya Naturopathy and Yoga Hospital include Hydro and Mud therapy, Heliotherapy, Yoga therapy, Energy Medicine, Nutrition & Dietetics, Fasting therapy, Botanical Medicine, Massage Therapy and Reflexology, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, Magnetotherapy & Chromotherapy.
Hydrotherapy represents the “Jala” or water element among the Panchamahabhutas. It is the therapeutic usage of water across different temperatures in different forms to various parts of the body. It is used as an internal as well as an external application. Hydrotherapy today is used to prevent and treat many acute and chronic conditions. Several scientific studies have identified the physiological mechanisms of hydriatic applications used in a clinical setting. Diseases like Obesity, Bronchial Asthma and Myalgia have shown good outcomes when treated through Hydrotherapy.
Mud therapy also called as Fango therapy is the science of applying pure mud to the whole body or desired local parts for therapeutic benefits. Applications can be done over the skin directly or within cloth packs. Mud, a constituent of the “Prithvi” element of Panchamahabuta is considered to have the ability to heal from within. It has a powerful effect to absorb and eliminate toxins that cause illness to the body. The mud used for therapy is clean, pure and sterilized. It is free from stones, dust, manure and wastes and is generally collected from a depth of 4-6 feet below ground level. Mud therapy has clinically shown to be highly effective in Obesity, Arthralgia, Depression, Chronic Fatigue and Stress.
Heliotherapy is a mode of treatment where the body (full or partial) is exposed to sunlight of a specific timing for a specific duration. The therapeutic benefits of sun exposure are many. 10 – 15 minutes of daily exposure (between 7 – 9 am & 4 – 6pm) is considered highly beneficial for skin disorders, muscle and joint pains, depression and melancholy, muscle and joint pains. Adequate sun exposure also maintains optimum levels of Vitamin D thereby ensuring organ and bone health of an individual. Sun bath has since ages also been given as “athapasnana” or plantain leaf bath.
Yoga is the science of recreating harmony between the body and the mind. Yoga therapy is the therapeutic application of yogic principles with an objective of achieving a particular physiological, psychological or spiritual goal. Techniques here consist of the practices of AshtangaYoga, Hatha Yoga and other schools of yoga. Yogic postures (Asanas), voluntarily controlled breathing exercises (Pranayama), guided meditative & relaxation techniques (Dhyana) and Cleansing techniques (Kriyas) are some of the hallmark methods used. Yoga therapy is a holistic approach, simultaneously working on the body, mind and spirit. Various yoga practices strengthen different systems in the body and further foster psychological well being.
Energy Medicine is based on the concept of life force energy which sustains and promotes life processes in the biological system. Energy medicine or healing integrates the science of breathing, healing, meditation and yoga to provide a holistic wellness solution. Stress and negative emotions when not resolved over a period of time can lead to blocks in the flow of energy and thereby lead to diseases. Energy Medicine helps people recover from both physical as well as psychosomatic ailments. This science of healing addresses the cause or source of the ailments and offers a well reasoned solution that is complementary and supportive to all health care practices.
NUTRITION & DIETETICS
Dietetics or Diet therapy is a science concerned with the use of food for a therapeutic purpose. It is concerned with giving a healthy diet or modifying the existing dietary pattern for a faster recovery from illness and thereby promoting optimum health. When one begins to purify them self with a well balanced diet through the process of detoxification, the body gets a chance to cleanse, repair and restore a more balanced state of mind and the body. Diet therapy in a Naturopathic hospital usually includes – Vegetarian soups, Fruit / Vegetable juices, Salads, millets and a Sattvik ahara or a bland boiled diet. A specifically prescribed diet /meal plan according to the presenting health issue is prepared and provided to health seekers which is followed throughout their stay in the hospital. This is a therapeutic diet and may come in several different regimes like Boiled diet, Raw diet, Juice / Fruit diet and Mono diet.
Fasting is a voluntary act of abstaining from some or all food, drink or both for a period of time to get the desired therapeutic effect. It must not be practiced without an expert guidance. A fast maybe prolonged or intermittent based on the severity of disease. An individual’s age and health condition and mental preparedness is an essential pre-condition prior to starting a therapeutic fast. Prolonged fasting should be done only under the supervision of an experienced Naturopathy & Yoga physician. Fasting creates a conducive environment for the body to repair and rebuild a diseased cell and make it healthy.
A lot of energy is spent in the process of eliminating accumulated poisons and toxic waste materials. It is therefore, of utmost importance that the patient gets as much physical rest and mental relaxation as possible during a fast. Prominent scientific findings on the physiological effects of fasting are: increased insulin sensitivity resulting in a reduced plasma glucose and insulin concentration, improved glucose tolerance, reduced levels of oxidative stress, activation of autophagy, slowing down of the aging process and having a positive impact on immune functions.
Botanical medicine is the usage of herbs for therapeutic purposes. This system is based on using single or mixed herbs containing medicinal value to treat disorders and also improve immunity. Medicinal plants and its herbal preparations are of great value in the Indian tradition since time immemorial. Some of the main indications for using these herbs are respiratory, skin and cardiac ailments.
This is a process of healing through systematic manipulations of the muscles and joints. The aim of massage therapy is to retrain and restore bodily functions lost as a result of disease, trauma or a stressful lifestyle. Massage has been practiced in most cultures, both eastern and western throughout human history and was one of the earliest tools that people used to relieve pain. Massage therapy has been meticulously studied for its benefits shown in several types of pain, sleep disturbances, chronic stress and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific reflex areas located on the palms and soles. The theory behind reflexology is that areas correspond to the distant organs and organ systems of the body. Pressure applied to the reflex area brings relaxation and healing to the corresponding area of the body. Reflexology is at times also combined with physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy. Scientific studies on reflexology have shown its benefits on reducing psychological parameters such as stress and anxiety levels and quality of sleep.
Acupuncture is a 3000 year old healing technique that works on the concept of meridians and energy pathways. This mode of treatment helps in balancing the flow of energy “Qi or Chi” which circulates throughout the body. Stimulation to specific points as per the disease is given using fine needles to achieve desired results. Manual or electrical stimulation is also sometimes given for certain conditions. Other modes of this treatment include acupressure, meridian massage, cupping (wet or dry) also known as hijama, and moxibustion. Scientific studies done on acupuncture have shown to stimulate the release of natural pain killing substances like endorphins, enkephalins and dynorphins and mood elevators like dopamine and serotonin.
Physiotherapy is a science which at the core believes in a patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. It helps people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapy is broadly classified into Exercise therapy & Electrotherapy.
Exercise therapy is a regimen or plan of physical activities designed and prescribed to facilitate the patients to recover from diseases through neuro re-education, gait training, and therapeutic exercise modules. It is a systematic execution of physical movements, postures or activities intended to enable the patients to reduce risk, enhance function, remediate or prevent impairment and to improve fitness and well – being.
Electrotherapy includes a range of treatments that reduce pain, improve circulation, repair tissues and strengthen muscles leading to improvements in physical functioning. Clinical evidences indicate the beneficial effects of physiotherapy are seen in conditions mainly like Stroke – Hemiparesis, Joint pains – Arthralgia & Arthritis, Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc (PID), Cervical / Lumbar spondylosis & for Neuromuscular Rehabilitative purposes.
Magnetism is a natural phenomenon in certain materials where the ability to attract or repel each other are seen. This magnetic effect due to the spin of unpaired electrons can interact with body cells to stimulate blood flow and help in regeneration of body tissues. Modern research suggests that magnetic therapy works by increasing blood flow through tiny capillaries. This provides more oxygen, nutrients and immune factors to the cells and flushes away cell wastes to promote normal function. Clinical studies have found it effective in conditions like stiffness, soreness or wounds and peripheral neuropathy.
Chromo therapy also known as Color therapy is the science of treating ailments using different colors by using the visible spectrum of electromagnetic radiations. Several studies have been done to elaborate the relationship between the human body and colors, by deciphering the quantum mechanical dipole movement of water molecules as a result of the absorption of different colors. Chromo therapy has been found to be effective in alleviating pain, inducing sleep and promoting Gastroenteric health.
FULL BODY MASSAGE
FOOT & ARM BATH
LOCAL JET SPRAY
PACKS AND COMPRESSES