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What Is Naturopathy? What Are The Five Elements of Human Body?

Chitrangada has a keen interest in alternative therapies. As a parent and teacher, she shares her real-life experiences with readers.

Heal Yourself by Nature

Going back to Nature

Going back to Nature

Natural surroundings help to heal physically and psychologically

Natural surroundings help to heal physically and psychologically

Naturopathy: Can the human body heal by itself?

Most of the physical and mental health problems of human beings are caused by the violation of natural laws, such as ignorance, lack of self control, over indulgence and missing of the essential elements from our body.

Naturopathy can help to undo the adverse effects of these factors, as claimed by the Naturopaths.
The power to cure a disease lies within our own body, according to the Naturopathic system of alternative healthcare.

Naturopathy is an alternative therapy, which is a combination of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Homeopathy, Herbal and other such methods of treatment.

This system of healing revolves around the five basic elements, which are believed to be the components of human body.

Also called as the Panchtatva, in Hindi. They are—-

1. Earth,

2. Air,

3. Water,

4. Fire,

5. Ether (space)

Naturopathy is believed to treat lifestyle induced diseases, which can be chronic ailments as well. Naturopaths claim to treat obesity, hypertension, respiratory tract infections, skin diseases and other many health and lifestyle ailments.

Nature provides abundantly

Nature provides abundantly

Nature Calling

Nature Calling

How Does Naturopathy Work To Cure Diseases?

  • Detoxification:

    Detoxification is the most fascinating feature of this kind of therapy. The whole treatment revolves around detoxifying the body by taking the affected person back to basics, that is back to Nature.

    There is no set pattern or formula. What treatment is to be given, is decided by keeping in mind the special and specific needs, of the concerned person.

    People with chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Thyroid disorder etc. are asked to continue with their regular medicines, along with the Naturopathy therapy or treatment.

  • Diet:

    Diet plays a very important role in the healing process, along with the therapies. In the process of detoxification of the body, boiled and bland food is advised by the Naturopathy health experts, till the therapy is going on.

  • Yoga to aid healing:

    Yoga exercises, prayers, meditation and relaxation also go simultaneously, along with this alternative therapy. The purpose is to clean and detoxify both physically, mentally and psychologically.

  • No Medicines:

    Naturopathy treatment does not advocate for medicines or chemicals. The treatment may last for two to ten days, depending upon the severity of the disease.

    The treatment can be administered to people from the age group of 20, up to the elderly group of even 90.

    Both, outpatient department and inpatient department treatments are available. Inpatient's department treatment includes food etc. as well.

Nature calling

Nature calling

The Naturopathy Therapy includes:

  • Fasting--complete or partial,
  • Water or fruit diet,
  • Bland food,
  • Yoga,
  • Meditation,
  • Mud bath or Mud packs,
  • Sun bathing,
  • Specialized Massages---- under water or otherwise.


The art of healing comes from Nature, not from the physician.

Therefore, the physician must start from the Nature with an open mind.

---Philipus Aurculus Paracelsus

What Are The 5 Elements Of Naturopathy Therapy?

The Earth, Water, Air, Ether and the Sun

These are the five elements, which are believed to compose the human body.


Mud therapy is given to condition the body, which includes mud bath, mud packs, mud massage etc.

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Chronic gastric ailments, skin ailments can be treated by this method.


We all know the amount of water, which we have in our body. Water therapy is also called Hydro therapy, and is one of the major feature of Naturopathy.

Water acts as a stimulant, anti-pyretic, and it reduces fever and improves kidney functions.


Exposure of the human body, to fresh air is very important and Naturopathy believes in that. This is practised after body massage, mud bath, mud massage etc. to get the benefits of the fresh air.


Ether denotes a vacuum according to the Naturopaths and this involves fasting therapy, depending upon on the patient's condition.

The Sun:

The Sun therapy is the fifth feature of Naturopathy therapy.

Those undergoing the treatment, are made to soak up the Sunlight or get the Sun exposure, in different surroundings and get its benefits.

What is Naturopathy, source: YouTube

Some of the Naturopathy Centers in India

1. Nature Cure Hospital, A.P. Yogadhyana Parishad, Andhra Pradesh

2. Jindal Naturecure Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka

3. Vishwakalyan Ayurved and Naturopathy Centre, Gandhi Nagar

4. Aayushmaan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

5. Swas Healthcare, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

6. Pathanjali Arogyadhama Nature Cure Hospital, Karnataka

Source: Google

What is Naturopathy, source: You tube

Conclusion and Caution:

  • The human body's self healing characteristics is, what the practitioners of Naturopathy believe in. They use it to treat people, suffering from various health conditions.
  • The Naturopaths recommend exposure to naturally occurring elements, such as Tthe Sun, Air, Mud, Herbs, certain foods etc.
  • They also advise activities, which they describe as natural, such as Yogic exercises, meditation, relaxation, fasting and other such activities.
  • The Naturopaths claim that these natural treatments, help to restore the ability of the human body, to heal itself.
  • The natural methods, may not necessarily be suitable and safe to everyone.
  • These methods may not be more effective, than the clinical methods or medicines.
  • As such, proper and specialized advise must be taken before setting out to take the benefits of the Naturopathy therapy.


Is Naturopathy really effective, source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2015 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you believe that Naturopathy can be effective? Please share your views in the Comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 05, 2020:

Thank you Peggy, for your valuable and insightful comments.

I agree, that the modern medicine is also derived from the nature.

The whole purpose of Naturopathy is to live a disciplined life, according to the laws of nature, so that we remain healthy and free from diseases, as much as possible.

Thank you for your encouraging words and blessings. Much appreciated.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

We can learn much about healing methods from cultures all around the world if we have an open mind. Even with modern medicine, most of it is derived from nature. We need to treat our planet better, as well as our bodies and souls. Sending blessings your way today!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 05, 2018:

Thanks Mary Norton, for reading and commenting on this article!

Yes, Naturopathy is a tried and tested method of treatment, since ancient times. Generally it is safer, compared to chemical or artificial methods of treatment.

Thanks for your positive feedback!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 03, 2018:

I like naturopathy and want to understand this better. I think it is a more effective and less invasive type of dealing with your illness.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 05, 2017:

Thanks Audrey for your most valuable and positive feedback!

Yes our mind and bodies have all the power to heal by itself. Sadly we are becoming so much dependent on artificial support systems.

Thank you and it's always a pleasure to read your comments!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 03, 2017:

I believe that for the most part our bodies are meant to heal itself. I've had mud baths and enjoyed them immensely. We were born to live off the land. It's to bad that big corporations as well as most humans fail to give the respect and care our planet deserves.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 30, 2015:

Thank you Dianna, for your positive comments! I am glad you liked the hub and the pictures. Most of these pictures are from around my home

I also believe in Natural solutions to health problems. If we live a disciplined life according to the laws of Nature, chances are that we would not fall ill and would not need synthetic medicines.

Thank you!

Dianna Mendez on July 29, 2015:

I avoid taking synethetic meds as much as possible. The human body benefits from natural remedies found around us in every day living. I love your photos of nature. They are calming and that is good medicine in itself.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 07, 2015:

Thanks deergha, for your positive comments!

I believe in Naturopathy and if we follow the rules made by Nature, we may perhaps never develop any ailments.

Thanks for the votes and share!

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on April 07, 2015:

Its an awesome hub with the ways through which we can curb our chemical intake of clinical medicines which may in longer duration adversely affect us very seriously. Thank you for this wonderful share. Shared and votes way up.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 06, 2015:

Thank you aviannovice, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Nature is a healer and I believe in this therapy, before trying anything else. Chemical medicines do have side effects.

Thanks for your positive feedback!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on April 05, 2015:

Nature has provided us with so much to heal ourselves, Chemicals will and are our undoing. After all, people with cancer tend to die once they are opened up through surgery.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 22, 2015:

Thank you Audrey, for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

Glad you liked the information. Many thanks for voting up and sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 22, 2015:

Thank you Nithya, for reading this hub and leaving positive comments!

Glad you liked it. Thanks for the votes as well!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 21, 2015:

We are meant t be healed by nature. In the beginning this is all that we had. Your article is filled with useful information and wisdom. Thank you and voted up and sharing.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 20, 2015:

Nature's touch to heal is the best because anything that is natural is good for the body. Interesting and informative hub about Naturopathy, voted up.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 20, 2015:

Thank you CatherineGiordano, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Yes, Nauturopathy can help us to remain healthy. In fact it is the faulty lifestyle and moving away from natural surroundings, which can lead to many ailments.

Thanks for voting up!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on March 19, 2015:

I believe in natural healing. I had heard of Naturopathy, but I didn't know much about it. I loved your quote by Hippocrates. I'm voting up and u, i.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2015:

I agree with you completely. Thank you Mark Johann, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Mark Johann from New Zealand on March 18, 2015:

Nature is health. Humans came from nature so we must be with nature.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 17, 2015:

Thank you MarleneB, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked the information about Naturopathy.

Appreciate your positive feedback! Thanks.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 17, 2015:

Thank you Mary Hyatt, for your kind visit and comments!

You must be already following a natural healthy lifestyle and that keeps you free from health issues. Touch wood and keep it up.

Thanks for voting up and sharing!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 16, 2015:

This is very helpful information. Sometimes we don't realize how valuable our minds can be toward helping us become and stay healthy.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 16, 2015:

I have no known diseases (thank goodness), but Naturopathy is certainly good to know about. I have practiced Yoga for many years, though.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 16, 2015:

Thank you manatita44, for your kind words!

I appreciate your kind visit and glad that you agree with the benefits of Naturopathy.

Many thanks and Salaam!

manatita44 from london on March 14, 2015:

Hi Chitrangada,

I need you here in London, so you can tell me all about the good stuff, and right foods to eat. lol. Lots of good and necessary ideas in your Hub, and ones, if adhered to, would certainly help to enhance the quality of life. Salaam.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 13, 2015:

Thank you MsDora, for stopping by!

Appreciate your positive feedback. You are right--using more and more natural elements is beneficial in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Glad you liked the hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 13, 2015:

Thanks Alicia C, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Glad you liked the hub! Achieving good health through healthy lifestyle naturally is the main purpose of Naturopathy therapy.

Thanks for your support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 13, 2015:

Thanks travmaj, for your kind support and comments!

I am glad you liked the hub. As you said its slightly difficult to start but most beneficial in the long run and that too naturally.


Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 13, 2015:

Thank you billybuc, for your comments and support!

Your energy level is self explanatory of your ideal lifestyle.

Thanks and have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 13, 2015:

Thank you MHiggins, for your kind visit!

Appreciate your comments and pleased to know that you liked this hub.

Thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 13, 2015:

Thanks Ericdierker, for reading and commenting!

Glad to know you liked this hub.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 13, 2015:

Chitrangada, your information on naturopathy is beneficial to all interested in a healthy lifestyle. Thank you very much and I intend to make use of the natural elements as much as I can. Your quotes are also very interesting. Voted Up!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 12, 2015:

This is an interesting and informative hub. Thanks for reminding us about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I think it can be a great help in treating some diseases.

travmaj from australia on March 12, 2015:

I'm also in agreement, a most interesting and informative hub. It's never to late to learn - I think I've mentioned my Tai Chi and I'm into walking. I can see clearly how stress can cause health problems and there is a natural way to cope. Not always easy but can be done. Thank you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 12, 2015:

I completely agree with you. I listen to and trust my body. I don't take medicines...I properly...and my body rewards me. :)

Michael Higgins from Michigan on March 12, 2015:

A very good article and one that should be taken seriously. Very well written and a good reminder to get back to basics! Voted up.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 12, 2015:

A very interesting look at a very important area of study and practice.

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