National Naturopathy Day 2022: On November 18th, the 4th Naturopathy Day is commemorated, to promote positive mental and physical health through drug-free therapy. The Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India, established National Naturopathy Day on November 18, 2018. On November 18th 1945, Mahatma Gandhi became the Chairman of the All India Nature Cure Foundation Trust and signed the agreement aimed at making the benefits of Nature Cure available to all classes of people, therefore, this day was chosen to be observed as National Naturopathy Day.
The 5th Naturopathy Day is being put on by the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy at the campus of the MIT Art, Design, and Technology University in Pune. On this Occasion an International Conference on Yoga and Naturopathy is being organized by CCRYN. This conference will see renowned speakers in the field of naturopathy and from “World Naturopathic Federation”. This year’s event has the theme “Naturopathy: an Integrative medicine.” In this conference we will learn about developments in the field of naturopathy from eminent researchers and practitioners in relation to education, research, integrative medicine, public health in addition to exploring newer avenues and areas in naturopathy.
National Naturopathy Day: History of Naturopathy
Naturopathy techniques were brought to the United States from Germany in the 1800s. The term naturopathy was coined by John Schell in 1895 and popularized by Benedict Lust, also referred to as the ‘Father of Modern Naturopathy’. He was also credited for spreading the knowledge of naturopathy in the United States in 1992. The “Water Cure System,” also known as “Hydrotherapy,” is credited with igniting the naturopathy movement in Germany and other western countries.
Naturopathy is the oldest healthcare system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural medicine. Relying on nature’s healing powers, naturopathy stimulates the human body’s ability to heal itself. It is the science of diagnosis, treatment, and healing using a variety of natural therapies, such as dietetics, herbal medicine, homoeopathy, fasting, exercise, lifestyle counselling, detoxification and chelation, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation, spiritual healing, environmental assessment, and health.
National Naturopathy Day: Naturopathy in India
The revival of naturopathy in India took place through the translation of German nutritionist Louis Kuhne’s book ‘The New Science of Healing’, which was translated into Telugu by Dronamraju Venkatachalapathy Sarma in 1894. Shri Shroti Kishan Swaroop later translated it into Hindi and Urdu in 1904 to promote naturopathy. The Indian naturopathy movement initially started in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, where people worked hard and contributed significantly to the science.