14 Nature Cure leads to Healthy Living - Sr Natty Lopes, DHM

posted Feb 8, 2018, 6:34 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 6:34 AM ]
"I have come to give life, life in abundance." (John 10:10) These words of Jesus are so soothing and comforting that the life God has given us as a gift, how could we live it in its fullness. Very often, we are busy to get what we do not have in our control. We do not enjoy the present moment, but we work for the future with expectation, which brings stress and tension. This invites disease in the body. Someone has said, "The human person is very strange; they ruin their life to earn money, and then spend the earnings to regain health. They worry about the future and forget to enjoy the present." This is the situation we see in today's digital world where human touch is becoming less and less, and everyone is busy with their social media, WhatsApp and Facebook.

According to the World Health Organization, Health means physical and mental well-being. It's not absence of disease, but total physical and mental well-being, which helps an individual to be emotionally steady, socially and spiritually sound, which will lead to a well-balanced personality.

Health Promotion Trust is working with the poor and marginalised in the diocese since 2002, and after 2009, it reached out to three districts of Maharashtra viz. Raigad, Thane and Mumbai which constitute the Archdiocese of Bombay. The main focus of our work is preventive health with the various community-based partner organisations. Our strategic area of work aims at creating awareness, training the vulnerable and marginalised, and now we have ventured into a Holistic Health Centre, a project of the Health Promotion Trust.

A Nature cure physician simply helps in Nature's effort to overcome disease by applying correct natural modalities and controlling the natural forces to work under safe limits. The five main modalities of treatment in Nature cure are Air, Water, Heat, Mud and Space. Naturopathy is a simple, unsophisticated, accommodative and cheap system of healthcare, compared to other systems of medicine.

This kind of treatment invites us to observe certain rules for self- discipline and self-education. This further enables us to cultivate positive and spiritual attitude towards the dualities of life like pleasure and pain, failure and success etc. and generates high ethical qualities like sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, cheerfulness, courage, detachment, patience, perseverance, self-control, truth and tranquility.