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By Eric Karlsson N.D.,D.N. Nature Cure practitioner/Self-healing educator/naturopath (Australia)
and Dr. of Naprapathy (Registered in Sweden)Nature Cure is the teachings about life, the life process and the basic conditions that are necessary for a life of good health and how to regain health in a natural way without the use of medicines. Nature Cure teaches that the body is self-healing. The only power to heal lies within. Nature Cure is based on the teachings of the founder of Nature Cure Vincent Priessnitz and others such as Louis Kuhne, Dr. John Tilden, Dr. Henry Lindlahr, Professor Edmond Szekely and legendary Australian Nature Cure practitioner Kenneth Jaffrey. Did you know that Mahatma Gandhi was a nature curist? You can read about this in the history of Nature Cure. Other topics include basic requirements for health, the causes of disease, positive thinking, the healing cycle, therapy, diet, exercise, a holistic view and the environment.
Keywords: self-healing, normalization, causes of health and disease, nerve energy and healing cycle.
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1. DEFINITION AND PHILOSOPHY
Nature Cure is the teaching about the basic requirements for health and how to maintain or to regain health in a natural way. Nature Cure teaches that the body is self-healing and self-regenerating.
is the normal, natural state of body and mind. Health is the result of
favorable conditions. Humans are dependent on a suitable biological,
psychological and social environment. When someone is ill, there are one or more
causes for it. Disease, by whatever name it is known, is basically the reaction
of mind and body to the departure from some of the conditions necessary for
total health, i. e., disease is the result of an environment or conditions that
are unfavorable. Disease is manifested in the form of structural, biochemical
and mental imbalance.
healing power is within. Healing takes place automatically when the conditions
are right. It is the response of mind and body that take place when the
conditions are favorable.
IS NATURE CURE?
(1) It is the teachings in theory and practice about which biological circumstances and other conditions that are favorable for a life of optimal health, i.e. basically the teachings about a natural lifestyle and how to maintain health.
The teachings in theory and practice
of how to care for one's self or someone else in
a natural way when in
state. Its aim is
This means that one is striving to obtain normality
physically, physiologically and mentally. Natural treatment is not a treatment
in the normal sense of the word and it is not
directed at attacking the disease. These
Nature Cure but the principles are simple. The principles are simple:
First we must find the causes of the disease
and then we must remove them as
Then we supply all the normal requirements for health as
much as possible.
With the help of natural therapies, we further support the healing process
by striving to obtain normality of the body structure, biochemistry and mind.
Every human is unique and should be treated
we supply rest. This is done so that the available nerve energy can be used
where it is needed
most i. e., for healing.
THE HISTORY OF NATURE CURE
Vincent Priessnitz laid down the principles upon which Nature Cure is based. He was born in 1799 in Gräfenberg near Jesenik, in Silesia, today the Czech Republic, near the border of Poland. He had a remarkable perception and ability to learn from nature. As a child, he noticed the habits of animals and what they did when they were sick or injured. He found that sick and injured animals rested in a secluded place and came out only to drink and make use of water as an aid to heal.
Priessnitz made use of his studies of
animals when, at age 17 he had an accident that almost took his life. After
having used the principles he learned from
observing animals he made a relatively
quick recovery from the accident. He then started to treat his
neighbors and news of his good results spread fast. His home became a sanatorium
people traveled from all over Europe to see him. He was
primarily used diet, exercise,
fasting and water treatments. His methods became known as the water cure (later hydropathy, hydrotherapy and nature cure) and the use of water for healing
became popular in Europe and North America. Some others who followed
Priessnitz’s path were
Hans Ripper, Sebastian Kneipp,
Wilhelm Winternitz, Dr. R.T. Trall, Benedict Lust, James
C. Thomson, Dr. Henry Lindlahr, Dr. John Tilden and Louis Kuhne. Mahatma Gandhi, inspired by Kuhne,
opened a sanatorium in Pune in
1944. Two geniuses who were instrumental for Nature Cure were
Professor Edmond B. Szekley who in the 1930's
own research made Nature Cure into a science, and legendary Australian Nature Cure
practitioner Kenneth S. Jaffrey. During the first part of the
century interest for hydrotherapy diminished but is on
the rise again. Priessnitz'
original philosophy and methods however have
unfortunately been forgotten.
(Vincent Priessnitz's name has been spelled in many ways including Vincenz,
Vinzenz & Vincenc.)
(Vincent Priessnitz's name has been spelled in many ways including Vincenz, Vinzenz & Vincenc.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR HEALTH
Just as there are factors that causes disease there are factors that cause or produce health. To stay healthy we are dependent on a number of biological, psychological and social circumstances. The factors necessary for optimal health can be summarized as follows:
air and correct breathing
rest and sleep
Necessary for elimination of toxic waste and regeneration of the nervous system
right amounts and
with the right balance between different food groups
Humans are created for movement and we need to exercise regularly through sport's, dance, walking, in our work etc.
radiation, such as sunlight in balanced amounts
When maintaining a positive mental attitude we largely create our reality while at the same time facilitating the free flow of nerve energy, blood and lymph circulation.
balanced social and family life
Refers to friendships, community, security, love, physical touch, intimacy, communication, culture, profession and occupation.
All parts of the body, muscles, ligaments, bones, organs, etc. should ideally be maintained in their correct position. No organs or parts of the body should ever be removed.
life in harmony with nature, cosmos and their rhythmical cycles.
We ought to live in harmony with the daily and yearly rhythmical cycles. A healthy nature and healthy soils are a basic condition for health in humans.
This is the only point that we cannot influence in any way. However, the heredity of future generations is determined, directly and indirectly, by how we live now.
Although there are things that influence our health
which are beyond our control, most
people can, with lifestyle and
with help of knowledge, choose to cause (produce)
health rather than to cause disease.
5. THE CAUSES OF DISEASE
To stay in good health we also need to avoid the things that cause disease. There are thousands of causes of disease. We divide these into three groups. Health is dependent upon being in balance structurally, mentally and biochemically. Disease can therefore only occur when:
The body structure is
disturbed, irritated or deranged. This could be the result of poor posture,
injury, stress or strain.
The mental attitude is unbalanced. This could be the
result of mental trauma or shock or due to unsatisfactory relationships with others and lack of communication resulting in anxiety,
worry, fear and emotional conflict.
The biochemistry is
unbalanced. This could be due to chemicals, unnatural food choices, drugs,
alcohol, smoking etc. Imbalance
in one system automatically causes imbalance in the others.
6. NERVE ENERGY AND CIRCULATION
All organs and all functions of the body are under the control of the nervous system. Internal cleanliness depends on efficient drainage of waste materials. Under normal circumstances, efficient and prompt drainage of body wastes is maintained by ample amounts of nerve energy. When nerve energy is dissipated by imbalance in the above-mentioned systems - the body becomes enervated. Enervation is the state of low nerve energy and therefore functional weakness.
7. THE HEALING CYCLE
(also known as healing
crisis, curative crisis or Nature Cure house cleaning.)
Under normal conditions, minor repair is done without any special effort. A healing cycle is a special effort of the body to repair and excrete toxic waste material to restore normality. This may happen after injury or poisoning but can also be produced due to relaxation, an improved lifestyle or living conditions that enables the body to increase elimination. During a healing cycle old health problems may reoccur. Common symptoms are headache, fatigue, irritability, diarrhea, skin eruptions etc. If the conditions are good the result of the healing cycle may be more or less improved health. During a healing cycle it is important to conserve nerve energy. This is equal to rest. Vincent Priessnitz understood the healing cycle in 1829. Already Hippocrates had a good idea about what happens during a healing cycle. He stated: ”Diseases are crises of purification of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defenses of the body”. The way of looking at what disease really is, is quite different in Nature Cure compared to most other systems of health. Dr. R.T. Trall stated: “Disease is just the contrary to what is taught in medical books. It is a remedial effort”.
8. THERAPY AND DIAGNOSIS
A Nature Cure practitioner can be described as a diagnostician or detective who endeavors to find the causes of disease. Some tools she/he uses are irisdiagnosis, physical examination and the taking of history. Then she/he teaches natural lifestyle and uses natural therapies. These are used, not to cure disease, but to support the self-healing powers by normalizing the body structure, the mind and the biochemistry.
With the help of individual diet therapy the recovery can be quickened by providing optimum nutrition which requires minimum nerve energy to digest. In Nature Cure, nutrition is taken into consideration, not only for the chemical composition of food, but also for the quality of food, and the bio-availability of nutrients in foods, as well as the total composition and balance of the diet.
8.2. PSYCHOTHERAPY AND POSITIVE THINKING A positive mental attitude has a great
beneficial effect on health and happiness.
Traumas and stresses of various kinds can, unless dealt with, cause a permanent state of fear, anguish and confusion. Breakthroughs can be obtained through understanding ourselves and our own actions, through understanding others, by communicating freely and by coming to terms with difficulties,. This may radically change one's outlook on life, solve conflicts, strengthen self-confidence, and change old destructive thought patterns and habits to new constructive and positive ones.
A positive mental attitude has a great beneficial effect on health and happiness.
In hydrotherapy, water is used in different
steam baths, sitz baths, spinal baths, cold body packs and local
compresses. The purpose is to dissolve and assist in the elimination of
poisonous substances stored in the body tissue through increasing blood
circulation. Hydrotherapy can be used in many ways. Hydrotherapy must be used
correctly and very individually.
When done so, it
is often very effective.
WARNING: To fast requires knowledge. Fasting performed in the wrong way or
broken in the wrong way may cause serious harm. It is not recommended to fast
unless being supervised by a competent practitioner. Some people should not
here is not meant as
instruction for fasting.
The approach of Nature Cure to fasting is
unique. Normally we need food daily. According to Nature Cure philosophy fasting
should only be undertaken when the
body temperature is above 37.0º
F). Short fasts of one to three days can however be undertaken at other times.
Fasting and starvation are two different things. Fasting must not turn into
is meant to abstain from drinking and eating of
foods, other that pure water. Fasting is
mentally and physically. ( The combination of
of the digestive system,
exertion at the same time.) The reason why fasting enables the
body to heal itself can be expressed in three words: conservation
of energy. No
energy is lost in the process of digestion and little is spent
on mental work or stress or for muscular activities.
8.5. EXERCISE AND MECHANOTHERAPY
Individual exercise and mechanotherapy such
as osteopathy, chiropractic or naprapathy can be used to help correct any
A HOLISTIC VIEW AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Even if the details can be very important, a
holistic view is the
foundation of Nature Cure. There are so many factors in our
environment that influence us mentally, physically and chemically. All factors
in lifestyle and environment as well as our heredity must be considered.
Today’s society is a society of specialization. Health science is no
exception. Scientists and the health profession tend to be too static and
more at the
details rather than the whole picture.
As a result, the most basic knowledge is
often missing, for instance
what basic conditions are necessary for a life
of good health, and which
factors produce disease. Focus is
put on alleviating the symptoms of
rather than eliminating the causes of disease. A logical theory will often not be considered or dialectically
if there is ”no scientific evidence”. (Dialectics can be defined as the
science of development and dynamics in nature, society and thought.)
Nature Cure is based on known scientific
facts, dialectics and over 170 years of experience.
facts and theories from
every area of
study that has anything to do with health such as anatomy, physiology,
psychology, sociology, pathology, physics, nutrition, human biology
archaeology, natural therapy etc.
to have the preconditioning to be able to live in good health. However, most
people, with help of knowledge,
achieve health. Even many considered incurable can regain
health when for the first time the causes of their disease are removed. People
are kept away from health and happiness because of
lack of openness, knowledge and dialectics. The key to change is education.
We are dependent on being in harmony with nature and its laws for health and survival. It would be impossible to talk about health, without, at the same time talking about nature. It would be foolish to try to care for human health while at the same time ignoring the global destruction of Mother Earth. Without food, water, and air we cannot survive. A prerequisite for future life on Planet Earth is that the bio-mass and biodiversity of the plant kingdom remains intact. We must stop destroying the forests and poisoning the soil and water. Every year thousands of tons of topsoil is eroding away, a lot of which is due to cattle farming and logging. According to John Robbins (Diet for a New America, 1987) every tree in the USA will be cut down in about 50 years at the current rate of disappearance (counting from 1987). In Australia 70,000 hectares of native forests are cleared every year for woodchip. Currently 10 times more trees are logged than the regrowth rate on our Planet. Trees produce oxygen, they are the home and food for a myriad of animals and their disappearance causes erosion, loss of biodiversity, dramatic climatic changes such as floods and drought, cold and excessive heat. It is obvious that a Planet without trees has no future. The current destruction of Planet Earth is a futurecide. If everyone would take their responsibility, the possibility for survival and health in the future would increase. We can, for instance minimize our consumption of paper (i.e. bio-mass/forest). The computer user could start to use 100% recycled paper, wood free paper or minimize paper use. Hopefully the immense environmental problems can be solved with help of education, dialectics and international co-operation. “A new way of thinking is necessary if humanity is to survive, this is the most urgent problem of our age”. Albert Einstein
Books are planned in English and Swedish. The first book will be covering all aspects on Nature Cure. The second book will be dealing with diet. Translators to other languages are sought. In English there are 22 books by Kenneth S. Jaffrey, most of which are available. The new science of healing by Louis Kuhne is recommended, and has been translated into over 20 languages. For further information call +46-479-105 50.
11. FINAL WORD
This is only a very brief introduction to Nature Cure. Although literature is not easy to find, I invite you to study further, this almost forgotten, but true healing art, Nature Cure. You can search internet to find more information. More information may be added to this page in the future if there is positive feedback to this website. I welcome your feedback. Currently I leave no email address, but you are welcome to call or write.
Dr Eric Karlsson Education Centre for
Self-Healing and Natural Lifestyle
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SE-280 70 LÖNSBODA
+46-479-105 50(Updated November 2005)
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