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- Naturopathy only for healthy people?
Naturopathy integrates various disciplines, some of which have an evaluative function, others rebalancing and others still educational: a brief summary of the most used is provided below, which certainly does not represent an exhaustive picture of a rather varied and articulated panorama. As for the evaluation area, the most used disciplines are iridology and reflexology; disciplines widely used for the rebalancing of the state of health are hygiene, nutrition, reflexology, those that use essential oils and floral essences.
Iridology It is based on the observation and reading of the iris (the colored tissue of the eye). Signs such as the more or less dense texture, colors or spots, arranged in one position rather than another, give information on the constitution of an individual indicating trends of both physical and psychological order.
Reflexology It is used both to evaluate and to rebalance the general state of the individual. Acupressure induces a reflex, or an automatic response: our body reacts to the pressure stimulus of a specific area (reflexogenic point) producing the most suitable response to the economy of the whole organism. The fact that the point is painful is psychosomatic information on a possible problem to be addressed.
Hygienics It is based on the use of water, earth, heat, cold, using simple methods which, starting from Sebastian Kneipp, have found great diffusion. The use of water at various temperatures and in various ways (tablets, foot baths, sitz baths, baths, water jets, clutches, bandages) gives the body a stimulus to release toxins, improve circulation and tone. The use of clay is much older and combines the properties of water with its absorption capacity: it brings out what is toxic, purifies and deflates to the outside. It can be used in compresses, poultices or masks.
Nutrition With a few gestures repeated several times a day it is possible to establish a good habit, which generates health, or a bad habit, which generates malaise and can lead to disease. The moment of the meal has biological, affective and social values and for this reason it must be adequately addressed, for example by avoiding consuming foods that have traveled thousands of kilometers, losing many nutritional properties and with characteristics that are not adequate for our climate and our seasons; in this sense, the naturopath must first of all pay attention to these small habits, which strongly influence the state of health. Food should be fresh, local, seasonal, organic and whole. As for cooking, it is better to avoid the microwave oven (which makes food sterile, therefore devoid of any vital principle and more difficult to digest), pans and pots with Teflon coating; the best cooking for all foods are steamed or pan-fried (with a little oil), but the oven is also fine.
The quantity to be taken can be measured in grams, compared to raw food, or in volume, compared to cooked food or in any case ready to be consumed. A single plate can be used to compose the whole meal. Foods can be mixed together: healthy people are suitable for consuming different molecules. The meal must include one or two portions of seasonal fruit and a fair amount of water according to the outside temperature and the activity carried out. The condiments indicated are extra virgin olive oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, ginger, garlic, parsley and all aromatic herbs, while pepper and chilli pepper should be used with caution; the recommended sweeteners are rice malt, whole cane sugar and unrefined honey. Whole grains, proteins, raw vegetables and cooked vegetables should be taken daily. Attention must also be paid not only to the variety of foods but also to the variety of flavors: each day the taste buds should taste the sweet, bitter, sour, astringent, salty and spicy, as the different flavors stimulate different spheres of our body, helping us to find and maintain balance.
Essential oils Naturopathy indicates different ways of using essential oils: for environmental diffusion, useful for purifying the air by improving the home or work environment; by dry inhalation (1 or 2 drops on a handkerchief), effective in rebalancing mood by acting on the nervous system and influencing the mood and mental state; finally for massage on the skin, in dilution with carrier oils (a few drops in almond oil are enough), modalities in which, as well as being inhaled, they are absorbed through the skin.
Floral essences The most used are Bach flowers, but there are many floral systems all over the world, coming from ancient traditions, such as the Himalayan or Australian flowers, up to the most recent, such as the French and Californian ones: all work on the psychic dimension- emotional and spiritual.
Edward Bach believed that remedies to help men stay healthy should be found in nature, so he identified 38 wild flowers to which he matched as many mental and emotional states.
Bach identified for each of his flowers (in particular in the "twelve healers", the first ones he found) a quality of the soul from which, by overcoming the relative defect, a virtue could be developed: so from indifference it will be possible to develop goodness (Clematis), from terror courage (Rock Rose), from fanaticism tolerance (Vervain), from torment peace (Agrimony), from weakness self-assertion (Centaury), from possession unconditional love (Chicory), from uncertainty wisdom (Cerato), from doubt understanding (Gentian), from impatience indulgence (Impatiens), from fear compassion (Mimulus), from indecision stability (Scleranthus), from detachment from others happiness ( Water Violet).
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