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Naturopathy or Naturopathic medicine is a traditional system of health treatment which is practiced in many countries across the globe. It refers to the medical philosophy and practice that needs to improve health and treat diseases by the adoption of certain modalities like manual therapy, hydrotherapy, herbalism, acupuncture, counseling, environmental medicine, aromatherapy, whole foods and cell salts and so on thereby assisting the body's innate capacity to recover from illness and injury.
Naturopathic practitioners always provide a holistic approach to patient care. The practice had its origins in the United States, but today it is a popular and widely accepted system in many countries including India. However, the Indian system of Naturopathy is somehow different and it maintains the standards of regulation and levels of acceptance.
Naturopathy in India
Naturopathy or Naturopathic medicine is one of the traditional systems of alternative medicines existing in India for over centuries. But the development in this field was carried out by Mahatma Gandhi. He preferred this system of medicine because it was adaptable to the poor Indians.
In early 19th century there was significant development in this field. Today Naturopathy is very popular in India, and one can find many naturopathy hospitals in the country. You can also find many doctors trained in the western system of medicine who have also acquired naturopathy degrees so as to provide the usefulness of this traditional system in the modern techniques. The Indian method of naturopathy as compared to the western system is similar in many ways, particularly in their emphasis of strict vegetarianism and yoga while treatment.
In India, there are two types of degrees awarded to the students, undergoing courses in Naturopathy. The first are graduates of All India Naturopathy Council and are awarded DNYS (Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences) after 3 years of guided study and internship. The second is the university graduates who are awarded BNYS (Bachelor ofNaturopathy and Yogic Sciences). BNYS is a four and half year course with one year internship. The BNYS course is offered by several universities in India.