The entrance to S-VYASA's Prashanti Kutiram Campus
I am writing
this from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthanain University
(S-VYASA) near Bangalore, India in the state of Karnataka. I was invited
(with 4 weeks notice) to give a presentation on the evolution of the
naturopathic profession and naturopathic education in North America at the first International Conference on Yoga, Naturopathy and Arogya (ICYN) in
Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India. Naturopathy as a healthcare
profession is considered to include Yoga, and there are 12 universities across
the country offering a degree in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, as well
as numerous inpatient
facilities. Mohandas (often referred to as Mahatma, meaning “great soul”)
Gandhi revived naturopathy in India and is often referred to as the
"Father of Naturopathy."
Gandhi's birthday, October 2nd, is to be celebrated here by the
profession as Yoga and Naturopathy Day.
By Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
AANP Past-President (2008-2009)
If you were to walk into my study, you might think that an
enormous massacre had taken place. A duck lays across a chair, its beak
dangling over the edge of the seat. Below the duck, a monkey can be found sprawled
on its back with a rooster, a look of alarm on its face, oddly resting its head
on the monkey’s belly. Across the room, there is a red bird unceremoniously
toppled to its side. A few feet away lies a giraffe, long legs tangled
helplessly. And then, towards the back of the room sprawls the hunter,
exhausted after this convincing display of prowess, legs and ears all comfortably
splayed on the ground.
"Physicians Who Listen" is the blog of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the national professional society representing licensed or licensable naturopathic physicians who are graduates of accredited four-year, residential graduate programs.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease.
The views expressed on this blog are those of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official positions of the AANP, its Board, or its House of Delegates.