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About the Author

Dr. H.K. Bakhru enjoys a countrywide reputation as an expert naturopath and a prolific writer. His well-researched articles on nature cure, health, nutrition and herbs appear regularly in various newspapers and magazines and they bear the stamp of authority.

A diploma holder in naturopathy, all his current 13 books on nature cure, nutrition and herbs titled, ‘A Complete Handbook of Nature Cure’, ‘Diet Cure for Common Ailments’, ‘A Handbook of Natural Beauty’, ‘Nature Cure for Children,’ ‘Naturopathy for Longevity’, ‘Healing Through Natural Foods’, ‘Indian Spices and Condiments as Natural Healers’, ‘Foods That Heal’, ‘Herbs That Heal’, ‘Natural Home Remedies for Common Ailments’, ‘Vitamins that Heal’, ‘Conquering Diabetes Naturally’ and ‘Conquering Cancer Naturally’ have been highly appreciated by the public and repeatedly reprinted. His first-named book has been awarded first prize in the category ‘Primer on Naturopathy for Healthy Living’ by the jury of judges at the ‘Book Prize Award’ scheme, organized by ‘National Institute of Naturopathy’, an autonomous body under Govt. of India, Ministry of Health.

Dr. Bakhru began his career on the Indian Railways, with a first class first postgraduate degree in History from Lucknow University in 1949. He retired in October 1984 as the Chief Public Relations Officer of the Central Railway in Mumbai, having to his credit 35 years of distinguished service in the Public Relations organizations of the Indian Railways and the Railway Board.

An associate member of the All India Alternative Medical Practitioner’s Association and a member of the Nature Cure Practitioners’ Guild in Mumbai, Dr. Bakhru has extensively studied herbs and natural methods of treating diseases. He has been honoured with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Gem of Alternative Medicines’ award and a gold medical in Diet Therapy by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, Kolkata, in recognition of his dedication and outstanding contributions in the field of Alternative Medicines. The Board, which is affiliated with the Open International University for Complementary Medicines, established under World Health Organisation and recognized by the United Nations Peace University, has also appointed him as its Honorary Advisor. Dr. Bakhru has also been honoured by Nature Cure Practitioners’ Guild, Mumbai with Nature Cure Appreciation Award for his services to Naturopathy.

Dr. Bakhru has founded a registered Public Charitable Trust, known as D.H. Bakhru Foundation, for help to the poor and needy. He has been donating Rs. 25, 000 every year to this trust from his income as writer and author.

Foreword

For people who advocate and recognize the latent healing power of nature like my esteemed friend and fellow practitioner, Shri H.K. Bakhru, naturopathy is a way of life. It is a distinct philosophy and science which strengthens the age-old faith in the correction of bodily disorders and restoration and maintenance of health through elements freely available in nature. It brings home the basic fact that healing is brought about by the inherent curative powers of the body. The simplicity of this method should not deter individuals from its use. The final complete healing will come from within. In short, the naturopath lends intelligent assistance and interprets nature’s laws for the patient.

Shri H.K. Bakhru who has contributed numerous articles to leading newspapers and magazines on various ailments and their cure through dietetics and nature cure treatments, has already to his credit the authorship of three books on nature cure: ‘Health the Natural Way’ ‘Diet Cure for Common Ailments’ and ‘Foods That Heal’. All three have been well received by the public.

A news item appeared in newspapers recently about a famous French folk singer, Rike Zarai, who had never practiced naturopathy but her faith, based on her personal experience, turned her into an authority on herbs and nature cure. At the height of her career as a singer, Rika met with an accident, when her car went off the road, due to poor visibility on account of fog and she was taken from the wreckage with four broken vertebrae, one of which was pulverized. The attending doctors indicated that she might not be able to walk again without crutches.

To make matters worse, she had a calcium deficiency. On the brink of suicide, she appealed for help to an eminent homeopath. Clay compresses were smuggled into the hospital and she applied them regularly to her back. Her surgeon was outraged when she attributed her remarkable recovery not to his skill but to the clay. With the zeal of a convert, she applied herself to the wider study of natural medicine.

She has authored two books, titled ‘ma Medicine Naturelle’,and ‘her secrets Naturelles’. As many as 2,80,000 copies of the first book were sold. Both the books have challenged the realms of Medical world.

For Shri H.K. Bakhru’s new book titled ‘A Complete Handbook of Nature Cure’ is complete guide to naturopathy. This book offers a way which, if followed, will provide renewed energy, increased vitality and greater satisfaction that comes from living a full and useful life.

The Author has advocated that the right food could work wonders and has tremendous curative power. Nutrition is the major problem of human life. This book can also be appropriately titled ‘Return to Nature’. The aim of naturopathy is to invigorate and stimulate the body’s homeostatic mechanism, to restore health structure and function. One can enjoy perfect health by proper regulation of eating, drinking, breathing, bathing, dressing, working, thinking, and other social activities on a normal and natural basis.

I wish the author Shri H.K. Bakhru all success for the publication of this book.

Preface to the First Edition

What, you may ask, is a public relations man doing writing a book on nature cure? The answer is simple: good health ought to be everybody’s concern, not solely the medical profession’s business. More importantly, in my own case, I suffered immensely for many years, largely due to the shortcomings of the modern medical system. In my despair, I earnestly began my study of natural methods of treatment and cure of disease, as also the ways and means of maintaining good health. Putting the time-tested nature cure methods into practice proved so beneficial in my own case, that I took to studying their application for several other diseases as well. What began as mere jottings was gradually expanded into full-length articles on the subject “Cure without Drugs”, several of which were published in “The Economic Times”. The readers’ response to the series was overwhelming and several of them suggested that the articles be compiled in book form, to benefit more people. “Health the Natural Way” was the result. This book as well as my second book titled ‘Diet Cure For Common Ailments’ published three years later, was well received by the press and the public. This fact coupled with the immense popularity of my articles on health, nutrition and nature cure being published in several leading newspapers and magazines, have prompted me to write a comprehensive book on nature cure under the present title for the benefit of the general public.

Experience, they say, is the most convincing teacher, and I would like to begin with details of my own case history as a means of indicating the major health problems that nature cure can overcome. While doing my intermediate arts, at the age of 16, I contracted two serious illnesses-leurisy and typhoid fever-simultaneously. Having run their course for about 45 days, both ailments left me so debilitated that I had to discontinue my studies for one years, on medical advice.

My recovery was gradual but not complete, as a developed heartburn and breathing problems. At 28 came the worst crisis, when I suffered a stroke in the early hours of an extremely hot day in May after acute heartburn throughout the night. The stroke made the left side of my body extremely heavy and weak, and the attending physician referred my case to a well-known neurosurgeon, suspecting a brain tumour. For nearly two months I lay helpless in the special ward of a reputed hospital, undergoing several tests and at the same time observing around me frequent deaths following unsuccessful brain surgery. Finally, having twice failed to inject air through the spinal cord for taking X-rays of the brain, the specialist decided to make holes in my skull for that purpose and even operate if necessary. Fortunately for me, the specialist had to attend a medical conference elsewhere and, therefore, instructed his assistant to try the newly-injecting dye through an exposed vein in the neck to enable X-raying of veins in the brain. When these X-rays did not reveal anything abnormal, I was allowed to go, but not before the harrowing experience had left me a complete nervous wreck.

However, that was not the end of it, I underwent a barium meal examination which indicated “Chronic duodenitis, may be chronic duodenal ulcer”. The numerous drugs prescribed for the treatment of this ailment and the continuing weakness and heaviness of my left side made my condition worse still. I endured this for three years, until the pain and heaviness of the left side was miraculously cured by an astrologer: but nothing could rid me of the heartburn, abdominal pain and occasional severe stomach upsets, which continued to necessitate the use of several drugs. Investigations, from time to time, confirmed the diagnosis of duodenities or chronic duodenal ulcer. A barium meal examination, done when I was 39, revealed hiatus hernia with peptic oesophegal ulcers.

To add to all of this, at 45, an eminent heart specialist declared me a heart patient following a check-up due to pain on the left side of my chest. The heavy drugging, dieting etc. that ensued completely reined my health and resulted in insomnia and a weight loss of 15 kg. Consulting another eminent heart specialist two years later I was informed that there was no evidence whatsoever of heart trouble. God alone knows which diagnosis was correct: then came a host of diseases in rapid succession-spondylosis, myalgia, backache and prostate enlargement, in treating all of which the modern medical system failed to give me any relief, despite taking huge medical system failed to give me any relief, despite taking huge quantities of drugs, especially painkillers, antacid tablets and tranquilisers.

All this time, I was aware of the natural methods of treatment which I had studied from the age of 30 and a few of which I had practiced occasionally. I, however, dared not adopt them wholeheartedly because of my heavy dependence on drugs. Rather late in the day, at the age of 55, I made a determined bid to do away with all drugs and take recourse to natural methods. I began collecting and studying a greater deal of data on the subject and also consulted naturopaths. I made drastic changes in my diet and lifestyle and started rigidly observing the laws of nature. I was rewarded sooner than expected so much so, that for one who narrowly escaped death at the age “of 28, when my son was a year old, I can proudly say that today, at 64, when I have a nine-year-old grandson, I feel healthier, thanks mainly to my taking recourse to nature cure methods. Of course, I do not claim that I have cured all my them substantially and have obtained a lot of relief without resorting to drugs. This, I feel, is no mean achievement. I am certain that my own success in controlling several dreaded disabilities will serve as inspiration to those readers who are suffering from various ailments and hold out the hope of their deriving real benefits from the natural methods of treatment outlined in this book.

Preface to the Fourth Revised and Enlarged Edition

I have great pleasure in presenting the 4th revised and enlarged edition of my book ‘A Complete Handbook of Nature Cure’ which was first published in 1991. it proved to be a great success and received very good response from the readers who benefited by overcoming their health problems through adoption of various natural methods of treatment prescribed in the book. It also evoked great interest among nature cure practitioners and naturopathic institutions, many of whom prescribed it as a text book or a reference book for their diploma courses. The book has already gone into ten Jaico Impressions indicating its great popularity.

Naturopathy has taken rapid strides in India in recent years. More and more people are now turning to this system of medicine to treat ailments. They are gradually realizing the limitations of the modern medical system and adverse side effects of allopathic drugs. They are becoming increasingly aware that many of our common foods contain valuable natural drugs which can help maintain good health and prevent and treat diseases.

It Is gratifying to note that the Government of India has taken cognizance of this growing trend towards Return to Nature. It has established an autonomous body under Ministry of Health called National Institute of Naturopathy which is doing commendable work in the field of Naturopathy. It has initiated several steps to popularize this system of medicine. The institute also organized Book Prize Award scheme to encourage authors and publishers of Naturopathy and Yoga books. It is heartening to note that my book ‘Complete Handbook of Nature Cure’ has been awarded first prize under this scheme for the year 1997-98 in the category primer on Naturopathy for Healthy Living by the Jury of Judges.

This decision of the Jury of Judges and encouragement given by the National Institute of Naturopathy, alongwith acclaimation won from the readers, have prompted me to revised this book to help further promote the cause of nature cure. This revised and enlarged edition contains six important additional topics under Nutrition and 50 additional diseases which were not covered in the original book.

From Back of Book

Naturopathy has taken rapid strides and gained significant acceptance in recent years. People are gradually realizing the limitations of allopathic drugs and traditional western medicine. As a result, they are now turning to natural medicines and methods to treat their ailments.

In his book, Dr. H. K. Bakhru explains the details and benefits of a variety of natural therapies. He explains how natural food, natural elements, yoga and more generally, the observance of the laws of nature, can allow patients to overcome their diseases. He also reviews the ingredients of a healthy and nutritious diet.

The author affirms that “good health ought to be everybody’s concern, not solely the medical profession’s.” In following this principle, he uses simple language to explain his treatments and the underlying reasoning behind his theories.

This well illustrated book will be beneficial for those who are seeking natural cures for their ailments. The book will also serve as a useful guide for those interested in leading simple and healthy lives. In addition, the book will be a very useful reference guide for students of naturopathy and practitioners of nature cure.

Contents

Forewordxiii
Preface to the First Edition xv
Preface to the Fourth Revised and Enlarged Edition xviii
Acknowledgementsxxi
PART I
NATURE CURE AND NATURAL METHODS OF TREATMENT 1-69
1Principles and practice of Nature Cure 3
2Fasting - The Master Remedy 8
3Therapeutic Baths 13
4Curative Powers of Earth 23
5Exercise in Health and Disease 26
6Therapeutic Value of Massage 32
7Yoga Therapy 39
8Healing Power of Colours 60
9 Sleep Restorative of Tired Body65
PART II
HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION 71-169
10Optimum Nutrition for Vigour and Vitality 73
11Miracles of Alkalizing Diet 78
12Vitamin and Their Importance in Health and Disease 82
13Minerals and Their Importance in Nutrition 90
14Amazing Power of Amino Acids 101
15Secrets of Food Combining 109
16Health Promotion The Vegetarian Way 113
17Importance of Dietary Fibre 117
18Lecithin - An Amazing Youth Element 122
19The Role of Enzymes in Nutrition 126
20Raw Juice Therapy 131
21Sprouts For Optimum Nutrition 137
22Role of Water in Nutrition 142
23Raw Foods For Good Health and Longevity 145
24Wheat Grass : A Miracle Medicine 155
25Health Hazards of Three White Products 155
26Health Hazards of Excessive Tea 161
27Health Hazards of Coffee 165
DISEASES AND THEIR NATURAL TREATMENT
28Acne 173
29Alcoholism 176
30Allergies 180
31Amnesia 184
32Anaemia 187
33Anal Fissure 191
34Anorexia Nervosa 194
35Appendicitis 197
36Arteriosclerosis 201
37Arthritis 204
38Asthma 208
39Backache 212
40Boils 216
41Bronchitis 219
42Cancer 222
43 Cataract226
44Cervical Spondylosis 230
45Chicken Pox 234
46 Cholera237
47Cirrhosis Of The Liver 241
48Colitis 244
49Common Cold 248
50Common Fever 252
51Conjunctivitis 255
52Constipation 258
53Corns 263
54Cough 266
55Cystitis 270
56 Dandruff274
57Defective Vision 277
58Dental Caries 282
59Depression 286
60Dermatitis 291
61Diabetes 294
62Diarrohoea 299
63Diptheria 302
64Diverticulosis 305
65Dropsy 308
66Dysentry 311
67Eczema 314
68Emphysema 318
69Epilepsy 321
70Falling of Hair 325
71Fatigue 329
72Gall Bladder Disorders 332
73Gastritis 336
74Gastro-Enteritis 339
75Glaucoma 342
76Goitre 345
77Gout 350
78Halitosis 354
79Headaches and Migraine 357
80Head Lice 362
81Heart Disease 365
82Hiatus-Hernia 370
83High Blood Cholestrol 374
84High Blood Pressure 378
85Hydrocele 383
86Hypoglycemia 386
87Impetigo 389
88Indigestion 392
89Influenza 396
90Insomnia 399
91 Intestinal Worms403
92Jaundice 407
93Kidney stones 411
94Leucoderma 416
95Low Blood Pressure 419
96Malaria 422
97Measles 426
98Meningitis 429
99Middle Ear Infection 432
100Multiple Sclerosis 435
101Mumps 438
102Muscle Cramps 441
103Neruasthenia 445
104Neuritis 448
105Nepthritis 451
106Obesity 454
107Osteoporosis 458
108Parkinson’s Disease 461
109 Peptic Ulcer464
110Piles 468
111Pleurisy 471
112Pneumonia 474
113Premature Greying of Hair 477
114Prostrate Disorders 481
115Psoriasis 485
116Pyorrhoea 488
117Rheumatism 491
118Rickets 495
119Ringworm 498
120Scabies 501
121Sciatica 504
122Scurvy 508
123Sexual Impotence 512
124Sinusitis 515
125Sore Throat 518
126Stomatitis 522
127Stress 525
128Stroke 529
129Styes 532
130Thinness 535
131Thyroid Fever 539
132Thyroid Disease 542
133Tonsillitis 545
134Tuberculosis 548
135Urticaria 552
136Varicose Veins 555
137Venereal Diseases 559
138Warts 563
139Whooping Cough 566
PART IV 571-618
WOMEN’S PROBLEM
140Menstrual Disorders 573
141Pre-menstrual Syndrome 578
142Menopausal Problems 581
143Childbirth : The Natural Way 585
144Habitual Abortion 590
145Female Sterility 594
146Leucorrhoea 598
147Inflammation of the Uterus 602
148Prolapse of the Uterus 605
149Vaginitis 608
150Pruritus Valvae 611
151Hysteria 614
PART V 619-645
CHARTS & TABLES
Vitamin Chart 621
Mineral Chart 624
Amino Acid Chart631
Calorie Chart 634
Height Weight Chart 637
Statements Showing Name of Common Foods
In Indian Language639
Glossary 647
Index 657-667

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About the Author

Dr. H.K. Bakhru enjoys a countrywide reputation as an expert naturopath and a prolific writer. His well-researched articles on nature cure, health, nutrition and herbs appear regularly in various newspapers and magazines and they bear the stamp of authority.

A diploma holder in naturopathy, all his current 13 books on nature cure, nutrition and herbs titled, ‘A Complete Handbook of Nature Cure’, ‘Diet Cure for Common Ailments’, ‘A Handbook of Natural Beauty’, ‘Nature Cure for Children,’ ‘Naturopathy for Longevity’, ‘Healing Through Natural Foods’, ‘Indian Spices and Condiments as Natural Healers’, ‘Foods That Heal’, ‘Herbs That Heal’, ‘Natural Home Remedies for Common Ailments’, ‘Vitamins that Heal’, ‘Conquering Diabetes Naturally’ and ‘Conquering Cancer Naturally’ have been highly appreciated by the public and repeatedly reprinted. His first-named book has been awarded first prize in the category ‘Primer on Naturopathy for Healthy Living’ by the jury of judges at the ‘Book Prize Award’ scheme, organized by ‘National Institute of Naturopathy’, an autonomous body under Govt. of India, Ministry of Health.

Dr. Bakhru began his career on the Indian Railways, with a first class first postgraduate degree in History from Lucknow University in 1949. He retired in October 1984 as the Chief Public Relations Officer of the Central Railway in Mumbai, having to his credit 35 years of distinguished service in the Public Relations organizations of the Indian Railways and the Railway Board.

An associate member of the All India Alternative Medical Practitioner’s Association and a member of the Nature Cure Practitioners’ Guild in Mumbai, Dr. Bakhru has extensively studied herbs and natural methods of treating diseases. He has been honoured with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Gem of Alternative Medicines’ award and a gold medical in Diet Therapy by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, Kolkata, in recognition of his dedication and outstanding contributions in the field of Alternative Medicines. The Board, which is affiliated with the Open International University for Complementary Medicines, established under World Health Organisation and recognized by the United Nations Peace University, has also appointed him as its Honorary Advisor. Dr. Bakhru has also been honoured by Nature Cure Practitioners’ Guild, Mumbai with Nature Cure Appreciation Award for his services to Naturopathy.

Dr. Bakhru has founded a registered Public Charitable Trust, known as D.H. Bakhru Foundation, for help to the poor and needy. He has been donating Rs. 25, 000 every year to this trust from his income as writer and author.

Foreword

For people who advocate and recognize the latent healing power of nature like my esteemed friend and fellow practitioner, Shri H.K. Bakhru, naturopathy is a way of life. It is a distinct philosophy and science which strengthens the age-old faith in the correction of bodily disorders and restoration and maintenance of health through elements freely available in nature. It brings home the basic fact that healing is brought about by the inherent curative powers of the body. The simplicity of this method should not deter individuals from its use. The final complete healing will come from within. In short, the naturopath lends intelligent assistance and interprets nature’s laws for the patient.

Shri H.K. Bakhru who has contributed numerous articles to leading newspapers and magazines on various ailments and their cure through dietetics and nature cure treatments, has already to his credit the authorship of three books on nature cure: ‘Health the Natural Way’ ‘Diet Cure for Common Ailments’ and ‘Foods That Heal’. All three have been well received by the public.

A news item appeared in newspapers recently about a famous French folk singer, Rike Zarai, who had never practiced naturopathy but her faith, based on her personal experience, turned her into an authority on herbs and nature cure. At the height of her career as a singer, Rika met with an accident, when her car went off the road, due to poor visibility on account of fog and she was taken from the wreckage with four broken vertebrae, one of which was pulverized. The attending doctors indicated that she might not be able to walk again without crutches.

To make matters worse, she had a calcium deficiency. On the brink of suicide, she appealed for help to an eminent homeopath. Clay compresses were smuggled into the hospital and she applied them regularly to her back. Her surgeon was outraged when she attributed her remarkable recovery not to his skill but to the clay. With the zeal of a convert, she applied herself to the wider study of natural medicine.

She has authored two books, titled ‘ma Medicine Naturelle’,and ‘her secrets Naturelles’. As many as 2,80,000 copies of the first book were sold. Both the books have challenged the realms of Medical world.

For Shri H.K. Bakhru’s new book titled ‘A Complete Handbook of Nature Cure’ is complete guide to naturopathy. This book offers a way which, if followed, will provide renewed energy, increased vitality and greater satisfaction that comes from living a full and useful life.

The Author has advocated that the right food could work wonders and has tremendous curative power. Nutrition is the major problem of human life. This book can also be appropriately titled ‘Return to Nature’. The aim of naturopathy is to invigorate and stimulate the body’s homeostatic mechanism, to restore health structure and function. One can enjoy perfect health by proper regulation of eating, drinking, breathing, bathing, dressing, working, thinking, and other social activities on a normal and natural basis.

I wish the author Shri H.K. Bakhru all success for the publication of this book.

Preface to the First Edition

What, you may ask, is a public relations man doing writing a book on nature cure? The answer is simple: good health ought to be everybody’s concern, not solely the medical profession’s business. More importantly, in my own case, I suffered immensely for many years, largely due to the shortcomings of the modern medical system. In my despair, I earnestly began my study of natural methods of treatment and cure of disease, as also the ways and means of maintaining good health. Putting the time-tested nature cure methods into practice proved so beneficial in my own case, that I took to studying their application for several other diseases as well. What began as mere jottings was gradually expanded into full-length articles on the subject “Cure without Drugs”, several of which were published in “The Economic Times”. The readers’ response to the series was overwhelming and several of them suggested that the articles be compiled in book form, to benefit more people. “Health the Natural Way” was the result. This book as well as my second book titled ‘Diet Cure For Common Ailments’ published three years later, was well received by the press and the public. This fact coupled with the immense popularity of my articles on health, nutrition and nature cure being published in several leading newspapers and magazines, have prompted me to write a comprehensive book on nature cure under the present title for the benefit of the general public.

Experience, they say, is the most convincing teacher, and I would like to begin with details of my own case history as a means of indicating the major health problems that nature cure can overcome. While doing my intermediate arts, at the age of 16, I contracted two serious illnesses-leurisy and typhoid fever-simultaneously. Having run their course for about 45 days, both ailments left me so debilitated that I had to discontinue my studies for one years, on medical advice.

My recovery was gradual but not complete, as a developed heartburn and breathing problems. At 28 came the worst crisis, when I suffered a stroke in the early hours of an extremely hot day in May after acute heartburn throughout the night. The stroke made the left side of my body extremely heavy and weak, and the attending physician referred my case to a well-known neurosurgeon, suspecting a brain tumour. For nearly two months I lay helpless in the special ward of a reputed hospital, undergoing several tests and at the same time observing around me frequent deaths following unsuccessful brain surgery. Finally, having twice failed to inject air through the spinal cord for taking X-rays of the brain, the specialist decided to make holes in my skull for that purpose and even operate if necessary. Fortunately for me, the specialist had to attend a medical conference elsewhere and, therefore, instructed his assistant to try the newly-injecting dye through an exposed vein in the neck to enable X-raying of veins in the brain. When these X-rays did not reveal anything abnormal, I was allowed to go, but not before the harrowing experience had left me a complete nervous wreck.

However, that was not the end of it, I underwent a barium meal examination which indicated “Chronic duodenitis, may be chronic duodenal ulcer”. The numerous drugs prescribed for the treatment of this ailment and the continuing weakness and heaviness of my left side made my condition worse still. I endured this for three years, until the pain and heaviness of the left side was miraculously cured by an astrologer: but nothing could rid me of the heartburn, abdominal pain and occasional severe stomach upsets, which continued to necessitate the use of several drugs. Investigations, from time to time, confirmed the diagnosis of duodenities or chronic duodenal ulcer. A barium meal examination, done when I was 39, revealed hiatus hernia with peptic oesophegal ulcers.

To add to all of this, at 45, an eminent heart specialist declared me a heart patient following a check-up due to pain on the left side of my chest. The heavy drugging, dieting etc. that ensued completely reined my health and resulted in insomnia and a weight loss of 15 kg. Consulting another eminent heart specialist two years later I was informed that there was no evidence whatsoever of heart trouble. God alone knows which diagnosis was correct: then came a host of diseases in rapid succession-spondylosis, myalgia, backache and prostate enlargement, in treating all of which the modern medical system failed to give me any relief, despite taking huge medical system failed to give me any relief, despite taking huge quantities of drugs, especially painkillers, antacid tablets and tranquilisers.

All this time, I was aware of the natural methods of treatment which I had studied from the age of 30 and a few of which I had practiced occasionally. I, however, dared not adopt them wholeheartedly because of my heavy dependence on drugs. Rather late in the day, at the age of 55, I made a determined bid to do away with all drugs and take recourse to natural methods. I began collecting and studying a greater deal of data on the subject and also consulted naturopaths. I made drastic changes in my diet and lifestyle and started rigidly observing the laws of nature. I was rewarded sooner than expected so much so, that for one who narrowly escaped death at the age “of 28, when my son was a year old, I can proudly say that today, at 64, when I have a nine-year-old grandson, I feel healthier, thanks mainly to my taking recourse to nature cure methods. Of course, I do not claim that I have cured all my them substantially and have obtained a lot of relief without resorting to drugs. This, I feel, is no mean achievement. I am certain that my own success in controlling several dreaded disabilities will serve as inspiration to those readers who are suffering from various ailments and hold out the hope of their deriving real benefits from the natural methods of treatment outlined in this book.

Preface to the Fourth Revised and Enlarged Edition

I have great pleasure in presenting the 4th revised and enlarged edition of my book ‘A Complete Handbook of Nature Cure’ which was first published in 1991. it proved to be a great success and received very good response from the readers who benefited by overcoming their health problems through adoption of various natural methods of treatment prescribed in the book. It also evoked great interest among nature cure practitioners and naturopathic institutions, many of whom prescribed it as a text book or a reference book for their diploma courses. The book has already gone into ten Jaico Impressions indicating its great popularity.

Naturopathy has taken rapid strides in India in recent years. More and more people are now turning to this system of medicine to treat ailments. They are gradually realizing the limitations of the modern medical system and adverse side effects of allopathic drugs. They are becoming increasingly aware that many of our common foods contain valuable natural drugs which can help maintain good health and prevent and treat diseases.

It Is gratifying to note that the Government of India has taken cognizance of this growing trend towards Return to Nature. It has established an autonomous body under Ministry of Health called National Institute of Naturopathy which is doing commendable work in the field of Naturopathy. It has initiated several steps to popularize this system of medicine. The institute also organized Book Prize Award scheme to encourage authors and publishers of Naturopathy and Yoga books. It is heartening to note that my book ‘Complete Handbook of Nature Cure’ has been awarded first prize under this scheme for the year 1997-98 in the category primer on Naturopathy for Healthy Living by the Jury of Judges.

This decision of the Jury of Judges and encouragement given by the National Institute of Naturopathy, alongwith acclaimation won from the readers, have prompted me to revised this book to help further promote the cause of nature cure. This revised and enlarged edition contains six important additional topics under Nutrition and 50 additional diseases which were not covered in the original book.

From Back of Book

Naturopathy has taken rapid strides and gained significant acceptance in recent years. People are gradually realizing the limitations of allopathic drugs and traditional western medicine. As a result, they are now turning to natural medicines and methods to treat their ailments.

In his book, Dr. H. K. Bakhru explains the details and benefits of a variety of natural therapies. He explains how natural food, natural elements, yoga and more generally, the observance of the laws of nature, can allow patients to overcome their diseases. He also reviews the ingredients of a healthy and nutritious diet.

The author affirms that “good health ought to be everybody’s concern, not solely the medical profession’s.” In following this principle, he uses simple language to explain his treatments and the underlying reasoning behind his theories.

This well illustrated book will be beneficial for those who are seeking natural cures for their ailments. The book will also serve as a useful guide for those interested in leading simple and healthy lives. In addition, the book will be a very useful reference guide for students of naturopathy and practitioners of nature cure.

Contents

Forewordxiii
Preface to the First Edition xv
Preface to the Fourth Revised and Enlarged Edition xviii
Acknowledgementsxxi
PART I
NATURE CURE AND NATURAL METHODS OF TREATMENT 1-69
1Principles and practice of Nature Cure 3
2Fasting - The Master Remedy 8
3Therapeutic Baths 13
4Curative Powers of Earth 23
5Exercise in Health and Disease 26
6Therapeutic Value of Massage 32
7Yoga Therapy 39
8Healing Power of Colours 60
9 Sleep Restorative of Tired Body65
PART II
HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION 71-169
10Optimum Nutrition for Vigour and Vitality 73
11Miracles of Alkalizing Diet 78
12Vitamin and Their Importance in Health and Disease 82
13Minerals and Their Importance in Nutrition 90
14Amazing Power of Amino Acids 101
15Secrets of Food Combining 109
16Health Promotion The Vegetarian Way 113
17Importance of Dietary Fibre 117
18Lecithin - An Amazing Youth Element 122
19The Role of Enzymes in Nutrition 126
20Raw Juice Therapy 131
21Sprouts For Optimum Nutrition 137
22Role of Water in Nutrition 142
23Raw Foods For Good Health and Longevity 145
24Wheat Grass : A Miracle Medicine 155
25Health Hazards of Three White Products 155
26Health Hazards of Excessive Tea 161
27Health Hazards of Coffee 165
DISEASES AND THEIR NATURAL TREATMENT
28Acne 173
29Alcoholism 176
30Allergies 180
31Amnesia 184
32Anaemia 187
33Anal Fissure 191
34Anorexia Nervosa 194
35Appendicitis 197
36Arteriosclerosis 201
37Arthritis 204
38Asthma 208
39Backache 212
40Boils 216
41Bronchitis 219
42Cancer 222
43 Cataract226
44Cervical Spondylosis 230
45Chicken Pox 234
46 Cholera237
47Cirrhosis Of The Liver 241
48Colitis 244
49Common Cold 248
50Common Fever 252
51Conjunctivitis 255
52Constipation 258
53Corns 263
54Cough 266
55Cystitis 270
56 Dandruff274
57Defective Vision 277
58Dental Caries 282
59Depression 286
60Dermatitis 291
61Diabetes 294
62Diarrohoea 299
63Diptheria 302
64Diverticulosis 305
65Dropsy 308
66Dysentry 311
67Eczema 314
68Emphysema 318
69Epilepsy 321
70Falling of Hair 325
71Fatigue 329
72Gall Bladder Disorders 332
73Gastritis 336
74Gastro-Enteritis 339
75Glaucoma 342
76Goitre 345
77Gout 350
78Halitosis 354
79Headaches and Migraine 357
80Head Lice 362
81Heart Disease 365
82Hiatus-Hernia 370
83High Blood Cholestrol 374
84High Blood Pressure 378
85Hydrocele 383
86Hypoglycemia 386
87Impetigo 389
88Indigestion 392
89Influenza 396
90Insomnia 399
91 Intestinal Worms403
92Jaundice 407
93Kidney stones 411
94Leucoderma 416
95Low Blood Pressure 419
96Malaria 422
97Measles 426
98Meningitis 429
99Middle Ear Infection 432
100Multiple Sclerosis 435
101Mumps 438
102Muscle Cramps 441
103Neruasthenia 445
104Neuritis 448
105Nepthritis 451
106Obesity 454
107Osteoporosis 458
108Parkinson’s Disease 461
109 Peptic Ulcer464
110Piles 468
111Pleurisy 471
112Pneumonia 474
113Premature Greying of Hair 477
114Prostrate Disorders 481
115Psoriasis 485
116Pyorrhoea 488
117Rheumatism 491
118Rickets 495
119Ringworm 498
120Scabies 501
121Sciatica 504
122Scurvy 508
123Sexual Impotence 512
124Sinusitis 515
125Sore Throat 518
126Stomatitis 522
127Stress 525
128Stroke 529
129Styes 532
130Thinness 535
131Thyroid Fever 539
132Thyroid Disease 542
133Tonsillitis 545
134Tuberculosis 548
135Urticaria 552
136Varicose Veins 555
137Venereal Diseases 559
138Warts 563
139Whooping Cough 566
PART IV 571-618
WOMEN’S PROBLEM
140Menstrual Disorders 573
141Pre-menstrual Syndrome 578
142Menopausal Problems 581
143Childbirth : The Natural Way 585
144Habitual Abortion 590
145Female Sterility 594
146Leucorrhoea 598
147Inflammation of the Uterus 602
148Prolapse of the Uterus 605
149Vaginitis 608
150Pruritus Valvae 611
151Hysteria 614
PART V 619-645
CHARTS & TABLES
Vitamin Chart 621
Mineral Chart 624
Amino Acid Chart631
Calorie Chart 634
Height Weight Chart 637
Statements Showing Name of Common Foods
In Indian Language639
Glossary 647
Index 657-667
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