Why Naturopathy?

Naturopathy Down the Decades

Naturopathy is a drugless system of medicine and healing. Grounded on a well-founded philosophy, Naturopathy is a system of man building in harmony with the constructive principle in nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of being. Presented here is a short account of Naturopathy from ancient times to the modern times and the important personalities who contributed significantly to the system’s development.

The Beginnings

Naturopathy has been used in India since time immemorial. Fasting, drinking water early in the morning and taking bath in holy rivers etc., are everyday practices from olden days till now. Scriptures indicate that fasting, sunlight, water, exercise, manipulative therapies etc., were in practice since 3000 years. In 1894 Shri D. Venkatachalapathy Sharma, a close associate of Louis Kuhne propagated Kuhne’s treatment in South India by translating Kuhnes’s books in Telugu.

Louis kuhne
Louis kuhne
Lakshman Sharma
Lakshman Sharma

Acharya Lakshmana Sharma to Mahatma Gandhi

Around 1913, Acharya Lakshmana Sharma started to follow naturopathy in his life. Deeply knowledgeable in Vedas he laid down the principles of Naturopathy. He also established a firm scientific basis for the principles and practice of Naturopathy. His book on nature cure titled, “Practical Nature Cure” is considered the magnum opus on this subject.


During the year 1920-1921 Dr. Dinshah Mehta developed techniques of Naturopathy based on modern methods. In 1929, he started a nature cure clinic and sanitorium at Pune, India. He also started two nature cure clinics in Mumbai.

Dr.Dinshaw metha
Father of Indian Naturopathy-Dr.Mahatma gandhiji
Father of Indian Naturopathy-Dr.Mahatma gandhiji

Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation, influenced by the 1902 book ‘Return to Nature’ written by Adolf just became a follower of Naturopathy. He wrote a book under the heading ‘Guide to Health’. He also did several experiments of Naturopathy on himself. Dr. Dinshah became Gandhiji’s personal nature cure physician. He managed two of the three world renowned 21-day fasts of Gandhiji and many short fasts. In 1946, Nisargopachar ashram was started by Gandhiji, in pursuance of his belief that Naturopathy should also reach poor people. He is known as the Father of Indian Naturopathy. In 1950, Prakritika Cikitsalaya was started in  jaipur.

Adolf just

In 1924, basic research and development work on Yoga was started by Swami Kuvalayanandji in Lonavla, which later became a pioneer institute in the field of research of yoga. Other institutes like, Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation-Bangalore, Vemana Yoga Research Institute-Hyderabad etc. have also done a commendable work.

Kaivalyadhama ,lonovala, pune
Kaivalyadhama ,lonovala, pune
Central council for research in yoga and naturopathy, Delhi

The era of AYUSH 

Later the Government of India also recognized the need for the system and formed autonomous bodies of Ministry of Health and Family welfare under the Department of AYUSH. CCRYN established in 1978, MDNIY(Morar ji Desai National Institute of Yoga) which governed the Research activities of Yoga and Naturopathy was established in 1998. It was also considered important to develop the education and gradually there were development of Colleges in India.

Morarji Desai institute of yoga
Morar ji Desai National institute of yoga, Delhi
National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune

The National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune which was established in 1986,

In Tamilnadu, many colleges conduct the 5 & 1/2 years naturopathy medical course under the name of BNYS(Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences). It was affiliated with Tamilnadu Dr.MGR medical university, Chennai.