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Exercise in Health and Disease

A world famous physical educationist, Eugene Sandow, has very aptly said, ” Life is movement, stagnation is death. ” Physical exercise is essential for the maintenance of normal condition of life. Lack of natural exercise is one of the chief causes of weakness and ill-health.
In recent years, the need for exercise has been recognised even in sickness. Physio and occupational therapy are now standard procedures in medicine to restore the use of muscles and nerves that have been injured by disease or by accident. Patients with organic ailments are now advised to stay in bed for the minimum period considered necessary.
Exercise and Activity
For corrective living, it is essential to differentiate between exercise and activity. While both are important as they are involved in vital physical movement, they vary in degree and benefits.
Both employ the body in voluntary movement. Activity uses the body to a limited degree and generally to achieve a specific purpose. Exercise employs the body over the widest possible range of movement for the particular purpose of maintaining or acquiring muscle tone and control with maximum joint  flexibility.
Activity requires less physical effort and often less conscious effort once the routine has been established. Exercise demands considerable physical effort and is more beneficial as mental concentration is simultaneously employed.
Benefits
Systematic physical exercise has many benefits. The more important benefits are mentioned below :
Regular exercise taken properly can achieve the increased use of food by the body, which contributes to health and fitness. The basal metabolic rate and habitual body temperature will slowly rise during several weeks of physical exercise, if the programme is not too hard. The healthy person usually has abundant body heat and a warm radiant glow.
i. Regular progressive physical exercise can bring about the balance of automatic, or involuntary , nervous system. The tone of the vagus nerve, one of the nerves that control sensation and motion, is strengthened. This accounts for stronger pulse waves, higher metabolism and better circulation.
ii. Exercise can prevent or reduce gravitational ptosis or sag, as it is commonly called. Ptosis results from uneven flow of blood in the feet, legs and lower  abdomen.
iii. Improved capillary action in the working of muscular and brain tissue results from exercise carried to the point of real endurance. This permits greater blood flow and gives the muscles, including the heart, more resistance to fatigue.
Massage, heat and moderate exercise are relatively ineffective in producing additional capillary action as compared with vigorous exercise.
iv. The full use of the lungs in vigorous exercise can reduce or prevent lung congestion due to lymph accumulation.
v. Gas and intra-intestinal accumulations can be reduced by exercise that acts to knead and squeeze or vibrate the intraintestinal mass.
vi. Better respiratory reserve is developed by persistent exercise. This ensures better breath holding, especially after a standard exercise. With greater  respiratory reserves, exercise become easier.
vii.  Better respiratory reserve is developed by persistent exercise. This ensures better breath holding, especially after a standard exercise. With greater respiratory reserves, exercise become easier.
viii.  Improvement in tone and function of veins can be accomplished by repetitiously Exercise in Health and Disease squeezing and draining the blood out of them and then allowing them to fill.
ix. Sweating in exercise aids kidneys by helping to eliminate the waste matter from the body.
Consistent exercise leads to improvement in quality of blood. Studies have shown improved haemoglobin levels, relatively greater alkalinity, improved total protein content and a grater red cell count.
x. Systemic exercise promotes physical strength and mental vigour and strengthens will power and self control leading to harmonious development of the whole system.
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ENEMA

Also known as rectal irrigation, an enema involves the injection of fluid into the rectum. In nature cure treatment, only lukewarm water is used for cleaning the bowels. The patient is made to lie on his left side extending his left leg and bending the right leg slightly. The enema nozzle, lubricated with oil or vaseline, is inserted in the rectum. The enema can containing the lukewarm water is then slowly raised and water is allowed to enter into the rectum. Generally, one to two
litres of water is injected. The patient may either lie down on his back or walk a little while retaining the water. After five to 10 minutes, the water can be ejected along with the accumulated morbid matter.
A warm water enema helps to clean the rectum of accumulated faecal matter. This is not only the safest system for cleaning the bowels, but also improves the peristaltic movement of the bowels and thereby relieves constipation. A cold water enema is helpful in inflammatory conditions of the colon, especially in cases of dysentery, diarrhoea, ulcerative colitis, haemorrhoids and fever. A hot water enema is beneficial in relieving irritation due to inflammation of the rectum and painfull haemorrhoids. It also benefits women in leucorrhoea.

ENEMAAlso known as rectal irrigation, an enema involves the injection of fluid into the rectum. In naturecure treatment, only lukewarm water is used for cleaning the bowels. The patient is made to lieon his left side extending his left leg and bending the right leg slightly. The enema nozzle,lubricated with oil or vaseline, is inserted in the rectum. The enema can containing the lukewarmwater is then slowly raised and water is allowed to enter into the rectum. Generally, one to twolitres of water is injected. The patient may either lie down on his back or walk a little whileretaining the water. After five to 10 minutes, the water can be ejected along with theaccumulated morbid matter.A warm water enema helps to clean the rectum of accumulated faecal matter. This is not onlythe safest system for cleaning the bowels, but also improves the peristaltic movement of thebowels and thereby relieves constipation. A cold water enema is helpful in inflammatoryconditions of the colon, especially in cases of dysentery, diarrhoea, ulcerative colitis,haemorrhoids and fever. A hot water enema is beneficial in relieving irritation due toinflammation of the rectum and painfull haemorrhoids. It also benefits women in leucorrhoea.

Therapeutic Baths

Water has been used as a valuable therapeutic agent since time immemorial. In all major ancient civilizations, bathing was considered an important measure for the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. It was also valued for its remedial properties. The ancient Vedic literature in India contains numerous references to the efficacy of water in the treatment of disease.
In modern times, the therapeutic value of water was popularised by Vincent Priessnitz, Father Sebastian Kneipp, Louis Kuhne and other European water-cure pioneers. They raised water cure to an institutional level and employed it successfully for the treatment of almost every known disease. There are numerous spas and “Bads” in most European countries where therapeutic baths are used as a major healing agent.
Water exerts beneficial effects on the human system. It equalises circulation, boosts muscular tone and aids digestion and nutrition. It also tones up the activity of perspiratory gland and in the
process eliminates the damaged cells and toxic matter from the system.
The common water temperature chart is : cold 100C to 180C, neutral 320C to 360C and hot 400C to 450C. Above 450C, water loses its therapeutic value and is destructive.
The main methods of water treatment which can be employed in the healing of various diseases in a do-it-yourself manner are described below.

Therapeutic BathsWater has been used as a valuable therapeutic agent since time immemorial. In all majorancient civilizations, bathing was considered an important measure for the maintenance ofhealth and prevention of disease. It was also valued for its remedial properties. The ancientVedic literature in India contains numerous references to the efficacy of water in the treatment ofdisease.In modern times, the therapeutic value of water was popularised by Vincent Priessnitz, FatherSebastian Kneipp, Louis Kuhne and other European water-cure pioneers. They raised watercure to an institutional level and employed it successfully for the treatment of almost everyknown disease. There are numerous spas and “Bads” in most European countries wheretherapeutic baths are used as a major healing agent.Water exerts beneficial effects on the human system. It equalises circulation, boosts musculartone and aids digestion and nutrition. It also tones up the activity of perspiratory gland and in theprocess eliminates the damaged cells and toxic matter from the system.The common water temperature chart is : cold 100C to 180C, neutral 320C to 360C and hot 400Cto 450C. Above 450C, water loses its therapeutic value and is destructive.The main methods of water treatment which can be employed in the healing of various diseasesin a do-it-yourself manner are described below.