7th National Naturopathy Day 2024, History & Significance

7th National Naturopathy Day 2024

Every year on November 18th, India observes National Naturopathy Day, dedicated to advocating positive mental and physical health through drug-free therapy. Initiated in 2018 by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy), this annual event commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s pivotal role in endorsing Nature Cure back in 1945.

History of National Naturopathy Day

Journey from Germany to the United States

The origins of naturopathy can be traced back to 19th-century Germany, with its techniques later making their way to the United States. Coined by John Schell in 1895, the term gained prominence through Benedict Lust, often referred to as the ‘Father of Modern Naturopathy.’ Lust played a crucial role in popularizing naturopathy in the United States in 1992, focusing on the ‘Water Cure System,’ also recognized as ‘Hydrotherapy.’

Naturopathy: Harmonizing Tradition and Science

As the oldest healthcare system, naturopathy harmonizes modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural medicine. Central to its philosophy is the belief in the healing powers of nature, encouraging the body’s innate ability to self-heal. Naturopathy encompasses an array of natural therapies, including dietetics, botanical medicine, homoeopathy, fasting, exercise, lifestyle counseling, detoxification, chelation, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation, spiritual healing, environmental assessment, and health.

Significance of National Naturopathy Day in India

Revival through Translation

In India, the resurgence of naturopathy owes much to the translation of German nutritionist Louis Kuhne’s book, ‘The New Science of Healing.’ Translated into Telugu by Dronamraju Venkatachalapathy Sarma in 1894, the book later found its way into Hindi and Urdu in 1904 through the efforts of Shri Shroti Kishan Swaroop, significantly contributing to the propagation of naturopathy.

Naturopathy Movement Across States

The naturopathy movement gained momentum in Indian states such as Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bengal, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh. Communities in these regions actively participated in promoting and contributing to the principles and practices of naturopathy.


National Naturopathy Day serves as a yearly reminder of the comprehensive approach to well-being and the enduring principles that guide naturopathy. By recognizing its historical roots, understanding its philosophy, and appreciating its role in promoting health and healing, we can truly embrace the essence of this observance.

18th November 2024 Special Day

On November 18th, people in India look forward to National Naturopathy Day. This special day promotes natural healing and drug-free therapies for good health. It honors Mahatma Gandhi’s support for Nature Cure in 1945. The 2024 event renews appreciation for the body’s own healing abilities. It also reaffirms the commitment to holistic health practices. The date aims to highlight the benefits of naturopathy. It brings hope that in the next year, growth of natural medicine will help India achieve Gandhi’s vision of thriving communities in harmony with nature, mind and spirit.


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