Few would dispute that yoga exercises and nature therapy provide a cure for a number of diseases without any side-effects. More research is yet to be commissioned on finding the truth about their full potential but what may be a safe conclusion is that in certain diseases they have proved effective, including in cases where modern medicine has not found a cure. That is why in recent years the ancient Eastern system of yoga and naturopathy has become quite popular as both curative and preventive methods, even in Western countries where state-of-the-art advances in medical sciences have been made. In the West, too, where artificial lifestyles and unhealthy food habits have resulted in a lot of health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, yoga and nature care are offering healthy solutions.
Expert yoga trainers in Nepal are found to be teaching the technique in its purest form. Local learners are estimated to be around 40 per cent and its followers are on a rapid rise because it is simple, free of cost, can be done anywhere and is without the side-effects of modern medicine. Furthermore, yoga promotes a balance between the mind and the body and has a beneficial effect on the entire body and mind, not just on particular organs. And its spiritual value can easily be inferred from the fact that Hindu sages from time immemorial have been practising the science and art of yoga and nature care. But this does not mean that other modern systems of medicine should receive lower priority. All should be put to use where they are most effective.