The Nisargopachar Ashram – Naturopathic Centre Urulikanchan, Pune. Mahatma Gandhi, Late Balkoba Bhave and Late Dr. Manibhai Desai were the founders of the Prakritik Chikitsa/ Nisargopachar Ashram at Urulikachan, a village not far from Pune.
Gandhi took steps towards the establishment and arrived at Urulikanchan on 22nd March 1946. It was a joint effort of Motilalji Kothari and Pannalalji Baldota to bring Gandhiji here. The villagers Late Mahadev Kanchan, Manibhai Desai, Dattoba Kanchan and Bandopant Datar also contributed.
The Ashram got a boost because of the dedication showed by Late Balkoba Bhave and Manibhai Desai accompanied by Late Krishnachandraji Agarwal. Balkobaji contributed by all means and supported the ashram. The ashram has played an important role in the field of social health.
Naturopathy believes not only in irradiating the symptoms and treating them but to kill diseases from its roots. For this purpose diet, patience and exercise also is important. The ashram as designed takes into consideration all these factors. In the arms of greenery, atmosphere free and aloof from urban & industrial pollution the ashram provides you comfort and an ideal space for cure. As we know Naturopathy is based on the five elements Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sunlight, the Naturopathic center does keep you close to nature and implement the five elements in the treatment processes.
Pure air, ample sunlight, adequate greenery, then using earth for mud therapy which helps causing digestive problems, water for hydrotherapy to treat orthopedic disorders etc. Thus the ashram relies on the five elements to treat a patient. Vegetarian food in catered and pulses, green vegetables and fruit juices mainly constitute the food here. The ‘Panchmahabhut’ i.e. Five elements help a lot and show miraculous effects on the patient’s physical & mental state.