Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala is the visionary who was instrumental in establishing Yoga and Nature Cure Hospital under Shantivana Trust in the year 1987 with the view of spreading the message to the common man that human body has the capacity to provide cure for its own ailments through various drugless therapies. The management also runs other charitable hospitals, colleges, schools and provides free education for the deserving.
Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences attached to the same management, offers 5 years of bachelor course.
Health is not merely absence of disease but the well being in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
The Naturopathic medicine is based on the concept of treating the body with Panchamahabhutas, that is Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether which forms the basic constituents of the body.