Ayurveda

Ayurveda is not just about good physical health. It is a therapy that promises holistic wellness. The natural herbs and oils used in the therapy are of great medicinal value as is said in the Vedic literature on Ayurveda. The history of Ayurveda which can be traced back to the Vedic Ages clearly lays out instructions to maintain health as well as fighting illnesses through therapies such as massages, herbal medicines, diet control and exercise.

Elimination of toxic elements from the body is the primary function of this curing remedy. The system gets purified when the poisonous elements are removed from the body. As a result, the chances of falling ill are largely zeroed down which makes one feel tension-free. It rejuvenates the mind, body and soul.

Charaka Samhitha (Treatise on Medicine), Susrutha Samhitha (Treatise on Surgery) and Ashtanga Samgraha (Treatise on the basic principles) are the three major treatises in Ayurveda. These treatises tell us that every individual has a unique constitution. Every organ or system has an energy related to it and there has to be equilibrium between them. The balance generally gets affected when we fall ill. The objective of Ayurveda is to reestablish this equilibrium in order to maintain good health.

Kerala has a number of Ayurveda treatment centres which offer various packages. From treatments like uzhichil and pizhichil to curing illnesses like arthritis to beauty massages for the skin and hair; there is no place better than Kerala to seek the benefits of Ayurveda. Kerala has a number of natural herbs such as Aswagandha, Amalki, Katphal, Brahmi, Bharangi, Yashtimadhu, Shankhupusham to name a few. Turmeric, Cinnamon, Keezharnelli (Phylantus Amarus), Kilukillapa (Crotalaria Retusa Linn), Koduveli (Plumbago Zeylanica Linn) and many more herbs with medicinal values are found in Kerala.

The rainy season, from June to September, is the ideal time for Ayurvedic treatments because the atmosphere remains cool, moist, and dust free. This opens up the body’s pores, making it receptive to herbal oils and therapy.

Kerala - Ayurveda Treatments

Rejuvenation Therapy (Rasayana Chikilsa) : A comprehensive massage therapy designed to attain longevity, to slow down the ageing process and to fight degenerative conditions. With ageing the cells and tissues of the human body undergoes changes; affecting the functioning of the entire body system. This program aims to rejuvenate the body through massage with medicated oil and cream. A complete body massage is done with hand and foot by two masseurs. The medicated oil and cream used in the treatment rejuvenates the cells and tissues whilst building up the immunity power. Internal revitalizing medicines and medicated steam baths are also used in the therapy. The therapy can extent from 90 minutes to 2 hours per day lasting for 7 to 14 days.
Body massage therapy (Shodhan Chikilsa) : This therapy, based on the Panchakarma and Swetakarma treatments, aims to holistically purify the body to help attain a proper balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This is a 15-day long therapy which includes - body massage, snehapanam, nasyam, verechanam, snehvasti, pizhichil, tharpanam, sirovasti, steam bath, herbal drinks and herbal bath with medicated water.
Body Immunisation /Longevity treatment (Kayakalpa Chikitsa) : This is one of the key treatments in Ayurveda for slowing down the ageing process, preventing the degeneration of body cells and for immunizing the whole system. Based on the Panchakarma and Swetakarma treatments, this procedure lasting up to 28 days include: herbal-oil body massage, special diet, rasayana intake, snehpanam, virechanam, nasyam, snehvasti, kashaya vasti, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, tharpanam, sirovasti, karnapporanam, medicated steam bath, yoga and meditation. The treatment is recommended for people less than 60 years old.
Anti Stress Program (Manasanthy) : This program aims at relaxing and un-winding the mind. The strains of daily life creates hormonal imbalances resulting in psychosomatic disorders such as hypertension, ulcerative colitis, ischaemic heart disease, peptic ulcer, diabetic mellitus, bronchial asthma, migraine etc – commonly known as ‘Lifestyle diseases’. Manasanthy is a holistic method of treatment that combines Yoga with the goodness of Ayurveda. This anti –stress program is found highly beneficial for those suffering from insomnia, lack of concentration, fatigue tensions, headache and many other stress related ailments.
Psoriasis Treatment Program (Sidhma Chikilsa) : This is an effective treatment for all types of psoriasis. The program includes special lapanam, abhyangam, snehapanam, pizhichil, medicated steam bath, sirovasthi and exclusive internal herbal medicines.
Rejuvenation Massage : The whole body is massaged with herbal oil or herbal powder by hand and foot for about 90 minutes. Rejuvenation Massage is good for revitalizing the body and reducing mental tension and sexual weakness.
Body Uzhichil : Body Uzhichil involves massaging the body with herbal oil or herbal powder by hand. This helps to tone up the body, improve the blood circulation and strengthen the tissues. Uzhichil is highly effective for nervous disorders.
Pizhichil or Sarvangdhara : In this treatment pieces of linen, dipped in lukewarm medicated oils, are applied on the body in a particular rhythmic way for about 60 - 90 minutes per day. This can last from 7 - 21 days. Pizichil is an effective remedy for rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, paralysis-agitanus etc.
Njavarakizi : Njavarakizi is a method of healing that begins with a whole or specific body part massage. Later the body is made to perspire by applying herbal preparations filled in a muslin bag. This is continuously done for 14 days by 2 to 4 therapists - usually lasting for 60 - 90 minutes. This treatment is highly effective for all types of rheumatism, pain in the joints, emaciation of limbs, high blood pressure, cholesterol and certain kinds of skin diseases.
Dhara : Dhara involves the application of herbal oils, medicated milk, butter milk etc., on the forehead using a special method that lasts for about 45 minutes a day, for a period of 7 to 21 days. Dhara is an effective healing method for insomnia, Vatha predominated diseases, mental tensions and certain skin diseases.
Vasthi : During this treatment certain herbal oils and extracts are applied through the rectum daily for a period of 5 to 25 days. Vasthi is an effectual treatment for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints associated with rheumatism and constipation.
Sirovasthi : In Sirovasthi, a long cap open at the top is fitted around the patients head and lukewarm herbal oils are poured into it. The duration varies from 15 to 60 minutes per day depending on the patient's condition and continues for a period of 7 days. Sirovasthi is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches, and other Vatha related diseases.
Udvarthanam : Udvarthanam is a deep dry massage using herbal powder for about 30 to 45 minutes daily lasting for a period of 14 to 28 days. It is an effective treatment for diseases like hemitplegia, paralysis, obesity (excess fat) and certain rheumatic ailments.
Abhyangam : This is a special type of oil massage in which strokes are given depending on the disease. Abhyangam lasts for 45 minutes per day, extending for a period of 14 days. This treatment is highly effective for obesity, diabetic gangrene etc.
Nasyam : Nasyam is an effective treatment for headaches, paralysis, mental disorders, certain types of skin diseases etc. During the treatment herbal juices, medicated oils etc. are administered through the patient’s nostrils for 7 to 14 days.
Snehapanam : Snehapanam involves oral intake of medicated ghee, in a proportionally increased quantity, for a period of 8 to 12 days. This treatment is highly effective for osteoarthritis, psoriasis, leukemia etc.
Kizhi : In this therapy herbal leaves and herbal powders are tied in cloth bags and applied to the whole body along with hot medicated oils. Kizi is usually done for 45 minutes per day, for a period of 7 to 14 days. This treatment is effective for osteoarthritis, arthritis with swelling, spondylosis, sports injuries etc.
Dhanyamla Dhara : During this treatment a lukewarm herbal preparation is poured all over the body in a rhythmic way. The therapy lasts for 45 minutes to 1 hour per day. Dhanyamla Dhara is very effective for hemiplegia, paralysis rheumatic complaints etc.
Yoni Prakshalanam : Yoni Prakshalanam is an Ayurvedic purification process for the female vagina. During this therapy herbal oils and decoctions are applied through the vaginal route. This treatment is good for gynecological disorders and infections.
Kathivasthi : In this Ayurvedic procedure specially prepared warm medicated oil is applied over the lower back along with a herbal paste. Kathivasthi lasts for 45 minutes to 1 hour. This treatment is effective for any type of spinal disorders.
Urovasthi : In this therapy warm medicated oil is kept over the chest for 45 minutes. Urovasthi is an effective treatment for asthma, other respiratory problems, heart diseases and muscular chest pain.
Ksheeradhoomam : Ksheeradhoomam is a fomentation process with medicated cow milk. This treatment is an effective cure for facial paralysis, Bell’s palsy, speech disorders and other nervous disorders of the face.
Thalam : This treatment involves the application of a special powder mixed with medicated oil on top of the head for 20 to 45 minutes. Thalam is a helpful solution for ENT problems, insomnia, migraine etc.
Lepanam : Lepanam is a process by which medicated herbal paste is applied on the affected body part. This is a useful remedy for various types of inflammations of the body.

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