Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest medical systems. As a system it has a philosophy of health based around the concept of "balance" as well as toolset for diagnosis, managing health and illness. Once the main health system within in India, it has been sidelined by the emergence of modern "western" style medicine and is now marginal. Many Indians subscribe to ayurveda and practise ayurvedic treatments, but increasingly patients gravitate towards modern hospitals.
Ayurveda is weakest in the area of surgery and strongest when viewed as a technique for sustaining wellness. People who seek ayurvedic solutions after falling ill are mostly likely to disappointed by the results. There is little evidence that ayurveda is able to achieve results when western medicine fails.
As an ancient system, it is also a continuous tradition, albeit one that is anecdotal and where there is a lack of a central repository of data. Practitioners of ayurveda are frequently secretive of methods and there is a weak tradition of open discourse and debate.
In Kerala, the distinctive ayurveda is called panchakarma which focuses on detoxification of the body through a range of connected treatments.
Ayurveda has been popularised through health resorts in Kerala and yet, elsewhere in the world it is still a "massage" based therapy. But Ayurveda is not just a resort based relaxation package; and rather, this great science is a holistic approach to your wellness.
Here at Karma Kerala, we take Ayurveda very seriously. Enquiries are managed by competent local personnel who liaison with the Ayurveda treatment centre(s) in Kerala to help you achieve the medical outcomes you seek.
Main Sections of Ayurveda Guide
- Ayurveda Guide Homepage
- What is Ayurveda
- What Makes Ayurveda Unique
- How Does Ayurveda Work
- History of Ayurveda
- Treatment Names in Ayurveda
- What is Panchakarma
Subsidiary Sections of Ayurveda Guide
The Body & Health in Ayurveda
- The Three Doshas - Vata, Kapha, pitta
- More About Humors (Energies) In Human Body
- Prakruti or Constitutional Nature
Diseases & Treatments
- Causes Of Diseases
- Diagnosis In Ayurveda
- Ayurveda Treatment
- Ayurveda Health
- Treatments & Relevant Diseases
- Uncommon Diseases, Causes & Treatements
- Common Diseases & Home Remedies
- Vertebra & Ayurveda
- Massage Methods
Historic Elements of Ayurveda
Pregnancy & Post Natal
- Massage During Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Therapy
- Remedies For Common Infancy/Child Ailments
- Babycare Aromatherapy
- Aromatherapy For General Diseases
- Ayurveda Conquers Heart Diseases & Bids Good-Bye To Bye-Pass Surgery
Ayurveda in Everyday Life
Studying & Courses in Ayurveda
Karkataka Chikitsa or Ayurveda Monsoon Treatments
- Ayurvedic treatment packages
- Special Ayurvedic treatment packages
If you are looking for help with finding the appropriate hospital or resort for you, please contact us for help and advice.
Kerala resorts have popularised only one aspect of ayurveda's system: massage also known as abhyanga. Ayurvedic therapies might be characterised as internal, external and enviromental. Ayurvedic treatments combine these different properties through a wide variety of different therapeutic approaches such as massage and diet and meditation. A typical ayurvedic therapy rarely addresses a single "sense" or factor. Ayurveda works through all the senses such as aromatherapy, colour therapy, massage, music therapy, chanting as well non-sensory approaches such as meditation or lifestyle.
Traditional ayurveda also considered other environmental factors such as house, apartment and office structure and astrological effects. These are sciences unto themselves. Vedic architecture (Vastu Shastra) and Chinese Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) deal with the laws of nature that integrate the earth, the person and the planets and stars. The exterior and interior design of buildings can also enhance balance or cause imbalance. Vedic astrology (Jyotish) is the science of understanding the laws of nature of the planets and stars, and how they influence us. Astrology which follows a very different model to western astrology remains a potent force within Indian culture. Many occassions are deliberately scheduled to be auspicious.
Ayurveda recognises a range of illnesses and conditions which it seeks to heal.
Is Ayurveda Holistic?
Ayurveda is often described as holistic in its approach. This means that it takes account of every aspect of your life rather than discreet symptoms of illness. Ayurveda's reliance on the concept of balance requires that every aspect of an individual's life needs to be considered in both diagnosis and treatment therapies: nutrition, career, mental state, personal, family and social activities and the spiritual life. If one of these is impaired, then it can lead to impairment of the whole. Whilst this can seem unscientific in comparison to western medicine, it also offers a rich therapy experience that moves between massage and nutrition to colour therapy or mantra chanting. Interestingly, research in positive psychology is developing a more complete understanding of how patient states impact upon physical health.
Charaka – The Authority On Ayurveda
No perfect record is traceable as to when Charaka was lived, but his Samhita (system) is still important. A reasonable belief is that he was lived in Kusana period – a period existed many centuries ago, probably 1st century AD. It is widely believed that he was a physician–companion of Kaniska who lived in the period of Charaka. Anyway, Charaka, is immortal and his contributions to mankind and ayurveda are priceless.
He has very minutely decimated the structure of human body, discovered the cause of ailments and invented the remedy for born. For unborn, his contribution started from the formation of fetus to delivery with interception of techniques for formation of pre-determined sex.
His Samhita evidences that he lived in north-west part of India after the Buddhist period is over, spending most of the time in Himalaya which he craze-loved.
Charaka Samhita text was revived by Drdhabala in 4th century. The Samhita is a treasure for students and teachers of ayurveda, pharmacologists, philosophers, physicians, science historians and even layman.
To benefit the mankind, Charaka Samhita was translated into many languages including Tibetan and Arabic. The importance and relevance of the Samhita sky-fly as the years roll by. In recent past, in late 20th century to be precise, authentic treaties on Charaka have descended in Europe and Japan.
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