The importance of Ayurveda in Kerala and why so many people visit Kerala to undertake ayurveda treatments and programmes
Ayurveda in Kerala
Kerala is the paradise of Ayurveda. No country in the world can claim parity with Kerala in Ayurveda. Nor any State in India is in parity with Kerala. Out of four million people coming to India every year for Ayurveda treatment, the share of Kerala is in far excess of any State in India. The growth rate per annum of Ayurveda treatment seekers to Kerala is around 20%. The ideal climate, blessed landscape with forests and mountains ideal to grow herbs and medicinal plants on their own, adequate infrastructure facilities with enough highly qualified and experienced Ayurveda Physicians and Technicians, hundreds of renowned Ayurveda Resorts - which include
- Ayurveda Hill Resorts,
- Ayurveda Beach Resorts,
- Ayurveda Backwater Resorts,
- Ayurveda Floating Resorts,
- Five Star Ayurveda Resorts,
- State of the art Ayurveda Hospitals.
People from all over the world come to Kerala in search of Ayurveda treatment – either for rejuvenation or to find a cure. Superior service in hundreds of exclusive Ayurveda treatment outlets in high-budget and low-budgets brackets has made Kerala the world's number one in the field of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda has become an indispensable branch of medicine, thanks to the world awareness about the enormous benefit Ayurveda offers to the mankind. When people think of Ayurveda, they think of Kerala as a natural choice where world’s top ranking Ayurveda treatment facilities are available at affordable cost.
The traditional Ayurveda knowledge and the mode of treatment have been supplemented with scientific research results. The Ayurveda is a hot subject in Kerala and entry to the Ayurveda Colleges is regulated by Entrance Examinations. The 5-year degree course (plus 6 months internship) is excellent in Kerala.
Over 3000 years old science of Ayurveda helps attain the harmony of body, mind and soul. The Sanskrit word of Ayurveda literally means “Science of Life”. In ancient period the enormous healing and health-reinforcing property of herbs and plants were experienced by the Rishis (Sages). They recorded their experience and knowledge in “Thaliyola”, which were books made of dried palm-leaf, held together by iron pins, for the benefit of mankind and got passed through generation to generation. Until only few years back the horoscopes were written on palm-leaf in Kerala.
In essence, Ayurveda treatment is concerned with the prevention of ailments. The curing of ailment is of secondary importance. The Ayurveda theory is based on “if stayed healthy, life is wealthy; the attackers (diseases) refuse to enter the body. According to Ayurveda, Tridoshas – Vata, Pitta, Kapha – rule the body or constitute the body. These three elements are complimentary to each other. The effect or impact of these varies from person to person, depending upon the physical and emotional characteristics. Accordingly the treatment for a same complaint may vary from person to person.
Healthy living is at the heart of vedic philosophy and Ayurveda contributes to it enormously. For healthy living no ailment should intervene lest the charm of the health get bored. From this comes the importance of treatment with preventive medicine – that is Ayurveda. Not only preventive but it is also curative for a number of ailments. While Allopathy medicines act fast, Ayurveda medicines act slow but steady. The great advantage of Ayurveda is that it has no significant side-effects.
According to Ayurveda, illness occurs when any one or more of Tridoshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) makes imbalanced or erratic function which results in the malfunctioning of the internal organs. Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Ether, the five basic elements of the universe, have also to work in cohesion to have the human body the required elements for strength in addition to Tridoshas, according to Ayurveda.
Ayurveda treatment is directed to the whole of body with an exception in very few cases. Ayurveda works in the body as a reinforcement and guard and with its impacts the illness beat a retreat.
Ayurveda system is centered on Saptha Dadhus (bodily tissues), Srotas (channels), Amas (toxins) and Trinity of life (body, mind and spiritual awareness).
Ayurveda treatments are basically classified into two : Toxicant and Reduction. While Reduction therapies decrease excess in the body, Toxicant therapies take care of deficiency in the body. Reduction therapy is split into two – pacification and purification. Fasting, sunbathing, exercise, exposure to wind and oral herbs do the pacification job perfectly. Likewise, purification is also does its duty of elimination of disease bearing elements perfectly.
Ayurveda is branched into 8 and the treatments are modulated accordingly. They are :
- Kaya Chikitsa (general medicine),
- Shalya Chikitsa (surgery),
- Shalakya Chikitsa (ENT and ophthalmology),
- Graha Chikitsa (psycho therapy),
- Damshitra Chikitsa (toxicology),
- Bala Chikitsa (pediatricas and gnyacology),
- Jara Chikitsa (rejuvenation),
- Vrishya Chikitsa (aphrodisiacs).
Chikitsa ( a Sankritic and Malayalam word) denotes treatment.
In Ayurveda, for one disease different types of treatments are indicated. But all the indicated treatments necessarily are not administered to an individual. The modes and combination differ from case to case. Likewise, a particular treatment is suggested for a number of cases. For example, Panchakarma is suggested for Asthma, Back Pain, Obesity, Rheumatism, Sinusitis, Rejuvenation, Constipation, Menopausal Syndrome, Facial Palsy, Depression, Hemiplegia, Headache, Poly-arthritis, Hypertension, Sciatica, Psoriasis, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome and many other ailments. Here too the modes and combinations of Panchakarma will vary from disease to disease. In many cases the wisdom and experience of the Physician leads to the selection of modes and combinations.
Ayurveda treatments for jaundice, Parkinson’s disease, spinal problems, gastric and peptic ulcers, arthritis, paralysis, migraine, obesity, sinuses, premature ageing, skin and eye ailments, among other ailments, can be highly effective.
Navarakizhi, Elakizhi, Thalapothichal, Sirovasthi and Dhara treatments all originated in Kerala. These treatments are very popular and effective against peptic ulcer, heart diseases, neurosis, asthama, peripheral vascular diseases, gynaecological complaints and multi-faceted arthritis.
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Rejuvenation therapy mainly uses massage techniques. The herbal oiled and herbal powdered massages improve blood circulation, stream-line the body, discharge toxins from the body, decrease excess fat and immunize the body, among other advantages.
A vast variety of plants in parts or in totality (roots, stems, leaves, flowers and yields in raw and fruit form), metals, minerals, birds, animals and even mud and sand are either used as medicines or go into the preparations of Ayurveda medicines.
For rejuvenation therapy the ideal time in Kerala is monsoon (June to November). The cool and rainy atmosphere forces the body to open its pores to the maximum when herbal oils penetrate to the body quickly to have optimum result. The temperature during the monsoon season is relatively even during the day and night and so stresses the body very little. Furthermore the rain draws the dust out of the air which is also beneficial during the treatment.