Ayurveda in Kerala
 

Ayurveda evolved around 600 BC in India. This new system of medicine stressed on the prevention of body ailments in addition to curing them. Followed by the Dravidians and Aryans alike, Ayurveda has been practised ever since. Today, it's a unique, indispensable branch of medicine - a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humours - vata, pitta and kapha - to achieve the right balance. Ayurveda believes in the treatment of not just the affected part, but the individual as a whole. Making it the natural way to refresh yourself, eliminate all toxic imbalances from the body and thus regain resistance and good health. Kerala, the land of Ayurveda Kerala's equable climate, natural abundance of forests (with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants), and the cool monsoon season (June - November) are best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative packages.

In fact, today, Kerala is the only State in India which practises this system of medicine with absolute dedication. Monsoon, the ideal time for rejuvenationTraditional texts reveal that the monsoon is the best season for rejuvenation programmes. The atmosphere remains dust-free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy. Rejuvenation Therapy Tones up the skin and rejuvenates and strengthens all the tissues so as to achieve ideal health and longevity. Increases 'Ojas' (primary vitality) and improves 'Sattva' (mental clarity) and thereby increases the resistance of the body. Includes head and face massage with medicated oils and creams, body massage with herbal oil or powder by hand and foot, internal rejuvenative medicines and medicated steam bath. Herbal baths are also used. Body Immunisation And Longevity Treatment (Kayakalpa Chikitsa) Prime treatment for retarding the ageing process, arresting the degeneration of body cells and immunisation of the system.

Includes intake of Rasayana (special Ayurvedic medicines and diet) and comprehensive body care programmes. Most effective for either sex if undertaken before the age of 50. Body Sudation (Sweda Karma) Medicated steam baths eliminate impurities from the body, improve the tone and complexion of the skin, reduce fat and are recommended for certain rheumatic diseases, particularly for pain. Precious herbs and herbal leaves are boiled and the steam is passed over the entire body for 10 to 20 minutes daily. Hand massage with herbal oils or herbal powder improves blood circulation and tones up the muscles. Body Slimming Medicated herbal powder and medicated herbal oil massages, an Ayurvedic diet of herbal juices etc. are part of the programme. Beauty Care Herbal face pack, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea etc.

Improves complexion and beautifies the body. Mental And Physical Well Being (Meditation and Yoga) Mental and physical exercises meant to isolate the ego from the body and mind - designed to hone your concentration, improve health and help attain peace of mind through eight stages of training:

1. Disciplined behaviour (yama)
2. Self purification (niyama)
3. Bodily postures such as the lotus position (asana)
4. Control of breathing (pranayama)
5. Control of the senses (pratyahara)
6. Fixing of the mind on a chosen object (dharana)
7. Meditation (dhyana) and
8. Samadhi - a state of being where you experience absolute tranquility and well being. Overall Fitness (Panchakarma Treatment) A five fold treatment for mental and physical well being - tunes the body, organs, mind, breath, nerves and purifies the blood. 

Prime Treatments in Ayurveda : Some of the prime body treatments and body care in Ayurveda are given as under :-Abhyangam (14 Days) Warm herbal liquid is poured all over the body in a rhtthmic way through a special vessel for 45 minutes to 1 hour daily. This treatment is very effective for hemiplegia, Paralysis Rheumatic complaints etc. Dhanyamla Dhara (14 Days) Special type of oil massage in which strokes are given according to the diseases for 45 minutes per day for 14 days. This treatment is very useful for Obesity, Especially for Diabetic Gangrene etc. Dhara (14 Days) In this process, some Herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk etc. are poured on the forehead in a special method for about 45 minutes in a day for a period of 7-21 days. This treatment is mainly for Insomnia, Vatha Predominated diseases, Mental tension and certain skin diseases. Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent. Kerala, the land of Ayurveda, practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication. The equable climate, natural abundance of forests (with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants), and the cool monsoon season (June - November) are best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative packages. Ayurveda is a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of body's humours - vata, pitta and kapha - to achieve the right balance.

They help to eliminate all toxic imbalances from the body and thus regain resistance and good health the natural way. Knowledge about Ayurvedic type of medicine is divided into eight branches. The branches are

1. Kaya chikilsa (general medicine)
2. Shalya (surgery)
3. Shalakya (ENT and Ophthalmology)
4. Graha (Psychotherapy)
5. Damshitra (toxicology)
6. Bala (Pediatrics and Gynecology)
7. Jara (rejuvenation) and
8. Vrishya (Aphrodisiacs). Of the above the seventh one that is rejuvenation therapy is a unique method, which Ayurveda performs. Until death our body is engaged in a continuous struggle against the aging process. Hence the body is called Shareeram - something that degenerates.