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Ayurveda - Science of Life!

KERALA AYURVEDA

The essence of Ayurveda treatments is the removal of toxins from the body, curing any ailments and avoidance of toxin causing factors. The medicines given mainly comprises of powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils etc. all prepared prepared from natural sources. Proper diets and life style that makes you to live in harmony is also suggested.

BASICS OF KERALA AYURVEDA, GLOSSERY OF AYURVEDIC TREATEMENT TERMS AND AYURVEDIC RESORTS IN KERALA

Life is Good. Live More

In an individual the age of stagnation is from the 48th to the 60th year. If people remain free from worries and take the right exercise and nourishment, they could maintain their health. But today even at this age life is full of accumulated toxins, mental stress, physical stress and many other ailments affecting overall well being.From the age of 60 onwards, it is the period of decline and the process of ageing cannot be prevented by any normal means. The tissue metabolism decreases, the bones undergoes degeneration, all types of joint problems arise, the vital organs slow down their work, the nervous system becomes fragile and the arteries lose their softness. Due these reasons today a person is more vulnerable to ailments like High Blood Pressure, Insomnia, Rheumatism, Osteoarthritis, Diabetes and innumerable other ailments. The Ayurvedic therapies aim at arresting and reversing this process. By keeping the enzymes in the tissue cells in their normal functioning condition, the cells are revitalized and their composition is changed. The nerves and bones are kept soft and smoothened and the tranquility of the mind is promoted. Ayurveda prevents the process of ageing and makes the individual free from diseases even at an advanced age. Those who want to live a long healthy life, keep fit and stay free from illnesses, should try some famous Ayurvedic Therapies!

AYURVEDA-The Science of Life

Ayurveda (Ayur-Life, Veda-Science Literally meaning Science of Life) is one of the greatest gifts of India to the world and the oldest system of medicine which has its roots to the Vedic period of ancient India. Ayurveda considers each person as a unique individual made up of five primary elements namely earth, water, fire, air and space (ether) just as in nature. These basic elements present in us have ability to combine among themselves to create the various physiological functions. Such combination of elements is called as Doshas, which can be closely translated as bio-energies. Thus the elements of Air & Fire combine to create Vata Dosha, a bio energy which governs the principle of movement and can be seen as the force controlling nerve impulses, circulation, respiration and elimination etc., The elements of Fire and Water combine to create Pitta Dosha, a bio energy which governs the transformation (metabolism) and seen as the force behind transformation of foods into nutrients, metabolism in the organ, tissue and cellular systems. Finally the elements of Earth & Water combine to create Kapha Dosha, a bio energy which is responsible for growth and can be seen as a force adding structure to our body and offering protection in form of fluid to various organs and tissues.

Ayurveda believes when the Doshas function in harmonized manner, it results in well-being of a person. But the disharmony between the Doshas, will result in elemental imbalance, thus leading to various ailments. The treatment to such imbalances is imparted by PANCHA KARMA THERAPY, massages, herbal medicines, diet control and exercises in form of yoga and meditation.

Kerala Ayurvedic Treatments

The primary purpose of any Ayurveda treatment is to cure disease by re-establishing the equilibrium of Doshas to a harmonized desirable level. The essence of treatment is the removal of the root cause toxins so as to give permanent relief and avoidance of causative factors. The medicines for the treatment mainly comprises of powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils etc. prepared from natural herbs, plants and minerals. As the medicines are from natural sources (not synthetic) they are accepted and assimilated in the body without creating any side effects. In addition to medicines, proper diet and living style is also advised. So that one don't go back to the days of creating Dosha imbalances. Also Ayurveda recognizes the unique constitutional differences of all individuals and therefore recommends different regimens for different types of people. Although two people may appear to have the same outward symptoms, their energetic constitutions may be very different and therefore call for different remedies. So it is very important to note that treatments are recommended only after the individual having consultation with the experienced Ayurvedic doctors available at the treatment centers.

Glossary of Common Kerala Ayurvedic Treatment Procedures

In addition to body care therapies offered, the resorts also have infrastructure to deal with any particular ailments of the patients. Below are the common treatments and procedures that are offered as stand alone or in combination with other procedures for the particular ailments of the patients. Particular treatment or treatment type is recommended by the doctors after checking the patient or the medical reports. For example as explained below, Paralysis have more than five ways of treating but a particular/ suitable one is recommended by the doctor only after checking patient and his body condition. The duration mentioned are recommended duration for the treatment to have positive results and may change depending on patient's body condition. Lastly even though two patients may have similar ailment and symptoms it is possible that these two are treated differently as treatments depend on body condition. Also keep in mind no Ayurveda treatments are given to ladies to during the menstrual cycle.

Pizhichal The whole body is subjected to streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage in seven postures. This therapy protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthy life and is done by two to four trained therapists in a special rhythmic way. Depending on ailment recommended duration is 14 to 21 Days. This treatment is very good for treating all rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, neurological disorders, blood pressure, sexual weakness, nervous weakness, improves skin complexion, delays aging , promote optimum health, increases immunity, development of muscles etc.

Njavarakizhi "Njavarakizhi" is a procedure in which small cotton cloth boluses are filled with cooked Njavara rice and massaged over the body after a liberal application of medicated oil. The rice used is cooked in cow's milk and herbal decoction. The boluses are then dipped in the same mixture and applied all over the body to induce sudation (sweat). The highly rejuvenating, nourishing procedure is done by 2 to 4 trained therapists and depending on ailment the recommended duration is 07 to 14 Days. This treatment is for all types of rheumatism, neurological disorders, arthritis, joint pains, emaciation of limbs, high ` pressure, cholesterol and certain kinds of skin diseases. Overall this increases immunity and sharpens the functions of sensory organs.

Dhara In this process, some herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk etc., are poured on the forehead in special method. This is done for about 45 minutes in a day and depending on ailment the suggested duration is 7 to 21 days. This treatment is mainly for insomnia, vatha predominated diseases, mental tension and certain skin diseases

Treatment-1 Medicated milk is poured all over the body and head with a special vessel from a certain height in a rhythmic manner. This treatment is good for insomnia, mental Tensions, headache due to pitha dominant, menopause problems etc

Treatment-2 This treatment is a kind of sudation therapy using herbal decoctions. This is a process by which the body is made to perspire by means of pouring warm decoction from special herbs with a special vessel from a certain height in a rhythmic manner and is rubbed into the body. This method removes toxins from the tissues and promotes fat metabolism, removes tension from the muscles and also good for pain and stiffness of the joints and muscles, fibromyalgia etc

Vasthi (Matra Vasthi, Sneha Vasthi, Kashaya Vasthi) Certain herbals oils, herbal extracts etc., are applied through the rectum daily and depending on ailment is given for period of 5 to 14 days This treatment is for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints associated with rheumatism and constant constipation.


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