Kerala Ayurveda Kerala is the land of ayurveda, a 5000 year ancient Hindu traditional medical practice that has its origins in the Vedic time and still remains one of the best complementary and alternative medical practices in the world. Ancient practitioners have developed preparations from natural ingredients for the treatment of various ailments.
The basic principle of ayurveda rests on the perfect balance of the three Doshaâ€™s or elemental substances in a human body ie : Vata, Pitha & Kapha. Diagnosis is an eight pronged approach and treatments are prescribed to bring about a balance in the body. Medicines are generally plant based and few are animal based. Some medicines contain minerals too. Use of oils & massages with medicated oils are also prescribed. People from all over the world come to Kerala to experience the power of kerala ayurveda. Tourists visiting India and especially Kerala indulge in the rejuvenation therapies available. Kerala is dotted with ayurvedic resorts, and hospitals with a resort like ambience that offer therapies both long as well as short term. Ayurvedic treatments are generally performed on days in multiples of 3, ie: either 3 days, 7 days, 21 days etc. Proper consultation is sought from an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner, who prescribes the treatments, massages,
medicines, and an appropriate diet. Satvic food is generally advised, which is mainly vegetarian with the avoidance of dairy too. Abhayanga or oil massage is often prescribed. The patient is placed in an ennathoni or wooden massage bed and masseurs apply medicated oils to the body or poultices to the affected areas.
It is a ritual with traditional Indians to undergo a sukhachikilsa or rejuvenation therapy for 7 days at the onset of the monsoons in June every year. The body is said to be at its most tender condition and best to receive the medication it is provided. This yearly ritual keeps the mind and body agile and pain free for long periods. Shirodhara for cooling the head is yet another therapy for cooling of the head, relaxing the mind, sinusitis and various other ills. A continuous stream of medicated oil is poured onto the forehead in a steady stream.
Most tours of India include Ayurveda as a must-do on their itineraries. Some tours make ayurveda-centric itineraries that include long term treatments, diets, yoga and relaxation sessions, rejuvenation therapies etc. A visitor to India must enjoy the best India has to offer not only in terms of its culture & heritage but also its ancient practices of healing and wellness.
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