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Ayurveda in kerala

Ayurveda is the oldest medical science in the world. It is estimated over 6000 years old. The treatment consists of herbal ayurvedic medicine and massage with ayurvedic oils and herbs. This ancient Indian system of medicine was practiced from time immemorial and has treatments for even rare diseases that other systems of medicines are unable to cure

Ayurveda is a wholistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.

Things that are unique to Ayurveda:

Its recommendations will often be different for each person regarding which foods and which lifestyle they should follow in order to be completely healthy. This is due to it's use of a constitutional model. Everything in Ayurveda is validated by observation, inquiry, direct examination and knowledge derived from the ancienttexts. It understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings. These forces are called the Tridoshas. Because Ayurveda sees a strong connection between the mind and the body, a huge amount of information is available regarding this relationship.

Mind, Body, and Senses

We tend to identify most with our physical bodies; yet, in actuality, there is more to us then what meets the eye. We can see that underlying our physical structure is the mind, which not only controls our thought processes but helps assist us in carrying out day-to-day activities such as respiration, circulation, digestion and elimination. The mind and the body work in conjunction with one another to regulate our physiology. In order for the mind to act appropriately to assist the physical body, we must use our senses as information gatherers. We can think of the mind as a computer and the senses as the data which gets entered into the computer. Smell and taste are two important senses th at aid in the digestive process. When the mind registers that a particular food is entering the gastrointestinal tract, it directs the body to act accordingly by releasing variousdigestive enzymes. However, if we overindulge the taste buds with too much of a certain taste, such as sweet, we may find that the ability of the mind to perceive the sweet taste is impaired; and thereby the body becomes challenged in its ability to process sweet foods. Maintaining the clarity of our senses is an essential part in allowing the mind and body to integrate their functions and help in keeping us healthy and happy individuals.

Conclusion

This understanding that we are all unique individuals enables Ayurveda to address not only specific health concerns but also offers explanation as to why one person responds differently th an another. We hope that you will continue to explore Ayurveda to enhance your health and to gain further insights into this miracle we call life.

Soul of Ayurveda

Ayurveda also sees that before we exist in physical form with the help of the mind and senses that we exist in a more subtle form known as the soul. The ancient seers of India believed tha t we were comprised of a certain energetic essence that precluded the inhabitance of our physical entity. In fact, they hypothesized that we may indeed occupy many physical bodies throughout the course of time but that our underlying self or soul remains unchanged. What we see to help illustrate this concept is what transpires at the time of death. When the individual nears the time to leave the physical body, many of his/her desires will cease to be present. As the soul no longer identifies with the bod y, the desire to eat food or indulge in a particular activity that used to be a great source of satisfaction for that person drops by the wayside. In fact, many individuals have been documented to experience the sensation of being "out of their bodies."

These are just a few examples of how we are made up of these four components that we call life. 
Principles Now that we have a better understanding of what comprises life, let's look at some of the principles of Ayurveda and how they might affect us.


In Ayurveda we view a person as a unique individual made up of five primary elements. The elements are ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. Just as in nature, we too have these five elements in us. When any of these elements are present in the environment, they will in turn have an influence on us. The foodswe eat and the weather are just two examples of the presence of these elements. While we are a composite of these five primar y elements, certain elements are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions. Ether and air combine to form what is known in Ayurveda as the Vata dosha. Vata governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination. Fire and water are the elements that combine to form the Pitta dosha. The Pitta dosha is the process of transf ormation or metabolism. The transformation of foods into nutrients that our bodies can assimilate is an example of a pitta function. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellularmetabolism. Finally, it is pr edominantly the water and earth elements which combine to form the Kapha dosha. Kapha is what is responsible for growth, adding structure unit by unit. Another function of the Kapha dosha is to offer protection. Cerebral-sp inal fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a type of Kapha found in the body. Also, the mucousal lining of the stomach is another example of the Kapha dosha protecting the tissues. We are all made up of unique proportions of Vata, Pitta and Ka pha. These ratios of the doshas vary in each individual; and because of this, Ayurveda sees each person as a special mixture that accounts for our diversity.
Ayurveda gives us a model to look at each individual as a unique makeup of the three doshas and to thereby design treatment protocols that specifically address a persons health challenges. When any of the doshas ( Vata, Pitta or Kapha ) become accumulated, Ayurveda will suggest specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to assist the individual in reducing the dosha that has become excessive. We may also suggest certain herbal supplemen ts to hasten the healing process. If toxins in the body are abundant, then a cleansing process known as Pancha Karma is recommended to eliminate these unwanted toxins.

Treatments

Pizhichil
Pizhichil is a special form of Ayurvedic treatment that combines rich oil massage with a special heat treatment. During this indulgent treatment 5 liters of medicated and warmedAyurvedic oil is continuously poured over the body while two practitioners rub and stimulate the skin using hands and special cotton cloths. The process is performed with the person both lying down and while sitting in a droni designed for the purpose of applying medicated oils. This is a highly rejuvenating treatment that enhances muscular tone and retunes the entire nervous system. 
Application of lukewarm herbal oils over the body by 2 to 4 masseurs in a special rhythmic style for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for 7 to 21 days. It is a highlyrejuvenating treatment useful in all cases of nerves disorders, treatment for paralytic, rheumatic, diabetic patients etc and as a rejuvenate course.
This treatment is indicated in stiffness and pain of joints and limbs, dislocation of joints, paralytic conditions and in ladies with a history of uterine inertia in earlier deliveries, combines associated with menopause. Many persons also undergo this treatment for rejuvenation and preservation of health to offset early aging. Sclerotic changes can be prevented by this treatment.
Panchakarma
Panchakarma is a sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. This is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease and poor nutrition. Ayurveda says that imbalanced doshas create waste matter. This waste matter is called Ama in ayurveda. Ama is a foul- smelling, sticky, noxious substance that needs to be evacuated from the body as thoroughly as possible. Panchakarma will stick out the excess doshas (or in balances in dosha) along with sticky Ama out of your system by means of the body waste evacuation channels such as sweat glands, urinary tract, intestines, etc. Panchakarma is , thus, a balancing operation. It involves daily massages and oil bath and is extremely pleasant experience. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for toning your mind body system. Panchakarma is a five-fold therapy; it is highly personalized based on the needs of the individual depending on the body type, dosha imbalances etc. Usually, only parts of the five therapies are needed.
Njavarakizhi
This rejuvenation technique done by a special kind of cooked rice, tied into boluses, dipped in warm milk and herbal decoction and massaged into the body through special technique by therapists. This relieves Paralytic strokes, tissue strengtheners, debility,Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Dhara
It is a process by which herbal oils, medicated milk, buttermilk etc are allowed to flow on the forehead in a special method for about 45 minutes in day for 7 to 21 days. This treatment is for insomnia, vatha predominated diseases, mental disorders, neurasthenia, memory loss and certain skin diseases. In Thakra Dhara, after giving head massage medicated buttermilk is poured in an uninterrupted flow from a hanging vessel to the forehead and scalp. This is very good in treating scalp problems like dandruff, psoriasis, hyper tension, diabetes, hair loss and other skin complaints. This gives head very cooling action and generates sleep. In Siro Dhara, after giving a good head massage herbal oil is poured in an uninterrupted flow from a hanging vessel to the forehead and scalp. This is very good in relieving stress and strain and generates sleep. Maintains hormone balance.
Sirodhara
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 to 21 days. This treatment is mainly for insomnia, vatha predominated disease, mental tension and certain skin diseases.
Vasthi
Certain herbal oils, herbal extracts etc are applied through the rectum for a period of 5 to 25 days. This treatment is arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints associated with rheumatism and constant constipation.
Sirovasthi
This is very good in the treatment of cervical problems, sleeplessness, migraine and other problems of head, hair loss and tinnitus. Certain lukewarm oil poured in to cap fitted on the head for 15 to 60 minutes per day according to the patient’s conditions for a period of 7 days. This treatment is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe head aches, burning sensation of head and other vatha originated diseases. A leather sleeve of about 6 to 8 inches in length is placed on the shaven headof the patient and a band (vartti) tied around the forehead to keep it in place. Kneaded dough is used to line the inside of this sleeve and allowed to remain on the head for a while. The length of time the oil should be kept there is determined by the physicians according to the need.
Udvarthanam
This is a typical massage with herbal powders for about 30 minutes daily for a period of 14 to 28 days. This treatment is for the diseases like hemiplegia, paralysis, obesity (excess fat) and certain rheumatic ailments.
Abhyangam
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 fordiabetic Gangrene ( a condition due to lack of blood circulation in the extremes of the body) etc. And it is a popular body massage in ayurveda. The word abhyanga itself means to massage. Special type of oil massage in strokes are given according to the needs for about 45 minutes per day for 14 days. It is very useful for obesity, diabetic gangrene. The massage is done with a combination of specially prepared Ayurvedic herbal oils and applied all over the body simulating the vital points. This is very good for general health of the skin and prevents early aging and relieves muscular aches and pain. After the massage herbal steam bath is also given. Abhyangam can increase the production of white blood corpuscles and antibodies, which provide more resistance against viruses and diseases. This helps the defense mechanism in the body and increases immunity toward environmental changes. In this way Abhyangam massage is a protector, preserver and a rejuvenator, increasing self-confidence and will power.
Nasyam
Herbal juices, medicated oils etc are applied through nose for 7 to 14 days. This treatment is highly effective for certain kinds of headaches, paralysis, mental disorders, certain types of skin diseases etc. Drops of medicated oil are administrated in each nostril of the patient. This treatment eliminates the toxins form head and neck region and is useful in curing headaches, migraine, sinusitis, chronic cold, chest congestion,cervical spondylosis and Facial Palsy. It assures lightness of the body and head ensures better sleep. Helps in curing degeneration of cervical vertebrae.
Snehapanam
Snehapanam is an Ayurvedic therapeutic measure given to patients for the cure of gastroenterological ailments. Snehapanam is characterized by the oral intake of ghee (purified buttermilk) made from cow’s milk for internal purification before starting the panchakarma therapy (purva karma) or as a treatment.
Kizhi
Kizhi treatment is a therapy wherein heated herbs and medicinal oils are tied in cloth bags; and placed on the area to be treated. This is followed by specific massages, done using the fingers, heel of the hand or palm. The pressure application varies according to the nature of ailment and the spot.