Around 600 BC Ayurveda was evolved 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 practiced
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 also the
individual as a whole. Making it the natural way to refresh you, eliminate
all toxic imbalances from the body and thus regain resistance and good
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 that practices this system of medicine
with absolute dedication.
Treatments under Ayurveda
It is a process by which the whole body or any specific part thereof is
made to perspire by the application of certain medical puddings externally
in the form of Boluses tied up in muslin bag. This is applied by two to four
therapist for abut 60-90 minutes per day for a period of 14 days. This
Treatment is for all types of Rheumatism, Pain in the Joints, Emaciation of
limbs, High blood pressure, Cholesterol and certain kinds of skin diseases.
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.
Herbal leaves and herbs or herbal powders are applied to the whole body in
boluses with hot medicated oils for 45 minutes per day for a period of 7 to
14 days. This treatment is for osteoarthritis, arthritis with swelling,
spondilosis, sports injuries etc.
This is a typical massage with herbal powder for about 30 to 45 minutes
daily for a period of 14 to 28 days. This treatment is for the diseases like
Hemitplegia, Paralysis, Obesity and certain Rheumatic ailments.
It is one among the rare and special treatments of Kerala. In this
treatment, lukewarm herbal oils are applied all over the body by two to four
trained therapists in a special rhythmic way continuously for about 60 to 90
minutes per day for a period of 7 to 21 days. This treatment is done in a
special table made from a single piece of Strychnos Nuxvomica wood. This
treatment is very useful for Rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis,
hemiplegia, paralysis - agitanus, sexual weakness, nervous weakness and
nervous disorders etc.
Sira - means Head and Dhara means the continuous flow of a liquid. In this
process some herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk etc, are
poured on the forehead in a special method of about 40 minutes in a day for
a period of 7 to 21 days. This treatment is mainly for insomnia, loss of
memory, headaches, mental tention and certain skin diseases.
Otherwise known as Medicated Enema. Vasthi is a Therapeutic procedure in
which certain herbal oils, herbal extracts, etc are applied through the
rectum daily for a period of 5 to 25 days. This treatment is effective for
arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints, rheumatism
and chronic constipation.
Certain lukewarm herbal oils are poured into a cap fitted on the head and
held for 15 to 60 minutes per day according to the patient's conditions for
a period of 07 days. This treatment is highly effective for facial
paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches and other
diseases of the head.
Being one among the Panchakarma procedures, Nasyam is a treatment in which
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, some types of skin diseases etc.
Sandhi Vatha Chikilsa
Unlike the modern medicine Ayurveda has very effective cures for Arthritic
conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteo arthritis, ankylosing
spondylosis, cervical spondylosis, osteo porosis etc. This programme
includes massage, lepanam, and oil application on affected parts, kizhi,
steam bath, snehavasthy, kakshaya vasthy, pizhichil, njavarakizhi,
snehapanam and internal medicines.
This word literally means oral intake of medicated oils or ghee
preparations. This is done as a therapeutic procedure and also as a
preparatory process during the body purification therapy. In this treatement
medicated ghee or oils are given internally in proportionally increasing
quantity for a period of 08 - 12 days. This treatment is very effective for
osteo arthritis, psoriasis chronic constipation, haemorrhoids etc.
Warm herbal liquid is poured all over the body in rhythmic way using a
special vessel. This is done for 45 minutes to 01 hour daily. this treatment
is very effective for hemiplegia, paralysis.
Like Kativasthi warm medicated oil is kept over the chest for 45 minutes.
This is an effective treatment for Asthma, other respiratory problem, heart
diseases and muscular chest pain.
This is a special procedure in which a mixture for medicinal decoction and
cows milk is heated and the steam thus liberated is passed to a tube and
applied over the affected area or whole body. This is found very effective
for facial palsies, speech disorders, ptosis and various nervous disorders.
Special powder mixed with medicated oil is applied on the top of the head
for 20 to 45 minutes. This treatment is helpful for curing ENT problems,
insomnia, migraine etc.
This is a process in which medicated herbal paste is applied on the
affected part, this is useful for various types of inflammatory conditions,
skin diseases, arthritis, gout, etc.
Various medicinal herbs selected according to dosha predominance is made
into a paste and applied to the scalp for 30 to 45 minutes. This treatment
is good for insomnia, premature, greying and other problems to the hair and
Ayurveda , the knowledge of the life is not only related with the body, but
with the mind and soul also, this particular treatment program is very much
helpful for conditions like insomnia (lack of sleep), anxiety and it
improves immunity and self confidence. This treatment program includes body
massages, shirovasthy, ksheeradhara, thailadhara, thalam, thalapothichil and
internal Ayurvedic medicines ,yoga and meditation.