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Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word meaning the ‘knowledge for prolonging life”, is a 5000 year-old holistic medical system, widely practiced in India and especially in Kerala. Ayurveda assumes the fundamental sameness of self and nature and as such it is a sister science to yoga, stemming from the same period of Vedic philosophy. It places great importance on the harmony of mind, body and spirits and acknowledges the psychosomatic causes behind many diseases. Ayurveda looks at the whole patient: disease is regarded as a symptom of imbalance, so it’s the imbalance that is treated, not the disease!

Imbalances are typically treated with herbal remedies for treatment of individual ailments. This commonly involves the application of oils or ingestion of special prepared medicines. Traditionally, strictly vegetarian diets are advised for long-term benefits. Those who seek out qualified places for lengthier purification regimes are often full of praise for the efficacy of these ancient methods.

BASIC PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDA

Ayurvedic Medicine is based on the concept of the three doshas - Tridosha. Dosha commonly means 'force' or 'fault, something which can easily go out of balance, leading to a disorder in the body or mind.The Ayurvedic tridosha are known as Vata (the lightest, portrayed by the colour blue), Pitta (medium, red) and Kapha (heaviest, yellow). Somebody with dominant Vata energy tends to be thin, restless and creative; the Pitta mostly conforms to a happy medium; Kapha people tend to be heavy, slow and lethargic.

Ayurveda teaches that everything in the world is made up of a combination of the three doshas, and that the doshas themselves combine two of the five elements; Vata is Ether and Air; Pitta is Fire and Water; Kapha is Water and Earth

TREATMENTS IN AYURVEDA

Treatments in Ayurveda aim at removal of waste accumulated in the body and bring back the balance of the body components and their digestive capacity in the natural way.The main five fold purification or detoxification therapies are called panchakarmathat includes Vamana(emesis),Virechana(purgation),Nasyam(administration of medicine through nostrils)Vasthi(administration of medicine through anus) and Rekthamoksham (blood letting).The supportive therapies include Oushadha sevana(in take of medicine),Abhyanga,Pizhichil,Njavarakizhi,Sirodhara,Sirovasthi, Dhanyamladhara,Patrapotalaswedam,Ksheeradhoomam,Snehapanam,Udvarthana,Kateevasti,Greevasti, Thalam,lepam,Ksharakarma,Agnikarma etc.

The supportive therapies are done in combination with panchakarma. It prepares the body for panchakarma so that the metabolic wastes are expelled easily. The supportive therapies done after panchakarma is also important in bringing back the health of the patient.The average individualized modules are for a duration of 7 to 28 days.

 
 
 

 
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