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KERALA THE LAND OF AYURVEDA

Kerala's 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 which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication.

Ayurvedic Treatments
Ayurvedic treatments can be classified under two groups - tonification and reduction. Reduction therapies decrease excesses in the body while tonification methods nurture insufficiency in the body. Reduction therapy has two parts called pacification and purification. Pacification is done with herbs, fasting, exercise, sunbathing and exposure to wind. Purification is a special form of therapy for elimination of the disease causing humors. The power of Ayurvedic elimination therapy is its system for guiding the toxins to their sites for elimination. It consists of five parts - The pancha karmas - cleaning enemas, nasal medication, Purgation, Emesis and blood letting. All these require preliminary Ayurvedic practices of oleation and sweating.

Rasayana Chikilsa (Rejuvenation Therapy )
This treatment includes body massage with hand and foot by one or two masseurs with medicated oil and cream, internal rejuvenative medicines and medicated steam bath. This therapy is for 90 minutes to 2 hours per day for 7 to 14 days.

Body Purification Therapy
It is a process of purifying the whole body to attain proper balance of vata, pitta and kapha, based on the panchakarma and swedakarma treatment. The 15 day package process includes body massage, snehapanam, nasyam, virechanam (medicated purgation), snehavasthi, dhara, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, karnapooranam, tharpanam, sirovasthi, steam bath and internal medicines.

SLIMMING PROGRAMME This includes two types of massages:

  • Medicated herbal powder massage
  • Medicated herbal oil massage

These two massages will be given for 28 days. This programme also includes medicated steam bath, intake of herbal juices and herbal tea. Additionally a very special ayurvedic diet is advised during the treatment period.

Stress Management
In this process, some herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk, etc. are poured on the forehead in a special rhythm for about 45 minutes a day for a period of 7 to 21 days. This treatment is mainly for insomnia, vata predominated diseases, mental tension, mental stress and certain skin diseases.

Other Therapies

Abhyangam
This is a special type of oil massage in which strokes arte given according to the circulatory channels for 45 minutes per day for 14 days. This treatment is very useful for obesity, loss of skin luster, sleeplessness and fatigue

Dhanyamladhara
Warm herbal liquid is poured all over the body in rhythmic way using a special vessel. This is done for 45 minutes to 1 hour daily. This treatment is very effective for hemiplegia, paralysis.

Katee Vasti
In this process specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the lower back with herbal paste boundary. This treatment lasts for 45 minutes to 1 hour and it is good for any type of back pain and spinal disorders.

Kizhi
Herbal leaves or powders are made in boluses and are applied on the whole body or a part specified after dipping it in warm medicated oils. This is done for 45 minutes daily for a period of 7 to 14 days. This is very effective of osteo arthritis, spondylosis, sports, injuries, etc.

Ksheera Vasti
A medicated decoction which prepared with milk and done as enema to cure vatavikaras and will help to increase the body strength and body fairness.

Ksheeradhoomam
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.

Lepanam
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.

Njavarakizhi
It is a type of sudation process in which the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire by the application of certain medicinal puddings externally in the form of boluses tied up in muslin bag. Two to four masseurs apply this for about 60 to 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, high cholesterol and certain kind of skin diseases.

Nasyam
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.

Pizhichil
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.

Psoriasis Treatment Programme (Sidhma Chikilsa)
Ayurveda forms very effective treatment for all types of psoriasis and various other skin diseases. The special Ayurvedic treatment programme last for 21 to 28 days. This programme includes special lepanam, abhyangam, snehapanam, pizhichil, medicated steam bath, shirovasty, exclusively prepared internal herbal medicines along with yoga meditation because, ayurveda emphasis that most diseases are psychosomatic.

Sirovasthi
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 7 days. This treatment is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches and other diseases of the head.

Sirodhara
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 tension and certain skin diseases.

Snehapanam
This world 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 treatment medicated ghee or oils are given internally in proportionally increasing quantity for a period of 8 to 12 days. This treatment is very effective for osteo arthritis, psoriasis, chronic constipation, haemorrhoids, etc.

Sukhanidra
Ayurveda, the knowledge of the life is not only related with the body, but with the mind and soul also. This particular treatment programme is very much helpful for conditions like insomnia (lack of sleep), anxiety and it improves immunity and self confidence. This treatment programme includes body massages, shirovasthy, ksheeradhara, thailandhara, thalam, thalapothichil and internal Ayurvedic medicines, yoga and meditation.

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.

Swasa Kasa Chikilsa
Respiratory diseases like bronchill asthma, prolonged cough, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, etc., can be very effectively treated in ayurveda. This programme includes body massage, urovasti, pizhichil, podikizhi, snehavashti, kashaya vasthy, nasyam and internal Aurvedic medicines.

Thalam
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.

Thalapothichil
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 graying and other problems to the hair and scalp.

Udwarthanam
This treatment is otherwise known as Powder Massage. This is found very effective in the obesity, hemiplegia, paralysis, skin diseases, impaired circulation, etc. and similar diseases. In this procedure 2 therapists apply certain special herbal powders in a peculiar way on the body for about 30 to 40 minutes daily for a period of 14 to 28 days.

Urovasti
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.

Vasthi
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.

Yoniprakshalanam
Herbal oil and decoction are applied through the vaginal root, this treatment is good gynecological disorders. It is also a purification process for genital organ.

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