the home of Ayurvedic herbal medicine, a holistic and sacred
ancient science of life, healing and rejuvenation. Although
, which dates back to the sixth century, is also popular
in Sri Lanka, nowhere in the world has contributed more to its
dramatic revival in the past few decades than Kerala. Almost
every Hotel in Kerala
now offers some form of Ayurveda massage
and in the cities some hospitals and institutes, including the
Ayurvedic Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram, have won
mainstream respect in the medical world.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, your body is a combination of
three doshas or bio-energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These three
energies define your personality and are as unique as our DNA. In
simple terms, Ayurveda
aims to achieve an equilibrium between
these three energies to produce a state of health and natural
well-being. Disease or illness is indicative of imbalance.
Ayurveda therapy includes massages with oils, herbal steam baths,
careful attention to your diet to eliminate certain toxins, and a
general approach of moderation in terms of your lifestyle.
There are several forms of Avurveda including: Rasayan Chikitsa,
a rejuvenating therapy that advocates head and face massages
using medicated oils, body massages using hands and feet and
medicated steam baths; Kayakalpa concentrates on diet and aims to
control the aging process; Sweda Karma uses steam baths to reduce
fat and tone, helping certain rheumatic problems; Dhara
concentrates on mental problems and Pizhichil is used for nervous
Some of the prime body treatments and body care in Ayurveda
are given as under:-
Pizhichil - 14 Days
In this treatment, lukewarm herbal
oils are applied all over the body by two to four trained
therapists i a special rhythmic way continuously for about 60 to
90 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 21 days. This treatment
is very useful for Rheumatic diseases like Arthritis, Parlysis,
Hemiplegia, Paralysis-Agitanus, Sexual Weakness, Nervous Wakness
and Nervous disorders etc.
Njavarakizhi - 14
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.
Dhara - 14 Days
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 7-21 days. This treatment is mainly for Insomnia, Vatha
Predominated diseases, Mental tension and certain skin
Vasthi - 14 DAYS
Certain herbal oils, herbal extracts
etc. are applied through the rectum daily for a period 5 to 25
days.This Treatment is for Arthritis, Paralysis, Hemiplegia,
Numbness, Bastric complaints associated with Rheumatism and
Sirovasthi - 14
Certain lukewarm herbal oils are poured into a cap
fitted on the head for 15 to 60 minutes per day according to the
patients conditions for a period of 7 days. This tratment is
highly effective for facial paralysis, Dryness of nostrils, mouth
and throat, Severe headaches, and other Vatha originated
Udvarthanam - 14 Days
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.
Abhyangam - 14 Days
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.
Nasyam - 14 Days
Herbal juices, medicated oils etc.
are applied through nose for 7 to 14 day. This treatment is
highly effective for certain kinds of Headaches, Paralysis,
Mental disorders, some types of skin disease etc.
Snehapanam - 14 Days
Mediated Ghee is given
internally in a proportionally increased quantity for a period of
8 to 12 days. This treatment is for Osteoathritis, Psoriasis,
Kizhi - 14 Days
Herbal leaves and herbes 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.
Dhanyamla Dhara - 14 Days
Warm herbal liquid is poured
all over the body in a rhtthmic way through a special vessel for
45 minutes to 1 hour daily. This treatment is very effective for
hemiplegia, Paralysis Rheumatic complaints etc.
Yoni Prakshalanam - 7 Days
Herbal oils and decoctions
are applied through the vaginal route. This treatment is good for
gynaecological disorders. It is also a purification process for
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 nback pain and spinal disorders.
Like Kativasthi warm medicated oil is kept
over the chest for 45 minutes this is an effective treatment for
asthma, other respiratory problems hearth diseases and muscular
This is formentation with
medicated cow milk. This treatment is good for facial paralysis.
Bell's palsy, speech disorders and other nervous disorders of the
Special powder mixed with medicated oil applying on the top of
the head for 20 to 45 minutes. This treatment is helpful for ent
problems, isomnia, migraine etc.
This is a process by which medicated herbal paste is applied on
the affected part, This is useful for various types of