Not just about good physical health, Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical science is a therapy which promises holistic wellness. Natural herbs & oils of medicinal value are extensively used in Ayurvedic treatment.
History of Ayurveda
History of Ayurveda can be traced back to Vedic ages. Consisting of herbal medicine, massages,exercise & diet control, balance is emphasized & suppressing natural urge is considered unhealthy & leading to illnesses. CharakaSamhita, Sushruta Samhita & Ashtanga Samagraha are considered to be the three founding treatises laying down the basic principle guiding this system of medicine. As per these, every individual has an unique constitution. Every system or organ beholds an inherent energy & which have to maintain equilibrium between them. We fall ill when this balance gets disturbed. Therefore, objective of Ayurveda is to reestablish equilibrium so as to maintain good health.
Ayurveda utilizes 8 different ways to diagnose illnesses. These are Nadi or pulse, Mootra or Urine, Jivha or tongue, Shabda or speech, Sparsh or touch, Druk or vision &Akruti or appearance. Study of lethal points within the body is of special importance in Ayurveda. While two of the eight branches of classical Ayurveda deal with surgery, contemporary Ayurveda emphasizes on attaining vitality by developing a healthy metabolic system alongside maintaining good digestion & excretion. Prescribing a Satwik diet for optimum health, Ayurveda also focuses on yoga, exercise & meditation. The concept of Dincharya, or the daily cycle of nature including sleeping, waking, work & meditation are extremely important to good health along with a central practice of eye washing, skin care, brushing teeth & regular bathing.
Samana – Curative Therapy
Typically, after detoxification Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe mineral or herbal remedies to correct imbalances in Doshas. These remedies bear necessary medicinal qualities so as to stimulate Agni & restore balance in Doshas. They are not targeted to eradicate disease as disease is considered just a symbol of Dosha imbalance. Herbal remedies are prescribed as dry herbs or in liquid form or powder or tablets. Blends are also nowadays prescribed individually. Every ingredient is classified by effect it has on increasing or lowering level of Doshas. Most Ayurvedic doctors will also advise on food, exercise & lifestyle. It is important to eat what suits your condition & doctors may at times prescribe a special diet plan. Yoga & exercise are also quite important for physical & emotional wellbeing & therefore practitioners may advise on the kind of exercise best suited to patient’s constitution.
Sodhana – Purification Therapy
Sodhana means purification. This procedure is absolutely necessary for each drug to be added in any compound or subjecting to processes like incineration (Bhasmikarana). In line with modern science in another format, the purity of the drug is verified. In this process drugs of mineral origin are subjected to grinding, fomenting, heating, subliming & distilling so as to remove washable, evaporable & soluble impurities from drugs. These drugs are further treated with alkaline, acidic or neutral vegetable extracts or liquids and/or with oily materials in absence or presence of heat for specified periods to realize purpose of Sodhana.
Kerala is one of the few states in India which offers a number of Ayurvedic treatment centers offering a variety of packages. Uzhichil&Pizhichil are excellent cures for illnesses like arthritis. There is no other place in India which can offer a number of beauty massages for hair & skin so as to seek the wonderful benefits of Ayurveda. Kerala is also producing a variety of medicinal herbs like PlumbagoZevlanica Linn, Crotalaria Retusa Linn, PhylantusAmarus, Cinnamon, Termeric, Shankhupushpam, Yashtimadhu, Bharangi, Brahmi, Katphal, Amalki&Ashwagandha which are extensively used in Ayurvedic cures. The most ideal time for seeking Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala are from June to September when the atmosphere remains cool, moist & dust-free due to monsoon rains. This weather is most conducive for treatments as the skin pores open up & stay receptive to herbal oils & other treatment therapies. Moreover, Kerala offers the best packages in Ayurveda at scenic spas & resorts situated along a refreshing backwaters landscape.
Panchakarma is an ideal Ayurvedic five-fold purification therapy. This special form of treatment consists of Vamanam, Virechanam, Nasyam, KashayaVasti&SnehaVasti. Indicated in both healthy & diseased subjects for eliminating body toxins, it is most effectual in a special classical way. Panchakarma is an excellent procedure designed to maintain health &to slow premature aging.
Abhyangam means an oil massage. It is basically a pre-process to Panchakarma, where expert therapists massage in a systematic & synchronized way. This process is meant to increase metabolism which will eventually lead to better circulation & tissue respiration causing body to flush out waste materials more efficiently. Abhyangam also enhances concentration, intelligence & confidence alongside youthfulness, sound sleep, comfort to eyes while tuning & improving flexibility. This ancient method which was intended to remove muscular fatigue & pain also improves softness & elasticity of skin for long life. This massage is performed on a special wooden table called Droni 7 which are made from wood of trees like Neem or Nuxvomica which themselves feature medicinal properties.
Pizhichil is a unique Ayurvedic procedure which has emerged in Kerala. Developed from Kayadhara classical treatment, it uses lukewarm medicated herbal oils which are poured all over the body. Performed by trained therapists who do this in a continuous rhythmic style for about 45 to 60 minutes each day for a weekly course at least, this procedure is most effective for patients suffering from rheumatic diseases like arthritis, hemiplegia, nervous weaknesses & disorders.
Njavara is a special variety of rice & which is cooked in a medicinal decoction with milk made into pudding boluses tied up in a muslin bag. Njavarakizhy is one of the most rejuvenating procedures massaging the whole body with Njavara by trained experts for almost 45 – 60 minutes.
Sirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment procedure where herbal oils, medicated milk, or medicated buttermilk are poured on forehead in a particular fashion. This method is performed using a special pot for discharge of liquid for about 45 minutes each day. This procedure is most effective for treating lack of vitality, fatigue, paraplegia, spondylitis, insomnia, impaired memory & a variety of diseases above the neck. Sirodhara stimulates nerves, reduces stiffness & has proven to be most effective for rheumatoid arthritis.
Sirovasthi involves application of certain lukewarm herbal oils poured into a cap which is fitted on the head. This is kept for 15 – 60 minutes each day depending upon the condition of the patient. This Ayurvedic procedure is highly effective for patients suffering from severe headaches, facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth & throat &Vata originated diseases. Sirovasthi is also prescribed for speech difficulties, loss of tactile sense, insomnia, nervous disorders & other diseases of head, eyes, ears 7 nose.
Kativasthi is a special procedure where warm medical oil is kept over lower back enclosed within a herbal paste boundary for about 30 – 45 minutes. Kativasthi is most effective in cases of lower back pain, prolapsed disc, lumbago & degenerative vertebral diseases.
Small bags which contain herbal leaves are applied throughout the body in boluses with hot medicated oil in Elakizhi. Lasting for about 45 minutes each day, this Ayurvedic procedure is excellent for spondylosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis & sports injuries.
Nasyam or nasal application of herbal oils or juices is an Ayurvedic treatment procedure meant for purification or elimination of vitiated Doshas from supra-cervical region. Nasyam is also useful in paralytic & mental disorders.
Panchakarma in Ayurveda is an excellent treatment procedure to remove emotional stress & metabolic toxins. Environmental pressures quite often trigger certain aggression & suppression of emotional feelings whereby body secretions become excessive or inadequate leading to abnormalities in effective metabolism. When metabolism is impaired, the food we consume does not effectively convert into Dhatu& transform into Ojas, the final energy in cells. Eventually blocking body micro channels, it effects physiological functions & subsequently causes diseases.
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