An ancient healing tradition that draws on 3,000 years of Vedic culture, Ayurveda is the subcontinent’s traditional science of “life, vitality, health, and longevity” or, to tap into a more contemporary buzz phrase, “the science of well-being.” Kerala has long been considered the home of Ayurveda, no doubt due to the abundance of herbal and medicinal plants that thrive in its tropical environment. You will find therapists, physicians, and commercial Ayurvedic shops selling roots, herbs, and bark throughout the state. Renowned for its curative and rejuvenating powers (and a gift from none other than Lord Brahma), Ayurveda works on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being by rectifying any imbalances in the three doshas— vata (air), pitta (fire), and kapha (water)—that are believed to make up the human constitution. In fact, in one ancient tome on Ayurveda, the Charaka Samhita, it is stated that the mind, body, and soul are like a tripod, and that the world’s continued existence relies on their combination. It takes 51⁄2 years of training to qualify as an Ayurvedic doctor, who is then able to prescribe the herbal remedies and related therapies. While much of what is practiced in Ayurvedic medicine has similarities to Western medical practice (the first 3 years of training in anatomy are basically the same), the most significant difference lies in the area of pharmacology, since Ayurvedic medicines are all natural. Some may scoff, but no one can deny the sheer pleasure of the treatments—Ayurveda will suit those skeptics who merely seek the ultimate in pampering, whether you opt for a soothing facial treatment, in which the face is massaged and steamed with herbal oils, or for an energizing full body massage performed with hands and feet (and often by several masseuses simultaneously). Skeptics take note: To truly experience the strange bliss and resultant high of Ayurveda, book a sirodhara treatment, wherein 5 to 6 liters of warm herbal oil (selected according to the body constitution) are poured steadily onto your “third eye” (the forehead) for the better part of an hour while (or after which) you are massaged—this is said to retard the aging process (by arresting the degeneration of cells) and to relieve the body of all stress.
No matter which balm you choose, you’ll find that the well-practiced masseuses of Kerala will treat your body like a temple; for them, the massage or treatment is a spiritual exercise. Of course, it helps to know that your body is being worshipped when you’re lying there in your birthday suit (note that in strict accordance with Indian piety, you will be assigned a same-sex therapist). Whatever its purported virtues and pleasures, Ayurveda lures thousands of Westerners to Kerala, which in turn sustains a thriving industry that puts food on the table for many people. In a world of fast foods, fast cars and oxygen bars life is a far cry from good old nature. So when contemporary lifestyle takes its toll on you, journey to a land where nature is still an integral part of everyday life. Where you will discover the amazing healing power of a natural health care system, 3000 years old. Discover the power of Ayurveda. In Kerala, the only place on earth where it is practiced with absolute authentic and dedication.
Over the centuries, this ancient Indian system of medicine has proved to be not only the cure for illnesses but also the 100% natural way to perfect health. To understand how it works wonders on you, you should first know your own body and the reason why fatigue and illness set in. Composed of the five elements of nature- earth, fire, wind, water and the sky-your body is the most wonderful creation ever. An inseparable part of the cosmic universe, divinely inspired, delicately balanced.
The secret of Ayurveda lies in the unique understanding of this delicate balance. Which is the perfect combination of three somatic humors – vata, pitta and kapha - that determines the person you are? And the good health you enjoy. When this balance is disturbed, it manifests as an ailment. Ayurveda diagnoses your body humours and restores them to their original state. Bringing your body back to how it was naturally meant to be-hale, healthily and harmonious. Thanks to this extra odirinary understanding of your body, the methods of Ayurveda are unique and universal. It sees man in relation to his natural habitat. Instead of treating the symptoms of a disease, it treats the individual. Caring is not just for the affected part but for the entire body. Not surprisingly, Ayurveda has the answer to almost every ailment known to man. Purely natural, its regiments are absolutely free of side - effectes. Perfected over centuries, they are timeless. And if you thought time is the greatest healer, Ayurveda has remedies even for those ailments that defy time and modern understanding.
Ayurveda offers you two kinds of programs-
REJUVENATIVE AND THERAPEUTIC-As the name suggest, the former aims at your total well-being while the latter is ailment-specific. Eliminating the toxic impurities, they rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.