Kerala Ayurveda Package
Think of ayurveda and you think of Kerala. Ayurvedic treatments of hotels, resorts, beach shacks and massage parlours across Kerala. But ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge) is about much more than high-priced oil treatments and sex-enhancing solutions. It is a science that concerns itself with do's and dont's for a happy and healthy life.
Ayurveda is also said to be a book of wisdom gathered over centuries by many great saints who codified it into the healing science we know today. What we do know is that it is not a quick-fix solution, nor does it offer instant nirvana. For the peculiarity of ayurveda is that it looks at a patient in entirety during treatment. Successful treatment involves a thorough consultation with qualified doctors.
Not all the resorts and shacks that offer ayurvedic treatments pay heed to this simple fact. They offer a wide range of treatments that the layman can't fathom. Most commonly, visitors are prescribed a Panchakarma treatments for as many as 10 days, which, depending on your resort.
Treatments which involve oil massages are indeed relaxing and one can't complain about the pampering. The point is, you may not need to be treated' for an ailment. You can just get treatment for pleasure-sukha chikitsa-in line with ayurvedic principles, like a simple oil massage. But treatment for pleasure or for a particular disease makes little different at many centres.
Reputed Centres in Kerala
What makes ayurveda most attractive, though fairly expensive, is the fact that it is free from any sort of side-effects, if properly undergone, and it is eco-friendly. All ayurvedic medicines are made from naturally-occurring substances like herbs, vegetables and flowers.
Ayurvedic centres in Kerala number in the hundreds and new ones spring up every day. In addition to the Ashta Vaidyans and the reputed Kottackal Arya Vaidya Sala, there are many famous ayurveda physicians and centres across Kerala.
There are also many centres, particularly in big tourist destinations like Kovalam which are often determined according to what one can pay rather than what one needs. Before agreeing to any treatment, be absolutely sure that such an ailment exists and the treatments are truly required. Remember that serious ailments, even if discovered by an ayurvedic doctor while on holiday in Kerala, must be treated back home under regular supervision by a doctor.
The ideal time for ayurveda treatments is believed to be during the monsoon months, so book well in advance for this season.
Ayurveda Health Holidays in Kerala-Rejuvenation Programmes
Rejuvenation Therapy (Rasayana Chikitsa)
Tones up the skin and rejuvenates and strengthens the tissues, so as to achieve ideal health and longevity. Increases 'Ojas' (primary vitality) and improves 'Sattva' (mental clarity), thereby increasing the resistance of the body.
The treatment includes head and face massages with medicated oils and creams, body massage with herbal oil or powder, by hand and foot, internal rejuvenate medicines and medicated steam bath. Herbal baths are also used.
Body Immunisation and Longevity Treatment (Kayakalpa Chikitsa)
Prime treatment for retarding the ageing process, arresting the degeneration of body cells and immunisation of the system. Includes intake of Rasayana (special ayurveda medicines and diet) and comprehensive body care programmes.
Body Sudation (Sweda Karma)
Medicated steam baths eliminate impurities from the body, improve skin tone and complexion, reduce fat and are recommended for certain rheumatic diseases, particularly for pain. Precious herbs and herbal leaves are boiled and the steam is passed over the entire body for 10 to 20 minutes daily. Hand massage with herbal oils or herbal powder improves blood circulation and tones u the muscles.
Medicate herbal powder and medicated herbal oil massages and an ayurveda diet of herbal juices are part of the programme.
Herbal face pack, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea etc, improves the complexion and beautifies the body.
Mental and Physical Well Being (Medication and Yoga)
Mental and physical exercise designed to hone your concentration, improve health and attain peace of mind through:
Overall Fitness (Panchakarma Treatment)
A five-fold treatment for mental and physical well being-tunes the body, organs, mind, breath, nerves and purifies the blood.
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