Ayurveda is the science of life and longevity. It is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. It is the oldest healthcare system in the world and it combines the profound thoughts of medicine and philosophy. It stands for the wholesome physical, mental and spiritual growth of the humanity, all around the world.
Kerala is the only state India where medicine is practiced with absolute dedication. Its equable climate, natural abundance of forests and the cool monsoon season make it a destination for best ayurvedic practices. Here, a temperature of 24-28 degrees is maintained throughout the period of continuous rain. The moisture in the air and on the skin allows the natural medicines to work at their highest levels of potency. The atmosphere opens up the body pores making it receptive to the herbal oils and therapy. Its vegetative land is also blessed with a variety of medicinal plants needed for continuous reserve for effective treatment procedures. Ayurveda treatments are not just about health, they ensure holistic wellness of an individual.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. They are simply viewed as different facets of one’s being.
The eight branches of Ayurveda are as follows:
1. Kaya Chikitsa – General Medicine.
2. Bala Roga Chikitsa – Pediatrics.
3. Graha Chikitsa – Treatment for evil spirits.
4. Urdwanga tantra – E.N.T & Ophthalmology.
5. Shalya Chikitsa – Surgery.
6. Visha Chikitsa – Toxicology.
7. Rasayana Chikitsa – Rejuvenation Therapy.
8. Vajeekarana Chikitsa – Aphrodisiacs.
Kerala’s renowned for its multitude of centres for health and rejuvenation. Among its major touristic attractions like, beaches, kerala backwaters, hill stations, wildlife and various events; lies ayurveda that has been bringing tourists from all over the world to the “country of Gods”. High costs of healthcare in industrialised nations, improving technology and standards of care and ease and affordability of international travel have led to the increase in popularity of medical tourism.
The fundamentals of Ayurveda being practised and taught in Kerala are not different from those of the rest of the country, in their essence and philosophy. The development of Ayurveda in Kerala is particularly noted for its origins in non-brahminical traditions even before the entry of classical Ayurveda in the early centuries of the Christian era. In the Ayurveda philosophy all living organisms are made up of five elements.These are called Panchamahabhutas and are earth, water, fire, air and vacuum. When these five elements are in harmony, a body is in a state of good health. When the harmony of these elements is disturbed the body is in a state of negative health and requires the intervention of Ayurvedic therapy. Massage is the most common form of Ayurvedic therapy. Ayurveda works not to suppress the system of body, but to go to the origin and cure the basic disturbing element.
Most hotels and spas in Kerala offer Ayurvedic therapies and Ayurvedic masseurs offer their healing touch along the beaches of Kerala. You can experience the rejuvenating effects of Ayurveda on a Kerala tour.