Ayurveda is as old as Indian ethos of holistic approach. Its age is timeless.Ayurveda has thus redefined the concepts of health.According to Indian mythology Ayurveda originated from Brahma and considered as the Upaveda of Adharva Veda. Ayurveda says “The body is a miniature of the Universe.” The Basic Principles of Ayurveda are:
- Pancha maha bhootha Theory,
- Tri dosha Theory and Chathurvimsathi purusha.
In a living being the Pancha maha bhootha, Manas (mind) and Atma (soul) are in perfect union. In human beings the state of health is determined by the perfect equilibrium of Tridoshas (Vata, Pitha and Kapha). As a system of medicine, Ayurveda aims to maintain health and cure disease. The way of life is the key to health, according to this science. Hence it advocates a life of physical, mental and spiritual discipline. It believes in the innate abilities of nature and the body to cure itself. The medicines, when required, are collected from nature- herbs and plants, animals and animal products and mineral products-which detoxify and neutralize with the natural substances of the human body. Thus the methodology of treatment premises the interdependence of various factors of the human body.
TREATMENT OF DISEASES IN AYURVEDA
Treatment of diseases in Ayurveda is broadly of two types.
- Shodhana Chikitsa
- Shamana Chikitsa
In Shodhana Chikitsa the vitiated doshas are eliminated by Panchakarmam or five fold line of treatment means purification of the body through Vamanam (emesis), Virechanam (purgation),Vasthi (enema),Nasyam(nasal medication) and Raktha moksha (blood letting)
Shamanam means subsidence of disease and symptoms by Kshut (fasting), Trit nigraham (restriction of fluids), Vyayamam (exercise), Atapaseva (sun rays), Marutha seva etc.and internal medication.
SPECIAL TREATMENTS IN KERALA OF AYURVEDA
- Shiro Dhara
Pouring of Medicated oil over the forehead is called Shirodhara. This is highly beneficial in Head ache, mental tension, Insomnia, stress and Disorders of central nervous system, etc. Dhara to the body is pouring of medicated oil on the body and it is beneficial for many neuromuscular disorders and Rheumatism and general debility.
Here lukewarm oil is poured in the body by squeezing cotton cloth soaked in the oil. This is highly effective for Spondylosis, Hemiplegia and Arthritis. It is immensely rejuvenative.
Njavarakizhi is the massage using cooked njavara rice in a cotton cloth bundle. It is highly rejuvenative and especially useful in emaciated conditions like muscular degeneration associated with neuromuscular disorders, rheumatism, burning sensation of body, etc.
Medicated oil is poured over a leather cap kept on the head. This is effective for headache, hair falling, burning sensation and other diseases of ear, nose and throat.
The massage done with medicinal leaves or powdered medicines kept in a cloth bag. This is useful in many Musculo-Skeletal disoders, degenerative conditions and neurological problems.It improves circulation and restores energy and vigour.
Ayurvedic Treatment Programmes in Varkala TBR :-
Curative Programmes Duration: 14 days onwards
This is a curative application of Ayurveda. This includes Panchakarmam and various types of Keralite methods of treatment like Pizhichil,Njavarakizhi,Dhara,Elakizhi,etc.Varadha has specialists in the treatment of Arthritis,Paralysis,Gastric disorders, Cervical Spondylosis,Low backache,Sinusitis,Gynaecological problems,Migrane,Old age problems,Allergy,Degeneratine disorders, etc.
Langhanam (Anti-Obesity Programme) Duration: 14-28 days
This is the programme of internal and external medication for shedding the extra kilos. Special Treatments Takra dhara,Thalapothichil, Tharpanam,Jalookavacharanam(leech therapy),Kshara prayogam, Udwarthanam(Powder massage), Swedanam (Steam bath), Rejuvenation therapy, Mud Therapy, Chavittithirumal,etc.
Thiruvambadi Beach Retreat provides the best facility and maintain the traditional ethics in Ayurvedic treatments in Varkala, Kerala.