Ayurveda comes from two words – Ayur, meaning life, and Veda, which translates to knowledge. In its most basic definition, the word Ayurveda means the science of life. Unlike allopathy which treats the symptoms rather than the root cause, the basic principle of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illnesses instead of responding to indicators of diseases. It is based on the philosophy of five primary elements, viz. Prithvi(earth), Jal(water), Vayu(air), Agni(fire), and Akash(sky), and these elements must be in equilibrium for optimum health. These elements are combined to form humour or doshas, called vata(air + space), pitta(fire +water), and kapha(water + earth). Diseases occur when there is an imbalance between these elements.
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What is Ayurvedic Treatment?
Ayurvedic therapy combines herbal concoctions with metals, minerals, and even gems. The medicines are derived from plants, animals, metals, and minerals. Practitioners also suggest lifestyle changes along with herbal medicines to balance the elements of vata, pitta, and kapha.
While western medicine is generalized, i.e., if two people suffer from the same disease, both are given the same medication, Ayurvedic medicines consider the person’s constitution and treat accordingly. And that is why Ayurvedic treatments vary depending on the person’s Prakriti or inherent constitution.
If you are looking for Kerala Ayurveda rejuvenation packages, we suggest contacting a certified Ayurveda center with treatments performed under the supervision of experienced and certified practitioners. Also, do not take oral Ayurveda medications, we recommend seeking advice from Ayurvedic practitioners to avoid side effects.
While western practitioners diagnose illness through tests, in the Ayurvedic system, diseases are diagnosed through Naadi Pariksha and Ashtavidha Pariksha. While Naadi Pariksha refers to checking the pulse, Ashtavidha Pariksha involves checking the pulse, urine, tongue, voice, feces, eyes, and overall body appearance.
The practitioner then determines your dominant dosha to create a customized treatment that includes lifestyle changes, diet, exercises, and herbal remedies to bring about positive changes in your body.
What Are the Different Types of Ayurvedic Treatments?
There are different types of Ayurvedic therapies and techniques that balance the doshas to create a perfect harmony between the mind, body, and soul. Some of the common Ayurvedic treatments include:
Abhyanga refers to a full massage performed by certified therapists using medicated oil that is heated before applying to the entire body from head to toe. The gentle strokes help release stress and improve circulation. The oil is infused with herbs that also relieve inflammation.
This treatment is recommended for back pain and inflammation in the lower back region. A massage therapist pours warm medicated oil into a puddle made from dough on the affected area for a specific duration.
The treatment involves opening the skin’s pores to eliminate toxins through sweat. Unlike in everyday life, you don’t have to undertake physical activities to break into a sweat. Perspiration is induced by massaging the body with a bundle of herbs tied together with a muslin cloth and soaked in heated oil. It helps relieve stress and body ache.
Njavara kizhi or shastikashali pinda swedana is a massage that refreshes and rejuvenates the body to alleviate muscle soreness and enhance nerve treatment. The treatment is ideal for arthritic patients and people with musculoskeletal problems.
The treatment involves eliminating toxins and other unwanted waste from the body. As the name suggests, it involves five cleansing procedures – Vaman, Virechan, Basti, Nasya, and Raktamokshana. They include administering laxatives, herbal enemas, vomiting, nasal rinsing, and phlebotomy. For instance, while Vaman induces vomiting to eliminate toxins, Virechana involves cleansing the bowel and eliminating diseases caused by pitta dosha. Similarly, Basti involves clearing the rectum, and Nasyam is about administering nasal drops in the nostrils.
This treatment can be performed only in a facility built for this purpose and involves pouring medicated warm oil over the forehead for up to 60-90 minutes, along with a gentle massage to relieve headache, stress, and anxiety.
What’s Included in a Typical Ayurvedic Package in Kerala?
Depending on the package and Ayurvedic resort chosen, you will arrive at the chosen destination, where our executive will greet you and drive you to the resort. Every wellness package begins with a medical examination. You must fill out a form answering several questions about your body and ailment. The doctor then recommends a program along with several a la carte treatments for ailments. Irrespective of the Ayurvedic package in Kerala you choose, you will be given a basic massage and a herbal bath to improve blood circulation.
Depending on the package chosen, your day begins with a yoga session, besides following activities as the practitioners advise. During your free time, you can attend free lectures and workshops.
You can go on a guided tour to explore the retreat’s gardens that grow a wide range of wellness plants and herbs. Spend the day relaxing at the resort or go sightseeing.
Best Ayurveda Packages in Kerala
Niraamaya Surya Samudra
This award-winning resort is recognized for its rejuvenating Kerala Ayurvedic spa packages. The resort is dotted with heritage cottages in traditional Kerala tharavadu-style architecture, offering over 8 Ayurveda programs, ranging from 3 to 8 days.
Nattika Beach Resort
The Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort is located along the shores of Nattika Beach in Thrissur, where guests can destress their minds and body while relaxing along the pristine beach. Among other things, guests can explore the surrounding, visit the Ayurveda garden, and even assist the chef as he demonstrates easy and quick ways to prepare Sathvik food.
Manaltheeram Beach Village
Manaltheeram Beach Village is an award-winning beach resort set on the shores of Kovalam Beach, offering Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, and meditation programs. Their packages are designed to focus on physical and mental well-being.
For over 70 years, Sreedhari Resort has been offering Ayurveda wellness programs, specializing in treatments, therapeutic programs, and Kerala Ayurvedic spa packages, ranging from 1 week to up to 6 weeks. Treatments include Panchakarma, Sirodhara, Kizhi, and Abhyangam.