Which is believed as the oldest treatment method in the world
(more than 3500 years old). The Plants are used for preparing as
medicines. Nowadays Ayurveda has become very popular among the
tourist especially foreigners. Patients from all over the world
are coming here for Ayurveda treatment.
literal meaning of Ayurveda is 'Science of Life'. The system is
passed through traditionally from master to disciples orally.
'Thaliyola', palm leaf, was used for writing medical details.
'Narayam', an iron pin, was used as pen. The disciples used to
stay in master's house, which is known a 'Gurukula'.
traditional knowledge has been improved through scientific
research and is taught in various Ayurveda Colleges in Kerala. A
graduate doctor in Ayurveda, takes 5 years of courses at college
besides six months of internship and is considered on par with
doctors of modern medicine.
is based on the Vedic philosophy of healthy living as prescribed
in the 'Atharvaveda', a Vedic text on Hindu philosophy. It is a
system of preventive medicine which provides remedies for various
illnesses and prescribes ideal lifestyles to prevent the onset of
sickness and disease. The majority of Ayurvedic medicines are not
mass produced, as Ayurveda treatment is based on the premise that
every person has an individualized constitution and medicines have
to be tailored to suit the individual. According to Ayurveda the
human body comprises of 3 constituents known as the 'Tridoshas'.
They are 'Vatha', 'Pitha' and 'Kapha'. Through these constituents
vary from person to person, one of the 'Tridoshas' predominates
over the other two. This predominance can be identified by the
physical and emotional characteristics of a person ("Personality
types"). Accordingly two people suffering from the same ailment
may be prescribed different medicines to suit their constitutions.
stay healthy, the Tridoshas need to function in harmony with each
other, as well as with the five basic elements of the Universe
(Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Ether). Most illness arise due to the
imbalance in functioning of any one or two of the Tridoshas which
leads to malfunction of the internal organs. Although Ayurveda
acknowledges that infective diseases are spread by germs, the
treatment is based on the theory of Tridoshas. Ayurveda does not
'kill' an infection like antibiotics but instead it strengthens
body's immune system to fight disease or infection.
popular Ayurvedic programmes among the tourists are Rejuvenation
therapies (Oil massages, herbal baths etc.) and yoga. Ayurveda is
sometimes considered a better alternative in certain cases of
Jaundice, Paralysis, Arthritis, Parkinson's disease, Spinal
problems, Gastric or Peptic ulcers etc.
Cautions For Some Treatment
(Oil massage) is not recommended for persons with serious liver
and renal problems.
parameters should be checked and kept at a safe level before
starting any of the intensive treatments.
'Navarakizhi' is not recommended for patients suffering from
diabetes, obesity, serious cardiac, hepatic and renal patients.
'Shirodhara' (Head bath with medicated milk or oil) is not
recommended in case of cerebral thrombosis.
Steam baths should be done under the guidance of the physician.