Originating in India more than 5000 years ago, Ayurveda is probably the world,s oldest healthcare system. It is plant based medicine that works on establishing balance between mind, body and spirit through medical and physical treatments by highly trained practitioners. The principal is that each individual has three doshas,
VATA, representing the elements air and ether, this energy is generally seen as driving nerve impulses, circulation, respiration and elimination.
KAPHA, relating to earth and water, is concerned with growth and protection. The stomach lining, and cerebral/spinal fluid are kapha elements.
PITTA, represents fire and water governing metabolism, the way the body turns foods into nutrition. Pitta is also responsible for the body,s organs and tissues.
For a healthy life these doshas must be in balance, and once an experienced Ayurvedic doctor has established the condition of the doshas in an individual, the treatment toward balance can begin.
Here are some of the more common disorders treated by Ayurveda in Kerala .
- Rheumatic disorders
- Paralytic conditions
- High blood pressure
- Sleeping disorders
- Weight problems
- Skin disorders
- Anxiety and stress
Below are a small number of Ayurvedic treatments and how they may help.
- Pranayama...Breathing exercises, practicing this brings calm.
- Abhyanga...Massaging with herbal oil to increase blood circulation and draw toxins out through the skin.
- Rasayana...Repeating words or phrases ( mantras) while meditating, combined with specific herbs to encourage rejuvenation.
- Yoga...Combines pranayama, movement and meditation, can improve circulation/digestion and have a positive effect on blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety and chronic pain.
- Pancha karma...Cleansing and purification of the body. Methods employed can induce sweating, bowel movements and even vomiting to eliminate toxins from the body.
- Herbal medicines...Used to help many conditions, especially in restoring dosha balance. Kerala is perfect for the practice of Ayurveda, the climate and abundance of forests means that most of herbs occur naturally, thus readily available to practitioners.