Ayurveda, based on ancient Indian wisdom, uses herbs, massages and diet to cure disease
Ayurveda is the oldest traditional healing system, and among the most comprehensive holistic healing system in the world. Born from ancient Indian wisdom, it empowers individuals to heal with the aid of herbs, diet, body therapies and lifestyle. Ayurveda can also be used as an integral part of other healing systems.
Dietary cleansing, body conditioning and healing massages are amongst the simplest but most effective in the world. Nowhere is the practice of ayurveda as evident and as dedicated a way of life as in Kerala. The monsoons are considered the ideal time for treatment. The atmosphere is dust-free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum, and making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.
The Kairali Health Resort
Situated in Palakkad, it has 30 independent villas, spread across 50 acres of lush green landscaped gardens. Allocation depends on the birth star of a traveller. Each of the rooms has a curative valimbari shell placed in it. Special herbs and trees are planted in accordance with sun signs.
Kairaliís ayurvedic treatments and massages include special packages for weight loss, arthritis, spondilytis, holistic treatment for rejuvenation and detoxification. Kairali health centres are also in Delhi, Khajuraho and the UAE.
Kottakal Arya Vaidyashala
This pioneering ayurvedic centre was founded in 1902 by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier, it has branches all over the state as well as in Delhi and Madras.
It increases ojas (primary vitality) and improves sattva (mental clarity) and thereby increases the resistance of the body.
Body Immunisation And Longevity Treatment (Kayakalpa chikitsa)
A prime treatment for retarding the aging process, arresting the degeneration of body cells and immunisation of the system. Includes intake of rasayana (special ayurvedic medicines and diet) and comprehensive body care programmes. Most effective if undertaken before the age of 50.
Body Sudation (Sweda karma)
It involves medicated steam baths to eliminate impurities from the body, improve the tone and complexion of the skin, reduce fat and is recommended for certain rheumatic diseases. Precious herbs and herbal leaves are boiled and the steam is passed over the entire body for 10 to 20 minutes daily.
Medicated herbal powder and oil massages, and an ayurvedic diet of herbal juices are part of the programme.
Herbal face pack, oil massage, intake of herbal tea improves complexion and beautifies the body.