Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala

PANCHA KARMA, which is the main treatment consists of:

Vamana or emesis

This is a process of inducing vomiting through internal medicines resulting in the expulsion of vitiated kapha and pitta from the upper gastrointestinal track and thoracic cavity.

Virechana or purgation

This is the technique of inducing purgation through internal medicines and the flushing out of toxins mainly from the lower gastrointestinal track.

Nasya or cleansing through the nose

Applying specific medicine into the nasal path which is highly effective in case of inffections of the ENT (EarsNoseThroat), neurology and psychiatry.

Vasthi or enema

This is a sophisticated and scientific method of delivering herbal medicines to the body through the anal canal.

Rakthamoksham or bloodletting

This treatment aims to eliminate some amount of blood from the patient's body in order to tackle diseases caused by pitta or infected blood (raktha). It is done either with metal instruments or with the use of the non-poisonous leech (a type of segmented worms).

After care or paschata karma

It means the adoption of rehabilitative measures after the main treatment. In the present context of Panchakarma, it relates to the dietary measures and exercise advice (yoga and meditation) recommended by the physician to the patient, after successful completion of the Panchakarma therapy.

Rasayana Chikitsa or rejuvenation therapy

This therapy takes 2 sessions a day and is for a period of 14 to 21 days. This treatment includes full body, head and face massage with medicated oil, internal rejuvenation medicines and medicated steam bath. It also includes pancahkarma, pizhichil, navarakizhi, dhara and shirovasthi as prescribed by the physician. This therapy rejuvenates body, mind and soul, tones up the skin and strengthens all systems in order to achieve ideal health and long life.

Shodhana Chikitsa or body purification therapy

This treatment is based on panchakarma - or the five Ayurvedic purification therapies. It provides not only curative but also preventive benefits. This therapy takes about 15 days and includes 1-2 of the various treatments such as Vamana or emesis, Virechana or purgation, Vasthi or enema, Nasya or nasal drops and Raktamoksham or bloodletting.

Kayakalpa Chikitsa or body immunization therapy/longevity

This is the prime treatment in Ayurveda in order to reduce the aging process, stopping degeneration of body cells and immune system. Giving internally the Rasayana (specific ayurvedic diet/medicine) is the main part of this therapy which is combined with other treatments such as Panchakarma and Svedakarma. This therapy takes about 28 days and includes body massage, Panchakarma, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Dhara, Shirovasthi, medicated steam bath, yoga, meditation.

Other Short Duration programs include:

Svedana or medicated steam bath therapy

Special herbs are boiled and its steam is given to the entire body for 10 to 20 minutes. This is beneficial for certain skin diseases. This therapy helps eliminate impurities from the body, improve body tone, reduce fat etc.

Rejuvenation therapy

This therapy includes full body, head and face massage. It is performed using medicated oil, powder, internal rejuvenation medicines, medicated steam bath and takes 45-60 minutes. This therapy helps to reduce mental tension, rejuvenate, strengthen vitality and energy, tone up the body and improve blood circulation.

Slimming or Weight Management therapy

This therapy includes two types of massages, with medicated dry, herbal powder or with medicated lukewarm oil. For full benefit, it is advisable to perform this therapy for duration of 28 days. Intake of herbal juices and other preparations along with a specific ayurvedic diet is advised during the whole treatment, which should be continued and followed steadfastly, post the treatment program.

Holistic Beauty programme

This program includes face massage with herbal cream or oil along with the intake of herbal medicines. This is beneficial for brightening the over all skin complexion and toning of muscles.

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