Ayurveda Treatments in Kerala – Methods & Benefits
Being the oldest medical system of the world, Ayurveda traces its emergence around 5000 years ago. There are various mythological tales and legends associated with Ayurveda, however, it is a part of Atharva Veda, which is one among the four Vedas. Ayurveda treatments in Kerala is based on the philosophy of harmony between body, mind and soul. It suggests that everything, living or dead, in the universe is connected with each other and when this sync or harmony is disturbed, the person develops ailments and becomes sick. It further states that the human body is composed of five elements of the universe- space, fire, air, water and earth and is driven by a life force which is a combination of two of these elements. All the Ayurvedic treatment is thus aimed towards restoring the harmony between the body, mind and soul. As the treatments are done mostly through herbs and plants, they have minimum side-effects and maximum benefits. These treatments are based on the writings mentioned in the Vedas which in turn are the result of extensive research by the scholarly saints.
- The western medical system has adopted various treatment methodologies and names of organs from Ayurveda.
- Ayurvedic treatment works slower than allopathy, but has long lasting effect and also prevents the ailments and diseases.
Ayurvedic Treatment Methods at a Glance
There are eight components of Ayurveda- General Medicine, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology/ENT/dentistry, surgery, psychiatry, toxicology, anti agings, aphrodisiacs. Though two of these components are related to the surgery, Ayurvedic treatment emphasise on the importance of a sound metabolic system, digestion system, and exercise for restoring the harmony between the body, mind and soul. It also stresses on the importance of following a routine, called the “dincharya”, where there should be a regularity in everyday work. Ayurveda diagnoses a disease by eight ways. Examination of pulse, urine, faeces, tongue, speech, vision, appearance and touch is done to diagnose a disease. The treatment of ailments through Ayurveda involves herbs and plants that have proven medicinal properties. Some of these herbs are cinnamon, cardamom and many more.
As the medicines are derived from plants, they are totally safe with minimum side-effects. Ayurvedic is divided into two components-depleting and nourishing. Depleting is further divided into Sodhana, i.e purification and pacifying. The process of purification includes various methods of treatments like Emesis, Purgation, Enema, nasal medication, and bloodletting. Pacifying is the process that involves various sub-processes like the use of digestives, increasing digestive fires, hunger, thirst, exercises, sunlight and wind. Panchkarma is another concept of Ayurveda where the emphasis is laid upon purification of the blood as it is strongly believed that no drugs will produce desired results unless the blood in the body is purified. Though, Ayurveda finds the mention of surgical therapies, it stresses on the quality of food, hygiene and activities to keep the body disease free.
- The basic goal that Ayurvedic treatment achieves is the harmony between the body. Mind and soul which is the underlying factor of good health.
- The goal is achieved by use of herbs, minerals and a strictly followed daily routine.
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