Kerala boasts of some of the best Ayurveda Resorts in the world. Kollam in Kerala is one of the hot spots for Ayurvedic massages and treatment. Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul with Kerala Ayurveda at Kollam. This place is dotted with amazing Ayurvedic resorts offering sheer hospitality, luxurious aura and blissful Ayurvedic therapy. One of the most famous resorts here is Aquaserene Ayurvedic resort. It has skilled therapist offering best of treatments for various ailments. The Ashtamudi Resort is another remarkable resort in Kollam. It boasts of its private rejuvenation island which is the venue for Ayurvedic treatments. Other resorts worth mentioning are Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort in Kovalam, Keraleeyam Heritage Home and Ayurvedic Resort in alleppey and Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort in Palakkad. Pamper yourself at a five-star Ayurveda Resort, beach Ayurveda Resort or backwater Ayurveda Resorts. Kerala offers many options.
Ayurveda is synonymous with Kerala. It is an ancient system of healing which is very popular in this state. Originated in India around 5000 years ago, Ayurveda occupies a prized place in Kerala. The state is blessed with rich flora consisting of rare herbs and natural oils. Apart from this rich flora, Kerala also has salubrious climate and great monsoon which are propitious for the practice of Ayurveda. The term “Ayurveda” is derived from two words—ayus meaning “life principle” and veda refers to a system of “knowledge”. Thus Ayurveda means the “knowledge of life”. Dhanvantari, the physician to the heavenly deities in Hindu mythology, received the knowledge of Ayurveda from Lord Brahma. The first book on Ayurveda was written by Agnivesha in Vedic times. It was named as ' Agnivesh tantra'. Later new additions were made to the text of this book by Charaka and it was renamed as Charaka Samhita. Vagbhata from 7th century is one of the most celebrated writers of Ayurveda.
People from across the globe come to Kerala for various Ayurvedic treatments. Ailments such as arthritis, paralysis, obesity, sinusitis, migraine, premature ageing and skin problems can easily cured by this ancient system of medicine.
The eight branches of Ayurveda are:
Ayurveda has its own principles which are entirely different from other systems of medicine. Ayurvedic medicines are prepared from natural herbs. Shamana and Shodhana are the two concepts of treatment in Ayurveda. Shamana means alleviation or making the disease and its symptoms less severe. Whereas Shodhana deals with complete elimination of the basic cause of disease. There are five types of Shodana popularly known as Panchakarma. Panchakarma are vamana, virechana, nasya, basti and raktha mokshana. In Shamana oral medicines are given whereas in Shodana external treatments are given. Shodana karma consists of two poorvakarma for preparing the patient's body for treatment: Snehana and Swedana.
Ayurveda and Marma Chikitsa: It involves body massage by applying enough pressure on the marmas(key points) in human body.
Ophthalmology in Ayurveda: It deals with the diseases of eyes.
Prasoothi Tantra and Ayurveda: Prasoothi Tantra deals with the care given to pregnant women for the birth of a healthy baby.
Salya Tantra and Ayurveda: Salya Tantra refers to the technique of surgery in Ayurveda.
Ashtanga and Ayurveda: Ashtanga Ayurveda is divided into eight main classes dealing with different kinds if diseases.
Kaya Chikitsa and Ayurveda: Kaya means body and Chikitsa refers to treatment, thus Kaya Chikitsa deals with treatment of the diseases afflicting the body.
Balachikitsa (pediatrics) and Ayurveda: It deals with the care of children by preventing or treating methods.
Damshtra Chikitsa( Toxicology): It is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda dealing with toxins in the body.
Shalakya Tantra: It deals with diseases that affect eyes, nose, throat, ears and head.
Myths associated with Ayurveda: