Ayurveda (ayus' life and 'ved' knowledge)
is considered a practical science of life based on the eternal wisdom of people who acquired knowledge through experience and meditation. The system that is applicable universally is based on celebrated texts that discuss all forms of science like biology, toxicology and subjects like philosophy and theology. Ayurveda been used in India for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda emphasizes health promotion and prevention of illness through lifestyle practices (such as meditation, yoga, and dietary changes) and the use of herbal remedies.
Ayurvedic medicine is holistic, which means viewing the body and mind as a whole. Ayurveda not only treats a person's physical complaints, but also changes lifestyle practices to help maintain or improve health.
Finally, the ancient Ayurvedic physicians realized the need for preserving the alliance of the mind and body. Ayurveda seeks to heal the fragmentation and disorder of the mind-body complex and restore wholeness and harmony to all people.
According to ayurveda, the five elements of nature (space, air, fire, water, earth) show themselves in the body as three forces (doshas) known as Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. These doshas relate closely to the basic elements of nature and to a specific function of the body. A balance of these doshas is thought to be required for optimal health.
Air and space represent Vatta. The term vata stems from the Sanskrit word vaayu, which means "that which moves things". Vatta controls muscle and joint movement, breathing, and heartbeat. Also, Vatta controls anxiety, fear, pain, and other functions of the nervous system. Vata promotes a healthy balance between thought and emotion and gives rise to creativity, activity, and clear comprehension.
Fire and water represent Pitta, The term pitta comes from the Sanskrit word pinj, meaning "to shine"; which is thought to control such bodily functions as digestion, metabolism, intelligence, and skin color. The emotions of anger, hate, and jealousy are governed by Pitta. Pitta also governs our ability to absorb ideas and impressions and to perceive the true nature of reality. It stimulates the intellect and creates enthusiasm and determination.
Earth and water represent Kapha. The physical structure of the body and the immune system are governed by Kapha. Emotional responses thought to be controlled by Kapha include strength, stability, and endurance---both physical and psychological---and promotes human emotions and capacities such as love, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, loyalty and patience. Where Vata and Pitta effects become active in the body, Kapha acts to limit and control these two forces and prevent their excessive activity. It also governs the formation of all new cells and tissues of the body and imparts mind-body-spirit stability and resilience.
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1. Rejuvenation Therapy (Rasayana Chikitsa)
Rasayana is a branch of Ayurveda. It literally means "the path of juice", which aims to nourish, restore and balance the body functions. This treatment includes body massage with hand and foot by two masseurs with medicated oil and cream, internal rejuvenative medicines and medicated stem bath. This therapy is for 90 minutes to 2 hours per day for 7 to 14 days. This therapy is to rejuvenate mind body and soul, to tone up skin, to strengthen all systems so as to achieve ideal health and longevity.
2. Body Purification Therapy (Shodhan Chikitsa)
It is a process of purifying the whole body to attain proper balance of vatha, pitha and kapha based on the panchkarma and swethakarma treatment. The process include body massage, snehapanam, nasyam, virechanam (medicated purgative), snehavasthi, dhara, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, karnapooranam, tharpanam, sirovasthi, steam bath, Herbal drinks and internal herbal medicines.
3. Body Immunization / Longevity treatment (Kayakalpa Chikitsa)
This is the prime treatment in Ayurveda for reducing ageing processes, arresting the degeneration of the body cells and immunisation of the system. Giving RASAYANA (Very Special Ayurvedic Medicine) internally is the main part of this programme, based on the panchakarma and swethakarma treatment. The 28-day package process includes body massage, snehapanam, virechanam, nasyam, snehavasthi, dhara, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, tharpanam, sirovasthi, karnapooranam and medicated steam bath. This treatment is best effective if taken before the age of 60, for either sex.
4. Psoriaris treatment programme (Sidhma Chikitsa)
This is an effective treatment for all types of sporaris. This special Ayurvedic treatment programme last for 21 to 28 days. This programme includes special lapanam, abhyangam, snehapanam, pizhichil, medicated steam bath and sirovasthi along with exclusively prepared internal herbal medicines.
5. Slimming programme
This includes two types of massages (1) medicated herbal powder massage (2) medicated herbal oil massage. These two massages will be given for 28 days. This programme also includes medicated steam bath, intake of herbal juices and herbal tea. A very special Ayurvedic diet is advised during the treatment period.
6. Beauty care programme
In this programme herbal face pack, herbal cream massage, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea and steam bath are included. This treatment increases the skin complexion, skin tone and beautifies the body figure.
7. Spine and neck care programme
This is a special treatment to keep your spine and neck healthy and to cure the problems related with it. This programme includes special massages, kativasthi, snehavasthi, kashayavasthi, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, special exercises etc.
This is a process of medicated fumes applied to the ears for 5 to 10 minutes. This process helps to clean the ear and avoids ailments associated to the ear.
It is a cleaning process of the eyes which gives the cooling effect, prevents eye diseases and strengthens the optic nerve.
This is an herbal face pack with specially made herbal powder and fresh cream. This prevents and avoids wrinkles and improves the skin tone. This is also good for the eyes.
11. Rejuvenation massage
This massage includes body massage with herbal oil or herbal powder by hand and foot, head massage, face massage for 1½ hours. This is good for rejuvenating the body, to reduce mental tension, sexual weakness, to improve vitality etc.
12. General massage
Body massage with herbal oil or herbal powder by hand to tone up the body and to improve the blood circulation etc.
13. Medical steam bath
Certain precious herbal leaves and herbs are boiled and the steam is passed to the whole body for 10 to 20 minutes. This is good for certain skin diseases, to eliminate impurities from the body, to improve the tone of the body, to reduce fat etc.
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Ayurveda is a holistic system of treatment. It aims at not just treating the physical ailment but also improvement of overall health and also at providing mental rejuvenation. Ayurveda works to bring balance to inconsistencies in one's body constitution as well as life style. The medications used in the system are prepared especially from herbs and other natural products and hence one might not have the fear of any toxic or artificial ingredients. Yoga and breathing exercise that form part of the treatment pacifies the mind and encourages meditation.