Ayu meaning ‘life’ and Veda meaning ‘knowledge’. Therefore Ayurveda means the knowledge of life or science of life. The classical Ayurvedic texts discuss all forms of science like biology, toxicology, philosophy and theology. Ayurveda encompasses both preventive and curative health care. This science seeks to detoxify the body and to build up its immune system. Ayurvedas principles and philosophy describes a human as a universe within himself, made up of the cosmic forces. Like the entire universe, the human body is also made up of five basic elements. These elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.
According to Ayurveda, human body consists of three main life forces, which are Vatha, Pitha and Kapha. These three doshas are also known as the tridoshas. A balance among these life forces is essential for proper health and any imbalance among these tridoshas cause a state of unhealthiness or disease. An imbalance is the effect of the constant reaction of the internal environment of body to the external environment. We are only required to bring about a balance of these doshas, to bring back the state of healthiness. Other essential concepts of Ayurveda are the Saptha Dhathus (the bodily tissues), Srotas (Channals), Ama (toxins) and the trinity of life – body, mind and spiritual awareness.
Treatment under Ayurveda first seeks to determine the constitution of the persons body; the emphasis is on the patient rather than the disease. It is believed that the same disease might appear in different forms in two people because their body constitution is different. This difference in constitution makes a difference in the treatment for both the people though the disease might be the same. This difference in treatment methods according to the constitution is essential for bringing back the natural balance of the doshas. Thus, understanding of ones constitution helps one to have a life style that is ideal for his constitution, and consequently optimise his health.
Ayurvedic treatments can be classified under two groups – tonification and reduction. Reduction therapies decrease the excesses in the body while tonification methods nurture insufficiency in the body. Reduction therapy has two parts called pacification and purification. Pacification is done using with herbs, fasting, exercise, sunbathing and exposure to wind. Purification is a special form of therapy for elimination of the disease causing imbalances, this methodology guides the toxins to their sites for elimination. It comprises five parts – the pancha karmas – cleaning enemas, Unctuous enema,nasal medication, Purgation, Emesis. Kerala has gained global fame with their specialized Ayurvedic treatments. Methodologies like Dhara, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Elakizhi, Sirovasthi, Thalapothichil etc. which are highly effective in a number of diseases including motor neuron diseases, arthritis, skin diseases, heart diseases, ulcers, asthama, peripheral vascular diseases and gynecological disorders.
Panchakarma – Ayurvedic Complete Detoxification and Cleansing Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means the “five therapies”. These 5 therapeutic means of eliminating toxins from the body are Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana. This series of five therapies help remove deep rooted stress and illness causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions)
Benefits: Suggested for chronic diseases, rheumatic disorders, circulaory system, relaxation of the nervous system, chronic headaches, phobias, insomnia, depression, stress, chronic lung infection, paranasal sinus, increased blood lipids.