Ayurvedic Medicine is a Hindu medicine which focuses on diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing.
“Ayus” means life and “Veda” means knowledge or science. So the translation is the “science of life”.
Ayurveda’s premise is that the universe is made up of five elements, air, fire, water, earth and ether.
Each person has doshas, or energies, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which is a combination of the elements. When there is an overload of doshas, the body becomes out of balance. Each individual has a distinct, personal balance of the three doshas that they must attain, tridosha.
Ayurvedic Medicine helps people reach their perfect balance of doshas. You have a consultation with the practitioner that goes into quite extensive detail. What you eat, how you sleep and even your most private moments are explicitly divulged.
It is then determined what doshas you have and a treatment plan is given to you. Herbs can be prescribed that balance you and massages form of treatment.
Depending on what you need, there are different types of treatments. There are massages of the entire body to help Rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, paralysis-agitanus, sexual weakness, nervous weakness, nervous disorders etc.
In the treatment, lukewarm herbal oils are applied all over the body by two to four trained therapists in a special rhythmic way, continuously for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for 7 to 21 days. Of course you can get just the one treatment, but like all therapies, multiple sessions are recommended.
There is a treatment called Njavarakizhi, and is a sudation process in which the whole body or specific part is made to perspire by the external application of certain medical puddings tied up in muslin bags. It is said to help rheumatism, pain in the joints, emaciation of limbs, high blood pressure, cholesterol and certain kinds of skin diseases.
The most recognised treatment is where oils are poured over the forehead. The Ayurvedic treatment, Dhara, involves herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk etc, flow over the forehead for about 45 minutes per day for 7 to 21 days. This treatment is mainly for insomnia, mental tension and certain skin diseases.
With their interesting theories it is certainly something one has to experience.
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