Kerala Ayurveda Treatment came into existence around 5000 years ago. Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity is the oldest form of health science. Ayurveda is practiced everywhere in India and abroad with the common aim of providing a holistic healthcare care system by suggesting ways to attain equilibrium between the body, mind and soul.
Panchakarma is practised by many of the Ayurveda physicians where in Panchakarma and related treatment procedures form an integral part of the treatment program. Kerala is known for its rich and unbroken tradition of Ayurveda and practice of specialized Ayurveda treatment procedures. Kerala Ayurveda refers to the specialised treatment procedures like Abhyanga, Pizhichil, Dhanyamladhaara, Takradhara, Elakizhi, Dhanyakizhi, Netra Tarpana, Talapothichil, Kati basti, Griva basti etc.; the main five procedures(Panchakarma- detoxifying procedures) i.e Vamana(therapeutic emesis), Virechana( therapeutic purgation), Basti(therapeutic enemas), Nasya(instillation of herbal preparations through the nostrils), Raktmokshana(therapeutic blood letting therapy); along with vast range of special medicinal preparations in the form of Kashayam (decoctions), medicated Grhtas(Clarified butter) and Oils for internal and external use, medicated choornas (powders), pills , combinations of medicinal preparations etc. Another special type of treatment procedure called Marma massage is also practised by some of the Ayurveda experts from Kerala.
Few of the procedures have been given below:
Abhyanga: Massaging the entire body with warm oils by applying specific strokes. Most of the times the oils used are medicated with different medicinal herbs depending upon the body and disease condition.
Pizhichil: Warm medicated oil is poured continuously in a similar manner all over the body for 45 to 60 minutes. This treatment is very effective for rheumatic diseases like arthritis and joint stiffness, paralysis (hemiplegia, paraplegia), paralysis, nervous weakness and nervous disorders, sexual weakness.
Navarakizhili(Shastika Shaali Pinda Sweda): This is a special form of fomentation done externally by using medicated rice pudding (navara rice) tied in muslin cloth in the form of boluses that is dipped in milk and herbal decoction and patted rhythmically all over the body.This treatment is advised for rheumatism, pain in the joints, emaciation of limbs and muscular diseases.
Dhanyamladhara: A special warm herbal liquid called dhanyamla is poured continuously over the body. This liquid (decoction) is prepared using some cereals (dhanyam), Navara rice, horse gram, millet etc.
Takradhara: Medicated buttermilk is poured continuously over the forehead in a rhythmic manner.
Dhanyakizhi: It is a type of dry therapeutic fomentation where cotton bundles containing raw drugs like cereals, black gram, horse gram , cotton seed etc., in semi powdered form are used for fomentation locally or for the entire body .
Elakizhli: This is a similar kind of procedure where herbal leaves, coconut gratings and lemon, are warmed in medicated oil and packed into boluses of cotton cloth. These bundles are steamed and patted rhythmically all over the body for fomentation.
These treatment procedures may be advised accordingly for 7, 14 or 21 days. These and many other types of specialised authentic Ayurveda treatment procedures are practised in Kerala and other parts of the country and world.