SCIENCE OF AYURVEDA

The ancient science of ayurveda originated in India several thousands of years ago and is a medical system that comprises of both preventive and curative medicine. But the system of ayurveda lays great emphasis on practicing a “way of life” to prevent diseases. Literally too, the word Ayurveda combines 2 words “ayu” meaning life and “veda” means science of. Hence rightly called the science of life and differs from most other systems of healing, as it defines not just symptomatic cure but identification of the root cause of disease and its cure using herbs, metals and minerals.

The ayurvedic science and its timeless wisdom was passed through generations by word of mouth and it was much later somewhere around 5000 years ago that it was finally written down by vedic scholars as the youngest veda – “Atharva veda”. The Charaka Samhita compiled by Charaka and Sushruta samhita are 2 of the most important documents for ayurveda.  Later these texts were rewritten by Vagbhata as Ashtanga Sangraha and Ashtanga Hridayam.( Although these 2 documents were written almost a century apart and mostly by two different authors, they are credited to Vagbhata).
Charaka Samhita
Kayachikitsa (internal medicine). This is largely the theory of the internal fire--of digestion--or internal medicine, in modern terms.
Sushruta Samhita
The Sushruta Samhita presents the field of Ayurvedic surgery (shalya). This branch of medicine arose in part from the exigencies of dealing with the effects of war.
This work is the first to enumerate and discuss the pitta, sub-doshas and the marmas.
Ashtanga Hridayam and Ashtanga Sangraha
In this work, we see the kapha sub-doshas are listed and described for the first time, completing our modern edifice of vata, pitta, and kapha with their five sub-types.

Ayurvedic science has some inherent principles which govern all its treatments too.
These are

  • All things in the universe (both living and nonliving) are joined together.
  • Every human being contains elements that can be found in the universe. These are together called the panchmahabhootas – Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
  • All people are born in a state of balance within themselves and in relation to the universe. Ayurveda aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit.
  • This state of balance is disrupted by the processes of life. Disruptions can be physical, emotional, spiritual, or a combination. Imbalances weaken the body and make the person susceptible to disease.
  • Health will be good if one’s interaction with the immediate environment is effective and wholesome.
  • Disease arises when a person is out of harmony with the universe.

The underlying concepts of Ayurveda detail into a complex system of the 5 elements of panchmahabhutas, the three primordial forces or gunas, namely, tamas, rajas, and sattva, their operation through these panchmahabhutas, namely, space, air, fire, water and earth, that directly interfaces with human existence.

Ayurveda also has some basic beliefs about the body’s constitution. The combination of the panchmahabhutas govern the nature and type of human body. “Constitution” refers to a person’s general health, how likely he is to become out of balance, and his ability to resist and recover from disease or other health problems.

An overview of these beliefs follows.

  • The constitution is called the prakriti. The prakriti is thought to be a unique combination of physical and psychological characteristics and the way the body functions. It is influenced by such factors as digestion and how the body deals with waste products. The prakriti isbelieved to be unchanged over a person’s lifetime.
  • The changes in lifestyle, habits etc would bring about a deviation in the physical and psychological characteristics and the way the body functions. This deviation of the body is called vikruthi. Diseases are said to arise when there is a major deviation of the vikruthi from the prakriti, thus upsetting the balance of the doshas in the body.
  • Three qualities called doshas form important characteristics of the constitution and control the activities of the body. It is also believed that:
    1. Each dosha is made up of one or two of the five basic elements: space, air, fire, water and earth. “Vata” being a combination of space and air, “Pitta” combination of fire and water, “Kapha” combination of water and earth.
    2. Each dosha has a particular relationship to body functions and can be upset for different reasons.
    3. A person has her own balance of the three doshas, although one dosha usually is prominent. Doshas are constantly being formed and reformed by food, activity, and bodily processes.
    4. Each dosha is associated with a certain body type, a certain personality type, and a greater chance of certain types of health problems.
    5. An imbalance in a dosha will produce symptoms that are related to that dosha and are different from symptoms of an imbalance in another dosha. Imbalances may be caused by an unhealthylifestyle or diet; too much or too little mental and physical exertion; or not being properly protected from the weather, chemicals, or germs.

In summary, it is believed that a person’s chances of developing certain types of diseases are related to the way doshas are balanced, the state of the physical body, and mental or lifestyle factors.
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Tri Doshas explained

  • vata dosha
    Considered the most powerful dosha, is the energy associated with movement, it controls very basic body processes such as cell division, the heart, breathing, and the mind. Vata can be thrown out of balance by, for example, staying up late at night, eating dry fruit, or eating before the previous meal is digested. People with vata as their main dosha are thought to be especially susceptible to skin, neurological, and mental diseases.

  • pitta dosha
    Pitta, associated with absorption, assimilation, digestion, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature is said to control hormones. When pitta is out of balance, a person may experience negative emotions (such as hostility and jealousy) and have physical symptoms (such as heartburn within 2 or 3 hours of eating). Pitta is upset by, for example, eating spicy or sour food; being angry, tired, or fearful; or spending too much time in the sun.

  • kapha dosha
    Kapha associated with body structure, bones, muscles and tendons is thought to help keep up strength and immunity and to control growth. An imbalance in the kapha dosha may cause nausea immediately after eating. Kapha is aggravated by, for example, sleeping during the daytime, eating too many sweet foods, eating after one is full, and eating and drinking foods and beverages with too much salt and water (especially in the springtime). Those with a predominant kapha dosha are thought to be vulnerable to diabetes, gallbladder problems, stomach ulcers, and respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS

  • In contrast to the popular Allopathic system of medicine the system of ayurveda, focuses on maintaining the delicate balance of the cosmic energies within the mind, body and soul and hence greater stress on prevention rather than cure. It guides an individual  on proper choice of diet, living habits and exercise to maintain the balance. So, that the vikruthi and prakriti, of the individual are aligned and in balance.
  • In line with the same thinking several treatments have evolved and associated with Ayurveda. Cleansing the body of unwanted toxins which enter the body by means of the current lifestyle and food habits in the current times is thus an important part of the ayurvedic system to be able to restore the balance.
  • The Panchkarma comprising of the 5 shodanas (cleansing methods) is the ayurvedic technique of purifying the body of all toxins. Prior to Panchkarma, the body needs to be prepared for the process of purification using thePurvakarma.
    Purvakarma comprises of Snehan – oil massage & Svedana – sweating using steam baths.
    Snehan – Oil massage, where oil suiting the body composition and health is applied to the entire body which helps the toxins move towards the gastrointestinal tract.
    Swedana – Given immediately after Snehan with herbs added to water for generating medicated steam which liquefies the toxins and increases the movement of  toxins into the gastrointestinal tract.

    We at Kalarickal Ayurveda, provide the Panchakarma treatment complete with the Purvakarma techniques. Since the modern day life styles are extremely stressful, in addition to the Purvakarma and Panchakarma, we have several other Rejuvenation treatments and ayurvedic packages which help in restoring the mind, body and soul balance.

We provide the following ayurvedic treatments:

  • Rejuvenation Massage.
  • Hair care massage.
  • Skin care massage.
  • Treatments for rheumatism, arthritis, spondilytis, neck and back pain.
  • Stress management.

All the following treatments depend on the body constitution, referred to as the “prakriti” and “vikruthi”, age, health and mind of the guest.

REJUVENATION MASSAGE:

Enhance the wellness of our body, by providing relaxation and  stress management therapeutic massage.

Benefits:

  • Releases chronic muscular tension and pain including healing backache.
  • Tones up the skin.
  • Promotes faster healing of injured muscle tissue
  • Improves flexibility and increases range of motion
  • Improves body balance and promotes good posture
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improves circulation
  • Boosts immune system
  • Relieves stress and anxiety     
  • Provides relaxation
  • Relieves tension related headaches and eye-strain
  • Improves concentration and replenishes the reservoir of mental vitality and health
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Heals back ache.
  • Strengthens all systems of body so as to achieve sound health and longevity and Creates overall sense of well being.
  • Hair care massage:
    • Special massage treatments especially to improve the quality and texture of hair and promote their growth.
  • Skin Care Massage
    • This treatment tones the skin and improves the skin texture, softness and prevents ageing and wrinkling of the skin.
  • RHEUMATISM, ARTHRITIS, SPONDILYTIS, NECK & BACK PAIN TREATMENTS
    • These make use of specialized massages which have been detailed for treatment of the disease.
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS:
    • We provide treatments to help reduce stress and anxiety levels of the individual by making use of appropriate massage treatments along with dedicated yoga sessions and kalari treatments.

Our Treatments include the following:

          • Leaf Bundle massage(Kizhi)
          • Njavara kizhi (Pindasweda)
          • Shirodhara
          • Karnapoornam
          • Anjanam
          • Nasyam
          • Sirovasti
          • Uzhichil;
          • Pizhichil
          • Panchakarma
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DETAILS OF MASSAGE TYPES USED FOR TREATMENTS

LEAF BUNDLE MASSAGE (KIZHI):

Kizhi therapy means taking the medicinal powder, oil and decoctions in a small bag of cloth formed by wrapping and applying it over the body of a person.
Ila kizhi or ela kizhi has medicinal leaves wrapped in the bag, podi kizhi has herbal medicinal powders in the bag, while njavarakizhi has special njavara rice boiled with medicines. The choice of medicines depends on the constitution (prakriti) of the person, the season, health and age.

Benefits:

  • All these kizhi are useful for different conditions like problems to bone – rheumatism.
  • Treatment of arthritis.
  • Muscle pain, joint pains, sports injury, etc.

 

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PINDASWEDA (NJAVARAKIZHI)

It is the process by which the whole body is made to perspire, by making use of certain kinds of medicinal puddings, taken in the form of ball like bundles.
The effect of the treatment if undergone in the proper manner, are manifold. It brings forth all the benefits of Sweda (perspiration) taken in the proper way.

 Benefits:

  • If done in the proper manner sweda in general makes the body soft, removes stiffness of joints which are due to diseases born of vitiated Vata, and cleanses the interstices of the body
  • Helps is removal of body toxins or detoxification(swedana).
  • Makes the body soft.
  • Removes stiffness in joints.
  • Cleanses the interstices of the body.
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SIRODHARA:

It is a therapeutic component of an overall treatment plan and includes diet, herbal preparations and prolonged relaxation. Clients are not encouraged to engage in any activity that stimulates thought. If one reads it is recommended that the material be conducive to spiritual thought. No sexual activity or intense physical activity is advised. This treatment in particular represents an interface between the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda. It creates a meditative sense of awareness as it is focusing and isolating. Dhara, which means "constant flow", is contained in the word dharana, one of the seven stages of yoga realization, generally translated as "concentration.

Benefits:

  • Helps in treating imbalancedue to high pitta.
  • Cures Insomnia.
  • Cures the problem of memory loss and improves the same by making use of meditation.
  • Provides deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Strengthens the indriyas thus improving general discipline and focus.
  • Improves the Digestive power abd makes a person virile too.

KARNAPOORANAM:

Ear treatment - We use either a ghee preparation  (clarified butter) or a mixture of herbal oil  and give this after a soothing  massage into your ears.

Benefits:

  • Effective treatment for reducing vata.
  • Cures Jaw tension.
  • Cures Tinnitus(ringing in the ears) and congestion.
  • Brings calm to the mind and a heightened sense of awareness and deep inner peace.

ANJANAM:

Paste made of Ayurvedic Herbs is applied in eyes after proper cleaning.

NASYAM

Involves instilling few drops of oil in the nose. The dose is fixed depending on the  severity of the disease and the patient has to inhale the oil, instilled in each nostril.

Benefits:

  • Clears the phlegm from nose channels and prevents blocking of channels.
  • Cures certain types of headaches, mental disorders too.
  • Curative treatment for sinusitis, tonsillitis.
  • Cures eye diseases, gives improved vision and hearing and mental capacity.
  • Prevents wrinkles and grey hairs.

SIROVASTI (THALAM)

One of the most important of all external use of Snehana (oil application). Certain lukewarm ayurvedic / herbal oils are poured into a cap fitted on the head for 15 to 60 minutes per day according to the patient's conditions. Special herbal oils containing extracts of brahmi leaves and dhataki flowers are poured into a leather cap fitted onto the head and held for 15 to 30 minutes according to the patient's body type.

Benefits:

  • Highly effective cure for facial palsy.
  • Cures dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat.
  • Reduces vata and cures burning sensation of head and severe headaches.

UZHICHIL (ABHYANGAM or BODY MASSAGE)

Medicated oil is used to massage the body with specific implications or stress on 107 vital points (marmas) of the body.

Benefits:
  • Helps improve the blood circulation of the body.
  • Tones the muscles and skin.
  • Gives mental tranquility and a feeling of well being.
  • Provides a rejuvenated feeling to mind and body.

PIZHICHIL

Lukewarm herbal oils are applied all over the body by in a special rhythmic way.

Benefits:
  • Especially useful in curing rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis.
  • Strengthens the nervous system curing nervous weakness and disorders.

PANCHAKARMA

Panchakarma is Ayurveda's primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means the "five therapies". It is a comprehensive system of knowledge and practices to purify the body of toxins and restore it to balance with natural law. These five therapeutic means of eliminating toxins from the body are Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana.

Benefits:
  • Helps  remove deep-rooted stress and illness causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions).
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