Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word derived from two root syllables, "Ayu" meaning life and "Veda" denoting knowledge. The term "Ayurveda" thus implies complete knowledge or understanding of life. In other words, Ayurveda is the Science of Life. The beauty and exceptional attributes of this age-old science lie in its holistic approach and sense of identification with the universe itself.
The Ayurvedic repertoire has in it both herbal medicines as well as an extensive list of minerals, metals and mercurial compounds that go by the name of 'Rasaushadhis'. A combination of geo-political factors including the advent of Vedic, Buddhist and other streams of religious thoughts had a great impact on the practice of Ayurveda. The Buddhist abhorrence for surgical intervention gave an impetus to the sudden rise in popularity of 'rasaushadhis' in North India. In Kerala however, explained perhaps by its immense bio-diversity and rich flora, the traditional practitioners chose to develop their own lines of treatment modules based purely on herbal drugs. This trendsetting approach is now popularly known as 'Keraleeya Chikitsa'. This branch of practical Ayurvedic treatment has carved a niche for itself over the years and has assumed such proportions that it would not be an exaggeration to state that it is the flagship of the Ayurvedic juggernaut today.
At Kerala Ayurveda Centre we mainly follow the traditions of the Keraleeya Chikitsa Paddhathi. Treatments such as Dhara, Pizhicchil, Churna Pinda Sweda, Patrapotala Sweda, Shashtika Pinda Sweda, Anna Lepana and Siro Lepa, are all carried out with finesse by well-trained personnel at our centre. (For details please see 'TREATMENTS AVAILABLE').
Ayurveda aims at treating diseases and ailments by promoting one’s overall health and well-being. It is not a series of medicines or treatments that just address the symptoms or particular ailments. It is aimed at treating the whole person – the mind, body and spirit. Acharya Susrutha describes a healthy person as “one whose somatic and psychic humors (doshas) are in a state of equilibrium, digestive capacity and digestion are healthy, fundamental tissues (dhatus) are normal, the waste-products (malas) effortlessly eliminated and whose atma (soul), indriya (sense organs) and mana (mind) are blissful.” It is clear hence that Ayurvedic consideration of good health does not stop at mere elimination of an infirmity.