Ayurveda is the science of life and longevity of ancient India which led the world in health and wealth knowledge and practice. Though it was prevalent in India before 3000 years ago, it was perfected into a scientific branch for practice about 2000 years ago. Unlike the allopathic system of medicine, Ayurveda focuses more on the holistic, spiritual, mental, physical and social wellness of the person. The focus lies more on prevention than on the treatment of a disease. Even in the treatment of a disease, it treats the root causes rather than the symptoms as the allopathic system often does. Ayurveda is traditionally used extensively all over India to maintain health and to prevent illness.
The high humidity of the atmosphere in Kerala is helpful in the easy absorption of the massaging oils by the body. The natural abundance of medicinal herbs and the perennially salubrious climate combine with the right medicines to work wonders on the human body and mind. Favourable climate and unpolluted atmosphere are key factors in making purification and rejuvenation therapies in Ayurveda really effective, and Kerala has both of these. Kerala is considered the only place in India where Ayurveda is practiced in its genuine, traditional form with total dedication. Tourists with life-style related ailments like arthritis, paralysis, obesity, sinusitis, migraine, premature aging and skin ailments, come to Kerala for holistic Ayurvedic treatments to root out the causes of the maladies. Here, the Ayurvedic Therapy programs are prescribed by the physician after a detailed consultation, which specifies daily routines, diet and wellness activities. The consultation focuses on balancing the three bio-energetic forces in the human body, namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.The Tridosha Theory:
When the five eternal substances – space, air, fire, water, and earth combine to form the human body, they do so by creating three vital energies, or doshas. These are the forces that govern all psycho-physiological functions in the body and mind respectively. They construct the body and serve to maintain it in a dynamic state of health. However, when these vital forces are aggravated, due to improper gross or subtle factors, the body-mind connection begins to suffer and the disease process begins.
It is the most powerful among the doshas. Formed by the interaction of space and air, Vata is movement, the body in motion. Warm food, moderately heavy textures, added butter and fat; salt, sour, and sweet tastes; soothing and satisfying foods, All are good for settling the disturbed Vata. Use food such as warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, and hot cereals, fresh-baked.
Formed by the interaction of fire and water…the polarity of these two elements plays an important role for Pitta, which regulates the body's metabolism and transformations in the body’s form. Cool or warm but not steaming hot foods; bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes, are what are perfect for this body type. Take cool, refreshing food in summer. Reduce the consumption of salt, oil, and spices, all of which are “heating” to the body. Salads are good, so is milk and ice cream.
It is formed by the structural properties of earth, with water in its role as a lubricant to different tissues of the body, which also aids strength and adds stamina to the body. Warm light food, dry food, cooked without much water, minimum of butter, oil, and sugar are recommended for this body type. Stimulating foods with pungent, bitter and astringent tastes and deep-fried foods are best avoided. Eat lightly cooked foods or raw fruits and vegetables. ‘Eat’ spicy, bitter and astringent foods. Watch out for eating that little bit extra, a typical Kapha tendency