Ayurveda evolved as a system of medicine in India, around 600 BC. The system stressed the prevention of disease in addition to treating an ailment. This tradition of healthcare was followed closely across the entire country, and has been practiced ever since.
Today, it's a unique, indispensable branch of medicine, a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of the body's humor to achieve the right balance. Ayurveda believes in the treatment of not just the affected part, but the individual as a whole, making it the natural way to perfect health and harmony of life
Herbal face pack, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea, etc. improves complexion and beautifies the body.
Medicated herbal powder and medicated herbal oil massages, an Ayurvedic diet of herbal juices, etc. are part of the program.
'Thaali' is a traditional shampoo. It can be any herb, usually, the soapy paste of crushed 'Hibiscus Rosa' leaves or 'Cheevakkai' (Shikakai) powder, made into a paste and rubbed into the hair during the bath.
Plain boiled rice soup rubbed into the scalp for ten minutes before the bath is an excellent cure for dandruff. 'Moong' (green gram) is a good hair and body scrub. 'Mylanchi' (henna or Egyptian privet) is widely used as a hair dye.
Adding 'Amla' (dried and powdered Gooseberry, 'Phyllanthus Emblica') and beating in an Egg Yolk makes the dye fast. Unlike chemical dyes, this is quite harmless. A mixture of Coconut Milk and Lemon Juice can prevent hair loss.
Yoghurt, eggs, and Lemon Juice rubbed into the scalp is said to accelerate hair growth, while Cucumber has excellent astringent properties.
Pastes of Cucumber, Sandalwood, Papaya, and Pineapple Fruit are used for making face masks. Honey acts as a powerful moisturizer. Turmeric paste is another popular skincare herb, applied both as a face pack as well as all over the body, to improve the skin tone and prevent skin disorders.
A mixture of Lemon Juice and Honey is used in skincare. A paste of 'Raktha Chandanam' (red sandalwood) in Honey, applied once or twice a DAY for about a fortnight, has a magical effect in erasing scars.
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Kottachkal Vaidya Shala
The small town of Kottackal in Malappuram district is home to the famed Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Shala, one of the pioneer institutions of Ayurveda, the traditional system of health and medicine, in Kerala.
Founded in 1902 AD, by Vaidya Ratnam P.S.Warrier, the well-known physician and social reformer, the institution has branches all over the state as well as in Delhi and Madras. One of the best Ayurvedic centers in the state, the Arya Vaidya Shala runs an Ayurvedic research center, a nursing home, and a hospital. People from all over the world come here to undergo various Ayurvedic therapies. The chief physician can be consulted by appointment only, made at least 10 days in advance. Accommodation options at the nursing home including family blocks, double rooms, single rooms and suites
Kerala - The land of Ayurveda
Kerala's equable climate, natural abundance of forests with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants, and the cool monsoon season starting from June to November are best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative programs. Today Kerala is the only state in India, which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication. Monsoon is considered to be the ideal time for rejuvenation. Ancient texts recommend monsoon to be the best season for Ayurveda regimens. The atmosphere remains dust-free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.