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Kerala’s Ayurvedic 101: An Introduction By A Local

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Young woman having oil Ayurveda spa treatment.

Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India, and it is believed to have originated in the pre-historic era. The word “Ayurveda” is a Sanskrit word, which means knowledge of life and longevity.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.

Ayurveda says monsoon is the ideal season to start therapies for enhancing immunization, detoxification, and rejuvenation of the body.

Reason: the body becomes the most receptive to treatments as well as medicines (herbs) during monsoon as the pores in the skin expand to the maximum.

Caucasian woman having Ayurveda shirodhara treatment in India

Ayurvedic treatments during the peak of monsoon (July-August) are very popular in India’s southern state of Kerala.

The treatments (Karkkidaka chikitsa in local language) are a combination of dietary routines and lifestyle modifications to remove the imbalances in the body as well as to boost the immunity for the rest of the year.

Ayurveda suggests that monsoon is the ideal time for detoxification treatment (Panchakarma), followed by rejuvenation treatments (Rasayana therapy).

Panchakarma treatments, including oil massage, help detoxify and deeply cleanse the body without damaging the tissues.

The rejuvenation treatment helps regain physical equilibrium.

Not only locals but people from abroad also reach every year the state during this season for the treatment.

Ayurvedic hospitals and resorts offer services.

Special liquid diet

Keeping in view the outbreak of various seasonal diseases during monsoon, special diets are prepared and served to the people undergoing treatments.

Ayurvedic porridge, Karkidaka Kanji herbal gruel in clay pot black background Kerala South India. Ayurveda diet health drink for immunity, cleanse the body. Top view medicinal porridge Indian veg food

A special gruel, called the Karkidaka Kanji, prepared using therapeutic herbs, is a crucial part of the diet during this season. This liquid food, also called the Aushadha Kanji (medicinal gruel), will help drain out all the toxic elements in the body and enhance the immune system.

Treatment for elephants too!

Kerala has a passion for elephants and temples, as well as people, keep the jumbos as pets. Such elephants are used during religious festivals and in timber yards.

The domesticated elephants are given a month-long Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy (Sukhachikitsa in local language) during monsoon to enhance their health after several months of hectic activities.

Decorated elephants in Hindu temple at temple festival, Kearla, India

The treatment includes special diets comprising herbs and fruits besides their routine fodder.

During this time, the jumbos are given total rest and taken care of by experts.

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