Ayurveda is an age-old practice that originated in India and is being recognised and celebrated worldwide in all countries in recent times. Ayurveda talks about being one with nature and manifesting our energy through ‘Pancha Bhoota’ – the five elements found in nature, air, water, land, sky and fire. These elements translate to the various energies in our own body and soul.
This is the basic principle of Ayurveda. These manifestations can be practised and used in healing via Ayurvedic treatment centres such as panchakarma centres in Bangalore and other major cities in India. Focussing on our own body, soul and mind and uniting them with the powerful forces found in the universe is the true essence of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is practised in many areas, but there are a few key areas where important techniques and teachings of Ayurveda are practised. Some of the most important Ayurvedic centres are located in Kerala and Karnataka. These are the two states where Ayurveda is practised very religiously and is intertwined in their cultural and traditional heritage and lifestyle. Men and women who reside in Kerala and Karnataka, the two southern states of India, still adhere to many of the ayurvedic principles that were followed by ancestors in the olden era.
Most of the principles such as oil massage, waking up early, Surya Namaskar, traditional ayurvedic meals including vegetarian options, medicated baths, detoxification of home and surroundings are still practised religiously. It is even taught to the younger generations so that these teachings are not lost in the western culture’s influence.
Ayurvedic treatments are gaining a lot of reputation in western countries, and a lot of people are coming to know about the superpowers of simple ayurvedic lifestyle and ayurvedic hacks to take control of your own body and its issues.
Many westerners and tourists flock to India to learn the basics of Ayurveda, Yogic Lifestyle and to obtain ayurvedic treatments. Some of the most important ayurvedic treatments that are popular in India are mentioned below:
- Abhyanga Treatments
Abhyanga is a full-body deep tissue and holistic healing technique that triggers and deeply cleanses the body from various toxins by stimulating the tissues and the organs. The strokes and the oils used for this massage is carefully chosen by the masseuse who understands the ‘doshas’ in the body and then combines various oils and techniques to remove the toxins that cause abnormalities in the patient such as bad skin, hair fall, joint pains, stomach problems, muscle pain, etc. These massages are very intense and very therapeutic when done for a duration of time.
- Panchkarma Treatments
Panchkarma means the combination of 5 treatments combined into one course. This includes many stages of diagnosing the problems in an individual, preparing the body for toxin removal, removing the toxins from the body by induction, massages and lifestyle changes and many such therapeutic treatments in the course of time.
This treatment ensures that you are rejuvenated not just externally but also internally by clearing toxins and fixing the pathways that block the energy in the body. It is a very intense program and requires multiple rounds that go on for 3 to 5 days in each stage. Ayurveda requires time and patience, but the results are miraculous and worth the wait.
- Elakizhi and Njavarakizhi
Elakizhi and Njavarakizhi are two facets of the same treatment. Kizhi is basically a sachet that is made from powdered herbs and is dipped in hot oil to give a pressured form of massage. In Njavarakizhi, rice is used in sachets and dipped in hot coconut milk and a decoction of herbal oils and is then pressed onto the patient’s body to induce sweating and massaging the body intensively.
In ela kizhi, fried herbal leaves are used along with herbal oils such as murivenna and karpooradi oil and are patted on to the entire body focussing on the joints. Both these massages induce sweating, which is a way of toxin removal from the body. The patient undergoes a deep therapeutic herbal oil massage, and the treatment is concluded with a hot shower. This method relieves any stress, strain and aches in the body and rejuvenates the entire body.These are some of the ayurvedic treatments that can be found in ayurvedic centres and panchakarma centres in Bangalore and Kerala, as they are the most popular when it comes to Ayurvedic treatments in India. Many medical tourists come to the centres and leave back with a complete understanding of their body and the elimination of toxins and toxic lifestyle problems.