Harivihar Integrated Chronic Pain Management Program

Harivihar is a royal 170 year old heritage homestead located in Calicut, the northern city of Kerala . Harivihar has its core focus on Ayurveda and yoga wellness therapies.The unique feature of Harivihar is the seamless integration of modern medicine with traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Marma. The Ayurveda Centre at Harivihar Heritage Homestead is one of the salient features of the property offering authentic result oriented wellness and curative Ayurveda programs managed by Sakalya Ayurveda group. The new initiative of Harivihar Heritage Homestead is the INTEGRATED CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMANT PROGRAM. The program is designed and implemented by a group of specialists who are renowned and experienced in their respective areas of clinical expertise. More details are always provided on direct enquiries through mail or call.

Why Ayurveda for Chronic Pains?

A sizeable number of people suffering from chronic pains get along with the daily life activities. To do so they are dependent on topical applications like liniments, balms, sprays and similar options. These do provide temporary relief but do not address the underlying condition. Many rely on non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS which are commonly referred to as pain killers. These medicines have a lot of side effects which prove detrimental on the long run and regular usage.

Benefits of Ayurveda for Chronic Pain

  • Ayurveda medicines have minimal or no side effects if used properly and as prescribed
  • Ayurveda relies on treating the underlying condition and correcting the pathology wherever possible
  • Ayurveda therapies give sustained results and improve the health of the part affected
  • Ayurveda pain management techniques and Marma therapies heal the person physically and mentally

Harivihar integrated chronic pain management team:


Dr. Manojkumar PC ,B.A.M.S
Chief Consultant Sakalya Ayurveda - Ayurveda

Area of Expertise: Spinal Disorders, Joint Disorders, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Neurological Disorders

Experience : More than 25 years
Dr. Valsaladevi K.B.A.M.S, F.A.G.E,Y.I.C
Senior Consultant Sakalya Ayurveda - Ayurveda

Area of Expertise: Marma Therapy, Clinical Yoga, Healthy Diet

Experience : More than 25 years
Mr Gopalakrishnan (Gopalji)
Yoga (Sivananda)

Area of expertise- yoga, meditation, pranayama

Experience : More than 25 years
Dr. Srikumar G, M.B.B.S, M.D, D.N.B, D.M (Neurology)
Managing director - Allopathy, Neurology

Area of Expertise: Neurology

Experience : More than 35 years
Dr. Renjith Kumar B.A.M.S, M.B.B.S, M.D
Allopathy, Ayurveda

Area of Expertise: Acute and Chronic Pain Management,Anesthesiology

Experience: More than 30 years


Harivihar Integrated Chronic Pain Management Program

Diseases Managed: Migraine and related Headaches, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Knee Pain, Fibromyalgia,Frozen shoulder,Arthritis,Lumbago,Disc related problems,Postural pains,Trigeminal neuralgias,Cephalalgias,Neuropathic pains etc

Highlight of the Program: The perfect rarest of the rare combination of the medical panel

International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Pain is classified into acute, sub-acute and chronic depending on the onset, duration and intensity.

Most of the pains are of chronic in nature lasting for more than six months, agonising and affecting the quality of life of a person physically and mentally. Most of the chronic pains are near constant with occasional flare-ups.

American Chronic Pain Association has graded chronic pain on a Quality of Life Scale between 0-10 where 0 represents pain which limits the person to bed and 10 is person leading a normal life despite the pain.

Pain in Ayurveda is termed either as shoola or ruja and is said to be caused by the Dosha of Vata in its pathological state. Ayurveda textbooks describe different types of pain as Shoola-piercing, Dagda-burning, Vedana-unexplainable discomfort etc.  Most of the chronic pains come under the Vedana category.

Harivihar Integrated Chronic Pain Management Program is designed to manage the Vedana category of pains which come under the grading of 5-10 on the Quality of Life Scale by American Chronic Pain Association. The program intends to

Ø  Elicit the reasons for the pain through

i)        Detailed consultation

ii)       Investigation

iii)     Counselling

iv)     Panel discussion of the doctors team

Ø  Reduce the pain through Ayurveda pain management techniques of

i)        Internal Ayurveda medicines

ii)       Ayurveda external pain management techniques like Lepam, Pichu, Sthanika Vasthy, Bandham, Dhara, Kizhi, Vasthy, etc.

Ø  Application of manipulation techniques like

i)        Traction

ii)       Marma Therapy

iii)     Acupressure

Ø  Customized Yoga Asanas to improve joint flexibility and reduce muscle stiffness

Ø  Personalized Meditation to de-stress the mind

Ø  Eliminate or mitigate the reason through

i)        Special diets for the condition

ii)       Lifestyle counselling

iii)     Take home exercises/yoga

iv)     Psychological counselling

Ø  Continuous follow up and review sessions through direct consultation or online discussions with the members of the expert team  

The ambience, atmosphere and hospitality do have an important role in the recovery process from the chronic pains. At Harivihar the care and stay is unique and relaxing with

  • Sprawling antique heritage homely ambience
  • De-stressing lawn and natural pool side
  • Re-assuring homely atmosphere
  • Attentive caring staff
  • Invigorating cultural activities
  • Tasty ,healthy and simple vegetarian food

Chronic Pain negatively affects the person and spreads its nagging irritating feel not only inside the person but also in his/her family, profession and his/her social life. Majority of the times chronic pains are set aside as back burners since they are mostly not life threatening.

Reality is chronic pains need to addressed as early as possible in time so as to prevent or minimize major damage to the physical, mental and social persona of the person. The program is designed and implemented following a thorough study of the condition and understanding the need for a comprehensive sustained management plan for chronic pain

For more details please feel free to contact us at harivihar@harivihar.com


Whatsapp us at +91 9847072203

Kerala Ayurveda Treatments

Ayurveda is the health science which guides a person towards a healthy lifestyle and a better holistic close to nature means of curing an ailment that happens due to unhealthy lifestyle, external causes or due to a seasonal or age related variation or a heredity factor or any other causes

Science of Ayurveda defines its purpose as preserving and promoting the health of a healthy person and treating the disease of an ill person. To achieve these purposes two treatment strategies are adopted in Ayurveda as:

Sodhana Chikitsa or Panchakarma or Intensive Detoxification-Purification Therapy

Shamana Chikilsa or Moderate Alleviating Therapy

Panchakarma or Shodhana is performed in three phases as: 

Poorvakarma or Preparatory Phase of Sodhana Chikilsa: Sodhana Chikilsa is an intensive in patient management to dislodge the   toxic byproducts formed in the body by the judicious application of various customized Snehana-Swedana Karma or Oleation Sudation Therapies like Snehapana or controlled medicated fat ingestion, Abhyangam or massage, Kizhis or medicated poultice massages, Udvartanam or medicated powder massage, Dhara-Pizhichil or oil irrigation etc.

Pradhanakarma or Main Eliminatory Phase of Sodhana Chikitsa The Snehana and Swedana is followed by the main controlled elimination therapy which is meant to eliminate the dislodged toxins through the nearest natural orifice. The Panchakarmas are:

Vamana (Controlled Emesis Therapy): Following Snehana Swedana emetic drugs are administered during early morning systematically to induce controlled vomiting. Milk or warm decoctions are used as media. This is used to treat diseases like   chronic asthma, diabetes, chronic cold, lymphatic congestion, chronic indigestion and edema..

Virechana (Controlled Purgation Therapy): Following Snehana-Swedana purgative drugs are administered after sunrise to induce controlled purgation. Warm water is used as medium to prevent colic and dehydration. The therapy is indicated in piles, constipation, acidity, ulcers, liver/ spleen diseases, jaundice, inflammations, skin disorders, headaches, anaemia, chronic ulcers, diabetes, asthma, heart diseases and gynaecological disorders.

 Nasyam (Nasal Drops): Following Snehana Swedana decongestant medications in the form of herbal juice or powder or oil are instilled into the nostrils to induce controlled mucus elimination from the sinuses and respiratory tract. Shodhana Nasyam is indicated in headaches, earaches, sinusitis, stroke, neurological disorders, mental disorders, neck problems,

4. Vasthy (Medicated enema therapy): Following Snehana Swedana medicated oil or a combination of oil, honey, rock salt, decoction etc. is administered into the colon through the anal route to induce controlled colonic irrigation. Mainly Basti is useful in the diseases of muscles and bones. The therapy is indicated in Rheumatoid arthritis, Sciatica, Spondylosis. abdominal disorders, retention of flatus, urine or stool, muscle atrophy, dystrophy, hemiplegia, Parkinsonism, Motor Neuron disease, heart problems Angina pectoris, Psychosis, Dry Bronchial Asthma, Dry cough, Hiccough. Menstrual disorders, Infertility, Oligozoospermia, etc.

Rakthamokshanam (Controlled Bloodletting therapy): Following Snehana Swedana bloodletting is done in a controlled manner using various means like a quarantined leech or a vacuum cup or a needle or through venesection. The therapy is indicated in conditions like Skin diseases, Abscess, Elephantiasis, Fibroid, Tumors, Mastitis, Conjunctivitis, Sinusitis, Liver abscess, Bleeding disorders, Varicose Veins, Gonorrhea, Herpes, etc

Precautions for Panchakarma: Panchakarma is an intensive procedure, hence patient evaluation is very important before deciding on the treatment modality. Patient health condition, mental status, disease condition, co-morbidities, age, season and many other related factors are to be seriously evaluated before deciding on Shodhana Chikitsa with Panchakarma

Each procedure has its own contraindications which need to be considered. Continuous medical supervision and monitoring is very important during all the phases of Panchakarma

Paschat Karma (Monitored Post-Procedure Care): Paschat Karma is recuperative care provided after Panchakarma Procedures to help the person return to normal life in a phased and controlled manner. This is the period when the maximum benefit of the Panchakarma is experienced and noticed. Paschat Karma includes

Samsarjana Karma or Post Panchakarma Diet Plan which slowly conditions the digestion with liquids to plant protein mixed semisolids and then to animal proteins and then slowly on to regular solid whole meal.

Rasayana or RejuvenationTherapy is nutritional supplementing and toning of the body with internal medicines like Lehyams (herbal medicated jams) or external therapies like Navara Kizahi (medicated rice-milk poultice massage), Sirolepam (herbal destressing head wrap) and facial treatments etc.

Shamana Chikitsa or Controlled Monitored Pacification Therapy: Shaman chikitsa is the moderate means of treatment where Snehana and Swedana are followed and only moderate detoxification is advised. Shamana Chikitsa is a means of regular health maintenance treatment as well as treatment advised in weak vulnerable group of patients even though the disease condition is severe. Shamana Chikitsa is Controlled Monitored Pacification therapy and includes internal medications, external treatments and life style management with healthy diet and Yoga-Meditation

External Treatment Modalities of Shamana Chikitsa: Shamana Chikitsa includes the first and third phases of Shodhana Chikitsa namely the Poorvakarma and Paschat Karma. Poorvakarma is done through two means of Snehana and Swedana or Oleation ad Sudation.    

Bahya Snehana Karma or External Oleation Therapies: Medicated fat in the form of vegetable oils like sesame oil, coconut oil, castor oil etc, or medicated cow milk ghee or medicated animal fat or medicated bone marrow are used for treatments. Different means of external oleation therapies are

  • Abhyangam: Methodical oil application using specialized strokes, positions and other massage techniques the whole body including the head are massaged till the oil is imbibed into the skin which is the largest organ in the body. Abhyangam is also done partly concentrating on specific body parts as head, feet, shoulder etc. Benefits are strength, acuity of  all the sense organs, improved motor skills, complexion, lustrous skin and hair, flexible joints, younger looks, good sleep, relaxed and stress free mind, Abhyangam relieves fatigue and  feeling of exhaustion  and tiredness, improves muscle tone, improves immunity, enhances memory and keeps the person fit and healthy.


  • Sirovasthy: Shirovasthy is an oleation therapy wherein calculated quantity of warm oil is retained for a specific period of time on the scalp contained inside a sealed leather cap. The treatment is used to treat migraine and other headaches, mental disorders, hormonal problems, neurological problems, stress, eye diseases, cosmetology problems etc.


  • Sirodhara: Shirodharais controlled head irrigation done by gently pouring liquids like medicated oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or plain water over the forehead for a prescribed period. The treatment has to be followed with strict instructions of do’s and don’ts to avoid complications and side effects. Shirodhara is a treatment for diseases like eye diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, greying of hair, neurological disorders, memory loss, insomnia, hearing impairment, tinnitusvertigopsoriasis. anxiety and mental stress. Depending on the liquid used Shirodhara can be classified as ksheeradhara, kashayadhara, thakradhara, taildhara and jaladhara where milk or decoction, buttermilk, oil, tender coconut or plain water is used as medium.


  • Pizhichil or Kayaseka: The controlled squeezing of warm medicated oil on the body is Pizhichil. A piece of cloth is used to squeeze oil or medicated fat all over the body. The treatment, a Kerala Ayurveda Speciality treatment has to be done under strict supervision following the instructions strictly. The benefits include mproved overall blood circulation, strength, immunity, healthy bones, joints and muscles, reduced stress, anxiety and tension, good sleep, glowing skin, etc. Pizhichil cures diseases like fractures, nervous weaknesses and disorders, paralysis, arthritis and rheumatic diseases, tuberculosis, etc.



  1. Swedana Karma or Controlled Sudation Therapy: The therapy includes medicated and non medicated induced sweating therapy. Exercise, sunning, woollen wrapping and other exertions are also part of the therapy. Dry heat application like hot stone massage, etc. are also part of sudation therapy.

The commonest and recommended means of Swedana is sudation followed by oleation a combination done as part of Ayurveda treatment modality of Kerala Ayurveda. The combo Swedana therapies include:

  • Ushnajala/Kashaya Snanam: Medicated hot water body bath. Herbal leaves or dried herbal parts like crushed roots or wood is boiled in water and cooled to a tolerable temperature. Bath is given with this water till the body breaks into a sweat. Plain hot water may also be used. This is usually followed after a course of Snehana Swedana treatment or after oil application. Traditionally this is part of Post Natal Kerala Ayurveda Regimen. A nutritious warm drink or warm water is given to drink immediately after the bath. Ideal in winter and monsoons
  • Bashpa Sweda: This is herbal steaming of the body inside a steam chamber, either in sitting position or lying position. Ayurveda does not allow steam on the head eyes and chest. Hence the head is usually placed out of the steam chamber. The chest is covered with a cold pack. Herbal Steam is given till the body breaks in sweat. Ideal in pains and to reduce body fat.
  • Nadee Sweda: This is giving pressurised herbal steam through a pipe attached to a steamer vessel. This type of steam is used when a part of the body is to be applied steam like in conditions such as facial palsy, abdominal cramps, beauty therapy, injuries etc. Medicated milk or decoction is the medium used in Nadee Swedanam
  • Kashaya Dhara: Medicated decoction is prepared with milk or water or buttermilk and poured at a warm temperature all over the body continuously in a stream preceded by a massage. Nozzled vessels called Kindis are usually used for the purpose. This treatment is beneficial in various conditions like whole body swelling, pain, fatigue, arthritis, obesity, psoriasis and other skin conditions, skin dscolouration etc. The medium and medicine is varied depending on the condition to be treated. The process continues till the body breaks into a sweat.
  • Dhanyamla Dhara: Dhanyamla is a special fermented preparation prepared using certain grains and seeds. The filtrate is warmed and poured all over the body. The treatment is very useful in inflammatory conditions and to reduce subcutaneous body fat
  • Udwartana: Coarse or fine medicated powder is dry heated and rubbed all over or part of the body. Sometimes the powder is mixed with Dhanyamlam or oil and applied. The direction of application is against the hairline and hence the name. The treatment methodology is used to exfoliate the skin, improve peripheral circulation, reduce inflammations and subcutaneous fat. This is considered to be the treatment of choice in PCOS and obesity.
  • Podikizhi: Medicated powders are tied into a poultice with a handle in a cotton cloth. This poultice is called Potali or Kizhi. Oil is applied all over or part of the body and massage is done by applying these heated poultices in a systematic manner. The treatment is used to treat arthritis and other joint conditions, to tone body and improve muscle strength. Obesity, Rheumatoid arthritis and joint degenerative conditions and injuries are some of the other indications
  • Elakizhi: Elakizhi is poultice of herbal leaves. Herbal leaves are diced and roasted in medicated oil with sliced lime and grated coconut till the leaves become crispy and brittle. The mixture is then tied into a poultice and used for massage preceded by an oil application. The treatment is used to treat arthritic conditions and to tone the muscles.
  • Narangakizhi: Naranga is lemon. Poultice is prepared by roasting lemon in medicated oil along with a paste of garlic, fenugreek, fennel and turmeric powder. The treatment is the choice of therapy for degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy etc.
  • Mamsakizhi: The treatment is also used as a post procedural procedure or Paschat Karma in many instances. Mamsam means meat. Minced lean poultry meat or goat meat is cooked with herbs like turmeric and tied into a poultice. Massage is done by using milk as the heating medium. The treatment is nourishing and is used in emaciated or degenerative conditions like malnutrition, paralysis, muscle dystrophies, osteoporosis, injuries, etc.
  • Muttakizhi: Mutta is egg. Boiled egg yolk is powdered and mixed with paste of herbs and tied into a poultice. Massage is done with this poultice preceded by oil application. This is used specially in the treatment of injuries like sports injuries, falls, accidents etc. where there is musculo-skeletal damage. The massage improves circulation and nervous conduction.
  • Njavarakizhi: Njavara is a special variety of red rice which matures in 60 days and is considered to be highly nutritious and strengthening. This rice is cooked in nourishing herb decoction and tied into poultice. This poultice is heated in medicated milk and massaged all over the body or part of it. This is also used as part of post Panchakarma Rasayana Therapy or Rejuvenating therapy. The treatment tones the body, strengthens the muscles, bones and joints, improves complexion and skin tone and is considered to be the treatment that makes the person look and feel younger to the actual age.

Kerala the cradle of Ayurveda has remodelled the classical treatments in the master text books of Ayurveda into practical applications which later got branded as Keraleeya Panchakarma and is being heralded globally as the best therapeutic methodology for the effective management of illness and to promote wellness for a better living.

Harivihar Heritage Homestead associated with Sakalya Ayurveda offers authentic Keraleeya Ayurveda treatments for both wellness and illness in a hygenic state of the art facility embedded in a calm serene sprawling green ambience. The centre itself is a traditional Kerala Nalukettu architecture with legacy of more than a century. The best ambience, comfortable traditional yet contemporary stay, healthy tasty vegetarian food, homely hospitality are all complimentary to the most authentic  supervised Ayurveda treatments performed by experienced skilled therapists. The stay is made more memorable with a peek into Kerala culture, Kerala lifestyle and Ayurveda discussions with doctors.

You could get additional details of Harivihar from our website www.harivihar.com

Harivihar -Tuk Tuk sightseeing trip of Calicut.

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Harivihar  After breakfast from Harivihar, get into a tuk tuk (3 wheeler) of one of our friendly drivers for a 4-5 hour memorable sightseeing trip of Calicut.

From Harivihar, the tuk tuk shall first drive you to the Feroke Commonwealth tile factory. The common wealth tile factory was initially set up by the Basel mission in the 18th century for making clay tiles. Subsequently, it was taken over by the Common wealth trust. The heritage tile factory and its environs are sure to give you nostalgia of the olden times. Permission is needed to visit the tile factory and it is customary to tip the attendant who accompanies you for the tile factory visit.


Harivihar  Subsequently, travel to the nearby janghar boat service for a transport down Chaliyar River to Beypore. Here the attractions include the Beypore Uru making center, the pier and the fish landing harbor. You would first visit the pier where you can walk for a considerable distance and if lucky, could spot the dolphins at sea. The fish landing harbor is a scene of frantic activity, especially in the morning hours .Watch the fishermen transport the fresh catch from their sailing dinghies to the lorries.


Next, visit the Beypore Uru making center(Sundays closed).Beypore has a 1400 year old tradition of wooden ship building by master carpenters. The construction is done under the supervision of maistrys or master carpenters who have no formal drawings. It is fascinating to watch them build the wooden ship without any modern technological help. It is customary to tip the attendant who explains you the details.

Harivihar  Subsequently, proceed to Kuttichira, which is the old part of Calicut city. Here, first visit Mishakal mosque, built in the 13th century by a wealthy Omani trader, on a land gifted to him by the Zamorins. This mosque has a unique architectural style which is not seen anywhere else in the world. From here proceed to visit the Juma Masjid and Kuttichira environs. Kuttichira is inhabited by Muslim community who still follow the matriarchal system and you pass through narrow lanes lined on both sides by old huge houses, where generations of families live under one roof. Epitomising this is the Kaattil veedu, a tharavad with a history that goes back 400 years. It is one of the oldest Muslim ancestral houses in Malabar and, with more than 100 members living under one roof, the largest.

Harivihar  Next you proceed to the Spice market popularly known as Valiangadi. It is one of the oldest markets in Kerala where the Chinese ,the Arabs and later the Europeans led by the Portugese had fought for control of the spice trade. Even today, the spice market is a scene of frantic commercial activity with porters jostling with one another to transport merchandise from the lorries to the shops and vice versa. Stroll through the small by-lanes to the Copra bazaar, where coprah, the raw material to make coconut oil is traded. The pepper garbling yard is in a nearby lane.

A short distance away is the Mother of God cathedral built in the 14th century by the Portugese on land gifted by the Zamorin. It is said that Italian architects were brought to Kozhikode to design the church. This ancient shrine is a tribute to Italian know-how and the skill of Indian craftsmen.Harivihar

The adjoining cemetery holds old grave stones, some well preserved, like that of the first Catholic missionary of Kozhikode, Rev Perdo de Covilhany who arrived here on May 20, 1498.

Now it is time for lunch. We would recommend two options: The Bombay Restaurant, a heritage Muslim restaurant which serves delicious biryanis. And the other option is Paragon Restaurant, where the specialty is sea food. After lunch, return to Harivihar for a siesta!

Ayurveda Treatment for Obesity

The modern day lifestyle of abundance of food coupled with sedentary screen glued automated routine has resulted in a sequence of diseases termed as Lifestyle Disorders or Non Communicable Diseases of which obesity stands out as one of the most evident one. Obesity is termed as Sthoulya and Atisthoulya in Ayurveda and is a category of Medoroga (disease of the lipid components of the body). WHO standards for Obesity diagnosis is BMI (Body Mass Index) above 30. BMI of 25-29.9 says the person is overweight.


Specialty of Obesity Management at Harivihar Heritage Homestead

Obesity management is done through a comprehensive integrated approach of a detailed analysis of the causative factor, elimination or mitigation of the cause and managing the condition sustainably through judicious combination of Ayurveda medicines, Ayurveda Panchakarma therapies, Ayurveda diet, exercise, yoga, meditation and counselling. Allopathic intervention wherever required is incorporated. Ayurveda treatment for obesity in Kerala at Harivihar Heritage Homestead is under the stringent supervision of the experienced doctors of Sakalya Ayurveda.

Obesity Causes

Obesity or unhealthy weight gain or overweight is the consequence of excessive storage of fat or adipose tissue in the body. The reason may be metabolic, hormonal, behavioural, environmental, cultural, medications that include psychotic drugs, estrogens, corticosteroids and insulin or mismatching food intake-energy spend ratio. Obesity can lead to grave health conditions like heart disease, liver damage, diabetes, arthritis and kidney problems.

Obesity Markers and Symptoms

  • Bulky build
  • Increased body fat accumulated under the skin in specific regions like belly, waist line, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck etc.
  • Breathlessness even on mild exertion
  • Lethargy and early Fatigue
  • Excessive sweating. Bad body odour

Ayurveda Obesity Treatment at Harivihar

The obesity management protocol is established after a trial of many years by the doctors of Sakalya Ayurveda. The stages are

  1. Evaluation of the patient
  2. Detailed discussion with the patient and family
  3. Prescribing and analysing laboratory and imaging services if required
  4. Determining the cause of obesity and preparing a Care Plan
  5. Stage wise Ayurveda internal medications for digestive correction, destabilization of toxins, detoxification, elimination of toxins and metabolic cum hormonal correction
  6. Ayurveda external therapies for fat reduction, body toning and damage control of bones, joints, muscles etc.
  7. Lifestyle modification counselling
  8. Healthy patient friendly sustainable Ayurveda principled diet plan
  9. Therapeutic clinical Yoga and meditation
  10. Progressive practice of physical exercise and endurance enhancement with a customized patient centric exercise plan

Ayurveda External Therapy for Obesity

  • Synchronized oil massage with fat reducing c oils (Abhyanga)
  • Body irrigation or Kashayadhara with herbal decoctions
  • Herbal steam bath
  • Herbal powder or leaves poultices or Kizhi

Yoga for Obesity

Suryanamaskara, Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabasana, Padahastasana, Pavanamuktasana, Trikonasana and Vakrasana are a few simple obesity regulating Yoga postures. Pranayama is also good.

Suggestions for Healthy Weight

  • Limit carbohydrate intake especially polished cereals and fine flour
  • Control sugar intake, specifically sweets prepared by mixing sugar, fine flour and high fat content
  • Drastically reduce deep fried food. Use healthy fat like cow ghee, coconut oil or sesame oil or rice bran oil or olive oil.
  • Watch out to limit dairy like butter, purified butter, cheese, whole-milk yogurt, cream, etc.
  • Eat loads of gourds bitter gourd and others
  • Eat more of fruits and cooked vegetables. Limit salads
  • Drink water medicated with spices like ginger, garlic, pepper, mint, etc.
  • Use herbs like Triphala, Vrikshamla (Garcinia cambogia), curry leaves, turmeric, mint and spices like ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper in food.

For more details or for a discussion with or doctors please feel free to get in touch with us.

5 Ayurveda treatments in Kerala you an do in your holidays

Harivihar Heritage Homestead is one of the leading centers providing authentic Ayurveda treatments in a Kerala traditional ambience of a royal heritage homestead nestled in the heart of the city, yet away from the hustle and bustle of a happening Kozhikode (Calicut). Ayurveda at Harivihar Heritage Homestead – One of the best Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala, a Green Leaf certified Ayurveda Centre is a combination of experienced doctors from Sakalya Ayurveda, potent medicines, skilled therapists, seasoned chefs and empathetic support care team. The expertise and guidance of allopathic specialists is a value addition for an integrated Ayurveda-Allopathic treatment module in required cases. Harivihar Heritage Homestead Ayurveda Centre offers successfully time tested guest endorsed therapies for many ailments. Here is a select few.

Spinal Disorders
Low back ache, Neck Pain, Inter-vertebral Disc Prolapse-IVDP, Cervical Spondylitis, Sciatica, Lumbago and many other pain predominant syndromes are common round the globe owing to various reasons. Young population are also susceptible to these conditions. These conditions affect quality of life as well as careers. Harivihar Heritage Homestead Ayurveda centre offers preventive, curative and maintenance packages for pain syndromes. The packages are of 7-28 days depending on the condition of the patient. The treatment includes Panchakarma Ayurveda Therapies, Ayurveda medicines Ayurveda diet and Special Yoga therapies.

Osteoporosis is the degeneration of bones ,a condition which weakens the skeleton and makes the person prone to fractures even with a very minimal impact. The condition is usually seen in women with menopause and in men as age advances into the fifties and above. Ayurveda weight management, healthy Ayurveda diet, correction of metabolism with Ayurveda medicines and healthy Therapeutic Yoga form the management principle for prevention and maintenance of heath in Osteoporosis. The package varies from 7-21 days.

Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joints usually showing up in old age causing pain, stiffness, swelling and restricted movements. Strengthening of the joint, improving the posture, reducing the pain and a healthy Ayurveda diet are followed in treating Osteoarthritis at Harivihar Heritage Homestead Ayurveda Centre. Improvement in quality of life and arresting/slowing disease progression is the aim of treatment. The package ranges between 7-21 days

Fibromyalgia is a condition of body pain caused by the muscles. The condition can manifest at any age and is many a times stress and strain related. Ayurveda treatments at Harivihar Heritage Homestead Ayurveda centre helps to relax the muscles remove stiffness and make the person feel lighter, agile and active. The irritability is a constant companion of Fibromyalgia. The Yoga, healthy Ayurveda diet, the soothing ambience and more than all the Ayurveda Panchakarma medicines and treatment plays a magical role in the management of Fibromyalgia. The package ranges between 7-14 days.

Frozen Shoulder
Pain and numbness followed by restricted shoulder movements are the main symptoms for Frozen Shoulder. A common complication after a rotator cuff injury or in the forties the condition is fairly manageable with a combination of Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapies and Yoga. The Frozen Shoulder Ayurveda Treatment at Harivihar Heritage Homestead Ayurveda Centre is between 7-14 days.

The 25 plus years experienced renowned Ayurveda doctors of Sakalya Ayurveda are always available through email or social media for a personalized medical opinion on any of your health related queries. If you are looking at the best option in terms of accessibility, safety, luxury, ambience, tradition, homeliness, hygiene, healthy vegetarian food, quality assured Ayurveda care and the patronage of a legacy, your search ends at Harivihar Heritage Homestead ,a destination meeting and matching your expectations.

Ayurveda Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis


Ayurveda is an ancient yet trustable healing science, especially in chronic disease conditions. The basic treatment principle of Ayurveda is to address the root cause of the disease and either try to eliminate the cause or to adopt healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the morbidity of the condition. Arthritis is one such chronic condition which negatively impacts the quality of life of the affected.

Image of hands depicting rheumatoid arthritis in an elderly woman

Arthritis is the technical term for joint inflammation, which in simple words is pain, stiffness, swelling and restricted movements of the joints. Joints are complex structures where two or more bones are connected in the human skeletal system. A synovial joint, also known as a diarthrosis, is the most common and most movable type of joint in a human body. In these joints, the contiguous bony surfaces are covered with articular cartilage and connected by ligaments lined by synovial membrane. The joint may be divided, completely or incompletely, by an articular disk or meniscus, the periphery of which is continuous with the fibrous capsule while its free surfaces are covered by synovial membrane. The motions of the joints include spinning, swinging, gliding, rolling, and approximation.

Various reasons like the age, heredity, constitution, nutrition, climate, occupation, lifestyle and other diseases can lead to or cause arthritis. There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis and related diseases. The most common types include Sandhigata Vatam-Osteoarthritis (OA), Amavatam-Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Kushtajanya Vataraktham-Psoriatic arthritis (PsA), Vatavyadhi-Fibromyalgia and Vataraktham-Gout. All these are efficiently manageable with Ayurveda


Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis (known as Amavata in Ayurveda) is an auto-immune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints as well as in other organs in the body. Rheumatoid Arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease.

Causes: Overeating, heavy food, weak metabolism, irregular meal times, over dosing of dairy and proteins, sedentary lifestyle and heredity are some of the causes elicited in Ayurveda text books as the causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Common Symptoms: Thirst, Swelling, Lack of Appetite, Indigestion, Lethargy, Pain and Stiffness in the joints and Heaviness

Ayurveda pathology of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Improper food habits and sedentary lifestyle can lead to impairment of AGNI-metabolism thereby destabilizing the metabolic activity which precipitates accumulation of AAMA (toxin) and vitiation of Vata (macro and micro movements in the body). The deposition of AAMA in the joints causes symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the joints. The circulation of the same throughout the body causes rheumatoid Disease.

Ayurveda Treatment/Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Ayurveda treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis starts with correction of the metabolism or improving the Agni with DEEPANA PACHANA treatments.
  • Once the metabolism is corrected the next stage is to eliminate the toxins with PANCHAKARMA SHODHANA (Detoxification and Purification) Therapy followed by medication and lifestyle modification. Vamana, Virechana and very importantly Vastis are the usual procedures followed.
  • The Panchakarma therapy is preceded by the SNEHANA-SWEDANA (internal and external oleation and sudation) with therapies like Snehapana, Kizhi, Pizhichil, etc
  • The treatment process is followed by RASAYANA or Rejuvenative/Rehabilitative therapy to maintain the health of the joints and mitigate disease progresssion
  • In initial stages or in the physically/mentally weak patients rheumatoid Arthritis is managed by elimination of the toxins with medications Shamana (medication and lifestyle modification)
  • Snehana, Swedana and Panchakarma massage therapies are quite useful in reducing pain and improving mobility in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients.

Diet in Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Barley, Horse gram, Green gram, honey, Celery seeds, Cumin seeds, Dried ginger, Garlic and Bitter gourd are some of the diet suggestions in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Avoid deep water/shell fish, red meat, yogurt, deep fried food, refrigerated food and beverages
  • Avoid too much of dairy, protein and fats in food
  • Eat an early light warm dinner
  • Drink warm water as directed by your doctor

Lifestyle in Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Maintain correct posture
  • Exercise daily and maintain an active lifestyle
  • Practice Sooryanamaskara daily
  • Avoid stress
  • Keep the skin lubricated especially in temperate climate
  • Avoid staying awake till late night and sleeping till late morning
  • Avoid suppression of natural urges of the body
  • Avoid direct exposure to cold winds and temperatures below normal body temperatures
  • Medically supervised Fasting once a month is a good practice

Relevance of Ayurveda in rheumatoid Arthritis: Studies have proven that though allopathic treatment of RA is improving, remission remains rare and treatment remains unsatisfactory. Therefore, the search for effective alternative and additional therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis ends at Ayurveda.

Rheumatoid Arthritis at Harivihar: At Harivihar Heritage Homestead Ayurveda Centre Rheumatoid Arthritis is managed with an integrated approach of allopathy and Ayurveda in a healing green ambience dotted with medicinal herbs and trees. The de-stressing mobilising Yoga, the vegetarian healthy diet and the perfect tailor made traditional Ayurveda therapies prescribed and supervised by experienced Ayurveda doctors of Sakalya Ayurveda together provide a near complete solution for a person seeking a remedy for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The Panchakarma Therapies are performed by skilled empathetic therapists of Sakalya Ayurveda who impart cure with their healing hands and the medications they blend and dispense. To sum up Harivihar Ayurveda resort is committed to assist a guest with Rheumatoid Arthritis walk out from our premises into a quality life agile, happy, healthy and smiling.

Zamorins of Calicut and the Revathy Pattathanam

Zamorin (Samoothiri;, Portuguese: Samorim, Dutch: Samorijn) of Calicut is the hereditary royal title used by the Hindu rulers of the medieval Kingdom of Calicut on Malabar Coast. The Zamorins ruled for almost six centuries, between 12th and 18th century AD based at the city of Calicut, the one of most important trading centres in South India. At the zenith in the 15th century, the kingdom covered almost all of present day northern and central regions of Kerala state. It was after the disintegration of the Later Chera Kingdom in early 12th century, the Zamorins became completely independent and became a powerful economic and naval force. They had good trade relations with the Arabs and Chinese, the primary spice traders on the Malabar Coast in the Middle Ages. The Kunhali Marakkars, the famous Muslim admirals, were the naval chiefs of the Zamorins. The Zamorins held most of the other important trading ports on the across Malabar Coast.

Zamorins empire
Historic documents and legends such as The Origin of Kerala narrate the establishment of a local ruling family at Nediyiruppu, near present-day Kondotty in Malappuram,south of Calicut by two young brothers belonging to the Nair Eradi clan. The brothers, Manikkan and Vikraman were the most trusted generals in the army of the Cheras. However, during the partition of Chera Kingdom, the king didn’t give any land to this brothers. Due to his feeling of guilt, the king later gave his personal sword and his favourite prayer conch (the sword and the conch were both broken) to his general and told him to occupy as much as land he can with all his might. So the general conquered neighboring states and created a powerful kingdom for himself. As a token of his respect to the Chera king, he adopted the logo of two crossed swords, with a broken conch in the middle and a lighted lamp above it. Historical records regarding the origin of the Zamorins of Calicut is obscure. However, its generally agreed that the Zamorins were originally the rulers of Eralnadu region of the Later Chera Kingdom (9th-12th century AD) and were known as the Eradis. Eralnadu province was situated in the northern parts of present day Malappuram district and was landlocked by the Valluvanad and Polanadu in the west. It is known that Eradis, along with other governors and chiefs, helped the Later Cheras during an attack by Western Gangas on the kingdom. This event is even now celebrated as a historical event in Chittur taluk where the fight took place. Eralandu Utaiyavar appears as signatories in the Jewish Copper plate (11th century) and the Syrian Christian Copper plate (13th century). Around the break up the Later Chera Kingdom in 11-12th century AD, several of its chieftains and governorates became independent. Eralnadu was perhaps one of these new states originated from the ruins of the Later Chera state.
M.G.S. Narayanan, another famous historian, in his book, “Calicut: The City of Truth“, states that the Eradi was in fact a favourite of the last Later Chera king as the Eradi was at the forefront of the battles with the Chola-Pandya forces to the south of his kingdom and led the army to victory. The king therefore granted him, as a mark of favor, a small tract of land on the sea-coast in addition to his hereditary possessions (Eralnadu province). This patch of wasteland is called chullikkad. The Eradis subsequently moved their capital to the coastal marshy lands and established the city of Calicut, then also called Thrivikramapuram. The Eradi later assumed the title of Samudrāthiri (“one who has the sea for his border”) and continued to rule from Calicut. The term came into use only after the 15th century, first time in the writings of Abdul Razzak. Ibn Battuta visited the country in the 14th century and refers to the rulers as Punthureshan Kunnalakkonathiri. The title Samudrāthiri was shortened to Sāmoothiri over time in common usage.
In this context we fondly and respectfully remember the late Highness Shri Mahima Ettanunni Raja who inaugurated Harivihar in 2003.Like the other Zamorins, he too was an epitome of humility and kindness.

About Revathy Pattathanam
Revathi Pattathanam which will be held on the 2nd November ,2017, is a treatise from the ancient vedas. This event first began in the 14th century at the Thali Mahadeva temple,Calicut, a legendary temple as ancient as the myth related to the formation of Kerala. The renowned Revathi Pattathanam used to be a seven days long annual congregation of scholars held under the supervision of Zamorins. This was a remarkable annual cultural and intellectual event in Kerala.
The Tali Temple is a marvel in the Kerala style of architecture. It is a remarkable blend of wood and laterite. The intricate brass-reliefs on the walls of the sanctum-sanctorum and elaborate brass carvings on the wooden roof are quite engaging. Today,Revathi Pattathanam is organized to keep alive memories of the scholars’ meet that used to be held during the reign of the Zamorins. The event culminates with the conferring of the title Bhatta along with a panakizhi (sachet of money) to the selected scholar.


Thiruvathirakali is a group dance performed by the ladies on the auspicious day of Thiruvathira,the birth day of Lord Shiva, in the Malayalam month of Dhanu(December-January). The purpose of the dance is to attain everlasting marital bliss and for the longevity of the spouse.The dance celebrates female energy (shakthi) which brought back to life Kamadeva from the wrath of Lord Shiva. The dance is performed around a lit lamp with the ladies making slow sinuous movements along with clapping their hands and singing ,giving it an amorous aura.
Thiruvathirakali dates back to the Thretha yuga ,when according to mythology, a young Brahmin lady who was an ardent worshipper of Goddess Parvathy(wife of Lord Shiva) was widowed soon after marriage.Her laments reached Kailasam ,the abode of Shiva.Parvathy requested Shiva to restore her husbands life .After lot of coercions from Parvathy`s side Shiva obliged and restored the young ladies husband back to life.Till today ,ladies young and old dance Thiruvathira kali to give their husbands longevity and their marriage everlasting happiness.

Harivihar heritage homestead is committed to preserving the traditional arts of Kerala and we have a team of dancers from the neighbourhood who practice Thiruvathira Kali in our gardens ,on the Thiruvathira day of each month.Led by Ms Beena ,the group consists of Ms Vinitha Kumari,Ms Mini,Ms Preethi,Ms Remani,Ms Komalam and Ms Rejitha.

Kappad beach

Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar Coast. Here, on 27th May 1498, 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into Kerala to create a new chapter in history; the story of a long and momentous socio-political relationship between India and Europe.This rock studded beach with golden sands is a tourists paradise.

It was the spices and wealth of Malabar that first brought the Arabs, the Phoenicans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English to Kerala. Kappad has witnessed many such landings. Kozhikode was then the most important trade centre of the Malabar region and the Zamorins who ruled this mighty land were powerful and shrewd. Though the Portuguese were welcomed in Kozhikode they were not too well encouraged or entertained for long by the Zamorins, which might be the reason they shifted their base to Kochi and Kollam towards south.

Today only a little stone monument is left at the Kappad beach to speak of its great historic importance. On the rocks nearby is a temple believed to be 800 years old.

A good way to reach Kappad would be through the back waters of Korapuzha ,where you could travel in a boat thru the river to reach Kappad.Alternatively you could hire a cab from Calicut city(precisely 19 kilometres from Harivihar where we are located) .There are life guards on the beach and they notify when it is unsafe to swim.

Scenes at Kappad beachHarivihar

A short ride north of Kappad takes you to the Thikkodi light house(you can see the light house at a distance from Kappad beach) and the Oliver ridley turtle conservatory close to Payyoli ,near Thikkodi.Further north ,visit the Sargalaya arts and craft village where you observe local craftsmen engaged in their arts.Another interesting place nearby is Parapally ,a scenic hillock facing the Arabian sea with an ancient jaram (muslim shrine) at the top.