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






  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:

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.

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