Kerala – The Home of Ayurveda
One of the oldest healthcare systems of the world that integrates deep and profound thoughts of philosophy with medicine is Ayurveda. The only state in India which can boast of an unbroken tradition in the practice of this ancient healing system is Kerala. Hundreds of herbs and medicinal plants, some of which are very rare are found only in the tropical forests of Kerala with its natural setting makes it one of the best places to experience the wonders of this ancient healing system. As such, it is a home to the largest and most diversified pool of qualified practitioners of Ayurveda. The cool, moist and pollution-free atmosphere of the monsoon season is the ideal time for Ayurvedic treatments as the climatic conditions make the human body more receptive to herbal therapy.
Places like the Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort near Kovalam, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, Beach and Lake Ayurveda Resort, Surya Samudra Spa Niraamaya at Trivandrum, Keralyeem Ayurvedic resort at Alleppey and Ayurkshethra at Kumarakom offers the best Ayurvedic health packages in the state. Other notable places include Vaidyaratnam Thaikkattusseri Oushadhasala near Thrissur, Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort and Kalari Kovilakom. The main types of Ayurvedic therapies include massages, eye treatments, Dhara, Kizhi, Vasthi and Panchakarma. Confirm with your tour advisor if the resort you are booking provides Ayurvedic therapies to make it a fulfilling travel experience unique to this part of the world. Other mind and body rejuvenation treatments along with beauty care and youth preservation programs are also available.
People suffering from chronic ailments, muscle and joint pains, skin problems and other diseases have all come out with positive reviews and health gaining experiences after undergoing this traditional treatment. Ayurveda has definitely made Kerala the hub of medical tourism in India. Local as well as foreign personalities generally make it part of their annual schedule to visit the backwaters of this strip of land facing the Arabian Sea to get their minds and bodies back to its original disease-free state.