Kerala, known as the land of Ayurveda is known for its exotic Ayurveda tradition that easily attracts thousands of visitors every year to get rejuvenation and benefits from this 5000-year old science. Kerala is one state in India which has not only treasured and sustained one of the oldest natural sciences present in the world but also contributed to nurture and develop it. Some of the popular Kerala Ayurvedic procedures include Sirodhara, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Thalapothichil, Pachakizhi and Podikizhi.
Apart from offering treatments to various lifestyle disorders, Ayurveda, as a concept, works on finding a harmonious balance between human and nature. Also mentioned in traditional Indian texts such as Upanishads, Vedas, Bhagavat Gita, Ayurveda states that the human body is composed of five basic elements, also known as Panchabhutas. Ayurveda describes perfect health as a state in which one's body is free of all sorts of imbalance between your doshas, dhatus and malas and your metabolism rate is perfectly in sync with the harmony between your body, mind and soul.
Traditionally, Ayurveda was known to be dominated particularly by eight families, also called Ashtavaidyas (Eight physicians), who held specialization in one of the eight branches of Ayurveda respectively. They developed traditional treatment therapies including Dhara, Pizhichil, Dharapati and Njavarakizhi. Even now, there are certain families in Kerala that hail from these traditional Ashtayaidyas families and offer traditional Ayurvedic therapies and massages. NaturOville has some of its therapists that belong to these traditional experts' families too.
In the times Ayurveda was thriving in Kerala, a number of temples in Kerala also became healing centres due to influence of Buddhism. Marcopolo, the great Italian explorer always mentioned physicians from Kerala with great admiration.
Massages are one of the most popular Ayurveda techniques Kerala boasts of for long. Here, massaging is used as a therapy to invoke ultimate rejuvenation as well as means to cure aches, develop immunity and cleanse impurities from blood circulation.
Kerala Ayurveda tradition also has an advanced form of massage therapy, known as Marma Chikilsa. Slightly similar to the Chinese acupuncture in procedure, this is used by Kerala's martial art experts in order to enhance flexibility.
In addition to that, the Ayurveda experts in Kerala also have unique traditional treatments in curing snake-bites, fever, epilepsy and smallpox among other infectious fevers. A number of all-inclusive treatises have been written over traditional Ayurveda by Kerala physicians that are still looked at as the ultimate reference for Ayurveda theory. Some of these books include Rasavaiseshikam, Rasopanishat, Tantrayukthivichara, and Vaidyamanorama to name a few.