Kerala is the best place on the planet for Ayurveda tour.
Ayurveda is the medical science native to India. Originated thousands of years ago and thrived through the ages, it is the fruit of wisdom of great seers and sages of Vedic times.
Vedas are the supreme source of ancient knowledge. There are four Vedas, all containing sacred hymns about life, its nature, purpose, source etc.
The beginning of Ayurveda is traced back to Atharvaveda, the fourth Veda, which describes diseases and treatments.
There are debates as to how old Ayurveda is. It could be about 6000 years old.
In Sanskrit, Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge. So Ayur-veda is the knowledge of life or the science of life to be precise.
Treating the body is done in alignment with the well being of the mind and spirit. For example, addictive drugs are not prescribed.
Ayurveda deals with a wide range of diseases and health issues. It addresses the cause instead of fighting the symptoms. Patient’s life style and other important factors are considered in order to prepare a personalised treatment program.
Kerala is the place on earth where Ayurveda is not only given full acknowledgement but also followed extensively by the whole society, the richest and the poorest included.
Unfortunately in the west, alternative medicine is kicked into the corner. Health care is monopolized by evil big pharma. On the contrary, in Kerala there are Ayurvedic hospitals and doctor’s clinics in almost all villages.
The knowledge of Ayurvedic practice was passed on from generation to generation, often within the same family. So there are renowned families who created great Ayurvedic physicians in succession. Families such as Vaidyamadom and Ashtavaidyas (eight families of physicians) have a legendary status in Kerala Ayurveda.
Nowadays Ayurvedic training is given in Universities and colleges. Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) is medical degree that takes five and a half years to complete. Up on completion, the person can practice in India as an Ayurvedic doctor.