Grown in the immaculate land of India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is the oldest known healthcare system in the world. The literal meaning of the word “Ayurveda” when translated is the science of life. It combines the intellectual thoughts of medicine and philosophy. Ayurveda has always stood for the all round physical, mental and spiritual growth of humanity across the world.
The history of Ayurveda lays out the guidelines to maintain a healthy body and soul as well as fighting illness through various therapies which includes massages, herbal medicines, diet control and exercise.
Ayurveda can have great importance on one’s pathya, or lifestyle including their eating habits and the daily routine. This traditional science provides guidance on how the lifestyle can be adjusted according to the change of seasons.
Ashtangahridayam, the practical interpretation of Ayurveda, compiled by the great Vagbata is used extensively in Kerala. The Vaidyars of Kerala are expert in this most contemporary treatise of Ayurveda.It is in only here that Kashaya Chikitsa (treatment with concoction) has become a standardized protocol involving hundreds of Kashayams. The state has the largest number of Ayurveda colleges and the largest number of practitioners in the entire world.
In Kerala Ayurveda is not just a healthcare system but is also an undetectable part of every aspect of life. It is thus the lifestyle of Kerala.