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Kerala Ayurveda Treatments

Ayurveda treats not just the ailment but the whole person and emphasizes prevention of disease to avoid the need for cure Medicine has become an increasingly accepted alternative medical treatment in America during the last two decades.Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises of two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life.

Iris Holidays offers Kerala Ayurveda packages in resorts for anti - obesity programs, stress management, panchakarma, rejuvenation & detoxification, beauty care, eye and skin care, back pain, slip-disk & spondylitis, migraine & sinusitis as well as pre and post natal health programs.

Ayurvedic Treatments in Kerala


Abhyangam means 'oil massage'. In Abhyanga, medicated oil is massaged all over the body. Special type of oil massage in which strokes are given according to the diseases for 45 minutes per day. This treatment is very useful for Rheumatism, especially for Diabetic gangerene (a condition due to lack of blood circulation in the extremities of the body) etc.


Patra or Ila means leaf. 'Kizhi' means "bundle'. 'Ilakkizhi' or Patrasweda is a kind of sudation therapy using herbal leaves. Various Herbal Leaves are chopped and mixed with grated coconut and mustard. Prior to fomentation, oil is applied to the crown. In rheumatic pains and associated swelling of the joints, fomentation and massage with Ilakkizhi (bundles containing leaves) bring relief.

Podikkizhi (Choornasweda)

Podikkizhi is a method of therapeutic sweating. The body is fomented thoroughly with linen bags (kizhis) containing herbal drugs in powdered form . Podikkizhi is good for ailments due to disrupted Vata and Kapha doshas.


Panchakarma is the ayurvedic way of removing accumulated toxins. By cleansing the body of all accumulated toxins, this process restores the lost vitality and improves bodily function. Panchakarma is a group of five treatments - vamana, virechana, snehavasti, kashayavasti and nasya. Vamana is emises, virechana is purging, vasti is enema which involves usage of two types of medicated oils and medicated decactions called snehavasti and kashayavasti respectively. Nasya is instillation of medicines through nose.After Panchakarma , a subsequent change in lifestyle helps to maintain an ideal state of health.

Abhyangam + Special Face Massage

Abhyangam mixed with a facial massage based on Ayurvedic principles, this massage rejuvenates your skin makes it healthy and glowing. The Ayurvedic facial massage revitalizes your skin and provides you with a relaxed feeling momentarily relieving you of your daily tensions. This massage uses natural herbal product extracts and pure essential oils. Ayurvedic facial massage is a combination of applying pressure to different points and as well as applying rhythmic sculpting and contouring strokes.

Udvarthanam (Herbal powder massage)

Udvarthanam (Powder Massage) - This is a special type of Ayurvedic massage done with a special herbal powder in a rhythmic motion (Upward motion). This massage is included in our slimming programme. This treatment is commonly used for Obesity. (Removal of excess fat.)


Navarakkizhi involves massaging of the body with small linen bags filled with Navara (Shastika), after a liberal application of medicated oils. Navara Kizhi is also of great benefit to those with atrophy of the muscles, arthritis, weakness of the extremities, tremors and fibromyalgia. This treatment will benefit from this treatments anti-aging.


Ksheeradhara - with medicated milk is called Ksheeradhara. Usually cow's milk is used. Decoctions of various herbs are added to the milk. Ksheeradhara for the head alone is called Shirodhara. or for the whole body except the head is called Sarvangadhara. A Sravanga Ksheeradhra is usually prescribed for diseases caused by disorders of the Pitta .


Thakradhara is a powerful relaxation therapy for the head and mind. It's commonly used for treating Alzheimer's disease, insomnia, depression, stress related problems,hypertension,insanity,skindisorders, psoriasis, anemia etc. Buttermilk, which has tremendous cooling properties, is used as the main ingredient for the treatment. Thakradhara means the profuse pouring of medicine-rich buttermilk on a person's forehead. The treatment induces coolness to the brain, relaxes the mind, reduces mental stress and increases memory power. Hence Thakradhara is also considered as a good rejuvenating treatment for the mind and body.


In pizhichil lukewarm medicated oil is applied on the body of the patient lying on the "Dharapathi". Oil dipped pieces of cloth are squeezed by hand and the oils rubbed smoothly over the body of the patient by Measures on either side. Pizhichil is recommended for diseases caused by a vitiation of the Vata humour- Pakshagliata (Hemiplegia), paralysis and muscle spasms and other degenerative diseases that affect the muscles.