Kerala Ayurvedic Medicines
Ayurveda is an art to lead a physically, psychologically and socially healthy life. It helps in maintaining a balance between your body, mind and soul. Ayurvedic medicines are herbal in nature and do not cause any kind of side effects.
A few of the popular Ayurvedic medicines are:
It is helpful in improving the digestion and increasing appetite. Purely made from medicinal herbs, Arishta also discharges the toxic waste from the body. It is also helpful in curing disorders of the respiratory system and nervous system like asthma, arthritis, epilepsy, stammering, numbness, anemia, heart disorders, liver disorders, psychosis, depression, insomnia, back pain, loss of memory, etc.
Asavam is quite similar to Arishta. Even both the medicines are used to cure similar kind of diseases, but the main difference is that Asavam is an extract that is obtained by boiling herbs in water.
This Ayurvedic medicine comes with high fat content. The word 'Ghritam' literally means 'medicated ghee'. It is recommended to the patients suffering from weakness.
Lehyam is very useful in curing digestive and respiratory disorders. This herbal extract is also consumed as a general tonic for the body.
Kashayam is the most common medicine in Ayurveda. It is prepared after boiling a combination of herbs in water at specific heat. In order to obtain the best quality medicine, medicated herbs are added to this at regular intervals of time. Kashaya may be simple like a herbal tea or complex like a mix of hundred herbs.
Choornam is a herbal powder that can be stored for a long period of time without the addition of any preservatives to it. It is used for cleaning of teeth and in nasya (nasal) therapy.
The Malayalam word 'Gulika' literally means 'pill'. The procedure of making this medicine has been prescribed by the Ayurveda acharyas. These herbal combination pills are prepared in a way that they can be stored safely for a long time.
Thailam are of different types and each type is meant to treat a different purpose. Thailam is basically an Ayurvedic massage oil. Its massage is as good as injecting of a medicine. Almost all the ingredients of Thailam are absorbed by the blood by the means of a massage. Consequently, the injured areas of the body are cured.
Kuzhampu are ointments quite similar to Thailams. Unlike Thailam, Kuzhampu is viscous in appearance. It is chiefly used in sports medicine to cure the injuries. In addition to this, it is also used to treat people having pain in the body or joints and for certain beauty therapies.
Rasayana is made up of two words - 'rasa' meaning nourishment and 'ayana' meaning travel. Rasayana therapy mobilizes nourishments to the whole body. The therapy aims at retaining optimal performance of a body by nourishing the damaged tissues and alleviating the growth of new cells.