Kerala’s Traditional Ayurveda Treatments

Kalari Chikitsa | Kalari Treatments

Kalari Chikitsa medicinal system was originally developed by kalari masters in order to heal battle related injuries, as well as to improve their students fighting abilities. Nowadays, kalari Chikitsa can be applied to help a wider range of people achieve good health. Specialising in neuro-muscular (sciatica, spondylosis, etc.), and skeletal disorders (sprains, fractures, dislocations, etc.) Kalari Chikitsa also help one to reach beyond one’s psycho-physical limitations and are particular suitable for kalari practitioners, but also for athletes, dancers, and stage performers.

Kalari treatments is based on the precise knowledge of the body’s energetic channels (nadis) and vital spots (marmas), the wide selection of medecines, usually homemade by the Gurukkal, is entirely organic. Thailam, or oils, medicated with leaves, roots, barks, and even dairy products can be applied externally by massage, or taken internally. Numerous internal medecines are also available: churnam (powders), kashayam (decoctions), gritham (medicated ghee), etc.

Uzhichil, the full body massage system executed by the practitioner with his hands and feet, is unique to kalarippayattu. It is a very powerful treatment, which requires patient and therapist to follow a strict regimen during the whole course. It can relieve serious back problems, and also increase flexibility, stimulate the flow of vital energy, and develop mental sharpness. The treatment is given by the therapist suspending his weight from ropes overhead, and applying pressure with long strokes of the soles of his feet, after the patient’s body has been prepared with specially medicated oil. The therapist also makes use of strokes with his hands, as well as some manipulation of the joints and limbs.

Besides Kalari Uzhichil, a whole range of other treatments are provided at our kalari centers in an authentic way to cure specific problems.

Kalari Kacha Tirummu :To specifically increase flexibility
Kalari Marma Uzhichil : to cure injuries to marmas
Adyatmika Uzhichil / Chakra Uzhichil : For spiritual Harmony
Kalari Pizhichil: For nervous system disorders
Kalari Dhara: For insomnia, Stress
Kalari Kizhis (Ela/Podi/Njavara/Mutta/Mamasa) : For musculo-articular pathologies
Kalari Swedana : Full body steam to enhance the effect of Abhyangam (Oil Massage)
Kalari Udwartanam : Massage with medicated powdersfor weight loss and rejuvenation
Mantra Chikitsa : healing with power of sound.


Ayurvedic Treatments

Ayurvedic treatments ensuresphysical and mental health without side effects. The natural ingredients of herbs help human body and mind s free from diseases. As ayurvedic treatments are free from toxic chemicals, dont effect brain like allopathic medicines. Ayurveda treatments prevents as well as promotes of the body’s own capacity for maintenance and balance. Ayurvedic treatment is non-invasive and non-toxic, so it can be used safely as an alternative therapy or alongside conventional therapies. Ayurvedic treatments can also help stress-related, metabolic, and chronic conditions. Ayurveda treatments has been used to treat acne, allergies, asthma, anxiety, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds, colitis, constipation, depression, diabetes, flu, heart disease, hypertension, immune problems, inflammation, insomnia, nervous disorders, obesity, skin problems, and ulcers.

Ayurveda the word itself denotes Ayur (Life) & Veda (Science) thus constituting ‘The science of Life’ or ‘ The knowledge of being healthy throughout your life & Longevity ‘. Ayurveda the age old ancient science is famous for its unique theories & preparations for a healthy personto maintain the equilibrium of body, mind & soul, & if there is imbalance in these elements along with tridoshas (Vatta, Pitta, Kapha) then Ayurveda plays a magnificiant role in eradicating the main root cause of the ailment or disease.

Panchakarma Treatment

Panchakarma treatment can help by reversing negative effects of daily living. Panchakarma treatment can restore natural state of health and wellness by cleansing body toxins, bringing balance into the system and improving bodily function. Panchakarma treatment can also help you sustain this process by making positive changes in lifestyle.

The Panchakarma treatment even though appears simple in its applications, its effects are powerful and effective. Panchakarma treatment is a unique, natural, holistic, health-giving series of therapeutic treatments that cleanse the body’s deep tissues of toxins, open the subtle channels, bring life-enhancing energy thereby increasing vitality, inner peace, confidence and well-being.

Panchkarma treatment gets to the root cause of the problem and corrects the essential balance of Tridoshas (Vatta, Pitta, Kapha) in the body. Panchkarma treatment is not only good for evaluating disease but is also a useful remedy in maintaining excellent health.

Naturopathy Treatment

Naturopathy treatment provides holistic, or whole body, health care by taking advantage of resources drawn from numerous traditional healing systems. Dating back to the early part of the 20th century, naturopathy treatment is organized around three fundamental principles: the physician should strive to aid the body’s natural healing abilities; the root cause of an illness should be addressed rather than its symptoms; and above all, only therapies that cause no harm should be used (which means that toxic drugs and surgery are avoided whenever possible).

A naturopathy treatment doctor may pay considerable attention to a patient’s lifestyle, since naturopathy treatment theory holds that physical, psychological and even spiritual elements can all contribute to disease. In treating patients, the naturopathic practitioner may use a number of alternative therapies, including homeopathy, herbal remedies, traditional Chinese medicine, spinal manipulation, nutrition, hydrotherapy, massage and exercise.

Chavutti Thirumal

Chavutti Thirumal, literally translated, means massage by foot pressure. The practitioner uses his/her feet to perform special techniques, some short, but generally long, firm, controlled strokes over the entire body.

Chavutti Thirumal Through practice and experience, the practitioner’s feet become just as accurate and effective as the hands and when using the foot. Chavutti thirumal, like other forms of massage uses oil to enable the practitioner to perform long, smooth, flowing strokes over the entire length of the body. The recipient lies flat on the floor – the body cushioned by mats and towels – the limbs are placed in specific positions to aid comfort and encourage free flow of energy. The masseur/se applies one foot at a time, holding on to a support rope, which runs above head level across the room.

Marma Chikitsa

Is basically a neuromuscular and orthopaedic science. Oil therapy or Snehana is an important part of marma chikitsa. Warm, medicated oils are applied in large amount all over the body, the medicated oils are used in specific body sites such as on the chakras and marma points or at specific trouble spots, the body is then massaged using these oils


‘In beach areas like Goa and Kovalam there are dedicated Ayurveda resorts, but it was in Kerala that I found a happy medium in Padma Nair, an expert in Chavutti Massage’ – The Sunday Telegraph UK, A-Z Travel 2002.