www.kalpakaspa.com Ayurveda in Kerala and India is the traditional form of medicine that origin more than 5000 year’s ago. The word meaning of ayurveda is “the complete knowledge for long life.” Ayurveda is a holistic health science for maintaining a healthy life. It has two aspects of treatment – To maintain the health of healthy person and to prevent illness by life style modification and natural therapies and also to cure the disease. Ayurveda is based on the theory of pancha mahabhutha’s which says that everything in this universe is made up of five basic elements – Akash (space) Vayu (air) Agni (fire) Jala (water) Prithvi (earth) Ayurveda stresses a balance of three elemental energies or humors which are known as the tridoshas of our body. They are Vata Pitta Kapha According to ayurveda, diseases are caused by disequilibrium or imbalance of these doshas, while health is the balance of doshas. Rasa (Plasma), asrik (blood), mamsa (muscles),
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www.kalpakaspa.com Njavara kizhi is also known as Shashtika shaali pinda sweda. Njavara kizhi is a unique treatment procedure practiced by Kerala Ayurveda. Navara rice is a medicinal rice,is said to be like gold among the rice varieties having a rich aroma and precious grains with great potentialities to develop as a health food carrying a lot of medicinal properties. The body is massaged with small linen poultices filled with Navara rice, which is cooked in cow’s milk and a specific herbal mixture. These poultices are dipped in the same mixture and applied over the whole body. The poultices are maintained at a medium temperature. After wiping the body with a dry towel, the medicated oil is applied again. The normal duration for this therapy is 14 or 21 days. It is one of the most excellent form of treatment for inducing luster to the skin and nourishment for the whole body through the skin. It also cures various ailments Navara kizhi is a good rejuvenating treatment.