Ayurveda, no doubt is the most ancient form of medicine. The origin of Ayurveda was about more than 5000 years ago during vedic times. Ayurveda is also known as science of life (because Ayur stands for life and veda means knowledge or science). Apart from being a medicinal system, Ayurveda is also a philosophy. Ayurveda believes that life is a combination of mind, body, senses and soul. Ayurveda deals with spiritual health in addition to physical aspects. All Ayurvedic medications and therapies are based on natural healing. Though medicines are prepared by using certain traditional processes and techniques, certain amount of automation is used for major productions. The advantage of Ayurveda over any other medications is that medicines are administered using certain principles in their original forms and hence do not cause any after effects on consumption.
India is well-known for its ayurvedic treatments throughout the world. Authentic ayurvedic treatments are obtained at several centers throughout the country. India attracts tourists from foreign nations due to the quality ayurvedic treatments being offered in these centers. Most Ayurvedic resorts in India are located in the states of Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, and Karnataka. A few such resorts are the Somatheeram beach resort in Kovalam, Hotel Aquaserene in Kollam, Kumarakom lake resort in Kumarakom, Taj Holiday village and Marriott resort in Goa. The treatment is given in the form of massages by medicated oils, decoctions and other such herbal preparations, tablets and powders, based on the disease condition. These resorts offer a particular purifying therapy for enhancing the metabolic process by administration of herbal medicines and food is called Panchakarma, which means five actions or treatment. Through this therapy the wastes from the body of a person are eliminated and he becomes healthy. In addition to this there are various other herbal treatments, rejuvenation therapies and yoga and meditation being conducted. Physiotherapy and aromatherapy are also included as part of treatment procedure. Due to the busy mechanical lifestyles, more people are now turning towards Ayurveda for relaxation and health purposes and therefore Ayurveda Tourism is fast emerging as one among the main reasons for tourists visiting India.