Ayurveda as Modern Medicine with a Cultural Heritage

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A System of Medicine that Survived the Test of Time

The power of Ayurveda has been tested against time for centuries if not millennia. For thousands of years, the people of India took help from Ayurveda for survival. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of pandemics might have come and gone in the known history of the Indian peninsula. Never did one manage to wipe us out from this land of our ancestors. 

Why Ayurveda is important to us?

In this era, such references are of great importance. Especially when we are facing threats never known before. Books like Hortus Malabaricus written in the 17th century are vocal about our flora and fauna as seen by visitors from Europe. What little they saw was more than enough to awe them that people who live here had such a rich botanical heritage. 

Ayurveda and Kerala

The people of Kerala had access to this great science for thousands of years. Our rich heritage and culture evolved around this blessing. There are many references to the use of Ayurveda and its treatments in history and cultural references. We have relied on the three parting of diseases by Ayurveda as Kafam, Pitham, and Vaatham. In Ayurveda, almost every disease is a variant of these three conditions. 

Ayurveda and Modern Medicine

Ayurveda is no inferior science or medical practice. It survived and evolved through thousands of years only to be modern enough for people in the 21 st century. Ayurvedic Hospitals in Kochi offer treatments that are effective for a variety of conditions like autism, stroke/paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, migraine, knee pain, sinusitis, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, cervical spondylosis, dysmenorrhea, sciatica, varicose ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux, lumbar spondylosis, etc.

Monsoon and Ayurveda

The rainy season

For the people who live in Kerala, the biggest threat and blessing is the rainy season or “ Varsha Kaalam “. Rain is not always kind but is also essential for our survival in many ways. Kerala is rich in water and rainfall. This excess availability of water helps us in paddy cultivation which is the lifeline of Kerala plays a vital role in our diet. Being the best ayurvedic hospital in Kerala we offer valuable services during this season without fail.

A special diet

Monsoon also brings a variety of health challenges. This includes fever, cold and related difficulties. In the month of “ Karkidakam “ (July – August), people of Kerala are known to take refuge in a kind of porridge called “ Karkidaka Kanji “. A special preparation to meet the health demands during the rainy season. 


Porridge is the natural food in many Kerala homes. A combination of grains, herbs, and spices pave the way to Karkidaka Kanji, a special porridge to help people during the reason. It is considered to be very effective against preventing fever and other diseases induced by the harsh climate.

Karkidaka Kanji

Karkidaka Kanji is a special preparation and has a unique recipe transferred through generations in Kerala households. This medicinal rice soup is also called “ Oushada Kanji  “.


Rice, cumin, coconut milk, jaggery, and a few ayurvedic ingredients are normally involved in the preparation. Since it is a kind of rice soup, enough water will be added to keep it resembling the characteristics of a soup.