Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. It has been handed down from one generation to the other since ages. Although it dates back to 5 millenniums, its therapeutic values are now once again being realized all over the world.
Ayurveda employs a holistic approach for elimination of illnesses by focusing on the root cause of the diseases. Ayurveda also aims at maintaining a perfect balance between the body, soul and mind. In this present era of busy and stressful lives, Ayurveda is now viewed as a remedy for all these ills.
THE LAND OF INNUMEROUS MEDICINAL PLANTS
Located off the west coast of India, Gujarat is home to Ayurveda since many centuries.
Most of the herbs used for curing illnesses by means of the Ayurvedic healing processes are seeded and grown in this state. The sufficient agro-bio diversity contributes to the growth of 786 herbs which are also called medicinal plants. Some of the well known ones include—Shatavari, Sonamukhi, Sankhapushpi, White Musli, Neem, Jeevanti, Isabghol, Aloe Vera and Asawagandha.
JAMNAGAR – AYURVEDIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTRE
Jamnagar occupies a proud place in the Ayurveda map of India, for it has the only Ayurvedic University in the country which is exclusively looking after Ayurvedic research and education. The University Gardens boast of more than 200 species of herbs and medicinal plants. The famous J.S. Ayurved Mahavidyalaya is located in Nadiad district of Gujarat. The college is a private aided institution, which is affiliated to Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.
The Ayurveda College was established in 1938, to promote this vital ancient science. The institute also provides many facilities to its students such as a library, well equipped laboratory, research centre, computer facilities and modern medical facilities.
The Jogi Ayurved Hospital located in Surat is another famous Ayurvedic medical centre. The team is led by one of the leading Ayurveda Practitioner of India: Dr. Devangi Nilesh Jogal, M.D. (Ayu.), Double Gold Medalist. Apart from the complete range of Ayurvedic Treatment, Jogi Ayurved Hospital also has a full-fledged team for providing services of Garbh Sanskar and Agni Karma.
They are also involved in many activities aiming at enhancing the awareness about the efficacy and applicability of Ayurveda as the most preferable system of healing. For this, seminars, lectures, camps and group discussions are organized at various levels in the society.
PIONEER IN AYURVEDIC TOURISM
Gujarat is doing extremely well in Ayurveda based medical tourism. There is an advent in the growth of the number of spa and Ayurveda centers in Gujarat.
From relaxing Swedish massage to the rejuvenating Panchkarma, Gujarat’s Ayurveda centers have many options to keep the mind and body relaxed. Cambay Orient Spa and Resort in Gandhinagar, Madhuban Resort and Spa in Vallabh Vidyanagar and Aum Health Resort in Vadodara are some of the finest spa centers in Gujarat, which have varied options to stabilize body, mind and soul.
The Aum Health Resort in Vadodara is situated within the serene atmosphere amongst the gushy and green trees. The residential treatment center is spread over a 17 acre land at close to Ajwa lake, 26 kms far away from Vadodara city. At AIMRC every patient is treated holistically. It incorporates different systems of medicine and therapies.
The RMD Cancer Hospital in Gujarat is India’s only hospital offering Ayurvedic treatment for cancer patients at subsidized affordable rates.
Moreover, there is special care taken to arrange good quality of food for patients and relatives at just Re 1. The RMD Cancer Hospital is all set to provide an excellent cancer treatment to its patients. The state-of-the-art centre at Waghaldhara, Valsaad provides cancer treatment with a difference.
Gujarat is slowly and gradually becoming an offbeat Ayurvedic center in India. The state has earned many titles and applauds for its world class spa and Ayurveda resorts. Gujarat was the first state in India that started the concept of Ayurveda schools. Tourists from around the world visit Gujarat in pursuit of healing Ayurvedic treatments and therapeutics.
“Ayurveda based medical tourism is growing and Gujarat has good potential. We are striving towards making Gujarat a hub of Ayurveda, naturopathy based tourism,” says Mr. Nityanand Srivastav, MD, Gujarat Tourism Corporation Limited.