Our traditional medicine program is our trademark program and the most unique program volunteers from all across the world will ever come across. It involves working with a Traditional practitioner of Ayurveda to treat patients and at the same time help in preserving this traditional science. Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India, which originated there over 5,000 years ago and is considered to be one of the oldest organized systems of medicines in the world. Ayurveda emphasizes re-establishing balance in the body through diet, lifestyle, exercise, and body cleansing, and on the health of the mind, body, and spirit. In India up to 80% of the population living in rural areas rely on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs
Ayurveda stresses the use of plant-based medicines and treatments. Hundreds of plant-based medicines are employed, including cardamom and cinnamon. Some animal products may also be used, for example milk, bones, and gallstones. Volunteers spend the first few days with the Ayurveda practitioner (or a Vadhiyar as he is called locally) learning the practices in Ayurveda, art of recognizing medicinal plants, medicine making, use of medicines, understanding learning the treatment process and helping the Vadiyar in treating patients. Once the volunteers gain more confidence they then directly get onto treating patients under the guidance of the Vadhiyar. Its a great program where volunteer get a chance to learn and experience the ancient science of healing and at the same time practice it for community service.
This program does not need any prior education or experience with medicine but volunteers are required to sensitive and have open-minded approach towards alternate methods of treatment.