Camilla has flown to the Soukya International Holistic Health Centre in southern India ahead of a tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The secret behind her trip to India is week-long retreat at a ‘holistic heath centre’. It is understoond that the Duchess of Cornwall will be staying in the centre’s £3,500 a night presidential suite.
There, she can take advantage of customised dawn yoga sessions and ‘spiritually healing’ ayurvedic massages.
Ayurvedic medicine is a system of healing which has been practised in India for thousands of years and has been steadily gaining followers in the West. High-profile fans include Madonna and Cherie Blair. In Sydney we can find Ayurvedic Beauty Spas and even retreats that offer special beauty and holistic treatments.
What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
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Ayurveda, which means ‘science of life’ in Sanskrit, is based on the idea that all matter is composed of five elements – air, fire, water, earth and space.
These combine in the body as biological forces, or ‘doshas’, called vata, pitta and kapha.
Ayurveda views the balance of these forces in the body as good health and their imbalance as the cause of disease.
The aim of the holistic healing method is to rebalance the body and restore health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic medicine also treats specific physical and mental health problems.
Treatment for general ailments can include massage, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy or herbal steams (to rid the body of toxins), or the prescription of Ayurvedic drugs.
Proper hygiene, diet and lifestyle are considered essential for good health.
But safety concerns have been raised about Ayurveda, after a study in 2008 found that a fifth of treatments contained levels of toxic metals and chemicals up to 10,000 times higher than the accepted limit.