We have experienced the unexpected opportunity to slow down giving us time to re-evaluate our lifestyles and invest in ourselves. We have been given time to rebalance the mind, body and soul.
This bubble of time has placed wellness uppermost in our minds. Our usual lifestyle routines and beliefs have shifted towards a general focus and awareness on health and wellbeing. Food, mind-set, fitness and movement, our environment, as well as personal goals have been laid out on the table for us to assess and question. Am I eating for my health and to strengthen against immunity, do I exercise regularly, should I make changes to my lifestyle?
Ancient Medicinal Traditions Versus Changing Times
India has always been billed as the destination of natural treatments and holistic wellness and the home of Ayurveda, a 3,000 year old science which treats the “dis-ease” of the whole person. Many have travelled to India for wellness retreats in search of curative powers and health checks. But exposure to our changing world brings additional threats to our health: air pollution, pesticides, ultra violet radiation, increased reliance on alcohol and tobacco, over-use and resistance of antimicrobials and of course widespread epidemics of infectious diseases. The adverse effects of such factors on our health express themselves in a host of illnesses – from diabetes, cancers, strokes to heart and lung diseases. This degeneration of our overall health from these external factors has diluted the effects and benefits of traditional natural medicines and age-old cures.
But as technology progresses so does the understanding of the human body and its adaptability to safeguarding against health risks. We are continually presented with new and revised natural healing methodologies and one such holistic and integrated approach is Functional Medicine, advocated as the “future of medicine”.
Functional Medicine, Therapy & Lifestyle
Traditional medicine was not prescribed to heal the effects of the modern world that is now causing the degeneration of the body. Functional Medicine, a non-invasive science, strives towards life-long wellness, a lifestyle. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease within the individual and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.
Functional medicine is becoming popular world-wide for its in-depth diagnosis through path-breaking, non-invasive testings and treatments that are not just practical but lead to long-term, permanent healing.
The Modern Form of Medical Tourism – A Medicine of The Future.
The health-conscious traveller will expect more than just relaxation, stunning views, and fluffy pillows on holiday. Wellness is the new leisure. This crucial time away will be an investment into overall wellness and will become the value-added benefit, a tangible take-away lifestyle guide to continue the good habits at home – health packed in the suitcase to take home
This new form of a wellness holiday offers results that are visible, specific, bio markers of life. The wellness holidaymaker will believe in the objectives of longevity, a stronger resistance against probable disease and increased mental peace which comes as part of the specialist health holiday without that hospital, regimented feel. Medical tourism blended with wellness offering functional medicine which is on a higher plane than the general wellness holidays marketed today.
This concept retains the values of wellness holidays but using the core values of functional medicine addresses the complete person rather than individual ailments.
In India, functional medicine in its entirety is offered at the Niraamaya Wellness Retreats, a group of specialists health retreats committed to bringing together holistic wellbeing with high quality hospitality.
The functional medicine centre at Niraamaya Retreats, based at two locations, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra Kovalam and Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters and Beyond Kumarakom will focus on critical lifestyle issues and provide a holistic healing experience. Niraamaya is initially introducing 5 programs – The Diabetes Program, The Immunity Booster Program, The Mindfulness Program, The Stress Management Program and The Metabolic Obesity Program to start with and follow it up with 3 more programs – The Gut Restoration Program, The Aesthetics Program and The Deep Detox Program after 4 weeks.
Deriving its roots from the ancient wisdom of world medicine, backed by modern scientific methods, and delivered through the power of technology, Daivam Wellness and Niraamaya Retreats will integrate all the natural forms of medicine which would transpose consciousness to a higher level and help build immunity to facilitate human flourishing while healing the mind and body. The principles of these wellness programs will be geared towards reversing disease with a 360-degree approach and returning the guest to good health.
Mr. Manu Rishi Guptha, CEO, Niraamaya Wellness Retreats adds, “Niraamaya is now diversifying and expanding its scope into functional medicine along with Daivam Wellness who are considered pioneers in this field and this collaboration will help in widening the wellness spectrum at Niraamaya Wellness Retreats. The programs that we have developed along with Daivam Wellness will specifically target the 4 critical lifestyle issues such as diabetes, obesity, stress, and hypertension which are currently afflicting the planet and are the root causes of 90% other morbidities. These programs are meant to specifically reverse and cure rather than just prevent. Our flagship immunity rejuvenation program is a game-changer that will ensure that you are set on the path to true wellness and good health”.
Mr. Sanjay Sachdeva, Founder & CEO, Daivam Wellness says “Human health has been never so far removed from nature as it is today. With the constant attack of modern-day toxins, our bodies are exposed to more than 4000 chemicals in a day and sickness is on the rise because of this in combination with bad lifestyle choices. With the culmination of ancient sciences of healing such as Ayurveda perfected by Niraamaya over the years, and global, scientifically-backed research-based functional medicine programs by DAIVAM, we will be offering the first retreat of its kind in the world attempting to reverse chronic lifestyle diseases and help people truly return to good health.” Apart from this new venture the multi-award winning Niraamaya Wellness Centre at all the three retreats in Kerala, deliver a range of wellness therapies including traditional Ayurveda, and yoga that replenish the mind, body, and spirit. https://www.niraamaya.com
Functional Medicine as a lifestyle
As we live our lives in the new spirit of wellness and a revised lifestyle, functional medicine will, for many, become integral to understanding and treating our health. Our holidays and time away will embrace a form of wellness to enhance our health. But underlying our lifestyles, functional medicine will assess each of us as individuals, a whole person approach, not segmented by body parts or defective areas. A balanced approach. The beauty of this offering is that it seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and view the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.