Because of quality healthcare professionals and top in class hospitals, India is regarded as a top destination for medical tourists. Procedures like surgeries, replacement, and transplantation are not uncommon among overseas patients because of the widespread medical expertise.
But the cutting-edge medical tourism in India is also known for being much more affordable than if you’d pay out-of-pocket in places like the US or UK; and for the amazing recreation options during the holiday portion of your trip; and for the abundance of less-intensive procedures like comprehensive medical check-ups, dental care, and holistic anti-aging treatments.
On the last point, world-renowned Ayurveda takes center stage in India for people in search of “lifespan knowledge.” That’s how this centuries-old tradition – considered by many scholars to be the most ancient of healing sciences – translates from the Sanskrit. It is practiced all over India, but its birthplace is in the southern state of Kerala where life expectancy is the highest in the country.
It’s actually practiced all over the world, exposing millions of Westerners to its powers, many of whom then head to India for the real deal. Those looking to explore anti-aging medicine often turn to Rasayana Chikitsa, which is the branch of Ayurveda (there are 8 in total) that deals with preserving youthfulness and improving longevity.
In southern India, Rasayana Chikitsa inspires the special rejuvenation package at Punnamada Backwater Resort in Kerala. The rustic, relaxing location amid beautiful lagoons near the sea is where you’ll improve vitality and mental clarity through stimulating techniques like oil dripping treatment, medicated steam bath, herbal face pack, internal rejuvenating medicine, and deep-tissue powder massage.
Northern India has blissful Ayurveda resorts, too, and destination spa Ananda in the Himalayas delivers anti-aging treatments in a pristine setting. The Ananda experience is all about “the individual’s desire to heal, cleanse, relax and revitalize.” Qualified therapists deliver Rasayana treatments to relieve back ache, gout, and chronic colds, and to nourish and rebuild body tissue, in comfort and style.
Sanjeeva in Sanskrit means revive, and in India’s eastern state of West Bengal, the Sanjeeva Medical Spa at Vedic Village helps patients live life to the fullest by restoring physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Their wide range of Ayurveda therapies includes soaks in healing herbal extracts, synchronized massages, detoxifying skin treatments, and aromatherapy.
In western India, near the country’s most populous city, Mumbai, lies Pune, a laid-back town where you’ll find KARE Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat. The team of professional therapists and nutritionists offers traditional Kerala-inspired therapies, medical yoga, detoxification programs, and special Ayurvedic diet in a breathtaking spot overlooking placid Mulshi Lake.
Unlike, perhaps, United States medical tourism where you’d go for high-end medical expertise, or South Korea for its cutting-edge cosmetic surgeries, an Ayurveda medical holiday in India focuses on rejuvenation and health promotion, putting you on the road to a more youthful you.