Kerala Government has worked out a scheme to explore the potential of Ayruveda and other indigenous healing systems as sports medicine.
a research cell under the joint auspices of Departmement of Indian Systems of Medicines and Ayurveda Medical Education has been formed to take up studies on application of native medical systems to sports
Major sporting nations like China, Japan and Latin American countries have made strides in application of their indigenous medical systems in the field of sports. Several universities in India also have taken up research projects on this subject.
The project is also part of the state’s policy of promoting native healing systems blending their traditional strength with modern scientific methodologies.
According to experts, Kerala has a long tradition of application of native medical system to sports like the healing system developed side-by-side martial arts such as ‘Kalaripayattu.’
Most of the exponents of Kalaripayatu were also experts in healing fractures, wounds and other physical disorders by applying preparations made of medicinal plants, herbs and medicated oil.
Massage therapy also developed over centuries in Kerala as part of its martial art-cum-healing system.
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