Ayurveda is widely known as the oldest healing and wellness science in the world, with its origins dating back more than 5,000 years ago in India. Despite the rapid progress made by modern medicine, Ayurveda has stood the test of time as it focuses on addressing the root cause of a problem instead of just treating the symptoms. In India, Kerala is the state which has been at the forefront of globalizing the lesser-known benefits and secrets of Ayurveda to the globe. There are many organizations involved in Ayurveda in Kerala, but the contributions made by the Kerala Ayurveda Academy stand unparalleled.
The world-famous Kerala Ayurveda Academy is a brainchild of the Kerala Ayurveda Limited (KAL), which is a full-spectrum Ayurveda Company that is working towards preserving the rich heritage of Ayurveda and spreading its knowledge across the world. KAL has won numerous awards and recognitions for its efforts including the coveted award for the Herbal Company of the Year (2016) by ASSOCHAM and the Kerala State award of Productivity (1991) by Kerala State Productivity Council.
Professionals in Ayurvedic medicine group these five elements into three categories called doshas.
The doshas are Vata or space and air; pita or fire and kappa or earth and water. Professionals believe that diseases are caused by an excess of one or more of these elements. For example, someone with a cold might be found to have excess kappa. On the other hand, the acidity (heartburn, acid) represents an excess of pita
In Ayurvedic medicine, treatments are aimed at restoring balance by decreasing excess elements and increasing others.
Someone with a cold could be given a burning herb such as garlic and could be told to stop consuming dairy products, as these produce kappa.
Ayurveda emphasizes the psychological, social, and spiritual causes of illness. Professionals believe that almost all illnesses are based on unhappiness, which usually manifests itself in the form of stress and confusion about the purpose of life.
Many Ayurvedic techniques, such as meditation, are aimed at relieving stress and restoring clarity to that purpose.
When choosing a professional, look for someone who has undergone extensive training at an Ayurvedic school in the United States or India and who knows how to do ‘pulse diagnosis’. The professional should give you many recommendations regarding your lifestyle in addition to directing herbal treatments.
[Foray into the USA]
Driven by the mission to take Ayurveda to the world, KAL forayed into the USA by setting up the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. Through the academy, the organization actively engaged the local communities and spread awareness regarding the various benefits of Ayurveda. Not only did they introduce USFDA approved Ayurveda products in the market but they also offered training and education courses in Ayurveda for the interested individuals. A wide range of certification programs is also available for individuals interested in a career in Ayurveda. Numerous individuals have found the health benefits of Ayurveda through the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and are actively making a change in the lives of other people.
Instead of just relying on the written Ayurveda text, the organization is actively engaged in pioneering research in various facets of Ayurveda. Kerala Ayurveda has partnered with various research and educational institutes like Nag Research Laboratories (NRL), Asthagiri Herbal Research Foundation (AHRF), Banaras Hindu University, Tata Global Beverages for scientific research and product development. With proven health benefits, the products offered by the KAL have found global recognition, which helped in winning the Kerala Brand Leadership Awards 2019 by Dr R. L. Bhatia, Founder World CSR Day & World Sustainability.
The active pursuit of the organization to popularize Kerala Ayurveda across the globe has received great impetus in a short period of time. KAL is expected to take Ayurveda to other countries as well and turn it into a health movement with its efforts.
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A Few Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician
Hiring an Electrician
Many homeowners attempt to do home improvement projects themselves, and the results are often disappointing. However, trying to handle electrical work independently can lead to costly errors and injuries. Discover a few things to check before hiring an electrician to get the job done right and stay within the budget.
When looking for an electrician, the first thing to consider is whether they are properly trained. The electricians should attend a vocational school or other recognized institute to learn how to perform the work correctly. Discuss the training process to find the right team for the job.
Comparing electricians includes reviewing their relevant experience performing similar work. Homeowners should discuss the project scope with potential electricians and determine whether they have experience in that area. Also, ask for recommendations and referrals from previous satisfied customers.
Once homeowners have a list of prospects, check online reviews to narrow down the possibilities based on customer experiences. Often, people discover more about an electrician or other service providers by reading reviews and talking to others. Also, discuss referrals with neighbors, co-workers, friends, and families to determine which services handled the work most efficiently.
Licensed and Insured
Verify your state’s requirement for license and insurance and then ensure the electrician is compliant to protect your most valuable asset. It is often tempting to hire an unlicensed or uninsured electrician to cut costs, but that often adds up to spending more money in the long run. Plus, you could be liable if an accident or injury occurs on your premises, adding even more to the costs.
Verify Credentials and Permits
The first step to verifying an electrician’s expertise is to inquire about licenses and insurance. The next step is to verify these credentials and permits to ensure they are valid and current. A quality electrician will immediately provide documentation for customers to verify.
Talk to Several Electricians
After comparing reviews and verifying credentials, consult with several electricians to find the right one for the project. While all of them might be qualified for the job, homeowners should find an electrician that understands their vision and wants to work with them every step of the way. Take notes during the interviews to review and determine the best candidate for the job.
While qualifications are crucial to getting the job done correctly, homeowners must also stay within their budget to avoid financial stress associated with unexpected surprises. An electrician should provide a precise estimate and include everything to be done to complete the project for homeowners to plan for payment. The goal is to find a qualified electrician that provides all the services needed for the most competitive price.
Look for Outstanding Customer Service
Finally, it helps to work with electricians dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and that stand behind their work. Inquire about warranties and other guarantees to verify the project will be completed according to specifications. Then choose the electrician who communicates clearly and makes you feel comfortable about their skills.
Hiring an electrician is often critical to getting the job done right and avoiding additional costs related to injuries and errors. Use this checklist to find a qualified electrician that provides outstanding service within your budget.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]