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Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala India

Roslyn Motter is a children's author and fabulous Wise Woman.  To read our interview with Roslyn click here.

Roslyn is now off on an adventure of a lifetime and she is going to keep us posted as she tries something completely different to improve her health.  We are thrilled to bring you her 'Prelude to the Adventure' and because she is an absolute hoot her story is bound to be enthralling. 

Settle back and join her as she begins the preparations for her journey.....


The year 2009 was a particularly stressful year for me.

I am an author and in that year I released my seventh book;
was nominated for an award for my first book;
had to promote all the books by visiting numerous bookshops for signings and also visit over one hundred schools in four states of Australia;
cold called at least one thousand Australian schools;
personally packed and posted over one thousand sets of books to schools;
and drove tens of thousands of kilometres within four states.

Suffice to say that I was not particularly surprised when a blood pressure test showed that my blood pressure had increased alarmingly and the top line was over 150. Of greater concern to me was the fact that in every subsequent follow up, my blood pressure was substantially different. Sometimes the top line was higher, sometimes remarkably lower. When the top line was lower however, the bottom line was dangerously higher.

Since menopause my thyroid has also become under-active.

Furthermore, over the past few years my cholesterol level has been what is considered to be dangerously high at 9.2 and despite my best efforts to lower it, using herbs and trying to reduce my fat intake, it stayed at exactly that level.

I had hitherto avoided the doctor for fear of being forced to take medication, but I finally relented in October after once again hearing how I was on the verge of certain death. I gave in and took Crestor tablets and miracle of miracles, after six weeks my cholesterol had plunged to about 4.

The doctor was thrilled but I was extremely concerned. How could this be? Although it sounded like a magical cure, my better judgement told me that somehow this was not a good thing.

I have always had a problem with my weight and my addiction to sweet things does not help.

What to do?

Somewhere along the line I heard about Ayurvedic medicine (traditional Indian medicine).  Recently a friend told me that her father who was suffering from a knee problem, had stayed in an Ayurvedic clinic in Kerala, India and after one week had been cured.

My curiosity was piqued. I did a bit of research on the internet and emailed a few clinics that had websites. The quotes that I received were to my mind quite outrageous. They were all quoting figures of up to $US4000 for just two weeks of treatment! I certainly didn’t want to pay this as I knew it wouldn’t cost anything like that to accommodate and treat me.

Then a friend suggested that I approach a travel agency in India that she had previously dealt with. I did, and was most impressed with the quote they gave me. For two weeks at the clinic; a further week with my own personal driver touring Kerala (including a day on a houseboat); and a week in Goa, the total cost including internal airfares was below $Aus4000. This was the cost if I shared a room so I decided to go with my mother.

My mother suffers with fluid in her legs so she was interested to see if the clinic could do anything for her.

To be truthful, I have always had a great fear of India. Despite hearing from some that it is the most wonderful country in the world, documentaries depicting beggars and homeless people have made me feel otherwise.

Should I be vaccinated? Can I trust the food? What about the water?

I decided not to be vaccinated but when I told the doctor I was going to India she immediately raced out of the surgery only to return with two needles which she jabbed into each arm.

Well that settled the matter, but I wasn’t going back for more. She had given me vaccination for hepatitis, polio, tetanus and typhoid. I thought that was enough!

As for malaria, she suggested taking a pill but my reading on the subject indicated that the body finds it very difficult to process these pills and a friend who had previously taken them told me they made her quite sick. I decided that I might take insect repellent instead – especially for my day and night on the waters of Kerala.

I have decided to cease taking my medication a few days prior to leaving for India as I don’t think that I can seriously take their treatment and Western medication at the same time. Also, my thyroid medication has to be refrigerated and I really can’t bear to work out the logistics of that.

We have all heard that the water in India is dodgy and I was further alarmed by stories of how the locals refill bottles of water to sell.

My anxiety sent me on a search for a  water purification device.
A camping goods store sold me a device (Steripen) which looks like a fat pen and which when plunged into water activates an ultraviolet light. This apparently kills all waterborne microbes. However, after I had spent over $260 on the device, my dentist scoffed and told me it couldn’t possibly work.  Well, we’ll see.

I am now ready for travel. I have my visa, my Steripen, toilet paper (Indians don’t use toilet paper -  they use water), my insect repellent, my travel insurance and a Punjabi suit (traditional lightweight pants and top).

I will report back on what transpires during the course of my Ayurvedic treatment and on my tour of Kerala and Goa.

love Roslyn

Click here for more about Kerala

We know we can hardly wait for the next instalment......

Gigi ! | Sunday, March 07, 2010 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink | back to top


I read your whole story Roslyn and laughed my head off. You would be great to go away with, you would do nothing but look at the funny side of things. keep writing those travel stories. They are so interesting too
Posted: 03-Jun-2010 04:59 PM | Karen |
Hi, Thanks for sharing such a wonderful piece of information. I must say that while reading your post I found my thoughts in agreement with the topic that you have discussed, which happens very rare.
Posted: 15-Mar-2011 07:38 PM | GRE |

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The holiday hasn’t even begun and I’ve had a drama.

Last night I received an email from Faith, at the travel agency in India.

She advised me that my connection between Mumbai and Kerala had been brought forward by an hour, so instead of having three hours between my international flight and the connection, I now had only two hours.


Apparently, this sort of thing happens all the time in India....

Flights are cancelled, delayed and brought forward all on a whim. Changes were also made to the next two internal flights I was making in India. However, this was the one that had the potential to give me a nervous breakdown.

I was travelling to India to recuperate and already I was having a serious blood pressure moment!


I had a total freak out. Imagine getting off the plane and racing across to the luggage carousel, then trying to charge through customs and then flying around looking for the shuttle to the national airport - and all in the heat of INDIA and all in two hours!

And dragging along my dear old mum to boot!!!


I have fond memories of very long queues at Sydney Airport and happy hours hanging around carousels there. I'm absolutely positive that everything takes longer in India anyway.


Furthermore, I couldn’t be sure that my Singapore Airlines flight would even arrive on time.

However, Faith was wonderful. She rang the airline (the ticket was a non-refundable ticket) and got half the money back for me and booked me on a different airline about 4 hours later. 

Wasn't that a relief?

I had visions of spending the night on the streets of Mumbai while I waited for the next plane to leave!!!

I wonder wait to see what will be thrown at me next.

love Roslyn

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Hope all is going well
Posted: 29-Jan-2010 10:46 AM | AS | 4 out of 5 stars

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Reporting in.

I have lots to tell you already, especially about my treatment.
(will let you know in detail in my 'report' at the end of my stay)

Had a 2 hour massage today and have to have one every day.

I'm just being bitten by a million mosquitoes in this internet cafe and I
can only hope they don't have malaria!

We have a very nice suite in this place. It has a balcony, lounge, huge bedroom
and bathroom and cable tv. Very nice!

Love Roslyn

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Just checking in and to tell you that everything is going along smoothly.

Tomorrow we see a palm reader of hands - as opposed to the palm leaf reader!!!

I have so much to write about, including my account of the week long ceremony at the Hindu temple next door in celebrationof the goddess Kali who saved Kovalum beach from the tsunami in 2004.

I've now lost 4 kilos in my first week of treatment and feel super.
My bp is still 120/80.

I will report more as it happens. The Ayverdic doctor has asked me to write an introduction for the hotel's website on Ayverdic medicine so I'd better go upstairs and study it so that I can write something worthy!


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The treatment is now over. 

I lost 5 kilos in 2 weeks and I must say that that was quite a challenge as I started eating a bit too much of their very yummy food.

       Feeling fit and fabulous       

My bp has stayed at 120/80 and I no longer have my gingivitis which I had for 2 months prior to leaving. There are also many other positive benefits such as a pain which regularly strikes me in my left hip at about 5am has now disappeared. Also a horrid stretching pain inside my neck has disappeared as has a pain on the inside of my right foot between the big toe and the heel. All these pains have been with me for at least 2 years.

I feel much better than I have in ages.

 Baby and Rani -plantation owners

Last night we stayed at a home in a rubber plantation and spice farm. I will write more fully about that later as the owner is a true environmentalist who is using organic farming methods and alternating his rubber trees with other plants as a true subsistance farmer does.

He says that although many farmers tend to maximize profit by planting only rubber trees, he likes to plant a variety of trees such as banana, jackfruit, betel nut and teak trees amongst the rubber trees as that way pests are minimized. They grow coffee and cocoa beans and every conceivable spice too. They use a lot for personal consumption but sell the vanilla, coffee, black pepper, jackfruit and the rubber. He supplements his income with house stay guests.

Today we are staying at Periyar which appears to be the hub of the spice industry in Kerala. Across the road from the hotel is a bamboo forest full of macaque monkeys and fruit bats. I looked over the wall into the forest and saw that it was absolutely covered with plastic bags and debris which was clogging the little river which runs through. This is the big problem with Kerala from what I can see.

      Try moving rice or sand this way

There doesn't seem to be a very satisfactory system of waste disposal and the roadside can tend to have quite a few plastic water bottles and other flotsam and jettsam scattered everywhere.

            Cheeky monkeys

Anyway, back to the hotel and the monkeys are having a super time jumping around the hotel grounds. I was told that yesterday one got through the window of one of the guests and stole her camera. The hotel staff had to chase it through the hotel grounds and into the next hotel where it dropped the camera from a tree. Luckily it landed on some grass!!!

I've already had 2 bad experiences with monkeys in a pet shop in Paris and on Phi Phi Island in Thailand where on both occasions monkeys stole my necklace and there was some drama so I'm going out neckless-less so to speak. Less is better when it comes to wearing jewellery around monkeys!!!

                  Houseboat bliss - truly

The day before yesterday I also spent an afternoon and the night on a houseboat on the water ways of Kerala. We had a wonderful night with a really super Kerala style cook and I can say my BP must surely still be very low after that experience.

As I promised, a full report will be on your desk on my return. I've filled quite a few dozen pages with full details of treatments and the pummelling we received.

          Mumsy really knows how to relax 

By the way, yesterday was my mum's 80th birthday and she received 3 cakes!!! One was given to her on the house boat, the next by the plantation owner (curiously named Baby!), and the last by our kind driver who is the dead set spitting image of Eddie Murphy.

     It's Eddie Murphy - isn't it!

Except our driver is better looking! But possibly not as talented though he is an excellent driver which is no mean feat on Indian roads. I for one would freeze if I was behind the wheel.

Interestingly there are no female drivers and the women ride side saddle on bikes while their husbands drive. Apparently some die when their saris get caught in the wheels of the bikes! Reminds me of Isadora and her scarf!

      Four on a bike - now that is scary!

The wages as you can guess are very low. A nurse in a hospital only earns 3000 rupees a month. There are currently 39 rupees to the Aust. dollar. Of course it's fallen because I'm on holidays!
Well I'll be in touch very soon.


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