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It was a rainy morning. Every one of us in my home woke up early and we were getting ready to go to hospital for my mom's check-up and also to thank them as my mom was relieved from all her problems because of them. Working hour of the hospital starts from 8.00 am. So we have to depart at least by 5.30 am from our home.
What made us to go to the hospital initially?
My mom had injury in her leg before 2 years as she slipped by stepping in dry leaves. Immediately we took her to allopathic hospital and the doctor suggested her to go for a surgery. She underwent surgery as per the doctor's advice and a steel plate was fixed on her ankle. Though the external wound cured, she always used to suffer from pain particularly in the dark hours in the surgery spot even after 5 months. Doctor advice to walk slowly but the persistent pain forced her to stop walking. The doctor after the surgery mentioned that if the pain continues to persist, then they may prefer to remove the plate. She always remembered what the doctor has said that day and continued to mention that it is because of the plate she is having persistent pain even after 5 months. However when consulted the doctor he said that the pain is not because of plate and advices us to exercise for few more months as advised by him to get relief. But even in our subsequent visits to the hospital she was not relieved of her pain. Finally the doctor as mentioned earlier removed the plate from the ankle, but even then the pain continued to persist. We also met many doctors after removing, either they suggested neither physiotherapy nor the same the operation, but everything was in vain. It was then from the information of unknown during a travel to hospital for the same reason we came across the Ayurveda hospital in Kattikulam in Wayanad district.
Kaattikkulam Ayurvedic Hospital
Dr.Keluvaidyar's and Achappan vaidyar's traditional way of treatment using the wild herbs made kaattiikkualm famous for the Ayurveda treatment. 90% of the patients visiting here failed to recover from allopathic treatment and visit this hospital with last hope. Treatments for cancer, diabetes, paralysis, ortho problems, skin related problems etc., are treated in this hospital. This hospital is not made up of concrete or metal, but it is made up of bamboo.People from different corners of the nation visit this hospital with a last hope. Mostly vaidyar (doctor) will suggest staying near the hospital for the convenience of treatment. Many patients and their family will stay in the surrounding of the hospital by taking room or house for rent. For bone related problem they will suggest the daily application of oil and kizhi (piece of cloth containing the medicines) for at least two week.
Availability of Doctors (Vaidiyar)
Doctors will be available on Wednesdays and Sundays and first timers are advised to prefer any of these days. However for subsequent treatment any of the days in the week can be preferred. All the medicines are herbal and natural. It includes Amala, Tamarind leaf, Curry leaf, lemon, honey, Guava leaf etc. Every morning the workers in the hospital will bring the Ayurveda medicines from the forest. Main Ingredient used for the preparation of the medicine is kept confidential as they believe that relieving the information will reduce the power of the medicine to cure.
How to reach the hospital
There is no direct train service to Waynad district. People coming from various parts for the nation should step down in Kannur railway station which is the nearest railway station if they prefer to travel in train. Kaattikkulam is almost 98 Km away from Kannur district. So travelling in bus takes a minimum of 2 hours 45 minutes.
There are two options to reach Waynad by bus. One is Kuthuparambu - Nidumpoyil bus route and other is Iritty - peravoor route. Both the routes are meeting at a beautiful spot called Nidumpoyil. There are lot of bus service available to Waynad from Kannur district in 5 minutes frequency from Kannur main bus stand. Both private and Kerala government (KSRTC) buses are available. The bus will halt in Nidumpoyil for 5 minutes. The journey will be a beautiful experience for the travellers as they can enjoy the pleasant climate through the middle of the forest. Steep ascending's and hair pin bends may cause vomiting sensation, so one need to take precaution for that too. After reaching Mananthavady you have to change the bus. There are lot of bus service available from Mananthavady to kaattikkulam. Kaattikkulam is around 9 Kms from Mananthavady. It will take around 20 minutes to reach Kaattikkulam bus stand. After that you can go by walk or by auto.
We really had a wonderful experience in this hospital and now my mom is almost perfect and she is bale to walk and do her works just same as she was doing before the incident.