Medi – Veda (Medical & Ayurveda) tourism is booming in Goa from past few years with boom in Medical Tourism in India due to the mushrooming of Hospitals in various segments including Big time players in Medical Industry are setting up their units in Goa. Why is this boom happening and what are the consequences of the same you will witness it in the following article………..

Today Medical Tourism is one of the fastest growing healthcare industries. The world is in a healthcare crisis and patients are starting to travel overseas in search of the best quality and the most affordable medical care. More and more Health Insurance agents are looking at Medical Tourism as the creative solution to the healthcare crisis. A recent report on Medical Tourism stated that by 2017, over 16 million Americans could be traveling overseas for medical care. With that being said, people from other countries equal to or greater than that amount will also be travelling around the world for medical care.

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One must Visit Goa in India for some of the best medical treatments in complete comfort and privacy…… and total peace of mind! In the field of medical travel and tourism, medical tourism is a concept where a patient travels to another country for medical treatment in order to save costs, or get treatment faster or even to avail of better medical facilities. Most patients from Europe, USA and UK travel to developing countries such as India. Most of them come to Goa besides offering some of the cheapest pricing options of treatment, also offers a good holiday.

This is the one event per year where Employers, Self Funded Health Plans, Insurance companies, and Medical Tourism facilitators that are looking to outsource healthcare overseas have the opportunity to meet with top International Hospitals and Medical Tourism companies in one place for the ultimate networking event. There are no waiting lists or queues to stand in, the doctors are comparable to anyone in the world and finally, language does not pose a problem as most people speak English More and more people have started travelling to India for Medical Treatment and during the past years alone, over 150,000 people traveled to India for their medical requirements. Some recent programs recently on BBC and CNBC have reinstated the fact that medical tourism is a good idea if you want to save costs, you need the treatment to be done at your time and convenience; you need a high quality incorporated. Goa boasts of several good private owned hospitals with facilities second to none. They have some of the best specialist doctors, with most top end being educated in USA and UK. When it comes to becoming a doctor, India also has some of the stringent criteria. Language is another plus factor – English, which is widely spoken throughout the country and in all good hospitals. Furthermore, the costs are much lower than most countries and most importantly, there are no waiting lists.

Goa is the famous tranquil beach paradise on the west coast of India. Tourists from all over the world come here to relax from the hectic pace of everyday life and enjoy the most exquisite beach holidays. Gentle breeze, swaying palm trees, twitter of birds, the never ending shore line, the beaches with golden sand and the regular lapping of the waves. This is Goa, the magical place in India. The Cote-de-Azure, the French Riveria, the Greek Islands, all wrapped in one.

Medical Facilities available in Goa are ranging from Dentistry to Laser Cure therapies, Sound and Hearing Equipments to Cosmetic Surgery (subject handled in special feature column) Dental Hospitals are setup in coastal areas of North and south Goa where international standard facilities are provided to the patients with state of art machinery and highly qualified doctors.

Another reason why dental treatments in India have become popular is the fact that many Indian dentists practice in the West. This builds up confidence for patients thinking of taking medical tourism packages to India, as they know the professionalism and expertise already, but also see the advantages of travelling to India for the substantial reductions in cost. The reason India is able to offer such competitive prices is due to the fact that infrastructure costs area a fraction of what they are in the West, as Indian dentists simply have a lower overhead which is passed on as a cost saving to patients because the taxes in Europe and USA are higher and that increases the treatment costs in those countries. Western dentists simply cannot charge fewer rates due to high overhead expenses.

Another Landmark in Goa’s medical boom is the laser therapy centres in Goa one of the leading in this segments is Laser Cure Clinic who has made its presence felt in the last four years situated near the Mapusa market as a laser cure clinic par excellence Laser technology is fast catching up in India, and this clinic is the first of its kind in Goa. According to Dr. Atul kamat, consultant in laser medicine at the clinic, laser technology is very effective in dealing with several health-related and beauty problems. Surgeries with superior’s non-surgical treatments for spine, joints, amputations, DVT, spur, TKR, PID with numbness, non-healing wounds, and cervical erosion, prostate DNS are possible.

Laser beams are also said to be effective in curing seemingly incurable diseases such as frozen shoulder, kidney failure, osteoarthritis, TIA, sciatica and many other medical and cosmetic problems like removal of warts, corns, skin tags, scars, marks, tattoos, acne scars and piles. Laser treatment is available for unwanted hair, obesity, wrinkles, lips enhancement and pigmentation. The treatment is affordable, effective and free of any side effects. If you are in Goa and looking out for the solution to your sound haring problem then you must visit the Sound hearing Centre in Panaji it is a Hearing healthcare clinic wherein all Diagnostic & Rehabilitative. Facilities pertaining to Hearing Impairment & Speech disabilities are available under one roof. The centre is located at Patto Plaza, which is a 10 minutes’ walk from the Panaji bus stand and is also easily accessible from all corners of Goa & Konkan.

The centre is equipped with a Sound Treated Booth & Audiometric Equipment for Hearing Evaluation conducted by a qualified Audiometric & Hearing Evaluation, Speech Therapist. The services available are Audiometric & Hearing Evaluation, Speech Assessment & Therapy, Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation, Hearing Aid Trial & Fitting and Counseling. Through their association with the world’s leading Hearing Instrument manufactures like Siemens (Germany), Phonak (Switzerland), Widex (Denmark) & Starkey (USA), Sound Hearing Centre offers a comprehensive range of Hearing Aids; from the Invisible Completely-in-the-Canal to Behing-The-Ear & Pocket Models & from Conventional Analog to Cutting Edge Hi-Tech Digital & Computerized Instruments (with the Expertise & Knowledge to help you choose the right hearing instrument. The latest technical Advances & Equipment are utilized for fitting the Hearing Aid to your personal needs and comfort.

The centre also conducts comprehensive Speech Therapy Programs for children with various Speech & Language disorders. These include children with Mental Retardation, Hearing Loss, Autism, Cerebral Palsy etc. Also a Habilitation program is conducted for children who have undergone cochlear implant surgery. Besides this, therapy is also given for Stuttering & Voice Problems in both children and adults. Dr. Esmina Gomes Martins Memorial ‘Modern Clinic’ from a humble beginning at Mapusa in 1960, all through these years, is writing its success story. Its vast database of cured cases enlisted diligently and methodically, the clinic now has three branches, one at Mapusa, the second at Miramar (Panaji) and the third at Margao. It endeavored to pick-up finest gems of healing, all along the five decades enabling it to become the ultra-specialty medical centre of repute.

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Years of perseverance, hard work and dedication by all its researching physicians and the paramedical staff has made it to stand-out tall, gaining reputation in treating almost all difficult-to-cure chronic, genetically transferred and the so-called incurable ailments and diseases, and particularly the heart blockages, asthma, recurrent colds, allergies, spine related ailments, quick healing of fractures and arthritis etc. with promising results. The clinic has added another feather in the cap by opening ‘Pain Centre’ at all of its branches. The specialized facility treats acute and chronic pains and aches, which otherwise do not respond to the normal treatment and therapies.

Cosmetic surgery is another medical tourism boom happened in Goa the reason behind this is again the cost effectiveness. The number of people opting for cosmetic surgery is increasing rapidly as people are conscious about looking good and want to correct or beautify their looks. There are terms like Liposuction (fat removal) which costs anywhere between Rs.1 lakh to Rs.4 lakh in UK and US, the same procedure in Goa would cost about Rs.1 lakh. While a face lit is more expensive in UK (Rs 3.5 to Rs 4.5 lakh) in Goa this costs less then Rs 1 lakh. A tummy tuck which costs about Rs 3 lakh to 4.5 lakh in the UK costs between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh in Goa. The rates of Botox treatment are as low as Rs 500 to Rs 1000 per session in the state, in UK a session costs about Rs 17,200, Breast enlargement or reduction costs about Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh in the UK. However, in Goa the price for the same is between Rs 70,000 to a lakh.

Hospitals in Goa claim that 75% of their clients for cosmetic surgeries are from abroad. Local Goans account for only about 5%. The rest are patients from different parts of India, including Bollywood starlets, who came to Goa to ensure secrecy. “Those who want to keep their cosmetic surgery a secret, Goa is an ideal place. People come here on a holiday, get themselves admitted in a hospital and get the cosmetic surgery done. They leave as a changed person,”

Coming to Ayurveda the Ayurveda is believed as the oldest treatment method in the world (more then 5000 years old). The plants are used for preparing medicines. Nowadays Ayurveda has become very popular among the tourist especially foreigners. Patients from all over the world are coming here for Ayurveda treatment. The literal meaning of Ayurveda is ‘Science of Life’. Ayurveda originated in India long back in pre-Vedic period. Rig-Veda and Atharva-veda (5000 years B.C), the earliest documented ancient Indian knowledge have references on health and diseases. Ayurveda texts like Charak Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. Ayurveda deals elaborately with measures for healthful living during the entire span of life and its various phases. Besides, dealing with principles for maintenance of health, it has also developed a wide range of therapeutic measures to combat illness. These principles of positive health and therapeutic measures relate to physical, mental, social and spiritual welfare of human beings. Thus Ayurveda becomes one of the oldest systems of health care dealing with both the preventive and curative aspects of life in a most comprehensive way and presents a close similarity to the WHO’s concept of health propounded in the modern era.

Rejuvenation Massage: The mission of Rejuvenation Massage Therapy is to enhance the wellness of our massage clients, by providing relaxation, stress management, and soft tissue injury rehabilitation through therapeutic massage. Sun Flower Ayurvedic Massage Therapy & Yoga center in Anjuna has qualified and experienced Ayurveda doctor for consultation. Dr. Razzak Walikar is an expert of Ayurveda and all treatments relating to Ayurveda. They have a special body scrub for body polishing/beautifying. Their trained and friendly staffs make your visit even more graceful. They provide rejuvenation massage to take away your tiredness after a long journey. So come and feel the real Ayurveda.

Thirummal (General body massage): Luke warm herbal oil is applied on the body and gently massaged. This treatment tones up muscles and improves blood circulation while also offering a better feeling of rejuvenation when compared to other massages.

Udvarthanam (Body massage with special herbal powders): Gentle body massage with herbal powders, relieving hemiplegics and paralytic states. There is no procedure of comparable efficacy in the allopathic system.

Shirovasthi (Therapy by retaining medicated oil on the head): A cap made of palm shearing is placed on the head. Luke Warm medicated oils are poured into the cap and retained for some time. This treatment is effective for severe headaches and some paralytic conditions.

Pizhichil (Therapeutic whole body herbal oil massage): Luke warm herbal oils are applied all over the body by gentle massage. Offers sustained relief from rheumatism, arthritis, paralytic states and sexual weakness. When compared to the modern approach using extremely dangerous anti inflammatory drugs that lead to serious after effects like skin sensitization and kidney failure Pizhichil is a much better alternative.

Njavarakizhi (Applying special warm herbal rice preparation by boluses on the body): Sweating the body by applying comfortably warm formulations. “Kizhi” for formulation is made of special rice and herbs. Controls BP and cholesterol without internal medication. The chemical control of BP and dietary control of cholesterol has serious after effects on a long term basis. This procedure controls BP and cholesterol with no internal medication.

Nassiam (Nasal application of herbal oils and juices): Herbal juices and oils are administered as nasal drops. Effective for migraines, headaches and some psychological disorders. There is no therapy of sustained effect for migraine and most of the psychological disorders in modern medicines.

Keri village in Goa is famous for its Ayurveda. All generations of Vaidya family settled in Keri Village were practicing Ayurveda. Dr. Dada Vaidya (1859-1947) was doyan of the Vaidya family. He used to extract medicines from various plants in Goa and administer them to ailing persons. Though the Portuguese Government was advocating Allopathic medicines by law, Dr. DADA VAIDYA had the privilege of Portuguese officers and he treated their family members who had lost hopes of curing by adopting allopathic medicines successfully. The Portuguese government at the central square of Ponda city to show their gratitude for him erected a statue of Dr. Dada Vaidya.

One of the today’s most popular and fastest growing complementary therapies is Ayurveda and is based on ancient ‘Vedic philosophies’ of India, with over 3,000 years of practice to date. Ayurvedic medicine provides a unique approach to healing which assesses the individual and his or her lifestyle. Ayurvedic consultation is done on the basis of diagnosing your constitution according to the principles of Ayurveda, which is a highly logical science and philosophy. Ayurvedic treatments involve completely herbal preparations – diet – lifestyle – yoga – meditation and pancha karma, complete detoxification according to the individual. Ayurvedic treatments are beneficial for those who may wish to assess their health status and want to relieve their stress and strain of an everyday busy lifestyle.

The benefits of Ayurveda are being enjoyed by medical tourists coming from countries like the US, Canada, South America, UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands, entire Europe so to say. Many other wellness seekers are also coming from countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, etc. The healthier people form greater percentage taking Ayurveda therapies of comfortably managed short durations (07-14 days) mainly for Panchakarma, Rejuvenation, Detoxification, Body Purification, Stress and Strain Management, Holistic Wellness, Beauty & Eye Care, and Weight Loss. Daily guided yoga and mediation is generally part of all the packages. The expensive way of perfection to details can be enjoyed at many of the exclusive Spas in India.

Goa is the main location for the medical tourism it is found the most appropriate place for reasons of Climate Most suited throughout the year for the treatment, Less Pollution, Less Population. Goa is a mixture of Western and Indian culture, which harmonizes in the development of this Natural Treatment. English is widely spoken in Goa. Goa is a land of greenery. Goa is free from the elements that destroy health and nature, mostly found prevailing abundantly in other parts of the world. Goa has a natural scenic beauty yet untouched by man.

The Ayurvedic Natural Health Centre (ANHC) Goa established in the year 2000 is the leading Holistic Ayurvedic Centre in Goa. ISO 9001: 2000, ANHC has received National Award in Health Care Excellence. ANHC delivers the fivefold Panchakarma procedures in Goa on par with Kerala. It is a well equipped Ayurvedic Hospital Level treatment & Rejuvenation centre in Goa. It is also the School of Ayurveda and Yoga in Goa. To deliver the advantages of the universal remedy Called Ayurveda, in complete harmony with nature herself evolved – ANHC. A unique concept which sets you in a restful and relaxing ambience, while the ageless wonders of Ayurveda, are applied by highly qualified professionals.

ANHC is located in a scenic village of Saligao, North Goa India; it is at a distance of about 450kms from Kerala. Almost all of the Therapeutic Staff of ANHC hails from Kerala. ANHC stresses on the services of yoga along with Ayurvedic healing to complement the healing process. Regular yoga and Meditation sessions in Goa are conducted by ANHC, Goa every morning. If you are travelling to Goa on a relaxing holiday, experience a holistic life altering Yoga Program at ANHC Goa and be healthy forever.

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