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Ayurveda Therapy in sri lanka

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, literally translated into English as `the Science of Life’, is an ancient form of healing and well-being that dates back 5,000 years to the Vedic era in India. Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest healing science in the world and embraces all living things. It is divided into three main branches: Nara Ayurveda for human life; Satva Ayurveda for animal life and diseases; and Vriksha Ayurveda for plant life. Ayurveda is a holistic system of curative and preventive medicine, which concentrates on the state of total health based on vigor, energy and the balance of body, mind, and consciousness.

Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

Ayurveda spread to Sri Lanka from India around 6th century BC, and became the main form of medical practice for centuries. Sinhalese kings contributed significantly to the development of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka.

The Ayurveda system of healing that is practiced today in Sri Lanka is intermingled with several forms of indigenous medicine including Siddha (medicine of South India), Unani (Greko-Arabic system) and some aspects of acupuncture from China. Until the introduction of western medicine by the British in the 19th century, it was the indigenous medical practitioners that attended to the health of the people. Even today, Ayurveda is very much a part of Sri Lanka’s National Health Care system. The government’s Department of Indigenous Medicine is responsible for monitoring and developing Ayurveda in Sri Lanka. Training in Ayurveda studies is provided at the Government College of Ayurveda, which is affiliated to the University of Colombo. According to statistics, approximately 17,500 Ayurveda practitioners are registered under the Sri Lanka Ayurveda Medical Council.

Benefits from Ayurveda Therapies

Ayurveda is a completely natural and holistic healing system which promotes general well-being and seeks not only to cure disease but also to rejuvenate the body. It has also proved to be very effective in curing present day stress and in promoting a positive mental attitude and relaxation of the mind. Hence, you don’t have to be sick to benefit from this healing wisdom. Indeed, thousands of people travel every year to Sri Lanka for Ayurveda holidays to cleanse and rejuvenate bodies. Benefits from Ayurveda therapies include

    1. Prevents aging process
    2. Corrects fatigue
    3. Cures nervous disorders
    4. Improves eye sight
    5. Nourishes the tissues
    6. Prolongs the span of life
    7. Corrects sleep disturbances
    8. Corrects stress / strains
    9. Corrects joint and bone disorders
    10. Improves digestive tract functions
    11. Enhances beauty and completion
    12. Cures from various diseases (Specially those which are not cured by the
    ......other medical systems)

Diagnosis and Ayurveda Therapy

The first step is the initial consultation with a registered Ayurveda physician who will record not only the obvious symptoms, but take all aspects of a person’s life into consideration (one’s personality, lifestyle and state of health). These insights are used to formulate a personalized detoxification and rejuvenation treatment plan that will restore the balance of energies and restore optimal health. The treatment process follows a holistic approach that takes into consideration three vital factors: Ahara (food intake), Vihara (mental and physical behavior), and Aushadha (medicine and therapy). Ayurveda practitioners take food seriously when treating a patient and will supervise your diet to ensure that it complements the treatment plan. During the period of treatment, it is also advised to engage in activities that will assist in restoring the balance between mind and body. Yoga and meditation is recommended and are offered at most places that have comprehensive Ayurveda programs.

Ayurveda Medicines and Oils

The common medicinal preparations used in Ayurveda therapies are herbal teas, powders, oils, herbal wines and pastes made out of local medical plants, fruits and vegetables. The Sinharaja rainforest is a natural `storehouse’ of these Ayurvedic medical plants. Some of the ingredients are also imported from the foothills of the Himalayas in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Examples of basic herbs used for preventive and curative purposes include Cinnamon oil to cure colds and toothache, Aloe Vera for constipation, cough, asthma, nervous diseases and various eye diseases, Ginger for nausea, colic and palpitations of the heart and Jasmine for skin diseases, mouth ulcers, toothache.

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