Ayurveda means 'Ayuh' (life) and 'Veda'
Therefore Ayurveda = Science of Life.
Buddhism influenced the advent of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka in the 3rd
century BC. The ancient Kings of Sri Lanka contributed to the
development of Ayurveda. e.g. King Pandukabaya set up
ayurveda hospitals in Ritigala.
King Buddhadasa was an eminent ayurvedic
and was famed for treating soldiers, horses and elephants. King Kasyappa
constructed ayurveda hospitals in Anuradhapura. King Parakramabahu constructed
irrigation works and the Royal Hospital. Even to day the ruins of
ayurveda hospitals and medicinal troughs (9th century BC) known as 'Beheth Oruwa'
can be seen Mihintale.
Ayurveda tries to balance the three vital body
functions 'vata' (air). 'Pitta' (bile) and 'Kapha' (phlegm) as well as
the harmony between body and soul. Ayurveda is a complete healing
system. It therefore promotes general well being as well as curing