The history of Ayurveda and ayurvedic practice in Sri Lanka

Ayurveda means 'Ayuh' (life) and 'Veda' (science).

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 physician himself 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 illnesses.


Herbal Bath - Ancient Cities at Polonnaruwa

Ayurveda is commonly termed 'treatment through an indigenous form of medicine',

It is not only cures disease but rejuvenates the body by increasing immunity against disease producing  organisms.


Ayurveda in recent times has proved to be very effective in curbing present day stress and

in promoting a positive mental attitude and relaxation of the mind.