Sri Lanka has its own indigenous scheme of traditional medicine (Hela Wedakama).
Sri Lanka developed its own Ayurvedic system based on a series of prescriptions handed down from generation to generation over a period of 3,000 years. The ancient kings, who were also prominent physicians, sustained its survival and longevity. King Buddhadasa, the most influential of these physicians, wrote the Sarartha Sangrahaya, a comprehensive manuscript which Sri Lankan physicians still use today for reference.
This system has been practiced for many centuries in the island nation. Today Sri Lankan Ayurvedic tradition is a mixture of the Sinhala traditional medicine, Ayurveda and Siddha systems of India, Unani medicine of Greece through the Arabs, and most importantly, the Desheeya Chikitsa, which is the indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka.
Only a personal examination of the patient by an Ayurveda Physician will determine the actual diagnosis and then the course of treatment is determined. Here are some information about treatment therapies you can enjoy from ayu treatment center.
Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is one the most effective healing modality in Ayurvedic Medicine. It promotes Detoxification and Rejuvenation. It is recommended on a seasonal basis, as well as when an individual feels out of balance or is experiencing illness.
Abyanga is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by this healing system for overall health and well-being. Whole body massage is always given with different types of oil depending on the body type (i.e. vata, pitta, kapha, or a combination). The massage can be performed with a combination of strokes including tapping, kneading, rubbing, and squeezing. It is considered as one among the poorvakarmas (preparatory procedures). Traditional ayurvedic texts wax eloquent on the benefits. It is nourishing; pacifies the doshas; relieves fatigue; provides stamina, pleasure and perfect sleep; enhances the complexion and the luster of the skin; promotes longevity; and nourishes all parts of the body.
This procedure is done here with medicated powder (choornam) mixed in mild hot oil, in which this combination of medicines will be rubbed on the body surface with moderate pressure in opposite direction of hair. It is very useful in weight reduction. This treatment helps dissolve excess fat.
Sweda is the warm herbal steam therapy. Different combinations of herbs are boiled in water and the body is made to sweat in a special chamber made out of medicinal wood this medicated steam mobilizes accumulated ama (toxins inside the body) in the srotas (body channels) and thus fee your body of toxins. It is considered as one among the poorvakarmas (preparatory procedures). Usually the time period of Swedanam is, till the patient gets proper sweating all over the body. It gives a feeling of lightness, it is good for skin, helps to reduce the fats collected even on extremities.
Avagaha is a type of sudation therapy, in which the patient is made to sit / lie in a tub containing medicated decoction to produce fomentation to the body.
Pinda Sveda is one of the most important procedures. In this process fomentation is carried out by application of Pinda (bolus containing medications- medicated seeds, herbal leaves or dry powders etc) on the body with gentle massage by it. It is based on the principle of Sandra Sveda as described in Ayurveda, which is one of the 13 types of Sagni Sveda, as described by Acarya Caraka. It is administered after Abhyanga.
This is a more localized form of swedan (sudation) in which steaming is concentrated on a particular part of the body only by means of a special apparatus (by a pipe). This is usually done when the whole part of the body should not be or need not be made to perspire but only particular part detoxification is required.
Head Massage is a form of relaxation massage that focuses on the face, head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms which are important energy centers within the body. This is a traditional Ayurvedic head therapy using specific herbal oils with specialized gentle deep strokes and pressure on various marma points.It is very relaxing and has a balancing effect on the recipient as it helps them to release stress and tension creating a sense of peace and well-being.
Shirodhara is a unique form of ancient therapy of pouring stream of medicated oil, decoction, milk or butter milk etc. on the forehead from a specific height and for a specific period continuously and Rhythmatically allowing the oil to run through the scalp and into the hair. Also termed as Sirahaseka or Murdhaseka.
It is a procedure of retaining warm medicated oil (thailam) for a specific time in a cap like structure fitted on head. This is considered as one of the greatest treatment for head. It is mainly indicated in Vata Rogas (neurological disorders) and Jathrudhwa gata Rogas (Head and Neck and ENT disorders).
Sirolepa means application of medicated paste on the scalp with a specific thickness and for a specific time period. In Ayurvedic classics a description regarding use of Sirolepa in the management of “Urdhava Jatrugata Roga” is available. It is very much effective in various psycho somatic disorders.
Face Massage is meant to help relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit while being very beneficial for the face. It nourishes the facial muscles and improves complexion.
Netra Tarpana is one of the specialized treatments for various eye disorders. Netra Tarpana acts as both preventive and curative therapy for maintaining normal healthy condition of eyes. Netra Means Eyes and tarpana Means Nourishment. Netra Tarpana is a procedure wherein lukewarm medicated ghee is made to stay stagnant in the eyes for a speculated time in a specific formed frame.
This procedure provides simultaneous Senhana(oilation) and Svedana(sudation). It is the specialised procedure in which whole body is oleated and fomented with lukewarm medicated oil or warmed decoction for a stipulated period in a specific manner and gently massaging it on the whole body. Recommended for Diabetic Neuropathy, Poor blood circulation, stroke and spinal disorders.
Sarvanga Ksheera Dhara is a specialized therapy which is performed for the disorders related to Shareerika dosha’s( Body) and Manasika Dosha’s( Mind). The word Sarvanga stands for whole body and Ksheera dhara means pouring of medicated milk.
Navara Kizhi is one of the important treatment modalities which is used as a swedana karma. It is a type of bhrimhana Sweda or nourishing therapy. This treatment is performed all over the body / specific part of the body with the bolus of boiled Shashtika shali (rice having medicinal properties) with decoction and milk. This therapy tones up muscles and nerves and therefore is highly recommended to treat ailments where there is atrophy of muscles and for neurological disorders. It also helps to rejuvenate the body and so is used in Kaya Kalpa treatments.
Kati vasti is a procedure where specified medicated oil is retained for a stipulated period in the Kati region (low back or waist). This procedure is unique, which comprises both snehana (oleation) and swedana (sudation) (snehayukta swedana)