AYURVEDA AND SRI LANKA'S INDIGENOUS MEDICAL SYSTEM
Ayurveda is an ancient natural science of healing. AYUR means life, VEDA means knowledge, and together they form AYURVEDA – the knowledge of life. Ayurveda is not only the science but also a philosophy of life which promote the art of living together with nature. It holds the precious knowledge how to heal the body, mind and soul.
Although the origins of Ayurveda lie in India, historical evidence prove that Sri Lanka had its own valuable medical system. This system is known as Sri Lanka's native medicine with its own encyclopedia of medical plants, herbs, spices and healing techniques. Like Indian Ayurveda, the Sri Lankan system is based on a series of prescriptions handed on by physicians from generations to generations over a period of 5000 years.