health tourism in Sri Lank – Ayurveda



Health tourism in Sri Lank – Ayurveda

Sri Lanka has always been a place that refreshes not just the mind and body, but also the soul and spirit. Ayurveda has been the most popular method used to restore and rejuvenate tired bodies and weary soul for thousands of years. Ayurveda is one of the oldest and most historic medical systems available in the world. Beginning of Ayurveda healing method goes to the Pre-Christian era and it is based on indigenous Indian medicine, it draws not only on a deep understanding of philosophy, but also elements of philosophy, psychology and spirituality. The Ayurveda is so influential that other ancient healing method such as Tibetan, Chinese medicine and Greek medicine has adopted many of the concepts found in Ayurveda.

According to the historical evidences that Prince Vijaya, who was banished from his Indian kingdom, in 6th century BC, sailed to Sri Lanka and became the first king of the island. He was skilled of practice Ayurveda, and so together with his personal physician, introduced it to the island. Over the past thousands of years, Ayurveda incorporated the elements from similar indigenous Sri Lankan treatments to become one of the leading healing methods today.

Ayurveda (the science of life) – the name derived from ancient Sanskrit: Ayuh or “life”, and Veda or “science”, so Ayurveda translate as “The science of life”, a fitting name for a system that devotes itself to a truly holistic approach to the ways the body and mind can be treated.

The main principals of Ayurveda is the theory of the Tri Dosha or “Three vital forces” Vata (wind), Pita (fire) and Kapha (earth), in each of us is a unique combination of these forces or Doshas that help define our nature. Vata people are thin and energetic; Pita people are more intense and goal-oriented, while those with a Kapha disposition are methodical and nurturing. When the Doshas are in harmony the body is in good health, but when equilibrium is affected, balance need to be restored – and Ayurveda provides the answer. Ayurveda practitioners will initially meet the patients with the objective of getting to the root of whatever is ailing the patient. Details of diet and lifestyle of the patient, habits (good and bad), and general environment, will be requested from the patient.

Practitioners employ many of the medical herbs and plants native to Sri Lanka, they combine leaves, bark, berries,, roots and flowers to crate bespoke potions, oils and unguents tailor-made for the individual. Incidentally, in Ayurveda there is a belief that it’s not just people but also plants that can get sick – so only ‘healthy ’ plants are used.

In  Sri Lanka’s villages, Ayurveda is not considered a special treatment as in urban areas but an everyday method of treating aches and pains. In fact, the number of trained ayurvedic practitioners in the island exceeds that of western practitioners. Even those familiar with traditional spa treatments in the west, like aromatherapy and shiatsu, will find Ayurveda a new experience. And it is an experience that’s becoming increasingly sought after. Such seekers will find Sri Lanka a singular destination, for all that collective wisdom regarding Ayurveda can be experienced in stylish and refined spas, with some of the world’s best professional therapists – with that friendly and courteous Sri Lankan manner – to look after your every need.

The concept of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka is going back to the pre-Christian ear. This had taken many turns, inherited many an ideology along the passage of time, getting refined in to a fine art. Ayurveda shows how you can achieve long and healthy life. The basic rule or the law is to live among and to take care of oneself with nature. Nature is considered as the mother of all beings, and that all living creatures are dependent on nature for their survival, everything revolves around nature and nature itself brings up, preserves its creations. Ayurveda strictly follows the rules of nature, as it points out: what, when, why, how, much: to eat, work, rest, wash, bathe, which help us to lead a perfectly healthy life. There are two divisions in Ayurveda treatments TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF ONESELF and TO TAKE CARE OF THE SICK.

To lead a healthy life one has to follow the ayurvedic principles. To take care of the sick, the ayurvedic physician has to get a thorough knowledge so that he could determine whether the invalid is ill mentally or physically or both. Where for each patient, the physician has to diagnose the root of the cause and treat is accordingly. Since when the root of the illness is destroyed, the illness would not rise again. Almost all presentations used in curing are produced by raw materials found naturally, where no artificial substances are used. These would come from roots, steams, barks, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits & nuts of many a plant. From animals: milk, pearls, musk, shells and from earth iron, gold, silver & copper are used. Ayurvedic drugs do no harm to the organs of the body and do not give rise to any side effects. It has been shown in medical studies that drugs used in Ayurveda act as nutrients. The treatments done in Ayurveda vary from simple oral treatments to more complex acupuncturing, electro treatment and inoculation by injection.


Panchakarma is another effective form of ayurvedic treatments. Various effects that take place when the human system grows old could e minimized or reversed by applying principles of Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda is an ancient form of healing, which had been improved through generations of healers who have thought of nothing but the well being of the living. One could find many a proficient physician of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka.

Head massage

The head and neck are given a relaxing massage with special oil, increasing blood supply to the scalp. Relieving and tension and encourage hair growth.

Body Scrub & Body Pack

Cleanliness of your body

Synchronous Massage

Two therapists massage you gently and syn-chronically with Ayurveda oil chosen to suit your type. This massage mobilizes the body waste products, improves circulation and provides you with deep relaxation.

Herbal bath

Herbs are boiled and the result liquid is added to warm bath. The capillaries and spaces between the tissues are dilated and purified, while the herbs have a healing effect and create a general sense of well being.

Herbal inhalation

A mixture of the herbs is boiled producing steam, for you to inhale. This inhalation loosens mucous deposits in the lung and sinuses. This purifies the respiratory tract.

Herbal inhalation


Mental relaxation


Warm oil flows in a thin stream forward and backwards over your forehead. This treatment leads to deep mental and spiritual relaxation. Improves powers of concentration and helps alleviate headaches and insomnia.