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In the real sense of the word, 'Ayurveda' means the natural science of life. First of all, let's look at the meaning of 'Ayurveda'; 'Ayur' means the long life and 'Veda' means the science. Basically, Ayurveda is the study of natural science. It is considered as the oldest and most developed life science of natural healing in the world. Ayurveda is really amazing, magical and mysterious. From ancient times both India and Sri Lanka are famous for Ayurveda.

Ayurveda can heal the whole body, sense organs, psyche and soul. Basically, Ayurveda is based on theory of 'Tridosha' of the three biological forces, 'Vatha'(gastric gas), 'Pitta'(bile) and 'Sem'(phlegm). Systemically, Ayurveda maintains the above three equilibrium and keeps the body function well.

There are certain things that keep the body and organ function badly. They are as follows:

1.poor digestion of food,
2.improper food combinations and choices,
3.poor drinking of water,
4.pollution,
5.pesticides in food,
6.emotional and physical stress or trauma.


Ayurveda cures many diseases without causing harmful side-effects that western medicine can't cure. It has its own inherited secret natural concept. That is why Ayurveda is so mysterious. Such a few mysterious things are deeply described through this article.


HERBAL AYURVEDIC FOODS

Herbal Ayurvedic foods could be seen in home gardens, jungles and forest reserves. Unfortunately, many people don't know the value of these herbal Ayurvedic foods; because of their busy life schedules they try to eat artificial foods readily available in shops. Herbal Ayurvedic foods have a huge medicinal value over a delicious food. These magical foods help us in many ways; as a food to uplift our health and to enhance the skin tone as well. People who know the medicinal value of these herbal foods believe that they can keep our body function well and prevent the formation of free radicals which are harmful to the body. These herbal Ayurvedic foods are also known as ‘Panacea for all illnesses’.

Here is a list of some magical Ayurvedic foods in Sri Lanka with its medicinal value.

 

1.'Velpenela'
'Velpenela' can mostly be found in home gardens. 'Velpenela' leaves are crushed and the juice is extracted to make 'Velpenela porridge' which has a big nutritional value.

Velpenela

  2.Bittergourd

Bittergourd leaves should be crushed and the juice be massaged into the scalp for a good growth of hair and to prevent hair loss. Though bittergourd curry is a little bit bitter, its medicinal value is very high. Bittergourd acts as an antioxidant and prevents the oxidation of cell materials and thereby prevent the formation of toxins within the body cells. In the real sense of the word, bittergourd is a valuable herbal food for cancers.

3.Cucumber

Cucumber is a cool and soft herbal food that helps to keep the kidneys healthy. Cucumber is commonly used in salads. Thin slices of cucumber can be placed on tired eyes because of its cooling sensation; it gives a soothing effect. When cucumber seeds are roasted and powdered, a coffee like drink can be made to relievecolic.

 4.Pomegranate

Pomegranate is used for sore eyes. It is a nutritious herbal food which is rich in vitamin C. The buds of the tree are boiled and the infusion is given to stop chronic diarrhea (loose motion), especially in children.

 

5. Jack fruit

Jack fruit can be seen everywhere in villages. It is commonly taken with lunch and also it is a rich source of carbohydrates. The bark of the jack tree is mainly used for sprains and fractures. Tender jack also known as 'Polos' is a delicious curry which is given to nursing mothers to increase breast milk.

6.Nelli

Nelli is a small, green and sour fruit which is rich in vitamin C. It is helpful to strengthen the retina. Usually, Nelli leaves are boiled and applied on skin eruptions. Of course, Nelli has a laxative effect too and is supposed to treat constipation.

7.Gotukola (Sentella asiatica)

'Gotukola' is a good remedy for fever and catarrh(Chronic inflammation of a mucous membrane with constant flow of a thick sticky mucus). Gotukola is used in many ayurvedic drugs. It also empowers the concentration. It is rich in vitamin A and folic acid and also helpful to prevent night blindness. 'Gotukola' could be seen in home gardens.

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Treatments.

 

Diagnosis of the disease is the most important part of Ayurveda. It is considered as the foundation of the treatment. In Ayurveda the diagnosis procedure is mainly done by checking out "Naadi" (pulse rate of the patient) and '' Nila" (sensitive areas of the body). Mostly in snake bites the identification of the snake is done by observing the postures of the patient. This could easily be done by a qualified and well experienced Ayurvedic doctor within a few seconds.

 

Ayurveda is developed day by day with new tips. Those days, a few diseases were cured by Ayurveda, but  today almost all diseases are entirely cured, including heart diseases, diabetes, asthma, catarrh, gastritis, haemorrhoids, migraine, arthritis, dermatological diseases, sprains, fractures, venereal diseases and so on.

 

‘Panchakarma’ is known as the heart of Ayurveda. Panchakarma consists of five treatment methods:

 

 

1.’Nasya Karma’

In this treatment method, medicated oils are incorporated through the nostrils by lying down the patient in a supine position.

 

 2.’Vamana Karma’ (vomiting)

 

 3.’Vasthi Karma’ (enemas)

 

 4.’Raktha Mokshana’

In this treatment method, poisonous substances are removed by leeches which suck blood from the patient.

 

 5 ’Vireka Karma’

 In this treatment method, pills are given to stimulate the bowel movements, which help to relieve constipation.

 

Ayurveda has its own secret medicinal compositions to cure any disease coming from ancient Ayurvedic generations. ‘Abyangaya’ is one such a mysterious treatment which is based on medicated oils for mental and physical relaxation. These oils are extracted from rare and valuable medicinal plants without adding chemical substances. These are 100% natural, so it guarantees that you won't experience any unpleasant side-effects.

 

There are a lot of qualified registered Ayurvedic doctors in Sri lanka. Unfortunately, spa is given by some unqualified people under Ayurvedic banner. The only thing they provide is massage. Sometimes, foreigners who come to Sri Lanka are attracted by these spa institutions, which give foot massage and head massage for mental and physical relaxation. Please do not waste your money in vain. Maybe you are getting confused, but when you are in Sri Lanka, make sure you have a qualified, registered and well experienced Ayurvedic doctor and check the qualification of the massage salon whenever you are looking for Ayurveda. Massaging is not the only thing in Ayurveda; it is one of the treatment methods. It is better to obtain a treatment from a qualified, registered and well experienced Ayurvedic doctor who can cure your disease or give you the desired relaxation treatment.

 

What should you look for when choosing a good Ayurveda institution?

 

Sri Lanka is a country of rich heritage, one of which is its indigenous system of medicine, which has been practiced by the people since time immemorial. The Ayurveda system of medicine from North India, the "Siddha" system of medicine from South India and the" Unani" system of medicine of Arabia, enriched with contributions from the traditional system of medicine called Indigenous system of medicine in Sri Lanka.

 

To fulfill this target, the Department of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka and the Ayurveda Drugs Corporation are involving by giving substantial combination. All necessary Ayurvedic drugs are produced by the Sri Lanka Ayurveda  Drugs Corporation while other activities are done by the Department of Ayurveda. The registration of Ayurveda doctors is done by the Department of Ayurveda. A registered doctor is considered as a qualified person who can run an Ayurveda institution. If someone runs such a place without the registration, it is known as an illegal institution and also a punishable offence.

 

When you choose a good Ayurveda institution, please make sure it is a registered Ayurveda institution which has a qualified Ayurveda doctor. The registration certificate of the institution should be displayed for the public. Sad to say, there are a lot of illegal institutions in Sri Lanka. Many people are attracted by these institutions, which give foot massage and head massage for relaxation. That is not Ayurveda. You are wasting your money and time on it. 

 

Massage plays a big role in Ayurveda. This should be done by qualified Ayurveda doctors, unless it's only a stimulation for a moment. Therapeutic massage can ease tension and reduce pain. Massage can be a part of physical therapy or highly effective for reducing the symptoms of arthritis, back pain and other disorders of the muscles. 

 

Yoga is also a part of Ayurveda. It is a way of life that includes ethical precepts, dietary prescriptions and physical exercises. Its practitioners believe that their discipline has the capacity to alter mental and bodily responses normally thought to be far beyond a person's ability to modulate them.

 

You might now be familiar with Ayurveda and this has brought you to the end of this article. When you are in Sri Lanka, please contact the Sri Lanka Ayurveda Department for your every Ayurveda medical need.