Ayurveda in Sri Lanka has its system based on a series of prescriptions passed down from generation to generation for a period of 3000 years.
The kings, who were also prominent doctors, as documented by historical texts, supported its survival and longevity.
King Buddhadasa (398 AD) was the most important physician, who wrote Sarartha Sangrahaya, who is consulted by doctors to date.
Ancient inscriptions on rocky surfaces reveal the full establishment of medical services, which existed within the country.
These ancient hospital sites active centuries ago even now attract tourists, who observe and marvel at these splendid ruins,
which came to symbolize a sense of healing and care that was so prevalent at the time.
Ayurvedic doctors enjoyed a noble position in the social hierarchy of the country, thanks to its royal patronage and a famous Sri Lankan saying derived from this;
“IF YOU CANNOT BE A KING, BECOME A HEALER”.
This interrelation between Ayurveda and royalty has brought Buddhism and Ayurveda to a top position in Sri Lankan politics.
The classic texts of Ayurveda in their written form are almost 3000 years old.
Knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed down orally for thousands of years, like all 40 areas of Veda and Vedic literature.
This makes Ayurveda the oldest of any other health science.
The classic Ayurvedic texts describe an ancient civilization, in which the presence of the disease was unknown.
Even today, Ayurveda serves to maintain, promote and restore good health as well as prevent disease.
A way of living and living together
The original purpose of Ayurveda was not only to improve the health of the individual, but also to create a positive influence on the health of society as a whole.
According to the Vedic Rishis (seers), as expressed in the ancient text, the positive salutary behavior of each individual combines to produce a disease-free society.
During periods of foreign domination in India, in past centuries, traditional knowledge of Ayurveda has been increasingly put on the back burner.
As a result, many important aspects of this holistic approach to healthcare have been lost.
Fortunately, however, other parts of this knowledge, including previously unknown areas.
They have been faithfully preserved by traditional Indian families and passed on to subsequent generations.
Ayurveda supporters probably know that Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations to enjoy the benefits of this ancient medical approach.
Ayurvedic treatments and massages performed by real experts of this philosophy based on body balance, energy and holistic and natural remedies are scattered all over the island.
According to this ancient science, our body is governed by three different forms of energy called doshas, each characterized by specific qualities:
the energy linked to movement acts on everything that moves within our body (circulation, respiration, nervous system, etc.).
the energy linked to transformation and assimilation acts both from a physical point of view in processes such as digestion and mentally, in the processing of emotions.
Finally, it is the energy linked to cohesion and therefore affects body fluids, muscles, bones and joints.
The state of well-being of the body and mind depend on the balance of these forms of energy and Ayurveda helps,
through natural remedies, massages, meditation and holistic practices,
to treat and prevent those disorders related to the individual’s energy imbalance.
In Sri Lanka you can count on many specialized centers where the pleasure of a holiday in a real earthly paradise can be combined with the benefits of ancient practices, the result of thousands of years of knowledge.
Sri Lanka is indeed the perfect place for children and for people who like animals and nature.
This country is incredibly green.
It is impossible not to find elephant herds on safari or even on the same road traveling.
It is also very easy to see leopards, macaques and other types of monkeys, giant squirrels, jackals, etc. etc
Furthermore, walking with children and adults through the Peradeniya Botanical Garden is a delight. Along with the giant trees and millions of plants, we will also find monkeys and other animals in this immense place.