Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

Ayurveda is a whole science, the greatest school and a treasure trove of knowledge and experience of ancient teachers — a guru whose value can not be appreciated, as well as give at least a brief description of what this great doctrine of longevity is. This is the science of spiritual and spiritual harmony, harmony of mind and body. The effect of this harmony and bliss of renewal of the body and soul is achieved exclusively through nutrition, herbs, spices, oils and broths, combined with proper thinking, daily routine and behavior.

Ayurveda, as an independent science of longevity and health, originates from one of the four sacred Vedic texts — Atharva Veda. These texts were written by Sri Vyasadeva about 5 thousand years ago!In ancient times, spiritual teachers and great saints delivered this teaching in oral form from the generation of disciples to the generation. The legend says that the creator of the world, Lord Brahma, narrated Ayurveda Prajapati. Prajapati transmitted this divine knowledge orally to his disciples, and they began to write this knowledge in the form of a shloka, that is, in the form of a Sanskrit couplet, on palm leaves. The most ancient of the compiled treatises that have survived to this day are Sushrutha Samhita, the tract of Charaka Samhita, Ashtanga Sangraha. Thus, the contents of these ancient manuscripts brought Ayurveda to our time.

The science of health in a broad sense, Ayurveda — is only one of the Vedic sciences. For example, Charaka Samhita describes the principles of Ayurveda. A Sushruta Samhita contains a description of Ayurvedic surgical procedures. Two more classical treatises on Ayurveda are concluded in the treatises of Ashtanga Hridayam and Ashtanga Sangraha.
Ayurveda, as the oldest medical system had a huge impact on the evolution of Arab and European medicine. Also, written in the 4th century BC Ashtanga Hridayam became the foundation of the Tibetan school of medicine Jud-Shi. Ayurveda began to penetrate Tibet, beginning with the 7th century AD, when the court physician of the ruler Songtsen Gampo became a Ayurveda expert named Bharadwaji. In Baghdad, in the heyday of the Abbasid Caliphate, many Ayurveda doctors from Hindustan labored at the court of the Caliph. Sanskrit ayurvedic texts on medicine and pharmacology were translated into Arabic in the 10th century AD. In Baghdad, thus appeared the treatise Ashtankar. And it was the book in this translation used by the doctor and philosopher Ibn Sina (Avicenna), when he wrote the «Canon of Medical Science». Later, Ibn Sina's works were studied by European doctors and scientists. Thus, Ayurveda, having passed through the Arab world, had a significant influence on the formation of European medicine, pharmacology and chemistry.

In Ayurveda, as well as in yoga, great importance is attached to the state of mind. And the diseases themselves, according to this science, are divided into two categories — physical and mental. In the first case, the body suffers, in the second — the mind. In both cases, it is the mind that plays the most important role, since psychological factors influence physiological functions, and vice versa. Hence the complex approach to healing procedures, the regime, the routine of the day and night, nutrition and other aspects. In Ayurveda, it is accepted to understand the 6 stages of the development of the disease: the mental stage, etheric, neuroendocrine, endotoxic, manifested and terminal. During the development of the first three stages the disease can be easily cured, in the fourth stage the disease is curable, on the fifth stage it is difficult to cure, on the sixth stage it is completely incurable. In this regard, the Ayurvedic physician conducts the most detailed study of the state of mind and physical condition. And only after carefully weighing all the factors together, it makes a decision about treatment and procedures.

The Sri Lankan doctors of Ayurveda not only study this science for several years at the relevant faculties of medical schools, but also continue to perfect their skills throughout their lives: unique knowledge not only needs to be preserved and multiplied, but also transferred to the new generation of specialists.

One of the most important stages in diagnosing and prescribing treatment courses in Ayurveda is the doctor's initial definition of a person's psychotype, or simply what elements of the influence of nature in the body and the state of mind (in Sanskrit — doshas) prevail. This is air or earth or fire, or these elements are somehow proportionally combined in one person. Depending on the physio- and psycho-type, a method of treatment is chosen, certain foods, procedures, massages, baths, herbal preparations are prescribed.

In Ayurveda, three main human doshas are singled out: vatha (air and ether), pitta (fire and water), kapha (earth and water). These doshas can be combined and combined in one person. In total, there are seven such combinations. Ayurveda teaches that at the moment of conception, the combination and proportions of cotton wool, pitta and kapha are determined by the genetics of the parents, the nature of the diet, the way of life and the state of mind. Only a few are born with a balanced constitution, that is, when all three doshas are equal in quantity and quality in the body. Such people have good health and excellent digestion. But most people combine one or two doshas. Therefore, in order to achieve optimal health, it is necessary to maintain the appropriate lifestyle recommended by doctor of Ayurveda and to eat accordingly.

Arriving for health in Sri Lanka, you are sure to correctly diagnose your dosha and give all the necessary recommendations. At the same time, at Sri Lanka in verified and approved resorts, you can go through the whole health courses in the Ayurveda program. Those who have already experienced such procedures, return home anew born.

In 2013 Ayurveda along with allopathic medicine was officially recognized by the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka as the state school of medicine. This proves once again that Ayurveda is not only effective, but also authoritative. In this regard, be cautious, because everything that is allowed attracts the attention of unprofessional businessmen. Before making a decision about treatment, request the Lankarus managers about the legality of the practice of a doctor in the relevant resort. A number of resorts by Lankarus employ certified Ayurveda doctors and their assistants who will provide you with professional advice and assistance. Be sure to ask for certificates, diplomas and other supporting documentation before consulting or procedures, as well as permission to provide treatment services. At the resorts by Lankarus we clearly control the qualifications of specialists, however, we can not guarantee the result or that you contacted not charlatans, having decided to treat yourself on a resort that we are not aware of.

It is simply impossible to describe all the procedures. During your stay and treatment in Sri Lanka we would recommend the following procedures in which you are sure:

Shirodhara — Special warm oil with herbs in a thin trickle and a continuous stream pours on the forehead and between the eyebrows for 30-40 minutes. It calms, stimulates the mind and body. Together with the rejuvenating and restorative effect, Shirodhara improves memory, normalizes blood pressure. The procedure is effective for insomnia, amnesia, headaches, stress, stress and certain skin diseases.

Sarvangadhara — During the massage the body is watered with milk and infusion of herbs. This procedure is one of the preparatory procedures for Panchakarma, and it also underlies various programs for rejuvenating the body.
Snehapana — It is intended for oiling the body. Ghee, mixed with infusion of herbs, is taken into the inside for a certain period. The dosage of the drug is gradually increased, it can reach up to 150 ml. at one time.
Udwartana — Intensive, deep massage of the whole body with the use of special dry herbal powders for a special massage technique that allows to destroy surpluses of subcutaneous fat. The procedure fights against obesity and removes toxins, and also has a toning effect, tightening the skin. This is an effective treatment for overweight, skin diseases, paralysis and blood circulation disorders.

Abhyanga Snana — A special massage performed by two specialists at the same time, using sesame oil with the addition of herbal extracts. The procedure improves the general condition of the body, normalizes sleep and improves eyesight. This therapy is used as a preparatory therapy for Panchakarma and helps to remove toxins, purify the body, provide deep relaxation. Effective in treating excessive fatness and diabetes. It is often used in anti-aging therapy.
Dhanyamladhara — Herbal infusions are used with a high content of starch, which includes rice and millet. These nutritious, fragrant herbal infusions pour on the body rhythmically, using a unique vessel. Therapy lasts 45-60 minutes. Treatment is very effective in the disorder of cotton wool and is used for paralysis, hemiplegia and rheumatic pain.

Nasya — Special herbal extracts and oils are buried in the nose, accompanied by a massage around the nose, neck and shoulders for 20-30 minutes. This leads to an active sweating in the upper body. The procedure is extremely effective for cleansing the nasal sinuses and for the treatment of migraines, insomnia, chronic colds and headaches.

Podikkili — The body is massaged using muslin bags containing a mixture of medicinal herbs and seeds. The procedure is effective in the treatment of diseases associated with doshita vata and pitta violation.
Pilichil — One of the unusual and special rejuvenating procedures, consisting in the continuous watering of the whole body with warmed oil with extracts of herbs. The whole body slowly and rhythmically, with a slight pressure, is smeared with warm oil for 60 to 90 minutes. The procedure increases immunity, improves joint mobility and removes toxins. Used in the treatment of rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis.
Navarakkili — This is a body massage using rice, tied in muslin bags and soaked in a medicinal herbal decoction. In the process of the procedure, the bodies or parts of the body begin to sweat profusely. The procedure lasts from 60 to 90 minutes a day and is used to treat all types of rheumatism, joint pain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some skin diseases.
Shirovasthi — Warm oils with herbal extracts are poured into a cup placed on the head and held in it for 15-20 minutes. Such treatment is especially effective in facial paralysis, headaches, dry nostrils, mouth and throat.
Kativasthi — In Ayurveda, this is one of the main procedures for the treatment of back problems. Warm medicinal oils are kept on the waist in a special bandage of herbal paste for 45-60 minutes. This is a very effective procedure for injuries and disorders of the spine, which reduces muscle tension, relieves back pain, beneficially affects the intervertebral discs and nerve endings.
Karnapurana — Traditional Ayurvedic treatment of diseases of the ears. The lobes of the ears are gently massaged with oil, and then the warm medical oil is gently poured into the ear.

Vasthi — A procedure using cleansing enemas from medicinal oils and herbal extracts. It effectively removes toxins from the colon, heals constipation and flatulence. The procedure is effective in the treatment of arthritis, gout, rheumatism and pain in the lower back, with neurological disorders, strengthens the immune system and rejuvenates the skin and the entire body.

Urovasthi — The warm medicinal oils are slowly poured into a reservoir of special dough, which is placed on the chest area for 30-45 minutes. This effective Ayurvedic therapy relieves muscle tension, reduces chest pain, is used to treat respiratory and cardiac disorders.
Talam — The therapeutic paste of oil and herbal powders is applied to the head for 30-45 minutes. Treatment relieves stress, helps with insomnia, headaches and migraines. There are several varieties of this therapy — vein talam, nonlikka talam. They are used depending on the curative program.
Upanahasveda — Local compresses using herbal paste. Warm pasta from medicinal herbs is applied to certain areas of the body for a long time (up to 12 hours). The procedure is used to relieve pain in the joints, edema, etc.
Lankarus can recommend you only some of the ayurvedic resorts or hotels that are qualified and meet the requirements of the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka. Inform about your desire to undergo long-term treatment or several procedures in one of the hotels operated by Lankarus.

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