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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Types of Ayurvedic treatments -Exploring age old medical treatments

With its unique indigenous medical treatments named 'Ayurveda' Sri Lanka has been able to either perform a curative or preventive purpose in the lives of many.


History of Ayurveda

Ayurveda dates back to the times of the Kings and is today one of the oldest healing systems to have been developed. The healing technique which is a much sought after mechanism of healing today was originally developed in India over a 1,000 years ago. With this age old healing system in place most tourists visiting Sri Lanka are eager to experience rejuvenating treatments promised by this healing technique firsthand. The Southern Coast of the country is quite popular for the abundance of hotels & resorts offering such therapies as a part of their spa menu. All those ardent holiday makers travelling down south and looking for an ayurveda resort in Sri Lanka can treat themselves to exclusive Ayurveda therapies from resorts like the Heritance Ayurveda Mahagedara that offers a wide range of customized treatments.


The five therapies

The five therapies commonly known as Panchakarma, employs five specific treatments to get rid of the toxins in the body. In Ayurveda, an imbalance in doshas, the energies that control all biological functions, is the root of illnesses and stress. The treatments, Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Nasya and Raktamoskshana are performed by qualified Ayurveda professionals to help with a range of medical ailments. This is quite popular for being a highly effective method of detoxification and purification.
• Vamana is a form of medicated emesis therapy which targets the removal of Kapha toxins that are collected in the body, especially the respiratory system. For people with significant Kapha imbalances, Vamana treatments are recommended.
• Virichana is a form of purging the pitta toxins that are collected in the gallbladder and liver from the body. The treatments are designed to remove all toxins from the gastro-intestinal system
• Basti or Enema is designed to remove toxins from Vata, Kapha and Pitta doshas through the colon. Basti is a rejuvenating treatment with a range of benefits and a high level of effectiveness. Ghee, special medicated oil or herbal decoction is prescribed in the treatment to clean the colon while enhancing muscle tone
• Nasya is a treatment that is administered in such a way as to clean kapha toxins accumulated above the shoulders. Medicated oil is administered through the nose to clean the system of unwanted toxins. The treatment can continue on for up to a month depending on the specific conditions and offers a range of benefits.
• Raktamokshana is a treatment designed to cleanse blood of all impurities. This is a particularly serious treatment that is only administered in rare and extreme conditions. The treatment is not something that you see in general panchakarma routines and not all Ayurveda treatment centres are qualified to offer the treatment due to the complexity and risks involved.

Even today, many rely on the healing power of Ayurvedic treatments and are mostly observed opting for such therapies when western medicine does little help. However, Ayurveda in Sri Lanka has for the past centuries being reputed as one of the most effective and natural techniques of healing which either have very less or zero side effects.