A survey on the kinds of traditional Ayurvedha herbal medicine treatments that could be offered in a Horizon-linked health tourism area

Project Report

1. Title: – A Survey on the kinds of traditional Ayurvedha herbal medicine treatments that could be offered in a Horizon-linked health tourism area

2. Participants: – 1. Ranjith Pushpakumara (Head Master – HL Academy) and Nuwan Sampath (A Senior Student of HLA)

3. Introduction

Ayurvedha comes from a 3000 year old tradition of health and healing that rids the body of impurities and promotes well-being through massage, meditation, herbal therapy and diet. From lotus spas to medicated massages to herbal saunas and steam baths, let nature revitalize you in a way you’ve never experienced before.

Ayurveda literally means “the Science of Life”. It is the oldest known healing system on the planet. It dates back to some 4000-5000 years. The aim of Ayurveda is not only to heal the sick but the prevention of illness and preservation of health. Leading to a long healthy, happy life and living. Ayurveda is based on the principle, that every individual has a unique constitution.  So it is very important each individual discover their unique Body/Mind type and live their life accordingly to maintain balance and harmony. When the individual is balanced the 3 DOSHAS (humors), as they are called, VATA (Wind), PITTA (Bile) and KAPHA (Phlegm) are in perfect resonance with nature.

The basis of Ayurveda treatment is a process of purification and rejuvenation. According to Ayurveda the accumulation of “Ama” or toxic substances in the body, years of poor diet, weak digestion and incomplete elimination of waste matter, inadequate sleep, pollution and stress lead to the imbalance of the Tri Dosha and the build up of toxins, which can lead to ill-health.

Ayurveda treatment is designed to gather the toxins in specific parts of the body and then expel these substances from the body. Once the body is purified it is ready to receive and benefit from the rejuvenation process, which can lead to lasting good health.

Ayurveda treatment has two aspects to it.

Shamana Chikitsa – treats and manages the diseases that have already manifested. Ayurveda has thousands of medicines and recipes consisting of herbs and mineral products and biological products which are used individually or in the form of compounds to manage and cure diseases.

Shodana Chikitsa- is an internal process of purification that is used to cure and prevent disease, and more importantly to promote the healthy state of the body and longevity.

The three stages of purification are:

  1. Purva Karma (pre- purification) – getting the body prepared for the main purification
  2. Pradhana Karma (main purification) – five types of purification (Pancha Karma)
  3. Paschath Karma (post purification) – rejuvenation therapy

4. Illnesses that are currently treated in the Ayurvedha treatment centers in Sri Lankan Hotels

  • Anemic problems and general weaknesses
  • Arthritis
  • Back pains
  • Kidney stones
  • Diseases of the nervous system
  • Early stages of cervical spondylosis
  • Early stages of goiter
  • Early stages of liver diseases,
  • Early stages of prostate enlargement
  • ENT diseases
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Gall bladder stones
  • Gastric ulcers and other Gastro-Intestinal disorders
  • Gastritis
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Hair Loss
  • Hemiplegia
  • Hemorrhoids (piles)
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyper cholesterol
  • Indigestion problems
  • Jaundice
  • Mental stress
  • Migraine
  • Neck stiffness
  • Nicotine abuse (Smoking)
  • Obesity (overweight)
  • Paralysis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatic pains and other joint pains
  • Sciatica problems
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin allergy and other types of Skin diseases
  • Sleeplessness
  • Tinnitus
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Urinary tract diseases
  • Dark Circles under Eyes
  • Puffy Eyes
  • Eye Strain
  • Premature Wrinkles
  • Black Heads

5. Various kinds of Ayurvedha herbal treatments currently practiced in tourists hotels in Sri Lanka

1. Body Oil Application and Massage

This is the application of oil on the body and massage with the help of the palms. Massage is used for relaxation, as well as giving tone to the muscles and promoting blood circulation. The regular application of oil gives longevity, strengthens the muscles and relieves fatigue. It also treats diseases of the nervous system (Vata Roga).

2. Head Oil Application and Massage

Application of oil and massage with the help of hands. Different types of oils are used according to the guest’s condition and any ailments if present. It improves the blood circulation and prevents and cures headache and migraine. It also prevents and cures hair loss, baldness and premature graying of hair and helps hair growth. It promotes eye sight and clears the complexion of the face. It helps the individual to sleep and is good for stress and mental diseases. It is also good for conditions such as facial paralysis and Hemiplegia (paralysis).

3. Acupuncture


A method of keeping the oils over the eye in a small artificially created tank, with the help of special pastes. The treatment is continued for 5-10 minutes.

This treatment improves the eye sight and strengthens the internal and external accular muscles.

5. Decoctions

A range of herbal oral medicines prepared according to individual prescriptions each day, over 40 dry and fresh ingredients (bark, root seed, flowers etc) could go into the preparation of the medicine which is boiled in earthen ware pots over a long period of time.

6. Facial Treatment

Herbal pastes and steams are used to clean and smooth out wrinkles and clear the skin.

7. Herbal Bath

Herbal leaves and roots are boiled and the water is poured on the        patients .Different types of herbal water are used according to any prevalent ailment and the condition of the patient.

8. Herbal Steam Bath

Herbal leaves and roots are boiled and the steam is passed through the body for a prescribed period of time.

Indications – obesity, joint pains.

9. Herbal Steam Inhalation

10. Nasal Treatment

Medicated oils, herbal juices, powders etc. are administered through the nose tract. This treatment is very effective for chronic sinusitis, chronic headache, migraine, facial paralysis, nasal congestion, cataract and diseases of eye, nose, ear, mouth and head.

11. Fomentation

Mild oil massage is administered to the patient with the help of special medicinal bundles made of cheese cloth.

Indications – stiff neck, joint pains, Ancylosis spondylosis, and chronic rheumatoid arthritis osteo- arthritis paralysis. It prevents the process of ageing and appearance of wrinkles on the body.

12. Body Oil Bath

Pouring of luke warm medicated oils on the whole body for a specific time in a special manner, is known as pizhichil.

It is very good for paralysis (hemi logia, paraplegia) multiple sclerosis (early stages) facial paralysis, Parkinsonism, sciatica, spondylosis, osteo arthritis.

13. Purifying Therapy

Impure blood is let out using non-poisonous, specially selected leaches.

Indications – Skin rashes, abscess

14. Oil Picho

It is keeping a piece of either cloth or cotton dipped in oil, on certain parts of the body.

Indication – muscular stiffness, muscular pain, Osteo arthritis, chronic rheumatoid arthritis.


Shirodhara is a procedure consisting of continuous pouring of medicated oil on the fore head of the patient. It takes 1/2-1 hr time and the type of oil depends on the condition of the patient and the type of disease. A special type of apparatus called the Dhara Patra is used for this shirodhara.

Shirodhara is an excellent therapy for the treatment of diseases connected with head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, throat and nervous system. Shirodhara is also good for other chronic head ache, migraine, insomnia, mental stress other mental diseases, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral atrophy and aphasia tinnitus.


Keeping oil over the head with the help of special leather cap is called Shiro-Vasti. luke warm medicated oils are poured into a cap, fitted on the head. The duration of the treatment and the type of oil varies according to the patient and the type of disease.

Indications – facial paralysis, insomnia, headache, migraine mental stress.

17. Emesis Therapy

The toxic substances of the body, brought to the stomach and removed through the process of vomiting are termed Vamana Karma. Vamana Karma maybe followed with internal administration of Ghee treatment and a steam bath. It is very effective for bronchial asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, skin diseases, and indigestion.

18. Purificatory Purgation Therapy

A procedure of purgation that involves elimination of toxins of the body through the anal route is called Vereka Karma.

Indications – hemorrhoids, distension of the abdomen, constipation, indigestion, abdominal diseases, jaundice, gastroenteritis, skin diseases.

19. Enema Treatment

Medicated oils and, herbal water are administrated through the rectum.

Indications – paralysis, arthritis, sciatica, chronic constipation, hemorrhoids and diseases of the nervous system (Vata Roga)

20. Synchronized medicinal body application

21. External application of individually grounded herbal pastes

22. Herbal elixirs (Herbal juice extracts)

4. Recommended List of Ayurvedha Treatments that could be practiced in Horizon Related Tourist Establishment

The diseases listed above are the kinds of diseases that are currently being treated in some of the recognized hotel based Ayurvedic centers in Sri Lanka. The kinds of treatments administered are also listed with a brief description of the administering process. It is obvious that some of the above stated treatments can be administered only by Ayurvedic Physicians only. But some of these can also be practiced by personnel who are trained for the purpose with or without the supervision of an Ayurvedic physician. These are mostly external treatments and we believe that it is these treatments that could be recommended for a horizon related tourist establishment and they are listed below.

1. Body Oil Application and Massage
2. Head Oil Application and Massage
3. Facial Treatment
4. Herbal Bath
5. Herbal Steam Bath
6. Herbal Steam Inhalation
7. Fomentation
8. Oil Picho
9. Body Oil Bath
10. Synchronized Medicinal Body Application

However, with the availability of an Ayurvedic Physician almost all the treatments listed above could be practiced any where in the island.

Further it is suggested that a project such as a small scale plantation of herbs under the Mahavilachchiya eVillage program would be a great boost to an enterprise of this nature.



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    John Brown said,

    It should now give some of those who have the beleive that in places like this, health issues are no handdled with herbs at all. However I think herbs give the best solution to health problems.

  4. 4

    Janet said,

    I would like to know more about the fomentation treatment..herbs available in the United States of America?

    Thank you,


  5. 5

    Leo Lafreniere said,

    Erectlile problem

  6. 6

    santhosh said,


    Can you give me the difference between Ayurvedha and Siddha Medicine.

  7. 7

    Arjun panchal said,

    Could you plz give me advise on ancylosis spondylosis

  8. 8

    They look like lumps of tissue and can vary
    in color from deep blue or crimson as a result of to your pure skin shade.
    piles treatment at residence could get some time to ease the discomfort sensation and swelling most particularly in
    critical circumstances.

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    Now I am going away to do my breakfast, once having my breakfast coming
    yet again to read more news.

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