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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is based on the ancient wisdom of good living. The word Ayurveda is formed from the root words of Ayu = Life; & Veda = Science (or the way). Thus, Ayurveda is defined as 'the Science of life'.

This is an ancient system of medicine that uses herbs and oils to heal and rejuvenate. Heavily influenced by the system of the same name in India, Ayurveda is widely used in Sri Lanka for a range of ailments.

Essentially, it postulates that the five elements (earth, air, ether, water and light) are linked to the five senses and these in turn shape the nature of an individual's constitution -their DOSHA or life force. These DOSHAS are referred to in Sanskrit as VATA, PITTA and KAPHA. Each has a cluster of qualities that distinguish them from each other. Disease and illness occur when they are out of balance. The purpose of Ayurvedic treatment is to restore the balance and thus good health.

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What can Ayurveda do for me?

An Ayurvedic health cure is a preventive measure for the preservation of durable health up to old age

It also cleanses the body and is appropriate for wellbeing during post-convalescence and recuperation from acute or chronic illness

Consequences of Ayurveda are clear eyes, a refined skin tone, a robust nervous system, revitalization and regeneration with an increased zest for life

Conditions successfully treated by Ayurveda include; Diabetes, Stress, Migraine, Headaches, Overweight, Skin problems, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Bronchial Asthma, Arthritis, Sleep Disorders and illness of the Respiratory Tract, Heart & Circulation, Rheumatism, Acne, Nicotine Addiction etc.

The basic principle of Ayurveda treatment shows that by changing of food habits and the way of life, you can achieve internal harmony of both the body and the mind.

Ayurveda gives you a base to manage your daily life better, as you will develop the power to reject negative and disturbing forces of all kinds

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What are the methods of treatment?

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What's the difference between Ayurveda & Western medicine?

While the Western Medicine treats only the symptoms, Ayurveda treats the person as a whole, taking in to consideration his/her activities and the environment.

According to Western Medicine the diagnosis is focused mostly on the identification of a disease. In Ayurveda the diagnosis is much deeper.

It is believed that each person has varying degrees of VATA, PITTA and KAPHA (the Doshas). The process of a disease is the reaction in the body between VATA, PITTA, KAPHA and the organs. Good health means the steady control of a person's VATA- PITTA -and KAPHA, and the brining about a balance or harmony into one's lifestyle (good health). The imbalance brings about disharmony (disease) in the body. The symptoms are always connected with the imbalance of the Doshas.

Only if you understand the natural, basic principles of the fluctuation of the Doshas (disharmony) can you restore the balance by treatment.

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What sort of food will be provided?

Special nutrition according to Ayurvedic principals is an integral part of the therapy.

The doctor or a dietician will inform you which of the fruits, dishes, herbs and spices are recommendable to you. In Ayurveda, we distinguish food and drink according to the taste such as sweet, salty, spicy, hot, cold and bitter, and thereby their relevance for the energies (doshas). It is important that all tastes are represented in a meal in a unique way for every individual.

Alcohol, fizzy & chilled drinks are usually not served in most main restaurants. Smoking is not allowed.

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How long do I need to enroll in the programme for best results?

Two to three weeks should be just enough. But we have programmes for just one week or if you wish to extend your stay for more than three weeks.

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