Wellness tourism promotes our well-being of mind, body and soul, which can beachieved via Ayurveda, meditation & yoga. Wellness treatments in Sri Lanka focus on detoxing, weight loss and stress relief to heal us from ill health and stressful life styles.
Ayurveda practice is defined as “The Science of Life”. It incorporates a scientific system of medicine aimed at restoring holistic well-being through cleansing and rejuvenation which has originated more than 5,000 years ago.
Ayurveda emphasizes on prevention of ill health and promotes good health by
maintaining the correct balance of body and mind. Unhealthy eating habits, a lack of exercise, emotional imbalance and inadequate sleep are given as the primary reasons of our health issues including our immune system.
Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that control our inner and outer environments and that we are made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Earth) are the three primary forces which are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. These are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water), and Kapha dosha (water and earth). The doshas control our bodily functions.
The main focus of Ayurveda are detoxing programs. It includes vegetarian diet,
massage, laxatives, enemas, massage, herbal saunas etc. The goal of treatment is to cleanse our body of undigested food, which can stay in our body and lead to ill- health. This cleansing process, known as “panchakarma”, is well-known in Ayurveda since it is a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical health and balance.
There are three main stages of Panchakarma treatment which can take from 5 to 21 days in total.
Diagnosis by a qualified Ayurveda medical practitioner and the preparation of an individual treatment plan. Preparation for detoxification before the primary treatment. There are two types of pre-treatment.
Snehana Karma (traditional medicated oil massage)
Swedana Karma (steam bath aromatic herbal leaves)
Primary treatment: Consists of four cleansing procedures: Virechana – use of laxative induced healing therapies;
Vasti – expelling of body toxins by introducing medicated liquids/oils through anus, urethra or vaginal canal;
Vamana – therapeutic vomiting which is a medicated emesis,
Nasya – inhalation of herbal oils, juices or powders through the nasal canal
medical advice on diet, use of Ayurveda medicines, healthy
habits & lifestyle.
As we cannot achieve holistic well-being from the physical treatments alone, the practice of yoga and meditation are key components to embracing a more mindful lifestyle. These holistic practices help us to restore harmony of mind, body and spirit, as well as becoming more flexible & relaxed.
In terms of medical and wellness tourism, Sri Lanka has positioned itself as an
authentic Ayurveda wellness destination as well as for the production & export of Ayurveda based medicines and cosmetics.