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 The life threatening dengue illness can be totally cured by a drug found by herself, and up to now over 100 patients have been thus cured states Ms. Tharanga Kumari Wikraamasuriya, an Ayurvedic doctor from Aluthwela, Ambalangoda in Galle district. ‘ I discovered this cure by conducting experiments for over two years.

I will unfailingly cure any patient with dengue. I have duly informed the Ayurveda Council. I have received their sanction for continuing with this cure. My satisfaction is that patients have been cured with this medicine and the ability to save a life’ she explains.

She began her experiments in the search for a cure for dengue as a student. She dried the plant in her home garden and then powdered it to make the cure. She will treat any patient with dengue free of charge she says. She also said that whilst there are many many such treatments, not enough attention is being focused on this important area. ‘ I have the patent for this medicine but what is lacking isthe necessary support for mass scale production. Ms. Wickramasuriya had her basic education in in the Aluthwela Maha Vidyalaya in Ambalangoda and thereafter dis her ‘o’ levels and ‘A’ levels at Sangamitta Vidyalaya in Galle. Subsequently she graduated from the National Ayurveda College. For this year alone, there are supposed to be over 37 lakhs of dengue patients in the countr


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Ayurveda is one of the most unique and effective forms of healthcare for children. Ayurveda uses herbal preparations mostly but the efficacy of these preparations is not less than allopathic medicines. Ayurvedic treatment develop and enhance the immune system of kids in a gradual manner. Ayurvedic remedies are effective for common problems of children like pains of colic, teething, nappy rash, cough and cold as well as for more serious problems. Herbal oil massage, herbal preparations such as Chyavanprasha other herbal remedies are used for treatment of diseases in kids.


Ayurvedic Healthcare for Kids


The branch of Ayurveda, known as Bala Tantra or Kaumarabhritya, deals with care of children. It includes care of the newborn, infant feeding, clinical examination, dentition, management of childhood diseases, and principles of treatment and therapies in children. Management of childhood ailments in Ayurveda is based on their etiopathogenesis, signs and symptoms, and possible complications


Most of the ayurvedic herbs, and herbal compounds can be safely used in most cases of common childhood illnesses.


Ayurvedic Remedies for Colic and Constipation

  • Several Ayurvedic herbs and formulas are known to be quite effective for constipation in toddlers and children. These include Triphala churna, Sat isabgol, Gandarva haritaki ,or Avipattikara churna. Consult an ayurvedic practitioner before starting a remedy. The ayurvedic practitioner usually chooses the one that is most appropriate for the overall condition and constitution of the child.
  • Herbal formulas effective for colic and other intestinal disorders are Eladi churna and Hingwastak churna. Give your child about one third the normal adult dosage, and even less for infants. Starting the remedy after consultation with an ayurvedic practitioner is advisable.
  • Diet modification it considered important for treatment of ailments in Ayurveda. If your child has constipation, foods that have a natural laxative effect such as soaked raisins or dates, honey, bran, sesame seeds, mango, papaya, grapes, and fresh figs are useful. Give your child liberal amount of water, high quality oils, and plenty of high fiber foods for prevention of constipation.


Ayurveda for treatment of Colds and Fever: Ayurvedic medicines are effective in treating cold and fever, and for supporting and strengthening your child’s immune system.

  • Common Ayurvedic remedies for cold, flu, and upper respiratory infections are Sanjivani guti, Tribuvankirti ras, Sitopaladi churna, Talisadi churna, and Lavangadi vati.
  • Home remedies such as warm ginger tea, Tulsi tea are helpful for soothing cough, sore throat, cold and decongesting the sinuses.
  • Ayurvedic compound Mahasudarshan is very useful in fevers. As it has a very bitter taste it is best given in tablet form, in doses of 250 to 500 mg with warm water. An effective home remedy for lowering fever in children is rubbing fresh onion juice to the child’s navel region while applying a cool cloth to the forehead to protect the brain.

Caution: There are several useful Ayurvedic herbs and home remedies for children. Most of these remedies are safe and very effective in children when used skillfully, constitutionally, and in appropriate doses. Any strong herbal based medicine should be used under care of a professional Ayurvedic practitioner.

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Aloe vera is a nutritional storage, containing vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, niacinamide (niacin- Vitamin B-3), choline supplement and 18 amino acids, in addition to many other nutritional substances. Aloe Vera juice is an ingredient that use in several commercial topical creams, lotions, shampoo and soaps.

Hundreds of Scientific Research Papers describe the activities of Aloe Vera taken internally or applied externally to the skin or hair. These Research Papers include, but are not limited to the following nutritional uses. These include:

  • A neutral cleanser
  • Powerful in penetrates tissue
  • Relieving pain associated with the joints and muscles
  • Bactericide in high concentration with infectious bacteria – acts as a strong antibiotic, destroying bacteria even when diluted
  • Vericidal when in direct contact for long periods
  • Fungicidal
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Antipruritic – stops itching
  • Nutritional – provides vitamins, minerals, sugar
  • Breaks down and digests dead tissue including pus (acne)
  • Enhances normal cell proliferation – hastens healing
  • Moisturizes tissues
  • Antipyretic – reduces heat of sores
  •  Aloe has been used topically for cuts, burns, insect stings, bruises, acne and blemishes, poison ivy, welts, skin lesions, eczema, and sunburns. Aloe also has a history of traditional use by Native Americans for stomach disorders and intestinal disorders including constipation, hemorrhoids, colitis and colon problems. Additionally, numerous constituents within aloe vera have demonstrated enhancement of immune system functioning within the body.

    This plant has been traditionally used through the centuries; for both internal ingestion as well as for topical purposes. Historically, the aloe plant has enjoyed wide use for its enhancement of normal gastrointestinal functioning. It has been used by many for constipation, intestinal colic, and inflammatory conditions of the small and large intestine and for digestive disturbances. Topically, aloe has demonstrated benefits in assisting in the healing of minor cuts, wounds and burns. More recent research and clinical use has shown even wider applications for this amazing plant including enhancing immunity, balancing blood sugar and providing pain relief.

    With the impressive elements found in Aloe that work in synergy with one another, it’s no wonder that Aloe Vera is so effective in the nutritional assistance and supplementation of the human metabolism.

    Aloe vera is extremely safe and has no known side effects.

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More than a quarter of the population in western countries is affected by it. The term “rheumatism” comes from the Greek language and describes drawing, tearing pains. It includes all diseases of the musculoskeletal system such as joints, joint capsules, bones, muscles and tendons which are not caused by injury or tumor-like lesions. The ancient Ayurvedic texts describe rheumatism with the term Ãmavãta, which is associated with Vãta-illnesses. The symptoms of Ãmavãta are extreme pain throughout the body, especially in the joints, loss of taste, thirst, enthusiasm, and appetite, a feeling of heaviness, fever, poor metabolism and swelling of joints.


Cause of rheumatism from the Ayurvedic point of view:

• Deposits of toxins (Ãma) in the joints, caused by poor digestion or poor metabolism. Ama accumulates in the joints, thereby also increasing Vãta. This in turn causes infections in muscles and joints, which lead to severe pain.

• Rheumatism is more predominant in cool, windy and damp conditions than in warm, tropical areas.

Ayurveda describes the disease pattern in the following way: Incompatible foods and lifestyle habits, lack of physical activity or physical exertion after the consumption of fatty foods as well as people with weak digestion develop Ãma. This Ãmarasa combines with Vata and very quickly moves to the different areas of Kapha, fi lls them and clogs the blood vessels. Thus, this Ãma joins with Vãta, Kapha, and Pitta, takes on different colours and blocks pores of the tissues and passages. It very quickly produces a feeling of heaviness and weakness in the heart, which is the seat of the disease. At the same time it also affects the different joints in the body and becomes the dreaded disease Ãmavãta, which in turn can lead to a multitude of other disorders.


While conventional medicine fi nds it diffi cult to really alleviate the pains of Rheumatism, Ayurveda can achieve incredible results for the betterment of those suffering. The Ayurvedic treatment is based on a thorough cleaning of accumulated toxins and strengthening the body’s immune system. It provides both curative and palliative treatments of rheumatism, depending on the state of the chronic disease.

Treatment of rheumatic diseases with Ayurveda

The Ayurvedic treatments can be divided into two ways, depending on the clinical picture of the disease. The impairment is addressed through Panchakarma (purifi cation treatment of the body) combined with a special diet and advice for specifi c behaviour patterns.The aim of the treatments is to remove the toxic residues from the body.Through the use of herbal medicine together with the external applications,the toxins are released and excreted.


Treatments often include sauna, steam bath and herbal bath to enhance the removal of toxins from the outside.


Furthermore, Ayurvedic herbal packages or pastes are applied to the most affected body parts, while the inner purifi cation is achieved by herbal medicine especially combined for this purpose. Ayurvedic massages with different oils and herbs complete the treatment programme.


The success of this regimen depends not only on the Ayurvedic treatments and medicinal herbs, but to a large extent also on the individual itself.Patients can – if they follow the recommendations of their Ayurvedic doctors – greatly contribute to an improvement and relief of symptoms by adapting their lifestyle and eating habits.





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  • Mango: Considered the “king” of ayurvedic fruits. Many varieties are available. When unripe, the mango increases pitta and vata, but when ripe and sweet, it balances vata and pitta and increases kapha. Ripe mango is considered a tonic — it builds rasa (nutritional fluid). Ripe sweet mango may be eaten with grains or with milk.
  • Pomegranate: Though sour to the taste, it is also astringent and helps to balance pitta in particular. It is good for the digestion. Make into juice or eat the seeds. Pomegranate chutney is a digestive and appetite enhancer, and helps burn ama.
  • Apple: Apples are good for balancing Kapha. Raw, sour apples increase Vata and Pitta. Cooked apples help to create ojas and help to ease constipation. Start each day with a stewed apple.
  • Pear: It is good for energy and balancing the hormones. Try eating a fresh sweet juicy pear to uplift your emotions. The pear is light, sweet, and balancing for all three doshas. Pears can be stewed or baked, or sliced and sautéed in Ghee and sweet spices.
  • Watermelon: Watermelon balances pitta and is an excellent way to cool off in the hot summer, either diced or made into juice.
  • Grapes: Sweet grapes and raisins are regarded highly in ayurveda. Some ayurvedic texts praise them as the best among fruits. Sweet raisins sautéed in Ghee are added to desserts and puddings.
  • Amalaki or Indian Gooseberry: Regarded as a rasayana, the Amla balances all three doshas. It is considered a “divine” food that promotes health and longevity. Amla preserved in sugar and spices is energy giving.
  • Bananas: The banana is considered a “sour” ayurvedic taste, and should therefore not be combined with milk.

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A Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Doctor has apparently found a cure for AIDS, although western medicine has not yet found a cure for it.
..Dr. D.D.Hettiarachchi, who is an Indigenous Physician,claims that even Hepatitis B which is worse than AIDS can be cured. He says “HIV is a new name for a disease which was in existence, since the beginning of mankind”.He said he is a registered medical practitioner at the Ayurvedic Medical Council since 1981 and his registration number was 7547.
..Thereafter he pulled a file from his drawer and showed us the original medical reports of a patient who had been detected as being HIV positive and had been subsequently cured. This was substantiated by reports issued by Asiri hospital and produced by Dr Hettiarachchi to us.The Patient had taken the initial report on 02/04/2002.The report confirmed that he was HIV positive. But when he took another report after three years of medication from Dr Hettiarachchi, the report dated 01/09/2005, says that the patient is HIV negative.
..After learning of the dedication of Dr.Hettiarachchi, Ayurvedic Registrar Dr.Danister L. Perera and Commissioner, Ramani Gunawardane had taken up the issue. Then President Mahinda Rajapakse had appointed a Steering Committee at the Ayurvedic Medical Research Institute in Navinna, Colombo to conduct a “Study and Research Programme on Indigenous Medicine for HIV/AIDS” which will conclude in two years.
..Though Doctor is treating the deadliest virus on earth, he is living in a half constructed house in Ganemulla with the least amount of facilities, clearly showing that he has not commercialized his profession like other medical practitioners in Sri Lanka.He said” I have not made money during my career but the only wealth I have are the patients I have cured from the medicines that I have given”.
..Regular medicine
He says that once the patient takes the medicine regularly, his immunity improves and he can fight the HIV viruses and any other disease as well. Then we told him that so far no medicine has been found to fight viruses. He said according to the western medicine no medicine has yet been found to treat viruses but according to Ayurveda there are medicines to treat viruses. When asked from whom he learned ayurvedic medicine, he said that he always respects and remembers his guru the late Naotunne Saranapala Thera who taught him the intricacies of Ayurvedha. He said he wanted to cure patients who were dying of AIDS and wrote to many previous Presidents but none of them took any initiative. He was grateful to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for appointing a Steering Committee to conduct a study into the cure of AIDS through Ayurvedic medicine.

The Steering Committee comprised Director of the Bandaranaike Memorial Ayurvedic Medical Research Institute, Dr.S.P.Samarakoon, Dr.Dayangani Senasekara, Dr.D.A.Sarath, Dr.D.H. Thennakoon, Dr.Ramani Thiranagama, Dr.Pushpa Wickremesinghe and Dr.Danister Perera.


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In an earlier era, when Sri Lankans were stung by a snake or reptiles eg centipedes, they sought treatment from a local weda mahattaya (indigenous medical practitioner).


Today however, patients more often than not get themselves admitted to state hospitals where they are treated with the anti-snake venom serum manufactured in India. This is leading to the demise of indigenous treatments for snake bites.

Sri Lanka has 96 species of land and sea snakes of which the sting of five varieties of land snakes and all varieties of sea snakes are deadly. Dr. Vipul Waidyasena, a second generation medical practitioner of indigenous medicine, accuses the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine of having failed to support local snake-bite specialists.

“In state hospitals only the Indian manufactured anti-venom serum is used” he said “whereas local indigenous medicine provides distinct anti-venom serum for the sting of particular kinds of serpents.

“We have the license to get the venom of these individual snakes,” he added. “But today indigenous practioners have been reduced to displaying their collection of snakes to foreign enthusiasts and tourists

The tanks where snakes are kept to extract venom. Dr. Waidyasena Sr. and grandson who like his father and grandfather before him is a snake-bite doctor and specialist.
Dr. Vipul exhibits a magnificent specimen of a cobra
Dr. Vipul Waidyasena “…we have been reduced to exhibiting snakes to foreign tourists

Courtesy Sunday Times

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