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Ayurveda to assist increased revenue generation in Sri Lanka

June 2nd, 2009

Ayurveda 2009, the International Ayurveda Exhibition and Symposium organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) was held at the BMICH from May 23-25, with many Sri Lankan and international participants.

The exhibition was ceremonially declared open by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake on May 23, in the presence of local and foreign dignitaries. The Prime Minister mentioned that developing local industries such as Ayurveda is a priority of the government; he would extend his fullest support to make Ayurveda a key contributor to the GDP.

Chairman of Ayurveda 2009, Mr. Asoka Hettigoda mentioned that NCCSL was extremely proud to hold the Ayurveda 2009 as the First International Exhibition since the liberation of Sri Lanka from the menace of terrorism. He expressed his gratitude to  President Rajapaksa for restoring peace to Sri Lanka.

He also mentioned that the Ayurveda sector can play a vital role in the development of the North and the East. The President was committed to meeting the challenge of  popularising the concept of Ayurveda health services, the growing of  Ayurvedic herbs, etc., which would also help in the generation of revenue. The President of NCCSL, Mr. Lal De Alwis, mentioned that NCCSL initiated the promotion of the Ayurveda industry by first organising Ayurveda 2007 and, in its efforts to further strengthen the industry, has organised Ayurveda 2009.

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A leading local inventor receives death threats from multi nationals

May 30th, 2009

An Ayurvedic Doctor in profession who holds “Bachelor of Ayurvedic  Medicine and Surgery” from the Institute of Indigenous Medicine – University of Colombo who has so far invented over 100 new inventions in Sri Lanka receives regular death threats . He said due to these threats he could not assist Sri Lanka to popularize his inventions.

“I receive regular threats by phone. Some Multi National Drug companies asked me to stop my researches and new inventions, he said.

17 years before he invented an Anti Mosquito coil which can be used in houses without lighting. However he could not popularize the coil due to death threats.

“If the government helps me to carry out my researches, I can produce country friendly drugs too, he said.

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BOI approves export of ayurvedic medicines

May 29th, 2009

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka granted investment approval to Gokula Natural Medicines (Private) Limited for a project to manufacture ayurvedic medicines for the export market.

The investment agreement worth Rs. 22 million is a joint venture between Gokula Natural Medicines and Iron River, United Kingdom. Chairman of Gokula Natural Medicines Limited, Ayur. Dr. M. B. Ratnayaka said that the company will manufacture ayurvedic medicines of international standard that will be exported to the European market.

Evolving throughout history, ayurveda remains an influential system of medicine in South Asia. Ayurveda is considered to be a form of complementary and alternative medicine within the western world having a growing interest.

“Ayurvedic medical methods which were limited to countries like Sri Lanka and India have now become an international practice. The current requirement for ayurvedic medicine to the western world is supplied by India and China. There is an immense opportunity to earn foreign currency by penetrating this segment” said Dr. Ratnayaka.

He said that herbs that are required to manufacture the medicine are not available in large quantities in Sri Lanka. To address this issue the company will set up a 100 acre Herbal plantation in Kurunagala.

The company also expects to setup seven ayurvedic health spas in the country with the guidance and support from the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine. The first two ayurvedic health spas are expected to be established in Bandarawela and Hambantota.
Source :The island

Ayurveda 2009 Exhibition in Sri Lanka

February 10th, 2009

Sri Lanka: The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka in partnership with Ministry of Indigenous Medicine and other related government organizations will hold “Ayurveda 2009” Exhibition from May 23 – 25 at the BMICH, Colombo.

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka held “Ayurveda” Exhibition and Symposium in 2007 for the first time in Sri Lanka which was participated by many local and foreign exhibitors from India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Pakistan and Germany. At the request of those participated at “Ayurveda 2007” the Chamber has decided to have this Exhibition in 2009 as well. “Ayurveda 2009” Indigenous Healthcare Exhibition is an ideal platform for everyone involved in Ayurveda and Indigenous medical sector to meet each other at one platform and exchange their views to enhance their professional knowledge and increase their businesses for mutual benefit.

Exhibitors representing Ayurveda Hospitals, Ayurveda products Manufacturers, Doctors, Ayurveda product exporters, importers, Ayurveda related machinery suppliers, Ayurveda herbal growers, Health food and beverage manufacturers and tourist hotels that have native treatment systems are expected to participate at “Ayurveda 2009”.   The Ministry of Indigenous Medicine has already taken several steps to popularize native treatment systems among the Sri Lankan population and create awareness among the public of the specialized treatment available in the country.

Ayuruvedic cure for AIDS patients

December 4th, 2008

Colombo (AsiaNews) – Sri Lanka’s indigenous medicine minister, Tissa Karaliyadda, has announced that three people sick with AIDS have had their immune systems restored through Ayurvedic treatment.

The news was released in parliament on December 3, on the occasion of the Committee Stage Debate during which the minister presented various areas of treatment in which Ayurvedic cures are bringing significant results (in the photo, the application of the Shirovasti, a treatment for facial paralysis and headache).

Ayurvedic treatments usually involve two phases: in the first, there is a purification of the body through a series of hygienic and restorative processes using the application of oils, herbs, and massages. The second phase acts on the illness or condition through natural medicines, food supplements, and rules of diet and behavior.

The case of the three people infected with HIV is part of a program launched by the Bandaranaike Memorial Research Institute, used on a total of five people.

Sri Lanka boasts a long tradition in the field of indigenous medicine. Since 1929, a public hospital has been operating on the island in which Ayurvedic treatments are applied, and there are many centers that use treatments inspired by Desheeya Chikitsa, a system of therapies combining the millennia-old traditions of India’s Ayurveda and Sidddha with Unai, which comes from Arab culture.

Tourism veterans recognize Sri Lanka’s best Ayurveda resort

February 10th, 2008

The travel and tourism sector of Sri Lanka was bestowed with Presidential awards for their outstanding contribution to socio-economic development of the country.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges comprising of Nalin Attygalla (Chairman), Dr. Hilary Cooray, Dr. L.N. Senaweera, Nihal Rodrigo, Sujatha Weerakoon and Ganaka Amarasingha, the Tourism Ministry said.

Worth mentioning on is the Best Niche Operation for Ayurveda Based Tourism Operation was awarded to – Barberyn Ayurveda Beach Resort