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Taking charge of body and spirit

The art of Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient healing system which is based on 5000 years of tradition in India and Sri Lanka. Ayurveda in Sri Lanka which dates back thousands of years is one with subtle variations that tourists come to Sri Lanka to experience. Sri Lankans place their trust in this healing system. Green Thumbs speaks to Institute of Indigenous Medicine, Department of Dravyaguna Vignana, Senior Lecturer, Dr. S. D. Hapuarachchi about this ancient knowledge of healing that is carefully practiced and studied by practitioners.

There are different types of drug preparations. This in Ayurveda is called as ‘Kalpana’ (Process). This is Sanskrit, and it is divided into Aushadha Kalpana (Drug Process/ medicinal preparation) and the other is Aahara Kalpana (Food Process – edible things such as rice, meat and vegetables). Aushadha Kalpana is medicine and Aahara Kalpana is what we eat.

“There is internal and external Kalpana. Internal medicinal preparations are what we take inside through our mouths. External medical preparations are balms, oil and ointments applied on the skin. There are different internal types of preparations. They are – Swarasa, Kalka, Phanta, Kuwatha, Choorna, Vati (Pills), Aveleha, Arishta and Asava.

When it comes to preparations, Swarasa Kalpana is a juice, Kalka is paste, Phanta and Kuwatha are drinking medicines. However Phanta and Kuwatha are prepared in different ways. When it comes to Phanta it is similar to preparing tea or coffee. The dried material powdered is mixed with boiled water and then the liquid is obtained by sieving. When it comes to Kuwatha, the dried material is mixed with water and then boiled. Both preparations are prepared through Sieving,” explained Hapuarachchi.

When it comes to Swarasa we understand that it is a juice extracted from fresh or dried material. “When it comes to extracting juice from Dried Material it is called Putapaka Swarasa. Here there are two heat application methods. Here the material is covered by a clay and then put into the fire. This is called the Bolus. Then the clay becomes red hot. After that the outer layer is removed and the juice can be squeezed out of the dried material, the water vapors having entered it. Sometimes clay is not used, and we can cover the dried material with a cloth. When using this latter option we do not put it into the fire. We firstly prepare a pot with water. And then place a cloth covering over the mouth of the pot. We place the dried material on this cloth and cover it again with another cloth. With the boiling, the water vapors enter the dried material and after that the juice can be squeezed out of the material,” pointed out Hapuarachchi.

Choorna is a very fine material which is a fine powder which can be taken with honey or warm water. Most of Choorna comes with a sugar base.

“There are some medicines called ‘Hima Kalpana’ called Cold Infusion. Other than Choorna Phanta, Kuwatha and Putapaka Swarasa are all hot infusions. Hima Kalpana is the powder mixed with water and kept one night. Then it is extracted from sieving. It is cold. It has a cold quality which is good for the body in some situations – burning sensations and such medical conditions. It has a cooling effect on the body.

“If you take Aveleha, it is the powder material mixed with honey or ghee preparing a paste that we can swallow. It is semi-solid. It is pleasant to eat. Vati are the pills – the powder grinding with other liquids or honey. Manually pills can be prepared. Arishta and Asava are the fermented materials. If you take Kalka is also semi solid, but is more solid than Aveleha. Aveleha is more liquid, while Kalka is more solid. But both are eaten. Kalka, Aveleha and Vati we can prepare with liquids, ghee and honey.

If you take Phanta, Swarasa and Kuwatha, they are very easily absorbed into the body. Aveleha and Kalka are a little more difficult to absorb. Vati takes longer to absorb than the others,” added Hapuarachchi.

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TYPES OF PREPARATIONS

* Kalpana (Process) – Aushada Kalpana and Aahara Kalpana

* Internal Kalpana - Swarasa, Kalka, Phanta, Kuwatha, Choorna, Vati (Pills), Aveleha, Arishta and Asava.

* External Kalpana -balms, oil and ointments applied on the skin.

Reliable sources on the net tell us that 75 per cent of the island’s population depends on Ayurveda because of its reliance on natural plants, herbs and oils. They also tell us that Ayurvedic classical texts were written in India between 3,500 – 5000 year ago and the word Ayurveda means “life-knowledge”.

The foundation of Ayurveda is the belief that any disease can be successfully treated or managed if its root cause is known and targeted effectively.

Ayurvedic medicine also is effective when you finish the race, which means that the full course of the treatment should be taken. You need to complete what you have started.

This is important so the treatment will fully be able to completely eradicate the disease. Then you can receive the complete benefits. Remember the longer you wait without obtaining treatment the longer the treatment will take. So why not pick up the phone and make that important call?

Ayruvedic treatment starts off with a measure of faith. Most practitioners of Ayurvedic treatment acknowledge the existence of the mind and spirit. Most practitioners also acknowledge the fact that the mind, body and spirit need to be in harmony with the universe.

There is the belief in life energy. The material vouching for such facts are readily available on the net. You only need to take that leap of faith and enlighten yourself about the incredible benefits of Ayurveda.


 

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