The word Ayurveda is made up of amalgamating two Sanskrit words. ‘Ayu’ means life and ‘Veda’ means science. Ayurveda is not merely a system of medicine; it is a way of living. The base of this unique method is the belief that the highest wealth a person can acquire is health. The notion of Ayurveda is to heal the body when afflicted by disease and to preserve mind, body and soul.
This ancient medicine system was developed way before the birth of Hippocrates who is known as the father of modern medicine. Ayurveda dates back to the Vedic period and historians believe that this traditional medical method is a part of Atharva Veda.
There has been some significant foreign influence for creating of the traditional Sri Lankan method of medicine. It is a combination of Siddha, which is a medicine system inherited from South India, Ayurveda system from North India and Unani system of Arabs along with the local traditional system known as Desheeya Chikitsa.