How can traditional medicine (“HELAWEDAKAMA”) help people around the globe

The traditional system of medicine have a vast literature mainly in the form of manuscripts. The principle of the “Hela Wedakama” system is to consider the body as a whole ailments of different organs not being treated separately as in modern medicine.

Every person is made of combination of five basic elements found in the universe; space, air, fire, water and earth. These elements combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. The three doshas are,

  • Vata dosha (Space and Air)
  • Pitha dosha (Fire and Water)
  • Kapha dosha (Water and earth)

Everyone inherits a unique blend of the three doshas. One dosha is usually more dominant. Each doshas controls a different body function. It is believed that your chances of getting sick are linked to the balance of your doshas. The plants are used singly or as mixtures.

The health conscious today are searching for effective alternatives to the spiraling costs and side effects that result from the use of modern medicine.


Sri Lanka has its own indigenous scheme of traditional medicine which is called “Hela wedakama” traditional system of medicine mainly in the form of manuscripts. Hela wedakama is to consider the body as a whole ailment sees health and disease in holistic terms. It emphasizes on the harmony of mind, body and spirit to cure diseases. This system has been practiced for many centuries.