Bandaranayake Memorial Ayurvedic Research Institute.

The Executive Committee of Health in 1936 recommended the establishment of an institute for research in indigenous Medicine. Through the recommendation received the approval of the state council nothing was accomplished. In 1947 the Guptha Commission deplored the lack of facilities for research and recommended the steps to be taken. Unfortunately these recommendations were not implemented either. This situation stood in contrast to the position in India where much useful work was done in the field of research at Calcutta, Madras and Luknow.The question was brought into focus again in 1956 when the well known Ayurvedic journal in India “Nagarjuna� Commented editorially on the need for the establishment of an Ayurvedic research Institute in Sri Lanka. The late Mr. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike the prime Minister, directed Pandith Shiva Sharma an eminent Ayurvedic Physician from India who was in Colombo in connection with writing a report on the development of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka, to work on the idea advanced in “Nagarjuna�. The recommendation of Pandith Shiva Sharma that the research institute at Navinna was set up. It was named as Bandaranaike Memorial Ayurveda Research Institute. The place selected for housing the research institute was spacious and valuable building standing on a land of 17 acres in extent on the Old Kottawa Road, Nawinna, Maharagama. The Research Institute was ceremonially declared open by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the Prime Minister of India on the 14th October 1962. The entire expenditure on the Research Institute was met from the Hospital Lotteries Fund. A library, a pathological laboratory and a model herbarium were started to aid the work of the Institute.


To be the leader in Ayurvedic Research for the nation.

Mission Conduct

focussed & well planned research and development in every aspect of Ayurveda to enhance & improve the contribution of Ayurvedic medicine to the healthcare of mankind.


  • To ensure the formation of a self sufficient world community by the application of scientific research methodology based on Ayurvedic principles and concepts.
  • Discovery of new Indigenous Medical preparations for providing safe, qualitative and economical treatments through Ayurvedic Research.
  • Establishment of an appropriate background to provide safe an qualitative therapeutic treatments through Ayurvedic research.

The research activities presently carried out by the Institute are classified as follows.

(1) Clinical Research - This is the most important aspect of the activities of the Institute. The research section have three wards (Male, Female Child and Bikku) containing 24 beds in each. Research activity is centered round the treatment for Clinical research division conducts well planned research in every inspect of Ayurveda to enhance and improve the contribution of Ayurvedic medicine of the health care of mankind.

From 1965 Bandaranaike Memorial Ayurvedic Research institute conducted followed research projects focused on disease which are burden to the people.

  • Psoriasis
  • Bronchial asthma.
  • Pustule eczema.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Vitiligo.
  • Fistula in ano.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Myopathy.
  • Hydrocephalus.
  • Diabetes mellitus.
  • Heroin dependence.
  • Chronic headache.
  • Malaria.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Worm infestation.
  • Worm infestation.
  • Urinary calculi.
  • Warts.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Haemorrhoids.

Research on Rheumatoid arthritis (Sandigathavata) Diabetes Mellitus (Madumeha) and Vitiligo (Swithra) are on going projects in this Institute.

Patient are selected to the research from the special clinics conducted by BMARI and research drugs are prepared in own pharmacy.

Results of those projects were published in Ayurveda magazines and books.

Drug Research

The primary function of this Division in the investigation of the active principle in Medicinal plants and subjecting them to pharmacological and microbiological screening. The development of pharmacokinetic methods for the identification of indigenous medicinal planting material, particularly the bark and root material and evolving quality control methods for the evaluation of prepared drugs are two of the other functions.

Under this section there are Quality Control Lab and Botanical Research Section.

Function of the Quality control lab is identification of the Micro - organizing and avoiding the spoilage of drugs and required proper storage conditions. Research lab, Drug Museum, Drug Development Lab, Microbiology Lab and Pharmacognosy Lab are included in the structure of the Quality Control Lab. Identification of the raw-material standardization of finished drugs and raw-materials, carry on researches, Development of new products are main duties of this section

Botany Section - Four main areas of research work

  • Worm infestation.
  • Taxonomy authentication & compilation of information on medicinal plants.
  • Pharmacognosy of herbal raw-materials.
  • Propagation and cultivation of medicinal plants and,
  • Research extension services.


Taxonomy authentication & compilation of information on medicinal plants

  • Information collection through literature and ethno botanical surveys.
  • Germplasm collections to improve existing live herbarium.
  • Documentation of information.

Pharmacognosy of herbal raw-materials

  • Development of botanical parameters for the identification and authentication of herbal raw materials used in Ayurveda.
  • Investigation of optimum post harvest handling methods for quality and shelf life improvements..
  • Improvement of existing drug museum by collection of authentic specimens.

Propagation and cultivation of medicinal plants

  • Development of Agro technologies for the cultivation of economically Viable medical plants for import substitution.
  • Studies on propagation techniques of threaten medicinal plants.
  • Tissue culture technology development for rare and endangered medicinal plants.

Research extension services

  • Propagation of research reports.
  • Preparation of hand books manual, and leaflets.
  • Conducting workshops and seminars.
  • Other relevant extension services

Literary Research

The lack of facilities for research in Ayurveda has greatly hampered its development as a medical science. This is particularly felt in the field of literary research. The existing knowledge cannot be easily made available to the researcher. This is due to the peculiar manner in which the knowledge is preserved. It exists either in the form of oral prescriptions jealously guarded as family secrets and sometimes handed down by one generation to the other or it is contained in Ola manuscript safely locked up in museums, temples or individual homes.

Present duties of this section are

  • Preparation of Pharmacopeias.
  • Preparation of books on indigenous medicine containing prescription for Ayurveda treatment.
  • Reconstruction of outdated indigenous Medical publication and Printing of same.
  • Translation of and printing of medical literature Written in other languages.
  • Collection of old Books Copying of prescription conducting research thereof.
  • Preparation of Ayurveda Medical dictionary.
  • Publication of new researches.
  • Development of the library and ensure is consistency.


Rheumatoid arthritis
8.30 a.m - 11.30 a.m.
Eye diseases
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Bronchial asthma
8.30 a.m - 11.30 a.m..
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Thursday & Saturday
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Diabetes mellitus
8.30 a.m - 11.30 a.m.
Ano rectal Disease
Wednesday & Saturday
8.30 a.m - 11.30 a.m..