Information And Statistics

Summary of Indigenous System of Medicine in Sri Lanka relavant to Statistics

Great historic source Mahawansa says over 2500 years history belongs to Sri Lanka. Then it was called Tambapanni or Pearl of Indian Ocean. The main nation of the Sri Lanka Sinhala people orininated from the King VIjaya who emigrated from India 6th century B.C

According to Sri Lankan folklore it goes to the 10th century. Then there were three tribes called Yaksa, Deva, and Naga. They were the original SriLankans by generation. Since then, the Indigenous system of medicine in Sri Lanka has been practiced. This was then known as Deseeya Chikitsa. Originally they had their own herbal medicines and treatments. various section of diseases many traditional physicians practiced their own treatment for many special diseases.

  • Snake Bites.
  • Mental diseases.
  • Rabies.
  • Hepatitis. 
  • Fractures and Dislocations.
  • In the book of

    HISTORICAL RELATION OF THE ISLAND OF CEYLON

    by the Robert Knox (1890) says

    “They are the clever in the world to make traps and treat fractures. They Locate fractures with applying a medicinal oil and paste with in a period of cooking rice and two curries”

    In addition to these they used astrology to identify the diseases or go to palm readers if not predictors, or think of black magic and go to exotics. According to their suggestions people go to traditional physicians. As mentioned earlier there are many types of physicians for Snake bites, Fractures, Hepatitis, Mental diseases so on. Many of them treat for physical and mental disorders. For mental diseases they make devil dances. eg: BaliYaga.

    Buddhism has given many support to indigenous system of medicine. Buddhist believe rebirth. After many treatment for a disease If it does not recover they believe that it was due to an error or evil sprits. Then they go to a Bikku and chanting Pirith and giving alms. They believe such rituals would be beneficial for the patient's next birth.

    Primary Health Care is an essential one based on practical scientific and socially acceptable methods and technology. It is the main vehicle through which an acceptable level of health and new total coverage can be achieved in the foreseeable future. In this part of the world the Traditional Medicine plays a vital and an important role. Especially, in Sri Lanka.

    It is evident that the folk medicine (as some say) such as home remedies was practiced without any hassle almost in all households. But it is sad to note that this trend is fading away gradually from the rural folks due to the introduction of modern trends, the modernity, TVs News papers. The rural mother knew a simple home remedy for her child’s stomachache.

    There are hundreds of rural medicines that has come through generation. When the housewife gets a cut from the knife it was a simple medicine. Chop some tender coffee leaves and bind them around the wound. The blood stops oozing. Sometimes the rural Traditional Medical Practitioners uses Mantras to pacify the patient as a psychological treatment.

    STATISTICS

    Number of Ayurveda physicians registered under the Sri Lanka Ayurveda Medical council is around 19754 as at 31st Dec.2010

    As per the statistics available, Out of the General physicians Ayurveda counts 84.6% Siddha system 12.7% and Unani 2.7 %. Among the special physicians Ayurveda counts 96.5% Siddha system 2.9% and Unani 0.6%. Apart from the above registered physicians at the Ayurveda Medical Council, there are more than 8000 Traditional Medical Practitioners practicing medicines who are decedents of reputed families with secret formulae to cure deceases engaged in Public Health Care.

    It is evident that many Sri Lankan go to a Traditional physician for Fractures and Dislocations even after entering the Western hospitals. People have trusted the Traditional Medical system they go for oil applications. Still lots of people have faith in going for medications to Traditional Medical Practitioners.

    Anual Statistics Report 2010

    Ayurveda Healthcare Centers in Sri Lanka

    Institution
    Numbers
    Borella Ayurveda Teaching Hospital
    1
    Kaithadi Ayurveda Teaching Hospital
    1
    Gampaha Teaching Hospital
    1
    Hambantaota Research Hospital
    1
    Batticaloa Research Ayurveda Hospital
    1
    Ampara Ayurveda Research Hospital
    1
    Hospitals administered by provincial councils
    56
    Central dispensaries administered by provincial councils
    208
    Free dispensaries administered by local government institutions
    231
    Total
    501

    PATIENT STATISTICS UNDER CENTRAL GOVERNMENT  AYURVEDA HELTHCARE CENTERS

    Outpatients statistics

    Inpatients Statistics

    Healthcare centers  under central Government

    Hospitals

    Central  Dispensary

    No of days open

    Out-patients

    Average daily Attendance

    Wards

    Beds

    In-patients

    Yakkala Ayur. Hospital

    1

    284

    38215

    135

    4

    106

    824

    Parliament Dispeansary

    1

    244

    4045

    17

    Navinna Ayur.Hospital

    1

    282

    48856

    173

    3

    56

    602

    Borella Ayur. Hospital

    1

    282

    239448

    849

    12

    271

    2041

    Kaithadi Ayur. Hospital

    1

    289

    29343

    102

    3

    90

    886

    Manchankudi Ayu. Hospital

    1

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    Ampara Ayurveda Hospital

    1

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    Hambantoa Ayur. Hospital

    1

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    PATIENT STATISTICS UNDER PROVINCIAL COUNCILS  AYURVEDA HELTHCARE CENTERS

    Outpatients statistics

    Inpatients Statistics

    Healthcare centers under provincial councils

    Hospitals

    Central  Dispensary

    No of days open

    Out-patients

    Average daily Attendance

    Wards

    Beds

    In-patients

    Eastern province

    7

    30

    6578

    191721

    29

    3515

    Central Province

    6

    28

    7920

    274050

    35

    21

    274

    562

    Northern Province

    1

    14

    3758

    154283

    41

    2

    43

    5472

    North Western Province

    10

    26

    7506

    289910

    39

    27

    518

    1282

    Uva Province

    3

    23

    6114

    211143

    35

    9

    253

    3898

    Sabaragamuwa Province

    9

    18

    4724

    257934

    55

    24

    431

    2958

    North Central Province

    5

    28

    6542

    240078

    37

    15

    309

    3835

    Southern Province

    8

    25

    8493

    376239

    44

    12

    447

    5378

    Western Province

    9

    15

    6250

    368198

    59

    16

    304

    5378

    Total

    62

    208

    59266

    2723463

    1650

    148

    3102

    36631

    PROVINCIAL COUNCILS AYURVEDA HELTHCARE CENTERS

    Constitution of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was added it 13th amendment in November 1987. By this amendment was introduced provincial councils governing system to eight provinces in Sri Lanka. With this concept central governing powers were distributed among the provincial council. Under this amendment a provincial governor was appointed by the president of Sri Lanka. To assists the governor each province establish a provincial government by an election. Chief Minister and other four ministers are included to provincial council ministries. All Ayurveda hospitals, dispensaries and free dispensaries are under the provincial Ministry of indigenous medicine. Provincial indigenous secretaries and Provincial Ayurveda Commissioners are responsible for administration of the Ayurveda sectors in provinces

    WESTERN PROVINCE

    Western Province Ayurveda Commissioner - Ayu. Doctor. Nimal Karunasiri

    Thimbirigasyaya Road,

    Narahenpita,Colombo 5.

    Contact T.P No 094 -011-2681335

    Institutes

    No. Beds

    Date Of Established

    District

    Divisional Secretariat

    Lunawa

    76.01.20

    Colombo

    Moratuwa

    Nittambuwa

    88.03.20

    Gampaha

    Attanagalle

    Dewolapola

    87.04.04

    Gampaha

    Minuwangoda

    Dambuwa , Ragama

    84.09.05

    Gampaha

    Ja-Ela

    Poruwadanda

    92.01.09

    Kalutara

    Horana

    Mahara

    89.12.17

    Gampaha

    Mahara

    Beruwala

    90.09.15

    Kalutara

    Beruwala

    Payagala

    90.08.30

    Kalutara

    Beruwala

    Diwlapitiya

    86.11.29

    Gampaha

    Diwlapitiya

    Avissawella

    97.05.10

    Colombo

    Hanwella

    Ratmalana

    91.06.10

    Colombo

    Ratmalana

    Kadawata

    97.03.05

    Gampaha

    Mahara

    Morontuduwa

    85.06.11

    Kalutara

    Kalutara

    Molligoda

    40

    89.12.20

    Kalutara

    Panadura

    Meerigama

    25

    83.12.15

    Gampaha

    Meerigama

    Meegoda

    74

    82.02.07

    Colombo

    Homagama

    Kanduboda

    25

    88.04.03

    Gampaha

    Biyagama

    Kasbewa

    28

    89.06.03

    Colombo

    Piliyandala

    Naboda

    38

    79.09.23

    Kalutara

    Dodamgoda

    Aniyakanda

    25

    91.01.25

    Gampaha

    Ja-Ela

    Weediyagoda

    20

    92.10.29

    Kalutara

    Horana

    Palpitigoda

     

     

     

    Wikramarachci  Ayurveda Hospital *

    84.06.02

    Gampaha

    Gampaha

     

     

     

     

    Total

    259

     

     

     

    CENTRAL PROVINCE

    Central Province Ayurveda Commissioner ; Ayu. Dr . D. Abeygunawardana

    Ayurveda Hospital Complex

    Pallekele Kandy, Sri Lanka.

    Contact T.P No 094 -08-22420541

    Institutes

    No.Of Beds

    Date Of Established

    District

    Divisional Secretaries

    Adikarigama

     

    99.07.05

    Nuwaraeliya

    Hanguranketa

    Doluwa*

    50

    88.11.05

    Kandy

    Gampola

    Pallekele*

    64

    77.04.02

    Kandy

    Kundasale

    Dambulla

     

    82.08.10

    Matale

    Dambulla

    Galewela

     

    82.08.10

    Matale

    Galewela

    Nawa Morape

     

    91.02.24

    Nuwaraeliya

    Kotmale

    Drugs Factory( Pallekele)

     

    94.07.14

    Kandy

    Kundasale

    Handaganawa

     16

    99.12.08

    Kandy

    Minipe

    Udispattuwa

     

     

    Kandy

    Meda Dumbara

    Tenna

     13

    89.09.30

    Matale

    Matale

    Yatawara

     

    86.10.25

    Kandy

    Pata Dumbara

    Alawatugoda

     

    95.07.09

    Kandy

    Harispattuwa

    Uda Aludeniya

     

    88.08.19

    Kandy

    Udunuwara

    Bopitiya

     

    97.07.15

    Kandy

    Pata Hewaheta

    Nugetenna*

    12

    90.04.20

    Kandy

    Udu Dumbara

    Ankumbura

     

    92.06.21

    Kandy

    Poojapitiya

    Uda Madura

     

    84.06.30

    Nuwaraeliya

    Walapone

    Nildandahinna

     

    90.09.20

    Nuwaraeliya

    Walapone

    Ull Andupitiya

     

    00.07.18

    Kandy

    Harispattuwa

    Gelioya

     

    84.04.21

    Kandy

    Udu Nuwara

    Panwila*

    30

    89.10.12

    Kandy

    Pata Dumbara

    Hataraliyadda

     

    91.02.09

    Kandy

    Galagedara

    Madawala Ulpota*

    91.05.08

    Matale

    Dambulla

     Hanguranketa

     

     

     

     

    Total

    374

     

     

    UVA PROVINCE

    Uva Province Ayurveda Commissioner ; Ayu. Dr . P.W.W.Disanayake

    Ayurveda Hospital Complex

    Diyatalawa, Sri Lanka.

    Contact T.P No 094 -057-2229192

    Institutes

    Date Of Establishment

    District

    Divisional Secretaries

    Ambagasdowa

    86.11.02

    Badulla

    Uva Paranagama

    Kodayana

    96.05.07

    Badulla

    Siyabalanduwa

    Amilagama

    98.06.12

    Badulla

    Haldummulla

    Kahagolla Garden

     

    Badulla

    Haputale

    Diyathalawa

    75.08.05

    Badulla

    Haputale

    Meriswatta Garden

     

    Badulla

    Haldummulla

    Mawelagama

    84.09.09

    Badulla

    Haldummulla

    Karamatiya

    92.11.22

    Badulla

    Meegahakiwla

    Kalupahana

    98.11.28

    Badulla

    Haldummulla

    Dambarawa

    89.12.27

    Badulla

    Maheyanganaya

    Pagaragammana

    89.06.14

    Badulla

    Maheyanganaya

    Boliyadda

    93.07.25

    Badulla

    Poranatota

    Bathalayaya

    87.01.01

    Badulla

    Maheyanganaya

    Maspanna

    88.08.21

    Badulla

    Lunuwatta

    Godunna

    88.06.28

    Badulla

    Kandaketiya

    Dabawinna

    93.10.09

    Badulla

    Welimada

    Weliyaya

    93.08.15

    Monaragala

    Monaragala

    Kiri Ebbanwewa

    85.09.22

    Monaragala

    Thanamalwila

    Buttala

    92.12.28

    Monaragala

    Buttala

    Kataragama

    87.06.22

    Monaragala

    Kataragama

    Madagama

    86.11.09

    Monaragala

    Madagma

     Redeemaliyadda

     

     Badulla

     Redeemaliyadda

     Madulla

     

     Monaragala

     Maduula

     Nakkala

     

     Monaragala

     Monaragala

    SABARAGAMUWA PROVINCE

    Sabaragamu Province Ayurveda Commissioner ; Ayur. Dr. I.P Kasturiarachci

    Ayurveda Hospital Complex

    Ratnapura, Sri Lanka.

    Contact T.P No 094 -045-2223147

    Institutes

    No.Of Beds

    Date Of Established

    District

    Divisional Secretaries

    Ratnapura*

    106

    66.05.02

    Ratnapura

    Ratnapura

    Kegalle *

    80

    94.07.23

    Kegalle

    Kegalle

    Pussalla *

    28

    85.05.05

    Ratnapura

    Kuruvita

    Panawala Eheliyagoda *

    45

    88.03.09

    Kegalle

    Dehiovita

    Warakapola *

    43

    87.07.22

    Kegalle

    Warakapola

    Malwatta, Kitulgala *

    15

    90.09.22

    Kegalle

    Yatiyantota

    Makuddala, Helamada*

    23

    83.12.17

    Kegalle

    Galigamuwa

    Ambilipitiya*

    45

    86.08.25

    Ratnapura

    Ambilipitiya

    Madabadda

     

    87.02.01

    Ratnapura

    Balangoda

    Galapitamada

     

    89.11.10

    Kegalle

    Ruwanwella

    Ayagama

     

    99.09.19

    Ratnapura

    Ayagama

    Ellawala

     

    92.10.30

    Ratnapura

    Eheliyagoda

    Uduwa, Dedugala.

     

    84.03.21

    Kegalle

    Yatiyantota

    Molligoda  Hingula

     

    92.08.15

    Kegalle

    Mawanella

    Pinnawala, Rambukkana

     

    90.09.16

    Kegalle

    Rambukkana

    Bulathkohupitiya

     

    93.09.17

    Kegalle

    Bulathkohupitiya

    Rakwana

     

    86.09.15

    Ratnapura

    Godakawela

    Rassagala

     

    84.04.09

    Ratnapura

    Balangoda

    Pelmadulla Moratota

     

    04.04/28 

     Ratnapura

     Pelmadulla

    Kattigala

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Total

    385

     

     

     

    * Ayurveda Hospitals

     

     

    SOUTHERN PROVINCE

    Southern Province Ayurveda Commissioner ; Ayu. Dr. G.L Guruge

    Ayurveda Hospital Complex

    Galle Sri Lanka.

    Contact T.P No 094 -09-2234317

    Institutes

    No.Of Beds

    Date Of Established

    District

    Divisional Secretaries

    Morayaya*

    10

    85.10.17

    Hambantota

    Weerakatiya

    Megahajandura*

    20

    80.08.23

    Hambantota

    Sooriyawewa

    Beliatta*

    100

    73.01.29

    Hambantota

    Beliatta

    Beliatta Factory

     

     

     

     

    Ranna

     

    90.11.16

    Hambantota

    Tangalle

    Hambantota

     

    90.11.16

    Hambantota

    Hambantota

    Bandagiriya

     

    79.09.29

    Hambantota

    Hambantota

    Nadigamwila

     

    92.03.23

    Hambantota

    Tissamaharama

    Sooriya Wewa

     

    90.09.28

    Hambantota

    Sooriyawewa

    Middeniya

     

    90.11.17

    Hambantota

    Katuwana

    Hungama

     

    93.10.02

    Hambantota

    Ambalantota

    Waralla*

    79

    85.06.20

    Matara

    Kotapola

    Booweli Ara

     

    88.01.28

    Hambantota

    Angunukolapalassa

    Aparekka*

    40

    84.03.03

    Matara

    Devinuwara

    Welipitiya*

    9

    87.02.08

    Matara

    Welipitiya

    Wattakgoda

     

    93.02.20

    Matara

    Welipitiya

    Galle*

    128

    82.01.26

    Galle

    Galle

    Pitigala*

    18

    84.04.07

    Galle

    Bentara Elpitiya

    Yatiyana

     

    84.03.03

    Matara

    Tihagoda

    Gandera

     

    93.08.21

    Matara

    Devinuwara

    Kekunadura

     

    92.01.14

    Matara

    Matara

    Kirinda Puhulwalla

     

    87.04.24

    Matara

    Kirinda

    Hakmana

     

    85.05.05

    Matara

    Hakmana

    Kurundugahahethakma

     

    93.02.15

    Galle

    Karandeniya

     Rathgama Katudampe

     

    85.11.26

    Galle

    Hakmana

    Wawulugala

     

    90.07.03

    Galle

    Emadoowa

    Udugama

     

    00.07.07

    Galle

    Nagoda

    Dodamdoowa

     

    92.06.12

    Galle

    Hikkaduwa

    Kahanda

     

    87.04.18

    Galle

    Angulugaha

    Naungala

     

    00.07.31

    Galle

    Yakkalamulla

    Total

    404

     

     

     

    * Ayurveda Hospitals

     

     

     

     

    NORTH CENTRAL PROVINCE

    North Central Province Ayurveda Commissioner ; Ayu Dr. L.U.C.K. Alwis

    Ayurveda Hospital Complex

    Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka..

    Contact T.P No 094 -025-2225397

    Institute

    No Beds

    Date Of Established

    District

    Divisional Secretaries

    Minneriya

    84

    84.03.17

    Polonnaruwa

    Hingurakgoda

    Yakalla

    20

    90.09.16

    Anuradapura

    Galenbindunuwewa

    Tambuttegama

    15

    86.05.18

    Anuradapura

    Thambuttegama

    Nawa Senapura

     

    86.10.16

    Polonnaruwa

    Dimbulagala

    Manampitiya,Dimbulagala

     

    90.12.28

    Polonnaruwa

    Dimbulagala

    Thirappane

     

    91.01.10

    Anuradapura

    Thirappane

    Wijayabapura

     

    86.10.16

    Polonnaruwa

    Dimbulagala

    Jayasiripura

     

    86.04.28

    Polo

    Elahera

    Anuradapura

    120

    64.02.22

    Anuradapura

    Anuradapura

    Aselapura, Welikanda

     

    89.12.27

    Polonnaruwa

    Dimbulagala

    Palugaswewa

     

    88.09.06

    Anuradapura

    Palugaswewa

    Galadiulwewa

     

    86.11.30

    Anuradapura

    Nochchiyagama

    Padaviya

     

    91.04.05

    Anuradapura

    Padaviya

    Meegaswewa

     

    84.09.29

    Polonnaruwa

     

    Galmulla,Bakamoona

    26

    87.02.27

    Polonnaruwa

     

    Palagala

     

    91.06.04

    Anuradapura

     

    Tantirimale

     

    04.07.20 

     Anuradapura

     

    Total

    265

     

     

     

    * Ayurveda Hospitals

     

     

     

    NORTH WESTERN

    North western Province Ayurveda Commissioner ; Ayu. Dr .

    Ayurveda Hospital Complex

    Kurunagala, Sri Lanka.

    Contact T.P No 094 -037-2228407

    Institute

    No.Of Beds

    Date Of Establishment

    District

    Divisional Secretaries

    Kurunagala*

    205

    68.11.16

    Kurunagala

    Kurunagala

    Dodangaslanda*

    45

    88.01.30

    Kurunagala

    Ridigama

    Anamaduwa

     

    89.05.06

    Puttalam

    Anamaduwa

    Balalla

     

    89.05.06

    Kurunagala

    Mahawa

    Galgamuwa

     

    89.12.21

    Kurunagala

    Galgamuwa

    Muthugala

     

    94.01.13

    Kurunagala

    Narammala

    Rambodagalla

     

    85.11.28

    Kurunagala

    Ridigama

    Ingaradavula

     

    87.11.21

    Kurunagala

    Pannala

    Nikaweratiya

     

    89.12.21

    Kurunagala

    Nikaweratiya

    Pothuhera Mahapitiya

     

    85.11.30

    Kurunagala

    Polgahawela

    Naththandiya

     

    89.12.28

    Puttalam

    Naththandiya

    Thambuwa

     

    93.08.12

    Kurunagala

    Polpithigama

    Rajangane

     

     

    Kurunagala

    Giribawa

    Kumbukgete

     

    94.02.07

    Kurunagala

    Ganewatta

    Wellawa

     

    90.04.22

    Kurunagala

    Kurunagala

    Puttalam

     

    85.06.11

    Puttalam

    Puttalam

    Waduressegama

     

    94.02.25

    Kurunagala

    Kuliyapitiya

    Horombuwa

     

    87.10.19

    Kurunagala

    Hettipola

    Keenawalana

     

     

     

     

    Maiyawa

     

    90.03.17

    Puttalam

    Arachchikattuwa

    Wanathawilluwa

     

    90.03.17

    Puttalam

    Puttalam

    Kobigane

     

    89.12.21

    Kurunagala

    Kobeigane

    Ambanpola

     

    96.08.10

    Kurunagala

    Ambanpola

    Wariyaopla

     

    87.06.06

    Kurunagala

    Wariyapola

    Meegalewa

     

    86.11.30

    Kurunagala

    Ahatuwewa

    Muruthenge*

    32

    80.03.28

    Kurunagala

    Nakkawatta

    Maharachchimulla

     

    88.10.29

    Kurunagala

    Alwwa

    Kirindawa

     

    88.09.02

    Kurunagala

    Kuliyapitiya

    Welpalla

     

    84.05.31

    Kurunagala

    Pannala

    Yagamwela

     

    94.02.18

    Kurunagala

    Udubaddawa

    Nadalagamuwa

     18

    91.03.07

    Kurunagala

    Pannala

    Narammala*

    40

    98.06.08

    Kurunagala

    Narammala

    Kirimatiyana*

    26

    91.11.21

    Puttalam

    Dankotuwa

    Mundalama

     

    94.02.03

    Puttalam

    Mundalama

    Palliwasalthurey

     

     

    Puttalam

    Kalpitiya

    Madampe*

     

    99.01.20

    Puttalam

    Madampe

    Solepura

     

     

     

     

    Total

    366

     

     

     

    * Ayurveda Hospitals

    N. A.= (Not Available)