by Ananda Kannangara
A rare publication on Ayurveda titled "Panchakarma Chikithsa" (Medical treatment), written by eminent Ayurvedic physician Dr. Gamini Wijesinghe will be launched at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on December 28 under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Chairman, University Grants Commission Prof. R.R.N. Mendis and Vice Chancellor, Colombo University Prof. Thilak Hettiaratchchi will also participate as guests of honour at the ceremony, scheduled to commence at 3.30 p.m.
In an interview with the Sunday Observer Dr. Wijesinghe said that lack of recognition focused by responsible State authorities on the development of Ayurveda in our country, the system has partly deteriorated and it is the duty of others indulging in Ayurveda to preserve the system at least by publishing books on Ayurveda medical treatments."This nature of books, especially written in Sinhala will immensely benefit the future generation specially for the medical students and those who are engaged in numerous Ayurveda research," he said.
Dr. Wijesinghe further said that the book has given a comprehensive description of six major diseases such as Arthritis (Sandivatha), Parkinson's Disease (Sheershagathavatha), Multiple Sclerosis (Sclerosis), Migraine (Vathajashirashoola), Psoriasis (Kitiha) and Epilepsy (Apasmara) and also a description of the necessary treatments to get rid of such diseases.