Ayurveda is believed (with good reason) to be an eternal science that first existed in the universal consciousness (Brahma) before it was passed from the creator to the ancient Indian mystics through meditation. The roots of Ayurveda go deep into the antiquity. Many of the foods and spices associated with Ayurvedic cuisine, including rice, lentils, urad dal, ginger, and turmeric, were already being cultivated during this period.
Unlike the tea made from tea plant (Camellia sinensis), herbal tea or tisane has a long history as a Sri Lankan traditional beverage and has been one of the main beverages consumed by ancient Sri Lankans before the introduction of coffee and tea to Sri Lanka by British colonial planters.
Ayurveda Expo 2013, the international indigenous healthcare exhibition organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) will be held at the BMICH from July 12 -14.
The exhibition is held for the fourth consecutive time in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Export Development Board.
The objective of the exhibition is to showcase the potential of Sri Lanka's indigenous medical sector and its products and services for the tourism industry.
Ayurveda 2013 Steering Committee Chairman Thilak Godamanna said many Sri Lankan and Indian organisations engaged in indigenous medical product manufacturing and services have already reserved stalls.
He said delegations from Japan, India, Germany, South Africa and China (Shanghai) have confirmed participation in the exhibition.
A Symposium on South Asian Traditional Medicine will be held on July 13 at the same venue, where world-renowned professionals in the sector will make presentations on the latest research findings in the sector.