Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago.
In the Third Century BC Ashoka the Emperor converted to Buddhism. He sent many Buddhist missionaries to neighboring countries and this is probably how Ayurveda reached Sri Lanka.
We know that Ayurvedic medicine was already extensively developed by the time of the Buddha (5th to 4th century BCE).
Green Thumbs speaks to Senior Lecturer, Former Director, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Dr. Swarna Hapuarachchi on Ayurveda plant medicines and the health benefits provided by Ayurvedic plants.
“There are number of medicinal plants that have the power to fight against diseases. There are some groups of medicines available in the Ayurveda system. Following groups are very commonly used – Thriphala, Trikatu, Dashamula, Pancakola and Trijata.Triphala is a combination of Nelli, Aralu and Bulu. Triphala means three fruits.