Understanding Ayurveda, Looking Beyond The Pharmacopiae


De Zoysa Arjuna and C D Palitharathne


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.




Ayurveda, malaria, pharmacopeia


This paper aims to present some research findings in the area of Malariology, and to draw far reaching conclusions as to how traditional societies in Sri Lanka, dealt with the disease. Presentation of results on asymptomatic carriers, possible modulation of immune reactions to disease using herbal medicines, Concept of a ‘Sanyojanaya’ in Ayurvedic pharmacopeia. Immune reactions to disease are tempered, not leading to high fevers and serious damage to the human body. Ecological control of the transmission through a holistic approach to the traditional village environs. Specific conclusions as to the control of malaria, without the dangers of drug and insecticide adaptation. Philosophical conclusions to be learnt as to the Gestalt switch necessary in viewing traditional medical knowledge, Feyrabend and Kuhnian concept of incommensurability would be the fundamental viewing learn.