When you take any form of medical treatment, whether it is conventional or alternative, the importance of having faith in your chosen treatment needs to be considered. The mind and body go hand-in-hand so to speak. Quite often people may seek out alternative therapies but are skeptical or doubtful about their ability to heal. Of course, there are times you can't be blamed for having this view as there are a few tricksters out there who have no ability to heal, but charge for it anyway. Likewise, even when it comes to conventional medicine, there are challenges. Funnily, I know an old married couple in Colombo - the husband has total faith in conventional medicine, while his wife has total faith in ayurveda or alternative medicine. There's often a bit of "hoo-ha" in their household whenever either of them is unwell and need to seek medical treatment.
As you may know (or have read) from my earlier blog post about ancient alternative therapies in Sri Lanka, I have an enthusiasm and interest in this area. For me, 2013 has been a year of exploration and "taking a punt" on a variety of ayurvedic treatments available in Sri Lanka. My foray into this exotic world of herbal and energy treatments has largely been triggered through friends and other acquaintances in search of some kind of remedy or treatment from vedha mahathiyas with specialist healing skills - this has ranged from treatment of general ailments to diagnosed long term illnesses.
In my earlier blog post on ayurvedic treatments I wrote I was going to see an es-vedha mathathiya or ayurvedic eye doctor in Anuradhapura. I can confirm I went up to Anuradhapura for a consultation and subsequently tried the prescribed treatment (ayurvedic medicine applied to my big toe!) for one month. Due to work pressures I couldn't go back to see the doctor and therefore didn't completed the ongoing treatment. However, I may give this another try next year when things are possibly not-so-busy
Now onto my most recent exploration...
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