Traditional Psychiatry Mental Health

In Sri Lanka, a country renowned for its rich cultural heritage and traditional practices, mental health has long been an essential aspect of overall well-being. Traditional psychiatric approaches have played a significant role in addressing mental health challenges for generations. Among these traditional practices, our Neelammahara Manasika Hela Wedakama known as ‘Manasa’ Ayurveda Hospital stands out as an institution that has preserved and contributed to the mental health landscape of the nation for 7 generations

Understanding Mental Health and Disease

Mental health is an essential aspect of overall well-being, encompassing emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how individuals think, feel, and act, ultimately determining how they handle stress, interact with others, and make life choices. Mental health is crucial for a balanced and fulfilling life.


Mental disease, on the other hand, refers to a wide range of disorders that affect a person’s thinking, mood, and behaviour. These disorders can be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Common mental disorders include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Our traditional psychiatry mental health treatments are focused on bringing both mind and body into a balanced state culminating the patient’s overall well-being.

Traditional Neelammahara Manasika Hela Wedakama

Neelammahara Manasika Hela Wedakama is an ancient Sri Lankan system of traditional psychiatry that dates back centuries. Derived from traditional Sinhala medicine, this practice incorporates Ayurveda, indigenous herbal medicine, and spiritual healing techniques. The term “Neelammahara” is translated as “blue lotus,” which holds deep cultural and spiritual significance in Sri Lanka.


The core philosophy of Neelammahara Manasika Hela Wedakama revolves around the belief that mental health is an interconnected balance between the body, mind, and spirit. The treatment approach emphasizes holistic healing, considering factors such as diet, lifestyle, daily routines, and spirituality to restore the mental equilibrium.


Our practitioners, known as ‘Hela Wedakam’ or traditional healers, possess extensive knowledge of medicinal herbs and various therapeutic techniques. They play a crucial role in addressing a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, and even more severe cases of mental illness.


Sri Lanka’s traditional psychiatry embraces Ayurvedic treatments, herbal medicines, meditation, yoga, and lifestyle modifications to address mental health issues. Practitioners believe that imbalances in the body’s three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) can lead to mental disorders. Through personalized treatments, they aim to restore harmony and equilibrium, thereby alleviating mental distress.

Treatments at 'Manasa' Ayurveda Hospital

  • Herbal Medicines: ‘Manasa’ Ayurveda Hospital employs a vast array of Ayurvedic herbal medicines to address various mental health conditions. These natural remedies aim to restore the balance of the doshas and improve overall mental well-being.
  • Meditation and Yoga: Meditation and yoga are central components of the treatment programs at the hospital. These practices help individuals attain mental clarity, reduce stress, and cultivate a sense of inner peace.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Patients are encouraged to make positive lifestyle changes, including dietary adjustments and daily routines, to support their mental health journey.
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy: In addition to traditional treatments, the hospital recognizes the significance of counselling and psychotherapy to address emotional and psychological concerns.

The Role of Manasa Ayurvedic Hospital Traditional Psychiatry in Modern Sri Lanka

Despite the advancements in modern medicine, traditional psychiatry maintains its relevance in Sri Lanka for several reasons:

  • Cultural Heritage: Traditional psychiatry is deeply ingrained in Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, with its practices being passed down through generations.
  • Holistic Approach: Ayurveda’s holistic approach aligns with the belief that mental health is interconnected with physical and spiritual well-being.
  • Accessibility: Traditional psychiatry remains accessible to people in rural and remote areas, where modern healthcare facilities may be scarce.
  • Complementary to Modern Medicine: Traditional practices can complement modern medical interventions, offering a more comprehensive approach to mental health care.Sri Lanka’s traditional psychiatric approaches,

exemplified by Neelammahara Manasika Hela Wedakama / ‘Manasa’ Ayurveda hospital, demonstrate the nation’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and holistic healing practices. Our ancient methods, rooted in Ayurveda and indigenous wisdom, have stood the test of time and continue to offer hope and healing to those grappling with mental health challenges.