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Get an Experience of a Traditional Ayurvedic Treatment at Tulip of Ceylon Nature Resort

1. Tulip of Ceylon Ayurveda Therapy    

Ayurveda has become a household name with all those interested in "alternative medicine". Yet Ayurveda is not an alternative medicine. It is one of the oldest forms of medical science known to man - originating 5000 years ago. It is a way to a healthy and long life and can complement modern medicine. 

Ayurveda therapy has two main objectives:
to treat the symptoms of a disease and to help individuals to strengthen their immune system.
Ayurvedic medicine treats body, mind and spirit of a person as a whole entity.It works on the basis that mind and body affect each other, and together can overcome disease.

2. Ayurveda Treatments at Tulip of Ceylon    

Ayurveda gives equal importance to the maintenance of health and the curing of a disease. It does not simply suppress the disease, but rather aims at removing the disease from its root. 

Ayurvedic principles state that the imbalance of the three biological energies (Tri Dosha) creates a disease - due to years of poor diet, weak digestion, improper metabolism and incomplete elimination of waste matter, inadequate sleep, pollution, stress and production and accumulation of bio-toxins (Ama) etc.

During the initial Shodana (purification) process, these toxins are collected from various parts of body and expelled through the nearest outlet. Then, the Shamana (pacifying treatment) or the rejuvenating treatment will have better and long lasting effect on body.

Ayurvedic treatment has 2 basic aspects.

Shodana Chikitsa: This is the internal purification process unique in holistic treatments. It is said that vitiated Dosha - once it has been removed - will not create diseases again. The purification process is ideally done in three stages. The total process requires a minimum of two to three weeks.

For those unable to stay two weeks or more, the doctors at the health centre will draw up a treatment plan incorporating the most important purification therapies - in accordance with the needs of your body and the duration of your stay.

The purification process has three stages

Purva Karma: (preparatory procedures) - Oleation and fomentation procedures.

Pradhana Karma: (main purification procedures) - The main Panchakarma procedures consisting of Vamana, Virechena, (Anuvasan and Niruha) Vasti Nasyam and Rakta Mokshana as per the individual requirement.

Paschat Karma: (post-purification procedures) - the post purification regime followed by Shamana (pacifying) or Rasayana (rejuvenating) treatment.

Shamana Chikitsa: this type consists of the pacifying therapies for manifested diseases. Both internal and external therapies consisting of herbs, minerals and other biological products are used individually or in compound formulae. Many illnesses like allergic conditions, skin diseases and neurological conditions - where western medicine has no current standard treatment – can be managed through simple herbal treatment.

An individual treatment plan may consist of a judicious combination of the wide variety of therapies available in Ayurveda as mentioned below. Click on the therapies to get detailed explanations:
Shareera Abhyanga (Body massage)

Shiro Abhyanga (Head massage)


Akshitarpana (Nourishing Eye treatment)

Karna Purana/Tarpana (Nourishing ear treatment)

Kashaya Paana (Decoctions)

Mukha Lepana (Facial treatment)

Avagaaha (Herbal tub bath)

Parisheka (Sprinkling of herbal decoction)

Nasya Karma (Nasal treatment)

Vamana Karma (Emesis therapy)

Virechana Karma (Purgation therapy)

Vasti Karma (Medicated enema therapy)

Rakta Mokshana (therapeutic blood letting)

Sarvaanga Dhara – Pizhichil (whole body oil fomentation)

Shiro Dhara (methodical flow of medicated liquids on head)

Vashpa Swedana (full body fomentation)

Patra Pinda Swedna (poultice fomentation)

Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda (milk rice bolus fomentation)

Shiro Pichu (application of medicated oil patch on head)

Ekanga Pichu (application of medicated oil patch on given body part)

Shiro Vasti (keeping medicated oil on head for prolonged time)

Kati Vasti (keeping medicated oil on back for a prolonged time)

Shareera/Sarvanga Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Body massage)

Abhyanga is indicated daily for a healthy individual, especially in neuro-muscular diseases (Vaata Vyadhi); it is done with herbal oils as mentioned in Ayurveda. Abhyanga strengthens and tones up muscles, removes fatigue, improves blood circulation, improves sleep, revitalizes the body and delays geriatric changes. The selection of the type of oil depends on the condition of the body, diagnosis of the physician. The duration of the treatment is usually 30-40 minutes.

Shiro Abhyanga (AyurvedicHead massage)

A head massage with application of medicated oil. Shiro Abhyanga improves the eye sight, color, texture and volume of hair, strengthens the musculature of head, neck and shoulders, removes headache, brings good sleep, relaxing and helps delaying decline of sense organs and aging. It is useful in Vaata Vyadhi (neurological conditions), Ardita (facial Paralysis), Pakshaghata (Hemiplagia) and ShiroRoga (different types of headaches).


Acupuncture treats patients by insertion of solid, generally thin needles into the body. It integrates meridian distribution, reflexological concepts, the trigger point model, and anatomical insights (such as dermatome distribution) for insertion of needles. Acupuncture's greatest effectiveness appears to be in symptomatic control of pain and nausea, insomnia, weight loss etc.

Akshitarpana (Nourishing Eye treatment)

A method of keeping medicated oils over the eye in a small artificially created tank, with the help of special pastes. The treatment is continued for 5-10 minutes. 
This treatment is useful in certain ocular diseases. It improves the eyesight and strengthens the internal and external ocular muscles.

Karna Purana/Tarpana (Nourishing ear treatment)

A method of pouring medicated oil into the ears or, in a variation, keeping medicated oils inside the ears in a small artificially created tank, with the help of special pastes. The treatment is continued for 5-10 minutes. This treatment is useful in certain neurological complaints of ear, loss of hearing and tinnitus etc.

Kashaya Paana (Decoctions)

A range of herbal medicines prepared according to individual prescriptions each day. Over 40 dry and fresh ingredients (bark, root seed, flowers etc) can go into the preparation of this medicine which is boiled in earthen clay pots over a long period of time.

Mukha Lepana (Facial treatment)

Herbal pastes are used for cleansing, smoothening, clarifying and revitalizing the tired, blemished or wrinkled skin of face and neck.

Avagaaha (Herbal tub bath)

Herbal roots, leaves and other raw materials are boiled. The water is then poured onto the patients. Different types of herbal decoction are used, according to prevalent ailments and the condition of the patient.

Parisheka (Sprinkling of herbal decoction on body)

A similarly prepared lukewarm herbal decoction is sprinkled on the body of the patient. 

3.  Ayurveda Mediine at Tulip of Ceylon

The medicine used at Tulip Holidays Nature Resorts is made of herbs and natural ingredients. 
Some of the medicine is produced right at the Resort. The balance medicinal products are purchased from well known manufacturers. 
The major portion of the medicine is now made at Tulip Holidays Ayurvedic Hospital situated in Mawanella, Sri Lanka.
Quality control is done throughout the cycle. Pure natural ingredients enhance the quality of the medicine that Tulip Holidays provides to its guests. 
Plant taxonomy (identification of plants and their usage): on-going research with the University of Ruhuna, Srilanka – searchable data base cataloging 1300 plants. http://www.instituteofayurveda.org/plants/index.php 
Organic cultivation: We grow medicinal plants required for the medicine making as well as other rare plants at Tulip Holidays Ayurvedic Garden, and also source from small growers in surrounding areas. 
Pharmacognosy (identification of the correct raw material): We have a team experienced in  medicinal plants and Herbarium at the Ayurvedic Garden
Pharmacology (effectiveness of the medicine) – on-going research at Tulip Holidays Ayurvedic Garden and its Ayurveda treatment facilities 


According to Ayurveda, the diet of an individual plays an important complementary role in the Ayurvedic treatment. Therefore, after the diagnosis of the health status, each guest will be prescribed a diet consistent with the physician’s diagnosis and the recommended treatment. 

The food, which is of six main tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent) and many sub tastes, has been mentioned in classicbooks about Ayurveda, some of them up to 5000 years old, along with the food’s characteristic properties: Guna (property), Virya (potency), Vipaka (post digestive effect) and Prabhava (special attributes). 

As a result, Ayurveda food has a very important role at Tulip Holidays Nature Resorts. This doesn't mean a strict regime of bland, tasteless or bitter vegetarian dishes, prescribed by physicians. On the contrary, our Ayurveda kitchen is one of our greatest assets, and the dishes our cooks prepare will surprise and delight you every day of your stay!

At breakfast, you'll find fresh fruit, fruit juices, herbal soups, home-baked breads & cookies, as well as a selection of Sri Lankan breakfast dishes. For lunch, we offer a wide selection of mild fish, vegetable from our own garden and herbal curries. In the evening, we serve you a set vegetarian menu with a fish option. On Saturdays we celebrate “Sri Lankan night” with an extended menu – our chefs prepare typical local dishes right in front of your eyes.

In Ayurveda, there are many classifications for food and beverages –depending on taste- properties, depending on the body’s ability to digest and metabolize food, beneficial in specific disease conditions, depending on seasons to consume specific food etc. As we consider all these aspect at the same time, a conscious attempt is made to include all tastes in every meal - in specific combinations for each individual.
We serve fresh vegetables from the Garden, fruit and also fish.
At Tulip Holidays Nature Resorts, you will always find an Ayurvedic doctor or dietician at hand during meal times. He/she will advise you on the suitability of specific vegetables, herbs and spices and help you select/avoid dishes according to your prescribed treatment. Your personal herbal elixir and the instructions from the doctors at the health centre will be on your individual table.

This care and attention to diet is unique to Tulip Holidays Nature Resorts.   

The food is considered as the Prana (life sustaining energy) for human beings, that is why you should eat every meal consciously experiencing the aroma-taste -its pleasant warmth and mouth watering sensations.

5. Ayurveda and Meditation with Self Awareness

Helping to restore the natural balance of body and mind and increase self-awareness.
We preserve traditional customs at the resort. Guests are free to participate if they wish.
The resort also organizes visits to temples, churches and mosques. Guests can borrow from the owners' collection of books and audio/ video materials on the profound aspects of life and a wide range of other subjects including self-knowledge.

Experienced teachers periodically conduct meditation sessions.

Three main meditative approaches are offered:
Breathing-oriented meditation (such as Buddhist Satipatthana meditation), which helps to concentrate andopen a new perceptual channel in the mind.

Meditation that develops self awareness and consciousness (such as Buddhist Vipassana meditation).

Loving-kindness meditation (such as the Buddhistmetta meditation) which, as the name suggests, promotes kindness and compassion towards oneself and others.
These spiritual activities are integral to the Barberyn Beach way of life. They create an environment in which even the most “stressed out” guests feel the quiet energy of the place and begin to see that true contentment and happiness come from within.

Of course, attendance is purely voluntary. These activities are provided for the benefit of interested guests. They can satisfy their intellectual curiosity as well as enhance their knowledge and experience.

6. Ayurvedic Garden

Through out the last 25 years we have been serving Ayurvedic Patients, Students and Tourists from all over the world. We own the biggest ayurvedic Garden
around and the 1 Acre garden with thickly grown Ayurvedic plants is our main asset. We get the Vegitables and Herbs that are grown at our Garden to cook special Organic Ayurvedic meals to our Ayurvedic Patients,
We own experienced teachers who are fluent in English, Russian, German, French, Arabic, Chinese, Tamil and Hindi who will guide the Ayurvedic Students from all over the World.

Any Tourist can visit our Ayurvedic Garden free of charge. You will get a complimentary Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Tea and a Shoulder Massage while you learn about Sri Lankan Ayurveda and Ayurvedic plants.
Furthermore our Shop will offer you the Ayurvedic Medicine which are manufactured at Tulip Holidays Ayurvedic Hospital.