Popularising indigenous medicine the aim of Ayurveda 2009
'Ayurveda Exhibition 2009' should not be only to gain commercial
benefits but also to help popularise indegenous medicine in Sri Lanka,
said Minister of Indigenous Medicine Tissa Karaliyadde, while addressing
a ceremony to launch the `Ayurveda 2009' Exhibition and Symposium
organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) with
the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine.
He said Sri Lanka spends enormously on imports of ayurveda products
and an event of this nature will help save foreign exchange.
Sri Lanka has a rich tradition of native treatment inherited from
India. Awareness on the importance of ayurveda treatment should be
created through a national program.
"The exhibition will be an ideal occasion to showcase Sri Lanka's
potential in the ayurveda medical sector and promote products and
services in the local and international markets", he said. The Aurveda
Exhibition is held for the second time and it is an event for those in
the ayurveda medical sector to meet and enhance their professional
knowledge. The first exhibition was held last year.
Ayurveda doctors, product manufacturers, herbal growers, importers
and exporters, ayurveda related machinery suppliers, health food and
beverage manufacturers and tourist hotel operators are expected to
participate in the 2009 exhibition. Senior Deputy President, NCCSL,Lal
De Alwis said there is an increased interest among Western countries on
Sri Lanka's ayurveda treatment and this would help attract more tourists
to the country. A seminar and a series of discussions will be held in
concurrence with the exhibition to popularise native treatment. Recent
findings on ayurveda treatment will be made known at the event. The
Ayurveda 2009 Exhibition and Symposium will be held from May 23-25 at