Health Ministry launches Suvadharani magazine | Sunday Observer

Health Ministry launches Suvadharani magazine

1 August, 2021

The State Ministry of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development, and Community Health recently launched Suvadharani, a magazine for the international reader on indigenous medicine and Ayurvedic treatment.

Suvadharani is a magazine for the international reader to understand Sri Lankan indigenous medicine and traditional ways of treating patients suffering from a variety of sicknesses employing the local healing Ayurvedic methods.

The magazine is the brainchild of State Minister Sisira Jayakody, Attorney-at-Law who takes a keen interest in promoting Sri Lanka indigenous medicine and local methods of treatment across the globe.

The magazine covers a number of areas to promote enthusiasm among readers, especially those living overseas to look for more information in the field of Sri Lanka’s traditional treatments and cures for illnesses. The magazine in its inaugural edition offers new and thought provoking information for foreign readers.

It is the intention of the State Ministry to open the Sri Lankan medicine and medical practice to the world and let the world benefit from our indigenous medicine and methods.

This inaugural magazine with 76 pages, deals with a number of topics of interest including Sri Lanka Ayurveda Treatment, Medicinal Value of Flowers, Women Health (especially when pregnant), and Sri Lanka Indigenous Medicine for neurological disorders.

The magazine also has articles dealing with Ayurvedic food for good health and on “Black Seed’.

The magazine, a publication of the State Ministry of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development and Community Health and is sponsored by Bio Extracts (Pvt. ) Ltd. and of course there is no reference to the printer as such.

The magazine also gives no indication as to whether it is a monthly magazine or quarterly magazine. It also does not speak about guiding patrons. Although there is no mention of an editorial board to the magazine as such, a few names have been mentioned as Editors of the present publication.

The magazine taking a quote from the “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour “, the election manifesto of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, carries messages from Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarchchi, and State Minister Sisira Jayakody.

It would have been better if there were messages from both Secretary to the State Ministry and Commissioner of the Ayurveda as they are pillars behind promoting Ayurvedic medicine and also a message from the Editorial Board.

For it is, a way of educating the public as to why the State Ministry thought of coming out with a magazine of this nature at this particular time of history where the prevailing Covid-19 challenges all methods of treatment and the need to look for common action to wipe out the effects of the Corona virus from the face of the earth.

It also serves good if the State Ministry gives kind consideration to come out with a similar magazine or publication in Sinhala and Tamil periodically to education the Sri Lankan polity. (EW)