One of the most important dates in British Parliamentary history is the 5th of November 1605 when Guy Fawkes, a member of the gunpowder plot, failed to blow up Parliament along with King James I. While celebrating an event which took place over 400 years ago, members of Parliament took time to acknowledge and honour the work of the Hettigoda family and their services to Sri Lankan Ayurveda. The A..
One of the most important dates in British Parliamentary history is the 5th of November 1605 when Guy Fawkes, a member of the gunpowder plot, failed to blow up Parliament along with King James I. While celebrating an event which took place over 400 years ago, members of Parliament took time to acknowledge and honour the work of the Hettigoda family and their services to Sri Lankan Ayurveda.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Indian Traditional Sciences of the House of Commons welcomed Asoka Hettigoda to address dignitaries and guests of the committee regarding Sri Lankan Ayurveda and work that his family has been devoted to for over 200 years.
The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to UK, Excellency Manisha Gunasekara along with representatives from the Indian High Commission, were guests of the group chaired by Baroness Verma alongside Baroness Uddin and other parliamentarians.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Indigenous Ayurveda in Sri Lanka has a history of over 6000 years dating from King Pulasthi, grandfather of famous king Ravana, who popularized the concept of “Hela Vedakama” (Indigenous Ayurveda of Sri Lanka) holistic medicine. King Ravana, who was a specialist Ayurveda physician, developed fundamentals of Hela Wedakama, such as Nila – Pressure points therapy, Chakra – Energy points, Pulse Diagnosis and Rasa Osu – medicines using minerals and herbs. According to current research, Sri Lanka has more than 3700 plant species and of it more than 1400 are considered to have medicinal properties while nearly 200 are endemic. This clearly highlights the rich bio-diversity of this tiny island, Sri Lanka.
The Hettigoda family with its roots in the southern city of Galle, started the practice of Traditional Ayurveda and Astrology over 200 hundred years ago, using local herbs and know how to treat the people of the area. My grandfather, Dr. Hendrick De Silva Hettigoda, was appointed as the village headman in 1920’s and continued his family practice of Ayurveda in his clinic in Walpola, Imaduwa a suburb of Galle. Fluent in English, Dr. Hettigoda was known to be a specialist in Kidney Diseases, travelled to India for further studies. After completing several years of studies in 1934, an Indian rishi, his guru in India, gave him the secret formula of Siddhalepa Balm. On his return, he started producing Siddhalepa Balm and began prescribing it not only in his clinic, but also in other Ayurveda pharmacies throughout the island becoming the Sri Lanka’s first commercial Ayurvedic product. As he was a traditional doctor with very little business acumen, his business went bust, but continued his practice at his clinic.
My father Victor, the fifth in a family of nine children, followed his father’s footsteps but was not actively practicing Ayurveda. In 1972, with Hendrick’s decision to handover all the Ayurvedic formulations to Victor, the story of Siddhalepa turned to a new chapter. He established Hettigoda Industries Ltd as a private limited liability company. With greatest difficulty, he obtained the approval in 1974 from the Ministry of Health, making Siddhalepa the first Ayurvedic product approved by the Independent Sri Lanka. From its early days, Victor’s keen interest in developing a professional company producing quality Ayurvedic medicines complying to national health standards resulted in creating a new FMCG industry segment for over-the-counter (OTC) Ayurvedic products.
Innovation was a key driver of his journey, as many of the traditional pharmacopeia medicines were introduced to the market in convenient easy to use packaging, while several groundbreaking new products were also launched revolutionizing the market. Visaka, the first toilet soap with herbal decoctions, Supirivicky, the first brown toothpaste with Ayurvedic Churna or powder and oils with no Fluoride, Ayurvedic capsules, Cough Syrup, Asamodagam, Digestive and Gastritis relief, Diacin, medicinal tea for Diabetes, are some of the innovative products to enter the market making Ayurveda part of daily life. Recognizing the need to obtain acceptability in the medicine market, Hettigoda Industries embarked on several research projects in house as well as with external parties. Projects were conducted with local and foreign universities and the findings were published in reputed journals.
In 1982, Hettigoda Industries became the first Sri Lankan company to export Ayurvedic products and our first shipment was to Germany followed by several European countries. This was a clear sign that there was a demand for natural products in the developed world. With its portfolio of products expanding into more than one-hundred, Siddhalepa brand was well established in Sri Lanka and became a household name, especially with its slogan “Siddhalepa - an Ayurvedic doctor in every home”.
As one the core principles of the company was to produce quality products, in 1994 we became the first company in Sri Lanka to obtain ISO 9001 International Quality certification. Within few years, Hettigoda Industries obtained ISO 14000, 22000, HACCP, GMP and other local certifications becoming the most quality conscious Ayurveda Company in Sri Lanka.
Expanding its journey, Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital was established in 1988 as the first Ayurveda hospital with specialist channeled consultations. This was a groundbreaking concept in Ayurveda where all specialists came under one roof providing their own medicines. Hospital consists of 40-beds and provides treatments to many ailments specializing in Arthritis, Stroke, Fractures, Rheumatism, Asthma, Diabetes, spondylitis, weight loss and other stress related ailments. To further popularize the Ayurvedic philosophy, Siddhalepa Hospital partners many local and international Medical programs where internships are offered and one such program is with Uppsala University of Sweden.
Recognizing the demand to offer quality Ayurvedic services to discerning tourists, Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health resort was established in 1999 as the first purpose built health resort in Sri Lanka. With its aim to provide holistic therapy, Siddhalepa resort offers a complete medical holiday conducted by Ayurvedic doctors, trained therapists, using traditional Ayurvedic oils, creams, pastes, tonics and powders produced at our own facilities to international standards. In addition, yoga, meditation, cooking lessons, elixir tasting sessions, visits to Ayurveda factory have made it a unique and an experience that is memorable. In addition, these guests have access to many consultants who visit the hospital and are registered in our on-line Ask Doctor platform which provides regular medical advice even after they leave the resort. Siddhalepa Resort has won many local and international awards including the President’s Award, Pacific Asia Travel Association awards, South Asian Travel Association Awards as the best Ayurveda Resort and the best wellness & Spa brand of Sri Lanka and South Asia.
Expanding its services, Siddhalepa was the first to introduce Ayurveda Spa services at the SriLankan Airlines Serendib Business class lounge in the year 2000, and have pampered more than 175,000 business class passengers. As the acceptance of Ayurvedic products and services were on the rise in Europe, Siddhalepa established its first Ayurveda Clinic in Germany in 2004. With its success, we opened two more centers in Germany, one in Czech Republic in 2006 and one in Slovakia in 2010. ShangriLa Resorts and Spa, one of the largest hospitality chains in Asia, entered Sri Lanka in 2015 and Siddhalepa became their authentic Ayurveda Service partner giving a new window of opportunity for international clientele.
During the last several years, Sri Lanka has enjoyed continued growth in tourist arrivals and travel trends around the world were changing and there was more focus on Medical tourism. Anarva Hotel and Spa, 100-room star classed hotel, was established in 2017 as the first medical tourism hotel with the partnership of Siddhalepa Hospital.
Being the best Ayurveda Brand in Sri Lanka, Siddhalepa has led the way on its responsibility on conservation of medicinal plants and furthering education on traditional knowledge. A Medicinal Plant project was initiated at schools in 2010 with the intentions of popularizing the knowledge of Ayurvedic herbs, promotion of growing endemic medicinal plants and income generation of rural families. By 2019, we have distributed more than 50,000 endemic and endangered medicinal plants to 600 schools where more than ½ million students are educated on the benefits of Ayurveda and the need for conservation for future generations. In addition, Siddhalepa is the largest grower of medicinal plants in Sri Lanka and for its efforts in increasing the medicinal plant coverage, Siddhalepa has received many local and international awards such as the Presidential Environment Award, as well as Asia Aspire Award.
Long before the phrase “Corporate Social responsibility” was branded, Siddhalepa recognized its responsibility towards the community, initiated a project in 1988 to provide free first aid to 2.5 million people who go on the annual pilgrimage to Adam’s Peak. Similar Health camps are conducted at centuries old Madhu Church, Tewatte Basilicca, Nallur Kovil in Jaffna, Kataragama Temple and Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic providing free treatment for more than 2 million persons annually. In creating a society conscious on cleanliness, Siddhalepa initiated a project to provide garbage bins to religious places over thirty years ago, and have now distributed more than 110,000 bins. Siddhalepa decided to build a new school for girls affected by tsunami in Walahanduwa, Galle in 2006 and now has an enrollment of 2,500 studying from year 1 to Advanced levels. Continuing its CSR activities, a video was created in 2017 to save lives of school children on “How to survive with Dengue Fever” and was shown at 550 schools island-wide to create awareness on do’s and don’ts. There has been a significant impact as student mortality has been reduced by 80%.
To share the wisdom of Sri Lankan Ayurveda, Siddhalepa conducted an International Ayurveda Symposium at Siddhalepa Resort in October 2019 with the participation of several International and local speakers. The event was covered by journalists representing Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Australia, Japan, China, and Middle East. We hope to conduct this symposium annually and will certainly be a boost to Sri Lankan Ayurveda to promote its efficacy throughout the world.
Just to recapitulate, Indigenous Ayurveda – Hela Wedakama has been embedded in Sri Lankan culture for over 6,000 years. For over 200 years it has been Siddhalepa’s duty and joy to be the guardians of Sri Lankan Ayurveda preserving, nurturing and being the advocates and ambassadors of holistic healing for body, mind and spirit… long may Siddhalepa’s legacy continue!
Asoka received an award of recognition “Ayurveda Ratna” for the exceptional service of the highest order for the furtherance of Ayurveda. In addition, and on behalf of his family, Asoka also received an award honour of his ancestral lineage over six generations of Ayurvedic Physicians in Sri Lanka.
The Siddhalepa Clinic, opened its doors to all customers in search of a healthy, holistic lifestyle at Colombo’s newest shopping mall the One Galle Face last week. The Siddhalepa Clinic the first ever of its kind to be opened in a shopping mall in Sri Lanka, offers an extraordinary ayurveda healing experience to all walk-in consumers. The unique feature of this new concept is the offer of ..
The Siddhalepa Clinic, opened its doors to all customers in search of a healthy, holistic lifestyle at Colombo’s newest shopping mall the One Galle Face last week.
The Siddhalepa Clinic the first ever of its kind to be opened in a shopping mall in Sri Lanka, offers an extraordinary ayurveda healing experience to all walk-in consumers.
The unique feature of this new concept is the offer of a free consultation by a qualified ayurveda physician throughout the day. Ayurveda prescription medicine is available in the clinic.
This Clinic also offers all authentic Siddhalepa ayurveda medicine and products portraying the rich heritage of Sri Lankan Ayurveda.
The physician is connected to a panel of 50 other Ayurveda consultants affiliated to Siddhalepa Ayurveda Physicians circle in the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital Mount Lavinia, Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort, Wadduwa, Anarva Hotel (Spa) and the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Spa chain.
While the new mall, located in the heart of the city makes ayurveda medical consultations more convenient for walk in customers, patients seeking consultation for more serious chronic or sudden illnesses will be referred by the physician on call to the Ayurveda Hospital in Mount Lavinia.
A special app featuring digital translation is available in the shop to assist foreigners who don’t speak English to overcome the language barrier in seeking free consultations from our physicians.
Positioned in a secluded area on the 6th floor of the sprawling mall, Siddhalepa Clinic also lends an ambience of luxury shopping with an array of value-added gift packs and spa therapy treatment packs on offer combined with authentic Ayurveda medicines and products.
Shoppers are treated to a refreshing ayurveda tea or an elixir, as they browse through the selves of ayurveda products and gift packs at the clinic which connects with the world of international shopping while retaining its centuries old traditional ayurveda culture.
As the country’s pioneer and leading Ayurveda products manufacturer, Ayurveda health-care service provider and promoter of Ayurveda medical tourism, the Hettigoda Group with a heritage of over 200-years, passing on to the 5th generation is playing the key role in shaping the future of Ayurveda industry in Sri Lanka and the Asian region.
Scenes from the opening day
Visitors at the shop
Ayurveda lifestyle products and gift packs
Business World International organization USA, has recognized Dr Victor Hettigoda the chairman of Hettigoda Group for demonstrating business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity and civic and social responsibility over the years. We are proud to say that our Chairman inspired millions of young entrepreneurs and set industry benchmarks for best practices. Dr Victor H..
Business World International organization USA, has recognized Dr Victor Hettigoda the chairman of Hettigoda Group for demonstrating business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity and civic and social responsibility over the years.
We are proud to say that our Chairman inspired millions of young entrepreneurs and set industry benchmarks for best practices.
Dr Victor Hettigoda has been awarded as one of the top six lifetime achievers of the year, at Business World Conference & Business World Excellence Awards 2018.
Ayurveda practitioners from Europe and the United States in Sri Lanka last week, placed the ancient Sri Lankan form of medicine - ayurveda on an international platform, at the Siddhalepa International Ayurveda Symposium held at the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resort Wadduwa, last weekend. In a groundbreaking forum, delegates and ayurveda practitioners from UK, USA, Germany, France, Austria and Japan pres..
Ayurveda practitioners from Europe and the United States in Sri Lanka last week, placed the ancient Sri Lankan form of medicine - ayurveda on an international platform, at the Siddhalepa International Ayurveda Symposium held at the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resort Wadduwa, last weekend.
In a groundbreaking forum, delegates and ayurveda practitioners from UK, USA, Germany, France, Austria and Japan presented their research and views on the science, power and effectiveness of this alternate form of medicine, its growing global acceptance and popularity and its holistic approach to a healthy living.
The first of its kind forum, organized by Siddhalepa was graced by President, Maithripala Sirisena, Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs Minister, John Amaratunga, Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister, Rajitha Senaratne who were the guests of honour of the hosts – Siddhalepa Group, led by its Chairman, Deshabandu Dr. Victor Hettigoda, D. Litt.
Among the speakers were internationally acclaimed ayurveda practitioners who spoke on a wide range of topics including: "The history and evolution of indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka", by Professor Raj Somadeva, (Professor of Archaeology, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka), "Ayurveda in UK an Europe, its growth, legality and its Future", by Dr. Shantha Godagama, UK (Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicines, Acupuncturist and Marmapuncturist, Advisor to The British Government and The British Parliament Committee on Ayurveda), "Ayurveda in Switzerland and how should we take Sri Lankan Ayurveda to the World", by Dr. Claudia Harder, Switzerland, (Specialist Doctor in Rheumatology), "The Research and Development of Ayurveda in Germany", by Dr. Marisa Hubner, (Doctor in Clinical Research in Naturopathy at The Research Institute for Social Medicine and Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charite Berlin), "How Sri Lankan Ayurveda can contribute to the new needs of the international wellness tourist", by Dr. Franz Linser, Austria, (CEO of Linser Hospitality, International Consultancy Firm based in Austria, specializing in Health and Wellness industries), "The Initiative and the Contribution by King Ravana to the Indigenous medical System of Sri Lanka", by Dr. Suriya Gunasekara, (Former Addle. Secretary to Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Former Secretary to All Ceylon Buddhist Congress), "The active role of ayurveda in the presence contemporary medicine, (Allopathy)", by Dr. Nozomi Narikawa, Japan, (Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Specialist of JSOG, Specialist of JMWH, Specialist of JAAM), "First and Second Health Market in Germany, Challenges and Opportunities for Ayurveda", by Mr. Micheal Altewicher, Germany, (Managing Partner – Wellness Hotels & Resorts), "The scientific approach to Sri Lankan Ayurveda", by Dr. Vajira Seneviratne, (Head and Senior Scientist Ayurveda Research Institute, Department of Ayurveda).
A key outcome of the forum was a pledge to win over the Foreign Health Insurance companies to include a cover for ayurveda treatment. The acceptance of ayurveda as an alternate form of medicine and its inclusion in all medical insurance covers across the health sector would be considered a comprehensive win for the acceptance of Ayurveda medicine and its emergence as an effective alternate source of medicine.
The forum also discussed key issues related to promoting health tourism and making Sri Lanka a premier world destination for Ayurveda tourism. Among the main focus areas were; understanding and catering to the current and changing demands of health tourists and preparing Sri Lanka’s ayurveda tourism industry to cater to these international standards. The developing and changing trends in ayurveda tourism and why Sri Lanka should focus on promoting ayurveda tourism and its benefits to our nation were also discussed.
Among the other objectives of the forum was to educate the International Community on the Heritage of Sri Lankan “Hela Osu” and “Desheeya Chikithsa”, traced back to the days of King Ravana and highlight the advances in Sri Lanka’s ayurveda medicines and research.
Presenting Sri Lanka’s rich bio-diversity and its medicinal plants to an international audience is a core aspect of this process. The forum also provides the platform to partner with key international institutes for further knowledge sharing and research.
Siddhalepa as the chief organizer and sponsor of the event leads the way as the main torch bearer for the forward march to make Sri Lanka a premier medical tourist destination in the world.
The Company, a leading ayurveda products manufacturer, best known for its flagship brand Siddhalepa, has worked with conviction and dedication to promote ayurveda tourism in Sri Lanka. To achieve this status the company has built its infrastructure from plantations to source its raw material for ayurveda medicines, to an ayurveda resort, ayurveda hospital and ayurveda centres all of which have been set up and operate to international standards with ISO certifications.
Their ayurveda resort hotel, Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resort Wadduwa won the best hotel and wellness spa brand at the SATA award recently.
International media from Australia, Japan, China, Russia Germany and Thailand were present to cover the two-day event. While the first day concluded with presentations from the international participants, leading up to evening of entertainment, on the second day guests were introduced to the varying aspects Ayurveda. This included a tour of Sidhalepa resort’s herbal garden, an ayurveda cookery demonstration, ayurveda tea and elixir tasting, a factory visit and tour of the R and D centre and an authentic Shanthi Karma presentation presenting a 360 degree experience of the science of ancient Ayurveda to the invitees and guests.
SriLankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Polish Airlines and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau were co-sponsors of the forum which was organized in collaboration with the Ministries of Tourism and Health and Indigenous Medicine.
The people behind the Siddhalepa International Ayurveda Symposium.
From left: Managing Director, Siddhalepa Group, Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister, Rajitha Senaratne, Chairman, Siddhalepa Group, Deshabandu, Dr. Victor Hettigoda, Presdient Maithipala Sirisena (guest of honour) and Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs Minister, John Amaratunga.
At the Siddhalepa International Ayurveda Symposium: Guests of Honour, Ministers, Directors and staff of Siddhalepa Group with the foreign and local delegates.
Dr. Claudia Harder, Specialist in Rheumatology from Switzerland, presenting her views on, “Ayurveda in Switzerland and the how should we take Sri Lankan ayurveda to the World.”
Dr. Marisa Hubner, Doctor in Clinical Research in Naturopathy, at The Research Institute for Social Medicine and Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charite Berlin presenting, “The Research and Development of ayurveda in Germany and maximizing benefits of Ayurveda.”
Dr. Nozomi Narikawa from Japan, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Specialist of JSOG, Specialist of JMWH, Specialist of JAAM presents “The active role of Ayurveda in the presence contemporary medicine (Allopathy).
Dr. Franz Linser from Austria, CEO of Linser Hospitality, International Consultancy Firm based in Austria, specializing in Health and Wellness industries speaks on “How Sri Lankan ayurveda can contribute to the new needs of the international wellness tourists.”
Mr. Michael Altewischer from Germany, Managing Partner – Wellness Hotels & Resorts talks on First and Second Health Market in Germany. Challenges and Opportunities for Ayurveda.
Food and Hotel Thailand, the international 5-Star food & hospitality trade event was held from 4th to 7th September 2019 at BITECH Exhibition Centre, Bangkok. The paradise island in Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka with its lush vegetation and a wide array of tropical fruits and vegetables offers rich raw material base for the food and beverage industry. The renowned tastes and aroma of Ceylon tea, co..
Food and Hotel Thailand, the international 5-Star food & hospitality trade event was held from 4th to 7th September 2019 at BITECH Exhibition Centre, Bangkok.
The paradise island in Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka with its lush vegetation and a wide array of tropical fruits and vegetables offers rich raw material base for the food and beverage industry. The renowned tastes and aroma of Ceylon tea, coffee, herbal drinks and fruit juice is now available in a variety of ready to drink forms with no added calories or preservatives. Sustainability, quality and ethical production are the uncompromised values that comes with Sri Lankan beverages finally guaranteeing value for money.
Sri Lanka is among the 550 exhibitors from 40 countries and 11 International Pavilions from China, Denmark, EU, Italy, Japan and Korea at the Food & Hotel Thailand (FHT) 2019. Sri Lanka pavilion was opened by H.E the Ambassador, Mrs. Samantha K. Jayasuriya and Sri Lanka’s participation at the FHT 2019 was sponsored by the Economic Diplomacy Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka which was launched in 2018, in collaboration with key government institutions responsible for promoting trade, investments and tourism to be operationalized through the Sri Lanka Missions overseas.
Siddhalepa Exports (Pvt) Ltd - Herbal Drinks
The Sri Lanka has long history of healing goodness of herbal plants well before tea and coffee were merged into daily diet as the two main hot drinks. Since the historical era, herbal porridge with juggery was the first cup of Sri Lankans which is a rich combination of nutrients. Herbal infusions or tisane is made using wild grown plants with therapeutic benefits, may be from flowers, leaves, stems, and roots. Siddhalepa Exports (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka, the pioneer of best health products has converted the healing value of the traditional herbals into bottled herbal drinks which becoming popular among people in this modern hectic lifestyle.
The Presidential Environmental Awards ceremony was held recently at the Nelum Pokuna Theater in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Hettigoda Industries (Pvt) Ltd. was awarded the Silver Trophy of commendation in the Pharmaceutical Products and Personal Care Product Industries Category for the excellent contribution towards Environmental Conservation at the Presidential..
The Presidential Environmental Awards ceremony was held recently at the Nelum Pokuna Theater in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Hettigoda Industries (Pvt) Ltd. was awarded the Silver Trophy of commendation in the Pharmaceutical Products and Personal Care Product Industries Category for the excellent contribution towards Environmental Conservation at the Presidential Environment Awards Declaration Ceremony 2019.
The Presidential Environment Awards Programme is organized by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to reward the individuals, institutions, organizations, environmental journalists and industrial activities which have made a unique contribution to the field of environmental conservation and protection.
Sri Lanka’s reawakened indigenous medicine and its interwoven culture and lifestyle will receive a major boost when ayurveda specialists from all around the globe gather for a first of its kind Ayurveda symposium to be held in the country on October 5, at the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resort, Wadduwa. Organized and hosted by the patron of the Ayurveda revival in Sri Lanka, Siddhalepa, the symposi..
Sri Lanka’s reawakened indigenous medicine and its interwoven culture and lifestyle will receive a major boost when ayurveda specialists from all around the globe gather for a first of its kind Ayurveda symposium to be held in the country on October 5, at the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resort, Wadduwa.
Organized and hosted by the patron of the Ayurveda revival in Sri Lanka, Siddhalepa, the symposium will be held on the theme of “Healing Benefits of Ayurveda”. This first of its kind symposium which is being held in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka, have received abundant blessings from the two ministries, as a MICE event to promote medical tourism to Sri Lanka at a time when the country is experiencing a serious downturn in tourist arrivals, post April 21.
The global revival and new wave of going back to nature and adapting alternate sources of medicine and cure for many health conditions, disabilities and disorders have put Ayurveda medical destinations back on the map of global travel.
The global medical tourism market was valued at USD 16,761 million in 2018, and it is expected to reach USD 27,247.6 million by 2024, while registering a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period, 2019-2023.
In Sri Lanka Ayurveda holiday packages are in popular demand with a certain segment of travelers whose typical profile is: high spenders, unlikely to cancel their bookings as their holiday packages are combined with specific Ayurveda treatment. This segment transcends all age groups and demographics and attracts holiday makers with a medical package from all parts of the world.
Recent writings by a university professor, Dr. Suriya Gunasekera points out that indigenous medicine, or Hela Osu and Deshiya Chikithsa in Sri Lanka is even older than Ayurveda medicine in India.
The healing powers of indigenous medicine is powerful and profound but sadly lost in time, its value diminishing as other alternate more recent medical practices usurped and overpowered it. Slowly but surely, indigenous medicine is making its revival globally, offering a holistic solution for a holiday with treatment, meditation and yoga exercise to their clientele. Sri Lanka is very much in the spotlight as a destination offering high end Ayurveda holidays to a growing number of global ayurveda holiday seekers.
The key objectives of the symposium are to position Sri Lanka as a premiere destination for ayurveda medical tourism, with its rich bio diversity and a variety of medicinal plants, deep-rooted history of indigenous medicine and a tropical holiday destination in the Indian Ocean. The symposium also targets winning over foreign health insurance companies to include Ayurveda treatment in their international medical covers.
“It is both a wonderful opportunity and a huge challenge to be a co-host at this first of kind symposium where the world’s Ayurveda specialists’ attention will be focused on our nation and its great heritage in indigenous medicine. As a pioneer and leader in the Ayurveda industry, it will be our task to make it an annual event on the international Ayurveda calendar so that the profound benefits of our ancient discovery of indigenous medicine can be widespread among people of today and taken beyond to the next generations on a global platform,” MD, Siddhalepa, Mr. Asoka Hettigoda said.
Ayurveda practitioners from UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Austria, and USA along with a group of Sri Lankan professionals are among the eminent speakers at the symposium and will lead the discussion, while international media will be present to cover the event.
The proposed topics for the symposium include: History and evolution of Indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka, The Scientific approach to Sri Lankan Ayurveda, The Life Style and Day to day life with Ayurveda, An insight into a healthy meal: `Have an Ayurveda meal as medicine now, and prevent medicine as your meal in the future, Sri Lankan factor of Ayurveda from global point of view, How Sri Lankan Ayurveda can contribute for the benefit of global consumer, The active role of Ayurveda in the presence contemporary medicine (Allopathy), and Challenges in taking Sri Lankan Ayurveda to the world.
For updates on the International Ayurveda Symposium log on to www.sayussl.org.
This health resort is also an Ayurvedic hospital, which is located on the Western coastline south of Colombo in a little town called Wadduwa. The health resort practises Ayurvedic health treatment that goes back nearly two centuries and uses products manufactured by Siddhalepa – products that are backed by nature with no synthetic ingredient Our Ayurveda Health Resort and Spa offers a range..
This health resort is also an Ayurvedic hospital, which is located on the Western coastline south of Colombo in a little town called Wadduwa. The health resort practises Ayurvedic health treatment that goes back nearly two centuries and uses products manufactured by Siddhalepa – products that are backed by nature with no synthetic ingredient
Our Ayurveda Health Resort and Spa offers a range of treatment options for most ailments and health conditions. Since healing is a holistic process, the health resort is located in a scenic spot that overlooks the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by acres of tropical and indigenous plants and trees. Visitors are provided expert care by resident physicians, visiting doctors and trained therapists.
The Ayurveda centre at the resort is the only one affiliated to an Ayurveda hospital with access to a gamut of medications that are produced to ISO standards at Siddhalepa factories.
Siddhalepa is synonymous in Sri Lanka with natural healing and the ubiquitous Siddhalepa Balm is never missing from most household medicine cabinets on the island. But the Ayurvedic healing products manufactured by Siddhalepa under stringent conditions where no chemicals or artificial agent are used go way beyond the balm. We have a range of products that can be seen on our website as well as our Facebook page. Most can be purchased off-the-shelf and are easily available throughout the country.
In addition to balm, teas and cough syrup, etc., Siddhalepa also offers a range of health and wellness options which can be found at our Siddhalepa Hospital, Siddhalepa Ayurvedic Health Resort, the Ayurveda Day Spa and the Anarva Hotel and Spa.
Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort recognized by South Asian Travel Awards 2019 (SATA) as the Leading Ayurveda Resort and the Leading Wellness and Spa Brand The fourth edition of the South Asian Travel Awards 2019 (SATA), which was held in September in Galle honoured Siddhalepa for its epic contribution to the practice of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka and abroad.
The Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort received awards under two categories: “The Leading Ayurveda Resort” and “The Leading Wellness and Spa Brand”.
Enterprise Asia, the leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship in Asia bestowed recognition on Sri Lanka’s homegrown, household staple, Supirivicky at their recently conducted International Innovation awards for the year 2018. Supirivicky won in the Product category and present to receive the award was MD of the Group Mr. Asoka Hettigoda. “This award is a testimony of my fa..
Enterprise Asia, the leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship in Asia bestowed recognition on Sri Lanka’s homegrown, household staple, Supirivicky at their recently conducted International Innovation awards for the year 2018. Supirivicky won in the Product category and present to receive the award was MD of the Group Mr. Asoka Hettigoda.
“This award is a testimony of my family’s untiring efforts to preserve our age old traditions and remedies in a modern form, one that would appeal to both local and international customers, without losing it’s identity or intrinsic characteristics”, said Asoka Hettigoda.
Over 400 attendees were present at the event, comprising of industry experts, entrepreneurs, and innovation leaders. Apart from Supporting Organizations such as Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), Hong Kong-Thailand Business Council, InvoTech, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong & Macau), and TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), the event was also attended by dignitaries including Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, Former Human Resources Minister of Malaysia, and Chairman of Enterprise Asia, Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee, Former Chairman of Tourism Malaysia, and Advisor to Enterprise Asia, Dr. Eugene Chien, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Environment, Taiwan and Advisor to Enterprise Asia, Lieutenant General Sudhir Sharma, Former Quartermaster, General, Indian Army, and Advisor to Enterprise Asia and Dato' William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia. According to Dr. Fong, "Companies that encourage a culture of innovation within their respective businesses are already reaping the rewards of more rapid growth, better employee engagement and resilience against economic trends. There is little doubt that innovation is today the key game changer for many businesses, and this will continue to be so."
Organized by Enterprise Asia, International Innovation Awards (IIA) is the most coveted global recognition program which aims to recognize and honour best innovative practices in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture, with the goal to encourage organizations to continue investing in innovations. Judging parameters include innovation distinction, practicality and performance, commercial viability, social and economic impact, replicability, and institutional support. Judges for the IIA was comprised of a panel of innovation experts and thought leaders, while scoring was done using the proprietary 8D Benchmark. The Awards is part of the third dimension of Enterprise Asia's purpose: Democratizing Entrepreneurship, Institutionalizing Sustainability and Empowering Innovation. This year, the committee received more than 160 international nominations across 24 industries. Some of the winners include Dell Inc., Singapore; Ogawa World Berhad, Malaysia; Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited, Thailand; CTBC Financial Holding Co., Ltd., Taiwan; Ping An Group (Ping An Technology), China; Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd, Singapore; and Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai and of course Sri Lanka’s Supirivicky.
The story of the Siddhalepa Group of Companies goes back 200 years to the middle of the 19th century. In Galle, a small town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka lived Hettigoda Gamage Don Carolis de Silva, an agriculturist by profession. His talents however, were multifaceted. He excelled in the art of Astrology and was also well known as a skilled Ayurvedic physician. Of his two sons, Hendrick De Silva Hettigoda followed in his father's footsteps and studied Ayurveda and Astrology, while his younger son, the late Most Ven. Aggamaha Panditha Prof. Walpola Rahula, rose to fame as a world-renowned Buddhist scholar. The rest is history as today Siddhalepa and it’s diverse products and services are a household name.
Supirivicky was launched to the local market in 1988 and was the first non white toothpaste based on traditional ayurvedic herbs for total oral care to be introduced in all of Asia. Supirivicky combines nine Ayurvedic ingredients best known for their healing and restorative effects for gums, teeth, throat and tongue. Supirivicky Ayurvedic toothpaste helps to prevent tartar, tooth decay, and discolouration of the teeth. The nine Ayurvedic ingredients are namely, Aralu (Terminalia chebula), Garcinia (Garcinia cambogia), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus), Munamal (Mimusops elengi), Katukarandu (Barleria prionitis), Pila (Tephrosia purpurea), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Pepper (Piper nigrum), and Welmee (Glycyrrhiza glabra).
The selection of ingredients used in Supirivicky was based on classical Ayurvedic texts such as Charaka Samhitha written in 2nd Century B.C, Sushruta Samhitha written in 6th Century B.C, Saarartha Sangrahaya written by King Buddhadasa, Bhavaprakasha 16th Century A.D., Rajanigantu 17th Century A.D. and many more using formulations/ingredients to create a product suitable for modern use. Traditional Ayurvedic ingredients were converted using sophisticated machinery, creating a fluoride free toothpaste which was recently re-launched as SUPIRIVICKY ORIGINAL and SUPIRIVICKY MILD with Goraka as its key ingredient to improve it’s efficacy and effectives for total oral care.
Established in 1971, the Group is one of the largest and pioneering industrialists of ayurveda products with a range of over 400 medicinal oils, balms, teas, elixirs, ayurvedic cosmetics, ayurvedic teas and other medicines for domestic and export markets. The group also runs an ayurveda hospital, the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resort & Spa, a city hotel Anarva Mount Lavinia and several Spas in Sri Lanka, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Group was the first in the country to receive ISO Trinity with ISO 9001, 14001, 22000 and also OHSAS, HACCP, SLS275 and GMP. The Group’s unwavering commitment to a green environment has won them many national awards such as the Award for Carbon Footprint ISO 14064 in 2018, Presidential Green Awards and Green Reporting 2018/2015, as well as the National Cleaner Production Practices and awards 2009, 2010, and 2011, for Water, Material, and Energy Efficiency, and the international green awards and recognitions such as The Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 under the Green Leadership Category Award for Outstanding and Exemplary Achievement in Social and Responsible Entrepreneurship.
Named the “Balm King” by Asiaweek in 1989, Dr. Victor Hettigoda D.Lit has also been awarded several prestigious accolades over the years including the coveted “Deshabandu” award, bestowed by the President of Sri Lanka, in recognition for his untiring contribution to the field of Ayurveda. He has also been bestowed the “Shahassrabisheka Waidyasuri” award conferred by the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Welfare, in recognition of being one out of 100 best Ayurvedic Physicians of the Century who have rendered yeomen services to the Nation. The Honorary “Ayurveda Vishwa Panditha” was also conferred on Dr. Hettigoda by the Samastha Lanka Ayurveda Waidya Sammelanaya (Federation of Sri Lanka Ayurveda Physician) in recognition of his contribution to the field of Indigenous Medicine of Sri Lanka. In 1998 LMD named Dr Victor Hettigoda as one of the 50 greatest Sri Lankans since Independence.
SUPIRIVICKY IS THE LEADING AYURVEDIC TOOTHPASTE LOVED BY ALL SRI LANKANS AND OTHERS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Siddhalepa’s strong commitment towards Climate Change, recently notched up another bar with the ISO 14064 certification for quantification & reporting of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and removals. Siddhalepa has been measuring their organizational GHG emissions since 2017, conducting an assessment of organizational GHG emissions inventory, also known as a carbon footprint inventory. ..
Siddhalepa’s strong commitment towards Climate Change, recently notched up another bar with the ISO 14064 certification for quantification & reporting of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and removals.
Siddhalepa has been measuring their organizational GHG emissions since 2017, conducting an assessment of organizational GHG emissions inventory, also known as a carbon footprint inventory. The total gross GHG emissions is calculated to be 1029.26 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (t CO2-e) for 2017/2018 financial year.
By accurately measuring the GHG emissions associated with a company’s operations, the company is able to develop and improve their carbon management strategy and identify new opportunities for carbon reduction. By taking proactive steps to measure, manage report and reduce carbon emissions, a company demonstrates leadership and commitment to addressing the risks associated with dangerous climate change.
The carbon footprint has a number of key benefits to an organization. Reducing the carbon footprint helps a company to better understand its impacts on Climate Change, develop key performance indicators for carbon emissions and energy use. On a social scale, it helps maintain a leading position as an Environment Friendly Company in Sri Lanka, meet the demands of stakeholders to address the imperative Corporate Responsibility of Environmental Preservation and develop action plans to make real carbon savings across the business.
The GHG standard is divided into three scopes, two of which are mandatory and the third voluntary. Siddhalepa achieved the necessary requirements in all three areas to be awarded the SLS ISO 14064 Standard.
Scope one of the GHG standard deals with direct carbon emissions, scope two deals with indirect carbon emissions while scope three deals with voluntary indirect emission reductions.
Siddhalepa will continue their GHG Emission reduction drive with several measures that they plan for the future. Among them are: Establishing a Green Building Policy for all future constructions according to the National Green Building Council practices and guidelines, Establishing an Energy Efficient Appliance Purchasing Policy, establishing a Green Procurement Policy, establishing a resource optimization program to reduce or eliminate waste generation of all types of operations and activities of the company. They also plan to develop energy efficiency improvements in factory premises
Achieving the GHG standard is a further endorsement towards their overall commitment towards a greener environment. The company has won a long history of recognition at National Environment Awards. The Group has been among the winners at the National Cleaner Production Awards for water efficiency, material efficiency and production practices from 2009 to 2011 and won a Green Award for the second consecutive year, in 2017 and 2018.