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A review on Traditional Veterinary Medical Practices in Sri Lanka with special reference to Cattle Diseases

Authors:

ERHSS Ediriweera ,

Department of Nidana Chikithsa, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya, LK
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NGAAS Nanayakkara,

Intern Medical Officer, LK
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OTMRKSB Kalawana,

Intern Medical Officer, LK
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YKSSL Sugathadasa

Ayurvedic Physician, LK
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Abstract

Sri Lanka has well developed systems of traditional veterinary medicine. Unfortunately most of our people today, are unaware of these practices and they generally seek western modern veterinary medicinal assistance due to this unawareness and also for convenience in their busy lives. Hence, this study was undertaken to collect and preserve the old knowledge and practices. Data were gathered from traditional veterinary physicians in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces, Olla leaves and text books. These physicians have a knowledge in identifying and treating diseases, preparation of medicines, mode of drug administration, burning of vital points (moxibustion), branding, and blood letting. Specific applications of metaphysical nature such as mystical diagrams and charms, ‘Yanthra’ or ‘Kem’ are also used. The striking feature of this treatment regimen is the incorporation of both physical (visible) and metaphysical (invisible) methods to treat diseases as preventive and therapeutic measures. The medicinal preparations consist of herbs, metals, minerals and animal products including milk products, eggs, bones, meat, spider web, anthill mud and human urine. It is also observed that the traditional veterinary medicinal practices; especially in treatment of cattle, are very diverse.

Key words: Cattle diseases; Traditional veterinary remedies; Sri Lanka

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tare.v13i3.3139

Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension 13(3) 2010 pp.55-62

How to Cite: Ediriweera, E. et al., (2011). A review on Traditional Veterinary Medical Practices in Sri Lanka with special reference to Cattle Diseases. Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension. 13(3), pp.55–62. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v13i3.3139
Published on 22 Jun 2011.
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