Dr Saman Hettige was awarded the "Sustainable Development Goals - International Health Care Award 2017" at the 55th International Congress of Integrative Medicine in Bali, Indonesia. He was awarded for his contribution to making the Neelamahara psychiatry tradition "popular internationally".
The Manasa Ayurveda hospital in Sri Lanka practices the Neelamahara psychiatry tradition which has continued for around 350 years in the Neelamahara Buddhist temple and surrounding village community. Ancestors of this tradition include both Buddhist Monks and lay Buddhist Doctors (see below).
'Manasa Ayurveda' means "Ayurveda for the Mind" and as well as for the Manasa Ayurveda Hospital in Sri Lanka, this name has also been used for the 'Manasa Ayurveda Pharmacy' in India and for our specialist service in the UK offering 'Ayurveda for the mind, mental health and wellbeing'. Although the name 'Manasa Ayurveda' is used in common, these services are not part of the same organisation or company. Manasa Ayurveda (UK) remains independent from Manasa Ayurveda pharmacies and hospitals in India and Sri Lanka. Manasa Ayurveda (UK) is directed by mental health professionals registered and insured in the UK.
Manasa Ayurveda (UK) owes a debt of gratitude to Dr Saman Hettige for sharing knowledge and experience, and for supporting our efforts to introduce Ayurvedic psychiatric therapies in the UK. Some key ingredients used by Manasa Ayurveda (UK) are sourced directly through the Manasa Ayurveda hospital in Sri Lanka, and Manasa Ayurveda (UK) therapies are directly informed by first-hand learning and clinical experience within the Manasa Ayurveda Hospital in Sri Lanka. Manasa Ayurveda (UK) is proud that the Neelamahara tradition continues to inform our therapies.