"Good health for all through indigenous medicine"


To provide good health for the entire general public by the use of research and modern technology by preserving Sri Lankan identity to promote human potentials enabling investment of their contribution to achieve national economic and sustainable development goals.


The field of indigenous medicine is a highly knowledge-rich field that plays an important role in the health system of Sri Lanka. It is nourished by aspects of (Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Deshiya Chikithsa) and now includes alternative medicine such as Homoeopathy.
After independence, the Constitution No. 49 of 1949 amended the Indigenous Ordinance Act, the Department of Indigenous Medicine was established in 1957, the Ayurveda Act No. 31 of 1961 was passed, and a new Ministry for Indigenous Medicine was established in 1980. In 1994, this became a Cabinet Ministry. developed. Since then, this field, which has been operating under the direct supervision of a cabinet minister, was transferred under the Ministry of Health on 18.01.2015 and has been operating under the name of Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine since 21.09.2015 and as the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services since 10.12.2019. Later, under the Ministry of Health, it was operated as the State Ministry of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospital Development and Community Health and since 2022.05.27, it has been operating as the Indigenous Medicine Section under the Ministry of Health. Formulation and implementation of policies related to the field of indigenous medicine, preparation of strategic plans, development of physical and human resources, regulatory activities, research and development activities, and overall operations and supervision activities related to the development of the field are carried out by this division.
The aim of the indigenous medicine section is to provide the best quality, efficient and cost-effective indigenous medical services while protecting the health of the people.

Main Sections

Services Provided By The Administration Division

  1. Support the Ministry's policy-making process.
  2. Supervise the administrative and disciplinary affairs of the Indigenous Medicine Section and the institutions under it.
  3. Administrative work related to Homeopathic Hospital and Homeopathic Medical Council.
  4. Administrative matters related to Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation.
  5. Matters relating to recruitment, confirmation, promotion and retirement of Ayurvedic Doctors.
  6. Liaison with Ayurveda Medical Council and special doctors.
  7. Matters related to officers of Ayurvedic Community Health Promotion Service.
  8. Matters related to Ayurvedic Nurses
  9. Disciplinary/Investigative proceedings of the officers of the Indigenous Medicine Section and the institutions under it.

Services Provided By The Account Division

  1. Making payments relating to salaries and allowances of the officers in the Indigenous Medicine Section and Development Officers attached to the Divisional Secratariats.
  2. Making payments related to salary, capital and recurring expenses related to Government Homeopathic Hospital and Homeopathic Medical Council.
  3. Making relevant payments for the issuance of medicines of the Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation under the treasury provisions.

Services Provided By The Development Division.

  1. Planning, implementation, monitoring and follow-up of programs and projects related to the development of Indigenous Medicine Section.
  2. To examine the performance of the institutions under the Indigenous Medicine Section, to identify the performance gaps and do correction actions.
  3. Promotion of non-toxic, nutritious local food.
  4. Maintaining and updating statistical data related to the field.
  5. On the recommendation of the Commissioner General of Ayurveda, granting necessary approvals for the import of medicinal ingredients under tariff concessions.
  6. Providing of Indigenous Medicines required for independent Ayurvedic dispensaries by the Ayurvedic Medicines Corporation.
  7. Planning of capital expenditure for the relevant year.

Main Functions




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