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Ayurvedic medical center treats patients with sight issues when conventional medicine offers no more

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An ayurvedic herbal paste known as a 'patthu' is applied to a Sri Lankan eye patient at the Gangula Veda Medura medical center in Panadura, Sri Lanka, April 6. The medical center has restored the eyesight of numerous patients who were all classified as hopeless cases by conventional medicine.

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An ayurvedic assistant prepares individual herbal prescriptions.

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Herbal ingredients are ground in the traditional way for patients.

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Eye patients assist in the preparation of herbal medication as their participation is said to act as a catalyst in their treatment.

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A collection of ola leaf manuscripts has been handed down through five generations of ayurvedic physicians.

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Ayurvedic pills are stored in bottles to be distributed to eye patients.

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Patients await treatment for sight deficiencies.