Siddhalepa (the balm) is the flagship brand of the Hettigoda Group, manufacturers of over 150 ayurveda medicines, health care, beauty, skin, oral care, wellness and Spa products. The Group was founded in Sri Lanka in 1937 by Kidney Specialist and Astrologer Dr. Hendrick de Silva Hettigoda who hailed from an ancestry of ayurveda physicians of over 200 years. In 1969, of his nine children, Hendrick De Silva Hettigoda chose his fifth child Victor, to continue his ayurveda medical practice. The father recognized in this son, the making of an entrepreneur. Victor is also the nephew of a world-famous Buddhist priest and philosopher, the late Venerable Aggamahapanditha, Prof. Walpola Sri Rahula Thero, who authored What the Buddha Taught and propagated Buddhism in the West.