Kerala is known as the ‘Cradle of Ayurveda’. But the State has not yet been able to realise the economic potential of Ayurveda till now. But times are changing now. Ayurveda firms from Kerala have started spreading their branches across the world. Here is a short take on the major Ayurvedic firms in Kerala.
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) is undoubtedly the leader among the Ayurvedic companies in the State. This charitable institution has been engaged in the practice and propagation of Ayurveda for more than a century. AVS was established at Kottakkal in Kerala State of India in 1902 by the late Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. It offers classical Ayurvedic medicines and authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to patients.
AVS has Ayurvedic Hospitals at Kottakkal, Delhi and Kochi, and clinics in major cities in the country. It also has two modern medicine manufacturing units, one at Kottakkal and the other at Kanjikkode, Palakkad, where about 500 ayurvedic medicines are produced. It sells its products through a network of over 900 authorised dealers.To ensure the supply of raw materials, the company has developed medicinal plants estates in around 220 acres of land.
The Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College, established in 1917, is the pioneer in Ayurveda education in the State. AVS also has a full-fledged research wing that is engaged in research work for modernization of production and quality control of ayurvedic drugs.
Aryavaidya Pharmacy, Coimbatore
The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Ltd. (AVP) was founded in 1943 by late Arya Vaidyan P. V. Rama Variar. AVP has today grown into an organisation that is active in Ayurvedic health -care, research, education, manufacturing of medicines and treatment equipments, publications and marketing.
The Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam & Research Institute (AVC) is the Clinical wing of The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy. The Chikitsalayam, located at Coimbatore, has 120 beds and offers ayurveda treatment of Panchakarma and Ksharasutra. The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy has more than 800 branches in various parts of the country. It serves patients through its treatment centers located across the country.
AVP’s GMP- certified factory manufactures about 450 classical Ayurvedic medicines. The group consolidated its research activities to form AVTAR (AVT Institute for Advanced Research) in 2003. It also runs an Ayurveda college in association with R.V.S. Educational Trust, Sulur.
Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala, founded in 1941 by Ashtavaidyan Sri. E.T. Neelakandhan Mooss, offers ayurvedic treatments in the Ashtavaidya tradition. Vaidyaratnam nursing home, located at Thaikkattusery, Thrissur, is the main treatment center of the group. In addition, Vaidyaratnam has treatment centers at Bangalore, Mumbai and Manama(Bahrain).
The Oushadhasala has 3 manufacturing units – one each at Thaikkattussery, Chuvannamannu and Pollachi, which produce over 400 varieties of medicines. Its R & D Division is recognised by the Department of Science and Industrial Research (DSIR). The Oushadhasala also runs the Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College and is setting up a Centre of Excellence in Ayurvedic Management of Chronic Joint Disorders, with the help of AYUSH.
Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group, started in 1989, manufactures about 500 traditional Ayurvedic products at its GMP- certified factories. The group perhaps has the largest sales network among Ayurveda firms in the State. It sells its products through about 10,000 retail outlets across the country, including 850 sole retail outlets in Kerala alone. The group’s products are exported to 28 countries across the globe too.
The group also runs a full-fledged Ayurvedic Centre at Kalady. The complete range of Ayurvedic Treatments are provided at the center. The group has also set up a research facility to develop new formulations and standardize the medicines.
Dhanwanthari Vaidyasala, founded by late Vaidyan C. N. Namboothiri in 1933, is one of the oldest houses of Ayurveda in Kerala. Today it has blossomed into an integrated Ayurvedic company with interests in research and development, medicine manufacturing and treatment. The company, headquartered at Thodupuzha, has inpatient hospitals at Calicut and Thodupuzha. It also has a network of 350 sales outlets and full-fledged treatment centers in many locations of Kerala.
Kerala Ayurveda Ltd
KAL founded in 1945 is the only listed Ayurveda company in Kerala. Its operations range from R&D and Ayurveda education to manufacturing ayurvedic products and running ayurvedic hospitals and resorts. Ayurvedagram –its flagship resort – is a premier Ayurveda and Yoga retreat on the outskirts of Bangalore. The company has a GMP- certified plant that manufactures all types of ayurvedic preparations. The KAL Hospital has been accredited with“GREEN LEAF” Certification by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, for outstanding quality of facilities and services.
KAL, headquartered at Aluva, is perhaps the only Ayurvedic company in Kerala to go global too. It has subsidiaries in the US and Singapore. It runs a wellness center in Fremont, USA, that offers health consultations, Ayurveda body techniques, and authentic herbal preparations, in addition to acting as a training institute. The company has also signed an MoU with Tata Global Beverages to explore formation of a joint venture to develop and market products based on proven ayurvedic recipes globally.
Vaidyamadham Vaidyasala and Nursing Home
Vaidyamadham Vaidyasala and Nursing Home located at Thrithala, Palakkad , is a concern run by the Vaidyamadham family –family traditional Ayurvedic physicians, belonging to the Ashtavaidya group. Established 1912, Vaidyamadham today produces more than 700 varieties of medicines, under GMP Standards. All types of traditional Ayurvedic treatments are done at the Nursing Home which can treat 30 inpatients at a time.
SNA Oushadhasala was established by the Ayurveda Physician Thrissur Thaikat Unnimooss, an ayurvedic physician belonging to the Ashtavaidya group of families, in 1920. Initially the Oushadhasala catered to the requirements of the family physicians. Today the Oushadhasala has expanded into a GMP- certified manufacturing unit that sells its products across the world.
The SNA Ayurveda Nursing Home, located at Thrissur, offers Panchakarma treatments and specialises in treating diseases such as Fibromyalgia, Low Back ache, Rheumatism, Parkinsonism, Headache, Psoriasis, Menstrual disorders and the like.
SNA currently runs a Research division, Ayurveda Academy, Publication division too.
Oushadhi is the Kerala State government’s venture in the Ayurveda sector. Oushadhi produces 450 Ayurvedic formulations – both classical and proprietary – at its GMP- certified factory at Thrissur and is the largest producer of Ayurveda medicines in the public sector in the country. It is today the sole supplier of medicines to Government Ayurveda Hospitals in the State and also supplies Ayurvedic Medicines to Government Hospitals and dispensaries of other states.
It has two medicinal plant gardens – a 15- acre garden at Kuttanellur and a 50- acre garden at Pariyaram-, where it cultivates medicinal plants and raises seedlings for distribution.
K. P. Pathrose Vaidyan’s Kandamkulathy Vaidyasala is an ayurvedic institution that boasts a history of 150 years. The Vaidyasala today has 5 hospitals in the State and has forayed into the health toursim sector, with its Ayursoukhyam resorts. This ISO 9001-2000 certified company with GMP certification also has its own R&D unit for developing new medicines.
Pankajakasthuri is one of the new= generation Ayurvedic firms in the State that has been growing at a fast pace. ‘Pankajakasthuri Herbals India (P) Ltd was set up in 1988 by Dr. J Hareendran Nair. The group made its presence felt in the market with its Pankajakasthuri Granules for Asthma. Today the group is expanding fast, and has a presence in Manufacturing, Research and Development, Education, Healthcare, and Health tourism sectors.
The manufacturing division of the company has a facility of 1,50,000 sq. ft built- up area. Its 150- bed hospital caters to patients with a variety of diseases and also has a medical college attached to it.
The group today makes a variety of over-the –counter healthcare and personal care products, apart from the traditional ayurvedic medicines. The products are sold in 15 countries across the world.
Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital and Research Center, which was setup in 1999 with facilities for just 10 patients, has today grown into a 309-bed hospital and production unit. Set up by the brothers Neliakkattu Narayanan Namboothiri and Dr. N.P.P Namboothiri, members of the Nelliakkattu Mana- a traditional family of Ayurvedic practitioners- the hospital today offerstreatment to patients suffering from eye and ear ailments and has been awarded the Center of Excellence by Government of India. It is also expanding by setting up branches and out- patient clinics across the country. The hospital has also forayed into the manufacture of ayurvedic products. It set up a state-of-the-art Manufacturing Unit in 2008 to make both Classical Ayurvedic Formulations and Proprietary Products. Many of Sreedhareeyam’s products are available over the counter in stores across the State.
The Dhathri group is a leader in the branded Ayurvedic products market in the State. The group, which boasts of a healing tradition of nearly two centuries, got institutionalised in the 1990’s when the Warrier’s Hospital and Panchakarma Center was set up at Kayamkulam. Today the Dhathri group offers a large number of branded Ayurvedic products and services.
Dhathri Ayurveda Hospital &Panchakarma Center has three inpatient hospitals at Guruvayoor, Ernakulam and Kayamkulam. In addition, it runs Panchakarma Centers and Oushadalayas in different parts of the country. Dhathri also has Ayurvedic Beauty and Slimming Clinics at Ernakulam, Kottayam and Trivandrum.
Sitaram Ayurveda Pharmacy
Sitaram Ayurveda Pharmacy, located in Thrissur, has been manufacturing Ayurvedic medicines since 1921. It is the first GMP- certified Ayurveda Company in the world. The company, located at Thrissur , produces a wide variety of personal care products and classical ayurvedic products. The group has also set up the Sitaram Ayurveda Specialty hospital that provides specialised care to patients.
New Udaya Pharmacy and Ayurvedic Laboratories (NUPAL) was established in the city of Cochin, Kerala, in 1960 by late Sri N. K. Padmanabhan Vaidyar. The company shot into fame after it launched Kamilari – a liver supplement that is available over the counter. It also runs a liver specialty clinic at Kochi. Today the company makes a variety of Ayurvedic products and is in the process of expanding its manufacturing capabilities.
Everest Pharma started operations n 1981 in Chiyyaram, Thrissur. It has two plants which make a variety of generic and proprietary ayurvedic drugs