Kochi: Situated at Kottakkal in Malappuram district, Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) is a 117-year-old Charitable Trust engaged primarily in the practice and propagation of the Indian traditional healthcare system of Ayurveda. Established essentially as a village clinic in 1902 by the illustrious visionary, Vaidyaratnam P S Varier, Arya Vaidya Sala has grown over the years into a multidisciplinary and multi-crore organisation having significant presence in the fields of clinical service, medicine manufacturing, drug distribution, research, education, medicinal plant cultivation and book publication.
Established as a village clinic in 1902 by Vaidyaratnam P S Varier, Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) has evolved into a multidisciplinary organisation
Four hospitals being run by AVS at Kottakkal (two hospitals), Delhi and Kochi offer services like classical Panchakarma therapies and reputed Kerala special therapies to patients in an ambience similar to that of modern hospital. The main hospital at Kottakkal has received NABH accreditation. Patients from different parts of the world come and stay at these hospitals to receive palliation from grave conditions of illness. Of the two hospitals at Kottakkal one is a charitable hospital with 160 beds where medicines, therapy, accommodation and food are being provided free of cost to deserving patients. Adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), AVS also operates three drug manufacturing units at Kottakkal, Palakkad and Nanjangud in Mysore district of Karnataka. The unit at Nanjangud is the latest one which is exclusively dedicated to the production of a series of new-generation formulations for meeting the demands of contemporary practitioners of Ayurveda. In all, more than 580 classical formulations are manufactured in these units and they are made available to patients across the country through 27 branch clinics and more than 1800 authorised dealers.
As part of its initiatives to strengthen the knowledge base of Ayurveda as well as to promote Ayurvedic healing system, AVS is proactively engaged in research and educational efforts. The Centre for Medicinal Plants Research (CMPR), which was inaugurated in 2003 by the then President of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, is now recognised by the Central Government as a Centre of Excellence. Affiliated to the Kannur University as a Learning Centre, several collaborative research programmes are being undertaken here jointly with Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Bio-technology and Ministry of AYUSH.
Other research activities undertaken by AVS pertain to areas of clinical research, process improvement and new drug development. Some of these programmes are taken up in collaboration with national apex bodies like DST, DAE, IIT, MAHE etc. AVS plays a major role in managing VPSV Ayurveda College at Kottakkal, which is affiliated to the Kerala University of Health Sciences. Moreover, the publications department of AVS comes out with a quarterly journal on Ayurveda, apart from bringing out reference manuals and other texts in Malayalam, Hindi, Sanskrit and English. Holding of annual Ayurveda seminars and other academic events also form part of the activities of AVS which are aimed at propagating authentic practices of Ayurveda.
AVS also has under its wings the 80-year-old P S V Natyasangham which is recognised as a leading Kathakali Centre. AVS is managed and guided by a board of trustees. Nationally reputed physician and scholar, Padma Bhushan Dr. P K Warrier, is the Managing Trustee of AVS for the past six decades.