Far away in Malappuram, Kerala, in a small town called Kottakkal is a medical centre which witnesses a constant influx of patients, scholars and visitors from India and abroad. It is the Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, whose name is synonymous with Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine in India which relies entirely on herbs and natural remedies for treating ailments.
The journey started in early twentieth century when physician Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier founded the centre. What started out as a village clinic has become one of the most trusted and reputed centres for Ayurvedic treatment in India. After the demise of Mr. P. S. Warrier, the centre was converted into a Charitable Trust as per his desire.
A premier establishment for Ayurvedic treatment in India, Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala which has branches across all major cities in India has an Ayurvedic Hospital and Research Centre at Kottakkal. The centre is replete with a laboratory, a research and development wing, a nursing home, state-of-the-art drug manufacturing units, a museum which traces the evolution of its Ayurvedic tradition, a herb garden which provides the raw material for its medicines and so forth. This highly acclaimed hospital also runs a Kathakali academy. The centre which is resilient in its approach towards producing top quality Ayurvedic medicines also publishes a quarterly medical journal Arya Vaidyan.
This pioneering institution in Ayurveda research and treatment practices the ancient healing system as espoused in the Vedic texts in its entirety and offers a holistic system of medical treatment.