Translate This Page

Punarnava - The platform for authentic Ayurveda

Punarnava Ayurveda is the outcome of the knowledge and the experience of 5 individuals who share a common objective of the creation and sustenance of global wellness through Ayurveda and other traditional medical knowledge systems.

Punarnava Ayurveda was established with the Vision of “Authentic Ayurveda for Universal Well-being".

Four Ayurveda physicians with a combined experience of more than 60 years and 1.5 lakhs patients of varied disorders bring to Punarnava the wealth of their knowledge and experience.

 Today this group is the process of establishing vaidyagrama – a green vastu compliant Ayurveda healing village on the outskirts of Coimbatore. Punarnava has also worked with groups like the Taj group of hotels, and has been instrumental in pioneering the introduction of Ayurveda from India into places like Vietnam and Cambodia.

Today Ayurveda is popular the world over. However, often its principles, concepts and values are not adhered to in its actual application leading to a reduction in its beneficial effect. It is the objective of Punarnava to create and maintain precious and yet cost-effective well-being for the global community in the context of current health challenges using Ayurveda and other traditional knowledge systems. Punarnava's endeavour is to see how authentic Ayurveda can be made contemporary without tampering with its core values.

Punarnava team


Dr. A.R. Ramdas

Hailing from Trichur, the cultural capital of Kerala, Dr. A. R. Ramdas is currently offering his services in the field of Ayurveda care and Ayurveda teaching in the capacity of medical director of one of the hospitals at vaidyagrama. 

He inherits a strong family tradition of a long line of ayurveda practitioners, serving the community for more than half a century. Dr. A. R. Ramdas completed his B.A.M.S graduation from Ayurveda College in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. He then underwent three years' training in Nethra Chikitsa (Ophthalmology in Ayurveda) under the guidance of the famous traditional Ayurveda Ophthalmologist, Manakunnath Gopalan Vaidya. He followed this by training under the well-known paediatrician C.N.S Gangadharan Vaidyar in Bala Chikitsa (Ayurvedic Paediatrics). He has also done M.S Psychotherapy and Counseling from Institute of Behavioral and Management Sciences in Chittur, Andhra Pradesh. In 1992, he joined as consultant physician in his family firm Rajendra Pharmacy, R.P.M Ayurvedic Nursing Home,which he headed also for a while.

His special expertise comes also from his heading the Ayurveda center of Punarnava Ayurveda at Vietnam, for almost a year in 2007. 

In his 20 years of practice, he has treated over 50,000 patients from various parts of India. His expertise is in the ideal care for ailments relating to respiratory and mental problems, allergy, eyes and skin.



Dr. K.K.Harikrishnan

Dr. Harikrishnan has carried forward the traditions of his ayurveda lineage that has its origin in the land of Ayurveda – Kerala. Since 1934, the family has been actively engaged in looking after the health needs of the community through Ayurveda.

After completing his graduation in Ayurveda Medicine from Coimbatore Ayurveda College in Coimbatore, India, in the year 1991, he underwent training for a year in Bala chikitsa (or child care using Ayurveda) from the eminent BalaVaidyan in Kerala , Vaidyan Sri Gangadharan.

In 1992 he joined his family firm M/s AROGYODAYAM VAIDYASALA, as a consulting Physician in their Palakkad branch in Kerala, India. In the last 16 years, his dedication and commitment to all round health has seen him build up a successful practice, treating innumerable patients in and around Palakkad district. The major ailments that he has been working with are inflammatory diseases of the joints, sinusitis, gastric problems, neurological complaints, skin diseases, respiratory problems, children’s problems, and problems relating to old age.

He is currently the medical director of the second hospital in the vaidyagrama premises.


Dr. E.K.Ramanandan

Dr. Ramanandan belongs to a traditional family of Ayurveda physicians in Kerala. He is an alumnus of Ayurveda College, Coimbatore. This is the only college of Ayurveda that follows the gurukula system (the teacher and the students stay in the same campus during the course). 

He took his degree in Ayurvedacharya (bachelor of Ayurveda medicine and surgery) in 1994. 

Dr. Ramanandan then practiced for a year under Ayurvedasiromany Sri. Narayanan Vaidyar of Aryavaidyodayam Vaidyasala, Ottappalam. Kerala. He also practiced under Dr. E.K. Vidyananandan, retired senior specialist, Government Ayurveda Research Institute for Mental Diseases, Kottakkal, Kerala, India.

In 1996 he started an Ayurveda hospital and ayurveda medicine manufacturing unit called Thulasi Ayurveda Chikitsalayam, Alanallur. He is the consultant physician of the hospital for the last 12 years and is specialized in pediatrics, abdominal disorders, uterine complaints, arthritis and back pain.

Dr. Kalpana Sampath

Dr. Kalpana with a PhD in Social science is a management specialist focussed on understanding consciousness through human processes and art. Over the last 15 years she has led over 500 workshops in the area of Values clarification and Learning for Nurturing Excellence. 

Dr. Kalpana and her family have been practicing Ayurveda treatments for several years, both in the preventive and curative mould, and are firmly committed to helping Ayurveda reach more people.

She is also the Director of Arpitha Associates Pvt. Ltd, a research organization headed by Dr. J.M.Sampath and dedicated to setting a school of thought on ‘Evolutionary Leadership’ with a vision to enable evolutionary excellence by focusing on the foundational elements of Vision, Values & Learning and their inter dynamics at both individual and organizational level. With the main office in Bengalooru, India, they have branch offices in USA, Malaysia and Singapore. 

Kalpana’s research acumen and conceptual clarity distinguish her as a practitioner who is constantly learning and feeding her experiences back into ongoing research. She leads the education and organizational research wing at Arpitha Associates. Some of her main clients include Ford Motor Company, Detroit; UEM, Malaysia; John Keells Holdings, Sri Lanka; Amtrex Hitachi, Ahmedabad, Onward Technologies, Mumbai; Siemens Communications Software, Bangalore; Honeywell India; and many leading IT and non- IT companies.


Dr. Ramkumar

Dr. Ramkumar hails from a family steeped in the traditional practices of Ayurveda, through generations. After completing his formal Ayurveda education in 1991, he was involved in a program for strengthening the health traditions that exists in India. 

From 1994 to 2003, he was the Director of the Ayurvedic Trust in Coimbatore, India, which runs a 100–bed hospital, giving purely Ayurveda treatment. During this period, the hospital was recognized by the Government of India as one of the five best Ayurveda institutions in India. He also headed the Ayushman Ayurvedic Trust team, which established the Ayurveda centers in the different Taj Hotels. He was also the executive director of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Cbe) one of the premier Ayurveda institutions in India. 

Over the last 12 years, Dr.Ramkumar has presented lectures in America, Europe, Africa and South-East Asia on the different aspects of Ayurveda.