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vaidyagrama ayurveda healing village actually comprises a group of small Ayurveda hospitals each having 12 patient units and a resident medical director. The idea is to increase the physician-patient interaction which contributes immensely to enhancing the healing process. Every medical director is helped by 1-2 additional physicians to ensure that the patient receives the attention and care that is required. Further all the physicians meet every day to discuss regarding the patients, to share experiences and to learn from them. Thus vaidyagrama aspires to also be a learning space where physicians will over a period of time grow into experts.
MEDICAL DIRECTORS AT VAIDYAGRAMA
Dr. Harikrishnan has carried on the
traditions of his ayurveda lineage that has its origin in 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, CNS Gangadharan Vaidyar.
In 1992 he joined his family firm Arogyodayam Vaidyasala, as a consulting Physician in the Palakkad branch in Kerala. In the last several 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, as well as from other cities/countries. The major ailments that he has been working with are inflammatory diseases of the joints, arthritis, sinusitis, gastric problems, neurological complaints, skin diseases, respiratory problems, children’s problems, women’s health issues and problems relating to old age.
He is one of the founding members of Punarnava Ayurveda and is a medical director at vaidyagrama.
Hailing from Trichur, the cultural capital of Kerala in southern India, Dr. A. R. Ramadas is the medical director of the first hospital block of vaidyagrama. He is also a founding member of Punarnava.
He inherits a strong family tradition of a line of ayurveda practitioners, serving the sick for more than half a century. Dr. Ramadas completed his B.A.M.S (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) 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 Vaidyar. He followed this by training under the well-known paediatrician C.N.S Gangadharan Vaidyar in Bala Chikitsa (child care through Ayurveda). 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 and R.P.M Ayurvedic Nursing Home, which he headed for a while. He managed the first overseas center of Punarnava in Vietnam in 2007.
In more than 20 years of practice, he has treated over 50,000 patients from various parts of India and abroad for conditions relating to neuro-musculo-skeletal, endocrine, skin, gastro-intestinal, respiratory, cardiac, psychiatric and reproductive health systems.
One of his patients describes him as “a soft and kind soul, full of compassion and an inborn healing ability”.
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.Ramanandan was the convenor of the International Ayurveda Conference on "Where Science Meets Consciousness" which was held in vaidyagrama in December 2015 in which more than 600 delegates, including 150 international delegates, participated.