Ayurveda is a system of medicine that has been practised in India since pre-historic times. The word 'Ayurveda' in Sanskrit means 'Science of Life'. Classical texts of Ayurveda comprise of medical knowledge transmitted from the Gods to the sages who then popularized Ayurveda. As a system, Ayurveda believes in attaining good health by focusing on harmony: a harmony between mind, body and the spirit.
Ayurveda views every individual as being unique and hence a treatment or medicine that is suitable for a person need not be suitable for another. Each person is seen to be composed of three Doshas, each Dosha signifying a type of biological energy.
The core concept of Ayurvedic medicine depends on the theory of Doshas. There are 3 fundamental Doshas that determines the mind-body type of every individual. Vata, Pitta and Kapha Doshas are derived from the five natural elements and the ayurvedic treatment differs for each Dosha. Imbalance in the amount of Dosha in our body may lead to various disorders and diseases. Thus, Ayurvedic treatments focus on alleviating any doshic excesses through medicines, food habits and yoga postures.
Vata Dosha is that which controls functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing and heartbeat.
Pitta Dosha is that which controls digesting, metabolism, absorption of nutrition and regulation of body temperature.
Kapha Dosha is that which controls movement of water and maintenance of the internal organs.
The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Limited is the flagship company of the AVP Group. Since its incorporation in the 1940s, it grew in reputation as one of the leading entities in the field of Ayurveda. The Company is headquartered in Coimbatore with a pan India network of doctors and sales and distribution network.
Management of the Company is headed by Sri P.R. Krishnakumar, son of the founder of AVP, Sri Rama Variar. Having widely travelled in India and abroad and possessing a vision as broad as his father, Sri Krishnakumar has dedicated his life to the promotion of Indian art and culture and Ayurveda in Particular. Sri Krishnakumar is on the advisory board of several government and non-government organisations involved in the propagation of Ayurveda. He was instrumental in bringing Ayurveda to the attention of the World Health Organisation (WHO). For his tireless efforts towards promotion of Ayurveda and service to society, Sri Krishnakumar has been conferred the prestigious Padmashri Award by the Government of India.
The Company has two plants, both based in Kanjikode Kerala with state of the art manufacturing and testing facilities and GMP Certification. AVP manufactures a wide range of products: both classical formulations based on ancient texts and proprietary products. The Equipment Division manufactures and supplies specialized equipment required for Ayurvedic treatments.
The clinical wing of The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy was set up under The Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam & Research Institute (AVC). This hospital situated in the heart of Coimbatore City, in Tamilnadu, South India is at present a 120-bed Ayurveda hospital. AVC offers classical Ayurvedic treatments for a wide range ailment. This Chikitsalayam is one of the first Ayurvedic hospitals to become ISO 9001: 2000 certified for its compliance with international quality standards. AVP.
Apart from the hospital in Coimbatore, AVP runs treatment centres with both inpatient and outpatient services in two more centres in the outskirts of Coimbatore: Mangarai and Navakkarai.
AVP Research Foundation is recognised as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. One of the priority areas for research at AVPRF is to facilitate informed decision making and evidence-based practice in the field of Ayurveda. AVPRF has already launched the RUDRA clinical documentation program to generate reports on outcomes of clinical practice in the field of Ayurveda. The DHARA database makes available published research papers on Ayurveda for online search. AVPRF is currently working on major upgrades to the RUDRA software and DHARA database.