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The sacred River Periyar, as viewed from Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Centre


Kalady, Kerala, India

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Om Dhanwantaraye Namah ...
Salutations to him, Lord Dhanwantari, who holds a conch shell, a disc of energy, a leech and a jug of celestial ambrosia. In whose heart shines a subtle, clear, gentle and pleasing blaze of light that also shines around his head and lotus eyes. On the dark blue water, his body is luminous, splendid, and shining. His waist and legs are adorned in bright yellow clothing. Who, by his mere gaze, destroys all disease like a mighty forest fire. Dhanwanthari is an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the Gods (devas), and the God of Ayurvedic medicine. Founder of the Madhyamika Buddhism (Middle Path), Sage Nagarjuna, who was also known as Medicine Budda, was an outstanding Ayurvedic physician, scholar and teacher of the second century AD. The Buddhists of China, Japan and Tibet revere him as the Second Buddha, who once again set the wheel of Dharma in motion. Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group takes its name after this illustrious philosopher and physician.

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Ayurveda is the name of that Vedic scripture, which deals with the understanding of happiness and sorrows, auspicious and unauspicious aspects of life, and which also deciphers and analyses, in detail, the causes, symptoms and remedies of what is good, suitable and supportive for healing and health.
- Sage Charaka

Ayurvedic View of Health and Life

Health is a process - not a stand-alone state. The process is ongoing - not a one-time endeavour. The process is participatory - everyone must take responsibility for his health and not depend entirely on an expert to correct it. A dynamic balance needs to be achieved in all aspects of life - physical, biochemical, intellectual, professional, emotional, behavioral, spiritual, familial and social. Therapies need to be comprehensive, considering all aspects of health such as nutrition, natural medicines, exercise, rest, emotions and lifestyle. Its not limited to just drugs, medication or surgery. Medicines need to be natural - not synthetic or chemical-based. Treatments need to be customised to suit individual constitution and health condition one size does NOT fit all!

Green-flanked River Periyar - a soothing view from the portico of the river-side rooms

Herbal garden

Chief Physician Dr C Manoj Kumar making a point on Ayurveda to a guest

Nagarjunas Kalady Centre is set on two acres of lush vegetation, flowering plants, fruit-bearing trees and medicinal herbs along the Periyar (Purna River), Keralas longest and holiest river. Environmental excellence is the key element of all healthcare programmes at the Centre, which advocates and incorporates ecological perspectives into health management. The Centre honours the needs of patients and helps them reconnect with their own inner healing potential. Designed to support the body, mind and spirit, the healing ambience in and around the Centre greatly influences the recovery process. Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Centre is just 9 Km from the Cochin International Airport which offers a truly world-class travel experience. The nearest railway station is Angamaly, which is only 12 Km away. The high standards of facilities, services and treatments provided by the Centre have been well-accepted globally, despite the din from aircrafts approaching the nearby Cochin International Airport. This is evident from the fact that this Centre is heavily occupied around the year.

Nagarjuna follows the concept of Ayurjeevanam which views each individual as a unique personality, with his own physical, mental and social traits. This implies that no two persons are exactly alike in their constitution (Prakruti). Ayurjeevanam strives to enrich the life of every patient with a holistic, comprehensive and integrated approach to healthcare. Components of Ayurjeevanam: Ayurjeevanam, as conceived by Nagarjuna, involves the following processes:

Patient and physician - a bond beyond the treatment room

Constitution Analysis Disease Identification

Treatments (internal / external) Dietary Regimen

Complementary Therapies

Lifelong Follow-up Counselling

Diagnosis and treatment methodology: The physician first of all carefully assesses the patients Prakruti and Vikruti - constitution and imbalance in constitution and lifestyle. This requires a detailed study of the patients medical history and a careful examination of the different parts of his body - pulse, urine, stool, tongue, voice, touch, eyes and general physique. This process will help to understand the more complex aspects of the patients condition. When a Dosha imbalance is diagnosed, medical treatment and lifestyle advice are provided. The first step is the preparation of the patient for eliminating toxins, starting with the Poorvakarmas which are the processes preceding Panchakarmas - the main cleansing programme, that includes Vamana, Virechana, Snehavasthy, Kashayavasthy and Nasya. (therapeutic emesis, purgation, enema with medicated oil, enema with herbal decoction, and nasal administration of medicine).

Qualified and dedicated

medical faculty
Besides ready access to the knowledge, expertise and experience of some of the most eminent Ayurvedic minds, Nagarjuna also has a talented team of qualified, skilled and dedicated physicians, therapists and support staff, specially trained in treatment protocols developed by the R&D Division of Nagarjuna. It also utilises the approximately 12,000 odd unique medicinal formulations of Kerala, as well as the Kerala speciality treatments and physiotherapies, along with the interventions of the modern diagnostic tools. The faculty also includes a physician specialised in modern medicine for providing medical care in case of any emergency requirements.

Approvals and Recognitions

The Tourism Department, Government of Kerala, has approved the Centre by awarding the Green Leaf certification, for combining classical Ayurvedic treatments with modern facilities and ambience. The Centre has also won the award for the Best Approved and Classified Ayurvedic Centre in the State. In 2009 Ayurveda Hospital Management Association of Kerala has conferred the following awards on the Centre:

The BEST PANCHAKARMA THEATRE in the State of Kerala. The BEST CASE SHEET & DOCUMENTATION in the State of Kerala.

Nasyam - herbal medicine instilled into the nostrils

Namaste. Its a pleasure attending to you ... Elegant reception lobby that spells welcome

Treat the patient, not the disease - a panel consultation session in progress

Full-fledged infrastructure,

Amenities and Services

A complete holistic healing centre, Nagarjuna provides all modem resort-class amenities and services, strictly following the treatment protocols developed by Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group, based on the time-tested Ayurvedic scriptures and the ancient wisdom they embody. It focuses on speciality treatments exclusive to Kerala to address the health needs of the modern world.
MEDICAL Clean, fully-equipped and well-staffed treatment rooms (for men and women separately) with post-treatment facilities

Pharmacy well-stocked with medicines hygienically prepared from virgin plants and herbs Resident doctor Lady doctor and female therapists to take care of female patients Detailed and comprehensive disease evaluation and diagnosis Customised treatment based on the physical constitution and current condition of the patient. Need-based therapy for specific diseases and acute / chronic conditions. Meticulously designed wellness programmes to relax, rejuvenate and improve health.

Life management programmes to improve the quality of the patients life. Medical monitoring of the treatment process by qualified doctors and implementation by well-trained, friendly, caring therapists. Regular treatment reviews and follow-ups through email, fax and telephone. Accessibility to the services of an Allopathy doctor to address specific patient requirements. Yoga and meditation classes under the supervision of skilled instructors Familiarisation classes on Ayurveda, Ayurvedic way of life and Indian philosophy Training in preparation of nutritious, palatable, balanced vegetarian diet.


Spacious, elegantly furnished residential rooms - airconditioned and non-airconditioned Clean, well-equipped modern kitchen Dining hall serving tasty and nutritious vegetarian food and beverages Library housing books and journals on Ayurveda and Indian philosophy, art and culture Scientifically-managed herbal garden Warm Kerala hospitality with genuine, personalised attention to each guest / patient Communication facilities including telephone with ISD, email, fax and internet Broadband Wi-Fi connectivity so that you can access the internet from any part of the premises Picking-up and dropping-off facilities for guests at the nearest transportation point Laundry service Travel desk

Rooms designed for space and comfort Well-stocked library - getting to know India and her art, culture and philosophy

What is NEW? SPINE SPECIALITY commenced at the Centre

The prevalence of various spine related ailments of varying intensity, seriously disabling work and life performance, has led Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group to develop the concept of NAGARJUNA AYURVEDIC SPINE CLINIC, modelling a set of unique treatment protocols. While using modern diagnostic tools, the conventional Ayurvedic know-how connected with the management of spine disorders is also being suitably enriched with different speciality techniques in spine treatment. This includes manipulation and traction techniques from the 'Marma' and 'Kalari' treatments, which are a part of Keralas martial arts system. The rehabilitation techniques of 'Yoga' along with suitable 'Yogasanas' are used during the convalescence stage, thereby helping to reduce the chances of relapse. To know more, please visit:

Youre what you eat!

Dietary discipline is basic to sound health. By offering food that promotes health and well-being, the Centre encourages patients to make diet suitable for their health conditions. The dining hall at the Centre serves two types of diet, freshly prepared from the best ingredients: Normal menu - breakfast, lunch and dinner - that address all the three doshas - vata, pitha, kapha. Therapeutic diet (fruits, salads, soups, drinking water, herbal tea, etc), suitable for the the dosha condition of the patient. Only vegetarian food is served - prepared from cereals, grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables and milk. Intelligent use of spices and herbs makes the meals tasty and easily digestible.
Dining hall serving tasty and nutritious pure vegetarian food

Built on Strong Foundations

The Centre is a subsidiary of Nagarjuna Herbal Concentrates Ltd. (an ISO 9001-2008 company), which is one of the leading manufacturer of highquality Ayurvedic medicines. Its present productline includes nearly 500 formulations, retailed through 850 exclusive franchisee outlets within and outside Kerala. Nagarjuna Research Foundation is involved in scientific research, dissemination of information and promotion of herbal cultivation and medicinal gardens.
Clean and well-equipped kitchen Patients attending a cookery class Yoga - an integral part of Ayurveda

Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Institute, the academic and research wing of the Group, is a resource destination for Ayurvedic physicians and natural healthcare enthusiasts who have a keen interest in the Kerala style of holistic healing. This centre of excellence in Ayurvedic studies and training in Panchakarma as well as Kerala special treatments, is a Government of Kerala approved institution for paramedical courses in Ayurveda. The Institute also operates a hospital and research centre, which provides free treatments to the needy.

Major ailments treated

Allergic conditions Asthma Auto-immune diseases Bronchitis Chronic sinusitis Diabetes mellitus Digestive disorders Frozen shoulder General weakness Gynecological problems Hair loss Hyper cholesterolaemia Hyperacidity Insomnia Irritable bowel syndrome Lifestyle-related problems Lumbar and cervical spondylosis Male infertility Migraine, headaches Neuromuscular disorders Obesity Old age-related ailments Osteoarthritis Paralysis Piles Post-surgical rehabilitation Psoriasis Rheumatoid arthritis Sciatica Spine-related complaints Stress-related problems Vision disorders Weight loss The treatment process at Nagarjuna is a fine synthesis of Ayurveda, yoga, meditation and spiritual discourses. Ayurvedic therapy requires a prescribed time-frame. Treatments come in modules of 8, 15, 21 and 28 days. For rejuvenative therapy, a minimum period of 7 days is the norm. Durations for other treatments vary from case to case.

Njavarakizhy (Rice-bolus massage) - the most effective rejuvenating treatment

R&D - Key to Better Healthcare

It is basically through its research-based approach to Ayurveda, the Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group has risen to this superlative position in the industry. Hence it has become the first ISO certified R&D in Kerala. The highly trained research scientists and physicians from different disciplines have successfully developed several valuable formulations which have elevated the group to set new standards of excellence in natural healthcare.

Elakizhy - Bolus massage with medicinal leaves

Bath with medicated steam

Specialised treatments exclusive to Kerala

PIZHICHIL For disorders of the nervous system, chronic illnesses like hemiplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic pains and inflammation and stiffness of joints. SHIROVASTHY For facial paralysis, insomnia, nervous disorders and several diseases of the head, eyes, ears and nose. DHAARA Specific therapy for diseases of the head, insomnia, impaired memory, spondylitis, paraplegia, fatigue and loss of vitality. NJAVARAKIZHI To make the muscles supple and sturdy, remove stiffness of joints, improve blood circulation and digestion and enhance complexion. NASYAM Medicated herbal preparations administered through the nose to cure problems related to the head and neck areas. ELAKIZHI For spondylitis, arthritis, stiffness of muscles and pains. ABHYANGAM To help the body mechanism to recoup its strength and functional efficiency and to relax the nervous system.

Shirodhara - the most effective destressing treatment

Abhyangam - Synchronised therapeutic oil massage

How to get there

Air Regular international and domestic flights operate from the Cochin International Airport - 9 Km Rail The nearest railway station is Angamaly -12 Km Most long-distance trains stop at Aluva - 20 Km Road Kalady is well-connected to NH 47, between Trichur and Cochin. There are frequent and regular bus services from these points to all parts of Kerala and other neighbouring states.

Kalady, Kerala, India - PIN 683 550 Tel: ++91 484 2463350, 2460854. Mobile: ++91 99618 83253. Email: Website: