Vamsha Vaidhya Award Winner
Category: Vamsha Bhushan
The Journey of Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital
Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Group has its origin from the Nelliakattu Mana; a traditional family of Vaidyas in Koothattukulam which has been renowned for its treasure of knowledge in Ayurveda Shalakya Tantra and Visha Chikitsa. With the divine blessings of Sri Nelliakattu Bhagavathy, and Sri Thalikunnu Mahadeva, the century’s old expertise has been carried on from generation to generations. For the present generation, Sreedhareeyam stands for authenticity, expertise and patient care of the best quality. A place where Ayurveda is delivered in the most scientific way.
History & Struggles:
Though the family has a history of 400 years, the beginning of present-day’s Sreedhareeyam was in 1931. Bramhasree Parameswaran Namboothiri started a branch of Sreedhary Ayurveda Vaidyasala in Koothattukulam, with its headquarters at Kurichithanam, a small village in the adjoining district, Kottayam. The family had a Pharmacy and raw drug store in Koothattukulam town. The medicines were manufactured at the Illam (residence) and were given to the patients. The doors were kept open to all the sick, needy and suffering. The family rendered their unmatched services without expecting anything in return. Like many other people, the family too struggled during the famine, changes post-independence, etc. Still, the services were continued with smiles and trust in Ayurveda as a natural system of medicine. Along with dedication and expertise, the goodwill of the beneficiaries contributed to the growth of Sreedhary and its transition to Sreedhareeyam.
The family also has a history of association with Nagarjuna Vaidyasala, Thodupuzha for some time.
Success & Present Structure:
Sreedhareeyam had its humble beginning in 1999 as an eight bedded hospital set-up by Shri. NP Narayanan Namboothiri and his younger brother, the late Dr. NPP Namboothiri. It started as an Ayurveda Hospital with Ophthalmology as a specialty. Those were the times when Ayurveda itself was not well recognized as a system of medicine across the globe. Ophthalmology in Ayurveda was not even considered a possibility of management and success. Late Dr NPP Namboothiri along with his elder brother Sri Narayanan Namboothiri was determined to deliver the best services in this rare field of Ayurveda. Their sincere efforts did not go in vain. Patients across the globe considered Sreedhareeyam as an assured destination for many rare eye diseases, which are not well addressed by modern medicine. The majority of the patients arrive after unsuccessful treatments even through modern medicine. It is not just their vision; it is their hope, time and value for Ayurveda. The rapid progress of Sreedhareeyam in a short span is the result of teamwork, faith in Ayurveda and passion to render the services of traditional Ayurveda across the globe. Ancient treatment procedures are practiced amalgamated with modern diagnostic methods. Alongwith NABH & ISO accredition, Sreedhareeyam is also recognized as a Centre of Excellence by Dept. of AYUSH, Gov. of India. Gov. of Kerala, tourism department has accorded Ayur Diamond Certification to Sreedhareeyam. With the passage of time, Sreedhareeyam has expanded its services in medicine manufacturing. With several unique patented products along with classical medicines, Sreedhareeyam’s Medicine Manufacturing Unit (Sreedhareeyam Farmherbs & Medicines) is one of the best with state-of-art manufacturing and packing facilities. The Quality control lab is accredited by NABL. Mobile Bus Clinic is another initiative of the hospital to reach the masses. It is a fully equipped clinic on wheels with ultramodern facilities for consultation, optometry tests and pharmacy. Sreedhreeyam is active in knowledge sharing among Ayurveda fraternity. Regular CMEs, national and international conferences, and seminars are a part of the knowledge exchange initiatives.
Details of Ancestors
Generations of Vaidhyas
The Vision statement of Institution
Vision: Vision for All
Vision Statement: Our vision is to eradicate blindness completely and to be one of the most respected Ayurvedic treatment centers in the country, reputed for our authentic treatment procedures and service excellence.
A Memory that's etched deeply in the journey
Event: World Ayurveda Congress, Ahmedabad in 2022
The appreciation received from Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the presence of thousands of dignitaries present from various nations across the globe is definitely a remarkable memory for Sreedhareeyam. In his speech, the Prime Minister mentioned the potential of Ayurveda Ophthalmology. Mr Raila Odinga, Hon’ble Ex-President of Kenya and his daughter Ms Rosemary Odinga, who had undergone eye treatment from us were also present in the event. A special session was allotted on the spot, to speak about Ayurveda – Shalakya Tantra. I feel it as an honor for all my ancestors, gurus and mentors.
The benefits of Ayurveda are beyond words. This science has immense potential and humanity should adopt it willingly.
As a senior Ayurvedic Practioner and Clinician, I find an enormous scope for Ayurveda in various fields like Shalakya Tantra, Shalya Tantra, Kaumarabhritya, Rasayana chikitsa, Vajikarana, Manasika roga and many other diseases that are prevalent today due to changes in life style.
Shalakya Tantra has a potential to offer best treatment and management protocols for genetic disorders, progressive and degenerative diseases also. Though unsuccessful or out of the scope of modern system of medicine, as Ayurveda focuses on the root cause of the disease, better quality of treatment can be provided to the patients. A little change in the qualitative or quantitative aspects of vision will definitely bring a great change in one’s life. A smile on the patient’s face with a gratitude or satisfaction inspires us to work further. The conditions like Jwara, Raktapitha, Swasaroga, etc are addressed well with the principles of Kaya Chikitsa.
Also, the classical texts of Ayurveda like Charaka Samhitha, Susrutha Samhitha, Ashtanga Hridaya, Sargethara Samhitha, Bhava Prakasika, etc authenticates the nuances of every condition. The pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, root causes, treatment protocols, etc are mentioned by the Acharyas in detail. It is the Vaidya Vyukti to apply it in regular clinical practice.
Understanding of the patient’s condition through a thorough examination, approach towards the prognosis, and protocol for diagnosis may vary from one doctor to the other. But the primary objective must be the same. The use of most modern diagnostic tools and techniques along with traditional Ayurvedic treatments will definitely be appreciated by the patients across the globe.
Your inspiration to choose Ayurveda
I have seen, observed and lived Ayurveda since my childhood, seeing my parents and grandparents devoting their entire life to this science. Their dedication and sincerity to the procedures, the results and outcomes, the satisfaction of the patients; all were source of inspiration for me.
Few words about your Guru
- Dr. B Vaidyanathan – College Principal
- Dr. Vishwanath Sharma
- Dr. Dr. Prasanna Narasimhan – Principal SDM College, Hassan
To make Ayurveda a Global Medical Science. Presently, a few countries have legally accepted Ayurveda, but not fully. It is a science of nature; it is a way of living and so it becomes all the more reasonable to be a part and parcel of everybody’s life.
Message to Youngsters
Modern education is giving you the best of everything. Be in the company of learned people and understand how to practise. Understand your patient before anything. Never experiment on the patient without understanding him.