Chido’s Story – Part 1

The loud beeping sound of a truck backing up coming from the neighbour’s house intrigued her, so she put down the grass broom that she was using to sweep the floor, momentarily abandoning her task, and moved to the window, curious to see what was going on outside. High-density housing was just that: high density. There was not much space between the houses, but from the safety of her vantage point, she could see most of the neighbour’s front yard without the risk of anyone spotting her there; and what she could not see was compensated for by what she could hear.  Because the open window in her family’s living room was only a few feet away, Chido could hear almost every conversation that was going on outside. The men who were standing in the front yard were discussing where in the house to put each item of furniture that was in the truck, and one of them was concerned that the house was too small for all the furniture they had brought.

“Don’t worry about all that.” The tall, light-skinned one gestured as he spoke.  He seemed to be in charge. “Your only job is to just get everything inside the house.”  The rest of the men nodded in agreement and got to work, whilst the tall light-skinned one gave them directions.

Curiosity got the better of her, so Chido stood there for a little while longer and watched quietly through the window of the small bedroom which she shared with her older sister and her sister’s four-year-old son, hoping that the lace curtain would provide her with sufficient cover. It was only just after ten o’clock in the morning, but the sweltering January heat had already left the men drenched in their sweat. She watched as the men went back and forth between the house and the moving van, unloading from it all kinds of expensive-looking household furniture, appliances and luggage.  After many months of speculation, it was finally happening. The new neighbours were moving in!

Across the street, Mai Munashe and her other friends from around the block had already gathered on her verandah to see what was going on.  Chido could tell from the way they were fidgeting and laughing out loud, high-fiving each other in the typical way that the women of their community did, that they were itching to introduce themselves and poke their noses into the neighbour’s business.  She felt sorry for them: women her mother’s age who had nothing better to do than to make the goings-on of the neighbourhood their business. They were literally the community’s own neighbourhood watch organization. This was the trouble with living in the high-density suburbs: everybody knew everybody’s business. Everybody made it their responsibility to know everything about your life. Privacy was a foreign concept.

The house next door had been empty for a while, as the owner, who was believed to be living abroad, had hired contractors to renovate, update and paint the house.  They had done a great job.  The house looked fresh and clean and stood out among all the other worn down houses on their street.  Since she was currently unemployed,  Chido’s main job involved helping her mother to keep their house clean and tidy, and babysitting her sister’s toddler during the day, on the days that she did not go to the community crèche. Occasionally, Chido would accompany her mother to the city market, where she helped her to sell her doilies tableware and other handmade home decor items made to the locals and tourists, but every time she looked at the neighbour’s house, she wished her parents could afford at least to paint the outside of the house.

Hurrying through the rest of her cleaning chores, Chido returned to her vantage point, this time laden with a tray containing a huge cup of tea and two thick slices of bread slathered with margarine and peanut butter.  Since she was home alone, she decided that quite out of the ordinary, she was going to enjoy her breakfast in her bedroom.  The  new neighbours’ moving in was the entertainment of the day. She watched quietly as she ate from the safety of her vantage point, grateful that she was home alone, and in particular, that her sister was not home. Tari would have been out there already introducing herself and making herself known, and in Chido’s opinion, making an utter fool of herself. As far as Chido was concerned, her sister was loud and obnoxious in an embarrassing sort of way, especially when men were in the vicinity. Tari had gotten herself pregnant during her second year at the teacher’s college and had to drop out of college just before her son was born.  She had hoped to go back and finish her diploma, but motherhood had a completely different story planned out for her, so now she and her son also lived with their parents. As much as she despised her sister’s obnoxious tendencies, Chido had to admit that she also admired her bravery and tenacity.  Despite all odds, Tari had managed to get herself a job as a receptionist at an engineering consultancy firm in the city, and, for the most part, she was able to singlehandedly take care of her son. The child’s father was still unknown to the family.

There were four men going in and out of the house, emptying the truck a seemingly unending amount of household goods.  Chido looked around but could not see any woman, or any children, so she wondered what the family moving in next door was like. Just as she finished her tea, she heard one of the men announce that the truck was empty.  They were done unloading. She watched as the men gathered closer together, unable to hear now as they were speaking in hushed tones. Next thing they were shaking hands and three of them got into the truck and drove away. The one man who was left stood watching ruefully as the moving truck drove away, then turned and looked up as Mai Munashe called out a greeting to him.

“Welcome to the neighbourhood,” she said, rather loudly.

He smiled politely and waved, turning to head back into the house.  As he turned, he paused and looked into the direction of Chido’s house giving Chido an opportunity to take a good look at him.  Mr. New Neighbour was tall and lightly fair-skinned, and quiet athletic-looking: Chido could not help but notice the way his t-shirt sleeves seemed to be tight around his biceps. She held her breath as he looked in her direction.  Could he see her?  Did he know she was there?  Or maybe he was just looking at how pitiful their front yard looked compared to his freshly spruced one?  Either way, Chido felt embarrassed, so she froze.  Unable to move, lest he spotted a movement in the shadows.  Eventually he looked away and headed back into his house. She heaved a sigh of relief as she headed back to her chores.  She did not see him the rest of that day, as she dared not look out the window again, just in case this time he would catch her staring again.

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Description

Kashayams are the most widely used dosage forms in the entirety of Ayurveda predominantly in South India. Kashayam represents the aqueous extract of herbs. Herbs of different properties are taken along with enough quantities of water and boiled in low heat helping the active ingredients in the herbs to get transferred into the water. Most of the herbs used in this dosage forms have active ingredients that are hydrophilic in nature. During the earlier days herbs as such were given to patients by doctors and they were asked to prepare & consume the kashayams at home. We at AVN still believe that that is the best way of prescribing a kashayam but not everyone has the liberty ofrtime to prepare and consume kashayam and hence we believe that AVN’s Kashayams is the next best option. We at AVN have innovated this dosage form, by making them more concentrated thereby reducing the quantities of preservatives used.

Dr.Ramesh R Varier – Managing Director

  • Over 30 years of Ayurvedic research & clinical experience

  • Rank holder from Madras University

  • Formulated more than 30 specialty products

  • Completed AMP from IIM-B

  • Has been successfully leading the organization for over 30 years

Mr.Sadagopan K – Director Marketing

  • Over 45 years of pharma marketing leadership

  • Successfully launched about 30 products across the industry

  • Was strategic business advisor to Hindustan Lever, Coco-cola

  • Alumnus of IIM-A and visiting faculty at IIM-A and IIM-L

  • Has been heading the marketing function since 1993

Dr. P.V. Raghava Varier

Arya Vaidyan P V Raghava Varier brings with him a rich and vast experience of more than 55 years of glorious Ayurvedic clinical practice. Passing out as the first rank holder from the Arya Vaidya Patashala at Kottakkal, Arya Vaidyan P V Raghava Varier started his long and fruitful career at Chennai. Before taking up the reigns of AVN, he rendered his services as an Ayurvedic practitioner in New Delhi, where he also had the opportunity to be the health consultant to several former Presidents of India. Having an encyclopedic knowledge on Ayurveda, he has won several thesis competitions on different topics in Ayurveda. A religiously inclined person, Arya Vaidyan Raghava Varier has been successfully adopting a holistic approach in Ayurvedic practice.

DR. Sridevi

Dr.Sridevi Rajeev Warrier, a first rank holder from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, during her B.A.M.S, has a rich experience of more than 21 years of committed Ayurvedic clinical practice, heading and managing Ayurvedic clinics and treatment centers at Madurai & Mumbai. She has written a number of articles on several topics with a focus on developing a holistic outlook on health as described in Ayurveda and changes to be brought about in today’s lifestyle for a healthy living. She underwent practical training in modern Gynaecology and has also undergone training in Nutrition and Dietetics as well. She specialises in the treatment of children with developmental disorders along with a team comprising of a Developmental Paediatrician, occupational therapists, Neuro-developmental therapists and speech therapists. She also specialises in providing effective Ayurvedic treatment for Women's health and fertility problems.

DR. Rajeev

Dr.Rajeev is the son of Arya Vaidyan P.Govinda Varier, an expert in the manufacturing of Ayurvedic formulations. After successfully completing his B.A.M.S. Course from Ayurveda college Coimbatore in the year 1987, he joined as a medical officer with a community health project funded by WHO. Later joined the Bombay Keraleeya Samajam as Ayurvedic physician and was in charge of their prestigious branch in Matunga. After his wedding to Dr.Sridevi he joined the family organisation and established the group’s clinic cum treatment centre at Andheri, Mumbai.

Dr. M.S. Biju, MD (Ayu)

Born in a family of Ayurvedic Physicians, Dr.Biju cvompleted his B.A.M.S., from Ayurveda College Coimbatore. After a brief period of private practice Dr.Biju joined a post graduate program at Ayurveda College Koppa where he was also teaching. After completing his M.D. in Ayurveda he Joined the AVN Group and has been in charge of the hospital since then. He has been responsible for setting up and operating the Integrated Neurology clinic at the AVN Arogya Hospital. Working alongside Dr.Sakthivel a senior Neurologist for the past over 7 years, Dr.Biju offers effective solutions for patients with several Neurological Diseases integrating Ayurveda with modern Diagnostics and therapeutics.

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BRUHATYADI KASHAYAM        

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DASAMOOLAKATUTRAYAM KASHAYAM

DASAMOOLAM KASHAYAM        

DHANADANAYANADI KASHAYAM   

DHANWANTARAM KASHAYAM      

DRAKSHADI KASHAYAM         

GANDHARVAHASTADI KASHAYAM  

GULGULUTIKTAKAM KASHAYAM   

GULUCHYADI KASHAYAM        

INDUKANTAM KASHAYAM        

KALASAKADI KASHAYAM        

KALYANAKAM KASHAYAM        

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MAHATIKTAKAM KASHAYAM      

MANJISHTADI KASHAYAM       

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NAYOPAYAM KASHAYAM         

NIMBADI KASHAYAM           

NISAKATAKHADI KASHAYAM   

PACHANAMRUTAM KASHAYAM     

PANCHATIKTAKAM KASHAYAM    

PATHYAKSHADATRYADI KASHAYAM

PATOLAKATUROHINYADI KASHAYAM

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Description

Another unique dosage form seen only in the science of Ayurveda is tailams & grithams. Tailams and grithams are formulations where herbs extracted in an aqueous medium is further processed with lipids like animal fat (grithams) or Vegetable oils from different sources (Tailams) which are then used for internal consumption or external application. It is believed that the herbal actives from the aqueous extract when processed with the lipids assume a micellar or lipophilic form, thereby enhancing various pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of the formulation. Tailams and Grithams form an especially important part in an Ayurvedic practitioners’ prescriptions.

We at AVN have pioneered and mastered the technique of manufacturing and concentrating these tailams and grithams & have started the process of encapsulating them for better patient compliance.

Description

AVN Ayurveda Formulations prides itself in being the pioneer in successfully developing and commercialising Kashayam tablets in the Ayurvedic formulation industry. The thought process behind the creation of Kashayam tablets was to improve palatability of kashayams which were extremely hard to consume. Several attempts were made at creation of the Kashayam tablet & finally a manufacturing process involving the proprietary LTHE method pioneered at AVN was used to create tablets out of Kashayams which were better than kashayams in terms of bioavailability, palatability and patient compliance. 2 tablets of kashayam tablet is equivalent to one dose of Kashayam. It was established and demonstrated that the efficacy and safety of Kashayam tablets were like kashayams and hence it has now become the preferred dosage form for prescription of kashayams. We at AVN are in the process of converting all the kashayams into tablets and now have done the same for over 30 kashayams.

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DASAMOOLAKATUTRAYAM KASHAYAM TABLET

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DHANWANTARAM KASHAYAM TABLET

DRAKSHADI KASHAYAM TABLET

GANDHARVAHASTADI KASHAYAM TABLET

GULGULUTIKTAKAM KASHAYAM TABLET

GULUCHYADI KASHAYAM TABLET

INDUKANTAM KASHAYAM TABLET

KARIMBIRUMBADI KASHAYAM TABLET

MAHARASNADI KASHAYAM TABLET

MAHATIKTAKAM KASHAYAM TABLET

MANJISHTADI KASHAYAM TABLET

NIMBADI KASHAYAM TABLET

PATHYAKSHADATRYADI KASHAYAM TABLET

PATOLAKATUROHINYADI KASHAYAM TABLET

PATOLAMOOLADI KASHAYAM TABLET

PRASARINYADI KASHAYAM TABLET

PUNARNAVADI KASHAYAM TABLET

RASNADI KASHAYAM (S) TABLET

RASNASAPTAKAM KASHAYAM TABLET

SAHACHARADI KASHAYAM TABLET

SAPTASARAM KASHAYAM TABLET

SUKUMARAM KASHAYAM TABLET

TIKTAKAM KASHAYAM TABLET

VARANADI KASHAYAM TABLET

VASAGULUCHYADI KASHAYAM TABLET

Description

Gulikas are one of the solid oral dosage forms mentioned in the classics of Ayurveda. They are usually prepared by doing bhavana of a liquid on a set of finely powdered drugs until they can be rolled into pills of different sizes. The pills thus produced usually have poor disintegration, dissolution and bioavailability. AVN Ayurveda with its expertise in creation of Kashayam tablets used similar techniques in converting gulikas into modern day tablets with particularly good disintegration and dissolution profiles without losing out on the efficacy and safety. Furthermore “Double Strength” tablets were developed and launched using the same technique where in double the dose was incorporated in one tablet ensuring better patient compliance.

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TRIPHALA GULGULU DS

YOGARAJA GULGULU DS

AMRUTA GULGULU

AMRUTA GULGULU DS

CHANDRAPRABHA

CHANDRAPRABHA DS

CHUKKUMTIPPALYADI

DHANWANTARAM GULIKA

GOKSHURADI GULGULU

GOKSHURADI GULGULU DS

GOPICHANDANADI

GOROCHANADI GULIKA

HINGUVACHADI GULIKA

HINGUVACHADI GULIKA DS

JEEVANEEYAVATI

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KASTOORYADI GULIKA

KOMBANCHADI GULIKA

KRIMISODHINI

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MAHADHANWANTARAM GULIKA

MAHAYOGARAJA GULGULU

MANDOORAVATAKAM

NIRURYADI GULIKA

PANCHANIMBADI GULIKA

PUNARNAVA MANDOORAM

RAJAPRAVARTINI

SHADDHARANA DS TABLET

SHADDHARANA GULIKA

SHADDHARANA TABLET

TRAYODASANGA GULGULU

TRAYODASANGA GULGULU DS

TRIPHALA GULGULU

TRIPHALA GULGULU DS

VILWADI GULIKA

YOGARAJA GULGULU

YOGARAJA GULGULU DS

Description

They are fermented formulations mentioned only in the science of Ayurveda. Yeast or any such activator is added to a decoction of herbs (Arishtam) or just herbs mixed with water (Asavam) and left for fermentation in wooden or stainless-steel barrels until fermentation happens under controlled pressure and temperature. Arishtams are a quite common dosage form in Ayurveda and is used by almost all Ayurvedic practitioners. It is believed that after fermentation since there are R-OH groups in the formulation the medicines tend to cross the blood brain barrier easily. Hence a few formulations used in the treatment of psychological disorders is in the form of asavas and arishtams.

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ARAGWADHARISHTAM

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BALARISHTAM

CHANDANASAVAM

CHITRAKASAVAM

DASAMOOLARISHTAM

DHANWANTARARISHTAM

DRAKSHARISHTAM

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JEERAKARISHTAM

KANAKASAVAM

KHADIRARISHTAM

KUMARYASAVAM

KUTAJARISHTAM

LOHASAVAM

MUSTARISHTAM

PARTHARISHTAM

PIPPALYASAVAM

PUNARNAVASAVAM

SARASWATARISHTAM

SARIBADYASAVAM

VASARISHTAM

Dr.P.V.Raghava Varier – Chairman

  • Rich and vast experience of over 65 years in clinical Ayurveda

  • 1st rank from Arya Vaidya Patashala, Kottakkal

  • Was the honorary physician to an Ex-President of India

  • Won several thesis competitions on Ayurveda

  • Has been the inspiration and visionary behind the growth of the organisation