Working From Home – Covid-19

Funny story…..

For some time now, I have entertained the thought that it would be awesome to have a work-from-home job. Prior to the Covid-19 global pandemic, I was working from home at least once a week, and loving it, but if truth be told — I wanted more, mainly because of my 2hr commute to work, one way. I was convinced I could put that time spent commuting to better use.

Enter March 2019 — Global pandemic, physical distancing and self-isolation. I have been working from home every day for just over a month now, and let’s just say, I have had to re-learn a thing or two about making this adjustment to 5 day work-from-home week.. This came about after I realized, I was putting in extremely long hours, sitting for extended periods of time, resulting in me feeling extremely exhausted, unwell, and less productive. Below are some of the changes that I have made that have worked well for me.

1. As much as possible, maintain the same routine.

Go to bed at a decent hour so that you can get up in good time in the morning to shower and have breakfast or a cup of tea. I can’t eat that early in the morning, so I will usually have a cup of coffee whilst I do my morning meditation and right my morning pages.

I have always started work at 8am, so I try to be at my desk and logging in by 8am every workday.

2. Take scheduled breaks

This goes without saying but try to take a break every 2 hours at a minimum. This could mean walking to the kitchen to make a cup of tea, or to pour a glass of water. It could also mean standing by the window and enjoying the view. Sometimes I will open my front door and stand on my porch for a couple of minutes.

Some days, if the weather is nice, I may take a walk around my block after work, or during my lunch break.

3. If you must snack — snack healthy.

Fruits, nuts and water, that has been my staple. Although I will confess to having chips on the odd occasion.

Be careful of snacks that will make you tired in the afternoon, like cake ☺. Yes, like I said, I had to learn.

4. Put away your phone

Social media can be so distracting! Especially in these times where almost everyone is digitally connected; people are online more than ever before, and the media outlets are competing to to push content every minute. Give yourself specific times to check personal messages or social media, or to catch up on the news. This can be done during your scheduled breaks.

5. Practise the discipline of rest.

When your workday is done, log off your computer. I mean completely shut it down. And, if possible, move away from it, go to a different room or simply put yor computer away. Give yourself a distinct change of environment so that your brain knows that your workday is done. Then rest. Take a nap. Order take out, or make a healthy homemade meal for dinner, then relax with your favourite book or TV show, or any other of your favourite activities. But give your mind that time to rest and relax.

Above all, stay home and stay safe.

Good luck!

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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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BALAJEERAKADI KASHAYAM     

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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        

KARIMBIRUMBADI KASHAYAM    

KATAKAKHADIRADI KASHAYAM   

KOKILAKSHAKAM KASHAYAM     

KULATHADI KASHAYAM         

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MAHARASNADI KASHAYAM       

MAHATIKTAKAM KASHAYAM      

MANJISHTADI KASHAYAM       

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NAYOPAYAM KASHAYAM         

NIMBADI KASHAYAM           

NISAKATAKHADI KASHAYAM   

PACHANAMRUTAM KASHAYAM     

PANCHATIKTAKAM KASHAYAM    

PATHYAKSHADATRYADI 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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GULGULUTIKTAKAM KASHAYAM TABLET

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INDUKANTAM KASHAYAM TABLET

KARIMBIRUMBADI KASHAYAM TABLET

MAHARASNADI KASHAYAM TABLET

MAHATIKTAKAM KASHAYAM TABLET

MANJISHTADI KASHAYAM TABLET

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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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DHANWANTARAM GULIKA

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GOPICHANDANADI

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HINGUVACHADI GULIKA

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KRIMISODHINI

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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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CHANDANASAVAM

CHITRAKASAVAM

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DRAKSHARISHTAM

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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