Prophet of Ayurveda - Padmabhushan Dr.P.K. Warrier

By Rajani A

Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, the name familiar with the purest, authentic form of  Ayurveda medicines and treatments celebrates 100 years of its founding. People across the globe swarms to the Indian State of Kerala for availing ayurvedic benefits, and the credit definitely go to Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal.

The achievements of this institution was not mere a magic. The founder late Vaidyaratnam P S Varier who spent his entire life for Ayurveda as well as the late P M Warrier in a unique blend played a big role in the achievements of Arya Vaidya Sala. Vaidyaratnam P S Varier was always insisted on preparing the medicines strictly in accordance with authentic ayurvedic texts. After Varier’s death as per the terms of his Will Arya Vaidya Sala became a charitable trust and P S Varier’s nephew P Madhava Warrier became the Managing Trustee and Chief Physician. He lead the institution for about 10 years.  The dedicated successors of Vaidyaratnam followed  the footsteps of their great forefather and built it into a vast organization over the years and now Arya Vaidya Sala has come a long way since its modest beginnings. Dr. P M Warrier was responsible for many modern and scientific improvements to facilitate production in large scale.

Today Panniyampally Krishna Warrier a jewel among ayurveda physicians in Kerala is leading this renowned Institution. Mr. P K Warrier, played a big role as a versatile Leader to brought out Arya Vaidya sala one of the front runner in Authentic Ayurveda. His significant innovations and implementations made wonderful results in the Treatments as well as Managerial Areas. Padmashree Dr P K Warrier being the managing trustee and chief physician of kottakal ayurveda sala is a real success to bring the ayurvedic medicines in a patient friendly form. This Magic healer represents everything that is authentic and pristine in Ayurveda. Thousands of people across the globe was benefited by this healing magic.

Dr P K Warrier was born to Kodidalappana Sreedharan Namboothiri and Panniyampalli Kunjivarasyar in a middle class family of Kottakkal,  Malappuram district on 5 June 1921. His mother Paniyampalli Kunjivarasyar was the sister of Vaidyaratnam P S Varier. Dr. P K Warrier had his school education at Zamorins High School, Kozhikode and Raja’ s High School Kottakkal, Malappuram and completed his Ayurveda studies from the Vaidyaratnam P S Varier Ayurveda college the then Arya Vaidya Padasala. In 1942 he got attracted to the Indian Freedom struggle and became a part of it. From 1953 onwards Dr. P K Warrier is the Managing Trustee of Kottakal Arya vaidya sala.

According to Dr P K Warrier Ayurveda is not just a treatment It is the life itself, the way of life, enlightenment and teachings. But he also has doubt whether the modern ayurvedic practices strictly follow the terms of real powerful Ayurveda. He tries to practice the real one. Even though the modern Ayurveda was affected a lot by its present marketing strategy no doubt Dr. P K Warrier was a prophet of Ayurveda in all the walks of his life. This real strength of experience itself give him and the patients the belief in his treatment practices.

Being the chief physician of Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala he always dedicated the health problems of his fellow beings and firmly believes that a patient needs lots of care and love along with the medicines. In several cases he made detailed study about the patient’s circumstances. Many of financially backward patients also have special consideration and have facilities for free medicines under his authority in Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala.

Dr. P K Warrier’s experiments was a real success by modernizing Ayurveda it’s clinical, pharmaceutical, educational and research domains. Special efforts was made by Dr. P K Warrier to incorporate scientific advances and technological innovations in Arya Vaidya Sala. Under his Leadership Manufacturing processes have been upgraded to enhance the efficacy and ensure the product quality, without deviating from the basic concepts in the classical texts. To ensure the quality, an efficient quality control laboratory has been established to test and certify both raw materials and final products. Under Dr. Warrier’ s initiative, research on different fields of Ayurveda has been organized and carried out.

Dr. P K Warrier’s another forte is Clinical research. Continuously sustained research programs in the fields of rheumatoid arthritis and treatment and alleviation of pain in cancer cases have been undertaken with encouraging results.  Extensive research has been completed on endangered plant species in collaboration with nationally and internationally reputed bodies like the Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, IDRC (Canada) and Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Trust. As a Research Institution, Arya Vaidya Sala is now recognized by the Government of India’s Ministry of Science and Technology. A full-fledged research wing aims to use modern scientific knowledge for the development of Ayurveda and its treatments is also started. Arya Vaidya Sala has a continuing venture of Pain and Palliative Care in Medical College of Kozhikode. Research on cancer and other diseases is also carrying on. Department of Biotechnology of Arya Vaidya Sala has extended assistance in implementing research programs on medicinal plant conservation. The Botanical Garden of Arya Vaidya Sala with very rare medicinal plants is a good example for this trend. 

Kottakkal is now famed as a synonym for authentic Ayurveda. It considers treatment of patients as its primary mission. Over 800,000 people benefit every year from free consultations at its hospitals. At Arya Vaidya Sala all the medicines are prepared strictly according to ancient ayurvedic principles in the factories at Kottakkal and Kanjikode.

There are also some special medicines developed by the chief physician and others to suit the patients. The Arya Vaidya Sala cultivates  herbs and medicinal plants at Kanjirapuzha and Kottappuram in Palghat district on a large scale. 

Dr. Warrier is an exponent of holistic medicine also. Even though he is practicing and propagating Ayurveda as a scientific system of healthcare, he is ready to acknowledge other systems also and always keeps himself up to date with advances  in different fields of Medicine. Dr. P K Warrier was a strong supporter of the World Health Organization’s Alma Ata Declaration, advocating co-operative efforts in the field of medicine. His statesmanlike support for the Alma Ata Declaration won universal acclaim.

Dr. P K Warrier is a Fellow of National Academy of Ayurveda and was President of the All India Ayurvedic Congress twice. He was a member of the CCIM, CCRAS, Travancore Cochin Medical Council, ESIC Medical Benefit Council and Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee. He was also Dean, Faculty of Ayurveda and Chairman,Board of studies in Ayurveda of University of Calicut twice. He bestowed with several awards and recognitions  which include Padmashri and Padmabhushan by Government of India, Dhanwantari award, Poulose Mar Gregorious award and Brihatrayiratna Award. He has also received D.Litt from Calicut University and D.Sc from Jamia Hamdard Deemed University, Delhi and also from Mahatma Gandhi University.

As a wide range Traveller Dr. P K Warrier’s articles and speeches on inter- and intra disciplinary subjects have greatly enriched contemporary medical literature. ‘Padamudrakal’ is a collection of P K Warrier’s speeches which has been published in Malayalam.

He has also focused attention and passion on Ayurvedic education in colleges and universities. As Secretary of Arya Vaidya Samajam, he has guided the growth of the Vaidyaratnam P S Varier Ayurveda College (previously Arya Vaidya Patasala) for over two decades, during the time when it was upgraded to an Ayurveda College. He has also served as Dean of Ayurveda Faculty, Calicut University and Chairman of its Board of Studies.

Dr. P K Warrier who has keen interest in the enrichment of science and practice of Ayurveda was invited by the Russian Medical Association invited him to attend its Ayurvedic Seminar in Moscow in 1996 .After two years in 1998 a team led by this great physician from Kottakkal went to participate in the two-day Ayurveda Conference, ‘Ayurveda for the 21st Century - Paradigm for Health’ in New York. Dr. P K warrier chaired its Scientific Session, presented a paper on Panchakarma and delivered a lecture at New York City’s India Club to World Bank and IMF Executives.

Many people from all over the world took the advantage of his presence in the city for clinical consultations. This type of extensive tour and interaction with dignitaries generated a great deal of international interest in Ayurveda.

Dr. P K Warrier always opposed all the modern trends to commercialize Ayurveda, and he never compromises his principles. He tried to utilize all the high positions in the national and international committees effectively to popularizing  Ayurveda and reach it out to those suffering from all kinds of health problems.

Dr. P K Warrier has shown active interest in social movements for his whole life. He has been involved in almost all the social and cultural movements of his time. He opines that experiences of such social work have made him more considerate, caring and compassionate. Now Arya Vaidya sala is recognized as a big brand and India’s premier Ayurvedic Treatment and Research Center, a multifaceted institution, where authentic Ayurveda is practiced and it is has also become a premier destination for scholars, students and patients alike, both from within India and overseas.

The coming generations will be inspired by this true Leader who truly understands his workers, patients, and overall human motivation. Wherever he goes, at home or abroad, patients wait for consultations. And his magic healing touch solves their worries. Yes, Dr. P K Warrier’s life like a sage had done a lot for all this achievements of Arya Vaidya Sala to became a real brand of Kerala.

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