The synonym to modern day Ayurveda, the Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal (AVS) has successfully walked through more than a century of path-breaking experiments and enterprises in Ayurveda. The institution established in 1902 at Kottakkal in Malappuram district of Kerala state in India by the visionary physician and philanthropist revered Vaidyaratnam PS. Varier had played and still plays a major decisive role in establishing and sustaining the brand of Kerala Ayurveda.
Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal which started as a humble charitable village clinic has since then grown into a multi-unit, multi-disciplinary, multi-functional and multi-national organization engaged in the practice and propagation of Ayurveda through the classical Ayurveda and authentic traditional Ayurveda treatments and therapies.
Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal commonly known as AVS operates Ayurveda hospitals and treatment centres at Kottakkal, Delhi, Kochi, Chennai, Kozhikode and other major cities in India. AVS manufactures its flagship medicines at three modern medicine state of the art manufacturing units in Kottakkal and Kanjikkode in Kerala and Nanjanagudu in Karnataka. The cache of medicines amounts to about 550 classical and new generation formulae, which are dispensed or sold through the 29 branch clinics and 1600 authorized dealers.
AVS is also engaged in research activities, publication of Ayurveda quarterly periodical Arya Vaidyan and Ayurveda/health-related books, medicinal plants cultivation and conduct of educational seminars/workshops/programs. The culturally oriented management of AVS also has to its credit a Kathakali Academy PSV Natyasangham for performance and teaching of the Kerala traditional art from Kathakali.
The Centre for Medicinal Plants Research (CMPR) was established at Kottakkal in 2003 to undertake modern research in the various aspects of medicinal plants. CMPR is now recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the Department of AYUSH of Government of India. The Publications Department brings out various books on Ayurveda and allied topics. A quarterly medical journal “Aryavaidyan” is also published.