The word Ayurveda is composed of two Sanskrit terms - Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge. Therefore Ayurveda means the knowledge of life or science of life. It is defined as the science, through which one can obtain knowledge about the useful and harmful ways of life, happy and miserable types of life, conditions that lead to the above types of life, as well as, the very nature of life. According to Ayurvedic medicine, human body consists of three primary life forces or biological humors, which are Vatha, Pitha and Kapha. These three doshas are called the tridoshas.
A balance among these life forces is essential for proper health. Any imbalance among the tridoshas causes a state of unhealthiness or disease. The first step in the method of diagnosis in Ayurvedic form of medicine is to determine the constitution of the person. That means it is the patient who is diagnosed first and not the disease. The same disease might appear in different forms in two persons because their constitution is different. Due to this variation in constitution the medicines and treatment may be different for two people with the same illness. This difference in treatment methods according to the constitution is essential to bring back the natural balance of the biological humors.
The constitutional approach is the essence of the Ayurvedic system. Understanding ones constitution helps one to lead a life style that is most befitting his constitution, thus optimizing his health and creative potential.
Our founder Vaidhya Kalanidhi Sri.K.N.Kesava pillai - scion of a well to do family of Karimpinpuzha , a village in kollam district . He was one of the twin brothers at Kaduvinal vadakadil veedu which was a prestigious family at karimpinpuzha in the 19th century. While his other twin brother was interested in developing his family business sri Vaidhya Kalanidhi.K.N.Kesava pillai had his passion and interest in vaidhya sastra to help the diseased.
After his schooling he joined Trivandrum Ayurveda college and attained Vaidhya kalanidhi Pattom. He turned out to be a renowned scholar with his in-depth knowledge in ayurvedic sastra. He started his career as a government doctor and has done his service throught out kerala as senior medical officer(S.M.O) . With his vision of propogating ayurveda in its true and core form he established Amruthanjali Ayurveda Vaidyasala in 1947 at karimpinpuzha in the banks of kallada river.
He started preparing Ayurvedic medicines for his practice with the motto that only if good aushada (medicine) is present we can give good chikitsa(treatment) to the Rogi(diseased). Almost all ayurvedic classical medicines and some anubhuta yogas(patented) were prepared in the vaidhyasala. In due course he became a philanthropist and his spiritual background also grew stonger. His insights in Vedanta and spiritual scriptures like Bhagavat Geeta was booming up in his old age . He retired as senior medical officer and continued his service in the village till his last breath.
Swami sri Sivanada is the youngest sibling in kaduvinal vadakkadil veedu , he at his very young age only moved on towards the path off spiritual enlightment and left the family to do sanyasa in the age of 16 with his friend swami Krishna pilla. They received there sanyasa deeksha and mastered all the Vedas and Upanishads from the great guru sampoojya sivsankara guru and after receiving all the teachings they moved back to the village with the vision of sharing their enlightened thoughts to the fellow men.
There they established shivashankara ashramam, karimpinpuzha with the vision of enlighting people the purpose of there life with the validation of spiritual granthas . Swami sivananda had his keen interest in ayurveda as it was the science of life and as its fundamentals exist on strong spiritual philosophy. He was the supporting force of establishing Amruthanjali Ayurveda vaidyasala and Amruthanjali Ayurveda hospital .
He even worked closely in medicine preperations and ttreatments in his spare times. He attained his Samadhi in 1990. After that his friend swami Krishnapillai became the chariotter of the ashram. The ashram conducts special geeta classes in which renowned scholars impart there enlightened thoughts to the disciples of ashram . special poojas and bhajan sangs are being held in ashrams at special occasions.
special bhajan and Ramayana classes are conducted on Sundays for children . Amruthanjali was evolved from the blessings of such sath gurus and thus the reason for its existence is also noble, be a helping hand to the mankind in there sufferings.