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Dr. Warrier, the man behind spreading Ayurveda across the globe passes away at 100

Panniyampilly Krishnankuty Warrier, well known as Dr. P.K. Warrier was an Indian Ayurveda practitioner. He was born on 5 June 1921. He studied Ayurveda in Arya Vaidya Pathasala (present Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College).  He has been Managing Trustee of the Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) in Kottakal and was also AVS’s Chief Physician.

Dr. Warrier has tried to propagate this holistic approach to treatment of diseases through his writings and speeches, contributing heavily to contemporary medical literature. His writings, speeches and research papers have been compiled under the title ‘Padamudrakal’.

In order to make the medicinal preparations more accurate, he established a research laboratory for the identification of medicinal plants and to ascertain the chemical identity of its pharmaceutical constituents. Now, this facility has grown into the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research, a full-fledged research institution.

Apart from his research activities initiated in the fields of drug standardization, drug development and process improvement, he authored and published several research papers in ethnopharmacology and Ayurveda. The five volume treatise “Indian Medicinal Plants – A Compendium of 500 Species”, which he co-authored, amply represents his dedication to scientific research and documentation in Ayurveda.

In 1999, he was awarded an honorary D.Litt by University of Calicut. He has won Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Biography and Autobiography for Smrithi Parvam in 2008. P.K. Warrier was awarded the 30th Dhanvanthri Award by the then Maharashtra Governor P. C. Alexander. Warrier received the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan Award in 2010 from the Government of India for his contribution to Ayurveda.

He celebrated his 100th birthday in 2021. Other notable awards include the “International Bhoopalman Singh Award” from Nepal, the “Dr. Poulos Mar Gregorios Award” for his contribution to the development of Ayurveda and the ‘Management Leadership Award’ instituted by Kerala Management Association (KMA).

On Saturday, 10 July 2021 he died at his home in Kottakkal, Malappuram. 

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