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Rural Health and Wellness

Ayurveda Division

Sahyadri Ayurveda Division is a unit of PDS that propagates Ayurveda and other traditional branches of medicine in its true spirits. PDS’ concern in indigenous health has found great support and encouragement from people. Today we have an ethno-medicinal forest, herbal nursery, seed and raw drug museum and a community programme participated by 4000 families.

The Sahyadri Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals, which is a GMP certified one, produces 236 varieties of Ayurvedic medicines. Through our self help groups and various other organizations, we promote low cost and harmless practice of Ayurveda, holding tightly on the motto ‘people’s health in their own hands’. Sahyadri Institute of Ayurveda is a state of the art centre for training Ayurveda nurses and therapists. Sahyadri Ayurveda Franchise provides technical expertise and support to set up treatment centres across the globe

After the Sahyadri Pharmaceuticals

Sahyadri Ayurveda Franchise (SAF) provides technical expertise and consultancy services to set up Ayurvedic treatment/wellness centres across the globe. The fran¬chise scheme provides the ser¬vice of qualified and experienced Ayurvedic consultants, therapists, quality medicines and treatment equipments along with periodi¬cal supervision and technical ad¬vice. Major hospitality groups in India like THE LEELA PALACE, TAJ, OBEROI, CHAPRI, BLACKBERRY and STERLING are utilizing Sahyadri Ayurveda Franchise’s service to establish their wellness centres.

Modern medical hospitals are also establishing Ayurvedic treatments centres jointly with SAF as a part of integrated disease manage¬ment programme. At present, SAF services are utilized by more than 15 centres across India. This fran¬chise has been well accepted by the entrepreneurs.

Sahyadri International Institute of Ayurveda is a full-fledged training centre for the youth in Ayurvedic System of Medicines, Ayurveda nursing, Panchakarma therapy and Spa therapy. The training pro¬gramme is designed in such a way so as to give maximum exposure to the individual capabilities and treatment skills. Training for per¬sonality development, communi-cation skills, language proficiency and hospitality management are essential parts of the training programme. The duration of the course is for 10 months and 30 students are trained every year.

On completion of their studies the students are employed at our various Ayurvedic Institutions and with our franchisees. Males and females trained at the institute have good employment opportu¬nities in India and abroad. As part of its community development ac-tivities, the institute is offering ascholarship programme for stu¬dents from poor families having an aptitude for the above course. In this scholarship programme, those candidates hailing from poor fami¬lies are selected. Sahyadri Institute of Ayurveda also offers short-term courses for professionals like doctors, physiotherapists, spa thera¬pists, pharmacist and nurses.

Promotion of Traditional Medical Practices

Three decades of dedicated service of PDS in various developmental activities coin the field of organic farming, Ayurveda and Traditional medicine, Medicinal plants conservation, Tribal Development, Women’s Development, Micro Enterprise development, watershed development programme, Family counseling programme, Biotechnology, Bio control agents, Organic ago products exports, Technology resource centre, Organic tea and spices, local innovation support, Research and documentation and consultancy services, has identified PDS as one of the largest NGO of South India. PDS received many recognitions and awards in length and breadth from the Ministry of Rural Development, Department of Science and Technology(DST), National Innovation Foundation(NIF), Food and Agricultural organization(FAO), Spices Board, Tea Board, NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) UNDP (United Nations Development Programme),UNESCO, European Economic Community(EEC) and many other from state and central governments.

Family Counselling centre, Kattappana

The Family Counselling Centre at Kattappana renders great service to many. Everyday many visit this centre and receive support and guidance. Professional help is rendered here by doctors, counsellors and social workers.


The micro finance programme implemented by PDS is linked with different insurance products. In association with the New India As¬surance Company and Life Insur¬ance Corp of India, PDS provides three insurance products to its project partners at grass root level.

Promotion of Traditional Home Remedies

Traditional home remedies includ¬ing murivenna, Uraguliga, Tha¬lisPathrathiChoornam are promoted among SHG members for primary health care. People are given skill training in prepara¬tion of these home remedies us¬ing locally available materials and herbs. During the year, two dem¬onstrations were held in Pathana¬mthitta and Paloorkavu villages

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