Ayurvedic exponent Raghavan Thirumulpad dies in Kerala

Thirumulpad's life was the story of a patient becoming a doctor in his search for cure for his own health problems.After matriculating, he took up a job in the Railways in Chennai (then Madras) in 1940s at a young age. However, he could not stay in the city for long as he suffered frequent attacks of breathlessness and had to give up the job and return to Kerala.

Thirumulpad underwent treatment under famous Ayurvedic physician P Vasudevan Nambissan, only to become his personal aide and disciple after getting relief from his treatment.

Later, Thirumulpad received the 'Vaidyabhooshanam' degree, which was then awarded to those qualifying the examination to practice Ayurveda.Instead of confining himself to treatment, Thirumulpad devoted much of his spare hours to read and research on the Indian system of medicine.

He also learnt Homeopathy and Naturopathy.An author of several works on wellness in Sanskrit and Malayalam, Thirumulpad profusely contributed to articles and commentaries on the subject.

Thirumulpad, an ardent Gandhian, had been on the board of studies of several leading Ayurvedic educational institutions in the country. He was a recipient of several honours, including that of Kerala Sahitya Akademy, for his writings.His wife Visalkaskshi Thampuratty predeceased him.

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