Ayush Current Affairs - 2019

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Vice President inaugurates 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier

At Kottal in Kerala, vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. He emphasized the importance of Ayurvedic medicine and Atharva Veda at the event.

About Vaidyaratnam P S Warrier

He was an Ayurvedic physician. He founded Kottakal Arya Vaidyasala in 1902 for manufacture and sale of Ayurvedic medicines in India. He also established a Ayurvedic Patasala in 1917 that is now operating as an Ayurveda college. The group now has 5 hospitals, 3 medicine factories, R&D centers, 200 acres of herbal gardens.

Arya Vaidya Sala

The Arya Vaidya Sala institutions are headquartered at Kottakkal, Malappuram district. It operates 5 hospitals and and a charitable center. It is currently treating 800,000 patients. It also assists in Ministry of AYUSH in providing training and advises. The Ayurvedic pills discovered by the center has revolutionized Ayurvedic medicines.  The center owns herbal gardens, medicinal plant researches. It also works on researches with CSIR – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of Government of India.

Awards and recognitions

Government of India issued postage stamps in his honor. In 1933, he was conferred with the title “Vaidyaratna” in recognition of his services to humanity by the then Governor General of India.

World Homeopathy Day 2019

April 10 is observed as the World Homeopathy Day. Every year World Homeopathy Day is observed on April 10, the birthday of Dr Samuel Hahnemann who discovered Homeopathy in 1796.

World Homeopathy Day aims to create better awareness about homoeopathy, improve its accessibility and to modernise the system of healing.


Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine based on the principle of ‘Like cures like’. Homeopathy believes that a disease can be cured by a substance that can induce symptoms similar to the ailment itself by using highly-diluted doses of natural ingredients. These diluted doses of natural ingredients are expected to trigger the body’s healing system. Homeopathy is among the Indian government’s AYUSH for alternative medicine

Western medicine dismisses Homeopathy as a mere placebo whose two most important principles are at loggerheads with the laws of physics. But plenty of documented cases exist where people have been seemingly cured of their health conditions with Homeopathy.