Raghavan Thirumulpad

Raghavan Thirumulpad

Raghavan Thirumulpad

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<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Vaidyabhooshanam K. Raghavan Thirumulpad was an Ayurvedic scholar and physician hailing from Kerala, the southern state of India. He was born on 20 May 1920 at Chingoli, Alappuzha District of Kerala. He died on November 21, 2010 at the age of 90 at his residence in Chalakudi.

Thirumulpad studied Sanskrit, Tharkam (Indian Philosophy), Jyothisham (Indian astrology) and Vyakarana (Grammar) under various teachers. Later he studied Ayurveda under Shri. P.Vasudevan Nambisan and passed the graduation exam called Vaidyabhooshanam. From a very young age he was attracted by Gandhian thought and living and started using and propagating Khadi (the hand-woven cotton fabric which once symbolised Indian nationalism).

Raghavan Thirumulpad was very much influenced by Ruskin's essay, Unto This Last, and tried to implement its ethos in his day-to-day practise of medicine. This was a shift in the trend of ayurvedic practise that prevailed all over India in that time. He gave more stress to the life-style modifications in his treatment and the least importance was given to medicine. Maximum stress was laid on the importance of physical exercise in the prevention of diseases. He promoted a style highlighting wholesome food, sound sleep, moderated sex and optimal exercise as the four pillars on which a healthy life is built. Thirumulpad taught a number of young ayurvedic graduates to practise ayurveda in a more logical scientific but...
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