Chandran Vaidyar Kerala’s one of last few remaining Traditional Ayurvedic Vaidyar

Medicine left for curing in mud vessel

When I moved to Kerala I had only a vague idea about Ayurvedic medicine and its ways of treatment. It was Valsan Kolleri, a craftsman by trade, who led me to an ayurvedic shop in the sleepy town of Pattiam. Valsan was looking for an arishtam that would ease digestion as well as cleanse bowel. “Try this triphala. I made it.”, the clarity of that utterance is still clear in…

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Can (Gomutra) Indian Holy Cow’s urine Really Cure Cancer? will it really Benefit my Health?

Urine, be it of any living being, consists of waste products. Cow’s urine as well. The major constituents of cow’s urine are water, urea and minerals. Urea, the chemical from which the word urine is derived, is toxic when in human blood. Drinking urine is safe since urea is not immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. However, precautions such as collecting urine in a sterile container and consuming within 2 minutes…

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A Tribute to Gopalattan Traditional Blacksmith

Traditional Blacksmith Gopalattan in his Workshop

Meet Gopalattan. He is the head of a traditional blacksmith family. He is 85 years old and still going strong. Even today after a hard days work he needs a bottle of Toddy. Very few among his community still practice it the old way. Many have gone hi-tech. Once upon a time entire communities – especially farmers – were dependent on blacksmiths and few other craftsmen. Without good tools any…

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The Cock and Bull Story of Kerala’s Cattle-Development Policy – Part 1

Men are generally more troublesome than women. Males are more prone to aggression, boisterousness, crime and violence. They are also more difficult to control. Men also tend to eat/consume more than women and as such are more expensive to maintain. Putting these facts together and adding on the cost-benefit analysis too, it will be safe to assume that men drain the exchequer. In the current scenario of food shortage and…

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The cock and bull story of Kerala’s cattle-development policy – Part 2

Matured kasargod dwarf bull with small horns. Single black uniform color

This article is continuation of The cock and bull story of Kerala’s cattle-development policy Brazil has turned to the traditional Indian way of cattle rearing, after a lot of research. 80% of their cattle comprise of Indian Breeds. They also favour natural breeding using bulls, let cattle graze instead of stall feeding ,as this found to be the most effective way of rearing. Vechur Cows contaminated with Jersey and Swiss Brown…

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