Ayurveda exponent Vaidyamadham Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri died at Amritha Hospital in Kochi on Friday. Ashtavaidyan Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri was known for diagnosing diseases by merely looking at and feeling the pulse of the patients. He had vast knowledge in Sanskrit language and in preparation of medicines using various ayurvedic herbs.
Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri, who was born to Ashtavaidyan Vaidyamadham Valiya Narayanan Namboodiri and Unnikkaali Antharjanam on April 10, 1930, had learnt Sanskrit from Vaishranavath Raman Namboothiri, V K N Thirumulpaad and Kalakkath Raman Nambiar. After finishing his sixth standard from the Ottappalam High School, Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri began learning ayurveda from his father, in 1950. The vaidyasala was upgraded to the Vaidyamadham Nursing Home with in-patient facility from 1981. The Vaidyamadham Nursing Home had received the GMP certificate in 2003.
Though he had treated all kinds of diseases, Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri had known for treating patients with arthritis. He had devised two tablets for treatment of cancer. He is survived by his wife Shantha Antharjanam and children Narayanan (MD at Vaidyamadham), Neelakantan, Dr Prasanna, latha and Dr Vasudevan. Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri will be cremated at his residence at Mezhathur on Saturday at 10 a.m.