Hortus Malabaricus

(This article was published in September 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

Hortus Malabaricus by Hendrik Van Rheede, the Governor of Dutch Malabar at the time, is a book published in 17th century in 12 volumes. This rare book covers more than 700 natural plants in western ghats region explaining their medicinal properties and uses. This was done with the help of many physicians of that time

It was orginally written in Latin. Later, it was translated into English and Malayalam by K S Manilal. This translation was published by University of Kerala

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Santwanam magazine July 2018 issue

The first annual issue of Santwanam magazine, an online Ayurveda magazine for everyone, is released today, July 1st, 2018.

It is available for download here

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for all the support extended. We look forward to extending our reach to an ever widening community.

thrigunas (three attributes/qualities)

In everything, everyone, every being, there is a natural and unique distribution of thrigunas and that balance defines the very character.

These gunas are:
1. Satva which is constructive and harmonious
2. Rajas which is passionate and active
3. Tamas presents inertia symbolized by darkness and chaos