A few of the famous and worthy ones that carried the treasured and honored mantle and spread the Itoozhi way of healing were – Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidyar Krishnan Namboothiri, Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidyar Valiya Madhavan Namboothiri, Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidiar Madhavan Namboothiri (1901-1974) and Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidiar Madhavan Namboothiri (1922-1984).
Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidyar Krishnan Namboothiri
The founding patriarch of the Itoozhi Illam is considered to be Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidyar Krishnan Namboothiri in the 18th century. The Itoozhi Namboothiri Family is considered to be one of the authentic Vaidya Kudumbam in Ayurvedic Science. Legend has it that the Itoozhi Namboothiris were the chosen physicians of Perinjalloor village, founded by the warrior-saint of Indian mythology, Sage Parashurama.
The unique methodology of holistic treatment by the physicians from Itoozhi Illam have been admired and adapted by many of their peers and still remains the most popular family of holistic healers in the Malabar traditions.
The Itoozhi Illam became renowned as a center of total holistic healing, through organised medical activities and service, through the efforts of Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidyar Krishnan Namboothiri, in the 18th century.
Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidyar Valiya Madhavan Namboothiri (1877-1937)
Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidyar Valiya Madhavan Namboothiri was born into an environment that witnessed the family’s traditional generosity in donating wealth as well as the knowledge of Ayurveda reduce the once-stately illam to dire financial straits.
Showing an extraordinary interest in serving others and a sharp acumen in academics, he immersed himself in the traditional treatises, and along with the collective traditional wisdom from the learned elders in the illam, soon rose to be one of the most famous and popular Ayurveda vaidyars in Malabar, at the young age of 25 !
The Kerala Charithra (1946), in a tribute to the Vaidyar, mentions that “there came a stage when the regional squires, provincial heads and the rich feudal lords refused to be treated by anyone other than Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidyar Valiya Madhavan Namboothiri”.
Such was his popularity.
Brahmasree Itoozhi Vaidiar Madhavan Namboothiri (1901-1974)
Itoozhi Madhavan Namboothiri, who took charge of the Tellicherry Vaidyasala was a multi-faceted personality.
The life of Brahmasree Madhavan Namboothiri is a very interesting and inspiring one. He played a key role in the social, cultural, academic and economic development of Mayyil. Deeply proficient in the ancient Ayurvedic treatises, he was revered by his peers of ancient Kerala.
He was not only an Ayurvedic physician but a researcher, social reformer and a true visionary who left his impressions in the medical and the social arena as well.
As per the advice of his guru, Swami Narayanji Maharaj, he concentrated his efforts at Mayyil and established the popular Itoozhi Namboothiri’s Ayurveda Vaidyasala .
The Itoozhi Family has sustained and developed Ayurveda through centuries by constant and scientific observations and researches. All the Vaidyars lived in the illam were instrumental in the social, cultural and financial progress of this age-old family. The well being of the people have been our utmost priority. We have formulated certain styles of treatment based on our years of experience. This is what has made Itoozhi Ayurveda one of the most sought after ayurvedic hospitals in Kerala.