Qualification: 
MD, BAMS
dr.harithachandran@ay.amrita.edu

Dr. Haritha Chandran has completed her BAMS from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kollam and pursued post graduation from SDM College of Ayurveda, Hassan, Karnataka. Her post-graduation thesis was on the topic ‟An Ayurgenomic study on the role of Geo- Climatic factors on Prakrutiˮ under the sponsorship and funding from Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio-technology,Trivandrum. After completion of her post-graduation she joined as Asst. Professor in department of basic principles at Govt. Ayurveda College, Trivandrum and served around one year. Thereafter she joined as Assistant Professor at Amrita School of Ayurveda. She has conducted health awareness classes and delivered public speeches in communities and in schools. Dr. Haritha has delivered talks on Amrita Tv channel, Jeevadhara programme to create awareness among the public about Ayurveda and its health care. She has an interest in literature, fine arts and a regular member of the judging panel in the cultural events.

Qualification: MD(ayu)

Awards & Achievements

  1. Best paper award - ‟Ayurgenomic concept on Diabetes Mellitusˮat Meha 2014 – National seminar on Diabetes Mellitus organized by KLEU, Shri.B.M.Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum.
  2. First prize (cash award) - ‟Parkinsonsdisease : An Ayurgenomicapproachˮ at  Prajnanam 2015  – National seminar on Neuro Degenerative Diseases organized by  Amrita Ayurveda College, Kollam.
  3. First Prize -‟DNA methylation analysis correlates environmental influence on extreme Vataconstituition defined in Ayurvedaˮ at Amrita Samyogam 2017 – International conference on integrative Ayurveda and modern medicine held at Amrita Institute of medical sciences, Kochi.

Participation and Presentations

  1. Participated in CME programme conducted as ‟National Seminar on Liver Disordersˮ organized by Arya Vaidyasala at Kollam on October 2012.
  2. Participated in CME on ‟Aadharaneeya Vega and Disease Causationˮ at SDM College of Ayurveda, Hassan on June 2013.
  3. Participated in CharakaSruthiPrakasha, ‟National workshop on CharakaSamhitaˮ at SDM College of Ayurveda, Hassan from July 24-27, 2013.
  4. Participated in ‟Samaagama: Converging Pathsˮ National Conference on Allopathy and Ayurveda at Senate Bhavan, Mysore from December 12-13, 2014.
  5. Participated in National Workshop on Strides in Edition of Ayurveda Manuscripts-‟KritiSampadaˮ at SDM College of Ayurveda, Hassan from April 7-10, 2015.
  6. Participated in State level conference on ‟An insight into Darshanaˮ on August 2015.
  7. Delivered a talk on ‟Ayurvediclifestyleˮ at Meenakshi Vilasam Government Vocational and Higher Secondary School on the occasion of World Environment Day onJune 6, 2017.
  8. Participated in ‟Amrita Samyogamˮ, International conference on Integrative Ayurveda and Modern medicine at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi from August 6-7, 2017.
  9. Delivered a talk on "Dinacharya" in Jeevadhara programme (Episode 68) aired on Amrita channel.
  10. Participated in "CME on Epistemological thoughts and Ayurveda ‟Subodhiniˮ"from January 8-9, 2018.
  11. Delivered a talk on "Viruddhahara" in Jeevadhara programme (Episode 84) aired on Amrita channel.
  12. Delivered a talk on "Lifestyle disorders" in Jeevadhara programme (Episode100) aired on Amrita channel. 

Programs Organized

  1. Organizer of Jnanamritam 2017- Series of Lectures on Ashtangahridaya and PadarthaVijnana at Amrita School of Ayurveda on July 2017
  2. Organizer of CarakaTatvamritam 2017- A theoretical and practical outlook on Rasayana and Vajikaranapada of CarakaSamhitaCikitsasthanaat Amrita School of Ayurveda from November 16-17, 2017.

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2018

Lekshmi V. R., Haritha Chandran, Dr. Ramdas P. V., and Dr. Leena P. Nair, “Importance of Sanskrit language in learning Ayurveda”, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences (ISSN 2456-3110), vol. 3, pp. 159–164, 2018.[Abstract]


Textual knowledge and practical knowledge is inevitable to learn and practice any scientific subjects. To master the text, one must be mastered the language in which the original text has been written. The science of Ayurveda has written in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is a language which has a scientifically structured grammar. By adding the prefixes and suffixes, it gives varied meaning to a single word. So, one has to learn it perfectly while handling that language. Even the same root can express different meanings as they are listed under different groups which undergo various grammatical processes. The knowledge in the learning tools used is very important in learning the scientific scripts written in Sanskrit.

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2018

Parvathy J., Haritha Chandran, and Dr. Leena P. Nair, “Tantrayukti for the better understanding of Ayurveda classics”, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, vol. II, Science -2, 2018.

2018

D. Dhanya Krishnan, Dr. Ramdas P. V., Dr. Haroon Irshad, Haritha Chandran, and Dr. Leena P. Nair, “Nyaya (Maxims) and its Applied Aspect in Charaka Samhita - A Review”, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, vol. 2, 2 vol., no. 2, 2018.

2018

Haritha Vijayan, Dr. Leena P. Nair, and Haritha Chandran, “Shastra Jnanopaya - An Overview in Ayurvedic Perspective”, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, vol. 2, 2 vol., no. 2, 2018.

2018

D. Lekshmi V. R., Haritha Chandran, Dr. Ramdas P. V., and Dr. Leena P. Nair, “Concept of Tantra Dosha in Ayurveda”, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, vol. 2, 2 vol., no. 2, 2018.

2018

Priyada K. V., Haritha Chandran, and Dr. Leena P. Nair, “Importance of Tantra Gunas mentioned in Charaka Samhita”, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, vol. 2, 2 vol., 2018.

2018

Thanusree N. Nair, Akhilesh Shukla, Haritha Chandran, and Dr. Leena P. Nair, “Review of Ayuvedic Strategies to Overcome Nidranasha and Improve Quality of Life”, Journal of clinical and diagnostic research, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. KE01-KE05, 2018.[Abstract]


Introduction: Insomnia is the most commonly reported sleep problem, which profoundly affects the person’s quality of life. In Ayurveda various non-pharmacological methods related with dietary modifications, physical and psychological factors are well described for the effective management of Nidranasha (primary insomnia) and to improve the quality of life.

Aim: To explore the non-pharmacological strategies for the effective management of Nidranasha (primary insomnia) from the perspective of Ayurveda.

Comparison with Pharmacologic Treatments: Various pharmacological compounds are effectively used for the symptomatic treatment of insomnia such as hypnotics, antidepressants, neuroleptics etc., however, their safety, dependency and adverse effect remains a matter of concern among physicians, when used for the long-term. Ayurvedic approaches can be a better choice in this situation.

Materials and Methods: For this, Ayurevda classics have been thoroughly studied, PubMed was searched using key words, Anidra, Nidranasha and non-pharmacological treatment for insomnia from Ayurveda, the free full text article published during 2000 to 2017 were reviewed. The information was also taken from the modern medical science article from the same year and from the official web page of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Results: A total of 5 free full text articles from Ayurveda and 40 from modern medicine were found in the PubMed search. Information from the classical Ayurveda texts and published articles both were utilized in this review.

Conclusion: Ayurveda gives importance to the natural sleep for the maintenance of health. It is always better that Nidranasha (primary insomnia) should be initially managed without the use of any pharmacological compound.

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2018

D. Shweta Hegde, Dr. Leena P. Nair, Haritha Chandran, and Dr. Haroon Irshad, “Pandulipi Samshodhak: A Manuscript Editor”, International Journal of Sanskrit Research (IJSR 2018), vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 91-96, 2018.[Abstract]


Manuscriptology is the science dealing particularly with the study of manuscripts or old literary documents. Before the writing & printing speaking was the medium of transmitting ideas. Man evolved the technique of oral communication by the use of sounds. In India Vedas were transmitted from generation to generation only through speaking & hearing. Writing was done on walls of caves, clay cylinders, stone, wood, metal, pottery etc. Later on writing on leaves -Palm, bark of Bhurja, cloth, papyrus & parchment by incising or inscribing. India has the largest number of Manuscripts in the world. In India there are a large number of Manuscripts and other documents written during the last several centuries and now available in different Institutions. In fact the number is so large and wide spread even rough estimate is also difficult. Lots of difficulties can be faced while studying the manuscript. Searching, getting and reading the manuscript need lots of effort. To overcome that C-DAC developed a software called Pandu lipi samshodhak which helps the literary scholar to easily find the manuscript source, availability, condition and all the facilities to study and translation to the universal language English.

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2018

T. N. Nair, Shukla, A., Haritha Chandran, and Nair, L. P., “Review of Ayurvedic strategies to overcome Nidranasha and improve quality of life”, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), vol. 12, no. 6, pp. KE01 - KE05, 2018.[Abstract]


Introduction: Insomnia is the most commonly reported sleep problem, which profoundly affects the person’s quality of life. In Ayurveda various non-pharmacological methods related with dietary modifications, physical and psychological factors are well described for the effective management of Nidranasha (primary insomnia) and to improve the quality of life.

Aim: To explore the non-pharmacological strategies for the effective management of Nidranasha (primary insomnia) from the perspective of Ayurveda. Comparison with Pharmacologic Treatments: Various pharmacological compounds are effectively used for the symptomatic treatment of insomnia such as hypnotics, antidepressants, neuroleptics etc., however, their safety, dependency and adverse effect remains a matter of concern among physicians, when used for the long-term. Ayurvedic approaches can be a better choice in this situation.

Materials and Methods: For this, Ayurevda classics have been thoroughly studied, PubMed was searched using key words, Anidra, Nidranasha and non-pharmacological treatment for insomnia from Ayurveda, the free full text article published during 2000 to 2017 were reviewed. The information was also taken from the modern medical science article from the same year and from the official web page of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Results: A total of 5 free full text articles from Ayurveda and 40 from modern medicine were found in the PubMed search. Information from the classical Ayurveda texts and published articles both were utilized in this review.

Conclusion: Ayurveda gives importance to the natural sleep for the maintenance of health. It is always better that Nidranasha (primary insomnia) should be initially managed without the use of any pharmacological compound.

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2018

S. Hegde, Haritha Chandran, Nair, L. P., and Irshad, H., “Traditional Indian way of eating an overview”, Journal of Ethnic Foods, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 20-23, 2018.[Abstract]


Eating (also known as consuming) is the ingestion of food, typically to provide a heterotrophic organism with energy and to allow for growth. Hands are most vital for cooking sustenance and for eating. Many individuals find eating with hands unhygienic, primitive, and nauseating; however, eating food with hands is associated with not just the body but also the psyche and soul. There is rationality behind the Indian routine of eating with fingers. Different types of vessels are used as needed to set up the sustenance . In Indian families, distinctive leaves such as banana leaf and jerk teak leaf are used for serving food. While eating in abundance, one must use hands to feel the food. Eating with a spoon or fork is often the current practice and is considered clean and advantageous; however, the vast majority of people do not understand that there is reasoning behind eating sustenance with hands. Eating by sitting on the floor has multitudinous advantages and is yet to be popularized in different regions across Asia.

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2017

Haritha Chandran, “Diabetes mellitus : The Genetic background”, Unique Journal of Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicines (UJAHM), vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 12-14, 2017.[Abstract]


Diabetes mellitus is a heterogenous group of disorder which has its genetic background. It is categorized as one among the kulaja vikara (familial disorder). The knowledge of Prakruti (basic constitution) plays an important role in understanding its susceptibility. The interindividual variability confers to the differential susceptibility to common diseases and differential drug responsiveness. The present article is thus, an attempt to review on the genetic concept of Diabetes Mellitus in its Predictive, Preventive and personalised aspects.

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2016

Haritha Chandran, “Ayurgenomics: The Research facet”, News letter, Govt. Ayurveda College, Trivandrum, vol. 2, no. 2, 2016.

2015

Haritha Chandran, “Emerging trends of Genomics: An Ayurvedic Purview”, Journal of Biological and Scientific Opinion (JBSO), vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 198-199, 2015.

2014

Haritha Chandran, Rashmi, C., Brata, T. Tapas, and Vaidya, S., “Management of Vatarakta: A Case report”, Journal of Ayurveda Physicians & Surgeons (JAPS), vol. 2, no. 1, 2014.[Abstract]


A 23 years female patient with multiple papular skin lesions associated with severe pain, blackish discoloration and burning sensation in the ankle joint, more on left side with a history of nine years with frequent remission of symptoms. The case is an evident for the classical references mentioned in our Samhitas, which was treated adopting the Chikistha sutra of Charaka. In modern parlance, the condition of Vatarakta was diagnosed as Gouty arthritis.

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2014

Haritha Chandran, GR, Araj, and S, A., “Ayurgenomics:A new Research outlook”, Pharmanest: An international Journal of Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 2214-2216, 2014.[Abstract]


Ayurveda, the ancient system of science with a strong evidence proof for the conceptual level understanding of each and every aspects of human life. Genomics refers to the study of all the genes in an organism at the level of proteomics, metabolomics and transcriptome level. The integration of these two streams opened a new insight to research and thereby a doorstep to personalized medicine. A new research outlook in this integrative approach thus opened a wide platform of researches and thereby fulfills the dream that the scientists are striving hard for decades the personalized medicine. The present paper is an attempt to open a new insight on this approach based on its predictive, preventive and personalized aspects. 

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2014

Haritha Chandran, .M, C., .M.G, Y., and GR, Araj, “Punarjanma (Reincarnation): A Bird Eyeview”, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Scientific innovation- JPSI , vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 273-274, 2014.[Abstract]


Punarjanma (Reincarnation) is an interesting topic which evokes the curiousity of the researchers to explore the hidden truth behind this concept. The Karya Karana Siddhantha (cause-effect theory) has its limitation in certain diseases in which karana (cause) is not possible to elicit. There comes the role of the invisible factor termed Daiva (fate/predetermined) which is an outcome of one's past life deeds. The concept of Jatismara (claimed memories of previous life) clearly substantiates the truth behind Punarjanma and thus it opened a new doorstep in Reincarnation researches. A better understanding of the concept of Punarjanma in relation to Daiva Siddhantha in turn holds the potential of Daivavyapashraya Chikitsa (spiritual therapy/divine therapy) in those diseases in which Karana is Adrushta (invisible).

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2014

Haritha Chandran, .M, C., .M.G, Y., and raj, A., “The Concept of Bhumidesha: Healthy and Diseased Perspective”, International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy, vol. 5, no. 4, 2014.[Abstract]


Bhumi Desha refers to the natural inhabitant of an individual. It has a major role in examination of disease as well as a diseased person. In the present era extensive research throws light on the influence of Bhumi Desha in its inhabitants, as the study has been explored even up to the molecular level of a person. Even though its importance has been clearly specified in Pareekshyabhavas (factors to be examined), a thorough understanding of this concept in Swastha (healthy) and Vyaditha (diseased) perspective is inevitable in the present scenario. Thus Desha has to be analyzed in a diseased person in order to determine the Nidana (causative factors) of a disease and to decide Chikitsa (treatment) which is opposite to the qualities of the Desha, and in a healthy person it helps to excavate the wholesome Ahara and Vihara.

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Publication Type: Magazine Article

Year of Publication Title

2018

Haritha Chandran, “Personalized Medicine: Research Advances in Ayurveda”, Samvit, Published by Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies, Amrita University, Amritapuri Campus, 2 vol., 2018.

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Title

2017

Haritha Chandran, “DNA Methylation analysis correlates environmental influence on extreme vata constituition defined in Ayurveda”, in Amrita Samyogam 2017 - International Conference on Integrative Ayurveda and Modern Medicine, 2017.

2015

Haritha Chandran, “Parkinsons disease : An Ayurgenomic approach ”, in Prajnanam 2015 - National seminar on Neuro Degenerative Diseases organized by Amrita Ayurveda College, Kollam, Kollam, 2015.

2014

Haritha Chandran, “Comparative utility of KamalaharaKashayaYogas in Sahasrayoga”, in National Seminar on YakritVikara conducted by SDM College of Ayurveda, Udupi, 2014.

2014

Haritha Chandran, “Understanding the conceptual framework of Prakruti using molecular profiles”, in 6th World Ayurveda Congress, New Delhi, 2014.

2014

Haritha Chandran, “Ayurgenomic concept on Diabetes Mellitus”, in Meha 2014 - National Seminar on Diabetes Mellitus organized by KLEU, Shri B.M.Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, 2014.