Publication Type:

Journal Article


Electronic Journal of Indian Medicine, Barkhuis, Netherlands (2008)



This article presents an English translation of interview with a doctor of traditional poison- therapy (visavaidya), V*** S*** Namputiri (1917~ ) in Kerala, India. The contents of the interview are 1. Background and present circumstances, 2. Textual traditions, 3. Traditional medicines, 4. Treatments, 5. Mantra and reading omens and 6. The canon of visavaidya.

Cite this Research Publication

Y. Tsutomu and Ram Manohar P., “Memoirs of Vaidyas. The Lives and Practices of Traditional Medical Doctors in Kerala, India (1)”, Electronic Journal of Indian Medicine, 2008.