Publication Type:

Journal Article


Electronic Journal of Indian Medicine, Volume 4, Barkhuis, Netherlands, p.11–33 (2011)



Ayurveda, Kerala, Psychiatry, traditional Indian medicine


This article presents an English translation of interview with a doctor of traditional Indian medicine (Āyurveda), Nī*** Nampūtiri (1945~2006) in Kerala, India. The interviewee’s specialized field is traditional psychiatry (bhūtavidyā) in Āyurveda. The contents of the interview are: 1. Background and History of the Family; 2. The Four limbs of Treatment and the Society; 3. Textual Tradition; 4. Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Diseases; 5. ‘Wandering Lunatics’; 6. The body and the Mind; 7. Understanding of the Mind.

Cite this Research Publication

Y. Tsutomu and Ram Manohar P., “Memoirs of Vaidyas. The Lives and Practices of Traditional Medical Doctors in Kerala, India (5)”, Electronic Journal of Indian Medicine, vol. 4, pp. 11–33, 2011.

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