Madhuravelil Keshavan Vaidyar was a legendary figure of his times. An avid traveler, he belonged to Cherthala, previously known as ‘Karapuram’. He used to travel extensively through the length and breadth of the country providing treatment to patients of chronic and complicated diseases.
One of the most efficient physician of his times, he was known to have always carried exotic natural herbs in his treasured ivory chest. So effective was his treatment that people belonging to all castes, especially the lower caste, flocked around him seeking treatment. Widely acclaimed for his proficiency in ‘Nadi Chikitsa’, he was considered a versatile genius who commanded high respect from all walks of life.
He was, in fact, one of the very few social reformists who went against the insensitive customs and norms that prevailed during the ancient times and treated everyone as equals. In case of the poor and downtrodden sections of the society, he not only provided them with free treatment, but found means to feed them as well.
Madhuravelil Keshava Pharmacy was founded by him to provide genuine medical treatment to one and all, as prescribed in the age-old Ayurveda texts. The centre was so renowned in those days, patients from all over thronged to the erstwhile Cherthala, seeking rare and highly specialized treatment that he offered!