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Sudarshanam Netra Chikitsalayam is housed in a calm and beautiful land off to the beautiful paddy field, in the new campus which can accommodate up to 6 families or 12 patients and can treat up to 20 patients at a time. The clientele range from Kerala as well as from other states. The center is also equipped with modern diagnostic tools and an in house pharmacy to prepare special oils, ghee and decoctions beneficial in eye disorders. Sudarshanam is also equipped with a well arranged Panchakarma theatre where all Ayurvedic therapies are undertaken for general ailments.


Sudarshanam now extends its services to more than 6 cities spreading almost south central Kerala and holds periodical camps at Mumbai.

Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvalla

Nearest Airport: Kochi

About the Centre:

Netra Chikitsa (Ophthalmology), a speciality area in traditional medicine of India (Ayurveda), has to date very few practitioners and experts compared to other areas such as bone setting Orthopaedics), Visha chikitsa (toxicology) or balachikitsa (paediatrics). Sudarshanam Netra Chikitsalayam in Thiruvalla in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala is a well-known Centre for treating various disorders of the eye.

Sudarshanam Netra Chikitsalayam - at Thiruvalla and the consulting centres spread over many towns and outside Kerala (Ernakulam, Tripunithura, Alwaye, Bengaluru and Mumbai) attracts eye patients not only from Kerala but from other parts of the country as well as abroad.


There are various methods of applications for the medicines to act upon the eye and the body. The major among them are Kashayadhara, Nasya, Tarpana, Putapaka, Pichu, Shashtika sweda, Talam, Shirodhara, Shirovasti, Yogavasthi and on...



Measured dropping of herbal decoction added with honey to the eyes from a specific height for a specific period is called Kashayadhara. Any therapy in the eye generally starts with Kashayadhara. This has a cleansing property and is very soothing to the patient too.



Placing medicated ghee over the bordered eye balls for a specific period for 7 - 14 days is called Tarpana. Black gram powder paste (moong dal) is used to build the border around the eye balls to keep the medicine inside. Tarpana improves the vision very much and in children it often give results even within a short span of 7 days itself. In cases of myopia this is proved to be very helpful in improving the distant vision to considerable level.



Instilling medicated oil by drops into both nostrils is known as Nasya. This is done especially to clean up the passage and to nourish the organs and improve the nervous system. This also helps improve complexion and lifts the face. This is usually carried out after kashaya dhara preferably at mornings or evenings.

Shashtika sweda

Shashtika sweda_Sudarshanam

Massaging with a poultice made with herbal milk decoction paste over the closed eyes for a prescribed time and under controlled pressure is called Shashtika sweda. This is generally done in cases with high astigmatism and weak and small eye balled people.


Placing cotton or cotton cloth soaked in medicated oil over the Centre of head (Bregma) for a specific period is called Pichu. Pichu is performed in those patients who cannot withstand the course of Shirovasti. This is useful in diseases of eye ear nose and head ache depending on the medicinal quality of oil.



This is one of the major therapies in Ayurveda, carried out in cases of Neurological eye disorders, Head ache, Thyroid dysfunction diabetic retinopathy and many other problems related with hormones. Patient is made lying on a specially designed therapy bed with a forehead band. Medicine (Medicated oil, milk or butter milk or sometimes plain water are used) is kept in a bronze or mud vessel which has a hole on the bottom inserted with a strip of cloth for about 1/4 meter. The medicine is dropped to the forehead continuously for about 45 minutes to one hour.



One of the major therapies in Ayurveda performed generally in Neurological disorders including that of eye. The medicated gingelly oil about 1 liter is placed above the head in a special cap for about 1 hour or until some specified signs are seen.


Dr.B.G.Gokulan, Chief Physician & CEO


Dr.B.G.Gokulan was born to Shri.K.Gopinathan Nair, a Naval officer and Smt.Bhargavi Amma, traditional healer on eyes. He did his 7 1/2 years unique course of 'Ayurvedacharya' ( BAMS) at Coimbatore Ayurveda College managed by The Ayurvedic Trust, under Padmashree P.R.KrishnaKumarji - A.V.Ramavarier Educational Foundation of Ayurveda, in the ancient Gurukula standards(Madras University)

In 1988 he joined an all India network called LSPSS (Lok Swasthya Parampara Samvardhan Samithi) for the promotion of indigenous medical culture, as a research fellow and selected the field of Ophthalmology with a strong influence from his mother. Mean time he also had the opportunity to get trained under great stalwarts of Ayurveda like Brahmashree Vaidyamadhom Valiya Narayanan Namboodiri(Late) and Panditaratnam Vaidya bhooshanam Raghavan Thirumulpad by staying at their residences as their Shishya (Disciple).

Dr.Gokulan had the unique opportunity perhaps never before & after for a rigorous training under Padmabhushan Dr.S.S.Badrinath, renowned Modern Ophthalmologist of the time, at Sankara Netralaya (Unit of Medical Research Foundation) Chennai under their MS fellowship program. He was trained in all areas of sub specialties in Ophthalmology with special emphasis on diagnostics and documentation.

Dr.Chitra Rajan


Passed out with colours from Govt.Ayurveda College Thiruvananthapuram in 1988, She had served at Trivandrum since then and was practicing as Medical Officer at The Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam & Research Institute under The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (CBE)Ltd; Coimbatore when she Joined at Sudarshanam as Senior Medical Officer in 1999. She has extensive training and practice in Panchakarma and other Sodhana treatments in Ayurveda.

Accomodation facilities:

A/c non A/c rooms are available with attached bath rooms.
Prayer room and Self cooking facility in case of pure demand.

Price Details: approx. max 1500 INR /day depending on therapies selected


We provide vegetarian food. Patients also may be allowed to cook themselves on need.


There is no air and noise pollution in the surrounding area.


Vaastu has been applied for the buildings.

Source of Information:

Vaidya B.G. Gokulan



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Sudarshanam Netra Chikitsalayam, Kerala, India
Address: 'Anjanam', Thymala, Manjadi P.O, Thiruvalla (Via Pushpagiri Medical College), Pathanamthitta District, Kerala 689105, India.
Phone: + 91 469 2630718, + 91 469 3290630
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