The Rural Health Programme (Ayurveda) at Rishi Valley was launched in 1995 to reach Ayurveda to the common man and to propagate, disseminate and revive traditional health practices in Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh. Soon, while administering treatment, we discovered that the Ayurvedic medicines available in the market were rather expensive and frequently contained dubious ingredients and formulations. It made us wonder whether it was possible to create genuine medicines of desired potency from organically grown herbs and make them accessible to the common folk.

Kashayams for fever and cough were the first ones prepared by us. Triphala and Trikatu, the multipurpose age-old remedies were the next. But to prepare these products even for in-house consumption, the herbs grown in our own herbal garden were inadequate. Soon we realised that even common herbs like tulasi, vasa and brahmi were no longer available in sufficient quantities in the surrounding areas. This led us to create herb gardens at various possible sites in the villages including schools.

Before developing these gardens, we collected seeds and saplings from the wilds across India.

Ayuoga products are made using time-tested principles. The herbs are grown organically, harvested at the appropriate time, shade dried and processed traditionally under rigorous hygienic conditions and expert supervision.

The results of our endeavour were immediate and encouraging. In particular, the Shatamuli tablet for women, Vasaghana for sore throat and the Trinimba tablet as a general antibiotic proved to be quite effective. This prompted us to develop a few more products that the villagers now use widely.

The focus is on those that can be made from local and easily available herbs and at the same time which are quite effective in tackling common ailments. Neem and Triphala tablets as preventives against measles and chicken pox have proved to be quite successful too.