Ayurvedic Pharmacology


“Nature itself is the best medicine”says Hippocrates. Existence of animal kingdom has always been dependent on the plant kingdom. The Department of Dravyaguna Vijnana deals with the study of drugs and its applications.

It is considered as Materia medica of Ayurveda, which includes pharmacology, pharmacognosy, pharmacotherapeutics, etc. The knowledge regarding medicinal value of plants has been collected in course of several centuries and its properties and clinical applications are understood by principles of Dravyaguna such as Rasa, Guna, Veerya, Vipaka, Prabhava and Karma.


Department is maintained by skilled teaching and non teaching staff members.

We have herbal garden, museum, herbarium, fully equipped pharmacognostic laboratory to provide practical and clinical knowledge in Dravyaguna to aspirants of Ayurveda.
Sharada Aushadhi Vana (herbal garden) is within the campus and spread across 2 Acres. It has more than 200 plants which include rare and endangered species. It also houses many species of folklore importance within the green house ensuring sound knowledge to the students.
Departmental Museum has preserved wet plant specimens and dry drugs.
Departmental Laboratory has equipments required to facilitate pharmacognostic, analytical and research activities.
Departmental library has sufficient reference books, journals and magazines of Ayurveda as well as other conventional systems of medicine.
Dravyaguna department organizes Field survey of medicinal plants, Ekamoolika prayoga, Seminars, Workshops, Awareness programs for Masses on Home Remedies, Cultivations and Conservation of Endangered species.


Dr. Karthik Rai

Head of the Department


Assistant Professor


Head Of the Department

He is currently working as Associate professor and Head of Department of Dravyaguna at Sharada Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital Mangaluru. He has teaching experience of 10 years, which includes 5 years of PG experience as well. Apart from this he has also taught Research Methodology and statistics for UG and PG scholars. His expertise lies in the identification, survey and documentation of medicinal plants, standardization and quality control of herbal medicine. He is clinical consultant in Ayurveda and Acupuncture.


  • ⦁ Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Medical sciences, Manipal, Karnataka
    (Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences, Karnataka, Bengaluru), 2002 to 2007

    ⦁ Doctor of Medicine M.D (Dravyaguna), from Alva’s Ayurveda Medical college, Moodbidri, Karnataka (Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences, Karnataka, Bengaluru) 2007 to 2010

  • Short term Course in “Educational Methodology for AYUSH teachers “organized by RGHUS, Karnataka   from September 2013- November 2013. 


Currently serving as a President of AYUSH Foundation Mangaluru Urban wing.


December 2019 till present Assoc. Prof. and Head Sharada Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital,Mangaluru
June 2015 –December 2019 Associate Professor Karnataka Ayurveda Medical college, Mangaluru
June 2011-June 2015
Assistant Professor Karnataka Ayurveda Medical college, Mangaluru
June 2010- June 2011 Assistant Professor Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Medical sciences, Manipal.


  • Presented paper entitled “Plant diseases and diagnosis and management in Vrikshayurveda “in third ayurveda congress and Arogya 2008 at National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

    Presented at Alvas Ayurveda medical college at Apta, organised by directorate of AYUSH 16th to 18th Nov 2017


  • “Palandu Masi In The Preventive Management Of Cataract- A Case Study” in International Ayurvedic Medical Journal volume 6,Issue 9, September 2018.
    Published Article “ Wrinkle – Ayurvedic Aproach “ in Ayush directory 2012, Ist Edition.


Pharmacognostic and Pharmaco -therapeutic study of Morinda citrifolia Linn in Madumeha (Type II DM) – Dissertation Work of Postgraduation


  • He holds a Diploma in Acupuncture from Indian Integrated Acupunture association.
  • Participated in “Training cum Awareness Programme on Cultivation of Medicinal Plants for Farmers of Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka” on 13th August 2019 held at ICAR, Vittal organized by NMPB, Ministry of AYUSH, GOI.

    Participated as trainee in ROTP in Dravyaguna, September 13th-18th 2010 organized by P.G Dept of Dravyaguna R.G Govt Ayurvedic College Paprola, Himachal Pradesh and sponsored by Dept. of AYUSH, ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India.

    Participated in training program on quality control of herbal medicines at FRLHT, Bengaluru on 4th and 5thAugust 2009.

    Participated in National level workshop on standardization of herbal substances, held on 6thand 7th January 2010 at Alvas Ayurveda medical college, Moodabidri.


Assistant Professor

He is currently working as assistant professor in the department of Dravyaguna vijnana at Sharada Ayurveda medical college and hospital, mangaluru. He has participated in various research activities. He is experienced in medicinal plant identification both classical and folklore and has special interest in cultivation and propagation of ayurvedic herbs. He has clinical experience more than 10 years. Able to lead, motivate and prioritize work load during busy periods. He is trained in Acupuncture and Panchakarma clinical as well as therapeutic practice and is a fellow of academy of general education Manipal university. Special interest in cultural and literary activities


  • • 2019 – Graduated in D.Ac – Indian Acupuncture training centre, Nagpur.
    • 2016 – Post graduated from Alvas Ayurveda Medical College, Moodbidre, in the subject of Dravyaguna Vijnana.
    • 2012 – Post graduation certificate course in panchakarma from Dept of Ayurveda Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.
    • 2010 graduated from Karnataka Ayurveda Medical College, Mangalore.


• Visiting faculty for SDM college of yoga & naturopathy
• Secured 10th rank in International level Medicinal Plant identification competition held on 1st June 2020 from RK university, Rajkot, Gujarat.
• Invited as resource person by the dept of AYUSH, on the topic ‘herbal home remedies’


December 2019 – till present Assistant professor Sharada Ayurevda medical college and hospital, Mangaluru
April 2018- December 2019 Assistant professor Alvas Ayurvedic Medical college, Moodbidri.
December 2017- January 2018 Assistant professor Karavali Ayurvedic Medical college, Mangaluru
January 2017-december 2017 Assistant professor Krishna Gopal Dwivedi Ayurvedic Medical college, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

 He has the working experience of 7 years as resident medical officer. 


  • Seminars attended
     Update on panchakarma and relaxation techniques, KMC, Manipal: 26th march 2011.
     Doctrines and empirical dimensions of vasti karma, KMC, Manipal:25th-26th, Nov 2011.
     Combined approach to Hypertension and Dyslipidemia, American school for continuing medical education: February,2012..
     Exploring and explicating the enigmas of rasayana tantra, KMC Manipal, 28th-29th, Dec 2012.
     Symposium on Artavavaha srotovikara-Sapalya, GAMC, Bangalore: 5th March 2014.
     National seminar on yakrit vikara, 5th-6th December SDM college of ayurveda, Udupi.
     Symposium on Essentials of Areca in Food and Medicine on 25th april 2019 in Alvas Ayurveda Medical College.
     State level workshop on scientific writing and article publication held on January 2020.

    Seminars attended
     ROTP (dravya guna) at NIA, Jaipur
     Workshop on research methodology, 8th march 2019, RGUHS, Bangalore
     workshop on biodiversity for human welfare on 19th and 20th sep 2018, Alvas college, Moodbidre.
     Workshop on lab instruments maintainance and servicing on 15th to 19th November, 2018, Alvas college, moodbidre.
     Workshop on research methodology,14th March 2015, AAMC,Moodbidre. 11.National Ayurvedic conference-Nityayu, 22nd March 2015.
     National workshop on clinical approach towards marma, AAMC, Moodbidri: 28th and 29th may 2014.


Worked as drug research coordinator in ATMA & research centre, Alvas ayurveda medical college. And
currently serving as research coordinator in our institution.


  • • Worked for the establishment of the departmental museum and monitoring and maintenance of herbal garden.
    • He is also into literary and cultural activities and has been working as co ordinator for the same.