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We are unlocking the infinite potential of Indic life sciences to tackle complex  global challenges of wellness & health – especially addiction & immunity.

Incorporated in 2019, AVRL is rooted in 70 years of ground-breaking research in herbal smoke therapies initiated by Vaidya Anant Nitsure (1919-94). AVRL is an Indico Ventures Lab portfolio company.

Together we rise

Together we rise

Together we rise

Together we rise

Together we rise

Together we rise

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The concept of Ayurvedic Dhoompan or Dhoomvarti is clearly elaborated by ‘Aacharya Charaka’ in ‘Charak Samhita’ having a history of 5000 B.C.

Benefits of Dhoomapan

  • Helps to cure Kanthagata doshas.
  • Helps to reduce UrdhvaJatrugata doshas.
  • Helps maintain Kapha doshas.
  • Helps to reduce toxins and thus improves immunity of
    respiratory system.
  • Gives freshness, lightness and soothing effect on Head, Throat and Chest.
  • Acts as a mouth freshner.
  • Regular smoking can help reduce hoarseness of voice.
  • Helps to get over depression and mental stress.
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The Father of Herbal smokes in India – Vaidya Anant Nitsure (1919-94)

Healing through smoke is the least understood & rarely researched branch of Ayurveda. Vaidya Anant Nitsure pioneered smoke therapies to heal thousands in Pune, India. Smoke therapies catalyzed the innovative spirit, inspired his family and team to research rarer herbs, cures and treatments.

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Vaidya Anant Nitsure revived Dhumapana in India and opened it up for new avenues of research.

A curiously driven explorer, he had a keen eye for local flora and fauna. Having spent his early childhood in the Konkani village of Anjarle, Vaidya Nitsure was intimately familiar with the synergistic relationship between locals and their surrounding ecology. He had an adventurous spirit and was known venture deep into Maharashtrian highlands and forests.

He would acquire rare vanaspatis during these trips and, through conversations with villagers and tribals, understand their usage. This tenacity and hunger for knowledge pushed Vaidya Nitsure to formalise his research efforts and became the foundation of his experiments.

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Demonstrations and Experimentation

Vaidya Anant Nitsure had read hundreds of books on Ayurveda and was a known connoisseur of local biology. His experimentation, however, was also driven by practicality. He personally suffered from nasal congestion quite often and was perpetually on the lookout for Ayurvedic remedies.

Slowly, Vaidya Nitsure began making his own herbal formulations and started  inhaling their smoke to seek expectorant relief. This was the first recorded demonstration of Herbal Smoke Therapy in day-to-day life, which Vaidya Nitsure performed on himself. He gradually developed new herbal formulations and treatments and led several people besides himself on a path to recovery. Besides, he endowed disciples and future generations of the Nitsure family with a huge repository of Vedic knowledge.