The Himalaya Drug Company

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The Himalaya Drug Company
Founded 1930
Founder M Manal
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Area served
Products Herbal medicine
Slogan Wellness since 1930

The Himalaya Drug Company is a company established by M Manal in 1930 and based in Bangalore, India. It produces health care products under the name Himalaya Herbal Healthcare whose products include ayurvedic ingredients. It is spread across locations in India, the United States, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.,[1] while its products are sold in 90 countries across the world.[2]

The company has more than 70 researchers that utilize ayurvedic herbs and minerals.[3] An Hepatic drug, named Liv.52, is its flagship product, first introduced in 1955. Liv.52 to date has now over 200 human clinical trials.[2][4]

Himalaya Global Holdings Ltd. (HGH), is the parent of The Himalaya Drug Company worldwide. It is also the global headquarters of all Himalaya subsidiaries.


Rauwolfia Serpentina

Founded by M Manal, the Himalaya Drug Company's history began in 1930. Manal, while in the forests of Burnma, became interested in the root, "Rauwolfia serpentina", which helped pacify elephants.[5] Becoming engrossed in the intriguing effects surrounding the root, Manal went on to studying various herbs, and producing tablets. According to Himalaya Wellness, Manal's motivation and "vision was to bring the traditional science of Ayurveda to society in a contemporary form."[5] Despite facing criticism for his intention of commercially exploiting the ancient Ayurveda , Manal continued to exploit herbal medicines and felt they were at the same standard as others. Nonetheless, in 1934, Serpina®, derived from Rauwolfia serpentina, became "the world's first natural antihypertensive drug".[5] Another product soon became the Himalaya drug company's best selling medicine, Liv. 52. This product, created in 1955, is "a liver formulation that ensures optimum liver function.".[5] Till today, it's not proven whether it's beneficial for health or if it's derived from Ayurveda. In addition, the Himalaya Drug company soon introduced several other products, such as Cystone, Bonnisan and Rumalaya forte.[5] In the 1930s, the company was based in Dehradun, but subsequently it advanced to Mumbai and extended across India. Then, in 1975, it established a factory.[5] in Makali, Bangalore. Finally, in 1991, the company moved its research and development facility to Bangalore. Today, the company has offices across the globe, including India, USA, South Africa and other countries in Europe, the middle east, and Asia.


Himalaya Herbal Healthcare has a very wide range of products, which include "pharmaceuticals, personal care, baby care, well-being, and animal health products."[5]


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