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The Himalaya Drug Company

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.,[3] while its products are sold in 92 countries across the world.[4]

The Himalaya Drug Company
Founded1930; 89 years ago (1930)
Area served
Key people
M Manal(Founder), Philipe Haydon (CEO),[1] Nabeel Manal (CEO)[2]
ProductsHerbal ayurvedic medicine, Nutrition, Personal Care, Baby Care

The company has more than 290 researchers that utilize ayurvedic herbs and minerals.[5] An Hepatic drug, named Liv.52, is its flagship product, first introduced in 1955. Liv.52 to date has now over 215 clinical trials backing it.[4][6]

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 Burma, became interested in the root, "Rauwolfia serpentina", which helped pacify elephants.[7] 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."[7] Nonetheless, in 1934, Serpina®, derived from Rauwolfia serpentina, became "the world's first natural antihypertensive drug".[7] 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.".[7] In addition, the Himalaya Drug company soon introduced several other products, such as Cystone, Bonnisan and Rumalaya forte.[7] 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.[7] in Makali, Bangalore. Finally, in 1991, the company moved its research and development facility to Bangalore. Meraj Manal[8] pioneered the growth of the company in the USA, first with a range of dietary supplements falling in line with the norms of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 in 1996, and then personal care products in 1999, under the brand name Ayurvedic Concepts, that later bloomed into the exquisite Himalaya Herbals.[9] Today, the company has offices across the globe, including India, USA, South Africa and other countries in Europe, the middle east, and Asia.

Global marketsEdit

As of 2015, the company sold its products in 91 countries with about 50% of its revenue from outside India.[10]


Himalaya Herbal Healthcare has a very wide range of products, which include "pharmaceuticals, personal care, baby care, well-being, nutrition and animal health products."[7] The Neem Face Wash is one of their most popular and well known products.[11] Mothercare products have been launched in 2016 with foray into extensive research and development in systems of ancient Ayurveda medicines of India. The company has a presence in 92 countries.[12]


  1. ^ How a musician CEO struck the right note with Himalaya Drug
  2. ^ Nabeel Manal, CEO Himalaya Herbal Healthcare
  3. ^ "The Himalaya Drug Company". Businessweek.
  4. ^ a b "Eastern therapy, universal appeal". The Star. 11 June 2006.
  5. ^ Kumar, B. Rajesh; Satish, S. M (2007). Growth Strategies Of Indian Pharma Companies. pp. 122-123.
  6. ^ "Himalaya rolls in new oral range HiOra". Business Line. 17 December 2010.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g
  8. ^ Meraj Manal, Chairman Himalaya Global Holdings Ltd.[1]
  9. ^ 40 years ago... and now: Taking traditional Indian medicine to the world [2]
  10. ^ "How Himalaya made ancient Ayurveda popular across the globe". Rediff. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash Review".
  12. ^ Himalaya Drug Company to hire 1,000 people, eyes Rs 2,500 crore revenue in fiscal FY18 [3]

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