That man was Mr. M. Manal, the founder of Himalaya, and that herb was Rauwolfia Serpentina, the inspiration that led to the creation of Serpina®, the world's first natural antihypertensive drug, launched in 1934.
Mr. Manal’s dream of discovering the mysteries of nature began in the year 1930. Fascinated by the properties of Rauwolfia Serpentina, he was determined to bring into people’s lives the promise of nature’s healing power harnessed through scientific research.
Inspired by Mr. Manal’s unwavering dedication and passion, we have weaved a close relationship with nature and have developed a rich history of research spanning over eight decades.
Himalaya began its journey at a time when herbal products were regarded with skepticism. But, our founder had firm belief in the power of nature’s goodness. He was convinced that people would share his belief if the benefits of herbs and plants were researched and analyzed through science and were proven to be safe and effective though empirical evidence. Braving all odds, he persevered with a staunch spirit to realize his dreams. Pawning his mother's bangles, he bought a hand-operated tableting machine.
After four years of extensive research and several trials and errors, Mr. Manal formulated Serpina® and laid the foundation for Himalaya’s strong foothold in research. Our founder spent his days exploring the world of herbs through discussions with neighborhood healers, while his nights were occupied making a few hundred tablets on the manual tableting machine. His vision was to bring the traditional Indian science of Ayurveda to society in a contemporary form.
In 1955, Himalaya introduced our second breakthrough in medicine with the launch of Liv.52, a liver formulation that ensures optimum liver function. The product became synonymous with brand Himalaya, and over the years, has gone on to become our flagship brand and a top-selling herbal medicine. In the years that followed, we introduced many other iconic brands such as Septilin, Cystone, Bonnisan, and Rumalaya forte that have become household names by winning the trust of customers.
The one-man revolution that began in 1930 with a small-scale operation in Dehradun transformed into a global healthcare solution that has brought the happiness of a healthier life to millions of people around the globe. In 1975, we set up a full-fledged, state-of-the-art Research and Development Center and manufacturing facility in Makali, Bengaluru, India.
This was unchartered territory which brought with it new challenges and new opportunities for learning. As people around the world were waking up to the benefits of herbal and natural products for personal care needs, Himalaya introduced personal care product innovations based on research experience in herbal medicine and the legacy of understanding the world of herbs. We brought to customers the goodness of nature discovered through scientific research. Staying true to our commitment of providing safe, gentle, and efficacious products infused with herbs, we further expanded our portfolio and launched animal health products with the objective of caring for the health and well-being of animals.
As our reach spread in various segments, we underwent a rebranding to bring our entire range of offerings under the single umbrella “Himalaya since 1930”. We consolidated our portfolios in Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, BabyCare, Himalaya FOR MOMS, Wellness, and Animal Health to evolve as a “head-to-heel” wellness provider.
We have emerged as the unparalleled pioneers in exploring the synergy between Ayurveda and modern science to develop products that spread the promise of Wellness in every Home and Happiness in every Heart.