Who we are

Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD) located in Kasaragod district of Kerala founded in 1999 as a not for profit, charitable nongovernmental organization. IAD developed an integrated approach for the treatment for lymphatic blocks due to filarial, primary, secondary, and other causes of lymphoedema (Elephantiasis). This was done by effectively combining Allopathy (biomedicine), Ayurveda, and yoga. Being the pioneers in the field of integrative treatment for Filariasis, now IAD is recognised as the lead institution in the world by the peers in lymphoedema care. The treatment in IAD is led by biomedical dermatologists (Allopathy doctors). Academicians, doctors, para- medical workers and experts in medicine and other related fields from Indian and around the world collaborate with IAD to advance the treatments of Integrative Medicine, especially of chronic skin diseases that are hitherto difficult to cure. They contribute their time, knowledge and experience to shape programs in this charity institute which also focuses on research in related area. Studies conducted in IAD have immensely contributed to benefits of patients suffering from chronic skin diseases and Lymphatic Filariasis. The collective experience and the success in the treatment of lymphoedema lead us in developing integrative treatment protocols for Psoriasis, Lichen planus, Vitiligo and chronic wound care.

No patient has returned from IAD without taking treatment for want of money. Donors from India, Europe and America support the free treatment in IAD for poor and needy patients.