About US


Namaskaram and Welcome to AK Aveksha!

We are grateful to serve wholesome integrative support, education, and products to people suffering from aging, chronic, and athletic pains.

Since 2017, our uniquely effective natural products have served as an accessible and sustainable alternative to narcotics and OTC pain relievers. Our formulas are rooted in over 7,000 years of documented systems of indigenous Ayurveda and Siddha medicine, empowering us to consistently serve our clients a higher standard of care.

Our Name

Aveksha is a Samskrita word for “care and consideration”. The AK stands for Aalayam Karunaalayam – “the Supreme Abode of Compassion”. The earliest contexts for this phrase are accredited to the great sage and scholar Adi Shankaracharya in the early 8th century. This brilliant individual embarked on a journey to elevate consciousness, institute widely accessible technologies for self-development, and create lasting structures of harmony that still operate vibrantly today! 

In our small part, we are continuing forward on this immense journey to establish compassionate existence in all places. It starts with the self, and with love.

Sri shankaracharya

Our Methods

Ayurveda – One of the world’s oldest and most comprehensive medicinal systems. Rooted in concepts of Yoga and Consciousness, Ayurvedic documents compiled as far back as 3,000 BCE contain detailed accounts, procedures, and research on various aspects of the health sciences and herbal medicine. Ayurveda is best known for its origins in the Indian subcontinent, but is now widely practiced throughout the world!

Fun Fact – Maharishi Sushruta is considered to be the Father of Modern Surgery, as he thoroughly documented ancient ways of surgery, cosmetic alterations, and aspects of anatomy still being discovered today.

Siddha – THE oldest system of medicine in the world that is still practiced today. The Siddha system originated in the mountains and forests of Tamil Nadu, India, where its practitioners (Siddhas) are famous for seemingly mystical healing powers. In truth, there is little to no mysticism here, just science and technologies for self-improvement. The human potential is incredible, and our Siddhas as a unique testament to the capabilities we all hold within us. Siddhas are also one of the oldest groups to cultivate and utilize Cannabis as a medicine. From the great river of their divine works, a small stream has trickled into AK Aveksha.

Fun Fact – Siddha tradition is mainly passed down orally from one generation to the next. We are Blessed to live in the Grace of an Ancient lineage of Gurus who have carried forward this knowledge through harsh colonial persecution, so that it may benefit all the descendants of this world.

“If it wasn’t for AK Aveksha’s pure dedication to helping people, I wouldn’t have such an effective medicine for my pain.”


Our Story

Our mission began in 2016 to help a loved one find a safe natural alternative to narcotics and opioids. At the time our founder was a full-time student at American University, taking 19 credit semesters and working 2 part-time jobs while formulating products from herbs grown at home in Washington, DC.

Overcoming a lack of institutional support, high levels of stigma against cannabis, and prejudice against natural forms of medicine perceived as pseudo-science, we pushed forward.

By 2017 we had trialed various topical and ingestible formulas with hundreds of people suffering from chronic pain, which led us to officially found AK Aveksha out of necessity. From 2018 – 2022 our founder pursued his MS in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine to gain a better foundational understanding of product formulations and herbal medicine.

In 2022 we were accepted into the American University Incubator, upgraded our manufacturing lab, spoke at various industry science conferences, onboarded a four-member executive team for sweat equity, established a medical board, and conducted focus groups for Prasaada™ – our newest topical pain relief formulation. This product is the culmination of four years of clinical research, trials, and customer feedback. It is packaged in our custom Dexterity Forward Cube (DFC)™ Containers produced in Bali, Indonesia.


Ak Aveksha - Adhu at Cannabis Science Conference in Maryland 2022

Our Team

Our goal in operating this business is to educate, elevate, empower and heal people with the powerful combination of Ayurveda and Cannabis. Through these modalities, we hope to build bridges and support communities in returning to a more positive lifestyle for all, and to create abundance for generations to come.

La Kia Gooch - Chief of Values, Chair of AK Medical Board

La Kia Gooch
Chief of Values
Chair of AK Medical Board


Adhithyan Krishnan, M.A.P.  - Founder and Chief of Science

Adhithyan Krishnan, M.A.P.
Founder and Chief of Science


Julian Banister, CPT, CES, CSNS - Chief of Business Development

Julian Banister, CPT, CES, CSNS
Chief of Business Development


Dr. Kristen Millender - Chief of Operations, Medical Board Member

Dr. Kristen Millender
Chief of Operations
Medical Board Member


Medical Board

We officially launched our Medical Board in May of 2022. Since then our team has been conducting research, testing products, building SOPs, and even presenting at the Cannabis Science Conference East on the Wholesome Use of Cannabis in Ayurveda.

La Kia Gooch - Chief of Values, Chair of AK Medical Board

La Kia Gooch
Chronic Pain Patient Care Specialist

Dr. Debby Myers

Dr. Deborah Myers
Pharmacist and Ayurvedic Practitioner

Dr. Kristen Millender - Chief of Operations, Medical Board Member

Dr. Kristen Millender
Doctor of Dentistry

Julian Banister, CPT, CES, CSNS - Chief of Business Development

Julian Banister, CPT, CES, CSNS
Movement and Neuro-Kinetic Pain Relief Specialist

Dr. Dawn Clarke

Dr. Dawn Clarke
Doctor of Dentistry

Alisha Laws, LCSW

Alisha Laws, LCSW
Clinical Therapist, Professional Artist

How Our Containers are Made

Emem's Experience with AK Aveksha

A deep honest look into Emem’s Healing Journey with AK Aveksha. We appreciate her courage and willingness to share!

Huge shoutout to Emem for supporting and beleiving in us since day one =)

Vegan Hemp/CBD Infused Pancakes

Sneak Peek at Prasaada - Our New Topical

James Tries Prasaada for the First Time on Broken Pinky

Questions? Reach Out!

As always we love to hear from you, feel free to email, text, or call us anytime to discuss any questions and concerns, or to set up a consultation to help us better understand your needs.