Siddha is an ancient system of medicine and healing that origination in South India. The term Siddha comes from Tamil language which means perfection or achievement.
According to popular belief, the Siddha system of medicine is divine in origin. It is believed to have been passed on by the ‘Siddhars’, incarnations of God, to serve humanity. In Siddha, an individual is a microcosm of the universe, who body consists of 5 primordial elements – earth, fire, water, air and space.
Three Humours in Siddha
Many of us confuse Siddha with Ayurveda. This is predominantly because Siddha shares its conceptual framework of the three humours with Ayurveda.
Vatha – Vatha is associated with elements of ‘space’ and ‘air’, which governs sensory and motor activities and movements in the body and mind.
Pitta – Pitta is associated with the element of ‘fire’ and is responsible for maintaining body heat.
Kapha – Kapha is associated with the elements of ‘earth’ and ‘water’ which is responsible for strength and endurance.
Basic Concept of Disease and Cause in Siddha
According to the Siddha medicine, the treatment is aimed at restoring balance to the mind-body-spirit system. It lays equal emphasis on the body, mind and spirit and strives to restore complete harmony to the various psychological and physiological functions of the body. Like in Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, diet and lifestyle (pathya and apathya) play a major role correcting body-mind balance, curing diseases and maintaining health. The therapies used in Siddha are mainly known as Kayakarpam, Varmam, and Thokkanam.
Also, the Siddha system of medicine places more importance on preventing diseases than curing them known as Pini Anuaaa Vidhi.
Many remedies recommended by Siddha have been verified through scientific research. It is accepted to be highly effective in treating diseases of the:
- Liver, and
as well as manage:
- Peptic ulcers,
- Rheumatism, and
Diagnosis in Siddha
Diagnosis in Siddha requires the examination of eight items which is known as astasthana-pariksa, such as:
- na – tongue
- varna – colour
- svara – voice
- kan – eyes
- sparisam – touch
- mala – stool
- neer – urine
- nadi – pulse
Believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical practices in the world, Siddha advocates living in harmony and balance with the nature around us with a focus on diet, lifestyle and exercise. By tapping into the benefits of comprehensive, natural, and harmonious lifestyle with Siddha, one can be assured to be cured off many chronic ailments without producing any side effects.
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