Siddha medicine


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Siddha medicine

A system of medicine practised in Tamil areas of Southeast India and by Tamil-speaking people elsewhere. The system is based on humoral concepts of wind, bile and phlegm and on diagnosis by the analysis of the pulse and the appearance of the urine. The darker the urine, the more severe the disease. It includes yogic practices, faith in the miraculous alchemical properties of mercury and sulphur, and the prolongation of life through rejuvenating treatments especially the regulation of the breathing. It is believed that eternal youth is to be achieved by 21,600 respirations a day.
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Siddha medicine is one of the oldest medical systems in the world, with origins dating back as far as 10,000 B.C., and the first medicinal plant mentioned in ancient Siddha records is-you guessed it-neem.
Since 1993, he had been part of a producer group called the Siddha Medicine Production Sales and Service Cooperative Society.
Sanjay Dalmia believes that Ayurveda and Siddha medicine systems have continued to amaze the world with their fantastic curative powers.
He said the ministry will also look into the approval of Siddha medicine if it provides only herbal medicines instead of medicines with heavy metal contents.
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Siddha medicine has vast range of mercurial usage in therapeutic application for treating acute and chronic diseases [2].
This system of Siddha medicine is in usage of herbs, metals, and minerals, has originated in Southern India, in the state of Tamil Nadu, as part of the trio Indian medicines, Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani & reported to have surfaced more than 2500 years ago.
They include ancient treatment methods such as acupuncture, chiropractic, ayurvedic and siddha medicine, massage therapy, herbal therapy, homoeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, traditional Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian and Unani medicine.
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Similarly Naga Parpam (NP) a zinc-based preparation of Siddha medicine is prescribed in the treatment of a variety of diseases.
Theirs was obviously an ancient art, and attempts have been made in recent decades to give it wider currency.(2) Just how old is Siddha medicine and how does it relate to the better known Ayurveda, since one can immediately see that they have much in common and are practiced side by side in south India?
Siddha medicine is practiced by priests of one sect of Hinduism, and some universities offer degree courses in this system of medicine.