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What is Siddha?

January 21, 2009

Siddha system is one of the oldest systems of medicine in India. The term Siddha means “achievements” and Siddhars were saintly persons who achieved results in medicine.  Eighteen Siddhars were said to have contributed towards the development of this medical system. Siddha literature is in Tamil and it is practised largely in Tamil speaking part of India and abroad.  The Siddha System is largely therapeutic in nature.

History :

The original home allotted to humankind by the Creator was in the temperate and fertile region of the East and pointedly in India.  It is from here that the human race began its culture and career. India may, therefore, be safely stated as that the first country from which human culture and civilization originated and spread.  According to Indian history, prior to Aryans’ migration, the Dravidian was the first inhabitant of India of whom the Tamilians were the most prominent. The Tamilians were not only the earliest civilized  but also those who made more considerable progress in civilization than any other early people. The languages of India were divided into two great classes, the northern with Sanskrit as the pre-pondering element and the southern with Dravidian language as independent bases.  The science of medicine is of fundamental importance to Man’s well-being and his survival and so it must have originated with Man and developed as civilization. It is, therefore rather pointless to try to determine the exact point of time to which the beginning of these systems could be traced. They are eternal, they began with Man and may end with him.  The Siddha was flourishing in south and Ayurveda prevalent in the north.  Instead of giving the name of any of individual as the founder of these systems our ancestors attributed their origin to the Creator.  According to the tradition ,  it was Shiva who unfolded the knowledge of Siddha system of medicine to his consort Parvati who handed it down to Nandi Deva and to the Siddhars.  The Siddhars were great scientists in ancient times.

According to tradition, the origin of Siddha system of medicine is attributed to the great Siddha Ayastiyar.  Some of his works are still standard books of medicine and surgery in daily use among the Siddha medical practitioners.

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What is Unani Medicine?

January 21, 2009

Though the threads which comprise Unani healing can be traced all the way back to Claudius Galenus of Pergamum, who lived in the second century of the Christian Era, the basic knowledge of Unani medicine as a healing system was developed by Hakim Ibn Sina (known as Avicenna in the west) in his medical encyclopedia The Canon of Medicine. The time of origin is thus dated at circa 1025 AD, when Avicenna wrote The Canon of Medicine in Persia. While he was primarily influenced by Greek and Islamic medicine, he was also influenced by the Indian medical teachings of Sushruta and Charaka.

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What is Ayurveda?

January 21, 2009

Ayurveda (आयुर्वॆद, the ‘science of life’) is a system of traditional native to India and practised in other parts of the world as a form of medicina alternativa. In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda comprises the words āyus, meaning ‘life’ and veda, meaning ‘science’. The earliest literature of Ayurveda appeared during the Vedic period in India. The Sushruta Samhita and the Charaka Samhita were influential works on traditional medicine during this era. Ayurvedic practitioners also identified a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for curing various ailments and diseases. Ayurveda is considered to be a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within thewestern world, where several of its methods—such as herbs, massage, and Yoga as exercise or alternative medicine—are applied on their own as a form of CAM treatment.

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What is Homoepathy?

January 21, 2009

Homeopathy (from the Greek ὅμοιος, hómoios, “similar” + πάθος, páthos, or “suffering “) is a form of alternative medicine based upon principles first defined by Samuel Hanehmann in 1796. A central thesis of homeopathy is that an ill person can be treated using a substance that can produce, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of the illness. Practitioners select treatments according to a patient consultation that explores the physical and psychological state of the patient, both of which are considered important to selecting the remedy. According to Hahnemann, serial dilution with shaking between each dilution, removes the toxic effects of the substance, while the essential qualities are retained by the diluent (water, sugar, or alcohol).

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We shall mention a few homeopathic medicines:

Apis mellifica: inflammatory infiltrations, edematous swellings.

Hepar sulfuris: tendency for catharzic inflammations and pyesis.

Kallium bichromicum: plastic exudation of mucous membranes in nose, pharyngeal cavity and pharynx, viscous, stringy mucus,  mucosal ulcer.

Calcium iodatum: chronic tonsillitis of children, scrofulous increase of lymph nodes on neck and nape.

Phytolacca: swelling and dark reddening of the pharynx and tonsils, radiating pain up to the ears.

Ignatia: various nervous sensations of the heart, mainly following affections of a depressing nature (anxiety, restlessness). Also in general nervous irritation and sleeplessness.