An Essential Guide to Siddha Medicine

Siddha medicine is one of three powerful, ancient healing systems which originated in India and includes Ayurveda and Unani. It originates in the Tamil region of southern India and is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medicine in existence. It shares characteristics in common with alchemy and homeopathy in that it makes use of minerals, herbs and other natural substances as healing agents and takes into account the importance of spiritual or quantum energy.
It is a sophisticated but natural form of healing that can be used complementary to allopathic medicine or entirely independently from it. And, it is possible to make a shift from allopathic methods to Siddha medicine with little risk while under the guidance of a competent Siddha practitioner. 
As a holistic healing practice, it takes into account the health and well-being of the body and spirit. It's developers believed that a healthy soul can only develop properly when the body is fully healthy. While it can be used to treat specific illnesses, it's ultimate goal is the achievement of perfection of the physical body.
In India, research organizations such as The Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS) and recognized Siddha medical colleges work to further the study of Siddha medicine.
History of Siddha Medicine
The origins of Siddha medicine are lost in the mists of time. According to legend, it was developed by 18 saints or Siddhars of India as a gift from the Hindu God and Goddess Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. The Siddhar Agasthiyar is considered to be the father of this system of medicine.
The original Siddha knowledge was recorded in manuscripts written on palm leaves, fragments of which survived in various places in South India. It is a hereditary practice which is handed down from one generation of healers to the next. So, it is possible that some aspects of ancient Siddha knowledge remains undocumented.
The 18 Siddhars classified thousands of diseases and used natural substances like herbs and metals to effect healing using oral medications, salves, powders and compounds, which increase the bioavailability of active constituents. These Siddhars are said to have achieved a state of perfection and immortality by use of this medicine and the practice of yogic meditation.
Benefits of Siddha Medicine
Siddha medicine is beneficial to all people because it is a preventative form of medicine which takes into account a person's lifestyle, diet, environment, level of physical exercise and individual constitution. Siddha medicine aims to revitalize the vital force and rejuvenate damaged and diseased organs.
But it is especially helpful for people who suffer from chronic conditions. Diabetes, arthritis, skin disorders, digestive disorders, leukemia, tumors, cysts, cancer, neurological disorders, sexual problems, cardiovascular disease may benefit the most from this system. Siddha medicine is also used in family planning.
People who are concerned about the rising cost of conventional medical care would benefit from learning more about Siddha medicine because it is very cost effective. 
How is it performed?
Siddha practitioners diagnose their patients based on a complex system similar to that of Samuel Hahnemann's classic homeopathy involving the three Ayurvedic dosahs or humors: Vata, pitta and kapha. The doshas are the basic constitution of a person defined by their make-up of the basic elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether. If the doshas are not properly balanced, disease can occur. 
The three doshas may be generally described as follows:
Vata is air.
Pitta (or pitha) is fire and water.
Kapha is earth and water.
The patient's environment, diet, exercise and stress levels are taken into consideration. 
Once the nature of the person's constitution is established, further diagnosis involves physiological functions of the body classified as seen elements: Saram (plasma); cheneer (blood), ooun (muscle), killzuppu (fats), elumbu (bone); moolai (brain) and sukila (reproductive function).
Medicines and practices are prescribed to balance the elements of the body, some of which are very complex and may involve up to 250 different ingredients in their composition. 
These therapeutic agents consist of herbs, roots, flowers and minerals. According to ancient texts, common ingredients in Siddha medicine include arsenic, gold, mercury and sulfur. Treatments involve such remedies as bowel cleansing, the removal of mucous from the throat, nerve tonics, the strengthening and rejuvenation of the system, the toning and regeneration of the skin and connective tissues and antidotes against toxic substances. Methodologies involve purgatives, emetics, fasting, steam therapy, physical therapy and yogic meditation.
Why Should You Use Siddha Medicine?
Siddha medicine provides treatments for diseases which are difficult or impossible to treat by conventional western methods. For example, AIDS seems to have been addressed by the ancient Siddhars. Anyone who is facing a disease or condition that does not respond well to conventional treatments should consider Siddha medicine as an alternative.
Furthermore, it can be used side by side with allopathic treatments or as an independent treatment. Anyone concerned about the efficacy, dangers and expense associated with allopathic medicine should learn more about Siddha medicine.
Siddha medicine is ideal for people who are interested in achieving optimum health and wellness and those interested in spiritual advancement.

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Comment text:  
Natarajan Kandasamy
Created on: 15-07-2011 10:19
Great start. Keep going!
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