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SIDDHA MEDICINAL SYSTEM

SIDDHA PHILOSOPHY


Siddha is a theological term that can apply to a person who has transcended boundaries and is close to divinity, a form of Alchemy (the Siddha Medicine System), Saiva Siddhantham and Yoga with Pranayama traditions and disciplines. It is generic and can come to denote anything as per the context as all are absolutely inter-related.


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CONCEPT OF DISEASE IN SIDDHA


Vatham, Kapham and Pitham are three humors or thathuvams that are correlated to Vali (air), Azhal (fire) and Aiyam (Water) respectively. These three humors constantly interact with the five primordial elements of the universe or outside to determine the state of body and mind. The ratio between the three has to be constantly maintained at 4:2:1 for a disease-free life filled with health. Any imbalances in the three humors, viz. Vatham, Kapham and Pitham are said to cause diseases or ill-health.


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DIAGNOSIS IN SIDDHA


Off late Siddha Medicine system uses some of the modern scientific diagnostic methods like the blood test, scan reports, etc, to find diseases and other medical conditions. But traditional diagnosis methods employed by Siddha still plays a very important role in diagnosis. This diagnosis methodology is notably very unique to the Siddha system which not only identifies the diseases but also their possible causes. The Siddhars have passed on eight diagnostic methodologies and these eight tools are referred to as Envagai Thervu.


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THE 18 SIDDHARS


The experts who undertook Siddha Medicine are hence known as Siddhars. In the ancient Tamil text of “Tholkappiyam”, Siddhars are referred to as “Arivan”. In many pieces of literature, thousands of Siddhars find mention who have served the Royals and Commoners alike. Yet only 18 of the Siddhars find special mention in many of this literature and hence they are referred popularly as Pathinettu Siddhargal or the Eighteen Siddhars. Click to read more about the Eighteen Siddhars in detail.


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Siddha system is a holistic medical system preaching a codified lifestyle with care to health as an essential primary element. The medical system was perfected many thousands years ago in the Tamil-speaking peninsular India, referred to as Tamizhagam or Tamilakam. This medicinal system is also popularly referred to as Tamil Maruthuvam, Chinthamani Maruthuvam or Arivan Maruthuvam. Since the days of Thirumoolar, this system is popularly called as the Siddha Medicine or simply Siddha system.

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