WHO defines traditional medicine “ The health care practices approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral- based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illness or maintain well-being”
India has a rich heritage of traditional indigenous medicinal system known as Ayurveda. This is based on wisdom derived from the ancient scriptures called Vedas. Ancient Indian saints (Sages) have taken the essence from the Vedas but provided this medicinal knowledge to society in the form of Siddha system and Yogic practices.
Holistic healing of body, mind and soul is the main objective of Siddha and other indigenous systems of Indian medicines.
AYUSH - importance of indigenous medicine system can be well understood by the fact that the Government of India formed Ministry of AYUSH in the year 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care. It is the acronym of the medical systems that are being practiced in India such as Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. These systems are based on definite medical philosophies and represent a way of healthy living with scientific and established concepts on prevention of diseases and promotion of health.
WHO defines traditional medicine “The health care practices approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral- based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illness or maintain well-being”
Siddha System of medicine - How does it work?
Theory and Principles of Siddha medicinal system revolves around evolution of the physical body and its advanced biology where in it constitute the five elements that are present in the Universe. The food and medicines that are given are primarily part of Nature's and its origin and combination of elements of nature.
The human body consists of the five basic elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space, the three humours-Vatha, Pitta and Kapha and seven physical constituents. Food is the basic building material of the human body and gets processed. There is equal emphasis on the body, mind and spirit in this system which strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual.
Siddha system treatment is aimed at restoring the balance between mind and body. Diet, lifestyle, yoga and meditation play a major role not only in maintaining health but also in curing diseases. A careful analysis suggests that Siddha medicines which consists of variety of herbs and minerals, most of which were developed in the ancient times under advanced scientific techniques, even by today's standards.
Now these medicines, knowledge and practices are available for humanity to get benefited.