The Siddha Way

Speciality Of Siddha Medicine
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Speciality Of Siddha Medicine
Siddha system of medicine is the oldest documented medical system in the world. This system of medicine dates back to over 2000 years before Christ. There are some people who claim that Ayurveda is the oldest medical system, but from the research done with the help of available historical datas, it is evident that Siddha system of medicine is much older and has more history than even Ayurveda. Not only is this medical system the oldest, this is a medical system with lots of specialities; its specialities far outweigh the Ayurvedic medicine. The ancient spiritual saints who lived in South India, known by the name Siddhars, are said to be the founders of this medical system. According to the age-old literatures, Siddhars were the supernatural humans. They were the ones who have attained the true realization of the soul, which they achieved by intense meditation and yogic practice. This is the ultimate state, a human can achieve. The state when one realizes the true powers of the soul, which resides in his body. This is the state when one can feel the infinite field of energy that lies within him and the state when the soul acquires the infinite knowledge. Thus the Siddha system of medicine is said by the Siddhars after attaining self-realization and telling it in their own life experience, so this medical system can’t go wrong. This supreme knowledge of the Siddhars can be understood when we go through many things said by the Siddhars in their age-old scriptures, which are now revealed as true facts with our present day modern science and equipments. They are seen by today’s, scientific world in utter amazement. For example, in

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-5the book “Agasthiyar Pinda Urpathi”, the size and growth of the fetus in mothers womb in each stages/months of pregnancy is clearly defined, in addition to that, the reason for the birth of the fetus in to boy and girl is mentioned, also isn’t it amazing that The Atomic Theory was said by the Siddhars thousands of years ago itself. The fact that the Siddhars practiced “Yoga” stays as evidence that the now renowned science of “Yoga” infact has its origin from Siddha, since as stated earlier Siddha system is the oldest medical system older than even Ayurveda. Siddha is a medical system that is passed on from generation to generation through the ancient system of Guru – Shishya. It flourished among the Dravidians especially in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Had it been just a medical system, it wouldn’t have been able to continue its Saga of success in human life. Siddha is a way of life, which lays emphasis on positive health, a harmonious blending of social, moral, spiritual, physical and mental welfare of an individual. Around 4448 diseases are defined by the Siddhars in their age-old books and literatures. To cure these diseases, Siddhars discovered thousands of raw drugs, medicines and invented their uses by using their Supernatural Powers. They utilized absolutely everything on earth namely – plants, animals, metals and minerals. 64 types of medicines were prepared of which 32 are internal medicines and 32 are external medicines. Siddhars also determined their

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-6life period and expiry. Not only that, they even mentioned about methods to purify each raw drug to neutralize its toxicity before preparing medicines. They classified the raw drugs in to Satru [incompatible] and Mitru [compatible], based on their mutual interactions. The combination of two Satru [incompatible] drugs produces synergistic effect and when two Mitru [compatible] drugs combine – Bingo! It neutralizes each other’s bad effects. A major portion of the Siddha medicines uses herbs and green leaved medicines. But sometimes situation arises when these diseases can’t be cured with just green plants, then the Siddhars used medicines prepared from metals, minerals and salts which are in calcined forms. But it is to be noted that these were adviced only in chronic stages. This has been said in a Tamil verse from our Siddha literature, which translates and defines as – In the primitive stages of the disease, the physician must try to cure the disease with just green plants and when the physician fails in his attempt to cure the disease with just plants, then he may gradually move to metals, minerals and salts. It’s quite natural that, such use of metals and minerals in medicinal preparations may evoke few questions like – Are They Safe? Won’t They Pose Any Side Effects? But these doubts can be completely rectified with a proper understanding about the special methods that Siddhars suggested and followed while preparing such medicines. This is how it goes. The raw materials (metals, minerals and salts) used for preparation of these medicines undergo proper purification

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-7procedures. These raw materials are then mixed with the appropriate antagonistic or synergistic drugs, which not only removes the bad effects of the medicines but also improves their potency. In preparations of Parpams and Chendoorams (Special Siddha medicinal preparations involving metals and their calcination), it is necessary to modify the nature of the metals before using in medicines. When these are purified and grinded with the herbal extracts specified in the texts, they change their nature from metallic to organo-metallic complex which is then again subjected to calcination process by exposing to intense temperature, which not only removes their metallic nature but will change them to a state which is adaptable to the human body without any side effects. Siddhars prescribed these medicines after taking in to consideration, the nature of disease, the condition of patient and the climatic variations. Furthermore these medicines are given with suitable adjuvant, in a proper regimen, for a prescribed duration and in a prescribed dose. When these medicines are taken by following the above manner, not only will the medicine be super effective but will have no side effects at all. In this way these fabulous medicines have been extremely effective in curing many serious ailments for thousands of years without any kind of adverse effects. Siddhars were so particular to extract the maximum efficacy from the raw materials that they mentioned even the period of collection of the latter. These

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-8sages were wise enough to explain the ways to identify the adulterated drug, as they knew about the ways of this manipulated world. Another great speciality of Siddha drugs is its adaptogenecity – i.e. the same drug can be prescribed successfully for various diseases simply by changing the vehicle accordingly. So dudes… there ain’t any need to hoard tons of medicines! According to Siddhars, everything in this world – living or non-living, dead or alive are all made up of 5 Boothas (elements) as Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space, which by combining in different ratios (i.e. by their mutual intraoclusion called pancheekaranam) form everything in the universe of which the following are regarded highly by Siddha practitioners. Tridosha Medicine Food & its taste etc. Now you might be wondering what tridosha is? It’s nothing but Vatha, Pitha and Kapha – The 3 vital forces regulating the human body by following the functions of GOD, G – Generation O – Organization or Operation & D – Destruction

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-9These 3 basic humours are the basics of Siddha medical science. In a normal, healthy and disease free body, they are in the ratio of 1:1/2:1/4 respectively. If their normal ratio of 1:1/2:1/4 is altered, that indicates an abnormal or diseased state and for which treatment is started, taking in to consideration, the impairment constitution of the body, seasonal variations etc by giving suitable food & medicine. Siddha medicine prescribes treatment for the root cause of the disease, unlike the modern medical systems that only provide symptomatic treatment. As said earlier, the disease is caused due to the derangement of the three humours Vatha, Pitha and Kapha. The deviation of these humours from their normal ratio of 1:1/2:1/4 can be found out by siddha’s own special way of pulse diagnosis using the index, middle and ring fingers, through which any derangement of the humours from the normal is found out. The pulsations felt on the index finger, middle finger and ring finger correspond respectively to the Vatha, Pitha and Kapha factors. Thus in Siddha Science, the root cause of the disease can be found out using just this special method of pulse diagnosis termed “Nadi” since, according to our science, the root cause is the derangement of the particular humour – Vatha, Pitha or Kapha from its normal state. Diagnosis through Nadi, the process of pulse reading is unique to this system. Since the Nadi (Vatha, Pitha & Kapha) depicts the condition of 3 humours which in turn depends on the condition of the body especially the heart.

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- 10 10 sites for observing Nadi have been mentioned by Siddhars years ago itself. Diagnosis through Nadi needs no other instruments or equipments. A physician can make the correct diagnosis by this technique through proper guidance, prolonged experience, powerful meditation & pure dedication. Hence it’s a science without fallacy. Therefore, in Siddha, we mean to find out and treat the root cause of a disease and not just symptoms. In addition there are 8 kinds of diagnostic methods inclusive of the pulse diagnosis. The diagnosis based on these 8 examinations is entitled as Envagaithervu. They are 1) Nadi – pulse reading…. 2) Sparisam (diagnosis by sensation of touch) 3) Naa (tongue and mouth examination) 4) Niram (complexion - colour of skin, nails, eyes, face) 5) Mozhi (speech analysis) 6) Vizhi (eye examination) 7) Malam (examination of stools) 8) Moothiram (urine analysis) Among these pulse reading and examination of urine with oil (Special diagnostic method followed by Siddhars known as - Neikkuri) are the 2 diagnostic

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- 11 tools adopted to confirm the disease and to assess the prognosis. Thus Siddha medical system has the perfect diagnostic method and arrives at the perfect diagnosis of the disease and this in turn helps in giving treatment right to the root where the disease is originated instead of giving treatment to the symptoms. Thus making it possible to root out the disease. So it can be undoubtedly said that the Siddha system of medicine developed 4000 years back is far more superior than even the present day advanced medical sciences. There are best treatments in Siddha even for diseases, which are labeled as incurable, because we see a disease with an entirely different perspective than the present day medical sciences. As said earlier, there are 4448 diseases according to Siddha and this godly medical system prescribes various special treatment methods and medications, which not only cures the disease but also gives the body and soul, a complete rejuvenation. They include:

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Surgery – Ours are the surgical techniques practiced by the Siddhars in those olden days. It deals with methods like bloodletting, probe application, splint application of fracture etc. Like the present day harmful radiation therapy for cancer (which does more harm than good), in those days the inflammations due to cancer were surgically removed, the bad blood is let out and then heat is applied using specialized instruments

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- 12 meant for the purpose and later on the patient is subjected to medications for rooting out the cancer. Learn more… Yoga – As per the ancient Siddha literatures, Siddhars achieved their supernatural powers, knowledge and even their life goal – the attainment of salvation, through intense yogic practice. Siddha explains yoga as it is. The ashtanga yoga lays emphasis on control of body, mind and soul and involves 8 stages of which the ultimate stage is “samadhi”(a state beyond imagination) where one attains self-knowledge, which is the union of the soul with the supreme God, where the mind merges with the life force. According to the scriptures, Siddhars used this ashtanga yoga to attain the 8 supernatural powers. A person who follows the ashtanga yoga correctly can become even more powerful than a combination of all the comical super human characters. Learn more… Pranayama – The science of breathing. According to the Siddhars an intelligent control over breathing will prolong life & mounts the stamina. According to Siddha science the total number of breaths per day is about 21,600. Every act of breathing takes place at a length of space of 12inches and during its operation, the energy utilized by the body is up to an extent of eight inches only and the remaining four inches is being wasted. It is therefore clear that out of 21,600 total breaths in a day, the human body is utilizing only 14,400 breaths and the balance of 7,200 breaths goes waste. That’s a whooping 44% of the total breaths per day that’s wasted, which is a key factor in reducing the lifespan. But with the

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- 13 proper practice of pranayama, these 44% breaths can be saved and can be utilized, which will prolong your life and will help you live healthy and happy for at least a 100years. Thus pranayama helps prolong life and maintain a healthy body and mind. It is beneficial for all functions like respiration, blood circulation, digestion, excretion and secretion and for improving muscle tone, removing congestion of blood and release of tension and rejuvenates all organ systems. Learn more… Varma (Marma) – It is yet another special science, which is part of Siddha system. Varma simply means a vital spot or point of the body, where the life force is distinctively present; any upset or trauma to these points may turn fatal. It may be thought of as a point where various nerve plexus and blood vessels meet. These points are inconspicuous and are complex, and these points cannot be easily detected by sight but can only be found out by the sense of touch. So this science is kept a secret, by the ones who know it, furthermore they know that if it gets in to the wrong hands it can turn hazardous. This art was also used as a self-defensive technique against enemies since this is a derivative of the martial art forms known in South India by the names Adimurai and Kalaripayattu. This science also has another good side that we make use of in our Siddha system, i.e. this is highly useful to cure nervous disorders and skeleton muscular disorders. Learn more… Alchemy – Siddhars, the ancient sages, were well versed in metallurgy and chemistry. The special science of alchemy or iatrochemistry in Siddha

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- 14 is the science of not only converting lower metals like lead and copper in to higher metals like Gold, it also deals with the conversion of a lower grade soul in to a higher grade one. That is, the elevation of humans to attain salvation is considered as the highest form of alchemy. Gold was mainly formed as a byproduct in the process of preparation of some supreme medicines. Aha… I know what’s going through your mind now, all you folks out there, don’t even think of getting the Midas’ touch, coz it’s said that the physician should be the son of an alchemist & he shouldn’t have greediness towards gold or money. According to the Siddhars, only spiritual faculties born on a particular constellation of stars according to their former karma can become an alchemist. Learn more… Kayakalpa – This is another science unique to Siddha. “Kaya” means body and “Kalpa” means competent or stone like. It is a science, which helps us to keep our body free from disease, signs of old age like wrinkles, gray hair and even death. This is the supreme science developed by the Siddhars who understood that, they could attain salvation only if they can put an end to the disease and ageing process of the body. This is the same science that made Siddhars immortals to live a disease free, long life unaffected by any changes and attain their life goal of salvation. Thus Siddha aims not only at your comfortable life in this world, but also at the very meaning of life, i.e. to attain salvation. Learn more…

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