Siddha – the ancient healer

Siddha – the ancient healer

ayushThe India Government identified five limbs of Indian traditional healing systems abbreviated as AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopath).

Siddha medicine system, originated several thousand years ago in the area that is now the state of Tamil Nadu, in India. It is practiced as a holistic system of treatment and is an integral part of the culture of society. There is now a lack of popular awareness about the various traditional healing systems, the way it works, and the best option to choose for the condition at hand.

Initiatives are being taken in pockets to revive the Siddha system of healing. J. Jayalalitha, the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, had launched in August this year, a scheme to distribute popular Siddha herbs such as Curry leaf powder, Gooseberry, Pomegranate, to pregnant women in the state.

According to T.V.Sambasivam Pillai, in his book Introduction to Siddha medicine, the agastyaworld ‘siddha’ comes from the word ‘siddhi’ which means ‘an object to be attained’. In Tamil, Siddhar is the one who has attained siddhi and Agasthiya, a foremost Siddhar, is believed to have founded and professed the philosophy of Siddha medicine, and is known as the father of Siddha Medicine.

Very much like Ayurveda, according to the tenets of Siddha, the human body as well as food and drugs, are the replica of the universe. The constituents of the Earth are the same as the constituents of every living organism, including humans, and are same as the constituents of the food we eat or the medicines we take.

With the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether making up everything we know, Siddha medicines too draws strength from these elements. The proportion of these elements vary in each medicinal preparation, which in turn varies their actions and therapeutic results.

siddhaherbsAccording to Siddha, other than the tridoshas of Vata, Pitha and Kapha, there are seven basic tissues and 96 thathvas, that make up our body. The food or the building block converts into tridoshas, tissues and waste. And any disturbance to the delicate balance of tridoshas is considered as an illness.

Siddha medicine considers food as medicine, however a corresponding change in lifestyle, which includes meditation, practice of yoga, pranayama, is necessary to achieve holistic and lasting improvement.

While the basic philosophy sounds very similar to that of Ayurveda, medicines used in Siddha is what sets it apart. The system is unique and rich in ingredients utilizing everything from herbs, metals and minerals among others.

mercury.jpegFor example, nearly 25 varieties of water soluble alkalis and salts, which are inorganic in nature, are used in the making of the medicines. These are called Uppu. About 64 types of minerals – classified as the ones that vaporize in fire – are also utilized. Even metals or alloys such as gold, silver, copper, tin, lead and iron are purified to be added in the medicines. Extracts from conch and corals too are used. However, Mercury, its alloys and Sulphur are the most significant ingredients in Siddha medicine.

The most distinctive feature of Siddha medicine is known as Kayakarpam, which when followed rightly, is the first line of defense against diseases, which is to say is a known immunity booster and also a definitive process to slow aging. Kayakarpam is a unique combination of Karpaviztham (medicines), Karpayogam (lifestyle) and Muppu (universal salts).

Siddha medicine can be effectively used to treat any illness and is proven to heal skin problems, respiratory/ pulmonary diseases, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, gastroenterology-related diseases and fevers.

For appointments in Mysore to consult a senior Siddha doctor and healer, please contact Turiya by Dhatu @ +91-9108046072 ,

Why Choose Organic?

Why Choose Organic?

Many things have changed since the Green Revolution after World War II. Large scale industrialization took place in every sector and the Agriculture Industry exploded –thanks to  synthetic fertilizers & pesticides, hybridization of seeds, and other field management techniques.  Though the immediate effect were beneficial, the unseen impact of this green revolution is becoming evident now. Traditional farming till then was “organic” and there were no inorganic method of cultivation.

Post Industrial Revolution, probably the most significant revolution was in the IT sector. The next boom is happening in the health care industry.  The total health care industry size is expected to touch US$ 160 billion by 2017 and US$ 280 billion by 20202!! It’s a growth of 75% in just three years!!  The reason for this growth lies in a number of factors including chemical farming, wrong diets, unhealthy life choices, stressful work culture and environmental pollution.

Life Style Diseases on the Rise: 

Do you know that India is the capital of diabetes in the world ? Every year, more than 700,000 people die because of Cancer in India alone. Incidences of heart, kidney and neurological diseases have become common. We are living in the era of life style diseases and the definition of primary health care has to be changed. Each house hold has to become a primary health care center.  We are interacting with increasing number of toxic chemicals in our daily life.  It starts from toothpaste (e.g., Sodium Laurel Sulphate), detergents, canned foods (e.g., lead), bug sprays etc.

What can We Do ?

Some simple steps taken at home can go long way.  Some changes are required in our daily life to control or stop our interactions with chemicals.

  • Go for local organic foods.
  • Switch to whole grains (millets, brown rice etc.). Learn to cook them properly.
  • Fermenting, sprouting will increase the nutritional qualities of the grains.
  • Use good oil (e.g. coconut oil) for cooking.
  • Consume lots of vegetables, fruits and greens.
  • Always opt for country side free range (pasture fed) eggs or meat.
  • No junk foods, refined foods (maida, sugar etc.), processed food (canned foods) or carbonated drinks.
  • Do not use synthetic food colors, taste makers, preservatives etc. In your food preparation.
  • Some form of daily physical exercises (cycling, swimming, yoga, running etc.) is a must.
  • Drink copious amount of water – Keep yourself hydrated
  • Good sleep
  • Come out of your work cabins or home and get sufficient sun light daily. Take a walk or run.
  • Throw away your soaps, tooth pastes, shampoos, laundry powder, detergents, cleaners and any other possible chemicals that you are using ! Look for alternatives – there are lots of them. By doing this  you are staying away from all harmful chemicals which are carcinogens (SLSs, parabens etc.)
  • Turn to age old proven methods (traditional medicines like Ayrurveda) for simple problems like cold, cough etc.

Lets not forget that our mother Earth needs to be taken care.  Automobile exhausts, industrial discharges, solid waste dumping, etc is taking a toll on Earth and its inhabitants.  There is a shift in environmental patterns and ecology due to extensive exploitation by humans . There is a deep need for humans to introspect on his activities. Priorities has to be set right.