OCTOBER 3/24, 2016
May Christians take Siddha treatment?
The Indian Government has set up an AYUSH Ministry at the Centre.
AYUSH is the acronym for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.
Naturopathy treatment is also a part of the AYUSH package.
Christians may not practice any of the above-named.
Yoga is a meditation system that is intrinsically Hindu. While the physical exercises and breathing techniques that come with yoga may be attempted by Catholics ignoring its Hindu origins, many eminent Catholics (including exorcists and theological commissions) have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to practically separate yoga from its religious and philosophical underpinnings. In fact, the practising of yoga by Christians is fraught with spiritual dangers. Rome has brought out two Documents (one in 1989 and the other in 2003) warning Catholics against doing yoga. Yoga, along with other eastern and syncretized meditation systems such as the “Christian Meditation” of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), mindfulness meditation, transcendental meditation, vipassana and Zen are classified as “New Age”.
This ministry has written and collated a few thousand pages on the subject of yoga.
And of homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy along with Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha are what is known as alternative or complementary medicines. They too are New Age for partly the same but then again for very different reasons than yoga.
Homeopathy is pure humbug, a medically thoroughly debunked pseudoscience and its “remedies” are placebos at best or occult at worst. Homeopathic concoctions are alleged to “work” at the “vital” or “subtle energy body” level of an animal or human. The 2003 Vatican Document explains why this energy concept is “New Age”. The Document also teaches Catholics about the other New Age paradigm, “holistic health”.
There are numerous alternative therapies that treat the “whole” person (hence “holistic”) — body, mind and soul. There are several problems with holistic healing, most of which is “energy medicine” or allegedly healing one by harnessing and manipulating the (cosmic) energies of the universe (which are in a continuum with the Universal Energy that is god) that are purportedly manifest in the (animal or) human body (as prana in Hinduism, as chi or ki in the Far East), through nadis (see page 8) or channels and power centres (known as chakras in Hinduism), depending on whether the philosophical presuppositions are Taoist or Hindu (pranic healing is a syncretism of the two).
Christian writers on themes of New Age alternative medicine describe these practices as “esoteric”, a word that can be translated as “occult”.
Christian teaching based on Biblical revelation reveals a personal God, not an impersonal cosmic Energy from which creation emanates and into which one re-merges (as by obtaining enlightenment and moksha/samadhi through yogic meditation). Man is spirit-soul-body and is not an energy body with mind and soul that is consubstantial with the “Divine Energy”. He is finite in his creation and immortal in his eternal destiny.
I have gone into detailed explanations on all of these issues, including AYUSH, in several articles and reports and therefore I will request the reader to go through them (see the list at the end of the present file).
Unani is the only topic that I have not researched till now if only because I have not found many Catholics practising it but it does have commonalities with Ayurveda on which I have written. The systems of Ayurveda and Siddha hold that the body has three “humours” named vata, pitta and kapha, together called the tridoshas. This is not scientifically proven or validated for one, but what concerns me more is that one cannot reconcile the doshas with the biblical image of man. Here again the “energy” paradigm surfaces:
Tridosha defines the three fundamental energies or principles which govern the function of our bodies on the physical and emotional level. The three energies are known as vata, pitta, and kapha…
Recently, Times of India carried a debate on whether Siddha “medicine” is quackery or not.
As alternative medical practitioners assert their efficacy, debates rage over inserting them into mainstream healthcare
We are not quacks: Siddha docs
By Ekatha Ann John firstname.lastname@example.org, Chennai, September 15, 2016
For public health officials, she was a quack. For the Siddha council, she was a woman qualified to heal even if her mode of treatment was beyond their texts. For police, her name was just another scribble in their scruffy notebook documenting cases. To her patients she projected herself as a onestop shop for maladies.
When a Siddha practitioner was recently caught prescribing allopathy drugs in Tiruvallur -which was in the throes of a fever outbreak -the public department filed a police complaint. But the cops were clueless about which sections to book her under. They finally sent a copy of the complaint to the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM).
Joint director of health, Tiruvallur, D. Mohanan said the woman had been prescribing injections and giving patients intravenous fluids for more than five years now. “Logically and ethically, what she was doing was wrong, and she should be treated as a quack. But I don’t know what the law says,” he said. Mohanan has company. While the Supreme Court has passed an order saying cross prescription of medicines is illegal, the scene in Tamil Nadu -which has for long had allopaths and practitioners of alternate medicine at loggerheads -is still foggy. While the state government maintains that AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) practitioners cannot prescribe modern medicines, CCIM thinks otherwise.
“The state government’s order allowing us to prescribe allopathy along with traditional practice is still alive,” insisted B. Muthukumar, an executive member of CCIM. The directive he refers to is a 2010 order by the Tamil Nadu government after amending a rule under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act defining a ‘registered medical practitioner’. Through this, practitioners of alternative Indian medicines were seen as people ‘practising the modern scientific system of medicine’.
The Indian Medical Association went to court against the order. The high court finally ruled in favour of IMA, said Dr. R V S Surendran, a member of the TN medical council. “Even if they prescribe basic emergency pills like paracetamol, it is still illegal,” he said. “Their contention is pharmacology is part of their graduate course but how can an 18-month training be the same as a five-year MBBS course?” he asked.
A section of medical experts across the country feel allowing AYUSH practitioners to legally take up integrated practice will not only help in curbing quackery but will also help tide over the human resource crunch in healthcare, and ensure that people in rural areas get timely treatment. According to a World Health Organisation estimate, there is just one doctor per 1,676 population in India, while the ideal doctor-patient ratio should be 1:600. They say the shortage can be filled by mainstreaming alternative medicine practitioners.
Dr. P. Balakrishnan, state secretary of Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association, said the scene in TN is different. “We don’t really have a shortage. We have 1.15 lakh allopaths, which roughly translate onto one doctor for every 1,000 people.
It isn’t the same in northern states,” he said. He, however, admitted that most of these doctors were concentrated in urban centres. “Even if that is the case, how can you allow them to practice a form of medicine they have no knowledge of?” he asked.
While the allopathy treats illnesses based on a bio medical model, Ayurveda largely operates on a holistic approach, placing health in the larger context of social, environmental, and psychological situations.
“Philosophically divergent practices forced together without a common ground can mean chaos unless the systems are ready to evolve, gaining from their mutual strengths,” said director of public health K. Kolandasamy.
Meanwhile, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has been conducting feasibility surveys to integrate AYUSH treatment systems, facilities and faculties into the existing healthcare system, without crossing their boundaries. AYUSH practitioners, NRHM feels, can be appointed in the existing primary health centres, community health centres or block primary health centres.
However, for people like Mohanan, who work on the field, what would be ideal is if the Union government provides a concrete action plan on the scope of cross-prescription practices by medical practitioners, which continues to be a quagmire. There are instances where modern medicine practitioners recommend yoga and specifically pranayama which is part of Ayush, while traditional practitioners continue to write out modern pills in their prescriptions.
Nilavembu is no tonic, it’s a herbal drug
By Pushpa Narayan email@example.com, Chennai, September 15, 2016
For nearly four years now, elected members of the government including mayors and ministers have been advocating the Siddha medicine ‘Nilavembu Kudineer’ and ‘papaya leaf juice’ as drugs to treat dengue. Today the extract of Nilavembu Kudineer is not only available in government hospitals but is also sold over the counter in retail outlets and pharmacies.
Doctors, both allopaths and siddha practitioners, however say the drug cannot be self-administered the way it is being done as it may worsen the condition of the patient if it is not given in the right dosage. “Some patients should not be taking Nilavembu Kudineer at all. It can worsen their illness,” said Siddha practitioner Dr. Selvin Innocent Dhas, president of Indian Siddha Medical Graduates Association. “Several patients, who self-medicated themselves with the medicine, came to me with complaints of diarrhoea and vomiting. In severe cases of dengue where patients suffer dehydration, the medicine can be deadly,” Selvin said insisting that the drug should be given only under medical supervision.
As per Siddha textbooks 4grams of Nilavembu Kudineer has to be mixed in 400ml of water and boiled till it reduces to about 100ml. The liquid should be filtered and taken within three hours. “Even in government hospitals the medicine is administered within three hours of its preparation as it becomes ineffective after that,” Dr. Selvin said.
Expert knowledge is required to make the decoction. Often, Siddha practitioners are unable to concoct the medicine to the desired potency due to unavailability of the right ingredients. For instance, at least two of the ingredients, `Santhanam’ (white sandalwood) and `Pei Pudul’ (a variety of snake gourd), are not available in their purest form.
The drug should be taken for three to five days for preventive or curative reasons. “It reduces viral load and boosts immunity. But the same drug can cause serious side effects if it is taken every day,” said Dr. B Muthukumar, executive member (siddha) of the Central Council of Indian Medicine. “It should be treated like a medicine and should not be served as a health rejuvenation drink.”
Although a large number of allopaths, particularly those working in the public health sector, underwent training at the Government Siddha Medical College for administration of the drug, they do not record the dosage or its effects on the patient’s case sheets. Therefore, no large-scale scientific study on the medicine has been conducted so far.
Doctors’ bodies such as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have been demanding clinical trials of the drug. “It does not matter if the drug is modern or allopathic. It should be scientific first. For this we must validate the claims,” said IMA
state wing president elect Dr. T N Ravishankar. “Today we have a lot of these drugs being sold as food supplements because they have not been tested before being marketed,” he added.
Siddha doctors say their framework is comprehensive and the efficacy of their medicines has been demonstrated. And in the Siddha scheme of things the drug trials prescribed in modern medicine don’t exist.
AYUSH can be modified into paramedical practice with research-based products: Expert
By Dr. S. Ranganathan, The Times of India, Chennai, Page 6, September 28, 2016
The scientific credibility of Ayush in general and the Siddha treatment system in particular is a question that has been asked by scientists over the centuries. But if we view the siddha system through the optics of a ‘diagnosis, drug and cure’-based medical system, it would fail to qualify as medical science.
If we review ancient literature, it is easily understandable that Siddha and Ayush primarily evolved to maintain the health and wellbeing of healthy people rather than treating diseases. One should also keep in mind that these methods were practised at a time when there was no proper scientific understanding of diseases, their etiology, diagnostic methods and proven drugs.
Today, the scientific credence of the Siddha system is questioned because it is being claimed as a form of medical science. The system bases its treatment on balancing the tridoshas or the three humours of vata, pita
But the concept fails to answer questions like how are the three humours measured and quantified or which part of the body they are located in.
While it claims that the imbalance of the three doshas causes diseases, it does not explain the permutation and combinations of imbalances the doshas undergo to cause different diseases.
What has especially boggled the scientific community is the way diseases are diagnosed by matching symptoms mentioned in Siddha literature like “Padar Thamarai”. If matching actual symptoms with that in books would have been sufficient, there would have been no need for diagnostic tools like CT scan, MRI, etc. which were discovered for accurate diagnosis. This again leaves us wondering how reliable is the treatment when the diagnosis is so poor. It also proves that the concept of tridoshas is completely theoretical and impractical.
In regard to the debate on whether Siddha products qualify as drugs, I would say the presence of medicinal value in a product doesn’t make it a drug. When Siddha practitioners call a product a drug, they should come up with details of its pharmacologically active constituent(s), its absorption, rate of metabolism, mechanism of action, rate of accumulation and excretion, etc. No Siddha drug answers these questions. The only answer we get is that these products are mentioned in the early literature. Their mention in ancient texts does not establish that they were in regular use in that age and therefore cannot be taken as empirical evidence.
What defeats the entire basis Ayush medicines is the fact that several Ayush and Siddha vaidyas practise cross-pathy. There would have been no scope for cross-pathy had Siddha products been curative in nature.
If Ayush had been an effective system, states like Bihar, Rajasthan and Maharashtra that produce large number of Ayush vaidyas, would have had an excellent healthcare system. The facts however are quite contrary.
While we should not advocate cross-pathy, we should not also dismiss the system. We should instead promote Ayush as a paramedical practice. The ministry of Ayush plans to introduce a separate regulatory mechanism, for Ayush which is much needed. It is necessary that Ayush is removed from the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
While Ayush graduates being awarded degrees like BSMS, MD or BAMS, MD etc., such fancy abbreviations are adversely affecting the traditional system. The graduates tend to forget the school they belong to and instead try to occupy the niche of ‘doctor’. This intern creates confusion among the common man in differentiating the BSMS vaidyas from the MBBS doctors. As a result, cross-pathy breeds.
If Ayush is renamed as Indian traditional medicine and its graduates Indian traditional medicine practitioners, such confusion can be put to rest forever.
With a majority of the population suffering from lifestyle disorders, Ayush can comfortably cater to that population.
China promotes its traditional medicine by a similar method, where the practitioners are restricted from using the title “Dr.”
The ministry of Ayush has proposed to bring stringent norms for granting licence to new proprietary and patent products, but there is a fear that the rampant practice of cross-pathy might defeat the effort of the industry to formulate new products.
It is time the government issues anti-quackery laws to curb cross-pathy and promotes Ayush for paramedical benefits. The industry should also be supported with government grants to bring out research-based Siddha products.
S. Ranganathan is a microbiologist and director of a pharmaceutical company.
Does Siddha System work well on Sunday and not on Saturday? A New Science
By Dr. S. Ranganathan, May 13, 2015
Why we say ISM in general and Siddha system in particular is not a ‘drug and cure centric system’? Why we say it is ‘fundamentally’ a system for health and healthy living and not for treating or curing diseases?
The truth for our claim can be easily traced from the ancient classic approved Siddha literature ‘Theriyar Yamaga Venba, written by one of the famous Siddhars – Theraiyar. If this truth is well understood, the Government can easily re-position the system as non-medical science.
According to the ancient Siddha literature – Theriyar Yamaga Venba, the Siddha procedures and preparations are not administered to patients just like the way allopathic system operates. In allopathic system, when patients consult allopathic doctor, the disease is first diagnosed and then treatment is given. The patient is asked to come for review if necessary, based on the treatment. If there is an emergency, immediately emergency care either in the form of treatment or surgical intervention is done. In Siddha system, the methods followed are different.
In Siddha system, the concept of diseases and its treatment lies in the correction of the tridoshas, which are different from that of the modern medicine. Modern medicine and none of the scientists can ever understand what the tridosha is and how to know whether it is in equilibrium state or not and where to locate it. In Siddha system, the Siddha treatment procedures are not administered to patients who visit the Siddha Vaidyar on any day of a week or month. The best days in the week are chosen first to provide Siddha procedures. According ‘Theriyar Yamaga Venba’ Sunday and Monday are the best days for offering Siddha treatment. Wednesday and Saturday are not considered as good days and Friday and Thursday are considered only least preferred days and not best days for administering the Siddha treatment. As far as choosing the months in a year for administering the Siddha treatment approaches to the patients are concerned, from April 14th to June 15th (Tamil months Sithirai and Vaikasi) are the best months as in Siddha system. Siddha system says that during this period, the waste toxins from human body would get automatically removed.
The science of the above ‘Siddha Science’ only Siddha system knows the best. June 16th to August 15th (Tamil months Aani and Aadi) are selected only as second choice for providing Siddha procedures/treatment. August 16th to April 13th (Tamil months Aavani to Panguni) are not the best period for administering the Siddha treatment approach as the toxins in the body are believed to remain in the body itself and do not get removed. Hence the Siddha treatment methodologies do not work during the above period.
The above descriptions clearly states that Siddha system has not and never evolved as treatment and cure-centric system the way it is unfortunately defined, promoted and understood by the world.
If the ancient Siddhars had ever believed in the concept of disease, treatment, offering cure, dispensing drugs etc., the way allopathic system function, the above descriptions would not have been emphasized so emphatically in Siddha system. The patients cannot be told to visit the Siddha Vaidyar on Sunday or Monday or visit them from April 14th to June 15th as only during such period, treatments should be administered. If such dictum were followed, many patients would have died of no treatment from the Siddha system and Siddha Vaidyar, especially when anyone falls sick either on Thursday or Friday or during August 16th to April 13th.
The above ‘TREATMENT ETHICS AND SPECIFICITY’ undoubtedly states that Siddha system is not a treatment and cure centric system and it is only meant for health. It is not a system of medicine. The above description of Theraiyar’s ‘Theriyar Yamaga Venba, undoubtedly proves the fact beyond any doubt, debate, argument or court verdict that, Siddha system is heath centric approach and not system of medicine. But sadly, some people in the past may be due to own selfish reasons or due to lack of foresight had got the system classified as system of medicine and made it at par with allopathic system of medicine.
Even the Government of China promotes their native system as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and TCM is not positioned equal to allopathic system. Only because of defining ISM and Siddha as system of medicine by the Government of India, the system could not grow. Because of such definition, people would definitely expect the same result from ISM like that of allopathic medicine. Unfortunately, none of the ISM and Siddha products fall under the definition of drugs as per the global definition.
The time has come to face this bitter truth, and Government of India must accept and must re-position ISM and Siddha system as non-medical system.
From Spiritual to Medicinal to Medical….Amazing Journey of AYUSH
By Dr. S. Ranganathan, August 27, 2016
We were ruled by the British over 300 years. In fact we have learned the language English only from our imperial rulers. The reason behind our poor understanding of the true meaning of the following terms ‘medical’ and ‘medicinal’ in fact speaks volumes and volumes about our patriotic fervor than our true love for learning the language English from our British rulers.
What is deserved to be technically and legally called as ‘medicinal’ has been declared, baptized, sanctified and legalized as ‘medical’. As a result, today we are promoting AYUSH as medical science. This is the finest example that shows how over patriotism has bulldozed both language and science in our country.
According to several English dictionaries (may be all), the term ‘medical’ is different and distinct from the term ‘medicinal’. The term medical connotes the direct relationship with drug, treatment or diagnosis, whereas the term medicinal refers to the substances that may likely to have some health value, mostly indirectly. When we refer certain subjects as medical microbiology, medical physics, we refer chemistry or botany only as medicinal chemistry and medicinal botany.
Most plants may have some medicinal values for different life forms on earth. Sometime when we use such medicinal plants during onset of some small health problems, such herbal preparations may give remedy. Most of us take coffee or tea as soon as we get up from bed in the morning for refreshment. Both the tea and coffee are essentially nothing but herbal preparations only. Similarly chewing ginger or betel leaves after heavy meal will certainly offer some relief. For dry cough, eating small quantity of pepper may offer some help. The point is that all such benefits should not be extrapolated beyond human imagination or glorify or coronate betel leaves, pepper or ginger etc., as drugs and these herbal preparations can be used for treating diseases.
Exploiting and using the medicinal benefits of plants is not a bad idea. But qualifying the herbs as ‘drugs’ because of the above property no country with scientific temperament and value for humanity must adventure.
The herbal medicines can be tried out when the health problem is minor and requires only some paramedical care than use of real drugs. When there is indigestion due to over eating, consuming betel leaves or ginger is sufficient. Similarly, when one suffers from fatigue or other related small discomforts, people can use AYUSH products and therapy because medicinal products are sufficient to treat such minor problems and does not require true drugs (medicines).
When we so passionately argue and debate about how our ancient generation has relied solely on AYUSH products, we prove nothing but our mere ignorance. Our ancient generation did not have any scientifically proven drugs and allopathic system. In the absence of scientifically proven allopathic system in the great past, how can we say people in the great past have greatly benefited from AYUSH and AYUSH vaidyas? If the above statement were true, then why most of the modern day institutionally qualified AYUSH vaidyas in private practice have migrated to cross-pathy?
We have not set the clear boundary for AYUSH and AYUSH vaidyas especially in private practice. We have not yet evolved any clear guidelines at national level for AYUSH on what are the health problems AYUSH vaidyas can attend by respecting the pure paramedical merit of AYUSH.
Primary Health Centres to Multi Specialty Hospitals, only the nurses dispense injections and drugs to the patients mostly in in-patient wards. Similarly in critical care units, the nurses only administer tablets etc., to the patients. But they do so strictly under the instructions of the qualified allopathic doctor. Since the nurses who administer drugs to the patient will never qualify the nurses to play the role of doctor nor do they assume such role as well. Nursing profession is a noble service and indeed most of the nurses are really discharging their duties exactly like Florence Nightingale.
Similarly we must set the role definition and boundary for AYUSH and AYUSH vaidyas especially for those who are engaged in private practice. The boundary of AYUSH must be in the matrix of offering paramedical care and wellness recipe to the patients. To treat or diagnose the disease, the rights should be left to scientifically proven allopathic system. Otherwise we will be making mockery of our health care system. Several ordinarily grown herbs are when powdered and mixed in equal proportion the final mixture (combination) becomes drug and the best example being the famous Nilavembu kudineer of Siddha system. To regulate such products, we have drug licensing authority, district level medical officers who are also drug inspectors etc. Why we waste the tax payer’s money from public exchequer?
Only when we reposition AYUSH to offer paramedical care purely due to the absolute truth that AYUSH is not drug and cure based medical system, the system and our society will benefit from AYUSH.
Time has come we must differentiate medicinal from medical. Producing graduates from AYUSH as doctor just to breach laws and engage in cross-pathy is harmful to our health care system. It is non-drug based medication and unscientific diagnosis and its correlation that ails our health care system and not lack of drugs and qualified doctors. Hope the policy makers will recognize the above scientific truth and promote AYUSH for paramedical benefits and would end cross-pathy.
Herbal potion for diabetes kills ‘siddha doc’, three patients
The Times of India, Madurai, October 24, 2016
A siddha practitioner’s remedy for diabetes went horribly wrong on Sunday when three of his patients and he himself died after they drank a herbal concoction. The Tenkasi-based practitioner consumed the potion to reassure other patients that the medicine he prepared was safe after three men swooned and died. Police are ascertaining whether he was qualified to practise as a siddha doctor.
Police said patients suffering from diabetes and hypertension had been flocking to the clinic of Muthupandi, 54, son of Vairamuthu of Malayan street. On Sunday , three men from Alagapuri in Tenkasi -Irulandi, 40, son of Soundarapandian, Balasubramanian, 30, son of Murugaiah, and Soundarapandian, 40, son of Velusamy -visited him.
Muthupandi mixed a concoction of herbs and administered it to the trio. Soon after they drank it, they began feeling giddy and vomited. Witnesses said the men swooned one after the other. They were rushed to the Tenkasi government hospital, where they died.
Other patients told police that Muthupandi drank the potion to reassure them that his medicine was safe. But he too fainted and died after he was admitted to hospital. Another patient, Saminathan, who also took the concoction, is being treated at the Tirunelveli GH. Tenkasi and surrounding regions have forests that are rich in herbs and raw materials that siddha doctors use to prepare medicines. Many herbal medicine practitioners source the ingredients for their medicines from here.
Muthupandi had been functioning out of a makeshift shed -a shabbily constructed shack with four sticks and an old tin roof. Tenkasi police have registered a case. Sources said that the cause of death could be ascertained only after postmortem was performed.
Siddha Medicine (Tamil Citta- or Tamil-maruttuvam) is a system of traditional medicine originating in ancient Tamilakam in South India.
Traditionally, it is taught that the siddhars laid the foundation for this system of medication. Siddhars were spiritual adepts who possessed the ashta siddhis, or the eight supernatural powers. Agasthya is considered the first siddha and the guru of all siddhars; the siddha system is believed to have been handed over to him by Murugan, son of Shiva and Parvati.
The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy of the Government of India coordinates and promotes research in the fields of ayurveda and Siddha medicine. The Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), a statutory body established in 1971 under AYUSH, monitors higher education in areas of Indian medicine, including siddha medicine. To fight bioprospecting and unethical patents, India set up the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library in 2001 as a repository of 223,000 formulations of various systems of medicine common in India, such as ayurveda, unani, siddha medicine and homeopathy.
The Siddha science is a traditional treatment system generated from Dravidian culture. Palm leaf manuscripts say that the Siddha system was first described by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati. Parvati explained all this knowledge to her son Lord Muruga. He taught all these knowledge to his disciple sage Agasthya. Agasthya taught 18 Siddhars and they spread this knowledge to human beings.
Siddha focused to “Ashtamahasiddhi,” the eight supernatural power. Those who attained or achieved the above said powers are known as Siddhars. There were 18 important Siddhars in olden days and they developed this system of medicine. Hence, it is called Siddha medicine. The Siddhars wrote their knowledge in palm leaf manuscripts, fragments of which were found in parts of South India. It is believed that some families may possess more fragments but keep them solely for their own use. There is a huge collection of Siddha manuscripts kept by traditional Siddha families.
According to the manikandan, there were 22 principal siddhars. Of these 22, Agasthya is believed to be the father of siddha medicine. Siddhars were of the concept that a healthy soul can only be developed through a healthy body. So they developed methods and medication that are believed to strengthen their physical body and thereby their souls. Men and women who dedicated their lives into developing the system were called Siddhars. They practiced intense yogic practices, including years of periodic fasting and meditation, and were believed to have achieved supernatural powers and gained the supreme wisdom and overall immortality. Through this spiritually attained supreme knowledge, they wrote scriptures on all aspects of life, from arts to science and truth of life to miracle cure for diseases.
From the manuscripts, the siddha system of medicine developed into part of Indian medical science. Today there are recognized siddha medical colleges, run under the government universities, where siddha medicine is taught].
Most of the practicing Siddha medical practitioners are traditionally trained, usually in families and by gurus (teachers). When the guru is a martial arts teacher, he is also known as an ashan. They make a diagnosis after a patient’s visit and set about to refer to their manuscripts for the appropriate remedies, which a true blue physician compounds by himself or herself, from thousands of herbal and herbo-mineral resources. The methodology of siddha thought has helped decipher many causes of disorders and the formulation of curious remedies which may sometimes have more than 250 ingredients.
Generally the basic concepts of the Siddha medicine are similar to Ayurveda. The only difference appears to be that the siddha medicine recognizes predominance of Vaadham, Pitham and Kabam in childhood, adulthood and old age, respectively, whereas in Ayurveda, it is totally reversed: Kabam is dominant in childhood, Vaatham in old age and Pitham in adults.
According to the Siddha medicine, various psychological and physiological functions of the body are attributed to the combination of seven elements: first is ooneer (plasma) responsible for growth, development and nourishment; second is cheneer (blood) responsible for nourishing muscles, imparting colour and improving intellect; the third is oon (muscle) responsible for shape of the body; fourth is koluppu/Kozhuppu (fatty tissue) responsible for oil balance and lubricating joints; fifth is elumbu (bone) responsible for body structure and posture and movement; sixth is elumbu majjai (bone marrow) responsible for formation of blood corpuscles; and the last is sukkilam (semen) responsible for reproduction. Like in Ayurveda, in Siddha medicine also, the physiological components of the human beings are classified as Vaadham (air), Pitham (fire) and Kabam (earth and water).
Concept of disease and cause
It is assumed that when the normal equilibrium of the three humors — Vaadham, Pittham and Kabam — is disturbed, disease is caused. The factors assumed to affect this equilibrium are environment, climatic conditions, diet, physical activities, and stress. Under normal conditions, the ratio between Vaadham, Pittham, and Kabam are 4:2:1, respectively.
According to the Siddha medicine system, diet and lifestyle play a major role in health and in curing diseases. This concept of the Siddha medicine is termed as pathiyam and apathiyam, which is essentially a list of “do’s and don’ts”.
The drugs used by the Siddhars could be classified into three groups: thavaram (herbal product), thadhu (inorganic substances) and jangamam (animal products). The Thadhu drugs are further classified as: uppu (water-soluble inorganic substances or drugs that give out vapour when put into fire), pashanam (drugs not dissolved in water but emit vapour when fired), uparasam (similar to pashanam but differ in action), loham (not dissolved in water but melt when fired), rasam (drugs which are soft), and ghandhagam (drugs which are insoluble in water, like sulphur).
The drugs used in siddha medicine were classified on the basis of five properties: suvai (taste), gunam (character), veeryam (potency), pirivu (class) and mahimai (action).
According to their mode of application, the siddha medicines could be categorized into two classes:
Internal medicine was used through the oral route and further classified into 32 categories based on their form, methods of preparation, shelf-life, etc.
External medicine includes certain forms of drugs and also certain applications (such as nasal, eye and ear drops), and also certain procedures (such as leech application). It also classified into 32 categories.
The treatment in siddha medicine is aimed at keeping the three humors in equilibrium and maintenance of seven elements. So proper diet, medicine and a disciplined regimen of life are advised for a healthy living and to restore equilibrium of humors in diseased condition. Saint Thiruvalluvar explains four requisites of successful treatment. These are the patient, the attendant, physician and medicine. When the physician is well-qualified and the other agents possess the necessary qualities, even severe diseases can be cured easily, according to these concepts.
The treatment should be commenced as early as possible after assessing the course and cause of the disease. Treatment is classified into three categories: devamaruthuvum (Divine method); manuda maruthuvum (rational method); and asura maruthuvum (surgical method). In Divine method, medicines like parpam, Chendooram, guru, kuligai made of mercury, sulfur and pashanams are used. In the rational method, medicines made of herbs like churanam, kudineer, or vadagam are used. In surgical method, incision, excision, heat application, bloodletting, or leech application are used.
According to therapies the treatments of siddha medicines could be further categorized into following categories such as purgative therapy, emetic therapy, fasting therapy, steam therapy, oleation therapy, physical therapy, solar therapy, blood-letting therapy, yoga therapy, etc.
Varmam are vital points in the body that act as energy transformers or batteries. They form centres for boosting the vital life-force Uyir Sakthi flow through the intricate nadi system of the body. Nature, by its design, has protected these vital centres by placing them deep inside the body or by covering them with tissues inaccessible to normal attempts of breach.
Varmam is a holistic therapy on its own and tackles the body, mind and spirit. A varmam expert understands the underlying links between the body, vital life-force and the mind.
Varmams have been classified based on the type of pressure needed to injure: (a) Paduvarmam (varmam due to injury), (b) Thodu varmam (by touch); Thattu varmam (by blows); (c) Thaduvu varmam (by massage); (d) Nakku varmam (by licking i.e. tongue massage); and (e) Nokku (by staring). The widely used and recognised ones are the 12 Paduvarmams and 96 Thoduvarmams; there is less consistency with the other categories simply because of the way of application or the deeper knowledge needed to apply them. In these categories, the Nokku varmam is rarely seen practiced, as those masters who were able to do this are almost extinct. Nokku marmam/varmam exploits the 3-d sense of balance by using subtle movements to induce the eyes of the recipient.
A varmam therapist needs to have a deep knowledge about the body’s nerves and physical structure to do an effective treatment. There are only a few therapists existing in this world, and the modern siddha world is trying to preserve this art of healing.
Siddha has lost its popularity after modern medicine was introduced, as a scientific medical system, even in Tamil Nadu. Still, there are a few ardent followers of the system who prefer Siddha for only a few diseases like jaundice. After some modern doctors, such as Dr. Ramalingam, IMPCOPS, president, Chennai, C.N. Deivanayagam, tried to popularize the Siddha system, a few modern doctors have started suggesting Siddha. In 2012, VA Shiva Ayyadurai, a Tamilian and MIT systems scientist, launched an educational program for medical doctors through the Chopra Center with Deepak Chopra* which integrates concepts from traditional systems medicine such as Siddha, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine, with systems science and systems biology.
The Tamil Nadu state runs a 5.5-year course in Siddha medicine (BSMS: Bachelor in Siddha Medicine and Surgery). The Indian Government also gives its focus on Siddha, by starting up medical colleges and research centers like National Institute of Siddha  and Central Council for Research in Siddha. There has been renewed interest in Siddha, as many started feeling modern medicine is not complete and changing its stands/theories frequently. The health minister of Tamil Nadu in 2007 claimed that Siddha medicine is effective for chikungunya.
Commercially, Siddha medicine is practiced by
-Siddha family doctors (traditional practitioners), often referred in Tamil as vaithiyars, have transferred knowledge to their children, and
-Medically certified Siddha doctors who have studied in government Siddha medical colleges.
*Leading New Ager
1. Recipes for Immortality: Healing, Religion, and Community in South India: Healing, Religion, and Community in South India, p.93, Wellington Richard S Weiss, Oxford University Press, 22-Jan-2009
2. The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage, John Douillard, p. 3, North Atlantic Books, 2004
3. “Siddha”. Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, Govt. of India.
6. Traditional Knowledge Digital Library website.
7. “Know Instances of Patenting on the UES of Medicinal Plants in India”. PIB, Ministry of Environment and Forests. May 6, 2010.
8. “Siddha – Origin”. CCRAS, Department of AYUSH, Indian Government.
9. “Ayurveda & Siddha” (PDF). Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Indian Government.
13. Master Murugan, Chillayah (20 October 2012). “Siddha Therapy, Natural Remedies and Self-Treatment”. Varma Kalai.
14. “Herbs used in Siddha medicine for arthritis – A review” (PDF). Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. October 2007.
15. Deivanayagam C N (2000). “Traditional Medicine: Siddha therapy in HIV Disease – a South Indian Experience”. World AIDS Conference, Durban. Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai, India: Govt. Hospital of Thoracic Medicine.
16. “About VA Shiva Ayyadurai”.
17. “National Institute of Siddha”. Chennai, India: NIS, Chennai. 18. “Central Council for Research in Ayurveda & Siddha”. India: CCRAS.
19. “About sasi”, siddhainstitute.com.
20. “Siddha medicine can cure chikungunya: Minister”. News – One India. India. 30 June 2007.
More information on the origins of Siddha medicine
Is Yoga Hindu? The court verdict
By Koenraad Elst, July 8, 2013
A few academics have claimed that Chinese “internal alchemy” (neidan) travelled overseas to coastal India and influenced Indian Siddha yoga and
A few techniques of hatha yoga do seem similar to Daoist exercises from China. The influence has been posited but by no means proven. I am willing to consider it probable, but even then it was only an influence on a few exercises in a long-existing native tradition. It is nobody’s case that the Rg-Vedic reference to “muni-s”, wandering ascetics with ashes over their naked bodies (still recognizable as the Naga Sadhu-s), or the Upanishadic glorification of the breath as the key to consciousness and self-mastery, or Patañjali’s description of a whole yoga system, is due to foreign influence.
Siddha-related information on AYUSH and Siddha’s compatibility with other New Age disciplines:
The Indian Medical Council Act 1956 recognizes seven fields of medicine- allopathy,
ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, unani, siddha and yoga [The Asian Age, July 20, 2003]
The Ministry of AYUSH was formed in 9th November 2014 for providing more healthcare to the public. The Department of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with a view to providing focused attention to development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy systems.
Ministry of AYUSH
GPO Complex, INA
New Delhi – 110 023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, in his cabinet expansion on Sunday, created a separate AAYUSH portfolio, whose minister will be charged with promoting traditional medicines and practices of Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy.
As the first ever AAYUSH minister, Shripad Yesso Naik will have Independent Charge. AAYUSH was previously part of the Health Minister’s responsibility.
Source: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/pm-modi-now-has-a-minister-for-yoga-ayurveda-618896, November 10, 2014
The formation of the AYUSH Ministry of the Government of India took place under the aegis of the Bharatiya Janata Party after its Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India. It was one of his early decisions.
There is a lot of information on the AYUSH Ministry at the
http://www.indianmedicine.nic.in/ web site.
Their “National Policy” is set out in
One can learn about their programs in the individual (New Age) alternative therapies like Ayurveda and homoeopathy as well as Yoga (which is an eastern meditation) at
The ASHRAM AIKYA issue of September 2005:
EXTRACT: VIII Tamil Nadu AA SATSANGH at SWAMI AMALORANANDA TRUST CENTRE Alunthur, Kunnathur Post, Tiruchirapalli Dt – 621 316 (13th to 16th July 2005)
Fr. Devadoss CSC, Swami Samarakone OMI, Fr. Maria Jeyaraj SJ and Swami (Fr.) Gnanajyothi…
Fr. Devadoss made a fervent appeal for the care of the Environment. He suggested that all ashrams should grow herbal plants, encourage Indian Medicine, especially
Siddha and Ayurveda…
The Ashram Aikya is the journal of the seditious Catholic Ashrams movement that also promotes yoga.
“The leading Indian exponent of tai chi chuan or ‘supreme ultimate fist’ is undoubtedly sifu
George Thomas who is founder of the Chennai-based Tai Chi Academy”. Advertisements for the Academy sport the occult Yin/Yang symbol [Mylapore Times, March 25-31, 2000].
The New Indian Express of May 12, 1999 quotes George as saying “Tai chi is a 5000 year old martial art, perhaps the mother of all martial arts. The ‘supreme ultimate fist’ means ‘great life force’ and is based on constant interplay of two vital energies – Yin, the passive and Yang, the active.”
The Purasai News of April 4-10, 1999 reports that “he has also undergone training in pranic healing, transcendental meditation, Siddha, Zen, Silva Mind Control etc.“
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Mangalorean Catholics blog digest no. 1769 dated November 18, 2009, advertises a course on Naturopathy:
A full day Basic Course on
at St. Joseph’s Parish, Vikhroli on 28th Nov 2009. Register before it is too late… …
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*The Family Cell of St. Joseph’s Parish, Vikhroli is happy to announce “A full day Basic Course on Naturopathy“
by Rev. Fr. M. Britto Joseph, S.J. on Saturday, the 28th November 2009 from 9-00 a.m. to 4-30 p.m. at the Small School Hall. Prior Registration is compulsory. The fees are Rs.350/- per head, which includes the Course Fee, Lunch, Snacks and Tea. This course is very beneficial to take care of many ailments in the family. You are, therefore urged to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information, please refer to the attached Leaflet. For registration, please contact the following:
Denis – 98217 54345 Christopher – 98335 88351 Rita – 98672 35587 Ronnie – 98926 67695
With Regards, Fatima & Anthony / Theresa & Cyril for Family Cell of St. Joseph’s, Vikhroli
*A BASIC COURSE IN NATUROPATHY
Fr. M. Britto Joseph S.J., Jesuit priest, naturopath and Siddha Maruthuva Pandit, and founder of the departments of Naturopathy & Homoeopathy in the Holy Family Hospitals of Patna and Delhi, India, has been working for forty years in the field of alternative medicine.
He has conducted courses in India (Mumbai, Goa, Patna, Delhi, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, etc.), Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, USA (Chicago and California), and Canada (Toronto). It is his mission to spread, among lay people, the message of the simple ways in which we can achieve and maintain wonderful health, by understanding, and living in harmony with nature. His humorous and inspirational style of preaching this message makes the course a unique experience.
The Examiner, the Archdiocesan weekly of Bombay, regularly advertises the Naturopathy courses of Fr. Britto Joseph SJ free of cost, thus officially promoting New Age.
On May 3, 2006, I made a third visit to the Low Cost Holistic Health Centre at Mogappair, Chennai, run by
Sr. Muriel Fernandez ICM. I found that the Centre has reproduced the teachings of “Carol Huss, Ph.D., Pune” [Sr. Carol Huss ICM., is an American nun who successfully led all of the Indian ICM nuns out of their allopathic medical practice and into New Age medicine].
The list of holistic therapies on offer, as noted during my first two visits, had now been expanded to include
Ayurveda, Siddha, Homoeopathy and Naturopathy
(the earlier-missing components of (AYUSH], plus
acupuncture, hand reflexology, kinesiology, The Melchizedek Method, Therapeutic Massage, Crystal Healing, etc. The new glossy brochure shows a photograph of “pyramids and crystals” used in the treatments.
FR. SEBASTIAN OUSEPPARAMPIL, CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (CHAI)*, SECUNDERABAD, AND THEIR MAGAZINE – ‘HEALTH ACTION’ – PROMOTERS OF AYUSH
I published a report dated 3.02.2000 on the activities of the Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh-based
CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF INDIA [CHAI] which vigorously promoted Pranic Healing and Reiki among other esoteric therapies and sold books on
Pranic Healing, as well as a book written by C.W. Leadbeater, a thirty-third degree
Freemason, which was meant for
Pranic and Reiki healers. The CHAI report is to be updated and posted on our website in combination with a detailed report on the Holistic Health Centers run by nuns and one on “The New Age in Vailankanni” where CHAI and the nuns of different organizations openly promoted occult and New Age at the Basilica of Our Lady of Health during an international Catholic programme attended by thousands of delegates, the 10th World Day of the Sick, in February 2002.
The Vailankanni report elicited a letter from the priest-director of CHAI* threatening this writer with legal action for libel and slander and defaming the name of the institution. But, it is evident that the Bishops have taken action on the basis of the report (*CHAI is funded by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India), as funding to CHAI was reduced, and they completely stopped advertising for Pranic Healing and Reiki and the Freemasonry books. However, as my update will show, they have only diverted to promoting other areas of New Age alternative medicine.
is a hot favourite.
Health Action is the monthly magazine of CHAI.
In the January 2002 issue of Health Action, CHAI director
Fr. Sebastian Ousepparampil‘s five-page cover story “East Meeting West” refers to
Meditation, Visualization, Biofeedback, Hypnosis, Massage and
AYUSH, and explains in detail the following: Naturopathy, Chiropractic,
Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Yoga, Ayurveda, and Holistic Healing.
The article on
Pranic Healing by Sr. (Dr.) Eliza Kuppozhackel, MMS, the head of the Pranic Healing Foundation of Kerala, and founder of AYUSHYA, titled “Harmonizing Energy Flow” also mentions
The August 2005 issue had an item “Health for all the Herbal Way” by G. Raju, Director, Gram Mooligai Co. Ltd., Bangalore. The article goes into detail on “ayush, i.e. the Indian systems of medicine, ayurveda, siddha, unani and Tibetan medicine and homeopathy.”
The articles promoting homoeopathy and AYUSH in the monthly issues of Health Action are so many that it is pointless to attempt to record them.
SOUKYA, BANGALORE: AN EXAMPLE OF AYUSH
Dr. Isaac Mathai comes from a [Catholic] family with a tradition of homoeopathic practice spanning four decades.
His mother was a practising homoeopath.
He took his M.D. in homoeopathy from the Hahnemann Post Graduate Institute of Homoeopathy, London.
He worked as a physician for 10 years at Europe’s first and largest holistic health clinic- the Hale Clinic.
pulse diagnosis and acupuncture
at the World Health Organization [WHO] Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanking, China. At the Harvard Medical School in the U.S., he trained in the
Programme. His dream of establishing a holistic healing centre in keeping with international standards for the mind-body-soul programme, fructified recently in ‘Soukya’ [in Sanskrit ‘wellbeing’] on 30 acres at Whitefield, Bangalore, and showcases world-class facilities that apply traditional skills of healing.
Soukya offers complementary therapies
acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, auriculotherapy, pranic healing,
therapy and zero balancing. Soukya is the only one of its kind in the world offering under one roof a combination of therapies ranging from
ayurveda, homoeopathy, siddha, unani
The Hindu, February 16, 2003
The Ayushya Medical Mission Sisters
Sr. Eliza Kuppozhackel
is a Centre for Healing and Integration. It was started in 1985 under the auspices of Medical Mission Sisters, to promote Health, Healing and Wholeness. The Centre conducts regular training programmes in Non- Drug Therapies, and runs a daily clinic using various non-drug therapies for treatment of Physical, Psychological, Emotional and Spiritual maladies. A team of experts trained in Holistic Health and several non – drug therapies from the East and the West heads the clinic. Besides non-drug therapies, the team also provides counselling, group therapy, psychotherapy and emotional body work.
Holistic Health is integration of body, mind, spirit
and with the entire creation. Most of the patients depend on the Doctors to heal themselves while the real cause of 97% illness is within. Ayushya Health Clinic provides treatment for different kinds of ailments of body, mind, and spirit. The clinic utilizes several non-drug therapies and energy medicine for treating acute and chronic illness.
Some of the therapies used are:
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Meridian Massage, Chakra balancing, Zone therapy, Hand and Foot reflexology,
Touch for Health, Therapeutic Touch, Magneto therapy, Neuro Muscular Massage Therapy, Auricular therapy,
Seed Point Stimulation, Needle Therapy, Vibrational Medicine, Bio Magnetic Touch Therapy, Biodynamic Massage, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy One Brain, Crystal Healing, Pranic Healing, Reiki,
Homeostasis Reality Therapy, Brain Wave Therapy, Stress Management Psychotherapy, Emotional Bodywork, Yoga and Meditation.
The Indian traditional practices/medicines Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha have their origins and background in indigenous herbal treatments, and a religious mythology that subscribes to an understanding of God, man, the purpose of his existence, the human body, sin, sickness, salvation, etc. that conflict with Judeo-Christian belief as revealed in the Bible.
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