Siddha is an indigenous traditional system originated in Tamilnadu with the codified references from age old literatures such as Thirumandhiram, Thirukkural, Tholkappiam, etc which was aged 2000 years old. The Siddha is a Dravadian system of medicine which has been spread to neighboring parts of Kerala, Karnataka and coastal Andhra which are adjacent to Tamilnadu.
Siddha was founded by a group of spiritual people called 18 Siddhars , who were spiritually enlightened persons. The Word Siddhars is derived from “Siddhi” which means “Eternal Bliss”.
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The Siddha comprises of codified procedures for Medicine manufacturing , Disease diagnosis by Nadi , Sara Payirchi , Envagai Thervu Manikadai Nool , Kayakalpa practices such as Amuri, Muppu.
"Siddha " means Treatment that is perfect. Siddha is claimed to revitalize and rejuvenate dysfunctional organs that cause the disease and to maintain the ratio of vata, pitta and kapha. The siddha treatment given to practitioners include leaves, flowers, fruit and various roots in a mixed basis. In some extraordinary cases, this medicine is not at all cured. siddha is classified into three categories.
The Siddha Science is the oldest traditional treatment system generated from Dravidian culture. The Siddha which flourished in the period of Indus Valley Civilization. The word Siddha comes from the word Siddhi which means an object to be attained perfection or heavenly bliss. Siddha focused to " Ashtamahasiddhi " that is 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 different parts of South India. According to the experts, there were 18 principal siddhars. Of these 18, Agasthya is believed to be the father of siddha medicine.
Generally the basic concepts of the Siddha Treatment are almost similar to ayurveda. The only difference appears to be that the siddha recognizes predominance of vata, pitta and kapha in childhood, adulthood and old age, respectively, whereas in ayurveda, it is totally reversed: kapam is dominant in childhood, vata in old age and pitham in adults.
According to the Siddha , various psychological and physiological functions of the body are attributed to the combination of seven elements. Like in Ayurveda, in Siddha also, the physiological components of the human beings are classified as vata , pitta and kapha . treatment in siddha is aimed at keeping the three humors in equilibrium and maintenance of seven elements.