The Siddha system of medicine, also known as Siddha Vaidya in India, is among the oldest medical systems on the planet and is in popular use in parts of South India. Known for its phenomenal capabilities in bringing the human system to its full vibrancy, the Siddha system is said to have come down through the ancient South Indian yogis known as Siddhars, from Agastya Muni, one of the Saptarishis – the seven direct disciples of Shiva. Realized beings were always accomplished physicians because a healthy human system was an integral part of moving ahead on the spiritual path. Accordingly, Siddha not only deals with medicine, but with spirituality, healthy ways of living, and rejuvenation. Its main aim is Kaivalya or the ‘Attainment of Oneness.’
Siddha defines health as a perfect state of physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of an individual. Siddha therapies recognize the importance of each of the body, mind and vital energies, and place equal emphasis on reinvigorating each of these components of the human system. Every treatment is essentially aimed at restoring balance to the individual’s system by addressing all these aspects. It is a comprehensive and unique method which brings a person to a holistic state of existence rather than just being free from disease.
Siddha also offers dietary and lifestyle corrections. Diet and lifestyle play a major role not only in maintaining health but also in curing diseases. This concept of Siddha medicine is termed as pathiam and apathiam, which is essentially a list of do’s and don’ts.
Ayur means “life,” Veda means “a scripture.” Ayurveda is the scripture of life. It is one of the oldest systems of healthcare, and traces its roots to the Vedas. Ayurveda is a subjective science. Its efficacy depends not just on the medicines given, but also on who gives it and how it is received. It is therefore of utmost importance to receive Ayurvedic therapy from the right source.
Ayurveda is not a purely symptomatic and chemical-based system. The emphasis is not just on consuming medicines to cure diseases, but to improve the body’s innate capability to resist disease. This approach is a long-term and more effective method towards improving an individual’s health.
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