Fundamental Aspect and Basic Concept of Siddha Medicines

Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy,2011,2,1,48-54.
Published:Jan, 2011
Type:Review Article

Fundamental Aspect and Basic Concept of Siddha Medicines

Shukla SS, Saraf S, Saraf S

Department of Pharm Sciences, University Institute of Pharmacy, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, India


Siddha is one of the ancients medical system in India considered as the mother medicine of ancient Tamils/Dravidians in South India. The word Siddha means established truth or "one who is accomplished" and refers to perfected masters who according to Hindu belief have transcended the ahamkara (ego or Imaker), have subdued their minds to be subservient to their awareness, and have transformed their bodies composed mainly of dense Rajotama gunas into a different kind of bodies dominated by sattva. This is usually accomplished only by persistent meditation over many lifetimes. Siddha System of Medicine is as old as mankind and dominated the civilization of the southern peninsula of India. There are some people who claim that Ayurveda is the oldest medical system, but from the research done with the help of available historical data, 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.