Siddha medicine is the oldest and the
foremost of all other
medical systems of the world
The Siddha System of medicine is the oldest in the world. There are two ancient system of medicine in India. The Siddha which flourished in South India and Ayurvedha prevalent in North India.The word Siddha comes from the word Siddhi which means an object to attain perfection or heavenly bliss.
Siddha generally refers to Athma Siddha that is the 8th 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.
Siddha science considers nature and man as essentially one. Nature is man and man is nature. Man is said to be the microcosm and Universe is the macrocosm because what exists in the world exists in man.
Man is nothing but a miniature world containing the five elements of the various principles which constitute the minerals, vegetables and the animal kingdom. According to Siddha medical science, the Universe originally consisted of atoms which contributed to the five basic elements, viz., earth, water, fire, air and sky which correspond to the five senses of the human body and they were the fundamentals of all the corporeal things in the world.
A close relationship is found to exist between the external world and the internal system of man. Siddhars (practitioners of Siddha) maintain that the structure of the human body is a miniature world in itself. Man consumes water and food, breathes the air and thus maintains the heat in the body. He is alive on account of the life force given by ether. The earth is the first element which gives fine shape to the body including bones, tissues, muscles, skin, hair etc. Water is the second element representing blood, secretions of the glands, vital fluid etc. Fire is the third element that gives motion, vigor and vitality to the body. It also helps digestion, circulation and simulation besides respiration and the nervous system. Above all, ether is the characteristic of man’s mental and spiritual faculties.
Siddha system of medicine is based on Saiva Siddhantha. Siddha is a Tamil word that is derived from its root ‘chit’ which means perfection in life or “heavenly bliss”.
The fundamental subjects of Siddha methodology are
4.GNANAM or THATHUVAM (PHILOSOPHY)
Siddhars, spiritual scientists of Tamil Nadu explored and explained the reality of Nature and its relationship to man by their yogic awareness and experimental findings. They postulated the concept of spiritualism for self improvement and the practices propounded by them came to be known as the “SIDDHA SYSTEM”.
The eight mighty SIDDHIC PROCESS or OCTOMIRACLE (“ATTA-MA-SIDDHI”) which could keep the body strong and perfect for EXTERNAL LIFE, where THERE IS NO DEATH OR REBIRTH.
The faculty of reducing gross body to the size of an atom and to enable him to fly in space.
Power of expanding oneself without limit.
The power of reducing the primordial elements within himself to a point desired.
The power of becoming as light as feather.
Faculty of knowing everything; Past, Present and Future and to secure everything as desired.
The power of penetration like rays by which one can attain immortality.
Supreme power over animates and inanimate in the universe.
The power of securing any object.