All primary health centres in the State will soon have a Siddha wing, said Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin here on 2 April 2010.
Inaugurating a seminar on “Tamil medicine, its ancientness and individuality,” Mr. Stalin said realising the importance and efficacy of Siddha medicines, the State government opened Siddha medicine departments in different parts of the State. It is also instrumental in allotting land for the National Institute of Siddha in Tambaram, where 1,000 outpatients were being treated daily. It had also sanctioned five acres in Tambaram for conducting research on Tamil medicines. The State government was also considering the Centre's request for 25 acres in Padappai near Tambaram for setting up an herbal farm.
The Deputy Chief Minister appealed to allopathic and Siddha doctors to work in coordination without any bias. Siddha doctors should take steps to protect the native medicines and continue their research work.He wanted Tamil scholars to bring out in book form what was available in manuscripts to help highlight the greatness of Tamil medicines.
Quoting from various Tamil poems, Mr. Stalin said there were many records to prove that ancient Tamil Nadu was famous for its native medicines.
M. Rajendran, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil University, presiding over the seminar, wanted Siddha doctors to find medicines for new diseases which had been surfacing at regular intervals.
Mayil Vahanan Natarajan, Vice-Chancellor of the Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, said the efficacy of Siddha medicine had not been tapped fully. S. Thanickachalam of the Sri Ramachandra Medical University, Puthu Jayaprakash Narayanan, chairman, Siddha Advisory Council, and R.T. Sabapathi Mohan of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, spoke.
Glimpses from the National workshop on analytical techniques in the standardization of Siddha drugs
10th June 2010
The study of indigenous systems of medicine should be integrated with the curriculum of modern medicine to strengthen and preserve traditional healing wisdom, J. R. Krishnamoorthy, CEO, Dr. JRK's Siddha Research and Pharmaceuticals, said on Thursday.
Delivering the First Government College of Integrated Medicine (GCIM) Alumni Endowment Oration hosted by Sri Ramachandra University (SRU), Dr. Krishnamoorthy said alongside familiarising allopathy students with Indian systems of medicine (ISM), students of traditional systems including Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems needed to be oriented with modern medicine.
Dr. Krishnamoorthy said the prevention approach of Siddha (“Unave Marundhu” or food is medicine) was deep-rooted in dietary habits and was increasingly relevant in an era of lifestyle diseases.
He pointed out that though ISM formulations enjoyed a distinct identity in the global markets, India's share of trade in this segment was only $ 1 billion whereas China's share in the $ 62 billion industry was around $ 19 billion.
Stressing the need for ISM practitioners to overcome stigma following the sensationalisation of sporadic reports on toxic effects of herbo-mineral formulations, Dr. Krishnamoorthy also felt that part of the purge had to come from within the fraternity as a few ISM physicians sought to profit from misleading claims.
Earlier, inaugurating a national workshop on analytical techniques in the standardisation of Siddha drugs, V. M. Katoch, Secretary, Department of Health Research, and Director General of ICMR, called for extending the technology platforms available for modern medicine to indigenous systems of medicine as well.
Pointing out that public faith in indigenous medicines had been built over thousands of years, Mr. Katoch called for application of technology to standardise and validate traditional knowledge.
S. P. Thyagarajan, Pro Chancellor (research), SRU, called for measures to validate and standardise traditional medicines that would help increase India's share in the global market for indigenous medicines.
It is estimated that 80 per cent of the world population used traditional medicines at some point of time and in a country like the US, the annual expenditure on traditional medicines had increased from $ 27 billion in 1997 to $ 40 billion in 2005, he said.
M. A. Kumar, Deputy Adviser (Siddha), AYUSH, New Delhi, released the workshop manual.
V. R. Venkataachalam, SRU Chancellor, S. Rangaswami, Vice-Chancellor, T. K. Parthasarathy, Pro Chancellor and S. Anandan, Dean also spoke.
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