Sowa-Rigpa on streamline

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One year after the Parliament passed the bill amending the Indian Medicine Central Council (amendment) Act, the Union Health Ministry will soon issue the notification to formally recognise within the definition of Indian medicine the Sowa-Rigpa system that is practised in the sub-Himalayan regions in the country.

“The Department of Ayush has recognized the Sowa-Rigpa as Indian System of Medicine by amendment in the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970. The physicians practicing Sowa-Rigpa are called Amchi in the local area of Ladakh. The amendment will come into force by notification in the official gazette which is under process,” sources said.

Uniform treatment protocol to manage type-2 diabetes - CTMR

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A uniform treatment protocol backed by 59 practising Siddha physicians and NGOs across Tamil Nadu was put forward by the Chennai-based Centre for Traditional Medicines and Research (CTMR) for managing type-2 diabetes.

The protocol was declared in a seminar of Siddha doctors on the world diabetes day in Chennai by CTMR. According to the organisation, the protocol is to be accepted and followed by all Siddha practitioners in India in order to develop a common code of function for diabetes treatment, and rules to regulate it.

Due to lack of an established pattern for applying Siddha treatment methods on patients at different places, the stakeholders are losing so many advantages and the system is ignored on several occasions, opined doctors assembled in the seminar.

The hidden link of Buddhism and Siddha tradition on Silver Screen- 7am Arivu (7ஆம் அறிவு)

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With the Tamil film 7 am arivu (meaning 7th sense) catching imagination of even common man about Bodhi Dharma, curious readers are all looking for more on his personality and findings.

Bodhi Dharma was a Tamil prince born in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu. He travelled to China to spread Buddhism. He is worshipped in China.

Enlightenment, Meditation, Yoga etc are related to inner contemplation which have been explored by saints, wise men, gurus, god men through their 7’th sense. These Indian men lived in greater India from Afghanistan to Tamil Nadu from ancient times. Bodhi Dharma was one of them.

We all have five physical senses. The rational thinking of the human being is the sixth sense. Our brain collects information using five senses through seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching and arrives at a analytical conclusion by Sixth sense. The seventh sense is finding the truth by transcending the sixth sense. That is the next stage. The ways of attaining seventh sense are practiced by enlightened individuals.

SIDDHADREAMS crossed 1,00,000 pageviews!

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Effective use of internet & computer for Academic Research

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Never tells you how or what
Who offers new perspectives
But helps you find the answers within yourself
Who nurtures his people to be better than himself 
Someone who shows you all the moves
And then applauds from the stands, 

as you break the stereotype,

Lets nurture the leaders within us!
Happy teachers day!

Siddha Medicine therapy for Autism at Chennai

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Swabhimaan is a Trust, lead by Dr.Partheeban a Siddha Medical Graduate working for the welfare of people with autism in India. It is located by the second largest coastline in the world, at the suburbs of Chennai. The Trust has blossomed out of a three-year-old dream of Indian medical doctors and parents of children with autism.

The trust was principally started as a Indian medical research center, where yoga, siddha medicines, ayurvedic massages and naturopathy treatments are customized according to the needs of children with autism and found that children were happier and far more co operative. Autism, is a spectrum disorder where no two children are alike. It is a multifaceted disorder, where the various problems of the child cannot be addressed by a single professional. This alone was not enough as we could not cater to their multiple needs. Therefore the trust expanded the center.

Comprehensive list of Medicinal Plants of India

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Though it has 800+ plants, it is not a complete list.

1 Abelmoschus crinitus WALL.
2 Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) MOENCH
3 Abelmoschus ficulneus (L.) WIGHT & ARN.
4 Abelmoschus manihot (L.) MEDIK.
5 Abelmoschus moschatus MEDIK.
6 Abies densa W. Griff. ex.Parker

Siddha expert published rare books on Varma therapy

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Dr. Kannan Rajaram  a siddha medical graduate and an expert in varma therapy revealed the age old medical practices of varma therapy by his books. These methods are collected from asaans of various parts of Kanyakuymari District of Tamilnadu most of them were kept as secrets. Being a heir of Traditional varma therapist he included therapeutic methods of his own tradition  in his publications. These books filled the gap i.e lack of books for varma in siddha education.

siddhadreams is proud of him.

List of his publications

Marine organisms in Indian medicine and their future prospects- Review article on Siddha Medicine

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Abstract: The marine ecosystem is a rich source of both biological and chemical diversity which has been explored in the discovery of unique chemicals, having potential for industrial development as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, molecular probes, fine chemicals and agrochemicals. In recent years, a significant number of novel metabolites with potent pharmacological properties have been discovered from marine organisms. In the present paper various research reports on some marine organisms used in different Indian systems of medicine have been discussed for further developments.

Agathiyar Rana Nool (அகத்தியர் இரண நூல்) Siddha Medicine Ebook

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Agathiyar Rana Nool is a book of Siddha medicine preparations for diseases like Wound, Ulcers of Various types, Chancre, Cyst etc. which is being dealt in Surgery. Ranam (இரணம்) is the term stands for wound and related lesions. This book having various types of preparations for such lesions. 

Published by Pazhani Dhandayuthapani Temple Siddha Medical Books Publication division in the year 1975. They are one of the top publishers of Siddha literatures published books directly from palmleaf and other manuscripts. 

Siddhadreams is proud to make this book available online at open domain. 

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Gold-based Medicines face price hike

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Gold Concoction
Patients may have to pay more for gold-based-Indian medicines as prices of the metal have touched an all-time high.

Indian medicine experts said that prices of such medicines had increased by up to 30%. The hike has put the drugs out of the reach of a number of patients. "There has been an overall hike in the prices of Ayurvedic & Siddha medicines but the prices of heavy metal-based pills that contain gold have gone up highest," said M Raghupathy, a trader. The price of standard gold has hit Rs 27,800 per 10 gram.

An impressive blog on Home Remedies in Siddha Medicine

post-edit 1 comments is based on an idea – that India’s traditional knowledge systems can provide valuable answers to solving modern problems. Whether it’s science, healthcare, education, or technology, the scholars of India have evolved comprehensive understandings of life over the millennia that demonstrate how people can remain balanced and how we can help keep balance in our world. Unfortunately, much of this great wisdom has been lost through the years.'s goal to revive this knowledge and make it accessible to people in this era through relevant programs, products, and services.

The main goal for granny therapy is to provide a way for the modern man to get a healthy lifestyle even in his busy schedule. We provide you with the knowledge of using the South Indian spices that are commonly used

Vaithiyanugoola Jeevaratchani (வைத்தியானுகூல ஜீவரட்சனி) Siddha Medicine EBook Download

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Vaithiyanugoola Jeevaratchani (வைத்தியானுகூல ஜீவரட்சனி) written by Angamuthu Muthaliar, Published by Mr.Ramasamy Naidu at Lakshmi Narayana Vilas Press, Chennai on 1896 AD. It is a book of preparations of Siddha Medicines. Most of the types of medicines are described by the author. The book is digitized by Thamizhkanal @ Pollachinasan  of

Siddhadreams is proud to introduce this Ebook with profound thanks to
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Exhibition and lecture on preservation of rare books at RMRL

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Printed advertisement for Pandit S. S. Anandam’s
Tamil (Siddha) Medicines, early 20th century.
Courtesy: Roja Muthiah Research Library, Chennai.

Roja Muthiah Research Library 

invites you for special lectures


an exhibition

on the eve of Madras Week celebrations

Siddha physician-cum-RDO got state award for courage and daring in service

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The state's Kalpana Chawla award for courage and daring enterprise was presented to Trichy revenue divisional officer Dr S Sangeetha, who conducted search operations and made a major seizure of 5.11 crore in cash meant for distribution to voters in the run up to the state assembly elections. (See more details here)

Tamil Nadu chief minister J.Jayalalithaa presented the award to her on the occasion of Independence Day. "I am very happy to receive the award. Such awards will inspire many youngsters to discharge their duty well," Sangeetha told TOI. The award carries a medal, a certificate and 5 lakh in cash. 

Glossary of Malayalam name to Botanical name of Siddha medicinal plants

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List obtained from website of Agriculture Dept. of Kerala with some corrections on Botanical names. Some common plants also listed. Source:

Malayalam name
Common name
Botanical name
Pimenta dioica
Indian bean
Lablab purpureus
Asgand (Hindi Name)
Withania somnifera
Jungle jack/Aini
Artoearpus hirsutus
Ricinus communis
Citrus decumana

Tamil to English Dictionary of Medicine by TV Sambasivam Pillai Vol-1, Part-2 (pages 450-581 ) Ebook Download

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Tamil to English Dictionary of Medicine by TV Sambasivam Pillai Vol-1, Part-2 Ebook Download

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At last the wait is over!

The top contribution to Siddha medicine in last century, The Tamil to English Dictionary of Medicine - Chemistry, Botany and Allied Sciences edited by Thanjavur Vilvayyaa mannaiyaar Sambasivam Pillai @ TV Sambasivam Pillai (சாம்பசிவம் பிள்ளை சித்த மருத்துவ அகராதி) Extends More than 6000 pages having detailed description for almost all terms used in Siddha Medicine and other allied sciences is on public domain now! 

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CTMR hits centaury in Digitization of Siddha Manuscripts

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One hundred bundles of age-old palm manuscripts collected from different healers and institution trained Siddha physicians have been digitized by CTMR. The project supported by Dept. of AYUSH, Govt. of India commenced in April 2011. The process of collection of the palm manuscripts was done with briefing of different healers associations and individual physicians. The information was also spread through Short Messaging Services and blogging apart from mails. The CTMR team also visited various libraries like Oriental library, Chennai, U.Ve. Swaminathan library, Chennai, International Institute of Tamil Studies, Sarawati Mahal Library, Tamil University library, Publication division


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“Indian Systems of Medicine for all” is the focal theme of a world conference which will be held from January 5 to 8, 2012 in Pune (India). The International Academy of Ayurveda, Dhanwantari Pariwar, Pune and B.A.M.S. Graduates Association are jointly organizing the conference.

Previously, a number of world conferences have been arranged separately by the Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani and Siddha medical fraternities, but this conference will discuss important issues related to all these ‘Indian Systems of Medicine’ under one roof for the very first time. Academicians, scientists, pharmaceutical company representatives, and policy makers from all fraternities will take part in it.

Actual usage of Indian traditional medicines - NSSO begins survey

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Though the common perception is that traditional medicinal systems like ayurveda and unani have wide acceptability in India, the first-of-its-kind survey on their actual usage will commence soon in the country.

The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) has for the first time included some questions about AYUSH (auyrveda, yoga and naturapathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy) in their consumer expenditure schedule for the 68th annual round of socio-economic surveys.

India to more concern with quality of Medicinal Plants

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India's wonder plants with medicinal properties will now come with a special "good quality tag" with the government putting in place a voluntary certification scheme for medicinal plant produce based on good agricultural practices and good field collection practices. 

This, the government said, will enhance confidence in the quality of India's medicinal plant produce and make available good quality raw material to the ayurvedic and herbal drugs industry. 

SIDDHADREAMS crossed 10,000 pageviews per month

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Modern Pulsometer for Naadi analysis in Siddha Medicine

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Siddha Medical science got an uplift with a modern pulsometer to analyse Naadi which is the basic diagnostic tool in Traditional Siddha System of Medicine. Naadi is a great tool developed by the Dravidian people in ancient times and recorded by Siddhars the founders of Siddha Medicine. Naadi sodhanai is a method entirely different from Modern Pulse analysis. Naadi sodhanai is based on the Three Humours of the body called Vatham, Pittham, Kabam which are propelled by the five elements of the universe which are also found is the body. Naadi sodhanai is to diagnose the patient by analysing the derangement of the above three humours of the body. 

Stricter norms for colleges of traditional medicine

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India has 499 colleges teaching the Indian system of medicine — 311 colleges for Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha and 188 colleges teaching homeopathy — which will have to follow the new registration system from 2011 academic year.

In order to ensure the quality of education to the students of Indian system of medicines and prevent mushrooming growth of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) and Homoeopathic Colleges, the Centre has issued stricter parameters for granting permission for setting up or upgrading the existing colleges.

List of Siddha Medicine books available at The Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy, Arumbakkam, Chennai

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The Department of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy has printed some standard books, some Medical Dictionaries and some Rare manuscripts/Cudgeon leaves/ books. Some of them are available for Sale from Central Library, Anna Hospital Complex, Arumbakkam, Chennai, India. The text books for the BSMS (Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery) course and M.D. Siddha (Doctor of Medicine) are also available at the library. The Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy, Chennai has been published some books of Ayurveda translated in to Tamil language. The complete list of Books available at the library for sale can be found below.

Hysteria (சூதிகாவாதம்) in Siddha Medicine

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Hysteria in Siddha Medicine
Article by
Divya Jayachandran

It is one of a psychiatric aspects, of much importance since it's prevalence is increasing now a days. This disorder should be clearly understood by the doctor and the relatives of the patient as well, because the symptoms shown by the patient may create an atmosphere of tension around and the physician may misinterpret these symptoms.

In General
Hysteria, in its colloquial use, describes unmanageable emotional excesses. People who are "hysterical" often lose self-control due to an overwhelming fear that may be caused by multiple events in one's past that involved some sort of severe conflict; the fear can be centered on a body part, or, most commonly, on an imagined problem with that body part. 

Evidences of usage of Rhinoceros horn in Siddha Medicine for Asthma

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The Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) is also called Greater One-horned Rhinoceros and Asian One-horned Rhinoceros and belongs to the Rhinocerotidae family. Listed as a vulnerable species, the large mammal is primarily found in parts of north-eastern India and in protected areas in the Terai of Nepal, where populations are confined to the riverine grasslands in the foothills of the Himalayas. Weighing between 2260 kg and 3000 kg, it is the fourth largest land animal and has a single horn, which measures 20 to 57 cm (7.9 to 22 in) in length.

The Indian rhinoceros once ranged throughout the entire stretch of the Indo-Gangetic Plain but excessive hunting reduced their natural habitat drastically. Today, about 3,000 rhinos live in the wild, 2,000 of which are found in India's Assam alone.

Indigenous Software starts its march against Biopiracy of Traditional Medical Knowledge of India!

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Special symbols to denote ancient Indian medicinal formulations are helping identify and catch bio-pirates, who are trying to illegally patent existing knowledge. 

India has put in place a unique "global bio-piracy watch system" through which, whenever somebody files a patent application in any of the seven largest patent offices in the world, scientists sitting in India immediately get to know about it following which the application is checked "for prior knowledge". 

The International Patent Classification (IPC) is a system, which boasts of 69,000 symbols — each indicating the subject to which the invention relates to. 

India has 400 such unique symbols, under IPC, which is specific for medicinal plants and traditional Indian medicinal systems like ayurveda, Siddha, unani and yoga.

Cure for hiccup in Siddha Medicine!

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The term wasp is typically defined as any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant.Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that preys upon it or parasitizes it, making wasps critically important in natural control of their numbers, or natural biocontrol. Parasitic wasps are increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they prey mostly on pest insects and have little impact on crops.

Onan (Calotes versicolor, ஓணான்) in siddha Medicine for syphilis, poliomyelitis and epilepsy

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The Oriental Garden Lizard, Eastern Garden Lizard or Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor) is an agamid lizard found widely distributed in Asia. It has also been introduced in many other parts of the world. It is an insectivore and the male gets a bright red throat in the breeding season leading to a common incorrect name of "Bloodsucker".

Training program on manuscript reading and writing

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Saraswathi Mahal Library here is conducting a training programme on manuscript reading and writing from April 17 to May 7. Sixty-three persons, including professors and retired professors with post graduation in Tamil and degree in Siddha medicine would be taken up for the programme, a release from M.S.Shanmugham, Collector, who is also the director of the library, said here on Friday. Experts in reading and writing manuscripts would take the classes. The trainees can bring the information on medicine, arts and culture from the manuscripts to the people. They can also learn the Tamil grammar and literature. “Last year, only 25 persons underwent training. This year, 67 applications were received of which 63 were selected,” the Collector said.

One of earlier dreams on digitalization of Siddha literature achieved!

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I was an internee in GSMC, Palayamkottai 6 years ago. 

I was having a dream to digitize all literatures related to siddha medicine. 

I've started with digitizing books from our college library with the book Theraiyar kappiyam (தேரையர் காப்பியம்). 

I completed my first book successfully and started to train my Juniors the same with support from the Principal of the college and NSS team.

Then several books were digitized by the team. 

I joined PG in National Institute of Siddha, Chennai. Everything changed

Kasthuri (Musk) in Siddha Medicine for venereal diseases

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Musk is the name originally given to a substance with a penetrating odor obtained from a gland of the male musk deer. The substance has been used as a popular perfume fixative since ancient times and is one of the most expensive animal products in the world. The name, originated from Sanskrit muṣká meaning "testicle," has come to encompass a wide variety of substances with somewhat similar odors although many of them are quite different in their chemical structures. They include glandular secretions from animals other than the musk deer, numerous plants emitting similar fragrances, and artificial substances with similar odors.

Until the late 19th century

Indian Viagra in Siddha Medicine also used for limb paralysis and to improve spermatogenesis

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Indira kobam in Siddha medicine is refferd to velvet mite i.e. Trombidium grandissimum which is endemic to the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent. Alternate names for it include Bir Bahuti, Scarlet Fly, Lady Fly, Velvet Buchi (Telugu term commonly used in Hyderabad, India), 'Aarudra Purugu' (another Telugu word from around Hyderabad, India because one sees them only in the season 'Aarudra'), 'Sadhaba Bohu'(Oriya term meaning 'bride of the Seafarer'owing to the Red velvet coat and beautiful looks) and Rani Keeda (Hindi/Urdu: Queen Mite). The mites are visible in large numbers early in the Monsoon season and so are also called

Siddha Physician Become RDO takes on poll violators!

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TIRUCHI: The mobile phone of S Sangeetha, revenue divisional officer and the returning officer of Tiruchi West constituency, where state transport K N Nehru is contesting in April 13 rings almost non stop. And most of the calls are tip offs about alleged bribing of voters or violation of election code. The young officer from Mettur in Salem, a post-graduate in Siddha medicine, is determined to ensure fair elections and never ignores any telephone calls, though some of them turn out to be prank calls. 

AALKAATTI PATCHI (Lapwing bird) ஆள்காட்டிக் குருவி In Siddha Medicine for Smallpox

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The Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) is a lapwing or large plover, a wader in the family Charadriidae. It has characteristic loud alarm calls which are variously rendered as "did he do it" or "pity to do it" leading to colloquial names like the did-he-do-it bird. Usually seen in pairs or small groups not far from water but may form large flocks in the non-breeding season (winter).

Medical Pluralism hits Business Minds

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A new institute, with help from the Tatas, will integrate ayurveda with modern medicine to take medical pluralism forward.

Earlier this month, something unusual happened in India’s high-tech city of Bangalore. Tradition and modernity met in harmony and with a desire to look forward, not back. Ratan Tata, a Parsi, belonging to the most anglicised among Indian communities, and head of a multi-billion-dollar business empire that draws its life blood from knowledge born out of science, inaugurated a research centre that had ‘ayurveda’ as part of its tag line.

The Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM), with a 100-bed hospital, funded by Tata Trust, will try to create a new space for medical pluralism by integrating modern allopathy with the traditional systems of medicine recognised in India - ayurveda, siddha, unani, homeopathy and Tibetan medicine (Sowa-rigpa).

It will cover the entire range of

Most awaited database of Siddha Medicinal plants and herbs

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Plant Info Centre is creating database of around 11122 spicies in India and 5676 in Tamilnadu alone. For remaining plants the process of tamil naming is going on.

In tamil,out of 697 plants 90000 tamil names are there. In each plant, Plant Info Centre will provide
Classification Search, Family Name, Genus, Botanical Name, Author Name, Tamil Name -தமிழ் பெயர், Vernacular Names in English, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannadam, Tulu, Telungu, Hindhi, Konkani, Sanskrit, Marathi, English / Trade Name Habit, Propagation, Flower Colour, Flowering Season, Fruiting Season, Useful Parts, Centre of origin, Distribution, Economic Usage, Morphological character, Length Search

Tamil to English Dictionary of Medicine - Chemistry, Botany and Allied Sciences by TV Sambasivam Pillai

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Tamil to English Dictionary of Medicine - Chemistry, Botany and Allied Sciences edited by Thanjavur Vilvayyaa mannaiyaar Sambasivam Pillai @ TV Sambasivam Pillai is one of the greatest contributions from a Scholar of 20th Century. 

Extends More than 6000 pages having detailed description for almost all terms used in Siddha Medicine and other allied sciences. 

Expect this book at siddhadreams soon!

Theraiyar kappiyam (தேரையர் காப்பியம்) siddha medicine Ebook download

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Theraiyar kappiyam (தேரையர் காப்பியம்) written by siddhar Theraiyar describes various methods of medicine preparations and types of medications in Siddha System of Medicine.

In this book Theraiyar explained various methods of metallic preparations of Siddha medicines like parpam (பற்பம்), centūram (செந்தூரம்), cuṇṇam (சுண்ணம்), and plant preparations like cūraṇam (சூரணம்), tailam (தைலம்), iḷakam (இளகம்) etc. and clinical methods like Naadi (நாடி) disease prevention methods etc.

This is one of the most famous books in Siddha Medicine.
Siddhadreams is proud to make this precious wealth online.

Pogar-7000 (போகர்-7000) (Bogar-7000) Siddha Medicine Ebook Download

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Pogar (Bogar)-7000 (போகர்-7000) also called as Pogar saptha kaandam (போகர் சப்தகாண்டம்) is the masterpiece by Siddhar Pogar. This book deals with almost all subjects of Siddha Medicine especially of Metals and minerals (alchemy). This book can be called as bible of  Alchemy in Siddha System.

Pogar-7000 contains 7000 verses (songs) is a great treasure for Siddha Medicine. But experts in Siddha Medicine especially having sound knowledge in Tamil Language can only be able to properly understand these verses.

This book has been digitized by typeset from the great effort taken by an Engineer having interest in Siddha Medicine, he has hosted a website to make this ebook available for general public and scholars.

Major changes in MBBS curriculum proposed

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The Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) has proposed major changes in the undergraduate curriculum and training programme that would create an “Indian Medical Graduate,” who will have necessary competence to assume his or her role as a healthcare provider.

"A graduate would have to pass an exit exam or 
licentiate examination in order to practise medicine"

The “Indian Medical Graduate” will have to pass an exit exam or a licentiate examination after an internship to get licence to practise anywhere in the country. The national-level exit exam is expected to set a standard for doctors. The MCI also proposes to introduce the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test from 2012.

3rd World siddha day celebrations ahead

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World siddha day is being celebrated in 14 April every year. This is the Tamil new year's day as well as Dr. BR Ambedhkar's birthday. 

This year world siddha day celebrated as world siddha doctors meet. 

The Third World Siddha Day is going to be celebrated at Trivandrum by the Siddha Doctors Association on April 14th 2011 after its inauguration on 14.04.2009 at the Campus of National Institute for Siddha, Tambaram, Chennai, India 

Parliamentary committee slams NRHM scheme implementation

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The implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) came under sharp attack from a parliamentary committee Thursday, with the health ministry being asked to carry out a 'complete re-appraisal and restructuring' of the project.

In its report on the NRHM presented to parliament, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi also lamented that the government's expenditure on public health was merely 1.1 percent of the GDP.

An 'appalled' PAC also noted that the per capita expenditure in India on public health was still worse at $7, even less than that of neighbouring Sri Lanka at $30.

The Siddha Pharmacopoeia of India - Part 1 Vol-1 Ebook Free Download

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The Siddha Pharmacopoeia of India -Part 1 Vol-1 

Published by Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India contains Monographs of 73 plants is foremost book in its category.

Bibliographic details of the book as follows
Title: The siddha pharmacopoeia of India. Part - 1, vol. 1, first edition
Corporate author: India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: New Delhi: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Language: en
Type: Other
Copyright: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India
Appears in Collections: India - Publications on Herbal Medicines

Leech therapy in Siddha Medicine

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Roughly 600 leech species have been identified to date, but only about 15 are used in medicine. Leeches classified as “medicinal leeches”, Hirudo medicinalis, in the narrower sense have been used to treat patients for centuries.

Siddha Medicine explains different types of leeches and methods to cure various diseases through leech theraphy. 

leech therapy or hirudotherapy is called as aṭṭai viṭal (அட்டை விடல்) in Siddha Medicine

Hirudo medicinalis or speckled leech is present in the ponds where good smelling plants, such as lilly, Nymphaea alba are grown. It is also found hidden in the sand. Small sized leeches alone are useful for medicinal  purposes.

India to showcase mission to protect traditional knowledge

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New Delhi, Mar 22 India will showcase its unique mission to curb bio-piracy and share its experience of protecting traditional knowledge in front of representatives from 38 countries at an international conference here.
The conference ''Utilisation of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) as a Model for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge'' has been inaugurated by Science and Technology Minister P K Bansal  today.

"India is the only country in the world to have set up an institutional mechanism -TKDL, to protect its traditional knowledge and to prevent grant of wrong patents," 
-Vinod Kumar Gupta, Head of TKDL told PTI.

He said India will share its experience in protecting traditional knowledge from being used for acquiring patents at the three day conference, which will also be attended by Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Theraiyar Karisal-300 (தேரையர் கரிசல்-300) siddha medicine Ebook Download

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Theraiyar karisal-300 written by Siddhar Theraiyar in 1000 - 1500 AD.

In this book Theraiyar explained various methods of metallic preparations of Siddha medicines like parpam (பற்பம்), centūram (செந்தூரம்), cuṇṇam (சுண்ணம்), and plant preparations like cūraṇam (சூரணம்), tailam (தைலம்), iḷakam (இளகம்) etc.

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The Alchemical Body - Siddha Traditions in Medieval India-book on Siddha Medicine

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The Alchemical Body excavates and centers within its Indian context the lost tradition of the medieval Siddhas.

Working from a body of previously unexplored alchemical sources, David Gordon White demonstrates for the first time that the medieval disciplines of Hindu alchemy and Hatha Yoga were practiced by one and the same people, and that they can only be understood when viewed together.

White opens the way to a new and more comprehensive understanding of medieval Indian mysticism, within the broader context of South Asian Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam.

About the Author:

David Gordon White is associate professor of

Siddha herbarium online!

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A team of three, Dr Amritjude, Dr Danesh M .R, Dr Prasanth M who are internees of Santhigiri Siddha Medical college, have started a blog named Siddhaherbarium. Which  is an initiative to give some thing beneficial to Siddha buds and all individuals who are interested in the area of materia medica. These team says through slides and videos things will get easier and the impact will be more.

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