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!
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