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".

The native range of the species includes SE Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, India (including the Andaman Islands and particularly common in mainland India), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Myanmar, Thailand, Western Malaysia, Maldives, Vietnam, Pulo Condore Island, South China (Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hongkong, Hainan Island), Indonesia (Sumatra), Mauritius (Reunion, Rodrigues). It has been introduced to Oman, Singapore, and United States. The lizards were introduced to Singapore from Malaysia and Thailand in the 1980s. In Singapore, they are a threat to the native Green-Crested Lizard.[3] The Changeable Lizard is relatively common and found in a wide range of habitats. They appear to adapt well to humans and are thus not endangered.

Use of Oriental Garden Lizard in Traditional Siddha Medicine

One or two drops of calotis blood is added to a paaladai ( conch like small cup) of donkey's milk. This preparation is useful in the treatment of blackish syphilis.

The medicated oil prepared out of Calotes has got anti-convulsant property and hence it is an essential ingredient of Sodhirishi thailam used for various types of epilepsy.

ONAN SUDAR THAILAM (ஓணான் சுடர் தைலம்):
Useful in the treatment of poliomyelitis for which it is applied topically.

All the above details given are for information purpose only. It is not advisable to do medication yourself. It is strongly recommended to consult a qualified Siddha Physician before taking any Siddha Medication.

Sources: Wikipedia, Siddha Materia Medica
Photos: By author

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