Ancient Siddha remedies for various ailments
Siddha is an ancient Indian medical system that originated in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that Lord Shiva first described the Siddha system to his wife Parvati. According to the tradition, Siddha is focused on “Ashtamahasiddhi,” the eight supernatural powers and those who have attained or achieved these powers are known as Siddhars. There were 18 important Siddhars in olden days and it was they who developed this system of medicine. As a result, it is called Siddha medicine. The Siddhars wrote their knowledge in palm leaf manuscripts, fragments of which were found in parts of South India. It is believed that some families may possess more fragments but have kept them in secret solely for their own use. There is a huge collection of Siddha manuscripts in possession of the traditional Siddha families.
It is believed that Siddha has been practiced for over 3500 years and is still in practice all over India. Moreover, it has been proved that Siddha is effective for various ailments and that it possesses some unique curative properties different from other forms of medicines. Some of them are described below.
Benefits of fasting therapy in siddha
Systematic fasting is a body cleansing therapy. Siddhars usually speak of their policy, “Pattini Perumarunthu” which means that fasting is the best medicine for major illness.
There are two types of fasting in practice. They are as follows:
General fasting plan: Fasting once a week or following a plan involving the intake of fruits or liquid diet helps in enhancing the general wellbeing and catalyzing detoxification.
Special fasting plan is followed in the treatment certain specific diseases like fever and indigestion. This aims at the easy recovery from the condition.
Simple remedies from Siddha system promotes the healthy functioning of digestive system.
- Seeraga Chooranam: Fried powder of Jeeragam (Jeera) or Cuminum cyminum is taken with jaggery for gastritis. Water boiled with cumin seeds is also an excellent digestive.
- Kariveppilai Chooranam: Powder or chutney of curry leaves (Murraya koenig) is effective in treating diarrhea.
- Panchadeepagni Chooranam & Ashthy Chooranam: These Siddha herbal formulations are effective in treating digestive disorders.
- Thayirchundi Chooranam: This Siddha probiotic is capable of improving gut immunity and treating diarrhea.
All the previously mentioned medications have to be taken under the supervision of a registered Siddha Medical practitioner.
Health care in Siddha
Include plenty of red fruits like pomegranate, apples and tomatoes and dry fruits like fig and dates for the healthy functioning of the heart.
Hibiscus flower petals soaked in honey is an excellent cardiac tonic.
Medicated powder prepared from white lotus petals (Venthamarai Choornam) is beneficial for the health of the heart.
Decoction prepared from the bark of Terminalia arjuna (Maruthampattai) is an excellent cardiac tonic.
All the above medications have to be taken under the supervision of registered Siddha Medical practitioner.
Peace of mind and good sleep is the best healer for heart ailments.
One must practice simple breathing exercises and regular physical activity in order to keep the heart healthy. .