Governmental Institutions vs. Associations: The Multifaceted Expression of Siddha Medicine in Tamil Nadu

Siddha (citta1) is one of the codified traditional medicines recognized and supported by the Ministry of the Heath and Family Welfare. It shares the main concepts of ayurveda (āyurveda) but while the texts of ayurveda are written in Sanskrit and this medicine is widespread throughout all India, the textual corpus of siddha is in Tamil language and this medicine is practised in Tamil Nadu, and in some Asiatic and Arabic countries which accommodate a large Tamil community. Continue reading

  1. The transliteration of terms used in the text follows that of the Tamil Lexicon, University of Madras. To simplify the reading, the plural endings (kaḷ ou ṅkaḷ) have been omitted. []