Siddha and Ayurveda are two systems of medicine originating from India and have close similarities and many dissimilarities. Both are wonderful systems of medicine that are sought after even today because of the excellent results obtained when practiced by qualified and experienced physicians. Both these schools of medicine offer officially recognized degree courses in India.
Siddha system of medicine
Siddha Medicine (சித்த மருத்துவம் in Tamil) was developed in India by ancient Tamil scientist / physicians known as siddhargal (siddhar is singular) who studied the medicinal properties of numerous herbs, animal products and chemicals and developed various preparations that are used for treating a wide range of diseases and injuries. Setting broken bones and facilitating speedy restoration through external applications is one of their specialties.
Well-trained physicians also use focused pressure on various nerve plexuses to heal several types of traumatic physical impairments. Discerning the health conditions of a person by feeling the pulse with the fingertips is another exemplary skill employed by this system. While many of the original findings are recorded in Palmyra Palm leaves, some important treatments were kept secret and were passed down from teacher to disciple only through word-of-mouth. For more information on this system of medicine you may refer to Wikipedia or other sources.
Ayurveda system of medicine
Ayurveda is a system of the Indian medicine developed in the northern parts, reportedly as early as from the Vedic period. The practice includes administration of herbal medicines, minerals, opium or metal concoctions (rasa shastra), surgical techniques, and oil massages. Written records of Ayurveda include literature in Sanskrit. For more details on Ayurveda you may refer to Wikipedia or other sources.
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- Other alternative medical systems
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