Fifth Siddha Day celebrated
Siddha Day is observed every year on the eve of Agathiyar‘s birthday | Image Source: AYUSH
Siddha Day is observed every year on the eve of Agathiyar‘s birthday, which falls during the Ayilyam star of Margazhi Month. This year, the Fifth Siddha Day celebration on “Strength of Siddha Medicine for Communicable Diseases” has been jointly organized by the Central Council for Research in Siddha, National Institute of Siddha and Directorate of Indian Medicine & Homeopathy, Government of Tamil Nadu on 23rd December 2021. Several other Pre-Siddha Day events were held at Peripheral Institutes in the last two months. The event was attended by distinguished dignitaries, Siddha doctors, faculty members and students from various colleges, including Siddha Medical Colleges.
Siddha medicine is one of the oldest codified traditions in healthcare originating in the Indian subcontinent with lots of intricate therapies and treatments. Fundamentals and principles rely largely on Panchabootham, taste, and three humours. In addition to being part of the Ayush system, it provides public and private healthcare for a significant chunk of the population
The auspicious occasion was graced by the Chief Guest, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ayush & Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
“I am confident that this Siddha Day will pave the way for a revival of the age-old tradition of Siddha in the mitigation of diseases and keeping people healthy,” the minister said in his speech. Ayush is glad to note that all stakeholders including CCRS, NIS, Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy, Tamil Nadu State Government, educational institutions, and NGOs have joined forces in combating the pandemic”.
Further, Shri Sonowal said the Ministry of Ayush has implemented a scheme to distribute free Ayush prophylactic medicines nationwide through various nodal institutions, to boost the overall immunity of the public. CCRS and NIS have published nearly 30 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including three RCTS and two observational studies involving reputed medical colleges in India. CCRS filed two patents during the Pandemic for Covid-19. “I’m also happy to hear that the Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy of the Government of Tamil Nadu is working hard to grow and develop this indigenous system of medicine in the state by providing healthcare through 1079 Siddha Units.”
Minister of state Ayush mentioned, “The concepts of the, Siddha system which focus on spiritual, mental, and physical well-being, closely resemble the definition of health by the WHO.” Integrating the Ayush system with public health systems will improve public healthcare delivery by increasing access to care.