Siddha medicine is a form of medical treatment of diseases using substances of all possible origins in a way that balances the possible harmful effect of each substance. This form of medical treatment was professed and practiced by siddhars who wrote their recipes on palm-leaves for the use of future generations. Preparations are made mainly out of the parts of the plants and trees such as leaves, bark, stem, root, seeds etc, but include metals, minerals and some animal substances. This form of medicine is still today well known in South India. The use of metals like gold, silver, iron chanduram & Paspam in some preparations is a special feature of siddha medicine, which claims it can detoxify metals to enable them to be used for prolonged diseases.
Education Details & Eligibility:
To become a Siddha professional one should have a graduate degree (BSMS .) The degree and postgraduate degree courses are offered by the private Government colleges across India Governed by Dr.M.G.R. Medical University Chennai
Basic eligibility criteria:
Bachelor program in Siddha medicine:
BSMS (Bachelor of Siddha Medicine & Surgery).
Duration: four and half year duration with one year internship.
Specializations: Pharmacist, gynecologist, teacher, practitioner etc.
Post graduate program in Siddha medicine:
Duration: three years.
Approximate Education Expenses:
The Total expense for doing Bachelor degree in Siddha Medicine is as follows
B.S.M.S - Rs.50, 000/ per year - (4 + Years)
M.D - Rs.65, 000/ per year - (3 Years)
Bank loans and private loans can be easily arranged by contacting the banks through the college administrative.
To be a successful Siddha practitioner, one must have a strong power of concentration, self-confidence, responsibility, caring nature, good communication and counseling skills, and have the ability to make intelligent decisions.
Higher Education Options:
After successful completion of the Bachelor degree, options for higher education are plenty. A person with the above degree can opt for Masters in Siddha.
PG courses are offered in 6 specialties of Siddha as listed below
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The fresh graduates/post graduates of Siddha are generally employed in Siddha hospitals/clinics (Both private and Govt.) as
The remuneration for a Siddha doctor who is appointed in government hospital/department will be between Rs.10, 000 - Rs.14, 000.
In private practice the earning is more and depends totally on experience and the effort put into action.
Central Council for research in Ayurveda and Siddha.
Web site link: http://www.ccras.nic.in/