Siddha medicine

siddha medicine

siddha medicine

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Some forefathers from Kanniyakumari district. In this region, the masters or gurus of siddha medicine are called acan. It is a title given to the traditional practitioners after they are sixty years old.


Some siddha practitioners are collecting olaiccuvati with the hope of discovering interesting formulas. However, most of the time, the olaiccuvatikkal are just put in a box or in a place without precaution or protection against insects and acidity of the air so that they continue deteriorating. Given some practitioners did not know to decipher olaiccuvatikkal, their parents have transcripted their content in text-books in order they were capable of preparing all the recipes used in their family.


This practitioner, who is an acan, teaches his knowledge to several disciples (sisya). His sculpted stick belonged to his acan who trained and chose him among his sisya as the person worthy of receiving the stick. Practitioner’s bedroom is cluttered with pots of various medicines that he has prepared along his life and he has collected from his forefathers and his acan. Certain medicines were prepared by very complex recipes that the practitioners do not always know how to prepare. These medicines, regarded as highly valued, build the reputation of the practitioner, between the figure of the healer and the magician. In a corner of the bedroom, there is the domestic shrine in which the practitioner uses to place newly prepared medicines before giving them to his patients.

This domestic shrine is erected in a traditional practitioner’s house specialized in the treatment for mental illnesses. Each month, he prepares some pots of decoction (kasayam) that he puts for one day in front of the image of Shiva-Sakti so that the divine couple increases the efficacy of the solution.

This lady practises siddha and conjointly uses Back flower remedies. Like certain traditional practitioners who have a good reputation, she is often solicited to teach siddha.
Practitioner's ring is made up of rasamani (mercury-pearl) obtained by the solidification of mercury. Rasamani or rasagulikai (mercury-pill) is related to Indian alchemy and thus the practitioners who possess it consider that it has very high values. According to R. Venkatraman (1990), Konganar cittar is reputed for a rasagulikai that he held in his mouth thanks to which he travelled in the regions of the sun, moon and stars, and also visited the Supreme Goddess.