A REVIEW ON SCOPES, METHODS AND RATIONALE OF INTEGRATIVE APPROACH IN SIDDHA MEDICINE WITH BIOMEDICINE

  • S. RAJALAKSHMI Siddha Clinical Research Unit (SCRU), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • P. SATHIYARAJESWARAN Director, Siddha Central Research Institute (SCRI), Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
  • K. SAMRAJ Siddha Clinical Research Unit (SCRU), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • K. KANAGAVALLI Director General, Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS), Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Abstract

In India, according to WHO 2018 statistics, there were 63% of death occurred due to Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), in which Cardiovascular diseases were leading cause of death 27%, followed by Cancer 9%, Chronic respiratory disease 11%, Diabetes 3% and other NCDs 13%. This indicates that NCDs needs to become a priority in controlling and preventing. Therefore, the only effective intervention may be at controlling and preventing NCDs disease is Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine is a medical practice synthesizing Traditional medicine and Biomedicine preventive measures and treatment interventions. Autonomy of patients may end in no benefit out of their ignorance to select between the treatment options available in a country like India where Seven Recognized medical systems are available as a platter. Siddha system of medicine is one of the traditional medicines of India, practiced in the southern part of the country. This study aims at providing Health care system under one roof, in order to save public money, time and health as an existing model as co-location in Tamil Nadu. This can be achieved through assessing feasible areas of integration in the Siddha system of medicine with biomedicine. So the study deals with the utilization of Siddha system of medicine, scientific validation of Siddha medicines, Siddha medicine research undertaken by biomedical practitioners and some government policies supporting mainstreaming of Siddha.

Keywords: Complementary medicine, Integrative medicine, Medical pluralism, Siddha, Traditional medicine

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RAJALAKSHMI, S., P. SATHIYARAJESWARAN, K. SAMRAJ, and K. KANAGAVALLI. “A REVIEW ON SCOPES, METHODS AND RATIONALE OF INTEGRATIVE APPROACH IN SIDDHA MEDICINE WITH BIOMEDICINE”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 12, no. 4, Mar. 2020, pp. 6-11, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2020v12i4.36648.
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