The Siddha medicine is a form of south Indian traditional medicine and part of the trio Indian medicines - Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani. This system was very popular in ancient India. The word 'Siddha' comes from the word 'Siddhi' which means an object to be attained perfection or inner enlightment. This ancient system of Medicine was developed by 18 'Siddhars' who focused and attained "Ashtamahasiddhi", the control over eight Supernatural Powers. Lord Shiva is believed to be the Father of Siddha Medicine.

The well known 18 siddhars are listed below :

Principles of Siddha

Siddhars have recommended certain basic guidelines to be followed for healthy living which includes observation of certain regimen as mentioned in “Pini anugaa vidhi” literally meaning rules that help prevent disease. Their concept of “Kaayakarpam” for prevention of diseases is highly admirable as it makes one’s body resistant to infections. Their concepts pertaining to Habitat, Seasons, Diet (Thinai/Nilam, Naal ozhukkam, Kaala ozhukkam, Unavu) are preventive as well as adaptive.