Health & Family Welfare Department
Government of Tamil Nadu

Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy

The Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy Department is established to look after the Medical Systems such as Siddha, Ayurveda,Unani, Yoga and Naturopathy and Homoeopathy.

The Department is functioning with the following aims and objectives.

  • Providing Health service to the Public through Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy.
  • Providing and Monitoring education and Research activities in Indian systems of Medicine.
  • Promoting the growth of Medicinal Plants.
  • Encouraging projects involving women and small scale industries in the preparation and marketing of home remedies and herbal food preparations.
  • Facilitating the introduction of Yoga in the offices / work places for the benefit of employees.
  • Supporting Naturopathy for better health.
  • Supporting all like minded education and research bodies for the development of Indian Systems of Medicine.


Siddha System is one of the ancient traditional systems of medicine in India. Siddhars the spiritual scientists of Tamil land are the founding fathers of this scientific system.

According to Siddha System the human body is the replica of the universe so are the food and drugs irrespective of their origin. Siddha system believes that all objects in the universe including human body are composed of five basic primordial elements, namely earth, water, fire, air and space. The human body is a conglomeration of three humors and seven physical components. The Food is considered to be basic building material of human body, which gets processed into humors, tissues and wastes. The equilibrium of humors, body tissues and waste products is considered as health and its disturbance or imbalance leads to disease or pathologic state.

This system also deals with the concept of immortality and salvation in this life. The exponents of this system consider that achievement of this state is possible by regulated diet, medicine and processing of mind by yogic or spiritual exercises like meditation and yoga.

Siddhars described 96 principles as the constituents of Human Being. They include Physical, Physiological, Mental and Intellectual components of a person. They are nothing but the manifestations of the " Five Basic Elements ".


Disease is a condition in which there is imbalance in the "Five Elements, which alters the "Three Humours " which is also reflected in the seven physical constituents. The change disturbs the equilibrium and cause disease.

The basic concept of Siddha system of medicine is

"Food is Medicine - Medicine is Food"

Saint Thiruvalluvar says

" Miginum Kuraiyinum Noi Seyyum Noolor
Vali Mudhala Enniya Moondru "

"Wind, bile and phlegm three cause disease
so Doctors deem it more or less"


"Noi Naadi Noi Mudhal Naadi Athu thanikkum
Vaai Naadi Vayppa Seyal."

"Test disease, its causes and cure
and apply remedy that is sure"

- Thiruvalluvar.

It is always essential to identify the cause for any disease to be accepted as a " Scientific method " The Diagnostic methodology in Siddha Treatment is unique as it is made purely on the basis of the " Clinical Acumen " of the Physician. He examines the Tongue, complexion, speech, eyes, palpation in a patient and he also examines the urine and stools. The diagnosis is then confirmed by the " Pulse Diagnosis ". The above approach is collectively known as " Eight types of examinations". However, the Siddha Physician now also accepts the modern diagnostic methods for the purpose of diagonosis.

Treatment :

The following line of treatment have been in practice in Siddha medicine.

  • Using medicines like Choornam, Kudineer, Vadagam etc. made of herbs.
  • Surgical methods like incision, excision, heat application, blood letting and leech application etc.
  • Physiotherapy - Thokkanam and Varma, the Siddha way of Touch therapy, Medicated Oil application , Fomentation, herbal steam bath etc.
  • Using medicines like Parpam, Chenduram, Chuxnam etc . made of minerals especially of metals.

Materia Medica :

Siddhars , with their clarified and inituitive intellect resulting from their yogic powers explored the nature and exploited the natural resources for the sake of humanity. They documented their findings about the characteristics of plants , metals, minerals and animal products. They documented all their findings in the form of poems for the use of posterity. Knowledge was transmitted from Guru to disciples. Their boundless knowledge on the properties of drugs, purification, processing, heat application, fixing dosage , toxicity , antidote and clinical application is astonishing the modern scientific world.

Significance :

The Siddha System is capable of treating all types of chronic diseases especially arthritis, skin problems urinary tract disorders, infertility , degenerative disorders like osteo arthritis , Senile Dementia,disease of the liver, medicinallytreatable Spinal disorders ,general debility ,diarrhoea and intractable allergic disorders. Aringnar Anna Govt Hospital of Indian Medicine, Arumbakkam , being the premier institute in Tamil Nadu for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy treats both outpatient and inpatient.


Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine, which originated in northern India antiquity of which dates back to the period of vedas and this is said to be born from Atharva Veda. This knowledge has been gathered due to constant observation of nature for long years by men since the advent of civilization and cannot be attributed to any individual or a group of individuals by any stretch of imagination. Ayurveda is basically based on the predominance of three humours namely Vatha, Pittha and Kapha in the human body. Balanced state of these doshas denotes health and their imbalance produces disease.

Preceptors like Charaka, Susrutha have been benevolent enough to compile these invaluable treasure troves of knowledge to be passed on to posterity. The fact that Ayurveda has stood the test of time bear sample testimony to its efficacy till date.

It comprises of eight branches namely.

  1. Kaya Chikitsa (General Medicine)
  2. Kaumara Bhruthya (Paediatrics)
  3. Bhutha Vidhya (Psychiatry)
  4. Salakya (ENT and Ophthalmology and dentistry)
  5. Shalya (Surgery)
  6. Agada Tantra (Toxicology)
  7. Rasayana (Rejuvenation Therapy)
  8. Vajeekarana (Aphrodisiac therapy)

Pancha karma one of the areas of specialization, which has earned public acclaim in recent times, is also a part of the above branches. It enjoys popularity because of its being a hands on therapy and is very relaxing to the fatigued body and tired mind.


Unani system of Medicine has originated in Greece. It was further enriched and developed by Arabs and Persians. Hippocrates explained that the disease was a normal process and its symptoms were the reaction of the body to the disease. The chief function of the physician was to aid the natural forces of the body. He held that there exists in the body four humours that keep up the balance of it. He also laid emphasis on diet, drugs of plants, animal and mineral origin for curing the disease.

The Unani system of Medicine is based on the Humoural theory. Humoural pathology which presupposes the presence of four humours namely - Blood (Dam), Phlegm(Balgham), Yellow bile (Safra) and Black bile (Sauda) in the body. The temperament of persons is expressed accordingly by the words Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Melancholic according to the preponderance of them in the body. Everybody has got unique humoural constitution which represents the healthy state of humoural balance of the body. The Unani medicine plays a vital role when the individual experiences the humoural imbalance. The correct diet and digestion can bring back the humoural balance. Its main emphasis is on diagnosis of a disease through Nabz(Pulse), Baul(Urine), Baraz(stool) etc. It has laid down six essential prerequisites for the prevention of disease. They are known as 'Asbab-e-sitte Zarooriya' viz. air, drinks and foods; bodily movement and repose; psychic movement and repose; sleep and wakefulness; excretion and retention.

The modes of treatment are as follows:-

  1. Ilaj bid-Tadbeer (Regimental therapy)
  2. Ilaj bid Ghiza (Dieto Therapy)
  3. Ilaj bid Dawa (Pharmaco Therapy)
  4. Jarahat (Surgery)

The regimental therapy includes venesection, cupping, sweating, diuresis, bath(Hammam), massage, cauterization, purging, vomiting, exercise and leeching etc. Dieto therapy aims at treating certain ailments by administration of specific diets, whereas pharmaco therapy deals with use of naturally occuring drugs, mostly herbals though drugs of animals and mineral origin are also used.

Diagnosis and Treatment :

The unani system of diagnosis of diseases and treatment restoring health, revolves round the concept of temperament or 'Mizaj'. The humours also have specific temperament. Changes in temperament are related to changes in the balance of humours. Any change in temperament brings about a change in the health of the individual. Thus imbalance of the harmony of humours and temperament along with failure of one or more parts of the body to eliminate pathogentic waste causes disease.

The Government recognized the merit of Unani system and attempts were made to develop it as a viable system of medicine for National Health care. The Unani drugs are cost effective, safe and widely accepted by the people of India. Therefore, the Tamil Nadu Government have established a Unani Medical College and Unani dispensaries.



"Homoeopathy is a system of treatment of the diseased by drugs usually prescribed in minute doses, that in a healthy person would produce symptoms like those of disease."


The Homoeopathy way of healing was devised by the Great German physician Dr.Christian Frederick Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th Century. He came across an old idea of the efficacy of 'Cinchona bark' in treating intermittent fever due to its toxic effect on the stomach and conducted experiments upon himself in order to get the truth. He deduced from the experiment that Cinchona was used as a remedy for intermittent fever and it could produce symptoms similar to those of intermittent fever in healthy people, if taken for a specific period of time. The law of 'Similia Similibus Curentur' or 'let likes be treated by the likes' thus forms the basis of treatment under the Homoeopathic method of drug therapy employed to cure the natural sufferings of person by the administration of drugs which have been experimentally proved to possess the power of producing similar artificial sufferings or symptoms of diseases in healthy human being.

Basic Concepts

In Homoeopathy the main emphasis is on the remedial agents in illness and in health. It is a low cost system using only the non-toxic drugs. It has established a reputation for successful treatment of acute and chronic illness and in certain disease for which there is no or less treatment in other systems. Dr.Samuel Hanemann, who was the founder of this system enunciated the basic concepts and its principles in "Organon the Art of Healing" in the year 1810.

Due to various reasons like cost-effectiveness and non-toxic nature of its drugs, no side effects of easy in take. Homoeopathy is getting a very high recognition and acceptance from the people. Having its origin in the moden scientific age, it has the benefit of basing its theory and concept on demonstrable scientific principles and procedures.

It is based on the following cardinal principles

  1. The law of Similars
  2. The law of Single Remedy
  3. The law of Minimum Dose
  4. Doctrine of Drug proving
  5. Doctrine of dynamisation
  6. Doctrine of vital force
  7. Doctrine of Chronic disease

Among this, the most fundamental is the 'law of Similars'. This law states that the symptoms experienced by the sick person are reactions of the body which it mobilizes in order to counteract a morbid influence, be it a specific stress such as bacteria or viruses, or a non-specific stress such as climatic changes, environmental pollution, mental and emotional disturbances etc. Among the seven, first three are having more therapeautic importance and value.

Health and Disease in Homoeopathy :

This system assumes that any disease symptoms, syndrome is the reaction of the defence mechanism of human body against the disease-causing agent. The symptoms are the means through which the body tries to regain its lost balance. According to it, the symptoms syndrome in a disease is not the disease per se but the reaction of the defense mechanism mobilized by the body in order to counteract a morbific influence existing in the body and causing the loss of balance of the healthy body. Thus the disequilibrium in the normal functioning of the organs of body implies sickness.

Diagnosis and Treatment

In Homoeopathy patients are diagnosed (their individual symptoms) but not their disease. As there is specific medicine for specific disease, unless the diseases are diagnosed, they cannot be treated, in other systems of medicine, where as in Homoeopathy, medicine are proved in healthy individuals are their symptoms are recorded. In order to treat the diseased individual their symptoms are to be matched with the patients' symptoms. Therefore, importance is given to the symptomatology than the diagnosis. By treating in this way, the natural defence mechanism (Immunity) of the individual is strengthened and recurrence of the disease is curtailed.

In deciding the treatment, the Homoeopathic practitioner follows the well-known principles of 'Similia Similibus Curentur'. In simple terms it means let the similar substance which can produce specific symptoms in a healthy individual cure those similar symptoms in a sick individual, although the symptoms have arisen from another cause i.e.Bacteria, virus etc., The cure is based on the assumption that the patient is extremely sensitive to that particular remedy and only to that remedy which can produce his/her symptomatology. Homoeopathy has a definite and effective treatment for some disease such as Diabetes, Arthritis, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Skin Eruption, Allergic conditions and Mental or Emotional disorders. Even, some surgical disease gets cured in Homoeopathy with out undergoing surgery.

Thus the sick person after taking treatment not only gets cured of his disease, but simultaneously regains a perfect state of health.

Advent of Homoeopathy in India

Homoeopathic system of treatment was first introduced in India in 1839 by Dr.J.M.Honigberger. During his visit to India, he cured Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab. The Homoeopathic system of treatment spread successfully among all sections of the people. This system of treatment is economical and the medicines have no side effects.


Naturopathy is not just a system of medicine but a way of life. It is often referred as drugless therpy. It is based mainly on the ancient practice of the application of the simple laws of nature. There are two schools of thought regarding the approach of Naturopathy. One group believes in the ancient Indian methods.

The advocacy of Naturopathy pay particular attention to eating and living habits, adoption of purificatory measures, use of hydrotherapy, cold packs, mud packs, massage and a variety of measure based on their innovative talent.

A carefully supervised total fast or partial fast is advocated to clear the system of toxic accumulation. Water or dilute fruit juices are permitted. The Naturopathy has to keep a strict supervision lest the patient may develop physical and emotional untoward effects. The system believes that, if the way of life is properly organised, one can get the bounties of energy, health and happiness from the benevolent nature. What one has to do for prevention of disease, promotion of health and to get therapeutic advantages is to adopt natural means to living. Naturopathy is based on various treatments like magneto therapy, massage therapy, physiotherapy, phychotherapy, reflexology, chromotherapy, accupuncture, accupressure, yoga therapy, diet therapy.


The Yoga we know was developed as a part of tantric civilisation, which existed in India more than 10,000 years ago. Now Yoga is developed as a seperate medical science combined with Naturopathy. Patanjali propounded it in a systematic form; which consists of eight components namely restraint, observance of austerity, physical postures, breathing exercise, restraining of sense organs, contemplation, meditation and samadhi. These steps in the practice of Yoga have potential in improvement of social behaviour, improvement of physical health, improvement of better circulation of oxygenated blood in body, restraining the sense organs and thereby the mind and in inducing tranquility and serenity in the mind. The practice of integrated type of Yoga prevents psychosomatic disorders / disease and improves individual's resistance and ability to endure stressful situations. A number of physical postures are described in Yogic works to improve body health, to prevent disease and to cure illness. The physical postures are to be chosen judiciously and are to be practiced in a right way to derive the benefits. Breathing exercise helps in supply of proper oxygenated blood in the body.

Studies have revealed that the Yogic practices improve the intelligence and memory and help in developing resistance to endure situations of strain and stress and also to develop an integrated psychosomatic personality, meditation is yet another exercise which can stabilize emotional changes and prevent abnormal functions of vital organs of the body. Studies have shown that meditation not only restrains the sense organs but also controls the autonomic nervous system.

Home Remedies

Simple Home Remedies forSiddha, Ayurveda & Unani

" Food is Medicine - Medicine is Food "



For ordinary fever and intermittent fever the following decoction may be administered:-


Take Nilavembu (Chiratta) leaves two handful add 2 glass of water boil and reduce to 50ml. and filter.

Dose: 1/2 glass 2 times or 3 times a day

If fever is accompanied with bodyache, 2 piece of Arathai (Galanga the lesser), one teaspoon of MILAGU (pepper) and 2 piece of CHUKKU (Dry Ginger) may be added for the above preparation. But the quantity of water to be increased proportionately.

If cough is present with fever, 10 Nos of Adathodai leaves (ADATHODA VASICA) may be added with the preparation.


  1. Take three leaves of Adathodai(ADATHODA VASICA) cut them into small pieces, and put the pieces into a vessel. add two teaspoon full of honey and fry the content until some pleasant smell comes. At that stage add the following coarsely powdered Athimathuram(Jamaica liquorice) 1 piece Thippli (Piper longum) 1 pinch Thalisapathri (Flucourtia calaphracta) 1/2 gm., Chitharathai(galanga the lesser) 3 piece then add 4 glasses of water and boil, reduce to 1/2 glass.
  2. Dose: 1/2 glass two times a day.

  3. Take 2 glasses of water. Add the following drugs, Adathodai leaves (Adathoda Vasica) three numbers, Kandankathiri leaves (Solanum Xanthocarpum) five numbers. Thulasi (holy basil) leaves five numbers Thoothuvalai (Trilobatum) leaves ten numbers and 3 gms., of Athimathuram (Jamaica liquorice) after roughly powdering them boil and reduce into 1/2 glass.
  4. Dose: 1/2 glass two times a day with honey.

  5. 10 gms., of the root of Thoothuvalai(Trilobatum), grind with Cow's milk and to be taken in the morning.
  6. Adathodai leaves juice 30 ml. (ADATHODA VASICA) , Finely powdered Milagu(pepper) 6 gms., Perugayam (asafoetida) 1 gm. mixed all and take in the morning and evening.
  7. For Chronic cough, it will give relief when 2 gms., of chooranam (powder) which is made out of equal quantity of Kadukkai (Chebulic myrobolan, Ink nut) and "Thippli" (Piper longum) is administered in honey twice daily.

Iraippu - Erumal - (Bronchial Asthma)

  1. Combine 2 Nanjaruppan (Tylophora Indica) leaves and two numbers of milagu (Pepper) and a piece of Chukku (Dry ginger) to be taken in the morning along with milk.

Dry Cough

Keep a piece of Athimathuram (Indian Liquorice) and two numbers of Milagu(Pepper) in the mouth and swallow the saliva.


  1. For running nose, headache, boil Nochi leaves (vitex negundo) in the water and place red hot brick on it. The vapour is inhaled by covering the body with a blanket.
  2. Juice of Thumbai flower (Leucus) 2 drops may be instilled in nostrils which will produce sneezing, after which headache (due to cold) will be relieved.
  3. Produce smoke by putting Omam (Carum copticum) Milagu(Pepper) Poondu thole (rind of the garlic) in fire and inhale the same.

Flatulance due to indigestion

  1. Omam (Carcum Copticum) 35 gms. Milgu (pepper) 35 gms. fry. combine this with palm jaggery and grind.
  2. Dose: Betal nut size, morning and evening.

  3. Poondu (Garlic) Milagu (Pepper) Karisalai leaves (Eclipta Alba) in equal parts. Grind and administer twice daily in betal nut size.


  1. One Mangoosthan (Mangostain) fruit can be taken twice a day
  2. Powdered dried mango fruit.
  3. Dose: One teaspoonful with Butter milk two times a day.

  4. Powder of Vetpalai seeds (Wrightiatinctoria).
  5. Dose: One teaspoonful with honey two times a day.

  6. Powdered kadukkai thole (Rind of the Terminalia Chebula).
  7. Dose: two gms. with honey.

  8. Mathulampazha thole (rind of the Pomegranate) 10 gms.,
  9. Mangoosthan pazha thole (rind of the Garcinia mangosthan 10 gms. Lavangam (clove) 4 gms.,

    Kasakasa (opium poppy seeds) one teaspoonful.

    Powder the above drugs coarsely and boil with the 2 gms. of water and reduce to half and filter.

    Dose: 30 ml. two times a day.

  10. Extract milk from half of a coconut, and mix 2 gms., of Kasukkatti (catechu) and administer two times a day.


  1. Soak Seeragam (Cumin seed) in the lime juice and dry. Then powder the Seeragam nicely.
  2. Dose: 500 mg. with honey two times a day.

  3. Burn vasambu (acorus calamus) until it becomes coal and powder.
  4. Dose: 200 mg. with honey.

  5. Take equal quantity of juice of Mathulam Pazham (Pomegranate fruit) and cane sugar. Boil till it becomes a syrup. Administer one teaspoonful twice day.


  1. Soak ten gms. of dried Drakshai (Grapes) in sufficient water for some time and crush the Drakshai and take it at bed time.
  2. Take five-numbers of Seemai Athippazham (Country fig) at bed time.
  3. Take papaya fruit either with food or separately (except pregnant ladies).
  4. Soak 5 gms. of Nilavarai leaves (Indian senna leaves) in 1 glass of water for sometimes, and make it as a decoction 1/2 glass and filter it and take it at bed time.

Fever with thirst

Boil 5 gms., of alpagoda pazham (Prunus communis) in 1/2 glass of water, reduce to quarter, filter and administered with sugar, quantity sufficient at bed time. It acts as a Laxative also.

White Discharge

Five drops of Chandana Athar (Sandalwood oil) to be taken with Peyan vazhaippazham (Plantain) twice daily.


  1. Take dried flowers of Avarai (cassia auriculata), the tanner cassiae, 15 gms and prepare decoction with sufficient quantity of water.
  2. Dose: 60 ml. two times a day.

  3. Juice extracted from Kodippagal Kai (Bitter gourd) and to be taken in doses of 1/2 oz. (15 ml) twice daily.

Scabies and Itches

  1. Juice of Kuppaimeni leaves (Acalypha Indica) with common salt may be applied externally.
  2. Soak one part of karbogi Arisi(Psoralia corylifolia) in four parts of coconut oil and apply the oil externally for skin infection.
  3. Grind Arugampul (Cynodon daetylon) with a piece of Turmeric and apply externally for skin infection.

Padarthamarai(Ringworm Infection)

Extract juice from the pods of Poovarasam(Thespesi piopulrea) and apply externally.


  1. Grind Kattu Seeragam (Vemonnia anthelmintica with lime juice and apply on the head)
  2. Take equal quantities of Kichilli Kizhangu (curcuma Zedoaria) manippungan Kai (seeds of sepaidus trifoliates) and Kasthuri Manjal (Curcuma aromatica) grind with water and apply on the head and take bath.

Hair Tonic

Take Nellikai (Indian goose berry) juice 2 litres. Buffalo's milk 2 litres and gingelly oil 1 litre, boil up to thyla bagum and filter it, apply to the hair daily.


  1. Veliparuthi (Daemia Extensa) juice 15 drops to be mixed with one teaspoonful of castor oil and can be given in the morning.
  2. Nochi (Vitex negundo), Nuna (Morinda tinctoria) Poduthalai (Leppia Nodiflora) is taken in equal parts (5 gms.) add 60ml. of water and reduce to 15 ml. by boiling, can be given in one teaspoonful dose three times a day.
  3. Take 50ml. of water add 2 gms. of perungayam (Ferula asafoetida) and dissolve it. Administer 3 teaspoonful of solution with 5 drops of oma theeneer (distilled from carum trachyspermum roxburghianum) twice a day.


Pyrexia (Fever)

  1. Decoction of Parpataka herb (parpadakapul) 1/4 tumbler relieves pyrexia.
  2. Tinospora (Seenthikodi) decoction with some black pepper powder will relieve chronic fevers -1/4 tumbler & 1/4 tea spoon respectively.
  3. Sacred basil leaf (tulasi) juice and Leucus (tumbai) leaf juice along with some black pepper will cure periodic fevers--two teaspoon each and 1/4 tea spoon respectively.


  1. Take the decoction of Adhatoda roots with some honey and powder of long pepper-1/4 tumbler with 1/4 tea spoon and one teaspoon honey.
  2. Ginger juice with honey is also a good remedy--1/2 teaspoon juice with one teaspoon honey.
  3. Take about 1 pinch of Chebulic myrobalan (Kadukkai) powder with some honey or equal quantity of liquorice root powder (Athimadhuram). It cures cough with inflamed throat.
  4. Leucus Leaf (tumbai) juice with honey is useful in whooping cough 1/2 teaspoonful with 1/2 teaspoon honey.


  1. Take the pulp of Bael fruit (bilva) along with some sugar to relieve Diarrhoeas accompanied by stomach ache--1 tea spoon.
  2. Mix equal volumes of yellow wood sorrel leaf (puliyarai) juice and butter milk and boil. Add 1/4 tea spoon of Ajowan (omam) powder. It cures diarrhoeas and dysentery 2 teaspoon.
  3. Take powdered nut gall (masikkai) and mix with some honey 1/4 tea spoon. Three doses will cure diarrhoes and dysentery in children.
  4. Take Nutmeg (Jadikkai) and tender mango leaves in equal parts by weight and make decoction. This is to be given with honey 2 teaspoon.
  5. Powder of nut grass tubers (korai Kizhangu) and Aswagand tubers (amukara kizhangu) in equal quantity is given with honey--1 teaspoon.
  6. Long pepper (arisitippili) ground with milk is to be given for three days to treat chronic dysentery--1/2 tea spoon.

Emesis (Vomiting)

  1. Take powdered coriander (daniya) or cardamom (elakkai) with tender coconut water --1/2 tea spoon.
  2. Give some quantity of coriander powder with rice washed water and sugar candy to cure morning sickness --1 tea spoon in 1/4 tumbler.


  1. Take castor (amanakku) root decoction with cow's milk and sugar in the morning in empty stomach --Each 1/4 tumbler.
  2. Grind castor root with some butter into fine paste, Apply a little on the tongue of infants to relieve constipation --1 pinch.

Emaciation and Weakness

Take equal 2 tea spoon powder of Aswagant roots with some milk and sugar or with gingelly oil. Regular in take will remove fatigue and weakness and it is an anabolic.

Tooth Ache

  1. Use long pepper powder with some guggulu glu for brushing and cleaning the teeth.
  2. Grind Fenugreek seeds (vendayam) with egg albumin into a fine paste and apply on the cheek (2 tea spoon).
  3. Gargle with ginger juice mixed with honey
  4. Gargle with a decoction of drum stick root juice and Mustard 1/2 tumbler(2 tea spoon Mustard).

Head Ache

  1. Grind cleaning nut (tetrankotai) in egg albumin and apply externally.


1. Sue-a-Hazam (Indigestion) a) Sounf (Sombu) Sugar

b) Adrak (Inji)
Namak (Uppu)
Powder the ingredients in equal parts 1/2 teaspoon to be taken twice a day after food.

Make Adrak into small bits 1/2 teaspoon of adrak with a pinch of salt to be taken after food.
2. Quabz (Constipation) a) Ispaghoul

b)Sanna leaves (Nilavarai) Sugar
One teaspoon of Ispaghoul to be soaked in 1/2 a cup of water for 2 hours Luab-e-Ispaghoul to be taken at bed time.

One table spoon of sanna leaves to be boiled in one cup of milk and filtered. The filterate to be mixed with sufficient quantity of sugar and to be taken on empty stomach early in the morning.
3. Ishal (Diarrhoea) Amla (Nellikai) Sugar 12 Nos. soaked in sufficient quantity of water over night. Boil it and make paste without seeds. The paste to be added to the khivam of sugar. 1/2 teaspoon to be taken twice a day.
4. Sual (Cough) a)Asal-e-soos (Adimathuram) Sugar

b)Chilbeenj (Thetankottai) Honey
10 Nos. of Asal-e-soos with two table spoon of sugar to be powdered. 1/2 teaspoon grams of powder to be taken thrice a day with water.

10 Nos. of chilbeennj (fried and powdered) mixed with 1/2 cup quantity of warm honey. 1/4 teaspoon to be taken twice a day.
5. Sailanur Raham (Leucorrhoea) Saboos-e-Ispaghoul (Ispaghoul ummi) Two teaspoon of saboos-e-Ispaghoul with 1/4 cup quantity of honey to be taken twice a day.
6. Hurkatul - bole (Burning micturition) Dry Kharkhask (Nerunji Mullu) Three table spoon of Dry Kharkhask soaked in 3 cup of water over night. Boil and filter it next morning. 1/2 cup of filterate to be taken with pinch of sugar twice a day.
7. Wajaul Asnan (Tooth Ache) Tanbaku (Pugaiyilai) 10 grams
Siahmirch (Millagu) 2 grams
Powder the ingredients, use as tooth powder.
8. Hikkah (Scabies) Berg-e-Neem (Veppelai fresh) Three table spoon of Berg-e-Neem is boiled in 1/2 cup of water and Honey filtered.
1/2 cup of the filterate to be taken with honey twice a day.
9. Wajaul Meda (Abdominal pain) Namak-e-Hazim (Appam soda) 6 gms.
Ilaichi Dane (Elakai vidai) 2 gms.
Both to be powdered final and 3 grams to be taken twice a day with water.
10. Be-khabi (Sleeplessness) Khashkhash safeed 10 gms. Kasakasa Roghane-Kunjad (Nalla Ennai) Soak Khashkhash safeed in 1/2 cup of Roghan-e-kunjad over night. Boil, cool and filter it. Apply externally to the head at bed time.
11. Yerkhan (Jaundice) Tukm-e-Kasni 5gms. (Kasni virai)
Gul-e-Surkh 15 gms. (Rojappu)
Both to be soaked 1 1/2 cup of water over night. Boil and filter it. 1/2 a cup of filterate to be taken twice a day.
12. Humma (Fever) Gulbail 15 gms. (Seendil kodi) Soak 1 1/2 in cup of water over night, boil and filter it next morning. 1 1/2 cup of the filterate to be taken twice a day.

Note : If the symptom persists even after three days consult your nearest Siddha / Ayurveda / Unani Doctor for further course of treatment - Click Here for List of Hospitals

Indian Medicine and Homeopathy Under Graduate & Post-Graduate Courses

UG Courses Offered :

Sl.No. Name of Courses Medium of Instruction
1. B.S.M.S-Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery Tamil & English
2. B.A.M.S-Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery English & Sanskrit
3. B.H.M.S-Bachelor of Homeopathy Medicine and Surgery English
4. B.N.Y.S-Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Science English
5. B.U.M.S-Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery Urudu & Arabic

List of Government Medical Colleges

Sl.No. Name of Institution Name of the Course Annual Intake
1 Govt. Siddha Medical College, Palayamkottai BSMS 100
2 Govt. Siddha Medical College, Chennai BSMS 50
3 Government Ayurveda Medical College, Kottar, Nagarcoil BAMS 50
4 Government Unani Medical College, Chennai BUMS 26
5 Government Homeopathy Medical College, Thirumangalam, Madurai BHMS 50
6 Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College, Chennai BNYS 50

List of Self Financing Medical Colleges

Sl.No. Name of Institution Name of the Course Annual Intake Govt. Quota Management Quota
1 Hahnemannhomeopathy Medical College, Koneripatti, Rasipuram Taluk, Namakkal District - 637 408. Ph : 04287-227226, 226451 Fax : 227226 Email : BHMS 100 65 35
2 White Memorial homeopathy Medical College, Attoor, K.K.District - 629 177. Ph : 04651-282292, 282282 Email : (Minority Institution) BHMS 100 50 50
3 Saradakrishna Homeopathy Medical College, Convent Junction, Kulasekaram, K.K.District-629 161. Ph : 04651 - 279448, 280100 Fax : 04651 -279448 Email : college (Minority Institution) BHMS 100 50 50
4 Martin Homeopathy Medical College & Hospital, DPF Mill Compound, G.N.Mills (Post), Mettupalayam Road, Coimbatore - 641 029. Ph : 0422-2647657 Fax : 0422-2645262 E-mail : BHMS 50 33 17
5 Sri Sairam Homeopathy Medical College & Research Centre, Poonthandalam Village, Sriperumbudur Taluk Chennai-600 044. Ph : 32507774/ 22512030 Fax : 22512121 E-mail BHMS 50 33 17
6 R.V.S.Homeopathy Medical College, 242-B Trichy Road, Sulur, Coimbatore -641 402, Ph : 0422-2680077 Fax : 0422-2687604 E-mail : BHMS 50 33 17
7 Sivaraj Homeopathy Medical College and Research Institute, Siddharkoil Road, Thumbathulipatty, Perumampatty (Post) , Salem 636 307 Ph : 0427-2481006, 2481007 Fax : 2481206 E-mail : BHMS 50 33 17
8 Venkadeswara Homeopathy Medical College, No.4/11,Samayapuram Road Karambakkampost Porur,Chennai -600 116 Ph : 24760638/ 24763676 Fax : 044-24760638 E-mail : BHMS 50 33 17
9 Sri Sairam Siddha Medical College & Research Centre, Poonthandalam Village, Sriperumbudur Taluk, Chennai-600044 Ph : 044-22512050 Fax : 044-22512121 E-mail : BSMS 50 33 17
10 Akila Thiruvithancore Siddhavaidya Sangam, Munchirai,Pudukkadai (Post) , K.K.District - 629 171. Ph : 04651-235355 Fax : 04651-235351 E-mail : BSMS 40 26 14
11 Velumailu Siddha Medical College and Hospital, 48, Grand West Trunk Road, Bangalore High Road, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram 602 105 Ph : 044 27162722 Fax : :+91-044-27162980 BSMS 40 26 14
12 R.V.S.Siddha Medical College, Kannampalayam, Coimbatore -641 402. Ph : 0422 - 2681123, 2681124 Fax : 0422-2680047 E-mail : BSMS 30 20 10
13 Sivaraj Siddha Medical College, Siddharkoil Road, Thumbathulipatty, Perumampatty (Post) , Salem 636 307 Ph : 0427-2481006, 2481007 Fax : 2481206 E-mail : BSMS 50 33 17
14 Dharma Ayurveda College, 48, Grand West Trunk Road, Bangalore High Road, Sriperumbudur,Kancheepuram dist.602 105 Ph : +9144 27162722 Fax : +9144 27162980 BAMS 40 26 14
15 Ayurveda College, Coimbatore 242-B, Trichy Road, Sulur, Coimbatore -641 402. Ph : 0422-2681346, 2681347 BAMS 40 26 14
16 Sri Sairam Ayurveda Medical College & Research Centre, Poonthandalam Village, Sriperumbudur Taluk, Chennai-600044 Ph : 044-22512040 Fax : 044-22512121 E-mail : BAMS 50 33 17
17 J.S.S.College Of Naturopathy And Yoga Sciences, Coimbatore - 641 105 Ph : +914222656858/ 4 Fax : +914222656470 E-mail : BNYS 60 39 21
18 Sivaraj Naturopathy & Yoga Medical College, Siddharkoil Road, Thumbathulipatty, Perumampatty (Post), Salem 636 307 Ph : 0427-2481006, 2481007 Fax : 2481206 E-mail : BNYS 40 26 14
19 Sree Ramakrishna Medical College Of Naturopathy And Yogic Sciences, Kulasekaram, Kanniyakumari (Dt.)-629 161 Ph : 04651278425, 277065 Mob : 9486369699, 9487102509 E-mail : BNYS 50 33 17
20 S.V.S Medical College Of Yoga And Naturopathy And Research Institute, Bangaram, Kallakurichi,Villupuram District.626 202 Ph : 04151-236051, 290333, 222880 Mob : 9994038796 E-mail : BNYS 50 33 17

Click Here for Eligibility Criteria for Under Graduate Courses

Post Graduate Courses :

i. M.D.Siddha with 3 years duration :

Name of the College Maruthuvam Gunapadam Sirappu Maruthuvam Kuzhanthi Maruthuvam Noi Nodal Nanju Noolum Maruthuva Neethi Noolum
Government Siddha Medical College, Palayamkottai. 10 10 10 10 10 10
Government Siddha Medical College, Chennai. 10 10 05 05 04 -

Out of 94 Annual intake of M.D.(S), the following No.of seats for Service Candidate and Non-Service Candidates:

Category Maruthuvam Gunapadam Sirappu Maruthuvam Kuzhanthi Maruthuvam Noi Nodal Nanju Noolum Maruthuva Neethi Noolum Total
Service Candidate 50% 09 09 08 06 06 05 43
Open for Service & Non-Service Candidate 50% Based on the Merit. 08 10 07 08 06 04 43
Special Category 03 01 - 01 02 01 08

Qualification for Admission

  1. A pass in B.I.M./B.S.M.S. Degree course conducted by Madras University /Madurai Kamaraj University/ The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R.Medical University with successful completion of (C.R.R.I) Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship.
  2. A pass in the examination considered equivalent thereof which has been recognised by Madras University/Madurai Kamaraj University/The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University and the Central Council of Indian Medicine, New Delhi with an internship for a period of six months in the Hospital of Indian System of Medicine recognised by the Central Council of Indian Medicine, New Delhi.
  3. The candidates should have registered their names either in the Tamil Nadu Board of Indian Medicine(or) in the Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical Council, Chennai - 106.

ii. M.D. Homeopathy with 3 years duration :

Total No of Seats 30

Name of the College Materia Medica Paediatrics Practice of Medicine Reportory Organon Total
SaradhaKrishna Homeopathy Medical College, Kulasekaram, K.K.District.(Minority Institution) 6 6 6 6 6 30

Qualification for Admission

  1. Candidates should be citizens of India and should have undergone BHMS course in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  2. Candidate should possess the Degree of Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery or equivalent qualification in Homoeopathy included in the Second Schedule to the Homoeopathy Central Council Act,1973(59 of 1973).
  3. Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (Graded Degree) or equivalent qualification in Homoeopathy included in the Second Schedule to the Homoeopathy Central Council Act,1973(59 of 1973).
  4. Those candidates who are undergoing CRRI and will be completing their CRRI Before the Entrance Examination should enclose a certificate from Head of the Institution in which they are undergoing the CRRI that they will be completing the CRRI before the date of Entrance examination, failing which their application will be rejected.
  5. The candidates should have registered their names either in the Central Council of Homoeopathy Medicine New Delhi (or) in the Tamil Nadu Homoeopathy Medical council, Chennai.

Tampcol and Medicinal Plants

Tamil Nadu Medicinal Plant Farms & Herbal Medicine Corporation Ltd.

(A Government of Tamil Nadu Undertaking)

Origin of the Corporation :

The Government of Tamil Nadu with a view to undertaking cultivation of medicinal plants, collection and distribution of herbal raw drugs, manufacture of the various medicines from the medicinal plants and their pharmaceutical conversion into standard medicaments of proven quality by forming an autonomous Corporation of its own in the State, constituted an Expert Committee to prepare "Techno Economic Feasibility Report" in G.O. Ms. No.1940, Health Department, dated 15.11.1980. Based on the report and subsequent orders of the Government this Corporation was incorporated on 27th September 1983 in the name of "Tamil Nadu Medicinal Plant Farms & Herbal Medicine Corporation Limited (TAMPCOL)". The Corporate Identification Number is U93090TN1983SGC010336. The Registered Office is located at Anna Hospital Campus, Arumbakkam, Chennai-600 106 and the Factory is functioning at SIDCO Pharmaceutical Campus, Alathur near Thiruporur, Kancheepuram District.

Management :

The Corporation is governed by the Board of Directors headed by the Secretary to the Government, Health and Family Welfare Department as the Chairman of the Board and the Commissioner of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy as the Managing Director of the Corporation. There are six official Directors including Chairman and Managing Director and three non-official Directors representing Siddha, Ayurveda and Unani.

The Main Objects of the Corporation :

  1. To grow, nurture and develop common and rare species of medicinal plants and drugs.
  2. To meet the requirements of medicines of herbal, mineral and animal resources for the Indian Medicine institutions, homeopathic institutions, herbal pharmaceuticals, medicinal farms, allopathic dispensaries requiring herbal medicines and export agencies requiring medicinal products.
  3. To prepare and manufacture standardised Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Allopathy, Homoeopathy and other traditional medicaments of pure quality.
  4. To undertake concentration, condensation, extraction of herbal, mineral, and animal products for therapeutic, dietetic and nutritive uses, and vehicles and adjuncts of sophisticated administration.
  5. To undertake such research on indigenous pharmaceutics as may be conducive to the laying of standards, development of indigenous pharmaceutics in general by taking over, receiving by way of gift, transfer, amalgamation or establishing research units, sections, manufacturing research sections and development wings.
  6. To carry on the business of imports and exports in raw drugs, herbal drugs, animal and marine products, manufactured medicines, pharmaceuticals and market and sell these products in India as well as in international markets, either directly or through newly appointed agent/agents and to work as agents in all firms and branches of commodities, articles, products and merchandise or any kind of nature whatsoever.
  7. To undertake consultancy services on herbal products and certification services for quality control.

Share Capital from Government of Tamil Nadu :

Initially the authorized share capital of the Corporation was Rs.50 Lakh and the paid up share capital of Rs.20.75 Lakh was invested by the Government of Tamil Nadu. During the year 2007-08, the Government enhanced the authorised share capital to Rs.125.00 lakh and the Corporation issued Bonus Shares of 79,250 shares of Rs.100/- each amounting to Rs.79,25,000/- and the paid up share capital of the Corporation is Rs.100.00 lakh.

Commercial Activities of the Corporation :

The Corporation commenced its commercial activities with its flagship product viz. Herbal Hair Tonic (A Siddha Medicine) by producing and marketing it in a small scale, and also supply of raw materials required, for manufacture of medicines to Government Pharmacy since 1985. Tampcol is the main supplier of ISM drugs to the institutions functioning under the control of Commissioner of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy. There is a huge demand for Tampcol medicines and orders are being received under various schemes from Government Departments like CGHS, ESI, autonomous bodies like National Institute for Siddha and Local Bodies, etc.

GMP Certified Corporation :

As per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, the company has been certified with Good Manufacturing Practices of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani drugs (155-B, Schedule-T, in respect of factory location and surroundings, buildings, water supply, disposal of waste, etc.).

Status of Medicine Production :

Presently Tampcol is manufacturing 117 medicines i.e. Siddha 70 medicines [57 Shastric and 13 Proprietary], Ayurveda 39 medicines [35 Shastric and 4 Proprietary] and Unani 8 medicines [3 Shastric and 5 Proprietary] such as chooranam, thailam, vennai, kudineer, parparm, chenduram, lehiyam, tablets, Capsules, syrups, etc.

Appointment of Nodal Agency :

The Government in G.O.(Ms) No.299, Health and Family Welfare (IM1-1) Department, dt.13.12.2013has appointed the Corporation as an exclusive Nodal Agency for procurement of medicines, equipments, etc. for ISM institutions functioning in the State. This will enlarge the scope of the functions of the Corporation and can supply quality medicines and equipments uniformly to the institutions functioning under the control of Commissioner of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy at competitive price by utilizing its existing infrastructure.

Expansion of Production activity :

By utilizing the financial assistance of the Government, the Corporation has appointed one consultant for preparation of detailed project report on "Develop, Vision, Strategy and Action plan and Re-engineer business processes to re-position Tampcol brand in the Indian market". The Corporation has initiated various measures to upgrade the infrastructure of the factory by way of creating additional space to accommodate the new machineries, expanding manufacturing processes, re-engineering of production processes, installation of modern equipments to reduce the dependency on the manpower, etc.

As a standardization measure and improve the dispensing system of medicines to the common public, the Corporation has planned to introduce packaging of medicines in sachets, i.e., chooranams in 10 grams and thailams in 50 ml. and also to introduce Tablets and Capsules in 30 Nos. containers for directly dispensing them to the public. As a brand building measure, all the packaging methods, designs, labels, etc. have been re-examined and mostly revised to suit the current need and expectation of the common public.

In order to reduce the procurement of medicines from open market for the use in Government hospitals, the Corporation has proposed to increase 5 numbers of medicines in addition to 22 new licenses obtained during the current year. As on date, the Corporation possesses 217 licenses for manufacturing of medicines. As indented by the Government, the Corporation has proposed to supply Kariveppilai Podi and Ferrosid, being the Siddha Proprietary medicines for remedying Anemic deficiency in the form of Tablets, Capsules and Syrup under PIP scheme. In order to provide safe and hygiene working environment in the factory, various measures such as improvement of sewerage system, supply of clean and pure drinking water by installing 500 LPH Reverse Osmosis Plant, providing cotton apron, cotton chef hat and Slippers for all staff and workers have been initiated.

Corporate Social Responsibilities :

To provide better medical guidance, and health consulting, a free Medical Consultancy Clinic has been created at the Corporate Office Building of the Corporation. The Free Consultancy Clinic functions from Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 12 noon in the morning session and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the evening session. The Free Medical Consultancy Clinic, have doctors from all streams namely Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, and Yoga and Naturopathy on rotation basis.

The Corporation running Sales show room at Chennai and Playamkottai to make available the medicines at the cheaper rate to the General Public as the selling prices of the medicines are far lower than the private manufacturers. The Corporation is maintaining very nominal prices for its products despite steep increase of raw material cost, packing material costs and other overheads, etc. as the supplies are mainly indented to the Government institutions.

Further Model Herbal Farms containing samples of herbal species has been developed in the vacant land available adjacent to Sales counter at Corporate office and Palayamkottai. These model farms will create awareness about herbs among general public and will be useful for reference to the students of Indian System of Medicines.

Towards fulfillment of corporate social responsibility, the Corporation has donated Two Heavy Duty Washing Machine at a cost of Rs.5.40 lakh to Arignar Anna Government Hospital for Indian Medicine for the use of washing of bed sheets used for inpatients of the Hospital.

Financial Performance :

The net sales revenue for 2012-13 was Rs.1806.23 lakh, and it is expected to achieve around Rs.2200.00 lakh during 2013-14. The Net profit for 2012-13 was Rs.58.49 lakh and it is expected to earn around Rs.36.00 lakh during 2013-14 even after providing discount of Rs.52.00 lakh to the Government sales at the rate of 15% during last quarter. As regards dividend, the Corporation declared the maiden dividend of Rs.1,55,625/- at the rate of 7.5% for the financial year 1998-99. Year after year the corporation has also stepped up the rate of dividend and declared a high level of dividend of Rs.1,00,00,000/- at the rate of 100% for the year 2009-10. During the financial year 2010-11, dividend at the rate of 25% on the increased share capital of Rs.100.00 lakh was declared and paid. This Corporation is one of the Public Sector Undertakings continuously declaring dividends.

Health Facilities

Medical Relief in Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy

Major ISM&H Hospitals

  1. Combined Indian systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy Hospital is situated at Arumbakkam, Chennai namely Arignar Anna Govt. Hospital of Indian Medicine, Chennai with following facilities.
    1. Siddha treatment with 120 beds
    2. Ayurveda treatment with 55 beds
    3. Unani treatment with 100 beds
    4. Homoeopathy treatment
    5. Yoga and Naturopathy treatment
    6. Varma treatment with 35 beds

    Special treatment :

    1. Pancha karma treatment
    2. Thokkanam treatment
    3. Varma treatment

    Lab facilities :

    1. Pathology lab
    2. Bio-chemistry lab
    3. X-ray
    4. E.C.G.

    Special Clinic / Research :

    1. Aids & Cancer
    2. Diabetics
    3. Infertility
  2. 350 bedded Siddha hospital attached to Govt. Siddha Medical College, Palayamkottai is situated at Palayamkottai, Thirunelveli. Siddha system of treatment is being provided in this hospital.
  3. Special treatment :

    1. Thokkanam treatment
    2. Varma treatment

    Lab facilities :

    1. Pathology lab
    2. Bio-chemistry lab
    3. X-ray
    4. E.C.G.

    Special clinic/Research :

    1. Aids & Cancer
    2. Mathumegam
    3. Hypertension
    4. Yoga clinic
    5. Kalladaippu
    6. Eraippu Noi
  4. 100 bedded Ayurveda Hospital attached to Govt.Ayurveda Medical College, Kottar is situated in Nagarcoil, Kanyakumari District Ayurveda treatment is being provided in this hospital.
  5. Lab facilities :

    1. Pathology lab
    2. Bio-chemistry lab
    3. E.C.G.

    Special Clinic / Research :

    1. Panchakarma Therapy
  6. 50 bedded Homoeopathy Hospital attached to Govt.Homoeopathy Medical College, Thirumangalam is situated at Thirumangalam, Madurai District Homoeopathy treatment is being provided in this hospital.
  7. Lab facilities :

    1. Pathology lab
    2. Bio-chemistry lab
    3. X-ray

    Special Clinic / Research :

    1. Mootuvadha noi
    2. Kuzhanthai maruthuvam
    3. Thole noi
    4. Neerizhivu no
    5. Kuzhanthaiperinnmai
    6. Magalir sirappu maruthuvam
    7. Pithappai and Siruneeraga karkal
  8. Indian system of Medicine and Homoeopathy wings attached to Medical College hospitals, District headquarters hospitals, taluk and non-taluk hospitals and Primary health centres.

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Registration of Indian System of Medicine & Homeopathy Practitioners

Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical Council, Chennai-106.

The Government of India and the Central Council of Indian Medicine, New Delhi have been insisting to give statutory status to the State Council/Board for registration of Indian Medical Practitioners.

In the State of Tamil Nadu, the Tamilnadu Board of Indian Medicine has been functioning as a Board for the registration of Indian Medical Practitioners for Siddha, Ayurveda and Unani System without any statutory status.

As per the Government of India instructions, the Government of Tamil Nadu introduced an Act "Tamil Nadu Siddha System of Medicine (Development and Registration of Practitioners) Act, 1997', which came into effect from 29.9.1997. The Tamilnadu Siddha Medical Council has been formed in G.O.Ms.No.70, H&FW Dept. dated 12,.2.1998. This is the statutory registration body for the registration of Siddha practitioners only. For Practicing in Tamilnadu the registration in this Council is mandatory.

Details of persons Registered with Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical Council, Chennai-600 106 as on 31.12.2013 are as follows :

'A' Class Practitioners (Graduates) 4291
'B' & 'C' Class Practitioners 2275
Enlistment Practitioners 2411

Activities :

  1. As per the State Act, 1997, the Tamilnadu Siddha Medical Council has been given powers for processing the applications for the establishment of new medical institutions and forwarding them with th4e recommendation to Government for giving prior approval.
  2. In G.O.Ms.No.401,H&FW Dept, dated 27.8.99, the Tamilnadu Siddha Medical Council has been empowered to conduct the examination for Diploma in Pharmacy (Siddha) and to award Diploma/Certificate.
  3. In G.O.Ms.No.142, H&FW Dept, dated 4.4.2001, the Government have approved syllabus, Curriculam and minimum standard requirement of 2 years Diploma course in siddha Phsiotherapy. The Government have also given permission to M/S.Siddam Trust, Mecode, Kanyakumari District to start the above Course.

Tamil Nadu Board of Indian Medicine, Chennai-106.

In the State of Tamil Nadu, the Tamilnadu Board of Indian Medicine has been functioning as a Board for the registration of Indian Medical Practitioners for Ayurveda, Unani and Naturopathy System. For practicing in Tamilnadu the registration in the State Board is mandatory.

Details of persons Registered with Tamilnadu Board of Indian Medicine, Chennai-600 106 as on 31.12.2013 are as follows:

Ayurveda Unani Naturopathy
'A' lass Practitioner 2366 533 701
'B' & 'C' Class Practitioner 1889 628 -
Enlistment Practitioners 856 198 -

Activities :

In G.O.Ms.No.401, H&FW Dept, dated 27.8.99, the Tamilnadu Board of Indian Medicine has been empowered to conduct the examination for Diploma in Pharmacy (Ayurveda &Unani) and to award Diploma / Certificate.

Tamil Nadu Homoeopathy Medical Council, Chennai-106.

The Tamilnadu Homoeopathy Medical Council is functioning as a statutory body constituted by a enactment of Tamilnadu Homoeoapathy system of medicine and practitioner of Homoeopathy Act, 1971. (Tamil Nadu Act No.5 1972) for the development of the Homoeopathy system of medicine and registration of practioners of Homoeopathy and for matters connected therewith in the State of Tamil Nadu.

Under the provisions of the above said Act, persons registered with the Tamilnadu Homoeopathy Medical Council are alone eligible to practice Homoeopathy system in the State of Tamil Nadu.

Details of persons Registered with Tamilnadu Homoeopathy Medical Council, Chennai-600 106 as on 30.04.2014 are as follows :

Degree/Diploma Holders in Homoeopathy & Regd. under Class 'A' 4,796 Doctors
Registered on experience basis under Class 'B' & 'C' 4,796 Doctors
Total 19,972 Doctors

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A Quarterly magazine published from the department by name Journal of Indian Medicine covering all the aspects of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy in the State.

Subscription rate and terms

  • Rs.30.00 per copy (India)
  • Rs.120.00 per annum (India)
  • Rs.80.00 for Students
  • US$ 7.00 per copy (Foreign)
  • Rs.360.00 or US$ 70.00 per annum (Foreign)

Life membership Rs.1020/- (Only Doctors working in State/Central Medical Services / Member in the Scientific bodies / Statutarily recognized private medical institutions)

  • Rate includes postal charges under Certificate of posting by surface mail
  • Airmail charges would be extra, and subject to change from time to time.
  • Life member will get a free issue of the Journal
  • 25% discount for Book Sellers

Payment may be made by Cheque, Bank draft payable to the Society for Journal of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy, Chennai". Money orders are not accepted.

All correspondence should be addressed to :

The Secretary,
Society for Journal of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy,
Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy,
Chennai - 600 106, Tamil Nadu, India.
Phone : 00-91-44-6216244 / 6214844

The Department of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy has printed some standard books, some Medical Dictionaries and some Rare manuscripts/Cudgeon leaves/ books. Some of them are available for Sale from Central Library, Anna Hospital Complex, Arumbakkam, Chennai- 106.

Siddha Medical Books in Tamil

Sl.No. Title of Books Rate in Rs.
1 Gunapadam - I - Dr.K.S. Murugesha Mudaliyar 330.00
2 Gunapadam - II & III - Dr.R.Thiyagarajan, L.I.M. 280.00
3 Noikalukku Siddha Parikaram - Part - I Dr.M.Shanmugavel, H.P.I.M. 85.00
4 Noikalukku Siddha Parikaram - Part - II Dr.M.Shanmugavel, H.P.I.M. 25.00
5 Noi Nadal Noi Muthal Nadal Thirattu - Part - II Dr.M.Shanmugavel, H.P.I.M. 225.00
6 Siddha Maruthuvam Sirappu, Dr. R. Thiyagarajan, L.I.M. 240.00
7 Magalir Maruthuvam - Dr. P.M. Venugopal, H.P.I.M. 180.00
8 Sool Maruthuvam - Dr. P.M. Venugopal, H.P.I.M. 170.00
9 Siddhar Aruvai Maruthuvam - Dr. K.S. Uthamarayan 170.00
10 Pathartha Guna Cinthamani - DIM&H, Chennai 150.00
11 Varma Thoguppu - DIM&H, Chennai 150.00
12 Nanju Murivu Nool - Dr. K.S. Murugesha Mudhaliyar 50.00
13 Pillai Pini Maruthuvam Part-I - DIM&H, Chennai 78.25
14 Yugi Vaithiya Cinthamani - DIM&H, Chennai 150.00
15 Theraiyar Yamaga Venba Part -I - DIM&H, Chennai 80.00
16 Pini Udar Porul Therva Aaiva Muraigal - Dr. Deva Asirvatham Samuvel M.D.(S) 30.30
17 Pulipani Vaithiyam - DIM&H, Chennai 30.00
18 Ariya Siddha Maruthuva Muraigal - DIM&H, Chennai 60.00
19 Mooligai Vilakkam - DIM&H, Chennai 60.00
20 Siddha Maruthuva Agarathi - Part II - DIM&H, Chennai 65.00
21 Siddha Maruthuva Agarathi - Part III - DIM&H, Chennai 55.00
22 Agathiyar Vaithiya Cinthamani - DIM&H, Chennai 80.00
23 Agathiyar Rana Nool - DIM&H, Chennai 20.00
24 Siddha Maruthuva Cinthamani - DIM&H, Chennai 70.00
25 Vaithiya Mooligai Virivu Agarathi - DIM&H, Chennai 50.00
26 Marunthu Seimuraigal - DIM&H, Chennai 90.00
27 Agathiyar Maruthuvam - DIM&H, Chennai 75.00
28 Siddha Marunthakkiyal Vithigalum Seimuraigalum - Dr. I. Sornamariammal, M.D.(S) 75.00
29 Anubava Vaithiyam Kaimurai - DIM&H, Chennai 45.00
30 Palasathiram - DIM&H, Chennai 55.00
31 Pulipani Karppa Therchaii - DIM&H, Chennai 55.00
32 Theraiyar Vaithiya Kaviyam - DIM&H, Chennai 90.00
33 Avi Alikkum Amutha Murai Surukkam - Part - I Dr. V. Kandasamy Mudaliyar 110.00
34 Avi Alikkum Amutha Murai Surukkam - Part - II Dr. V. Kandasamy Mudaliyar 100.00
35 Korakkar Maruthuvam - DIM&H, Chennai 60.00

Siddha Medical Books in English

Sl.No. Title of Books Weight in Gms Rate in Rs.
1 A Compendium of Siddha Doctrine 550 200.00
2 Introduction to Siddha Medicine 100 11.35
3 Simple Home Remedies 50 2.70
4 Hospital of Siddha Pharmacopoeia in Indian Medicine 200 39.00
5 History of Siddha Medicine 800 190.00
6 Siddhars Science of Longevity and Kalpa Medicine 200 25.00
7 Siddha Materia Medica – Part-II 750 250.00
8 Tamil to English Dictionary of Medicine Chemistry, Botony & allied Science.
T.V. Sambasivam Pillai Part - I 800 240.00
T.V. Sambasivam Pillai Part - II 800 170.00
T.V. Sambasivam Pillai – Vol. – II Part - I 800 300.00
T.V. Sambasivam Pillai – Vol. – II Part - II 650 200.00
T.V. Sambasivam Pillai – Vol. - III 650 81.00
T.V. Sambasivam Pillai – Vol. IV. – II Part - I 1200 156.00
T.V. Sambasivam Pillai – Vol. IV – II Part - II 1150 151.00
T.V. Sambasivam Pillai – Vol. V 1800 480.00
9 Theraiyar Maha Karisal 200 70.00
10 Anuboga Vaidya Navaneetham – Part - I 200 70.00
11 Anuboga Vaidya Navaneetham – Part - II 250 90.00
12 Pathartha Guna Cintamani 600 200.00
13 Special Medicines in Siddha 200 70.00
14 Principal of Diagnosis in Siddha 500 200.00
15 Siddha Medicine General (Part-I) 400 150.00
16 Line of Treatment in Siddha (Part-I) 550 210.00
17 Siddha Toxicology 250 120.00

Ayurveda Medical Books in Tamil

Sl.No. Title of Books Rate in Rs.
1 Susrutha Samhithai - Volume - I (15% Discount) 390.00
2 Susrutha Samhithai - Volume - II 272.00
3 Ayurveda Maruthuva Varalaru 250.00
4 Pathartha Vingnanam 200.00

Books can be purchased in person from Monday to Friday on all working days between 10.30 AM to 3.00 PM or by Post / Parcel Service.

Money Order in favour of : The Commissioner of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy, Arumbakkam, Chennai - 600 106.

  1. Books not sold by V.P.P. Post
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  • Regular Indian Medicine & Homeopathy free Medical Camps are being organised throughout the state.
  • Family Health awareness camp are being organised throughout the state.
  • Periodical Herbal Exhibitions are being organised throughout the state to create awareness about the usage of Medicinal Plants and their protection/Propagation.
  • Siddha treatment is provided to the Jail inmates in major prisons in the state.
  • Free medical camps are organised in the Govt. Museum, Chennai every month.


  • What is meant by Siddha System of Medicine?
  • Siddha System of Medicine is unique to Tamil Nadu, Evolved by great Siddhars.

    Siddha system of Medicine is based on Natural products available in this Country. i.e. Herbs, Medicinal Pants, Metals, Minerals and animal products form ingredients of the medicines. In the hands of Experts, the ingredients by themselves or in combination have excellent medicinal value and relieve the sufferings without any side effects, complications. The system has stood the test of time for hundreds of years.

  • Is it true that Siddha Medicine acts slowly?
  • The Siddha system does not believe in merely treating the symptoms. It eradicates the root cause for the illness, provides relief and also prevents recurrence.

  • Is there treatement for all diseases in Siddha System?
  • Siddha System offers an effective treatment for all the minor ailments like Cough, Cold. Diarrhoea, fever etc. Moreover, it helps in building resistance against such ailments without any side effects.

    Siddha System, is very effective in treating ailments like all varieties of joint diseases, skin diseases, Liver problems, Urinary Tract infections, rejuvenation, etc. However, like all other systems Siddha system also has its own limitations.

  • Whether Diabetes can be cured fully in Siddha system?
  • Using Siddha System Diabetes can be controlled and maintained without any side effect.

  • Whether Cancer can be fully cured by this system?
  • If cancer is detected in early stages it can be cured fully. Rest depends upon the stage, other complications of the patient. Though not fully curable, these medicines will help to relieve the pain and to extend the life span of individual.

  • Can skin problem "psoriasis" can be cured fully?
  • This system provides good relief for psoriasis and also the recurrence period is postponed considerably.

  • "AIDS" can be fully cured?
  • Research is going on to provide symptomatic relief for AIDS patients and improve the quality of life and Life span of AIDS patients.

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