The Siddha medicine is one of the oldest medical systems known to mankind. This system of medicine originated from South Indian Tamil traditional medicine, as part of the trio Indian medicines – Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani.

Dravidian origin

The Siddha Science is the oldest traditional treatment system generated from Dravidian culture. The Siddha, which flourished in the period of Indus Valley, Civilization. Palm Leaf Manuscripts says that Siddha System was first described by Lord Shiva to his wife, Parvathy. Parvathy explores all these knowledge to her son Lord Muruga. He taught all these knowledge to his Disciple Sage Agasthya. Agasthya taught 18 Siddhars, and they spread this knowledge to mankind.


The word Siddha comes from the word Siddhi which means an object attained perfection or heavenly bliss. Siddha focused to ” Ashtamahasiddhi ” that is the eight supernatural power. Those who reached or achieved the above-said powers known as Siddhars. There were 18 extraordinary siddhis in olden days, and they developed this system of medicine. Hence, it is called Siddha Medicine. The Siddhars wrote their knowledge in palm leaf manuscripts, fragments of which founded in different parts of South India. It believed that some families may possess more pieces, but keep them solely for their use. There is a vast collection of Siddha Manuscripts kept by Traditional Siddha Families.


The system is believed developed by the 18 siddhis of the south popular called the Siddhars. Siddhars was spiritual adepts who possessed the ashta siddhis, or the eight supernatural powers. Sage Agasthiyar is considered the guru of all Siddhars.

The Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS), established in 1978, by Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, coordinates and promotes research in the fields of Ayurveda and Siddha medicine. Also, the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), a statutory body established in 1971 under AYUSH, monitors higher education in areas of Indian medicine, including Siddha.To fight biopiracy and unethical patents, the Government of India, in 2001, set up the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library as a repository of 223,000 formulations of various systems of Indian medicine, such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha.

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