Siddha By Ayush
What is Siddha?
One of the seven Ayush systems, Siddha is a traditional and complementary system of healing that originated in South India. It is believed to be one of India's oldest systems of medicine which is based on a combination of ancient medicinal practices and spiritual disciplines.
The term Siddha means achievements and Siddhars are those who have achieved perfection in medicine. Eighteen Siddhars are said to have contributed towards the systematic development of this system, who recorded their experiences in the Tamil language. Although it is mainly practised in the southern part of India, its importance and reach have grown globally across the world.
Career in Siddha
Over the years Siddha medicine has gained a lot of popularity globally because of its benefits and acceptance as a traditional and complementary system of medicine. This in turn has opened up an array of career opportunities for those studying Siddha medicine. Once a student completes his Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery ( BSMS ) he or she has to register with the State Council of Indian Medicine/ Central Council of Indian Medicine to be eligible for practising Siddha medicine all over India. One can also get specialized through Post Graduate degrees and PhD.
A BSMS qualified Siddha doctor can get an appointment in government hospitals through the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. Appointments are also catered for in Central Government Health scheme (CGHS) as Medical Officers in CGHS wellness centres in cities like Chennai and Delhi.
Various openings at different levels are also available for Siddha graduates under the Ministry of Ayush, Central Council for Research in Siddha, National Institute of Siddha and the Central Council of Indian Medicine.
The Kerala Government also has employment opportunities for Siddha doctors in its Indian medicine dispensaries.
Education in Siddha https://nischennai.org/index.html
Standards of medical education in Siddha are laid down under the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) which is a statutory body constituted under the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970.
The National Institute of Siddha (NIS), Chennai is a premier institute run by the Ministry of Ayush for imparting training, teaching and research in Siddha.
Established in the year 2005, NIS offers important courses like Postgraduate course M.D (Siddha) and PhD. programmes in various disciplines of Siddha medicine. Its curriculum is meticulously planned to integrate the benefits of a traditional healthcare system with modern science.