Siddha Medicinal System

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2. Siddha Medicinal System- This medicinal system is practiced in most parts of South India especially in Tamil Nadu. It is somewhat closely related to Ayurveda but it has its own distinctive characteristics. It has been closely identified with Tamil civilization. The word 'Siddha' has come from 'Siddhi' meaning achievement. Siddhars were the men who achieved supreme knowledge in the field of medicine, yoga or meditation. (Narayanaswamy, 1975). Similar to Ayurveda, Siddha system also follows ashtanga concept with regards to treatment procedures. However the main emphasis is on the three branches - Bala vahatam (pediatrics), Nanjunool (toxicology) and Nayana vidhi (ophthalmology). The therapeutics in both the systems can be broadly categorized…show more content…
Homeopathy- This system is founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1790. It is based on the idea ‘like cures like’ i.e. the substances that cause symptoms in a healthy person can also cure those same symptoms in a diseased person. This so called low of similar gives homeopathy its name. Hahnemann conducted an experiment in which a method of potentizing homeopathic remedies was developed by diluting them in water-alcohol solution and then vigorously shaking the mixtures. The result came out that a high degree of dilution not only minimizes the side effects of the remedies but also simultaneously enhances the medical efficacy. Most homeopathic remedies have undergone in proving medical observations in which healthy individual is given a doses of undiluted homeopathic substances. Mental, emotional, psychic and other details of patients are most important. (Yadav,…show more content…
By studying health care systems one can keep a check on the quality of the healthcare which is being provided to an individual or community as a whole. According to Institute of Medicine there are six important components of a healthcare system that provides high quality care to individuals. First, the system is safe (i.e. free from accidental injury) for all patients in all processes at all the time. Second, a high quality health care system provides care that is effective (i.e. Preventive service, diagnostic test or therapy). Third, a high quality health care system should be patient-centered. This concept involves the following: respect for patients' values, preferences, and expressed needs; coordination and integration of care; information, communication, and education; physical comfort; emotional support and involvement of family and friends. Fourth, high quality health care is to be delivered in a timely manner. Fifth, a high quality health care system should be efficient (i.e. use of resources to obtain the best value for the money spent). Sixth, a high quality health care system should be equitable (i.e. care should be based on an individual's needs, not on personal characteristics-such as gender, race, or insurance status). Measurement of healthcare quality is an

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