One of the oldest medical system known in human history, Siddha medicine is supposed
to have originated in South India along with the other two significant forms of
alternative medicine known as Ayurveda and Unani. The concept of Siddha medicine
is slightly different to Ayurveda, though basically both processes are almost similar.
The process of Siddha treatment lays importance to the role of diet and lifestyle
in maintaining the health of a person. The doctor who follows the Siddha form of
treatment is known as a “Siddhar”. Though today the other forms of medical treatments
like Allopathy, Homeopathy, and Ayurveda have overtaken the implementation of Siddha
treatment, it is still popular in some parts of India and other countries.
To practice as a “Siddhar” the candidate must have an undergraduate degree which
is of five and a half years and is conducted in many Siddha medical colleges especially
concentrated in the state of Tamil Nadu. A two year postgraduate degree, is also
awarded to those who want to master this alternate form of medicine. The candidates
are awarded their degrees from a recognized university in India to which the college
is affiliated. The degree is also recognized by the statutory body known as the
Central Council of Indian Medicine. The council has been established in 1971 to
support and promote the study and practice of alternate medicine which also includes
Siddha. The council is under the Department of AYUSH, which is an acronym for, Ayurveda,
Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy.
Required Skills for a career in Siddha Medicine
- Complete understanding of the concepts of Siddha medicine.
- A thorough knowledge of the medications involved in Siddha medicine.
- Research and diagnostic skills
- Ability to grasp the patient’s symptoms to transform it to effective treatment
How to become a Siddha Medical Professional
After gaining the right academic qualifications, it is recommended that the candidate
works as an assistant under and expert “Siddhar”, before embarking on an independent
The job of a Siddha doctor is similar to that of a doctor in any other form of treatment
only the treatment procedures and medications are likely to change. The other responsibilities
of this role usually required to be taken up include supervising the Siddha clinic,
taking care to see that the medicines are prepared according to the prescriptions
and ensuring that the patient administers the medication in the right way.
The job of a Siddhar has high potential for progress, as people have today understood
and recognized the value of alternate forms of treatment. Moreover, with the approval
of the Government, the demand for more forms of alternate medicines are high. Job
opportunities in traditional hospitals are too high.
The basic salary of a doctor practicing Siddha medicine is quite high and the candidate
can expect to earn nearly as much as an Allopathic doctor does. Besides, the “Siddhar”
can also earn high by doing private practice by setting up a clinic.