Career Option in Siddha


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.

Eligibility

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 practice.

Job Description

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.

Career Prospects

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.

Salary

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.

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