TAMIL NADU

Siddha drugs suggested for treatment of diseases

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The State Department of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy has supplied Siddha drugs to treat chikungunya and A(H1N1) influenza, which have no side-effects, said G.A. Rajkumar, Principal Secretary and Director of the Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy.

Addressing the gathering after releasing an ‘information guide’ on ‘Siddha and Homoeopathy Treatment for Chikungunya and Swine Flu Diseases’ here on Monday, he said special drugs were being given to each patient.

Siddha is a form of medical treatment that was practised by the ancient Tamils and this indigenous practice has medicines, which are made mainly out of the parts of the leaves, bark, stem and roots of plants and trees and have no side-effects.

Five types of drugs

Five types of drugs have been supplied to all Government Siddha Hospitals, besides taluk and primary health centres, and adequate stock is also made available, he said. He added that the Siddha drugs, being supplied free, would ensure permanent relief. Special drugs were given for fever and joint pain or swelling.

Out of the 1,532 primary health centres in Tamil Nadu, Siddha medical treatment is available in 479 primary health centres and during 2009 the treatment was made available in 300 PHCs, and efforts are under way to make Siddha treatment facilities

Dr. Rajkumar underlined the need for creating awareness among the masses of the efficacy of Siddha drugs in healing the disease. The drugs could be taken as a preventive medicine.

The Tamil Nadu Medicinal Plant Farms and Herbal Medicine Corporation (TAMPCOL) received Rs.30 crore for preparing Siddha, Ayurvedic and Unani medicines this year. Collector N.Mathivanan, who received the first copy of the booklet, said: “Our food is the medicine for all our health problems. The consumption practices, including the level of intake and the content are all important to lead a healthy life.”

R. Varadharajan, District Malaria Officer, in his address, gave details of chikungunya fever. During 2006, 221 cases of chikungunya were tested positive, in 2007, no cases were reported, in 2008, 15 cases were tested positive and in 2009, 128 cases were tested positive. In 2009, the incidence of fever was high during the months of September, October, November and December, and 16, 23, 36 and 51 cases respectively were tested positive.

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