Siddha medicine is a traditional medicine originating in South India. It is one of the oldest systems of medicine in India.

In rural India, siddhars have learned methods traditionally through master-disciple relationships to become local “healers”. Siddhars are among an estimated 400,000 traditional healers practicing medicine in India, comprising some 57% of rural medical care.[3][4] Siddha practitioners believe that five basic elements – earth, water, fire, air, sky – are in food, “humours” of the human body, and herbal, animal, or inorganic chemical compounds, such as sulfur and mercury, used as therapies for treating diseases.

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