Diagnosis in Siddha Medicine
The Siddha System is said to have emerged in antiquity, from the highly evolved consciousness of the Siddhars.
The Diagnostic methodology in Siddha system is unique as it is made purely on the basis of clinical acumen of the physician. The diagnosis is arrived from the examination of sense organs, Interrogation, eight fold examination, wrist circumference sign, astrology & assessment of three derangement humours.
Examination of the patients on these principles is the first duty in Siddha as well as Ayurveda Physicians before he applies or employes any therapeutical remedy.
When at times there were no technological advancements around as of today, Sridhar’s tried to convey the art of diagnosing and the appreciation of prognosis to the contemporary world.
Diagnosis is made by means of (1) observation – observing smell, taste, features or facial expressions (2) Experiment – examination of sense organs; of urine, faeces, tastes, pulse and heart beat, (3) Questioning the patient on several points as regards duration of the disease, his sufferings and habit in respect of food and drink and the digestion and indigestion, sleep, vitality and strength, the state of mind and mental troubles.