Dr. T. Thirunarayanan, attained eternal abode on 21st June 2022. Dr. T. Thirunarayanan is fondly referred as TTN and was an icon for Siddha System of Medicine in all spheres--- teaching, training, clinical and research.
Dr. TTN is the Founder for the Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research (CTMR) an NGO in Adambakkam, Chennai. Before that he served as a medical officer, ISM CHAD, Community Health Dept., Christian Medical College, Vellore in 1988. Dr. TTN served as Asst. Lecturer/ Asst. Medical officer at Govt. Siddha Medical colleges Palayamkottai, Chennai (Tamil Nadu Medical services) from 1989- 1992 and performed the role in Research –CKL Ltd from 1998 -2000.
Dr. TTN is the Member of the General body of National Institute of Siddha, Chennai. He served as the member of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani Drugs Technical Advisory Board (ASUDTAB), Ministry of Ayush. He was the Subject Expert for the preparation of ICD-11 – TM (Siddha), Siddha Terminology group, Siddha Dossier, etc.
In the past, Dr. TTN has contributed to the Working Group AYUSH – Planning commission GOI, as Subject Expert in TKDL project, Member – Tamil Nadu Equitable initiative programme, Member- Sub- group Medicinal Plants- Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical Board, Member – MCH program- DANIDA project, etc.
Dr. TTN has authored four books in Siddha medicine and translated quite a few and published research papers in peer reviewed journals, His book has been translated in Russian language. Dr. T.Thirunarayanan is also the principal investigator in documenting Traditional health practices in different districts of Tamil Nadu and involved in digitizing indexing and cataloguing of ancient Siddha Palm manuscripts other research projects on drug standardization.
Dr. TTN is involved in training in specialties of Siddha system both to government physicians and shaping young ISM graduates. He regularly conducts Lifestyle training programme for healthy living through Siddha in Malaysia, Russia, US and other countries. He has done many health awareness shows on ISM to ‘Arogya Baratham’ health programme of Doordarshan sponsored by Ministry of Health – promoting awareness through Mass Media for Healthy living.
Dr.T.Thirunarayanan develops new products based on Traditional medical systems adopting rigorous scientific validation methods and also in designing standard operating procedures to comply with Good Manufacturing Practices. Establishing medicinal plant garden and conservation of medicinal plants by ex-situ methods is his passion. He has been implementing the herbal gardens with the help of various NGO’s including Green kovai, a part of AIM for Sewa.
Dr.T.Thirunarayanan Contribution to Siddha System of Medicine is Outstanding and Commendable.
May His Soul Rest in Peace...