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Siddha Medicine (Dravidian Culture)

Siddha medicine is a traditional medical system that originated in southern India as part of the culture of the Tamil people. The Tamil are a Dravidian ethnic group, believed to have migrated to south India from the Indus Valley sometime around 1500 B.C.E. The word Dravidian is used to indicate the family of languages spoken in southern India as well as to specify the ethno-linguistic groups who speak them. Since Siddha medicine originated and evolved with the Dravidian culture of southern India and has its entire literature in the Tamil language, it is known as a Dravidian system of medicine. It is considered to be one of India’s oldest systems of medicine and contains a rich history, an extensive pharmacopoeia, and a growing modern-day presence.

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