National Institute of Siddha Treatments and Courses in Chennai

National Institute of Siddha

National Institute of Siddha (NIS) is a pioneer Siddha institute in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India. It is a premier institute, known for quality health care services and education.  The Siddha institute has 200 bedded hospital and about 2300 patients visited its OPD daily. It offers post graduate courses and Ph.D in Siddha. The institute also known for treating many diseases through its special therapies.

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National Institute of Siddha courses

National Institute of Siddha offers two courses: MD in Siddha and Ph.D in Siddha

MD Siddha degree course

It is affiliated with Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai and curriculum is in accordance with Central Council for Indian Medicine, New Delhi. There are six post graduate programmes namely:

  • Maruthuvam-8 seats
  • Gunapadam-8 seats
  • Sirappu Maruthuvam-8 seats
  • Kuzhandai Maruthuvam-8 seats
  • Noi Nadal-7 seats
  • Nanju Noolum Maruthuva Needhi Noolum-7 seats

The basic requirements for the above courses are as follow:

  • Qualification: Siddha graduates with BSMS/BIM
  • Entrance exam: Common for all the six disciplines
  • Duration: 3 years

One seat is reserved in any of the above six disciplines for Siddha graduate from BIMSTEC countries.

Point to remember:

  • Total seat is 46 including 1 seat reserved for BIMSTEC student.
  • Notification is made in the month of July.
  • Entrance and counselling held in the month of October.


Ph.D Siddha course

Ph.D in NIS is offered in the given six specific disciplines

  • Maruthuvam
  • Gunapadam
  • Sirappu Maruthuvam
  • Kuzhandai Maruthuvam
  • Noi Nadal
  • Nanju Noolum Maruthuva Needhi Noolum

The basic requirements for Ph.D in NIS

  • Total seats: 12
  • Qualification: MD in Siddha
  • Selection: through entrance exam


National Institute of Siddha treatments

Out Patient Department

  • The institute is attached with Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital where OPD services are provided free of cost to the common people.
  • OPD services are available 365 days of the year.
  • OPD timings: General OPD: 8 am to 12 noon, Geriatric OP: 3pm to 5pm (every Tuesday), Vanmeegam-cancer clinic:  3pm to 5pm (every Wednesday), Magavinmai-infertility clinic: 3pm to 5pm (every Friday) and Yoga OP: 8 am to 12 noon (every Friday).


National Institute of Siddha IPD

The various departments under IPD are

  • Maruthuvam
  • Gunapadam
  • Varmam, Puramaruthuvam and Sirappu Maruthuvam
  • Kuzhandhai Maruthuvam
  • Noi Nadal
  • Nanju Maruthuvam
  • Aruvai Thool Maruthuvam
  • Sool & Magalir Maruthuvam

General ward in National Institute of Siddha  In Patient Department (IPD).

  • Male ward in the ground floor
  • Female Ward in the first floor
  • Paediatric ward: Second floor
  • Treatment facility as well as food is free of cost.


Medical tourism in National Institute of Siddha

Following diseases and disorders are covered under medical tourism.

  • Metabolic disorder, lifestyle disorders
  • Renal failure
  • Geriatric diseases
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Skin diseases
  • Obesity, Diabetes and Cholesterol
  • Eye and ENT
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Central Nervous System disorders


Special OPD in National Institute of Siddha

  •  Geriatric OPD: It is for senior citizen of more than 60 years on every Tuesday between 3-5 pm. Medicine  is given free of cost.
  • Infertility OPD (Magavinmai): It is organised on every Friday between 3pm -5 pm.
  • Cancer Clinic (Vanmeegam): This opd is functioning from 3pm-5 pm on every Wednesday.
  • Yoga OPD: Every Friday between 8 to 12 Noon.
  • Aruvai Thol Maruthuvam: For diseases like skin, fistula, hemorrhoids, tumour, etc.


Special therapies in National Institute of Siddha

There are many special therapies are given in NIS. The detail description of such special therapies are given below.

  • Varmam: The therapy Varmam is used to treat cervical spondylosis, lumbar spondylosis, frozen shoulder, paraplegia and hemiplegic. Varmam therapy is the pressure manipulation on the said points with particular force for a specific time.  It leads to flow of pranic energy, which is obstructed due to some factor. The different methods are used in Varmam therapy such as energy based treatment, vital air based treatment, nervous system based treatment, bone based treatment, muscles based treatment and internal organ based treatment. These treatments are executed by experts of the field.
  • Karnool Therapy: This therapy is used for the management of fistula. One of the best advantages is that it prevents the recurrence of the condition.
  • Thokkanam (Physical manipulation therapy): It is given to those patients who has deranged vaatham  and humors. It is done by trained professionals.
  • Attai Vidal (Leech Therapy): It is a special therapy is used to remove toxins from blood by using leech. It is helpful in arthritis, eye diseases, dysmenorrhoea and traumatic swelling, etc.
  • Suttigai (Cauterization): It is removing of swelling/bleeding or burning tissues. It is used to treat scrotal swelling, abdominal swelling and Kaph disorders.
  • Patru (Poultice): Its soft moist mass of herbs often heated or medicated. It is used to treat aching, painful parts of the body, skin diseases like emollient, anti-microbial and anti-allergic.
  • Ottradam (Fomentation): This therapy is used in contusion, swelling and dermatological conditions.
  • Poochu (Anointing): Application of liquid or medicated oil locally. It is helpful to reduce Pitham, eczema and diseases related with Vaatham.
  • Pugai (Fumigation): Pugai is an inhalation therapy with medicinal herbs. The main motto of this therapy is used to control infection. Fumigation is helpful in cases of sinusitis, bronchitis, allergies, ear diseases, dental caries and asthma.    
  • Kattu (Bandage dressing): It is the of herbs or medicinal or inorganic substances on the affected area. It is useful in case of inflammations, wounds and other painful conditions.    
  • Nasiyam (Nasal Drops): It is drug administration through nasal or nasal instillation. This is useful in case of diseases like sinusitis, nasal blocks, migraine, etc.
  • Vethu (Steam Inhalation): It is helpful to treat anorectal diseases, tremors and , rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Seelai (Medicated Gauze/Plaster): It is used in case of wound so that it heals up easily. Useful in case of wound healing, chronic ulcers, abscess, neoplasm, fistula, etc.
  • Kombu Kattal (Bone setting): Herbal bone setting material are used. It is helpful to reduce pain, swelling, contusion on fractures.
  • Pottanam (Medicated packs/pouch): Heated packs of herbal powder. It is used in case of eye diseases, tridosham, spondylosis.
  • Pasai (Cream): It’s a resin based application where fats or vegetable oils are used for treatment purposes. It is used in headache or other painful conditions.
  • Kalimbu (Ointment): It’s a viscous semi solid products used in case of ulcers and eczema
  • Peechu (Enema): It is to clear the rectum with the help of medicated water  or medicated oil.
  • Ennai Kattu (Oil Pooling): Holding warm medicated oil at a particular area for a particular period of time so that oil penetrate into the deeper level of the tissues. This therapy is beneficial in loosening the muscles, spondylosis, sciatica, etc.
  • Physiotherapy: It is also given at NIS.


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