To promote integrated research in the Siddha system of medicine and provide Siddha treatment to the common patients in the region of Manipal Karnataka, National Institute of Siddha, Chennai join hands with Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, Karnataka by inking an MoU and inaugurating a Specialty Integrative Traditional Siddha Medicine OPD (SISMO) in the Centre for Integrative Medicine research, MAHE on 16.06.2023.
The Center for Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMR) has been established in MAHE in 2015 with divisions for Ayurveda, Siddha, Yoga and Homeopathy. This OPD will be giving special treatment for joint pain, back pain, diabetes, and its complications like diabetic foot ulcers, cancers, kidney stones, chronic skin diseases like psoriasis, liver diseases, sinusitis, and infertility. Siddha methods such as naadi (pulse) examination, cleansing therapy, diet therapy, Siddha yoga therapy, Kaayakalpam (anti-ageing therapy), varma therapy, external therapies, herbal therapies, home remedies and Siddha higher order drugs will be given at nominal cost. Specialty Siddha doctors are deputed from NIS, Chennai to this OPD.
Prof. Dr. R. Meenakumari, Director, NIS & DG CCRS and the team Prof. Dr. G .J .Christian, Dr. A. Mariappan, Associate Professor and Dr. B.R Senthil Kumar, Asst. Professor National Institute of Siddha visited MAHE on 16th June (Friday). The virtual inauguration of the SISMO and signing of MoU were done at MAHE university building by the Director, NIS and the Registrar, MAHE.
A series of meetings with the scientists and administrators of MAHE were held to discuss the prospects of joint research later in the day. The meeting was graced by Dr. Ullas Kamath (Dean of Melaka Manipal Medical College), Dr. Satish Rao (Director – Research), Dr. Basavaraj (Head of Ayurveda Division), Dr. Annapoorna (Head of Yoga division) and Dr. Arul Amuthan (Head of Siddha Division) from MAHE. Various central government schemes to promote Integrative Medicine research were discussed.
The Nodal officers of SISMO Dr. A. Mariappan from NIS and Dr. Arul Amuthan from MAHE, coordinated the entire event