HEALING FROM THE ROOTS
Meet Siddha Vaidya P.S.Narasimha Swamy
Dr. Narasimha Swamy hails from a family noted for its Siddha
medical expertise since generations. Thanks to this distinguished
lineage, he developed deep interests in Indian healing systems from
an early age,
and after graduating in life sciences, received rigorous training in
Siddha Vaidya at Chennai, a premier hub for studies in this field.
He has been practising Siddha medicine for more than two decades
now and is promoting the cause of this ancient and now-endangered
medical system in several ways including publications, field research, translations, academic
guidance & awareness programmes and design & development of herbal gardens. He is a Life Member of the Akhila Karnataka Siddha Practitioners Association.
Dr. Narasimha Swamy’s book “Moolika Vignyana
has won wide acceptance and his quarterly magazine
“Herbal Heritage” enjoys a broad readership base in India as well as
abroad. He also contributes articles to newspapers & magazines and
even maintains an Internet presence through http://agasthiaherbal.tripod.com
and http://siddhamed.blogspot.com. In order to enable universal
understanding and propagation of the basics of the Siddha system,
he learnt classical Tamil (original Siddha literature is written on palm
leaves in classical Tamil, in poetic form) and has undertaken a major
project to translate basic Siddha literature into English.
He has travelled extensively in the states of Tamilnadu and Kerala to
collect ancient Siddha Vaidya books and systematically preserve this extraordinary knowledge
heritage in his library.
Dr. Narasimha Swamy has formed Agasthya Siddha Charities
a nonprofit service organization under which he runs several of the
above programmes and provides free healthcare to needy patients.
One of the major points of Dr. Narasimha Swamy’s mission is to
preserve and promote precious medicinal herbs. To this end, he has
developed a herbal garden at Bogadi in Mysore. He also offers
technical advice for design and development of herbariums and for
formulations of drugs for specialized herbal therapies.
Fieldwork is a matter of great passion and priority for Dr. Narasimha
Swamy. He undertakes regular field trips to the forests and hills of Tamilnadu for collection
of herbs and plants for his practice. During
such trips, he also undertakes certain pharmaco-/ethno-botanical
studies and networks extensively with knowledgeable local people
(tribal folks, veteran healers, scholars of ancient Tamil and
With the objective of preparing the next generation
Siddha Vaidyas , Dr. Narasimha Swamy provides teaching/learning
resources for short- and long-term academic training programmes
in this medical discipline.
Dr. Narasimha Swamy has always displayed a keen interest in
Vaidya into a standard, evidence-based practice and
integrating the knowledge of this system of alternate medicine into
the mainstream so as to enable the creation of a
force of universal power. He systematically collects critical data on
plants as well as patients for use in future treatments and his
database incorporates anecdotal evidence and case histories of
hundreds of patients from across the world. He also documents his breakthrough therapeutic successes
in chronic cases (and cases given
up by modern medical practitioners) such as psoriasis, leucoderma,
asthma, arthritis and scalp-related disorders. Needless to say, he
uses modern techniques of pathological and radiological investigation
to place his diagnosis on scientific grounds.
Dr. Narasimha Swamy presented a paper on the ‘Siddha System of
Indian Medicine’ at an international conference titled “Scientific
Validation and Technical Evaluation of Ancient Medical Systems,”
in early 2007.
Dr. Narasimha Swamy’s future plans include
development of a Nature Cure Centre with facilities for yoga, meditation and inpatient treatment,
a herbarium and a library & museum of herbal medicine. He
plans to build sophisticated labs to prove the effectiveness of Siddha
therapy regimes by patient-randomizing and controlled clinical-trialling, and intends to promote rigorous published science in this wonderful area
Siddha Vaidya P.S.Narasimha Swamy
Agasthya Siddha Literature Research Centre
1495, Krishnamurthypuram, Mysore-570 004. India.
Mobile: (+91-821- ) 98451 67119