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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-40

Morbidity Profile of Patients Attending OPD of Siddha Regional Research Institute, Puducherry


Siddha Regional Research Institute (CCRS), Kuyavarpalayam, Puducherry, India 605013. Central Council for Research in Siddha, Arumbakkam, Chennai, India 600 106, India

Correspondence Address:
R Rathinamala
Siddha Regional Research Institute (CCRS), Kuyavarpalayam, Puducherry, India 605013. Central Council for Research in Siddha, Arumbakkam, Chennai
India
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Introduction: Siddha, traditional Tamil system of medicine, which has been prevalent in the ancient Tamil land, is the foremost of all other medical systems in the world. Its origin goes back to BC 10000 to BC 4000. The uniqueness of Siddha system is evident by its continuous service to the mankind for more than 5000 years in combating diseases and also in maintaining its physical, mental and moral health while many of its contemporaries had become extinct long ago. Methods: The present study was done to report the morbidity profile of patients attending out-patient department (OPD) of Siddha Regional Research Institute (SRRI), Puducherry. The hospital records were reviewed and the data of all patients who have attended the OPD of SRRI during April 2012 to March 2017 (5 years) were retrieved. Both new and old cases (patients) attending the OPD were included. Results: The results of the present cross sectional study has revealed that out of 13 system wise classification of diseases, five namely, Enbumootunoigal (Bone/ Joint diseases), Tholnoigal (Skin diseases), Swasanoigal (Respiratory Diseases), Unavupaadhainoigal (Gastro intestinal disorders) and Siruneeraganoigal (Urinary Disorders) were found to be the top 5 morbidities of patients attending the OPD. Conclusion: From the present study, it can be concluded that degenerative diseases like AzhalKeezhVaayu (Osteo arthritis), Auto immune diseases like Kalanjagapadai (Psoriasis), Respiratory diseases like Irumal (Bronchitis) and Non-communicable diseases Gunmam (Acid peptic diseases) and Neerizhivu (Diabetes mellitus) were the common morbidities among the patients attending the OPD of SRRI, Puducherry.


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