Treating diabetics with traditional medicine in Tamil Nadu A study of two traditional siddha practitioners: study of two traditional siddha practitioners

Abstract : It is often after an initial recourse to biomedicine that Indians turn to traditional medicines, notably to siddha. Siddha practitioners have mostly been consulted for joint and bone disorders, digestive and sexual problems, and skin diseases, but they are increasingly approached for the treatment of metabolic pathologies, notably type2 diabetes and associated diseases which have emerged in India over the past three decades as the result of rapid changes in diet and lifestyle. College trained siddha doctors have some knowledge of treating type2 diabetes due to training that integrate biomedical disciplines and the study of emerging diseases, but traditional siddha practitioners have to develop their own methods because they have no inherited knowledge of treating this disease which has been rare until recently. Based on the ethnography of two reputed traditional siddha practitioners, the aim of this article is to show that, despite criticism by siddha doctors who denounce them as quacks lacking college background and registration, the dynamism of traditional practitioners in dealing with different aspects of diabetes care qualifies them to contribute to the fight against a disease considered as a major public health issue.
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Brigitte Sébastia. Treating diabetics with traditional medicine in Tamil Nadu A study of two traditional siddha practitioners: study of two traditional siddha practitioners. 2010. ⟨hal-00597057⟩

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