Une thérapie en voie de passer les frontières. : L'avenir de la médecine siddha

Abstract : Little is known about Siddha medicine outside those Asian countries with significant Tamil communities. Over these last decades, however, the revitalization of that scholarly medical system originating in the state of Tamil Nadu has been acting as a push towards promotion on the international markets. The distribution of this medicine is not without problems as its practitioners make much use of metals and mineral compounds whose tolerance thresholds in the finished product are, in some cases, drastic due their toxicity. Warnings of the high levels of metal detected Canada and England in some drugs belonging to traditional Indian medicines have prompted the health ministries of these countries to strengthen their quality control policies by compelling the specialised manufacturers to apply " Good Manufacturing Practices " and to list the ingredients of each formulation.

To avoid the risks linked with toxicity some practitioners have chosen to give up using metals and other dangerous products in their formulations. Other practitioners believe, however, that these elements are the key to the efficacy and the singularity of Siddha, and they therefore do not alter their formulations. How is the export of Siddha medicine and its drugs to be carried on in this situation? In answer to that question a study must, first of all, be carried out, of the regulations pertaining to the importing of medicinal products as might contain residual doses of toxic elements, and the extent to which the export of these products is feasible thereby estimated. I shall next look at the methods developed by the makers of Siddha medicaments (at different production levels) to distribute their products outside India.
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Brigitte Sébastia. Une thérapie en voie de passer les frontières. : L'avenir de la médecine siddha. 2010. ⟨halshs-00408694⟩

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