Marundhu-95th chapter of Thirukural-
(Here is remarkable exposition of the knowledge of sickness and its treatment . After reading it, all of will wonder , why we do not follow its advices.)
1.Miginum, kurayinum , noi cheyyum noolor,
VaLi muthalaa yenniya moondru.
1.Increased or decreased in take would lead to diseases.
Caused by imbance of the three viz Vatha, Pitha and Kapha.
2.Marunthu yena veNDavaam yaakkaikku , arunthiyathu,
Atthathu poththi unin.
2.If a person after knowing digestion of food taken earlier,
Takes food, then there may not be any need for medicines.
3,Aththaal aLavu arinthu unka , akthu udambu,
Peththaan nedithuikkum aaru.
3.After understanding the measure of digestion , if one takes food,
And that is way to be followed by a person with body, to preserve it for long.
4.Aththathu arinthu kadai pidithu maaralla,
Thuikka thuvara pasithu.
4.After understanding the digestion , people should take food,
Which does not cause harm to him , when he is greatly hungry.
5.Marupadu illatha undi maruthu unnin,
OOrupadu illai uyirkku.
5.If limited food which are not harmful is taken,
The person will not undergo the suffering of sickness.
6,Yizhivarinthu unban kaN inbam poal nirkkum,
Kazhiper irayaan kan noi.
6.Like health staying with people who eat slightly less than need,
Sickness would stay forever with peope who eat food more than necessary.
7.THeeyalavu andri theriyaan perithu unnin,
Noi alavu indri padum.
7, Those who due to ignorance, eat too much not caring ,
For the need of the stomach, he would suffer very many diseases.
8,Noi naadi noi mudhal naadi athu thanikkum ,
Vai naadi vaippa cheyal.
8.After understanding symptoms of the sickness ,after understanding its cause,
And after understanding the method of curing it, a learned doctor should treat.
9.Uththaan alavum , pini alavum , kalamum,
Kaththaan karuthi cheyal.
9.A learned doctor should understand the age of the patient, the severity ,
Of the disease and the time when sickness occurred and treat the patient.
10.Uththavan theerppan marunthuzhai chelvaan yendru,
Appal naal kooththee marunthu.
10.Treatment is the study of the four divisions of the patient , of the doctor ,
Suitable medicine and time and dose of medicine