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Created by MIT-trained scientist that combines western systems theory with 5000-year-old Indian medicine.

Your Body, Your System® is a personalized education system, brought to you by VA Shiva Ayyadurai, world renowned scientist and inventor, that integrates the principles of modern systems theory with eastern approaches to medicine. It helps you to understand your body as a system, and how you can manage your system effectively with food, supplements and activity.

The Science Behind Your Body, Your System®

We can look at the human body in different ways. Modern medicine has taken the approach of understanding the body by studying its individual parts (molecules, cells, tissues, organs, etc.) in a highly specialized manner. This effort has provided humankind with enormous benefits such as antibiotics, advanced surgical techniques, and molecular medicine. Another approach is to view the body as a whole and study its holistic interaction with the environment, internally and externally. This is the approach of ancient systems of medicine such as Siddha, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which have benefited billions of people for thousands of years. More


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"It was invigorating to hear, see, and read some of core Ayurvedic principles integrated with systems of biomedical medicine. This is such terrific work"

N.B., Medical Doctor and US Army Colonel

This is excellent! These sessions are cross-disciplinary and encourage perspectives from social, historical, cultural, clinical, and basic sciences.

A.A., M.D., Ph.D. and Harvard Medical Researcher

Shiva's ability to simplify powerful concepts and make it understandable has really allowed me to educate my students on the scientific basis of Yoga that I knew intuitively.

J.G., Yoga Teacher


Ramachandran Subramanian

Creative Director
I am from a small village in southern Tamil Nadu called Karungulam. My uncle is a traditional healer well versed in Siddha. I always found it fascinating to see my uncle diagnose people by just checking their pulse and how accurate he always was. He goes on trips into the jungles of the Western Ghats to procure herbs for making medicines. I have seen people suffering from cancer who have been discharged from hospitals with no hope of any cure, being cured by these herbs and the genius of an uneducated villager relying on tradition passed orally over generations.

Kannan Arumugam

Director, Software Development
In my native town of Tirunelveli, there are some expert practitioners of Siddha treatment. As recently as last year, my son had problems with his breathing which medical doctors diagnosed as a form of sinusitis as well as tissue growth that could only be resolved by surgery. I took him to a well known Siddha practitioner in Palayamkottai. He was put on a program for 6 weeks that included certain changes in diet as well. At the end of the program, my son was breathing absolutely normally. And he continues to have no problems after almost a year. This incident only provided me further motivation in doing my bit to get the benefits of Siddha medicine to as many people as possible.

Hariharan Subramanian

General Manager
I was born in Nagercoil - a quaint town adjacent to the coast of Kanyakumari in South India. For any prolonged ailment, the natives of the town had only one solution in mind: "Dharisanamkoppu" Mahadeva Iyer. An expert in the practice of Panchakarma and Ayurveda, he was renowned to have cured hundreds of people of ailments that other forms of treatment had given up on. His tradition continues even today in the form of a school providing 'gurukulam' based education on such treatments and a full-fledged Ayurvedic hospital.

About VA Shiva Ayyadurai

Dr. VA Shiva Ayyadurai is a renowned systems scientist and computational systems biology expert. He teaches Systems Visualization, a pioneering new course at MIT, and is Founder of the International Center for Integrative Systems. He is the creator of EchoMail and CytoSolve - two large scale enterprise systems for media and medicine respectively. He is passionate about integrating both Eastern and Western systems of medicine to create a new convergent medicine that is fully consistent with the scientific method. Dr. VA Shiva became intrigued with medicine at the age of five, as he observed his grandmother, a farmer and healer in the small village of Muhavur in South India, apply the ancient healing tradition of Siddha to heal and support local villagers. More