Healthcare facilities at Chennai comprise of very efficient government-run and modern private hospitals. Chennai attracts about 45 percent of health tourists from abroad arriving in the country and around 30 percent of domestic health tourists. Due to this fact the Chennai has been termed India’s health capital. Multi- and super-specialty hospitals across the city bring in an estimated 150 international patients every day. Factors behind the tourists’ inflow in the city include low costs, little to no waiting period and facilities offered at the speciality hospitals in the city.

The Government hospitals in the city include General Hospital, Government multi-super speciality hospital, Government Kilpauk Hospital, Government Royapettah Hospital, Government Stanley Hospital, Adyar Cancer Institute, TB Sanatorium, and National Institute of Siddha. The National Institute of Siddha is one of the seven apex national-level educational institutions that promote excellence in Indian system of medicine and Ayurveda. Non-profit hospitals in the city include the Hindu Mission Hospital. Some of the popular private-run hospitals in Chennai are Apollo Hospitals, SIMS Hospital, Dr. Kamakshi Memorial Hospitals, Chettinad Health City, Billroth Hospitals, MIOT Hospital, Global Health City, SRM Hospital, Vasan Healthcare, Kauvery Hospital and Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre. The prime NABH-accredited hospitals includes Chennai Apollo Speciality Hospital, Dr Mehta Hospitals, Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Global Hospitals & Health City, Sankara Nethralaya and Vijaya Medical & Educational Trust.

Chennai also plays a leading role in providing cancer treatment in the country. Many of the institutions in the city are well renowned in the field of cancer research and treatment. Some of the leading hospitals providing cancer treatment in Chennai include V.S. Hospitals, Adyar Cancer Hospital, Apollo Hospital and Madras Cancer care Foundation.

The other distinction that the city of Chennai possesses in the field of healthcare is the presence of other indigenous medical systems of India. Chennai is also renowned for its Siddha and Ayurvedic health centres. Many experienced AYUSH health professionals have their hospitals in the city.

Amongst the traditional systems of medicine in India, the Siddha system of medicine is considered to be one of the oldest, which is practised for over 5000 years in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Siddha is now a recognized system of medicine having its own ministry (Ministry of AYUSH) in the Government of India, along with Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani and Homeopathy.

At Chennai, the Arignar Anna Government Hospital of Indian Medicine, National Insititue of Siddha are some of the apex Government run institutions offering cancer treatment in Chennai, with Siddha medicines.

In the private space, Siddhalaya clinic, founded in 2013, is a centre renowned for its cancer treatment in Chennai, using Siddha system of medicine. The clinic is founded by Prof. Dr. P. Jeyaprakash Narayanan MD (Siddha), who has more than 50 years of expertise in various aspects of Siddha Medicine including clinical consultation, manufacturing of siddha drugs, Siddha education, Siddha research and administration. Prof. Dr. P. Jeyaprakash Narayanan is ably assisted by a team of highly qualified Siddha Physicians and Management professionals, who have helped Siddhalaya render its services to over 5000 patients in a span of 8 years.

Siddha system of medicine stimulates the self-healing abilities of the body. It has in its armory a wide range of potent drugs, to detox, purify and support body tissues for natural recovery. The starting point in this process is the balancing of Trithodam and Thirigunam. Modern Cancer treatment include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Treatment methods such as chemotherapy greatly assists in preventing the growth of cancerous tumor cells but in the process can also destroy healthy cells. During chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy, Siddha medicine can help reduce the side-effects of the treatment as well as assist the body in its recovery process. Patients seeking cancer treatment in Chennai visit Siddhalaya, to benefit from the remedies prescribed in this ancient system of medicine.