Sowa Rigpa system of medicine practiced in the high altitude Himalayas
Sonal Matharu | February 13, 2010
The Ayush department of the health ministry may soon be more diverse with the traditional medicine system of the sub-himalayan region added under its purview.
The Sowa Rigpa or the Amachi system of medicine practiced in the high altitude Himalayas, which was recognised by the central government, may soon be a separate field of study.
Health Secretary (Ayush) S. Jalaja said, “The government has recognised the Sowa Rigpa system of medicine from the sub-himalayan region. Once approved by the law ministry, education can develop in this field.”
Amachi system of medicine is a blend of ayurveda and Chinese systems of medicine and it flourished in the Himalayan region. It is practiced in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and in the Ladakh region. It is very effective in meeting the health care needs in that region in the lack of allopathic treatments.
“The high altitude Himalayan region is cut off during winters and in such harsh weather, the ailments are treated by this system of medicine. It has been practiced for generations and it is good that it has now got recognition. It was gradually dying,” said Gargi Banerji, director, Prayas, a Gurgaon based NGO which has been active in supporting the Amachis.
She added that the traditional systems of medicine deal with the chronic ailments and were neglected and marginalized when allopathy came. These indigenous systems of medicine have less reaction to medicines. Sowa Rigpa system of medicine is akin to any other traditional medicine system.
“Lack of recognition by the government has had a negative effect on these systems in the past but by recognising them these systems are revived. We hope it moves rapidly from here. But we understand that the procedure for recognising a system of medicine is necessary. A course cannot be rolled out without assessing its quality and processes,” said Banerji.
The Sowa Riga would come under the Ayush department of the health ministry. Ayush is a blend of five traditional systems of medicine namely, ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy. It deals with the education, research and preserving these systems of medicine.
Unless certified, the Amachis cannot become legal practitioners.
“We have sent the amendments forward and are trying our best. It is up to the law ministry to clear it now,” Jalaja said.
Calling for reforms in the Engineering Department of BMC, Mumbai Vikas Samiti, a not-for-profit organisation has said that less than optimum performance of Engineering Function has added to the woes of citizens and deterioration in the quality of life in the metro. In its recently released r
Hailing the Maharashtra government for introducing a bill to amend the Insecticide Act, 1968, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India has called the amendments ‘very focussed’ and urged the state to expand their scope to address other challenges. The bill, introduced in the a
`Garba of Gujarat` has been inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by UNESCO, under the provisions of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage during the 18th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of t
Since its inception, Citizen Financial Cyber Fraud Reporting and Management System has witnessed more than 12.77 lakh complaints registered (till November 15, 2023), and has saved more than Rs. 930 crore in more than 3.80 lakh complaints. This was stated by minister of state for home affair
Impacts and implications of Climate Change Vulnerability in the Himalayan Region and ways of creating ‘Climate Resilient Development in Indian Himalayan Region by making mountain communities green and resilient were discussed the side event hosted at the India pavilion at the UN Climate Conference CO
Air pollution in Delhi has been in headlines, as every year in recent times. Mumbai too has suffered from air pollution, despite being a coastal city. Apart from many other metros such as Bangalore and Kolkata, tier-I and -II cities and rural areas also have high pollution levels. Every year reports and st