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Bill recognizes Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine

August 29, 2010

Tibetan Review
August 27, 2010

Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian
parliament, on Aug 25 passed a Bill to recognize
Sowa-Rigpa, the traditional Tibetan system of
medicine practised in sub-Himalayan regions. The
Bill includes the system within the definition of
Indian medicine, reported the Times of India online Aug 26.

The report said the Indian Medicine Central
Council (Amendment) Bill seeks to include
Sowa-Rigpa along with ayurveda, siddha and unani
medicine, set minimum standards for education,
and maintain a register of all practitioners in
these fields. The Bill seeks to include
registered practitioners of Sowa-Rigpa in the Council, it added.

The report said that during discussion on the
Bill, India’s health minister Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad
said steps would be taken for research and
development of Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine with a regulatory body in place.

Azad has said the Bill would ensure protection
and preservation of this ancient system of
medicine and would help its propagation and
development. Besides, it would lead to the
setting up of a regulatory mechanism in the field
of education and practice of Sowa-Rigpa, he has added.
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