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26 August 2010
New Delhi, India

Amchi is considered as an effective treatment method in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling, Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh region
A traditional medicinal system popular in the Himalayan region was included in the government’s list of medical treatments.

With an amendment made in the Indian Medical Central Council Bill, Sowa-Rigpa, one of the oldest methods practiced by health professionals in the country, will be part of Health Ministry’s AYUSH department.

AYUSH has already recognised Ayurveda, Yunani, Siddha, Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Yoga as traditional branches of medical studies.

Sowa-Rigpa, known as ‘Amchi’, is considered as an effective treatment method in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling (West Bengal), Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh) and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, reports IANS.

"Sowa-Rigpa is known for treating chronic diseases like arthritis, cancer and neurological disorders," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said. "Its recognition will pave way for its regulation," he added.

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