Tuesday, February 27
Sowa-Rigpa included, Centre notifies draft amended DCA

Sowa-Rigpa included, Centre notifies draft amended DCA


LEH: In a major development, the union government has notified the draft amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940, to include the Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine, one of the significant healthcare systems practised in India predominantly in Ladakh, and Himalayan regions.

Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal termed the issuance of a Gazette Notification to update the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940, to include the Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine, as crucial for the growth of the Sowa-Rigpa Drugs industry and the production of high-quality Sowa-Rigpa medicine and cosmetics.

Sowa-Rigpa—Bhoti for ‘Knowledge of Healing’, is one of the seven Ayush systems, and the oldest and well documented systems of traditional medicine in the world, and was included in the Central Council of Indian Medicine from the year 2012.

It is a centuries-old traditional medical system that employs a complex approach to diagnosis, incorporating techniques such as pulse analysis and urinalysis, and utilizes behaviour and dietary modification, medicines composed of natural materials (e.g., herbs and minerals) and physical therapies to treat illness.

“We urge all Sowa-Rigpa practitioners, concerned individuals, and institutions to share any objections or suggestions with the Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, at [email protected] or by mail to Ayush Bhawan, B Block, GPO Complex, INA Delhi 110023,” the MP wrote.

In the recent past, the central government as well as Ladakh union territory administration has laid emphasis on preservation and promotion of the traditional medicinal system of Ladakh.

“The Sowa Rigpa system of medicine is very important for the better health care of common people of Ladakh,” the Lieutenant Governor Brigadier B D Mishra had said in July last year, while stressing on the importance of preservation and promotion of the same and assured full support to the Institute from the UT administration.

Earlier in April last year, the research activities at National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) received a major boost when Ministry of Ayush, Government of India gave approval for the creation of 45 new posts for the institute on various levels.

Established in October 2020 by converting the existing National Research Institute for Sowa-Rigpa, the National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa has been conducting standard education in Sowa-Rigpa, scientific research and health care at the highest level.

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