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Title:  “Sowa - Rigpa” : Himalayan art of healing
Authors: Gurmet, Padma
Keywords: Sowa-Rigpa
Amchi
Tibetan medicine
Issue Date: Apr-2004
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.7 :A61K 35/78; A61K 35/12; A61K 35/56
Abstract:  Sowa-Rigpa commonly known as Tibetan or Amchi medicine is among the oldest surviving well-documented medical traditions of the world. With the living history of more than 2500 years it has been popularly practiced in Himalayan regions throughout central Asia. In India it has been popularly practiced in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Darjeeling and now in Tibetan settlements all over India. Originated from India Sowa-Rigpa is based on Jung-wa-lna (Panch Mahabhuta /five elements) and Nespa gSum (Tri-dosh/ three humours) theories. According to these all animate and inanimate phenomena of this universe are composed of Jung-wa-lna (five elements). It is on the theory of five basic elements that the science of physiology, pathology and pharmacology is established. This paper gives an introductory note on history, theory and practice of Sowa-Rigpa (Science of healing) in India.
Page(s): 212-218
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.03(2) [April 2004]

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