GANGTOK, 9 APRIL: They may not be the the first choice of people with minor to serious illness, but Amji, a traditional practice of Tibetan medicine, is an answer to many serious diseases. Amji originated in Tibet some 2500 years ago and has successfully cured people of Sikkim since 1975. There are also many such clinics in the state.
The practice, based on both herbal and\ spiritual healing has Amji, meaning a doctor in Tibetan. ‘Connected to the philosophy of Lord Buddha, its treatment has spiritual whiff to some extent’, says Dr Sonam Tshering, an, Amji, practising in the Tibetan medicine unit at STNM hospital here. Very few people are aware of this form of treatment, however, there are many Amjis all over India, he said.
The Tibetan government in exile and Buddhists, are committed in keeping up the practice. The Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, train Amjis for five years in medicine, considered equivalent with MBBS. The institute now has 48 clinics in India and Nepal. An Amji specialises in curing diseases like Arthritis, gastric, as well as cancer. “The treatment once done will help in eliminating the disease forever, however, its effects are slow. Eventually the diseases are healed without any side effects” informed Tshering, who mans a clinic at the Arogya Health Fair currently underway at Paljor Stadium here.
Sikkim so far as only three Amjis, continuing the Tibetan form of treatment.