On her fall 2015 working tour, HAP’s Biris observed that important Chinese herbs were indigenous to the Sikkim region and that SSHA’s students only needed to be given the tools to correctly utilize them. This was a very exciting finding, especially since Sikkim is an organic province and best agricultural practices currently in use contribute to the fertility of the soil. Not many local individuals, however, are aware of the herbs’ many properties. Two SSHA students, Sanjeeb and Preza, have agreed that these herbs merit further investigation and potentially can figure in an expanded herbal remedies curricular module. When thoroughly investigated and tested clinically, these herbs can be pictorialized, described, and incorporated in book form for both local use and for use by the scientific community at-large. By mutual agreement between HAP and the Sikkim trainees, herbal remedies will form an important CM treatment protocol. Our students are inviting the mountain people to SSHA to share their knowledge of the herbs. Also noted by Biris was the profusion of mugwort, which can be processed to be used in moxibustion.
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