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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Diliram Sharma Neopany: an herbal practitioner from Aritar- Khamdong – (Part I)

He started his fascination of curing broken bones complications some 18 years back and today with more than two thousand patients he has cured, he is an asset in his village. He enjoys helping people and to him it is his hobby to cure people that visit him with different types of broken bones related problem. Meet Diliram Sharma Neopany, aged 58, an herbal practitioner locally called ‘Baidhya’ from Aritar- Khamdong (Rhenock).
In a remote village of Aritar- Khamdong, he had been serving people for a long time and it is not the regular doctors that the villagers prefers but it is Diliram Sharma Neopany, who is much sought after. More or less, he has been helping his village people save their money from travelling far away from Aritar- Khamdong. Sharma never fails to look at the X-ray of the visiting patients before starting up his medication.
He has cured people from far-flung places of Yumthang, Lachen, Kalimpong, Kagey, Pedong, and Pabak to name few and there are places he had been called and he had never denied anyone, said Diliram Sharma Neopany. Believe me, he says he is illiterate and only can only write his signature. It is his interest that he collects book on different topics of herbal medicine and bones-related. He has someone read for him. He is of the school that had been doing best in the business with his practical experiences rather than a theoretical way.
For Diliram Sharma Neopany, it all started in his early days at his home I used to have keen observation on my father and grandfather’s medicinal ability to cure farm animal’s broken legs. I had my first opportunity to carry out this medication on buffalo. I helped the poor animal get cure in fifteen days. Later on I also cured an ox during the rainy season.   It was a major success for me and few months latter I had a man from Sisney came to me with a broken arm. I had earlier done medical treatment to buffalo, ox, cow and goat, he person that arrived to me was in pain and in difficulty; he was not in a state to go to the hospital. I had no option and started my medication on him. In couple of week, he was able to do his regular work. I took him to the hospital to do an X-ray and when I found everything was fine thereafter only I left him of his own, Sharma recalls.
It was this moment that gave Sharma, a self confidence that he can cure human too. Later he went to meet Pakhrin, noted medical practitioner near Algarah. It was from Pakhrin; he stayed for three days and learnt about studying X-ray. Sharma gained more knowledge about bones and ligaments from him. Since then, he had never observed any patient without X-ray report. I believe X-ray is very important; I do not want to risk anyone’s life.
There had been many a time; he had send people to do X-ray with his own money. He have send people to Kalimpong, Singtam, Rongli and even few times he have gone with them. Sharma says, I am not into an earning business. It is my passion to serve my society, the patients that visit me offers me money but I do not charge any rate. I accept whatever they give me. Even if they are not able to pay anything, I give them money for their vehicle fare. I am the happiest when my patients get satisfaction from my healing, smiles Sharma.  


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When i started my blog on Sikkim way back in 2007, i had it clear on my mind that this blog shall help people look out for knowledge on Sikkim. I always wanted a knowledge house about Sikkim, its past, present and future. I do not know over the years how much did i succeed but my determination to let other understand my Sikkim is always giving me a push. with regards Shital Pradhan (himalayanreview@gmail.com)

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