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Tibetan Traditional Hospital

Thangkas in Tibetan Traditional Hospital, Lhasa The history of the Tibetan Traditional Hospital can be traced back to 1916. Named Mentsekhang in Tibetan, it began as a regional government teaching organ in which Tibetan doctors and astronomers were trained. In 1959, the government merged Mentsekhang with another medical college, which was formerly situated on the Chakpori Hill. In this way the Tibetan Traditional Hospital and its associated Tibetan medicine factory, were founded. The clinic of the hospital lies in the Barkhor Street , to the west of the Jokhang Temple.
Besides the Tibetan people's own experience, the development of Tibetan traditional medical science has a close relationship with Chinese and Indian traditional medical science. The main diagnostic methods Tibetan doctors use today are almost the same as traditional Chinese medicine. In the seventh century, when the Princess Wencheng came to Tibet, she brought a Chinese medical book and Chinese doctors to the Tibetan People. The next Chinese Princess, Jincheng brought another medical book to Tibet and some more doctors as well. In the eighth century, a famous Tibetan doctor, Yutok Yonten Gonpo went to India to study Indian medicine. This knowledge greatly accelerated the development of Tibetan medical science. This doctor learned a lot from Chinese and Indian traditional medical science and incorporated his knowledge into the system of Tibetan medical science.

Numerous Thangkas , hanging on the walls of the hospital, contain the Tibetan medicinal knowledge in all of its aspects, from the beginning of Tibetan medicine, to pictures of human anatomy, to methods of treatments, dietetics, acupuncture and so on. The medical Thangkas depict them with succinct pictures and brief words. This kind of Thangka is an important tool in the teaching of Tibetan medicine.
Tibetan medicine has drawn a great deal of attention from all over the world because of its striking effects on a variety of diseases, such as cranial vascular disease, chronic hepatitis, atrophic gastritis, hypertension, cardiac disease, and cerebral hemorrhage, to name a few. Large numbers of foreign experts and scholars come to Tibet each year to study and investigate Tibetan medicine. Some countries have even introduced Tibetan medicine to their home countries.
Comments and Questions

Hi! We have a ill child. He is in 18 years old. He have Mental retardation. We were treated in Beijing Tibetan Medical Centre. We have any success. But we want more. We are from Azerbaijan. We want to visit to Lhasa and treat our child. Can you help to us? How we must to get a permit to Tibet. We have a visa to China. Please help to us.

Best regards,

Agil Amrahov,
Azerbaijan, Baku
Tel.: +994 50 354 00 01


6/22/2011 12:18:00 PM


Asked by Agil Amrahov (Azerbaijan)

We represent a company from Romania which has an old comercial relationship with China . We are impressed by the TCM every time we come to your country. Romanians also appreciate TCM, so we would like to promote it in our town.

We have the ideal place where we can open this kind of TCM ( acupuncture)clinic, and also everything that implies this activity. For originality and success in our project, we would like to work with chinese specialists in TCM. Do you believe we can find available personnel to come and work in our clinic? We are looking forward for your response.

Yours sincerely,
Lautentiu Tuca


4/11/2011 4:17:00 AM


Asked by tuca laurentiu (Romania)

i believe you can find reliable persons or doctors work for you.
you may try to contact some trustworthy hospitals or companies.

4/11/2011 9:42:00 PM


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