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MEN- T S E E -KH A N G N e w s L e t t e r Vol. XIX

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Men-Tsee-Khang Museum CONTENTS College: Analysis of practical examination

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Medical Tour by Senior Doctors

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Educational Activities & Training

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Workshops, Lectures, Health Awareness

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Closure of Branch Clinic

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Editor Kalsang Dechen

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MAIL CONSULTATION Owing to the growing demand and persistent request by many patients who do not have any access to consult Tibetan physician personally based on its unique method of diagnosis (pulse, urine and interrogation) or can’t afford to travel all the way to Dharamsala and its clinics based in various parts of India and Nepal, Men-Tsee-Khang has provided this special facility of mail consultation. It is, however, important to note certain criteria for the patient to facilitate conclusive diagnosis and optimum treatment. 1. Patient’s name, age, sex, contact details and case history with present signs and symptoms should be furnished. 2. A copy of the Tibetan physician’s prescription (if consulted personally), and its feedback is necessary. Our senior doctors will personally review each case and medicines will be sent to you through Registered Letter (air mail). You may choose to have the medicine sent by International (DHL) or domestic courier with an additional fee. Please notify us if you do not receive medicine within 4 weeks and bear with us for any delay due to postal system, which are beyond our control. Make cheque/money order payable to: Beneficiary: Men-Tsee-Khang (TMAI) Bank: State Bank of India A/C No: 10551097556, Code: 0634 Swift: SBININBB277, IFSC: SBIN0000634 CONTACT Mail Consultation Secretary Men-Tsee-Khang, Gangchen Kyishong Dharamsala - 176215 Khara Danda Road Himachal Pradesh/India Tel: 0091-1892-223113/223222 Fax: 0091-1892-224116 E-mail:


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po and usual Tibetan ceremony of serving sweetened rice and Every year in the month of Au- butter tea. The gust, the medical students visit opening address Manali and Rohtang moun- was presented by tains to collect plants, herbs the Principal, Dr. and flowers for practical iden- Tenpa Choephel tification. This is a first hand briefly giving experience and practical train- introduction on ing given to the students by the Sowa Rigpa and teachers for correct identifica- its development tion of plants and flowers used since 8th century. The students during plant identification examination at Marhi in traditional Tibetan medicine. He also explained Passang Tenzin and Tsundu the importance of identifica- Dolma. On 6 October, 2010 the students tion of herbs and the tradition of of 15 and 16 Batch medical stu- presenting prizes on merit basis. dents gathered in the MTK hall The practical identification tour MEDICAL TOUR BY at 9.30 a.m for the analysis of was from 2 August – 6 Septem- SENIOR DOCTORS - 2010 the practical examination they ber, 2010. Dr. Khenrab Gyatso, vice principal, NAGPUR & EASTERN Dr. Wangdu, lecSTATES turer, Dr. Jigme Gedun and Dr. Dr. Dawa Dolma, visiting phyTashi Tenzin sician to His Holiness the Dalai from Pharmacy Lama toured Bandara, MainDepartment in- pat, Orissa, Bhubaneshwar and troduced 224 Kolkata from 2–29 October, plants to the stu- 2010. She visited Bandara from dents this year. 3-8 October and saw 297 patients. She gave health awareThe students ness talk to the public as well. were taken to Practical examination ceremony of college students Marhi, Rohtang, Dr. Dawa Dolma visited Mainhave gone through for a month Jispa and Spiti. Different plants pat from 9-12 October, gave in August. The chief guest on were introduced to the students health talks to the public and the occasion was Mr. Tsering for correct identification, its treated 156 patients there. In Tashi, Former Director of Men- uses, remedies, parts, right sea- Orissa (14-20) the doctor lecTsee-Khang and Prof. Lobsang son to collect in order to get the tured on health awareness meaTenzin, Varanasi. The Direc- highest potency of the plant for sures and saw 300 patients. She tor, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin and treatment. Examination of prac- treated and consulted 130 paDr. Tsering Thakchoe Drungt- tical identification of plants, are tients in Bhubaneshwar (22so, CCTM chairman were taken from each student. There 23) and 182 patients in Kolkata also present on the ceremony. were 46 students who gave on 23 October, 2010. The most the practical identification test common disorders faced by the The program started with the and amongst them the merit people in these areas were arhomage to Yuthog Yonten Gon- holders were Kalsang Dolma, thritis, digestive and nervous Men-Tsee-Khang


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News disorder and skin problems. she saw a total of 1065 patients on her tour to these Indian States. Dr. Dawa Dolma advised the public about the importance of diet and behavior and spoke on the prevention of chronic problems like digestive disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and blood pressure. She stressed the measures and remedies of how to prevent the spread of communicable disease like aids, tuberculosis, hepatitis through breathing, bacteria, etc.

SOUTH INDIA 289 patients and gave public talk to 340 public and students. There, he found minerals used Dr. Pema Dorjee advisor to in Tibetan medicine and intro- Sorig Literary Research Departduced it to the resident doctor. ment, Clinical Research Department and Translation DepartFrom 18-26 he visited Nimar, ment visited South India from Sumdho, Kharnag, Samedh, September 12 - 27 October, Agling and treated 469 patients 2010. He was in Bylakuppe in all these areas. On the way Tibetan settlement from 17 – 26 back to Choglamsar he treated September, personally attending 133 students of TCV School. to patients who were bedridden Dr. Dawa saw a total of 1436 and at old age homes. He saw a patients in the areas surround- total of 1285 patients in the ing Ladakh. The most common 20 camps including monks, nuns and students as well.

LADAKH Dr. Dawa, advisor to (Herbal Product Research Department, Quality Assurance Lab, Materia Medica Department) visited Ladakh, Dr. Dawa diagnosing patients in a remote place of Kharnag, Jangthang area in Ladakh Choglamsar, Bilsar, Kagshung, Hanley, Nimar, Sumdho, disorders were blood pressure, Kharnag, Samedh and Agling hepatitis B, digestive disorder, from 1-29 October, 2010. In arthritis and kidney problems. Ladakh, he gave health aware- This trip has been a successness talk to 830 students, teach- ful one and has benefitted the ers of TCV and the public. He people of the remote areas in spoke on prevention of diseas- Ladakh. Dr. Dawa found 41 es, diet and behavior according minerals and 15 herbs identified to traditional Tibetan system of in the areas he toured. He inmedicine. Question and answer formed the concerned resident session followed after the talk. doctors about the uses and remedies of the identified minerals In Choglamsar (6-7 October) in those areas which would be a he saw 281 patients and gave helpful resource in research and public talk there. He treated studies. 106 patients in Bilsar and 81 patients in Kagshung. In Hanley he diagnosed and treated Men-Tsee-Khang

He visited Hunsur settlement from September 27 – 1 October, 2010 and consulted a total of 495 patients. During his four days trip (2-5) to Kollegal, he visited 22 camps in the settlement to personally attend to the bedridden patients and old age home. He saw a total of 452 patients there. From 7-12 October, Dr. Pema Dorjee visited Mundgod Tibetan settlement and treated 727 patients there. He was in Hyderabad from 14 - 17 October, 2010 and met Mr. Raju who has been a long time supporter of Men-Tsee-Khang in organizing medical camps in Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam. In order to promote and bring awareness of traditional Tibetan medicine in the locality, media coverage through newspaper and a press conference was organized by Mr. Raju and Dr. Gonpo. Dr. Pema Dorjee gave an introduction on Tibetan Sowa Rigpa, its efficacy and the existence of branch clinic there. He also gave pulse diagnosis and consultation at the confer4

News ence to a few people as well. tion, he gave health awareness talk to the public on the causes, Dr. Pema Dorjee saw 186 pa- disorders and prevention on heptients during the free medical atitis, blood pressure, arthritis camp in Bangalore jointly or- and indigestion. He also advised ganized by Bagaria Education on diet and behavior and spoke Trust and Men-Tsee-Khang from on the three humours (wind, bile 19-21 October, 2010. On 18th he and phlegm) according to Tibetan medicine. He lectured on three poisons which relates to the mind and body and the inter-relation between Buddhism and Tibetan traditional medicine. He emphasized on the problems, complication, consequences and immediate grave concerns of AIDS, using drugs and alcohol and how it affects not only the individual but the family and society as a whole.

Dr. Pema Dorjee using external heat therapy to a patient in Bylakupee

gave a forty five minutes health awareness talk to the students at the Tibetan Youth Training Center, Neelamangla. There were around 50 students who attended the talk. He stressed on the importance of having good health. He gave health tips and advised on dietary and life style issues. He strongly requested them to avoid the negative social habits of drugs and sexual immorality. He saw a total of 551 patients in Majnukatila branch clinic, Delhi on his to and fro journey to South India. Dr. Pema Dorjee saw a total of 3696 patients during the tour to South India. Besides consultaMen-Tsee-Khang

December 2010 In Bakhang he gave treatment to 212 patients and on his way back saw 18 monks who were on retreat. In Jawalakhel he diagnosed and gave treatment to 80 patients on 26 October and at Yanglashoe he consulted to 32 patients. He also visited Sonam Lama and family, gave treatment and saw 8 patients there.

During this tour Dr. Ngawang Khentse consulted and treated 1053 patients in the surrounding areas of Nepal. He visited settlement, monasteries, nunneries, old age homes and the branch clinics in Nepal providing traditional system of health care there. The main problems faced by the people in Pokhara NEPAL were hypertension, constipation, nervous disorder, rheumatoid Dr. Ngawang Khentse, CMO arthritis, gastritis; in Bakhang Chauntra Branch clinic, former area people suffered with cold head of Branch Department type of disorder, blood disorder, toured Nepal from 1-31 Octo- digestive and kidney problems ber, 2010. He visited Chabahil and the people around Chabahil, branch clinic and saw 159 pa- Chettrapati mostly suffered from tients there. On 6 October, he blood pressure, kidney problems attended to Trulshik Rinpoche and nervous & digestive disorder. and at Chettrapti branch clinic treated 206 patients. The administration organized Dr. Ngawang Khentse visited this tour by sending senior docTsering old age home on 7 Oc- tors to the different parts of Intober and provide health consul- dia and Nepal to provide health tation to 25 patients there. The care service accessible to all. It same day he saw 24 nuns in has been a great service because the Kopan nunnery. On 11 Oc- the doctor attended persontober, he visited Tashi Palkh- ally to the bedridden and seriiel branch clinic, Pokhara and ous patients, old age home and treated 263 patients in three centers for abnormal children days. He consulted 115 patients and the community as a whole. at Jampaling branch clinic, Pokhara on 14 October, 2010. 5

News BANGALORE: FREE MEDICAL CAMP HELD IN HONOUR OF LATE MR. SUBASH BAGARIA Free medical camp was held at Bangalore from 19-21 October, 2010 for three days in honour and memory of Late Mr. Subash Bagaria who has been a kind supporter and sponsor of Bangalore Branch clinic since its inception in 1991. The medical camp was jointly organized by Bagaria Education Trust of Kemwell Group and Bangalore branch, MTK. This program was possible due to the follow up discussion between MTK, Director, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin; MD & Chairman of Kemwell Group, Mr. Anurag Bagaria and Financial Director of Kemwell Group, Mr. S.R. Chandakji in September, 2010.

December 2010 Mr. Subash Bagaria for his kind support and propagation of Tibetan medicine on behalf of Men-Tsee-Khang. The Chief Guest stressed the importance of traditional medicine and agreed to help in promoting Tibetan medicine in his constituency through various awareness programs. Mr. Anurag Bagaria pledged to continue his support towards Tibetan medicine.

Dr. Gangadharan greeted them and introduced all the Administrative Department of the The three day free medical camp Centre consisting of Research was led by Dr. Pema Dorjee unit, Materia Medica, Publicaafter his 45 days of hectic tion, Library, Museum etc. They consultation programe in were informed that the center has the largest documented medicine plant information in India. The members of both the sides had cordial and fruitful discussion and agreed to work together in sharing information and collaborative initiatives. NORTH EAST INDIA

From left: Mr. Anurag Bagaria, Chief Guest, Mr. N.L Narendra Babu, MLA and Dr. Pema Dorjee

The Chief Guest on the inaugural function was Mr. N.L. Narendra Babu, MLA, Mahalakshmi Layout Constituency. The other guest present were Mr. Anurag Bagaria, Ms. Kumkum Bagaria; representatives of South Zone Tibetan Office and His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Higher Education Studies. Dr. Dorjee Rapten, CMO Bangalore Branch clinic gave the welcome address and Dr. Pema Dorjee thanked the Bagaria Education Trust specially late Men-Tsee-Khang

outskirt of Bangalore City near Yelahanka on 18 October, 2010. They were received by Dr. Prema, secretary to Dr. Gangadharan, joint Director of FRLHT. The three doctors were toured around the center at the various treatment and therapeutic facilities by Dr. Vinod to feel the natural healing atmosphere.

South India. The medical camp served a total number of 324 patients with a total dosage of 13,729 free medicine amounting to Rs. 30,076.00/VISITS FRLHT AYURVEDIC CENTRE, BANGALORE Dr. Pema Dorjee, Dr. Dorjee Rapten and Dr. Gonpo visited FRLHT Ayurvedic Centre (Foundations for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions) at the

Director, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin visited MTK’s North East branch clinics from 16 – 24 December, 2010. On 16 December, he arrived at Salugara and visited the branch clinic there. On 17 he visited Jaigaon branch clinic and met the staff in the morning. He reached Darjeeling branch the same day and gave consultation to patients there. On 18 he visited the cultivation area at Sonada accompanied by the resident doctor. He met with the cultivators and staff at the cultivation farm. He visited the Kalimpong branch clinic on 19 December. He left for Gangtok and reached there the same evening. 6

December 2010 News Director, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin clinical analysis at the branch Classification and types of a and Advisor, Dr. Pema Dor- clinics as well as research ba- physician, Ethics of a physician, jee attended as observer at the sis for the Clinical Department Introduction of Mild Therapies, at Dharamsala. Introduction to other Therapies, Co-operation and Materia Medica part I. Besides unity amongst the lectures, he also demonstrated employees is also and showed the practical applia significant as- cations of mild therapy as well as pect to move for- moxabustion and golden needle ward. He also met application. The fifth module with the represen- was completed in nine sessions. tatives of the Tibetan settlements He spoke on theory of the Seven in all these areas. Essential Limbs of Medicinal Dr. Pema Dorjee Plants, Introduction into Tibetan From left: 2. Dr. Tsewang Tamdin, 3. Dr. Pema Dorjee in saw 16 patients in Materia Medica part II, How Gangtok between the three Outside Elements Influences International Conference on day conference in Gangtok. our Inner Elements, AllegoriScience, Spirituality and Edu- On the return journey he saw cal Tree of Root Tantra Practication from 20 – 23 Decem- 57 patients in Salugara branch cal- I and II, Allegorical Tree ber. The conference was or- clinic on 25 December, 2010. of Explanatory Tantra Practical ganized by Namgyal Institute - I and II. Discussions, quesof Tibetology, under the ausEDUCATIONAL tion and answer session folpices of Government of Sikkim. ACTIVITIES & TRAINING Dr. Tsewang Tamdin saw 32 patients during the course of DIPLOMA the seminar. On 22 he visCOURSE IN ited the Gangtok branch clinic I.I.H.T.S AUSafter lunch session and visTRIA ited Ravangla the same day. During the tight schedule trip to Men-Tsee-Khang North East, the Director visited deputed Dr. Tsulsix branch clinics and met with trim Kalsang, Maall the chief medical officers, teria Medica DeDr. Tsultrim Kalsang at IIHTS, Austria doctors and staff on his inspec- partment to Austria tion tour. He also noted down to lecture on the Secthe difficulties and problems ond Semester at the International lowed thereafter. The VI module faced by the respective branch Institute of Higher Tibetan Stud- was completed in nine sessions clinics in the treatment process ies in Huttenburg. The duration from 29-31 October, 2010. and informed all the employees of the course was 3 months from that each and every one of them September 7 - 30 November, 2010 Practical demonstrations were has an important responsibility to and consisted of three modules. given to the group in identificashoulder on in the development The V Module started from 21- tion of herbs by collecting 30 process of the branch clinics. 23 September, 2010 and Dr. plant specimens from the surHe stressed that documentation Tsultrim Kalsang lectured on rounding areas of Huttenberg of patient record is important in the Prerequisites of a physician, & Knappenberg. He explained Men-Tsee-Khang



December 2010 plications to par- parted the knowledge of how to ticipants followed read the pulse and urine examinaby question and tion as part of practical training. answer session. On 21 he spoke The 25 interested people in the on “Depression course were from the weekend and rLung related group. The course was completdisorders in Ti- ed in 27 sessions. Group discusbetan Medicine sions and question answer sesand practical ap- sion was held after each session. plication of Mild The doctor showed how pulse therapy for Stress” diagnosis and urine analysis is Dr. Tsultrim Kalsang demonstrating pulse diagnosis to 10 participants. done according to Tibetan system the plant specimens with their In another seminar he of medicine. He also presented names, taste, and its remedies. spoke on Mind and Body in Har- the Panch Karma in Ayurveda These plants collected were at mony, Role of Diet in Traditional during the free time to the paran elevation of 1200 meters Tibetan Medicine and the appli- ticipants to strengthen their above sea level namely Angelica cations of Mild therapy on 26th knowledge not only on Tibetan glauca, Rumex sp, Asparagus November to 14 participants. Medicine but also other system racemosus, willd, Aconitum of medicines. Besides, he also ferox, Plantago depress, Hip- From 19-21 November, Dr. Tsul- gave consultation to 34 patients pophea rhamnoides, Taraxacum trim Kalsang completed the VII and used mild therapy to 12 peoofficinale, Artemisia sp., Abeis module in nine sessions lecturing ple on 26 November and spoke webbiana, Heracleum candicans, on the introduction of Pulse Di- on mind and body relationship, Arctium lappa, Elsholtzia cili- agnosis Part I and part II, How Diet and behavioral patterns. ata, Galium aparine, Juniperus to Relate Our Sense Organs with communis, Rhodondendron sp. Internal Vital & Hollow Organs, The participants expressed to the and pinus sylvesttris etc. During Introduction into Urine Diagno- doctor by quoting “Thank you for the practical session, he demon- sis part I and part II, Introduction your excellent teaching. You are strated and showed the allegorivery experienced cal tree, which is a unique and in Tibetan medispecial method of teaching. All cine and give us the medical subjects of study are a precious view depicted through the illustration of the complicatof a tree and helps to strengthed (for Europeen their medical knowledge to ans) system of Tigain a clear and deeper underbetan medicine.” standing of the medical system. This was a letter to the DirecFrom 15-16 October he was in tor, Dr. Tsewang Bratislava, Slovakia to attend Tamdin, “Thank the seminar and spoke on IntroDr. Tsultrim Kalsang showing the points for moxa treatment you very much duction into Tibetan Medicine, for sending Dr. Dietary regimen and practi- into Medicine of Pacification, Tsultrim Kalsang to teach here cal application of mild therapy Introduction into Medicine of the Diploma Course “fundaand gave treatment to patients Evacuation. He not only lectured mental of TTM” at IIHTS, Hutthere. He also demonstrated and on the above topics but also im- tenberg. His vast knowledge of showed some mild therapy apMen-Tsee-Khang 8

News materia medica has enriched us all, especially his knowledge of medicinal plants which he also collected around Huttenberg to show us. His teaching, not only included theory but also various practical demonstrations such as urine analysis and a lot of point for moxa. I am very grateful to have participated in this course and would like to continue to learn about TTM”.

December 2010 tion in giving this precious opportunity to advance their professional knowledge and skills.

always be; the way of the scholars, when the Guru preaches and the spiritual sons follow the path, taking each and every word of the Guru like drops Astrologer, Mrs. Tenzin Lhamo of nectar. May it benefit all.” quotes “To have more precise and better comprehension about any Astrologer Sonam Rinchen lec- knowledge, it is very much importured on the history and intro- tant to have thorough expertise duction of Astrology in Tibet in both theory and practical apand how one should preserve, proaches and so is in traditional promote and practice this ancient Astrology knowledge. Therefore, science of knowledge according without a piece of doubt, I can COURSE ON TIBETAN to the text as well as adhere to the say that this workshop has proASTRO SCIENCE, sacred rituals for blessings and duced immense help to younger DHARAMSALA insight during practice. He pre- generation of astrologers”. sented the course through Power Mrs. Tenzin Yanki stated that, The administration approved the Point with practical demonstra- “ It was very effective and full of request of the Astrology Depart- tion. He spoke on the ancient resource. We are enlightened by ment for a month extra course methods of astrology and showed lots of your teaching, through the on Tibetan Astro Science. In the places in Tibet through video history of Tibetan traditional asorder to further and enrich their where the local farmers would trology to its practice. And givknowledge in the field of Tibetan know when to water the crops ing touch on its relationship with Astrology and Astronomy, the through the shadow of the sun and Tibetan traditional medicine. astrologers sought this permis- gifted person explaining details You gave us greater meaning of sion to develop their skills in this by merely looking at the stars. Buddhist astrological principle”. rare ancient cultural heritage. ADVANCE TRAINING ON He explained about the ancient The course started from 4 No- astrological practices, elemen- PREVENTION OF HIV/AIDS IN DELHI vember, 2010 for a month and tal astrology, Kalachakra astrolthe session was for one hour ogy, tradition of prerequisite of a from 4-5 p.m. There were 14 as- teacher and student (astrologers) Dr. Tenzin Yeshi, clinical retrologers who joined the course and the right motivation. He gave search department was deputed and the key speaker was Doc- references to books from text and by MTK to participate in the tor and Astrologer Mr. Sonam scriptures in relation to the con- Advance training on prevention Rinchen, Lecturer of Tibetan text of studies. He also shared of HIV/AIDS from 1-8 NovemMedical & Astro College. The his experiences, discussion on ber, 2010 organized by CHOICE course was held at MTK hall topics among the participants and and Sahara Centre for Residenand the topic was “Introduc- explanation were given on com- tial Care & Rehabilitation. The tion and Practice of Tibetan plicated issues within the subject. training was funded by SSAT (St. Stephens AidsTrust), UK Astrology and Astronomy”. Knowledge and Learning has and supported by Department Mr. Tenzin Tsewang, astrologer no limits and the administra- of Health, CTA. There were 12 expressed, “ This workshop has tion seeks to provide these skills participants including doctors, been an eye opener, a reminder through courses and training. nurses and health activist for and a life changing teaching. It The participants of the course the seven day training course. has always been, it is and will are grateful to the administraMen-Tsee-Khang


News & nutritionist, Ms. Shilpi Saraswat – psychological counselor, Dr. Nick Theobold – UK, Dr. Sarvesh Kumar, Mangala - activist, etc. The speakers spoke on the related topics, shared their expeDr. Tenzin Yeshi at the HIV advance training in Delhi riences and discusThe important topics presented by the key speakers during the sion were held after each session advance training were on issues with the participants. Dr. Tenrelated with HIV/AIDS ranging zin Yeshi said “through this adfrom treatment, diet and behavior, vance training he gained knowlcare & counselling. Social dis- edge on how HIV is caused, its crimination associated with the symptoms, mode of transmiscarriers to awareness & preven- sion, treatment, diet, counseltive measures to educate and stop ling and prevention according the epidemic were also discussed. to western allopathic system Besides the presentations, the of healing and field exposure”. trainees were taken to SAHARA Michael’s Care Home, A.R.T WORKSHOP, LECTURES, HEALTH AWARENESS Clinic at LNJP Hospital, ShalPROGRAME & lon’s Care Home in Delhi to FESTIVALS get first-hand knowledge and listen to experiences and live LECTURE ON TIBETAN testimony from HIV patients. MEDICINE Mental and positive attitude is also a significant aspect which prevents negativity, prejudice Men-Tsee-Khang organized a and social barriers in the minds lecture session to 40 doctors from of affected clients. So counsel- Europe at MTK hall on Friday, 8 ing is another factor in taking October, 2010. This program was care of those affected with the organized through the coordinadisease. The ability of under- tion of Claude and Ina Diolosa standing by individuals, fami- of Karma Kagyu Tendar Ling, lies and society to provide sup- France. The participants were port and reassurance to those from France, Poland, Germany, affected will effectively fight Austria, Swiss and Ukraine. The in stemming the epidemic. group consist of professional The speakers were Mr. Michael doctors and naturopaths all Marshall, Nurse Chingngaihlain, working with Chinese medicine. Dr. Snehlata Ghosh - dietrician Men-Tsee-Khang

December 2010 Dr. Tsering Thakchoe Drungtso, lecturer of Men-Tsee-Khang College gave presentation on: Introduction on Tibetan medicine and Introduction on Diagnosis and Cancer treatment (A Clinical Case) according to Tibetan medicine. The presentation started at 2 p.m and continued for two hours. The participants were thankful for the interesting afternoon of experiencing and gaining insights of traditional Tibetan system of medicine. The coordinator was too impressed with the presentation that they wished to come again in future to gain and share experiences with Men-Tsee-Khang. WORKSHOP, BYLAKUPEE A workshop (Refresher Training for Community Health Workers) was organized by Department of Health, CTA in Yega Choeling, Bylakuppe from 19-28 November, 2010 to the health workers there. Dr. Tenzin Tsephel, CMO Bylakuppe branch clinic was one of the speakers during the workshop. On 20 November, 2010 Dr. Tenzin Tsephel gave an introduction on the History and Development of Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan traditional system of medicine) during the afternoon session which lasted for four and half hours. He explained how the system spread to other neighboring countries in the process through the years and to the west in a couple of decades. He further explained that Tibetan traditional system of medicine was given legal recog10

News tended the festival. They displayed stalls with herbal products, medicines and distributed leaflets of MTK. This festival is held every year and so popular among the people of Shillong that it attracts lot of people during ParDr. Tenzin Tsephel, speaking to health workers in Bylakuppe the festival. ticipation in this fesnition in August, 2010 through a tival brought awareness about bill passed by the Rajya Sabha. Tibetan medicine and treatment The doctor spoke on the three amongst the people in general. humours, explaining its func On 20 December, Former Tourtions and characteristics of wind ism Minister & Chairman of (rlung), bile (mkhripa) and phlegm MTDF, Mr. R.G Lyngdoh, friend (bad-kan) disorders, causes and and supporter of Tibetan people classification of diseases into introduced the team to Honorgeneral, specific and proximate. able Chief Minister of MeghaOn 28 November, 2010 he laya, Dr. Mukul Sangma. Dr. spoke on Sowa Rigpa and gave Tenzin Norbu explained the detailed explanation on disHonorable Chief Minister about eases, diagnosis and treatment Tibetan medicine and appreciaccording to traditional Tiated his presence at the stall. betan system of medicine for Men-Tsee-Khang would like two hours to the participants. to thank Mr. R.G Lyngdoh and RTYC Shillong for their support. AUTUMN FESTIVAL, SHILLONG Autumn Festival at Orchid Lake, Umium 16 kms from Shillong City was organized by Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) from 19-20 November, 2010. The theme of the festival was in tune with the bio diversity and tourism. Shillong Branch clinic participated in the two days festival.

December 2010 CLOSURE OF MEERUT BRANCH CLINIC Meerut Branch Clinic was inaugurated on 26 May, 2000. Prior to that, the branch clinic in New Aruna Nagar Colony (Majnu-katila), Delhi visited Meerut once a month on medical tour. Gradually, the number of people who came for treatment increased, hence Mr. P.K. Bakshi, member of Tibet support group requested to open a clinic in Meerut City.

Over the years, the branch clinic faced difficulties in sustaining its staff due to the location of clinic, repeated transfer of staff, lack of patients and high cost of rent. The institute has been finding solutions for a few years to maintain and support its staff working there. Besides, the clinic had to be shifted from its previous location resulting in the inconveniences for the patients. Buying land was also expensive considering the situation of the place and the clinic. Hence, The Administration and the Personal Management and Selection Committee, after reviewing the case decided to discontinue the branch clinic in Meerut with effect from 31 Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mr. Mukul Sangma, December, 2010. Mr. RG. Lyngdoh and Dr. Tenzin Norbu

Dr. Tenzin Norbu and Mrs. Kelsang Choedon (dispenser) atMen-Tsee-Khang



December 2010

APPEAL Donations are welcome for the following projects of Men-Tsee-Khang 1. Establishment of a New branch Clinic of Men-Tsee-Khang at Bodh Gaya Bodh Gaya is one of the greatest Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. Buddhist followers from different parts of the world frequently pay visit to the holy site of Bodh Gaya. The site was known as Vajrasana in Sanskrit term. It is the holiest of all the Buddhist sites in the world as this is the place where the lord Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Followers around the world visit solely on pilgrimage every year and followers from different countries built temples of their own styles in and around the holy site. The great Monlam festivals and teachings of the different sects of Mahayana school of Tibetan Buddhism follow continuously one after another which holds mass gathering of the Buddhist followers from all over the world and add more attraction of tourists to the site. For the past 20 years, during the winter season Men-Tsee-Khang has been sending a team of physician & staff to provide traditional Tibetan system of health care. Since 1998, Dalhousie branch clinic has been visiting Bodh Gaya from November to February every year for medical camps. Besides, MenTsee-Khang also holds medical camps in the name of the Charitable Trust of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the nearby place of Kushinagar. The facilities attached for medical camps are provided by the temporary branch clinic of Men-Tsee-Khang located at Namgyal Monastery Bodh Gaya, Bihar. To fulfill the request of local patients and tourist who are continuing with the medication, Men-Tsee-Khang wants to set up a full fledged branch clinic at Bodh-Gaya in the future. Approximate Budget for the clinic in Bodh Gaya is : Rs. 15,75,000.00 (Rs. fifteen lakhs and seventy five thousand only) Facility in the Clinic - Five rooms Two consutation rooms, dispensary, store, cashier 2. Establishment of Branch Clinic and Mild Therapy Center of Men-Tsee-Khang at Bylakupee Tibetan Settlement The branch clinic of Men-Tsee-Khang at Bylakupee Tibetan settlement was established on 19th Dec 1977 and the construction of the project was fully completed on 26th-Feb-1986. As per the goal and mission of Men-Tsee-Khang, it had benefitted and improved the health care system of the general public at the locality. The positive impact of the Tibetan medication and the rampant increase in the number of patients had widened our scopes for further use of our other traditional techniques of mild therapies and physic-therapies. As in the mission and goal of our institute, its time for more expansion and to provide more medical facilities to all the people irrespective of color, caste and creed. The application of the mild therapy means of treatment had extensively benefitted on a large scale in the past and it will continue to benefit in the future also if we are able to set up a separate traditional mild & physic therapy centre. In this manner it will help us in the promotion and the preservation of the traditional Tibetan physiotherapy methods of treatment in the needs of the patients and to provide a working platform for the Tibetan doctors. Approximate Budget for clinic and Mild Therapy Center: Rs. 66,666,000.00 (Rs. six crores, sixty six lakhs, sixty six thousand only) Men-Tsee-Khang


December 2010 Appeal Facilities in the Clinic: three consultation rooms, dispensary, store, cashier, office, astro. office, conference hall, staff mess, waiting hall, four toilets. Facilities in the Mild Therapy Center: consultation office, three rooms for steam threapy with attached bath, two rooms for medicinal bath therapy, three rooms for massage therapy, two rooms for moxabustion and vinesection, around 16-20 beds for therapy, bath and toilet, recreation room, two store room, mess, generator and garage. 3. High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) for Quality Assurance Laboratory of Men-Tsee-Khang

The present Quality Assurance Laboratory was mainly established with the goal to control the quality of Tibetan medicine and healthcare products produced from this institute. It has microbiology unit to carry out the microbiological testing of crude drugs prior passing it in the production unit and after production, finished products are tested for microbial load, and step wise vigilance of process for the microbial contaminant as per the protocol of World Health Organization (WHO) limit, chemical lab to perform the phyto-chemical testing of crude drugs and other chemical testing of skin care products. Instrumentation unit with one instrument called UV Spectometer. The current facility in the laboratory is inadequate for further scientific research of Tibetan medicine. Thus, to engage in further scientific research of Tibetan medicine, some more advanced instruments are prerequisite. Besides, routine quality control testing, various research work on the Tibetan medicine and its medicinal herbs are carried out with whatever facilities available in hand, but still due to lack of infrastructure especially availability of sophisticated instruments like High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer etc the research on the Tibetan medicine is very limited. Thus we are planning to purchase (HPTLC) for Quality Assurance Laboratory to make sure that research on Tibetan medicine more efficient and effective. Estimated Budget for the Project: High Performance Thin layer Chromatography In Swiss Franc 1,36,022 CHF winCat Palaner Chromatography system manager software 5500 CHF Camag Automatic TLC sampler IV 32500 CHF Dosing syringe starter jkit for ATS 4 850 CHF Chromacol sample vials N-11 1300 CHF TLC foil down holder for ATS 4 155 CHF Compensation ledge for 10x10cm 55 CHF Chromatogram development devices 747 CHF Vario system for method development 747 CHF Immersion device 747 CHF TlC Visualiser 37500 CHF Quantitative Measurement and Data Handling 50380 CHF Please contact the Director of Men-Tsee-Khang for further updates and information regarding projects Men-Tsee-Khang Gangchen kyishong Dharamsala-176215 Distt-Kangra, H.P-India Phone: 01892 223113 / 223222 email: / / 13 Men-Tsee-Khang

December 2010


MEN-TSEE-KHANG WISHES ALL ITS RETIRED AND RESIGNED STAFF A VERY HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS LIFE April 2010 to December 2010 RETIRED Mr. Tashi Dorjee (1983 -2010) Dharamsala Served until 1 April, 2010 for a period of 27 years

until 1 June, 2010 for 6 years

Mr. Sonam Tashi ( 1991- 2010) Bandara branch clinic Served until 1 April, 2010 for 19 years

Dr. Tashi Dorjee (2002 -2010) Nepal branch clinic Served until 1 July, 2010 for 8 years

Mr. Gonpo Namgyal (1993 - 2010) Orissa branch clinic Served until 1 September, 2010 for 17 years

Dr. Kunchok Tsering (2004-2010) Ladakh Cultural Center Served until 1 August, 2010 for a period of 6 years

Dr. Namgyal Tsering (1978-2010) Dharamsala Served for 32 years in the insitute until 1 October, 2010.

Ms. Lobsang Choedon(1992-2010) Hunsur branch clinic Served until 1 October, 2010 for 8 years

Dr. Thokmey Paljor (1988 - 2010) Dharamsala Served until 1 June, 2010 for 22 years

Mr. Lhakpa Tsering (2004-2010) Dharamsala Served until 24 November, 2010 for 6 years

RESIGNED Mr. Kalsang Tenzin (2007 -2010) Salugara branch clinic Served until 1 April, 2010 for three years.

Mrs. Pema Tenzin (1996-2010) Dharamsala Served until 1 December, 2010 for a period of 14 years

Mrs. Tsering Dolma (1992-2010) Mcleod Ganj branch clinic Served until 1 May, 2010 for 18 years. Mrs. Tsering Choezom (2004- 2010) Dharamsala Served

Mr. Tenzin Kalsang (2004 -2010) MTK Exports Delhi Served until 1 June, 2010 for a period of 6 years

Dr. Tenzin Namdol (1998-2010) Dharamsala Served until 1 December, 2010 for a period of 8 years Mr. Tsering Dhondup(1993-2010) Dharamsala Served until 16 December, 2010 for 17 years

Donations received from October - December 2010 Men-Tsee-Khang would like to thank all the donors for their support and help


Medicine Buddha Clinic USA 805.00 Kirra Girani Australia 7,668.00 Kirra Tara Australia 3,478.00 Jaime Gabriel Rodriquez USA 840.00 Francesa Piriotti Itally 1,211.00 Sherap Sangpo Society India 3,000.00 Mr & Mrs. Nyingthatsang Tashi Wangmo & Sonam Topgyal Switzerland 1,000.00 Zupontsang Sonam Paldom & Jigme Wangdue Switzerland 1,000.00 Gangpatsang Family Switzerland 1,000.00 Mrs. Chemi Yangzom and Family Switzerland 500.00 Kartsang Sherab ,Chungdak, Sonam & Family Switzerland 500.00 Nyingtha Tsang Tsewang Lhamo, Namgyal Switzerland 500.00 Maja Tsang Dechen Dorjee & Seldon Switzerland 500.00 Mrs. Sonam ,Tashi Choetso , Jampa Monlam, & Kunsang,Tenzin Swiss 500.00 Mrs. Tseten Wangmo and Family Switzerland 500.00 Tibet Foundation England 10,000.00


Staff Children Scholarship

Tibet Charity Elvy Ingegerd Desiree Hast Medical France Tibet Mr.and Mrs.Dan Foley Gerald Heikes Yvone Mariotti Nesurini Susan B.Tatnall Heide Meyer

Denmark Sweden France USA USA Switzerland USA Germany

Poor and Needy Patients Fund Late Mr. Nyingthatsang Tsewang Gonpo Switzerland

90,350.00 6,300.00 193,518.00 10,080.00 10,440.00 4,785.00 10,875.00 38,646.00


Ladakh Jangdang Medical Camp Fund Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine France 7,000.00 Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine France 104,400.00


Announcement December 2010 TIBETAN MEDICINE COURSE IN ENGLISH TO BE HELD IN LEH, LADAKH 4-9 July, 2011 11-21 July, 2011

5 Day Basic Course in English on Tibetan Medicine 10 Day Advance Course in English on Tibetan Medicine

COURSE LOCATION The courses will be held in the Men-Tsee-Khang Cultural Centre in Leh, Ladakh, State of Jammu & Kashmir, India. Ladakh, the Land of Passes (97782 is situated in the extreme north of India. It is one of the most elevated regions (altitude 3900 m) of the world with the mountain oriented in parallel chains of distinct ranges. It lies between 35 degree to 36 degree north latitude and 76 degree to 79 degree longitude. It is separated North by Karakorum mountains, to the East lies the Tibetan districts, to the South the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh and to the West the great Kashmir valley. The landscape, climate, customs, housing structures and language of Ladakh are similar to Tibet, and about 90% of the local inhabitants follow Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Due to the existing unique Tibetan Culture and Buddhism many tourists and scholars from different parts of the world flock there during its peak season. In essence, Ladakh plays a vital role in promoting the diverse cultural aspects of Tibet to nonTibetans who are attracted to its various cultural institutions and ancient Buddhist monasteries. REGISTRATION AND FEE The 5-Day Basic Course will be taught in 20 sessions of one and half hour each. The fee per session is Euro 10/- and participants must attend all the sessions. The total payment for session is Euro 200/- per person inclusive of tea, snacks and lunch. The 10-Day Advance Course will be taught in 40 sessions of one and half hour each. The fee per session is Euro 10/- and participants must attend all the sessions. The total payment for the advance course is Euro 400/- per person inclusive of tea, snacks and lunch. Registration for the course will be taken on first come first served basis. To confirm your registration, payment must be made in advance. Please kindly note that the course fee are not refundable. Checks or Bank Transfer should be made to: Men-Tsee-Khang State Bank of India, Dharamsala, Branch code : 0634 Account Number: 10551097534 Swift Code: SBININBB277 For details on course / registration form / schedules visit Or write to / / Men-Tsee-Khang



March 13-17 July 2011

Dr. Wangdue, Lecturer visit Tibet Center, Austria to conduct teaching on Diploma Course on Tibetan Medicine

9 May 2011

Director, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin attend the conference on “Tibetan Medicine: Healing Mind & Body� at Minnesota University

23-29 May 2011

Dr. Miriam and group will visit Men-Tsee-Khang for 6 days course on Tibetan medicine

July 2011

A 5 day Basic / 10 day Advance course on Tibetan medicine to be held in Leh, Ladakh.



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