medicine is among the oldest alternate medical practices with its origin from
the celestial land. The findings and teachings of the Tibetan Medical System
are believed to have been handed down by Buddha himself, to 'liberate human
beings from the vicious cycle of suffering'. In order to promote awareness and
benefits of the Tibetan Medical Treatment, The CP Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation
and Men-Tsee-Khang Tibetan Medical Centre is holding an exhibition and offering
free consultation celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of Men-Tsee-Khang, from the 29th
to the 31st
of August 2011,
between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the C.P. Ramaswamy Art Centre, Main Gallery,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India
Beneficiaries of Tibetan Medicine: Dr. Nanditha Krishna, Honorary Director of the CP Ramaswamy Aiyar Foundation,
admitted that little is known of Tibetan medicine in Chennai. So she informed
about the fully functional Tibetan Medical Centre permanently housed within the
CP Ramaswamy foundation premises. The Centre is active 6 days a week from
Tuesday through Sunday, open to all who wish to avail the services. Dr. Krishna
vouched for the 'wonderful miracles' she personally observed especially with cancer.
She cited the recovery of Col. Gopalachari who had cancer for 13
years and was completely cured resorting to Tibetan treatment. Mrs. Pushpa
Chari, his wife, present at the inaugural function asserted her conviction in
the Tibetan medicine after witnessing her husband's recovery.
was in focus at the inaugural function because Dr. Krishna's mother herself was
a cancer patient and though cured of cancer, did not recover from chemotherapy.
The terrible memories of people in the audience emphasised the need for
alternate medical system.
Emergence to Growth: When Men-Tsee-Khang was established in 1961, soon after Chinese invasion and in
exile, Dr. Dorjee Rapten Neshar, recalls the modest beginning with only
3 doctors and one astrologer. Today, with the gaining popularity Tibetan
medical system is actively operating in different parts of India with over 56
hospitals and 27 astrologers. Dr.Dorjee, as he was referred, shares how Tibetan
Medicine is reaching every nook and corner of India. He also fondly recounts
that he was actually forced to learn Tibetan medicine because of his tradition
and from very few students who started out, the strength has grown to 400
students in the last twenty years.
Scepticism to Miracles: During the inception of Tibetan Medical Centre in Tamil Nadu, people were
reluctant to come forward. It took a long time before people warmed up to the
Tibetan Medical practices. Though language communication was a major challenge
initially, Dr. Dorjee stated that with the reception it is obvious even
language barriers have been crossed. Other parts of the world, where
traditional Tibetan medical therapy is practiced include parts of Mongolia,
sections of Russia and places through Himalayan belt such as Ladakh. Last year
the Government of India amended and recognised Tibetan Medical practices in
line with Ayurveda, Unani and Yoga.
Warm Reception: Mrs. Girija Vaidhyanathan, I.A.S., Secretary, Department of Health and Family
Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, inaugurated the Exhibition and offered a
warm embrace to the Tibetan Medical System. Citing the positive move of the
Indian government to acknowledge and integrate Tibetan medicine in the Indian
system the Health Secretary also stated that since there is only one Health
secretary in Tamil Nadu for medical practices and not bifurcated into Allopathy
and alternate medical systems, "it's quite a challenge to see how we can work
together. Each medical system has a role to play because in certain conditions
we are forced; we are spoilt to adopt quick remedies." She re-instated that
Allopathy does not have all the answers.
a note of gratitude, she praised Mr. Chari who saw beyond himself and took the
initiative of bringing Tibetan medicine to Chennai. A permanent Centre working
out in Chennai, where a developed system of an alternate medical practice,
traced back to the 6th century, was
commended as a positive move. She conveyed her sincere concern that Tibetan
medical exhibition and practice should generate interest.
Tibetan medicine believes that good health and
illness result from the relationship between the mind and the body at one level
and the individual's connectedness to the natural world and a sense of
spirituality which makes the whole human person. The Tibetan Medicine
Exhibition at Chennai is attracting a lot of lot public interest.