Efficacy of Traditional Bhutanese Medicine

Research carried out by a postgraduate student at the faculty of traditional medicine under Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences revealed that traditional medicine can reduce blood pressure for patients with hypertension.

Efficacy of Bhutanese Traditional Medicine. (Source: http://www.bbs.bt)


Traditional medicine proven to reduce blood pressure for patients with hypertension

Research carried out by a postgraduate student at the faculty of traditional medicine under Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences revealed that traditional medicine can reduce blood pressure for patients with hypertension.

The findings of the study, which was carried out for two months in Lhuentse, was presented at the two-day International conference on Medical and Health Sciences in Thimphu recently.

Jigme Singye who is currently pursuing his postgraduate studies in Traditional Medicine, along with his team conducted the study from December last year till January this year. For this study, the team examined the blood pressure of 66 patients with hypertension, who were attending religious events in Lhuentse.

The medicine used were Churu25, which consists of 25 ingredients, made of indigenous traditional medicine, Kobjee13 prepared with 13 ingredients and Agar15, which consist of 15 ingredients from indigenous Bhutanese traditional medicine.

Research conducted to prove the efficacy of Bhutanese traditional medicine

“We examined for six weeks and used scientific tools to measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure. And the reading showed that systolic pressure decreased by 18.4 per cent. And diastolic reading showed a decrease by 9.4 per cent on average,” said Jigme Singye.

Although these traditional medicines were in use for years, there has not been any scientific studies carried out to validate the efficacy of the medicine. As a result, their efficacy had often been subjected to debate among health professionals.

“The effectiveness of traditional medicine is well scripted by Buddha in his textbooks. But today when people question us on evidence-based scientific studies; there has not been any done. However effective the medicine may be, it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves without any studies. So we carried out this study using scientific methods,” added Jigme.

While his findings showed significant reduction in blood pressure, he said that the level of effectiveness needs to be explored further with larger sample sizes at various centres.

Further studies to be conducted on other traditional medicine

Furthermore, he stressed that with growing awareness and belief about the safety of traditional medicine, the number of patients are also increasing, which calls for more studies on other traditional medicine to validate their effectiveness.


By Phub Gyem (This article has been edited for the Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on BBS.


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