Traditional Medicine Marks 50 Years Of Services In Bhutan

Bhutan's traditional medicine system was formally established on May 28, 1968.

Traditional Bhutanese medicine. (Source: Little Bhutan.)

 

By Rinchen Zangmo | Kuensel

To mark 50 years of traditional medicine services in Bhutan, the department of traditional medicine formally launched in-patient services for five eliminative therapies (Lay-Nga) on June 2.

The Health Minister Tandin Wangchuk said that the traditional medicine system was formally established on May 28, 1968.

“Traditional medicine services have come a long way. It was started with a dispensary at Dechencholing and today we have 65 traditional medicine units along with modern medicine services.”

Combining the merits of international and traditional medicine to meet the needs of Bhutanese

He said that in order to provide better medical services, international and traditional medicine needs collaboration.

“Today, both traditional services and international medicine services are available across 20 dzongkhags. Currently, there are 46 doctors and 93 menpas providing services in the country.”

 

Source: Avada travel

The Medical Superintendent of the Department of Traditional Medicine (DTM), Drungtsho Karma Gaylek said that there has been a growing demand for traditional medicine services.

 “People across the country come here seeking traditional medicines and methods,” he said.

“These are important for cleansing the body. It includes the cleansing of nasal cavity and respiratory cavity among others,” he added.

In-patient services and the ailments it can treat

According to health officials, the in-patient service started informally about a month ago.

“Currently, in-patient service can occupy 10 people. Already, about 20 people have availed the service as in-patients.”

It treats diabetes, hypertension, joint pain, back ache, sinusitis, and stomach ache among other chronic diseases.

Meditation and physical exercises were also launched as part of the spiritual healing programme

As part of the spiritual healing programme, services of meditation (Zhiney) and physical exercise (Luejong) were also launched to prevent diseases and to promote general health and well-being.

KGUMSB’s faculty of traditional medicine has trained two drungtshos and seven menpas for zhiney and luejong services.

A standard guideline on zhiney and luenjong has also been developed to ensure standard practices and services. Moreover, a standard operating procedure was launched for acupuncture services.

The Drungtsho Karma Gaylek said that zhiney is not only about physical being.

“It is also about the mental health and has two components – to cleanse the mind and to exercise the nervous systems.”

Till date, more than 70,000 people have sought traditional medicine for various ailments in 2016 and 2017.

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.

 


Related Posts

Traditional Art Of Making Wooden Bowls (Dhapas) Thrives In...

There is a strong demand for Trashiyangtse's dhapas and dzas both locally and internationally.

May 30, 2018 18:13

Conserving Traditional Bhutanese Architecture

“The old buildings are important as a testimony of the past. It is not only important to preserve these houses, but also...

Mar 15, 2018 11:47

Revival of Traditional Bhutanese Dining

The Trashiyangtse dzongrab, Lam Dorji, said that since the handicrafts were locally produced, it was found to be...

Mar 08, 2018 05:52

Conserving the Traditional Art of Weaving

The mission of the Royal Textile Academy is to preserve and promote the traditional form of weaving.

Nov 18, 2017 10:36

Efficacy of Traditional Bhutanese Medicine

Research carried out by a postgraduate student at the faculty of traditional medicine under Khesar Gyalpo University of...

Nov 07, 2017 07:39

Loss of the Brokpa Dress Culture in Bhutan

The impact of declining sheep rearing practice would lead to the loss of the brokpa dress culture, which is unique in...

Mar 28, 2018 17:57

Latest

News

Bhutan’s Satellite Deployed From ISS Along With Limited Edition Stamps Launched To Laud Event

Live-streamed on YouTube, representatives from various countries and institutes gathered at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in...

Aug 11, 2018 16:08

Daily Professional Fee Proposed For Tour Guides To Boost Tourism In Bhutan

Such an initiative is also thought to help boost the image of the profession in Bhutan and retain senior tour guides.

Aug 10, 2018 12:09

Features

In Commemoration Of World Elephant Day, Bhutan Records 678 Elephants, Up From 513 In 2011

There are 678 elephants in Bhutan, according to the second edition of the National Elephant Survey Report.

Aug 15, 2018 12:54

Discover Raju’s Passion For Making The Traditional Bhutanese Bow And Arrow

The class VI drop-out earns at least Nu 8,000 a month by making bows and arrows.

Aug 08, 2018 16:09

Sports

The Myriad Of Sporting Facilities Constructed In Bhutan To Promote Healthy Living

The government in its 11th FYP report stated that it undertook the development of various infrastructure and institutions to promote sports...

Jul 29, 2018 08:33

Adolescent Girls In Bhutan Learn About Health And Sanitation Through Weeklong District Cricket Championship

The national nutrition survey 2015 conducted by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF Bhutan found anaemia in adolescent girls to be a critical...

Jul 21, 2018 16:29

Business

Start-up Centre In Bhutan Held Session To Provide Advice On Doing Business For Entrepreneurs

Guidance was provided during the first session on starting a business held at the newly established start-up centre at Changzamtog, Thimphu.

Aug 14, 2018 12:06

SDF To Develop E-Commerce Platform And Support Start-Ups In The South Asian Region

The SDF has already achieved and disbursed US$ 47mn for 12 cross-border projects.

Jul 24, 2018 09:03

Travel

About 91 % Of International Visitors Intend To Revisit Bhutan And 85 % Want To Recommend Nation Of Happiness To Others

The majority (80.4 %) of the international visitors expressed that the culture and traditional charm attracted them to Bhutan.

Aug 13, 2018 12:11

DrukAir To Fly Between Bhutan And Singapore Via Guwahati Starting Sept 1

The new flight will connect Paro to Singapore via Guwahati.

Aug 09, 2018 10:37

Lifestyle

Bhutanese Film 'Honeygiver Among The Dogs' To Make Singapore Debut At Buddhist Film Festival

"Honeygiver Among The Dogs" will be the first film by a Bhutanese director to be screened at the annual Buddhist film festival in Singapore.

Aug 16, 2018 11:16

Gokab – The First Dance Studio To Be Registered In Bhutan For Dancing Enthusiasts

Gokab, a youth group comprising of mostly dance enthusiasts, has seen a healthy growth of membership numbers since its inception in 2015.

Aug 12, 2018 15:44

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!