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Tibetan medical centre opens in Chennai

August 23, 2010

Times of India
August 21, 2010

CHENNAI (TNN) -- Most doctors spend a couple of
minutes taking a patient's pulse. But Dr Dorjee
Rapten Neshar takes over 20 minutes, gently
touching and tapping different parts of the
patient's wrist and palm. "Pulse analysis is very
important in Tibetan medicine," says the chairman
of the central council of Tibetan medicine. "You
can get all of a patient's problems by
understanding the energy patterns of the pulse."

Dorjee is in town for the opening of the state's
first Tibetan Medicine Centre, which will
function out of the CP Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation
on Eldams Road. For the past eight years, Dorjee
has been coming to Chennai twice a month to treat
over 1,000 patients for everything from arthritis
and asthma to diabetes and cancer. "Most people
come to us when conventional methods of treatment
have not worked," says Dr Nyima Gyaltsen, who
runs the Chennai centre with his wife.

Tibetan medicine, the doctors explain, is an
ancient form using meditation, diet and lifestyle
corrections to treat diseases. Many of the
Tibetan medical texts were destroyed and the
doctors imprisoned or put to death during the
Chinese occupation of Tibet in the 1960s, and
what is left is the knowledge that those who escaped have passed on.

"We still have a lot left and we continue to do
research at the centre in Dharamsala. The
medication takes lots of forms Himalayan herbs,
pills made of precious and semi-precious stones,
decoctions. It can be a little inconvenient to
take as you have to crush or boil them but it's
very effective," says Dorjee. The doctors claim
that their medication also helps patients with cancer.
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