Tibetan medicine cures cancer

IANS, 12 Jun 2009

NEW DELHI, India -- Tibetan medical science, a 2,000-year-old legacy of herbal and spiritual healing born in the Buddhist monasteries of high-altitude
Tibet, offers cures for diseases like cancer and thalassaemia but is yet to be recognised by the Indian government, says one of its leading woman practitioners here.

"This system can contribute a lot to ease suffering. If it is recognised by the Indian government, students can carry on research because we have no country of our own," Tsewang Dolkar Khongkar, a Tibetan doctor said.

Khongkar, who has been practising Tibetan medicine in the capital since 1981, is a cancer specialist with patients from across the country and from Europe and the US. She was awarded the Bharat Nirman Affiliation Certiticate for her work.

The Tibetan system of medicine, says the doctor, evolved as an assimilation of healing methods from India, China, Greece and even Persia, which were codified in sacred texts or "pharmacopia" and interpreted with the Buddhist understanding of herbal cures into a separate branch of knowledge.

The knowledge system is presided over by the "Medicine Buddha", a blue incarnation of Siddhartha, which represents cure.

"The system works on similar principles as the Indian ayurvedic system of medicine that seeks to maintain the balance between air, bile and phlegm and one's karma," said the 50-year-old petite doctor who also has clinics in Mumbai.

The treatment is a complicated mix of pulse analysis, urine analysis, dietary modifications, astrology, herbal therapies and physical procedures like acupuncture.

Tibetan medicine is Dolkar Khongkar's family profession.

She is the daughter of Tibet's first lady doctor, Lobsang Dolma Khongkar, who practised the indigenous Tibetan medicine at Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh and later in Dharamsala, the Indian town where the Tibetan-government-in-exile is headquartered.

"My mother and father were both healers," said Dolkar.

"I learnt most of my therapies from my mother and went up the slopes to Chamba in Himachal Pradesh every year with her to identify and collect herbs for medicines that we made at home," the doctor said.

While her mother learnt astrology and medicine at the age of 22, along with her husband, from the rinpoches in the Tibetan monasteries, Dolkar Khongkar went to the Tibetan Medical School at Dharamsala after learning the basic herbs at home.

"Modern Tibetan doctors do not have to know astrology. But it is important because the movement of planets changes the beat of the pulse," she said.

The doctor is known for her "successful" cancer therapy.

Patients from places like Punjab, Ahmedabad, Uttarakhand and even Mumbai flock to her clinic in south Delhi every morning. "I don't encourage my foreign patients to come to India. They just send me the reports and speak to me on telephone. I send them the medicines," said Khongkar, who makes medicines both at home and in Dharamsala, where her sister, also a doctor, looks after her mother's clinic.

"Sixty percent of my patients suffer from cancer. Tibetan medicines offer hope. I consider a patient of organ cancer, undergoing Tibetan treatment, cured if the cancer does not resurface for three years and I give a bigger margin of 10 years to breast cancer patients," Khongkar said.

According to the doctor, each organ requires different herbs because the element of every human organ differs.

"Making the medicines is difficult. The herbs are available only in Himachal Pradesh and some medicines require as many as 18 herbs. Every herb has to be pure and of the right shade. A slight change can alter the quality of medicine. The changing climate is taking a toll on the quality of herbs," she complained.

"Moreover, there is very little facility for research and scant resources. I wish our medicine would get the same status as ayurveda," she said.

We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Operator for Responsible Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians and Singaporeans, please make your donation to the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB

The SWIFT/BIC code for RHB Bank Berhad is: RHBBMYKLXXX
Address: 11-15, Jalan SS 24/11, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 603-9206 8118

Note: Please indicate your name in the payment slip. Thank you.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We seek your generous support to help us train NORBU, the word's first Buddhist AI Chat Bot.

Here are some ways you can contribute to this noble cause:

One-time Donation or Loan: A single contribution, regardless of its size, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal and make the Buddhist LLM a beacon of wisdom for all.

How will your donation / loan be used? Download the NORBU White Paper for details.

For Malaysians and Singaporeans, please make your donation to the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB

The SWIFT/BIC code for RHB Bank Berhad is: RHBBMYKLXXX
Address: 11-15, Jalan SS 24/11, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 603-9206 8118

Note: Please indicate your purpose of payment (loan or donation) in the payment slip. Thank you.

Once payment is banked in, please send the payment slip via email to: editor@buddhistchannel.tv. Your donation/loan will be published and publicly acknowledged on the Buddhist Channel.

Spread the Word: Share this initiative with your friends, family and fellow Dharma enthusiasts. Join "Friends of Norbu" at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/norbuchatbot. Together, we can build a stronger community and create a positive impact on a global scale.

Volunteer: If you possess expertise in AI, natural language processing, Dharma knowledge in terms of Buddhist sutras in various languages or related fields, and wish to lend your skills, please contact us. Your knowledge and passion could be invaluable to our project's success.

Your support is part of a collective effort to preserve and disseminate the profound teachings of Buddhism. By contributing to the NORBU, you become a "virtual Bodhisattva" to make Buddhist wisdom more accessible to seekers worldwide.

Thank you for helping to make NORBU a wise and compassionate Buddhist Chatbot!

May you be blessed with inner peace and wisdom,

With deepest gratitude,

Kooi F. Lim
On behalf of The Buddhist Channel Team

Note: To date, we have received the following contributions for NORBU:
US$ 75 from Gary Gach (Loan)
US$ 50 from Chong Sim Keong
MYR 300 from Wilson Tee
MYR 500 from Lim Yan Pok
MYR 50 from Oon Yeoh
MYR 200 from Ooi Poh Tin
MYR 300 from Lai Swee Pin
MYR 100 from Ong Hooi Sian
MYR 1,000 from Fam Sin Nin
MYR 500 from Oh teik Bin
MYR 300 from Yeoh Ai Guat
MYR 300 from Yong Lily
MYR 50 from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society
MYR 1,000 from Chiam Swee Ann
MYR 1,000 from Lye Veei Chiew
MYR 1,000 from Por Yong Tong
MYR 80 from Lee Wai Yee
MYR 500 from Pek Chee Hen
MYR 300 from Hor Tuck Loon
MYR 1,000 from Wise Payments Malaysia Sdn Bhd
MYR 200 from Teo Yen Hua
MYR 500 from Ng Wee Keat
MYR 10,000 from Chang Quai Hung, Jackie (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from K. C. Lim & Agnes (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from Juin & Jooky Tan (Loan)
MYR 100 from Poh Boon Fong (on behalf of SXI Buddhist Students Society)
MYR 10,000 from Fam Shan-Shan (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from John Fam (Loan)
MYR 500 from Phang Cheng Kar
MYR 100 from Lee Suat Yee
MYR 500 from Teo Chwee Hoon (on behalf of Lai Siow Kee)
MYR 200 from Mak Yuen Chau

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: editor@buddhistchannel.tv