Tibet Lhasa Hospital of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, China

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Hospital of Traditional Tibetan Medicine

The Hospital of Traditional Tibetan Medicine is located in Lhasa City of Tibet.

Built in 1916, and is the first hospital in Tibet. From 1960 to 1980, this hospital has twice changed its name, it provides medicine treatment, teaching, research, and some medicine production, and it is a large medical complex.

Tibet lies in the highland of Qingzang, which has an average altitude of 3,000 to 4,000 meters above sea level. The Tibetan has special diet habits and daily routines that are quite different from the other places, because of the high altitude.

Diseases as leprosy and some other skin problems, which had almost forgotten by the modern civilization, could be see in this mysterious area. For a long while, many medical professionals have made a great deal of efforts on those diseases and other ones that are aroused by the altitude.

Actually, the medicine of Tibet has a history for more than 2,300 years. The historic record shows that at about 300B.C., there were already people that wrote the medicine practices into books. Those books are the foundation of the medicine technique in Tibetan.

The record shows that during the long history of Tibet, many doctors have contributed a great deal of knowledge to the Tibetan medicine techniques. Doctor Yutuoning Mayunzhou, is the most famous among the nine well-know Tibetan doctors.

He lived in the beginning of the 8th century. He collected medicine books and gathered practical medical experiences from Central China and some nearby countries like Nepal, Indian and so on. His medical record collection later became a world-famous classic work of medical science, which had established the special theory system of Tibetan medicine.

Because of the long history, this hospital of Tibetan Borough was evaluated "The Model Hospital of China" by the Medicine Administer Bureau of China. The hospital has two level treatment rooms, two institutes, and a Tibetan medicine factory.

Because of the special theories and treatments, the medical science of Tibet is an important part of Chinese Medical Science. Though the area is not a charming tourist attraction, yet its specialist attracts many tourists who want to know more about the Tibetan daily life.