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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The 7th Int’l Asian Traditional Medicine Conference held in Bhutan

by Yeshe Choesang ( editor [at] )

The 7th International Traditional Medicine Conference in Bhutan Administrative High school in Semtok district near Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan was held on 7th to10th of September 2009.


The conference was attended by 270 medical researchers and doctors from 30 different countries. The most important guest at the conference was the Minister of Bhutan, Khadro Wangchuk who held a opening speech. The conference was also attended by the Minister of Health.

On the main conference the participating doctors and professionals presented their academic work and exchanged experiences. At the end of the conference the Secretary of the Organizing Committee admitted that Tibetan Traditional Medicine has a very important role in Asian Traditional Medicine and is also internationally beneficial.

The conference was attended by senior doctor Gashe Kalsang Norbu, a doctor from the Tibetan Red Cross Society, two doctors from Lhasa and Shigaze, a Tibetan professional and four doctors from Tso-ngon county eastern Tibet as well as three doctors from dechen county eastern Tibet. There were also participants from Nepal and India, the director of The Central Council of Tibetan Medicine Dorjee Rabten and secretary Thukme Paljor, doctor Dawa and Pema Dorjee from the Central Tibetan Medical Association in exile. Among the participants were also teachers from the Tibetan Traditional Medicine School in exile - Ragshi Tsultrim Sangye and doctor Nyima, the doctor of Meriling Monastery - Geshe Rinchen Tenzin and doctor Gashe Rabsal Nyima Woser.

This conference brought together medical professionals from inside and outside Tibet as well as doctors from the Himalayan region, Chinese and many foreigners.


  1. What a beautiful picture!
    Thanks for the article!

    Where can I read the names of the participants of the congress? Where there people from Germany taking part in it? Someone speaking German who can tell me about it in German?

    I urgently want to know more about the village Semtok. Who can tell me about it? I would like to know everything about people and life and the history of Semtok.
    Where can I read about it and see pictures?

    Is there a river in Semtok? A lake or such thing?

    I will be very happy about answers. Thanks!

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