"The Modernization of Tibetan Medicine" Presentation by Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen, Dr. Otsang Toskchen, and Dr. Lhusham Gyal

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Brigham and Women's Hospital - Carrie Conference Room, Carrie Conference Room 15 Francis St.

Tibetan medicine has a long history as the dominant system of medical care in the Himalayan region.  Drs. Gyaltsen, Toskchen and Gyal represent the Arura Tibetan Medical Group in Xining, Qinghai in western China. This is the largest complex of institutions devoted to Tibetan medicine in the world, including a Tibetan medical college, an inpatient hospital, a network of outpatient clinics, a pharmaceutical factory that distributes to major Chinese cities, and a museum with an active publication program.


Following an overview of the Arura group and its activities by Dr. Tsokchen, Dr Gyaltsen will speak on current activities to modernize its clinical and research activities.


Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen, MPH, PhD was ordained as a monk at Kumbum monastery in 1981. In addition to his degree in Tibetan medicine, he holds a doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Health, where he established an exchange program with the Qinghai Tibetan Medical College.  He is Executive Director of Kumbum Tibetan Medical Hospital, and founder of the Tibetan Healing Fund which provides education and primary health to rural Tibetan women and children.


Dr. Otsang Toskchen, MD is President of the Arura Tibetan Medical Group, Professor and President of Qinghai University Tibetan Medical College and Qinghai Tibetan Medical Hospital, and Director of the China National Museum of Tibetan Medicine. He also directs the Qinghai Research Institute of Tibetan Medicine, and is a founder of Arura Medicine of Tibet in Charlottesville, Virginia, which provides education and exchange opportunities to Tibetans and Americans. He is author of ten books and numerous articles on Tibetan medicine.


Dr. Lhusham Gyal has practiced Tibetan medicine since 1985 at the Qinghai Tibetan Medical Hospital, where he is now Vice President and general manager.  Specializing in medicinal bath treatments for chronic illnesses, Dr. Gyal has also published numerous books and articles on Tibetan medicine.

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    Enter through the hospital’s 15 Francis Street entrance, located at the corner of Francis St. and Huntington Ave.
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    Carrie Hall is located at the end of this hallway, directly in front of you.