Men-Tsee-Khang represents the Tibetan Medical System (Sowa Rigpa in Tibetan, Sowa means to Heal and Rigpa means Knowledge), one of the world's oldest known medical traditions. Since its inception, the institution has undergone significant development.
Today it houses various academic departments like the Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research, Materia Medica, Medical and Astro, Literary Research, Herbal Product Research, Astrology department and the College where Tibetan doctors and astrologers are trained.
Speaking on the occasion, Tashi Tsering Phuri, Director, Men-Tsee-Khang said, “Tibetan medicine and astrology have a long history and are effective in treating both mental and physical disorders. Today, conditions of the mental health treatment are not upto the mark and this disease is treated almost like an afterthought. Tibetan medicine providing traditional alternative healing system without side effects can work to fill the huge infrastructural gap.”
Dr. KapilaVatsayan said, “It gives me great delight to be a part of this excellent effort by Men-Tsee-Khang towards creating awareness about Mental health and the efficacy of Tibetan medicine in treating this illness. I wish the institute the very best and hope it is able to reach and improve lives of many more across India.”
Neuropsychiatric conditions account for 14% of the global burden of disease. Around the world, almost one million people die due to suicide every year, and it is the third leading cause of death among young people.
In low and middle-income countries, these conditions represent a total of 19.1% of all disability related to health conditions. In 2011, the World Health Organization estimated a shortage of 1.18 million mental health professionals.