By Audrey Prost
Whilst everyone is displaced, their social structures stream with them. This ebook investigates what occurs to conventional scientific structures once they are uprooted , i.e. while practitioners and sufferers develop into displaced, through taking a look at the ameliorations of conventional Tibetan drugs one of the Tibetan refugee group in India. It addresses how long term displacement impacts thoughts of health and wellbeing and examines the luck and efficacy of Tibetan drugs within the context of social upheaval.
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We will not do the golden needle treatment just now, we will wait until the spring. I will give you some medicine to treat your phlegm, but we must be careful not to increase your wind humour [lung], so do not do too much exercise or work too hard. Lhamo smiles and I sense an unspoken understanding between the two women. Perhaps my presence is making them uncomfortable. Upon her arrival in India, Lhamo joined the ‘sister nunnery’ of her home institution to continue her studies. She then met a young local Tibetan man and decided to marry.
I interviewed thirty-eight individuals visiting Delek and thirty-six at the Mentsikhang. Thirty-five were women and thirty-nine were men. All were above sixteen years old. The majority of patients were aged between thirty and sixty (fifty-four respondents out of seventy-four), and a sizeable proportion had been born in Tibet (fifty-seven per cent). 2). 1: Disorders considered ‘prevalent’ in the exile community; (B) indicates that the person interviewed felt the disorder had a biomedical aetiology; (T) a traditional Tibetan one; (B & T) suggests that both may be valid.
And the only rosy thing in life is what you see in that bottle. Tibetans are coming to that, and I don’t want to say it in many ways, because the official propaganda, even among Tibetans in exile … is that things are improving, we can get along with the Chinese, and something wonderful is going to happen, it’s just around the corner. I don’t see that at all. 1). The majority of exiles interviewed in this study subscribed to the view that biomedical and traditional Tibetan medical systems are complementary, and few doubted the benefits of using both concurrently.