Experiences

Traditional Medicine

Sangye Menla - The Medicinal Buddhacourtesy of National Institute of Traditional Medicine

Sowa Rigpa

Bhutan was historically called Menjong which means Country of Medicinal Plants in Tibetan. Hundreds of species of medicinal herbs are collected all over the country. The traditional Tibetan medicine called Sowa Rigpa is still alive and thriving in Bhutan.

Sowa Rigpa mostly uses pulse measurement for diagnosis and plant based medicines along with acupuncture and acupressure for treatment. 

Sorig Museum

Not far from the Thimphu city centre, there is National Institute of Traditional Medicine with it's Sorig Museum. It houses high and low altitude medicinal plants and many other collections and explanations about the traditional Tibetan and Bhutanese medicine.

On request we can arrange guided tour through the museum by the institute lecturer, who will give expert explanation on Sowa Rigpa and will answer all possible questions.

Traditional Medicine Hospital

If you are suffering with concrete ailment, we can arrange visit of traditional hospital where you will be examined by traditional doctors. They will diagnose the ailment by the ancient method of pulse measurement and other means and will suggest treatment by herbal remedies, acupressure or acupuncture or else.

Rejuvenation and recovery stays

You can also get traditional medicine treatment and other spa and wellness services while staying in Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary hotel. This 5★ hotel employs traditional doctors who will examine you free of charge while staying in the hotel. Spa treatments and wellness facilities provided by hotel are complimentary as well.

Photographs

Sorig Museum
Courtesy of National Institute of Traditional Medicine
Basic elements and organs in Sowa Rigpa System
courtesy of National Institute of Traditional Medicine
Tanadug Phodrang, the Celestial City of Medicine
Courtesy of National Institute of Traditional Medicine
Medicine Buddha Mandala for Healing
courtesy of National Institute of Traditional Medicine
Traditional Medicine Hospital in Thimphu
courtesy of Traditional Medicine Hospital in Thimphu