For the first time an exhibition of famous Tibetan Medical Paintings was held in Moscow. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on Nov. 20, 2014 an exhibition of Tibetan medical paintings has been showcased in Moscow. On Nov. 14 the exhibition of famous Tibetan medical paintings was held at the hall of Diplomatic Academy of Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
This exhibition was organized by Naran Tibetan Medical Clinic in Moscow for the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding day. The exhibition included the 77 Thangka paintings on the Tibetan medical system. Dr. Svetlana Galsalnova, who is the Head of Naran Tibetan Medical Clinic, welcomed the guests and he talked about the importance of the Tibetan medical system.
Desi Sangay Gyatso, the scholar and Regent of Tibet during the time of the fifth Dalai Lama, created the paintings in the 17th century. This artistic portrayal of the historical roots of Tibetan medicine represents a unique cultural heritage which belongs to the entire world. This offers a great contribution to our modern world and civilization.
The set of 77 Thangka paintings which were reproduced in Russia were prepared in the 1920s during the time of the 13th Dalai Lama. This collection was used for the training of Buryat doctors. The original paintings have been located in Lhasa. There is a Russian translation of the text of the Tibetan Medical Atlas with the paintings which was translated in 1994 which was 587 pages. There has been a growing interest in the Tibetan medical system in Russia and elsewhere worldwide.
Al Jazeera has reported Tibetan medicine highlights the presence of compassion in modern health care. The Tibetan approach to medicine has its roots in Buddhist teachings and focuses on maintaining balance instead of being cured. Tibetan medicine considers disease as coming from many factors including a poor balance in diet, nutrition and the environment. Natural interventions such as acupuncture and acupressure, breathing and movement therapy, hot and cold compresses, hydrotherapy and herbal medications are used for mental and physical ailments in Tibetan medicine.
It is felt the art of healing has been ruined in the United States and elsewhere because money instead of compassionate holistic health care has become the primary motivation for many doctors. In Tibetan medicine every patient is treated like a unique member of your own family who should always be listened to. The Tibetans are onto something very important about what really good health care should be all about.