Bhutanese National Institute of Traditional Medicine

Nature At Its Best

Bhutanese National Institute of Traditional Medicine institute was established in 1978, which collects the medicinal plants from remote corners of the Bhutanese Himalayas, Linghzi, Laya and Lunana and then distributes these as medicinal pills, tablets, ointments and medicinal teas to regional care units of the country. The small museum details some of the 300 herbs that Bhutanese have to choose from. Yartsa Goenub, the high altitude cure Himalayan Viagra which is a caterpillar mummified by fungus sells up to $25,000 per kilogram in China.

If you feel under the weather, then the onsite clinics will let you know about your wind, bile, phlegm also prescribing you appropriate medicines and treatments all of which are under free charge. Some herbs like that of Lasgang root and gentiana are wonders to the sore throat, chozen nagsel is said to help cure diseases caused by the evil spirits.

Despite modernization, some Bhutanese still believe in these primeval ways of curing diseases, in fact they choose these over the medicines available in the market. This becomes a curiosity to many foreigners who visit because of the traditional methods still in practice despite the modernity.

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