Maintaining the Knowledge of Traditional Medicine

Maintaining the knowledge of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) is an important mission for ROKPA: We educate young people to become Tibetan doctors who are willing to also practice in remote regions. The doctors offer precious medical advice to many people for little money, by sharing their knowledge about the herbs that are naturally growing in the mountains. At the same time ROKPA is supporting research initiatives to preserve and advance TTM.

The fast changes which have occurred in Tibetan regions in the last 50 years have almost led to the complete loss of a 2,500 year old, highly advanced healing system. There are only a few doctors left who can still practice this holistic healing method and can share their knowledge and skills. This is why it is important to train doctors in TTM.

Moreover, important herbs that are in danger of extinction are grown with the help of ROKPA. We also train the collectors of herbs to collect them in a way that allows the herbs to regrow.

Cultivation of Rare Medical Plants

ROKPA has an important aim to keep alive the tradition of the Tibetan art of healing as well as the herbs, plants and bushes that are used within this precious and ancient system of medicine.

Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) is a holistic system of treatment with a range of supplements that are made from local plants and herbs. This form of medicine has been practised for the last 2,500 years, and is recognized increasingly in the West as an effective complement to Western medicine.

The commercial depletion of local plants has led to many healing herbs and plants being in danger of extinction. Without help, the wealth of knowledge of how to use the plants and herbs for medical purposes will be lost forever.

The goals, results and benefits of this ROKPA project are promising and sustainable:

•    Conservation of Traditional Tibetan Medicine

•    Conservation of endangered healing plants and herbs

•    Conservation of trees and bushes that support the growth of traditional healing plants

•    Availability of medicine in remote regions

•    Training programs and the creation of jobs

•    Economic value through selling the end products