Cell Line Study 

The purpose of this study was to explore the possible stimulating effects of the Tibetan Medicine called Pokar 10 in two cell types that have been stressed in an impoverished medium over 5 days. This study was carried out in May, 2004 in collaboration with Tissue Culture laboratory at Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, USA. Both cell types were fibroblasts, fast growing connective tissue cells secreting an extra cellular matrix rich in collagen and other macromolecules. The Tibetan Medicine Pokar 10 is often given for the treatment of joint inflammation/ pain and skin diseases.

The cell submitted to concentrations of Tibetan Medicine were noticed to be growing "extensions" to their cytoplasm material, appearing to reach specifically for the Tibetan compound, grabbing and engulfing bit of it. This movement in the direction of the Tibetan Medicine can be referred to as a positive chemotropic response. Further testing would be required to continue documenting the earlier responses of the fibroblast cells, and also to attempt to understand and explain the physiological mechanisms by which the Tibetan Medicine was able to beneficially affect the culture cell line. The full report has been published in sMan -rTsis Journal of Men Tsee Khang (English), Vol. IV, Issue 1, August, 2007