South America Tour

Outreach tour to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile was held from 17 Oct to 21 Nov, 2014. The tour was led by Dr. Tenzin Yeshi, Research & Development Department; Dr. Norchung, Documentation & Publication Department and Kalsang Dechen, assistant registrar, Men-Tsee-Khang.

The tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina was organized by Kagyud Tekchen Choling Center from 18 Oct to 5 Nov.  Lama Rinchen Khandro and Lama Sangye Dorjee directors of the center helped in making this visit possible. 

At Funcacion Salud, Dr. Norchung gave a talk on ageing in healthy way and Dr. Tenzin Yeshi spoke on indigestion is the root cause of cancer and all internal disorders on 18 Oct. There were around 300 people who participated in the talks.  

At Kagyu Tekchen Choling, Dr. Norchung gave a presentation on holistic approach of Tibetan medicine and the role of dietary behaviour in maintaining good health and both the doctors spoke on which are the illnesses that the Tibetan medicine can offer a better result where around 100 people who participated for the talks in the center.

On 21 Oct at the Military Hospital Dr. Norchung spoke on caring at the final stage of life according to Tibetan medicine where around 50 people attended and on 23 Oct Dr. Tenzin Yeshi gave a talk on longevity and physical & mental well being in traditional Tibetan medical system at the Medical Association of Argentina.

Dr. Norchung gave a talk on holistic approach to Tibetan medicine and the role of dietary behaviour in maintaining good health, caring at the final stage of life according to Tibetan medicine at the Avellaneda Hospital and Pinero Hospital respectively.  More than 50 people attended the talks and the curious participants asked questions on consciousness and mind.

From 30 Oct to 3rd Nov the team visited Rosario in Argentina which is 4 hours journey from Buenos Aires. 

Gloria Bredice from Druk Manjushri Center organized the events in Rosario.  The evening of 30 Oct, Dr. Tenzin Yeshi gave presentation on an introduction to Tibetan medicine and Dr. Norchung spoke on the role of dietary behaviour in maintaining good health at the Rosario Medical Association. Around 50 interested people attended the talks.

At the Druk Manjushri Center Dr. Tenzin Yeshi spoke on diagnostic methods of Tibetan medicine and indigestion is the root cause of cancer and all internal disorders while Dr. Norchung gave presentation on caring of mental illness in Tibetan medicine on 1 Nov.  Besides talks, arrangement for the interested public to experience traditional Tibetan pulse diagnosis was also made.  In Buenos Aires and Rosario (Argentina) the doctors provided traditional Tibetan system of health care to around 83 people.

The team then visited Santiago, Chile from 6 to 20 Nov, 2014.  Dr. Luis Pedreros, director of Latin American School of Traditional Chinese Medicine hosted the programme. Dr. Tomas Diaz and Hugo Cisternas Ingeniero assisted in translation of the presentation and workshops by Dr. Tenzin Yeshi and Dr. Norchung during the stay.

The doctors gave courses from 8 to 9 November on an introduction to traditional Tibetan medicine and from 15 to 16 gave workshop cum practical demonstration on Tibetan massage. There were more than 50 participants each for both the courses where two sessions in a day was given.  Besides the course and workshop, around 30 interested people came to experience the traditional Tibetan system of health care.  Kalsang Dechen, assistant registrar helped in the display of Sorig herbal health supplements during the tour.  On the whole the tour to South American countries was successful.

Men-Tsee-Khang would like to thank the organizers, members of the Kagyud Tekchen Choling, Druk Manjushri Center, and Latin American School of Traditional Chinese medicine for their unwavering support during the outreach programme.