William R. Leon
Brief Introduction to Kunphen Tibetan Medicine Center
Tibetan traditional medicine is an ancient synthesis of the art of
healing, which is drawing on the knowledge of medical systems existing in
wide region of Southeast and Central Asia, with ramifications
to Chinese, Greek and Egyptian ancient healing knowledge. Through
the process of drawing such synthesis, Tibetan medicine was established
officially during the 7th to the 12th centuries A.D. from fundamental
theoretical concepts based primarily on the Indian Buddhist system
of medicine. The Buddha himself developed this system of medicine
2500 years ago...
The Kunphen Tibetan Medical
Centers was established in Kathmandu - Nepal, by its reputed founder:
late Dr. Kunsang, with the aims to develop
and research of Tibetan Herbal Medicine Services, in both Kathmandu
- Nepal and also in Nyalam, a village situated just at the Tibet TAR
(China) border with Nepal.
The center continues to
serve today under its original name: the Kunphen Tibetan Medical Center (KTMC). It is a primary
health care charitable, cultural and
educational institution that functions under the guidance and
support of late Dr. Kunsang and its
respected Tibetan medicine family members.
Dr. Kunsang :
a short Biography of His Life and Events
Late Dr. Kunsang,
the Founder of the Kunphen Tibetan Medical Center(s)
Dr. Kunzang, was born
in Dingri, Tibet in 1924. At the early age of 12, he
became disciple of Venerable Khyenrab Norbu Rimpoche (1883 -
1992), one of the most famous physician of the time (Doctor of
His Holiness Dalai Lama) and director of the then Chagpori
Medical College Men-Tsee-Khang in Lhasa - Tibet
, with whom he started to learn and practice Tibetan Medicine Pharmacology,
Philosophy, Engineering and Astrology, as well as shown
himself to be very gifted in such Tibetan traditional Arts as
Carving, Thangkas and Statues.
In 1950, having became a
refugee from Tibet and residing in Kathmandu valley, Dr. Kunsang
was called to assist the Nepal Royal palace of the time to
cure late King Tribhuvan from his liver disorder, all of which,
after treating him highly successfully, led Dr. Kunsang to
become appointed Tibetan Doctor to the late Nepal King
Tribhuvan and subsequent Members of the Nepal Kingdom Royal
Having in the following
years established an outstanding reputation for Kunphen, late
Kunsang then resumed again his activities in the
border area of Tibet and Nepal, namely in his family village
of Nyalam and in the related high Himalayan region, where he
strived to help local people suffering from diseases, lack of
education, poor sanitation and related handicaps. Late Dr.
Kunsang became duly recognized by the Tibetan Autonomous
Region authorities to perform health, social and education
services and was consequently in position to create a highly
successful Tibetan Medicine factory.
In 1963, the Nepal government,
being highly satisfied, granted further to the Kunphen Tibetan
Medical Center the status of Traditional Health Trainer,
providing rural villages selected healers with upgrading
training sessions, all of which is duly certified. The Traditional
Health Worker training scheme is since then performed every
year, under the Nepal Health Department supervision.
It is said that during the
following years, late Dr. Kunsang must have treated more than
100.000 people from both Nepal and the Tibetan Nyalam area. As
the Kunphen Tibetan Medicine Center itself became more and more
respected in Kathmandu valley, it finally became
recognized in 1973 by the Nepal Health Department as the first
duly registered Tibetan Medicine Factory and Clinic.
travelling on a
regular pace in alternance between the Kathmandu Kunphen
Clinic and the Nyalam Medicine Factory Tibet TAR, worked as Physician, as well as a professor of Tibetan Medicine
and Director of the Nyalam based Tibetan Medicine factory. He
was one of the very few existing Amchis (Physicians) who knew and perform
the sophisticated skills of natural elements composition and
transmutation for the Precious Pills.
During his long and active
life, late Dr. Kunsang has participated to various national and
international leading conferences in Tibetan Medicine in
Europe, U.S.A. and Asia. Sadly, he passed away in Kathmandu
on August 12, 2006, deeply mourned by all who knew him well, and
respected Him deeply for His compassion, science and wisdom.
Dr. Kunsang with Dr. Tachi
Pedon giving some consultation, during a Tibetan Medicine lecture in
St- Barbara (CA, USA, 1999).
Dr. Kunsang while at a
Tibetan Medicine Congress held in Lhasa Tibet TAR...|
Dr. Kunsang discussing medicine
products with a Tibetan medicine colleague... |
Dr. Kunsang examining
some Tibetan Medicine production supply stock.|
Kunphen Tibetan Medicine Center today...
Today, Kunphen TMC has evolved
as a modern online institution for the delivery, study and promotion of Tibetan
Traditional Medicine, delivering daily health/social services in
selected strategic sites in Kathmandu Valley, producing Medicinal
Herbs, and promoting seminars and conferences in close collaboration
with selected Academic Units and NGOs network. It has departments dedicated to Herbal
Research, Materia Medica Training, Pharmacology, Clinical Research
and Mental Health.
Kunphen' s fundamental
motivation is to
produce medicinal preparations based upon Tibetan Dharma and Tibetan
Medicine philosophical traditions.
The income derived
from the sales of these products provides funds to assist in various
health, social and educational charitable
activities, as well as the promotion of quality services and preservation of the ancient system of
Kunphen was duly established
officially in KTM- Nepal to produce and market Tibetan Traditional Health products, based on the Tibetan
Science of Healing.
Kunphen Contact address...
Contact person :
Dr. Tashi Pedon
16/31 Kunphen Marg,
GPO BOX: 3428 -
Kathmandu - Nepal
Tel: 00- 977- 1-
Fax: 00- 977- 1-