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UVA Works with Tibetan Doctors on Merging Practices

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East meets west in Charlottesville this week. A group of Tibetan doctors is working with the University of Virginia and other groups to integrate their special type of medicine into classes here and create a center for Tibetan medicine.

Many top hospitals are now integrating eastern and western medicine. UVA may join that growing number, with the help of a Charlottesville-based medical group.

This week, a delegation of leaders from the Arura Tibetan Medical Group of China is making the rounds in Charlottesville.

“We came here to work with UVA medical professors and also local friends to establish a Tibetan center,” said Dr. Kunchock, a Tibetan doctor.

The Tibetan center will ultimately include a wellness center, clinical space and other areas.

“Skepticism is an entirely appropriate response to any kind of new medical system. The Tibetan medical system has a lot to say about how do we prevent people from falling ill in the first place and that is going to become useful as we face a lot of diseases that we have a harder time curing,” said Dan Haig of Arura Medicine of Tibet. 

Tibetan medicine considers the body, mind and spirit together.

Efforts to include an integrative medical approach in Charlottesville and at UVA began in 2009 with professors and Tibetan doctors traveling back and forth.

“We are hoping to start various activities from 2014 and this is new to Charlottesville and need to be taken gradually and with people’s needs,” said Kunchok.

The delegation hopes to begin a slow process of teaching Tibetan medicine to complement biomedicine at the medical school level.

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