China lists Tibetan medicine classic as national heritage

PTI Beijing | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on May 17, 2015

A classic book widely regarded as the most systematic and most complete book on ethnic Tibetan medicine has been listed as national heritage in China, official media here reported today.

The Four Volumes of Medicine (FVM) has been selected as part of China’s national file and literature heritage, the Tibetan medicine hospital in Tibet said.

The classic was first published across Tibet in 1546, and has since become a prominent book in the ethnic medicine.

It consists of 156 chapters and is widely regarded as the most systematic and most complete book on Tibetan medicine.

A number of Tibetan scholars drew parallel between ancient Indian medicine and Tibetan medicine.

Yeshe Yangzom, head of the hospital, said the move is significant as it not only helps pass on historical heritage, but also raises public awareness of protection.

The regional government plans to apply for international heritage lists, including UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme, in an attempt to make Tibetan medicine more recognised and better protected, state run Xinhua news agency reported.

With a history of more than 2,300 years, Tibetan medicine is one of China’s most influential medical subjects.

The country spent about 43 million yuan (US$ 6.9 million) last year to help with its development.

Published on May 17, 2015
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