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Sa Cha 'Di Ma 'Phrod Na... Displacement And Traditional Tibetan Medicine Among Tibetan Refugees In India

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This chapter attends to contemporary developments in exile Tibetan medicine and conceptions of health. It focuses on the role of the Dharamsala Men-Tsee-Khang and Tibetan medicine in addressing problems of public health in the Tibetan exile community. The chapter explores the significance of the re-emergence of the traditional Tibetan medical concepts 'bu and srin bu in the exile context. It examines the notion that many prevalent exile diseases are construed as diseases of place: they are seen as resulting from the physical, social and moral predicaments of exile. This leads on to the argument that traditional Tibetan medicine is particularly apt at dealing with what could be called 'diseases of exile' because of its emphasis on localistic aetiologies, aetiologies that link diseases to organisms or spirits pertaining to particular places.

Keywords: Dharamsala Men-Tsee-Khang; Tibetan exile community; Tibetan Refugees; Traditional Tibetan Medicine



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