Sowa Rigpa, the Tibetan science of healing is a unique medical system dating back more than 2500 years. With the Buddhist philosophy as its backbone, this system of medicine is influenced by the religion, culture, and environment of Tibet. The commonalities in the basic principles of Tibetian medicine and Siddha medicine was highlighted. Some of the major topics discussed during the conference included, History and Basic Principles of Tibetan Medicine, Research Methodology, Medicinal Herbs and Plants, Pregnancy and Child Care, Ethics of Physician, and State of Tibetan Medicine around the world. In the plenary Sessions were dedicated for deliberations on the salient features of different traditional medical systems including Siddha, Ayurveda, Mongolian and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. D.Natasagdorj, Head of the Training Centre of Mangolian Traditional medicine, Dr.Hsu, Sheng- Feng of Director of Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Chinese, Taiwan, Dr. Balendu Prakasah, Ayurvedic physician from Dehuradoon, Dr.Dorji Wangchuk Director, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutan, Dr Sarah Sallon, Director, Natural Medicine Research Centre, Jerusalem, Israel and Dr.T.Thirunarayanan, Siddha Physician of Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research, Chennai delivered lectures in the Plenary session.
H.H.Dalailama in his address to the delegates stressed the need for working together with Indian Medicine researchers to further enrich Tibetian medicine since, the Dept. of AYUSH has included Sowrigpa in the Indian Medical council Act in 2010. He also stressed Compassion to fellow human beings as the main virtue of Tibetian medicine and adivised all medical personnel to follow it in letter and spirit.
Concerns were also expressed about the use of mercury in traditional medicines and the proposed ban on mercury for industrial use by UN, which will take out many of the traditional medicines. Research studies which clearly confirms the safety of detoxified mercurial salts used in Traditional medicines and efforts should be taken by all stake holders to ensure the ban on element mercury should not affect the use of mercury ores used by Traditional medicines, including Siddha, Ayurveda, Sowrigpa, Manba Datsan and Chinese Medicine.