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Forum celebrates 100 years of Tibetan medicine

By Source:China Daily 2016-09-18

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Losang Gyaltsan, chairman of the Tibet autonomous region, was addressing the opening ceremony of the first China Tibet International Forum on Tibetan Medicine. [Palden Nyima/China Daily]

An international forum on Tibetan medicine was held at the InterContinental Resort Lhasa Paradise on Tuesday as part of the Institute of Tibetan Medicine and Astrology's activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding.

More than 450 participants, including scholars and professors in the field of Tibetan medicine, and officials from central and regional governments attended the forum.

Wang Guoqiang, deputy director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said the forum marked a milestone in Tibetan medical history.

"As one of the 'five major sciences' of Tibetan traditional culture, Tibetan medical science is a great treasure house," Wang said.

The forum was opened with an address by Losang Gyaltsan, chairman of the Tibet autonomous region.

"Tibet is the birthplace of Tibetan medicine and the regional government has always placed a high importance on its development," Losang Gyaltsan said.

"The state has invested more than 800 million yuan ($107 million) over the past five years in boosting the infrastructure and supporting the development of Tibetan medicine."

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