China And India File Rival Claims Over Tibetan Medication

PhotoAs late as the early 1990s, there was no discernible competition between China and India to claim Tibetan medicine as cultural patrimony, Western scholars say.
“It should not be a bone of contention between two big nations.”Sowa rigpa is practiced in China, India and neighboring countries including Bhutan, Mongolia and Nepal.
Western scholars say there are clear historical links between ayurvedic and Tibetan medical traditions.
The founding text of Tibetan medicine is “for the whole world to enjoy,” said Tashi Tsering Phuri, the director of the Tibetan Medical and Astro-Science Institute in Dharamsala, the Indian city that serves as the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and the residence of the Dalai Lama.
In India, China and Nepal, the effort to expand the industry far outstrips “serious cultivation and conservation,” Ms. Craig said, adding, “At a certain point that becomes completely untenable.”In 2010, India officially recognized sowa rigpa as an Indian medicinal system.

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