Day 106: Thimpu to Takstang
The word 'Institute' fills me with ominous images of two-headed dogs and white-coated men with small spectacles, so, as we approach the heart of Bhutan's traditional medicine establishment on a hill above Thimpu, I'm much relieved to find that it's a colourfully decorated, half-timbered building that looks like a well-preserved Elizabethan manor house.
We're welcomed by three serious men, two of whom are called Dorje. They show us around an immaculately laid out display of traditional medicines in a long, library-like room with beamed ceiling and glass cabinets. The debt to Tibetan medicine is acknowledged in the old anatomical charts showing the five wheels or chakras, the centres of spiritual power that control all our bodily systems. Traditional Bhutanese medicine also borrowed from the Indian idea that the balance of the Three Humours, bile, wind and phlegm, dictates the state of our physical and spiritual health.
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- Chapter: Day 106: Thimpu to Takstang
- Country/sea: Bhutan
- Place: Thimpu
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