Chinese Traditional Medicine influences on Bhutanese Traditional Medicine
The Sino Tibetan alliance was strong during the Tang dynasty. This was further strengthened with the marriage between the Tibetan King Mes Ag Tshoms and Princess Jincheng.
Besides the many medical reference books brought along from China following the union, a Han monk accompanied them too. He later aided in the translation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knowledge in the form of a book entitled “Yue Wang Yao Zhen/ 月王药疹” and laid the foundations of what is known as Tibetan medicine today, which combined a strong infusion of Chinese medicinal influences along with traditional Tibetan medicine.
Above: Picture Depicting a Travel in Carriages Drawn by Yan Liben, a painter of the Tang Dynasty. It depicts the scene of how Tang Emperor Taizong met with mGar-stong-rtsan (left, second), a Tubo marriage envoy in Chang’an.
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