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UNESCO Listing of Lum Sowa Rigpa medicinal treatment

Country : Tibet TAR

Type : Healings Blessings

Tibetan treatment Lum or Sowa Rigpa method of medicinal bathing has been listed by UNESCO the United Nationals Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 13th session in November 2018 in Port Louie, capital of Mauritius.


The Lum or "Sowa Rigpa" in Tibetan language meaning medicinal practice knowledge of recuperating orginated in the Qinghai - Tibet plateau with an average altitude of 4,000m above sea level. The practice is a good treatment for health and illness prevention among the local populace. 


The Lum Medicinal Bathing of Sowa Rigpa or Tibetan Medicine is based on Jungwa-nga “five elements” comprising of Sa - earth, Chu - water, Me - fire, Lung - wind and Namkha - space and is a view about health and illness based on Nyepa-sum or three dynamics” of Lung, Tripa and Pekan.  In Tibetan, “Lum” indicates the traditional knowledge and practices of bathing in natural hot springs, herbal water or steam to adjust the balance of mind and body, to ensure health and treat illnesses. 


At the Lhoka Tibetan medicine hospital medical staffs prepare medicinal bathing using herbs for this treatment which is found to be very beneficial to patients.


The listing by UNESCO of Lum or Sowa Rigpa treatment and its study protection and provides for its recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in the International platform giving it a place in world standing.


So book to take an opportunity to rejuvenate with this age old traditional method of rejuvenation!