National Institute of Traditional Medicine

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Timings : Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM,
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Entry Fee : SAARC Nationals: BTN 100,
Non-SAARC Nationals: BTN 200

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National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Thimphu Overview

The National Institute of Traditional Medicine in Thimphu has been preserving the herbs and animal parts used in traditional Bhutanese ointments and medicines collected from the Himalayas for ages. Here, all the diseases, no matter how acute or severe, are treated using these ancient practices. Preserving around 300 different kinds of natural materials, a visit here will tell you the significance of traditional medicine in people's lives.

At the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, young people are given a five-year-long training session to train them to become successful doctors. It is also an important research centre. Medicines are discovered and developed in the research lab here. It is truly a storehouse of information related to medicines, herbs and ointments.

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Attractions at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine

  • At the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, one can find herbs collected from some of the most remote corners of Himalayas. Cordyceps, a fungus that lives on high altitude regions and used to treat kidney and male sexual problems, is of particular interest. This is because this is not found in many parts of the world.
  • There is a library, which dates back to 1616, which has ancient books and recipes preserved till date.
  • There are precious metals, ointments, minerals and herbs which have healing properties. These valuable cures are preserved for future generations to come.
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History of the National Institute of Traditional Medicine

Established by the Health Department of Bhutan, as per the king’s order in 1967, National Institute of Traditional Medicine was set up in 1968 to preserve the traditional and ancient medicinal practices. As a result, an "Indigenous Dispensary" was set up, which was later moved to its present site in 1979. In 1988, it was renamed as "National Institute of Traditional Medicine".

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