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Tibetans distribute free herbal H1N1 flu pills
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 10:
Published on 11 Jul. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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Traditional Tibetan medicine practitioners in Meghalaya are distributing herbal anti-H1N1 pills for free in the state to prevent outbreak of dreaded H1N1 flu. ‘’The pill called ‘Rim Sung Gu Jor’ is an effective preventive medicine against the dreaded H1N1 flu,’’ Tenzin Norbu said. He said the protective pills were being manufactured at the Tibetan Medical Health Centre at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh after the World Health Organisation declared H1N1 flu as a global epidemic. ‘’Our intention of manufacturing these pills more is to control the spread of H1N1 virus. We have distributed them all over the world,’’ Norbu said. The pills comprise nine ingredients and prayers associated with nine medicinal deities. Many Tibetans believe that these pills, which are worn around the neck and sniffed, may help prevent the spread of viruses. He said these pills are not meant for consumption, but mainly to wear around the neck and sniff in an empty stomach in the morning or after coming in contact with an affected patient and while travelling around. “Definitely, these pills are effective for many contagious diseases and it has been proved from their huge demand in Europe, America and even in China,’’ Norbu said. “Many Indians too have started to buy these preventive pills from our clinics located in various states of the country,’’ he said. The Tibetan medical system is one of the world’s oldest known medical traditions and based on the book of the Four Tantras (‘rgyud-bzhi’), which remains the fundamental medical text even today. ‘’We have decided to collect the anti-H1N1 drungs to prevent being infected with the dreaded H1N1 virus,’’ Lakpa Dolma Tamang said. Norbu, however, cautioned the people that if a person is already infected with the virus, he or she should immediately rush to the hospital for medical treatment.

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