Old Ti­betan medicine works go dig­i­tal

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

THE Qing­hai Ti­betan medicine re­search in­sti­tute has com­pleted the dig­i­tal­iza­tion of more than 600 works on tra­di­tional Ti­betan medicine.

The books and doc­u­ments were cre­ated be­tween the 7th and early 20th cen­tury.

“Shar­ing valu­able re­search ma­te­ri­als with the pub­lic through dig­i­tal­iza­tion is very sig­nif­i­cant,” said Khardr­ogy, direc­tor of the in­sti­tute’s lit­er­a­ture in­for­ma­tion cen­ter.

Dig­i­tal­iza­tion can help pre­serve the orig­i­nal rare an­cient books and doc­u­ments, and pro­vide a more con­ve­nient plat­form for knowl­edge ex­change, Khardr­ogy added.

There are more than 5,000 an­cient works on tra­di­tional Ti­betan medicine, but many are dam­aged or lost due to poor stor­age and other fac­tors.

The in­sti­tute has dis­patched re­searchers to other parts of China and more than 10 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Bri­tain, Italy and the United States, col­lect­ing about 1,000 doc­u­ments. More than 600 have been put into a data­base, to­gether with in­tro­duc­tions to thou­sands of tra­di­tional Ti­betan medic­i­nal ma­te­ri­als and prepa­ra­tions.

Ti­betan medicine — or Sowa Rigpa in Ti­betan — has a his­tory of over 2,000 years. It was added to China’s in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage list in 2006.

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