Clinic Mustang

The clinics in Mustang

To supplement the clinic at Lo Kunphen, in 2004 three additional village clinics were opened, to provide services nearer to people’s homes. Funding was provided by the US based charity Drokpa. Between them the three clinics see an average of 1,500 patients per year. Approximately 70% of the medicines are made at Lo Kunphen, from local resources, and 30% are factory produced medicines purchased in Kathmandu. Patients are charged a minimal fee for medicines, enough to enable Lo Kunphen to replenish supplies but not to generate a profit or pay for the time of the amchi. This is in keeping with traditional practice, but represents a challenge to efforts to maintain services in an increasingly cash based economy. Sienna Craig, professor in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College, USA, is working on a research project to analyse use of medicines. Sienna is also a founder member of Drokpa and visits Nepal regularly for meetings to support her research and help Lo Kunphen and the HAA plan and develop their work. The clinics also provide a valuable opportunity for clinical practice for the students on the Kangjinpa course.

Clinic Mustang
We believe amchi medicine emphasises disorders as they
manifest in the relationship between body, mind and soul, especially on the mind aspect of disorders. For Sowa Rigpa practitioners and followers of Buddhism, ignorance is the root cause of all diseases.
Lo Kunphen aims to provide a culturally appropriate free education and professional opportunities to children from poor families in mountain communities, and in particular to maintain and develop the tradition of amchi (Tibetan) medicine. Donations are welcome.