A traditional Mongolian medicine museum opened at the Traditional Medical Institute at the Mongolian National University of Medical Science on March 11.
The museum aims to highlight Mongolia’s contributions to medical science and to preserve, protect, and promote Mongolian traditional medicine. It includes over 50 texts, over 300 types of herbs, and approximately 700 tools used by ancient Mongolian doctors. The museum is open to the public.
“Scientists believe that Mongolian traditional medicine dates back 5,000 years. Traditional medicine is a national treasure, an art originally created by Mongolians to protect their health.
“We’re opening this laboratory for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students, for them to start studying these almost extinct herbs, registering them, protecting them, and planting them. It’s essential to develop traditional medicine safely and based on evidence,” said Dr. D.Tserendagva during the opening of the museum. “You don’t have to go abroad to get your diabetes treated. Currently, no modern treatment can treat diabetes better than our traditional medicine,” he added.
the opening, Mongolian scientists agreed that Mongolians would no longer have illnesses they couldn’t treat if traditional and modern medicine were used together.
Among the exhibits is a 1,000 year old venesection tool, an instrument that is used around the world to this day. Mongolian traditional treatments for healing bones and concussions, acupuncture, and cauterization are still used in Tibet and China by modern practitioners. “These are some of the examples of Mongolia’s contributions to global medical science,” said one of the doctors at the Traditional Medical Institute.