Since its establishment, a major emphasis has been placed on the healthcare of the local population, using the traditional health system of SOWA RIGPA, also known as Tibetan medicine.
A comprehensive exhibition on Sowa Rigpa, financed partly by the World Wildlife Fund WWF, helps raise the awarness of local people and tourist alike of the benefit of traditional healthcare. It gives recommendations on the prevention of sickness and general health care. It is now on permenent display at the Sacred Land Visitors Centre in Tengboche along with the documentary film about the protection of medical plants.
The opening of the exibition took place in 2005. At the ceremony, the Ven. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche blessed the occasion and many local people attended the function.
During the life of the Project many health camp have been untertaken in remote villages to help the destituede who are unable to travel in the mountain region in Nepal. Health camps were conducted in Maratika/Halesi, Thame, Lukla, Pangboche, etc
For example, at the prayer fastival at Maratika in Halesi more than 650 patients were treated free of cost at the Sacred Land Health Camp.
High Altitude Sickness
In the Himalayas and especially in the Solu-Khumbu Region, many people including local people can fall seriously sick because of the high altitude. Every year people die needlessly of the symptoms even though they can be avoided by careful and slow accent. It is basically a lack of knowledge about of the effects of altitude that kills. Sacred Land encourages everyone who visits the Khumbu region to be aware of the symptoms of altitude and to ascend SLOWLY. Please descend at any sign of illness and do not put your life at risk. Thank you