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Mentsikhang, known also as the Institute of Tibetan Medicine and Astrology, was founded in 1916 by Tekhang Jampa Tubwang under the leadership of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Khyenrab Norbu was also instrumental to Mentsikhang's founding and development. The original two-story building still stands near a taller complex to its east that contains offices and patient facilities. Founded as a college for the study and practice of traditional Tibetan medicine, the Lhasa Menstikhang continues to act as a medical facility, currently under the auspices of the Health Bureau of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. A medical facility of the same name, spelled Men-tsee-khang, is modeled on the original Mentsikhang. It was established in exile under the guidance of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in 1961.


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