Spiritual Tibetan Medicine: Popular Wangla

  • Eng Soon Teoh


Bcud len (prounounced chu len; essence extraction) refers to the preparation of pills that provide sustenance for Tibetan yogins practicing in remote caves. Dactylorhiza hatagirea tubers (Tibetan dbang lag) which is valued as aphrodisiac in Himalaya are included in some bcud len preparations. However sex is anathema for the Yellow Sect: perhaps dbang bag’s power could be sublimated to impart vigour to spiritual practice. Some examples of bcud len materials are presented. In Dharamsala, so-called bcud len pills are marketed as health supplements claiming to prevent aging and promoted youthfulness. North of Himalaya and up to Mongolia, wangla (Dactylorhiza viridis or Gymnadenia conopsea) is tonic, aphrodisiac, almost a panacea. Chinese scientists are busy studying these orchids.


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