Bhutan Jewel Travel

Bhutan Wellness, Health and Traditional Medicine Treatment

Bhutan Jewel Travel is Bhutan’s first Local Medical Tourism Provider.

We support, advise and use only the traditional methods for Wellness,Health and Healing.


When we started receiving visitors it was mainly for leisure trips in Bhutan. During such trips, many a times, our guests told us about some knee problem, or a perennial head ache and some even shared theirs or their family’s history of serious health issue.

Such personal interactions with our Guests has brought us to come up with Bhutan’s FIRST Medical Tourism as a solution to help travelers coming to Bhutan to explore and try our Traditional methods of healing. The traditional medical methods used in Bhutan is derived from gSo-ba Rig-pa (Traditional Bhutanese Medicine).

Over centuries now, Bhutan has a well-established National Institute of Traditional Medicine producing traditional medicines made from natural medicinal plants collected from the mountains of Bhutan namely the Laya, Lingzhi, and Lunana areas.

Bhutan is a kingdom of natural and herbal medicines and the practice of treating patients with traditional medicines have been taking place since 1616.

Healing Methods Used:

Many in Bhutan refuse all allopathy treatment and instead opt just for these traditional medicines and healing practices depending on their ailment ;

  • Treating with herbal steam 
  • Taking a hot stone bath by soaking themselves in a wooden tub with hot mineral stones
  • Soaking in Natural hot springs.
  • Acupuncture
  • Gold needle therapy
  • Herbal medicines to be taken orally
  • Herbal ointments

Bhutan Traditional Medicine Hospital:  Usually patients are checked and diagnosed by feeling their pulse, examining their Urine and checking their tongue and eyes, apart from physically examining the patient. Then the doctor/physician prescribes the medicines or states the activities to be undergone for healing like maybe a minor surgery, or acupuncture with a Golden needle, or some other metals.

Chronic diseases like rheumatism, liver, arthritis and nervous disorders are treated here.

Hot Stone Baths: is available in almost all villages in Bhutan. Stones are heated with burning wood fire and then placed in water filled wooden bath tubs. It may get a bit murky due to erosion from the hot stones but it’s the medicinal benefit that we are concerned about. Then we can soak in this tub for as long as you can bear the hot water.

Whenever the water gets cold, we take the stones out and put new hot stones.

Whenever we feel too hot then we come out of the tub, stay out until cool and then soak once again.

Hot Stone bath is supposed to heal ailing joints, back aches and sinuses.

Hot Steam Baths: The steaming is usually done in the Traditional Hospital itself where one has to register for an appointment which could take a few days or even a week depending on the number of patients in line. In the steam room herbs and minerals are put in the water and you are steamed in this.

Hot Spring Baths: Hot springs are located in different parts of Bhutan and people of Bhutan know which hot spring is good for which ailment so usually the Bhutanese people go on their own and camp in these areas and take the bath until they feel better.

The BELIEF Cure; This may seem surreal but many Bhutanese visit ancient temples that have been making holy pills and have been consuming them for different ailments. When people have lost hope against their sickness, this is one belief that has cured many people including tourists. We have known of tourists who have been cured by these magic pills and out of gratitude they have come back to Bhutan and personally Thanked the Gods and Deities of that temple. HOPE and Belief do cure an ailing life.

HOLY RITUALS; Again a belief practiced by every household in Bhutan. When we get sick, we do the recommended treatment and simultaneously perform rituals to ward off the evil eye that might obstruct our swift recovery and healing effect of the treatment.

Terms and Conditions for Bookings for a Medical Check Up in Bhutan:

  1. We at Bhutan Jewel Travel suggest this treatment for patients who are willing to try alternate methods of treatment for their ailment.
  2. Note that this booking is only for check up at the Institute of Traditional Medicines in Bhutan
  3. The prescribed treatments could help or may not help some patients as each patient will react differently to different treatments.
  4. For hot stone bath and hot spring baths, patients will have to travel to different parts of Bhutan for the healing process, which we at Bhutan Jewel Travel will arrange.
  5. If diets are prescribed, then Bhutan Jewel Travel will make the arrangements for such diet meals.
  6. All accommodation and checkup will be arranged by Bhutan Jewel Travel
  7. Book your Bhutan Tour as early as possible so that we can make all arrangements and appointments with the Bhutanese Physician thus saving precious time.
  8. Cost of Traveling to Bhutan and the Visa process will be the same as all travel to Bhutan mandated under the “Department of Tourism”
  9. Extra Costs for medicines and other treatment like Hot stones baths etc will be charged separately.

Bhutan Jewel Travel Welcomes all to try the benefits of Bhutan’s Healing methods with Traditional Medicines. Who can tell what benefits it could have on ones health.

Travelers under Medical Tourism can try the Traditional healing process along with touring the beautiful country of Bhutan which is a great destination for good health as nature is bountiful with greenery all around, sparkling clear waters, streams, lakes and clean fresh air to help you feel better.


Sub: Talks on Traditional Bhutanese Medicine for the international tourists

In response to the growing interest from the tourists, the Faculty of Traditional Medicine(FoTM), University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (UMSB) is planning to offer some talks on gso-ba Rig-pa, Traditional Bhutanese Medicine. The talk is especially designed to suit the interest and convenience of international visitors, who wish to gain an insight into the system of medicine, unique to the Bhutanese tradition and culture. The talk will be offered in the form of power point presentations or demonstrations for short session of 1.5 hours or depending on the demand of the participants.

The general themes of presentation include:
1. An overview of gSo-ba Rig-pa (Traditional Bhutanese Medicine)
2. Health through diet and lifestyle guidelines
3. Causative factors of health disorders
4. Diagnostic methods in gSo-ba Rig-pa
5. Treatment methods in gSo-ba Rig-pa
6. Health through living in harmony with seasons
7. Dream Analysis in gSo-ba Rig-pa
8. or any other topic of particular interest in gSo-ba Rig-pa

Participants can choose in advance any of the topics that best suit their interest. The schedule of the presentation will be adjusted any time during the working hours for six days a week (MondaySaturday).
Location will be at the Faculty of Traditional Medicine, Kawang Jangsa,Thimphu

Registration and Fee

Entrance fee are applicable. Participants are free to attend any number of sessions based on their interest, and this should to be made clear at the time of registration.