About the tibetan medicine

Stupa at Boudha. Kathmandu valley, Nepal.

If you are suffering from cancer, heart problems, asthma, jaundice, insomnia or hypertension, may be you should try the tibetan medicine. Prolonged chronic diseases like rheumatoid can also be cured. Like the indian “ayurveda” from which it derives, the treatment is based on the belief that ailments are due to the imbalances of the five elements ( air, water, fire, earth, space) that constitute the body as well as everything in the universe. Each of these elements has a specific influence on the organs, functions, senses. For example, water is responsible for the formation of blood, body fluids,… The element space is responsible for body cavities, the sense of hearing. The body is also constituted of three principle energies ( wind, bile, phegm) which have to be in correct balance. The diagnosis involves checking the patient’s skin, blood, nails,… but special attention is given to the condition of the urine, pulse and tongue. To restore the normal functioning of these energies, a change of diet or behaviour may be sufficient. But for quicker relief, tablets empowered by special rites are used. They are made of minerals and wild plants and flowers found in Tibet and in the Himalaya. 

Because tibetan medicine is a science but also an art and a philosophy inspired from buddhism, a tibetan doctor attempts to treat both mind and body with holistic approach . Indeed, tibetans believe that one’s mental disposition influences and determines to a vast degree the bodily functions. That’s why the genuine practice of Dharma is important to liberate from the cycle of suffering.

The history of this medicine goes back to more than a thousand years. ( Buddhism arrived in Tibet in the 7° century) While still alive, Buddha himself taught this science to his followers. However, it was during the king Trisong Dentsen’s reign (8° century) that the medicine received royal patronage. The tibetan system of medicine was kept a secret for over a thousand years by physicians who practised it as their hereditary profession and which is subsequently handed over by the teacher to a single disciple.

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