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Tibetan Medicine

What is Tibetan Medicine?

Tibetan medicine is a holistic (whole body) approach to health.

How does Tibetan Medicine work?

Tibetan medicine is art, philosophy and science combined. The principles are as follows:

Science - based on the logical understanding of the body and its relationship to its environment.
Art - based on the creativity, subtlety, insight and compassion of the medical therapist.
Philosophy - based on the key Buddhist principles of altruism, ethics and karma.

The Buddhist philosophy states that everything in the universe is always in a constant state of flux. All phenomena are characterised by impermanence; the only permanent feature is impermanence itself.

Buddha said, "No matter whether perfect beings arise or not, it remains a fact, and a hard necessity of existence, that all creations are transitory."

Impermanence causes every being to suffer at one point in their life. Suffering is not accidental but arises from a specific cause, whether directly from this current life or from a previous life. By correct learning and genuine practice of Dharma (the upholding of the society and a person's place in the cosmos), one can be liberated from the vicious cycle of suffering.

The theory that Tibetan medicine is based on states that everything in the universe is made up of the five proto-elements:

sa - (Earth)
chu - (Water)
me - (Fire)
rLung - (Wind)
nam-mkha - (Space)

All the five proto-elements are responsible for the formation of each of the tissue cells, however, each element has a particular influence:

sa - formation of bones, muscle cells, the nose plus the sense of smell
chu - formation of body fluids, blood, the tongue and the sense of taste
me - body temperature, complexion, the eyes and the sense of sight
rLung - breathing, skin and the sense of touch
nam-mkha - body cavities, the ears and the sense of hearing

There is also the Three Principle Energy:

rLung - (Wind)
mKhris-pa - (Bile)
bad-kan - (Phlegm)

In Tibetan Healing a healthy body needs to have a proper alignment and correct balance of all these elements.

The diagnostic techniques in Tibetan Medicine include visual observation, touch and interrogation.

Visual Observation - including skin complexion, colour and texture of blood, nails, sputum, faeces and other items. Particular attention is paid to the condition of the urine and the tongue.

Touch - including pulse reading.

Interrogation - including determining the cause of the illness, the site of the illness and examination of the signs and symptoms.

What does Tibetan Medicine treatment involve?

A Tibetan Medicine session normally takes about an hour. The number of sessions depend on the individual.

After taking medical notes, the therapist will ask about the reason for the visit and begin the physical examination. Sometimes massage is used.

After the analysis, the therapist will suggest changes, if needed, to diet or lifestyle, plus prescribe medicine. The medicine can take many forms: decoctions, powder, pills or syrups. They tend to be prescribed in small doses as the Tibetan Medicine is a gentle treatement.

What can Tibetan Medicine help?

A wide range of illness plus preventative health care.



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