About Tibetan Medicine x
Tibetan medicine is an ancient healing tradition that is believed to have originated in the ShangShung area of Tibet. Over many, many centuries it evolved as a distinct practice that incorporates indigenous healing methods and formulas, ancient Greek, Persian, Chinese, and Indian knowledge. Based on the theory of the five elements and three humors (rlung, tripa, paykan) and through the use of diet, behavior, herbal/mineral medicines, and external therapies the Tibetan medicine practitioner seeks to bring about a balanced body and mind. Both our bodies and everything in the external world are made of the 5 elements, so when there is an imbalance in our bodies, the material to rebalance the body can be found in the external environment. In Tibetan medicine anything, with the proper knowledge, can be used as medicine; rocks, gems, all types of minerals, herbs, trees, leaves, roots, meats, grains, oils, different kinds of water, even the air we breathe can all be used to heal.
Tibetan medicine is rooted in Buddhism and reflects the connection between mind, emotions and the physical body. The Root cause of all illness is Ego, which is manifested in the form of ma-rigpa (ignorance). This leads to the three mental poisons of attachment, anger and delusion. These 3 mental poisons are associated with rLung, Tripa & Badkan and can give rise to physical ailments. Each person’s condition is considered according to their own unique constitution, physical and emotional circumstances.
A typical consultation consists of questions about the nature of the symptoms, diet, various circumstances of the person’s life and health history. It will also include examination of the pulse, eyes, tongue and possibly pressure points. Please bring an early morning urine sample collected mid-stream from your first urine of the morning with you to every consultation. This should be collected into a clean glass container with a tight fitting lid. Treatment is given based on all of this information. Because Tibetan medicine seeks to create balance it is sometimes useful to initially try gentler methods of diet and behavior, or if using herbs to begin with milder formulas. Tibetan herbal formulas work gently and deeply and can often take two weeks or more before a result is noticed and treatment can last from a few weeks to several months depending on the particular condition and if it is chronic or acute.