Sunday, 16 October 2011


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Tibetan Medicine

Tibetan Medicine origin’s date back to the 4th century when Dungi Thorchok codified the indigenous healing
traditions into a coherent system incorporating pulse diagnosis, herbology, astrology, bodywork and spiritual
healing through meditation, ritual and practice. Later he served as personal physician to the 28th Tibetan
King Lhathothori who attempted to make medical care available to all Tibetans through a network of village
practitioners. The tradition was passed on from father to son, monk to acolyte and sometimes mother to

The first International Medical Conference was held at Samye during the reign of King Trisong Deutsen in the
seventh century. Physicians from India, Persia, Greece and China debated, compared theories, diagnostics and
methods. After the conference, some of the physicians married Tibetan wives and stayed in the capital, Lhasa,
raising families setting up medical practices. The elder Yutok Yonten Gonpo, synthesized the essence of the
various Asian medicals systems and rewrote the Four Tantras, known as the rGyud-bZhi (pronounced Goo-
shee). He founded the first Tibetan medical school in Kongpo sMenlung, Tibet.

In the 12th century, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, the Younger, wrote eighteen supplementary works on the rGyud-
bZhi, the teachings on which Tibetan Medicine has is based. In the 17th century Tibetan medicine underwent
further development at the hands of Desi Sanggye Gyatso, an influential politician, scholar and renowned
Tibetan physician. He founded the Chogpori Medical Center, in Lhasa, Tibet. In 1916, the 13th Dalai Lama
established the Men-Tsee-Khang in Lhasa, Tibet. In 1961, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama in exile re-
established the Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala, India.

In Tibetan medical theory the cosmos is regarded as being composed of five elements - earth, water, fire, wind,
and space whose interaction creates all physical phenomena including the body, the mind and psyche. The
universe and the body are the interplay of these five elements which manifest themselves in the form of energy
in three phenomenon: body, energy and mind, in the human body are reflected in the form of three humors
or energies called Wind (rLung, pronunciation loong) the air element; Bile (mKhrispa, pronunciation Tripa)
the fire element; and Phlegm (Badkan, pronunciation Beken), the water element. Health is a state of balance
depending on the equilibrium of these humors. When in balance the three energies are present in each person
according to their individual energy pattern. Tibetan medicine regards disease as an imbalance of these humors;
rLung is essential for movement and motility; it is responsible for breathing and in a broader sense for psychic
activity like intellect, speech, and the nervous systems. mKhrispa heats the body, which regulates the process
of digestion, metabolism and body temperature. Badkan, controls the mucous membranes and the solid body
components such as muscle and bone. The balance of wind, bile and phlegm as regulating systems, are subject
to environmental conditions whose balance changes with the seasons of the year, lifestyle, diet and the age of
the individual. Everybody has a predisposition that makes them more vulnerable to certain kinds of imbalances,
afflictions and cures.

Chagpori Medical School was destroyed by the Chinese when they invaded Tibet. Men –Tsee- Khang was re-
established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. Many Tibetan doctors have settled in the US
and can provide Tibetan Medicine to interested parties. As a final note its said that Tibetan Medicine takes a
long time to work but once it does the cure is permanent.
Get in touch.