TIBETAN MEDICINE

The Tibetan medical system is one of the world's oldest known medical traditions.

It is practiced throughout Tibet/China and the Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal, Ladakh, and Sikkim. Refugee physicians have further brought Tibetan Medicine to India, Russia, Europe and North America.

The origins of Tibetan Medicine go back to the shamanistic Bon era of Tibet, pre-dating the arrival of Buddhism to the country. Aspects of traditional Chinese, Indian (Ayurvedic), as well as Persian and Greek medical systems were incorporated through the centuries.

The Five Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space) are considered the base of existence and its cycles.

Another foundation of Tibetan Medicine is the traditional Buddhist belief, that all illness ultimately results from the three mental poisons: ignorance, attachment and aversion. These co-relate with the three primary body humors of Badkan (skrt.'Kapha'), rLung (skrt.:'Vata') and mKhrispa (skrt.'Pitta'). Dependent on each persons unique mental, emotional and physical constitution and circumstances, illness arises or healing is achieved. 

A Tibetan Doctor will use various methods to form a diagnosis, and will then use diet & lifestyle guidelines, herbal & mineral medicines, and external therapies (such as massage and moxibustion) to re-balance body, emotions and mind.  

The Tibetan medical heritage, also called 'The science of healing' (gSo Ba Rig pa), is based on the centuries old book 'The Four Tantras' (rGyud-bZhi), which remains the fundamental medical text up until today.

The potency of tibetan herbal medicine is unsurpassed. Complex formulas (typically containing 3-25 ingredients), include large amounts of unique himalayan high altitude plants. These formulas were often formulated by great buddhist sages and enlightened masters of the past. The medicine is finally blessed and empowered in buddhist medical ritual.

A few of these potent treasures, the ones known to be especially safe, we are happy to share with you here on Himalayan Remedies.