Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Dalai Lama on Tibetan Medicine
I believe that the Tibetan medical system can contribute substantially to maintaining a healthy mind and healthy body. Like the traditional Indian and Chinese systems, Tibetan medicine views health as a question of balance. A variety of circumstances such as diet, lifestyles, seasonal and mental conditions can disturb this natural balance, which gives rise to different kinds of disorders.
In diagnosing these disorders the Tibetan physician employs his own senses to examine the patient's pulses, urine and general appearance. He assesses the individual's general balance of health as a whole. Treatment involves dietary and behavioral advice, medication and accessory therapies. Medicines are obtained from natural sources such as herbs, minerals and organic products and prepared under controlled conditions. These ingredients are inexpensive and easily available. The medicines themselves have few side-effects, are not symptomatic and have a preventive as well as a curative effect.
Tibetan medicine is deeply integrated with Buddhist practice and theory which stresses the indivisible interdependence of mind, body and vitality. The ideal doctor is one who combines sound medical understanding with strong realization of wisdom and compassion.
I strongly believe that our medical system is one of the means by which we Tibetans can contribute to the well being of others, even while we ourselves live as refugees.
Learn more about Tibetan Medicine:
What is Tibetan Medicine?
Tibetan Medicine - How & Why it Works
Healing from the Source: The Science and Lore of Tibetan Medicine