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Tibetan Medicine-The art of healing by Stéphanie

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07 June 2015

“From the balance of the elements, good health comes” – Tai Situpa Rinpoche Meeting of Science, Nature and Philosophy Sowa Rigpa – the art of Tibetan medicine is a highly developed, scientific, philosophical and natural system. It takes a holistic approach to health care and follows a systematic framework based on an understanding of the body and its relationship to the environment. Sowa Rigpa practitioners make their diagnoses using creativity, insight, subtlety and compassion, and embrace the key Buddhist principles of altruism, karma and ethics. Traditional Tibetan Medicine Tibetan medicine is human civilisation’s longest surviving medical system, and is used to treat all manner of aliments. Central to its practice is the interconnectedness of the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space – which manifest in the body as the three principle energies of rLung, mKhripa and Badkan. These energies exist in a state of constant harmony and disharmony, due to internal and external factors including diet and lifestyle. Tibetan medicine uses simple but unique techniques, such as pulse, tongue and eye readings, urine analysis, and special consultation methods, to restore harmony to the body. Most medical disorders are primarily caused by poor diet or lifestyle, but if correcting these fails to restore harmony, the use of medicine is considered. Tibetan medicine places an emphasis on gentle treatment, with the prescription of small doses of decoctions, powders, pills and syrups. Sowa Rigpa is an integral part of Buddhist philosophy and emphasizes the cultivation of love, compassion, joy and equanimity to achieve optimum health and happiness. Physicians are expected to observe high moral and ethical standards, and take an altruistic attitude to patient care, with no discrimination over caste, creed or colour. Personal Health Consultations with Amchi Tibetan amchi are highly trained practitioners of Tibetan medicine. They give private consultations, employing healing practices and sometimes herbal treatments. Tibetan Medicine has a high success rate in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, hepatitis, eczema, liver and sinus problems, anxiety, and disorders of the nervous system. contact Omalaya Travel for workshop on Tibetan Medicine: info@omalayatravel.com

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