Chogkhang Tibetan Medicine Centre
Chogkhang Tibetan Medicine Centre

Ladakh Jhangthang Medical Camp

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Chogkhang Tibetan Medicine Centre (CTMC)
House No. 57/1
Sidhbari - 176057 Tehsil Dharamsala
District Kangra (H.P) India

Tel: 01892 - 234901 (Clinic)
Fax: 01892 - 234609
Mob: 09418017223

What is Tibetan Medicine

Traditional Tibetan medical system commonly known as Sowa Rigpa (Knowlege of Healing) is an age-old indigenous healing tradition of Tibet. The basic theoretical knowledge and practical aspects of the Tibetan medicine is relatively associated to the Buddhist philosophy. It is an integral part of the Tibetan culture and has a history of more than 2500 years. Tibetan medicine notwithstanding an ancient medical system, but has demonstrated to be equally relevant in maintaining and treating the health problems of the modern time. Consequently, it has proved to be a time-tested ancient medical system of the modern time.

Tibetan medicine is composite of a vast Pre-Buddhist indigenous healing knowledge and practices of Tibet effectively integrated with the medical knowledge and practices of the Asian medical system including Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Persia. One of the notable feature of Tibetan medicine is that, it provides a profound explication on human anatomical and physiological aspects on a well-reasoned foundation and offers a holistic treatment aimed at regulating and maintaining the “Balance of the Basic Functional Principles of the mind and body”. These basic functional principles are derived and manifested from the qualities and characteristics of the Five Physical Elements, comprising of Earth, Water, fire, Air, Space. Tibetan medicine believes that the huge Universe that we live in and all the different forms of living and non-living things that are found in the Universe are composed of the Five Physical Elements. Human body without exception is also composed of the Five Physical Elements. The physical development of human body and the stability of our mind, the various health related problems that we face in our day to day life, and the natural remedies to these problems are based on the qualities and characteristics of the Five Physical Elements. All the important biological functions of the mind and body such as the respiration, circulation of the blood and vital energies, functions of the central nervous systems, various levels of digestive processes of transformations and the major and minor functions of excretions etc. are all related to the actions and characteristics of the Five Physical Elements which are being performed with the incorporated actions of “Loong, Tripa and Baekan. As such, body as a whole of its development and existence, the manifestation of various health related problems and the distinct medical remedies, all have one thing in common, i.e. the nature of Five Physical Elements. Consequently, any major or minor disturbances in the environment will have direct or indirect impact on the health of a person. Therefore, Tibetan medicine emphasizes great importance to the stability of our environment and prevention of any activity leading to the ecological imbalances and disturbances to the natural state of an environment.

The long history it enjoys, the sound foundation on which it is established and the evident increasing popularity are clear indications of the fact that Tibetan medicine, although an ancient medical system of Tibet is very relevant for managing various forms of modern health problems. In fact, Tibetan medicine is an assimilation of the indigenous practical knowledge, the invaluable experiences of the eminent Tibetan scholars and the theory and practices of the neighboring countries of Tibet, including India, China and Persia (Greek). These valuable medical treasures are found in the highly esteemed "Gyueshi"(Four Tantras), a complete and profound multi-faceted fundamental text of Tibetan medicine, encompassing the unabridged theories and practices of Tibetan medicine. It is the creation of ancient eminent scholars of Tibet by means of practice, invention and development through their intellectual wisdom and practical experiences. Gyueshi is the only fundamental text of Tibetan medicine on which the transmission of the knowledge, teaching, research works and practices are being purely based. It has four parts: Tsa Gyue (Root Tantra), Shed Gyue (Explanatory Tantra), Menyag Gyue (Oral Transmission Tantra) and Chema Gyue (Subsequent Tantra). These Four Tantras deals with all the physiological functions and anatomical structures of the human body, the diagnosis and treatment of the disordered state of the mind and body. Apart from employing natural medicinal substances for restoring the imbalance of the energies, some mild and drastic therapies are also used whenever necessary. The mild therapy includes offering massages, compress therapy, medicinal bath therapy, cupping therapy, purgation and emesis. The drastic therapy includes moxibustion, cauterization, blood letting and sucking therapy. In addition to these, Tibetan medicine practitioner also prescribes dietary and lifestyle recommendations, whenever necessary, based on the nature of the disorder and the physical condition of the patient. Tibetan medicine enjoys one of the prominent place in the world owing to its authentic historical account, sound philosophical base and holistic therapeutic approaches. The simple diagnostic techniques that it employs and the natural blend of herbs and plants used for the formulation of different forms of medicines, ensuring safe and compatible health care remedies, is also the reason why more and more people are attracted towards Tibetan medicine.

Tibetan medicine uses natural herbs and plants collected from their natural habitat nestled in the serene natural environment of the Himalayan regions. The herbs and plants are being collected right in their plucking seasons, chopped right in time, then dried properly according to their healing quality and finally grinded into powder. Depending on their specific uses, different forms of medicines such as paste, pill, decoction, powder etc. are compounded strictly in accordance with the basic formula of each and every medicine. The use of herbs and plants forms the major part of Tibetan medical formulation, whereas minerals such as gold, silver, copper, turquoise etc. forms only a small portion.

Tibetan medicine is effective in treating various forms of chronic problems. It has good record of treating chronic problems such as constipation, gastritis, acidity, indigestion, liver weakness, renal disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatic nerve disorder, spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, arteriosclerosis, blood related problems, psoriasis, problems related with menstruation, schizophrenia, diabetes, asthma, respiratory problems, weak circulation, allergy, cholesterol, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, stress and psychological problems.