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Tibetan medicine

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Tibetan medicine

Tibetan medicine works on the subtle levels of existence in order to remove the causes for gross symptoms of diseases.

History: A Tantric system of knowledge, combining Ayurvedic, Chinese, bon, and various other sources and techniques in order to establish a balanced state of body and mind. Its major texts are Gyushi, Four Medical Tantras (propounded by the Bhaishajyaguru, a Buddha of medicine, sometimes seen as a manifestation of the Shakyamuni Buddha), and the Blue Beryl, a commentary by the seventeenth century master, Sangye Gyamtso (who is sometimes considered as an emanation of the Medicine Buddha).
 
Approach: Tibetan medicine works on the subtle levels of existence in order to remove the causes for gross symptoms of diseases. It is a tool that help others on their way towards Enlightenment. Based on three humours and five elements, it describes a complex psycho-physical forest of 404 diseases and 84.000 afflictions. Three humours correspond to the three poisons: lung (wind) - ignorance, tripa (bile) - desire, beygen (phlegm) - anger. In order to heal, to restore balance, Tibetan medicine uses and combines different techniques: diet, remedies (pills), operations, moxibution, acupuncture, lifestyle and religious practices, such as prayers, pujas or yogas.

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"Like me, the countless living beings have been wandering in cyclic existence. Many times they have been a parent to me and shone radiant kindness upon me. How unworthy not to respond to their sorrow. For the sake of all living beings we must strive in the practices bringing Enlightenment."
- 1st Dalai Lama

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