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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.