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Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine

Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine


Item Code: IDC377
Paperback (Edition: 2009)

Men-Tsee-Khang Publication
ISBN 8186419047

Size: 8.5” X 5.5”
Pages: 155 (16 B/W, and 3 Color Illustrations)
Price: $25.00
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Preface to the Third Edition

The first edition of the Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine, published in 1981, has remained one of the most popular and widely used publications on Tibetan Medicine available in English. In 1995, a second revised edition was published in response to an increasing interest in Tibetan medicine and a greater demand for literature on the subject.

The need for a third revised edition was again felt and in 1996, the Director of Men-Tsee-Khang appointed us to expand and revise the book. However, due to our other Institutional responsibilities, we could not begin work on the project until the summer of 1997. We are pleased to bring out this book, started initially during the Directorship of Mr. Tsering Tashi, and completed with the encouragement of our current Director, Mr. Pema Dadhul Arya. The support of both Directors has been invaluable.

In this Third Edition, as in the Second, alterations, additions and deletions have been made to material from the edition preceding it. The material in Part One has been divided into four distinct chapters, with the addition of an introductory section on the history of Tibetan medicine. Where new information has been added from the rGyud-bZhi or its commentary Vaidurya sNgon-po and the original text was too complicated or technical for the purposes of an introductory book such as this, we have attempted to simplify the material without sacrificing the essential points. In doing so, errors or omissions may have occurred, for which we take full responsibility. When it seemed useful, we have condensed material into tables. We have updated some photos from the previous edition and also have added a pronunciation guide to Tibetan medical terms.

It is our sincere desire that all who read this book will benefit from it and experience good health.

Back of the Book

“Tibetan medicine is far more advanced in the understanding of the nature of mind than Western medicine. In matters of understanding the physical functioning of the human body, the Tibetan medicine…is less advanced than the Western medicine. Without mixing the two approaches, and without saying one is better than the other, both schools should work together in order to find ways of understanding each other and thus boost the effectiveness of the two healing techniques.”


Preface to Third Editionvii
Guide to Pronounciation of Tibetan Medical Termsxii
List of Tables and Figuresxvii
Concepts of Traditional Tibetan Medicine
Chapter One:Introduction1
History of Tibetan Medicine2
The rGyud-bZhi12
Chapter Two:Etiology15
Primordial Level15
Immediate Level22
Chapter Three:Diagnosis26
Visual Examination26
Chapter Four:Therapeutics49
Dietary Approach49
Behavioral Approach58
Accessory Therapies62
The Allegorical Tree
Root of Etiology85
Trunk 1: Mind-Body in Equilibrium86
Trunk 2: Mind-Body in Disequilibrium89
Root of Diagnosis95
Trunk 3: Visual Diagnosis95
Trunk 4: Sphygmology96
Trunk 5: Interrogation96
Root of Therarpeutics100
Trunk 6: Diet100
Trunk 7: Behavior102
Trunk 8: Medicines102
Trunk 9: Accessory Therapies107
Appendix A: Evil Spirits Urinalysis116
Appendix B: Prognostication using Constitutional Pulse120
Appendix C: Mother-Son & Friend-Foe Cycles122
Appendix D: Contents of the rGyud-bZhi122
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