Dr. Tenzin Dakpa was born in Lhatse Dzong, Central Tibet, in 1962. He hardly had an opportunity to go
to school as his family was labeled as a ‘black hat’ by the Chinese. Dr Dakpa learned to read and write
Tibetan while working in farms.
In 1981 he escaped into India, where he later joined Tibetan Medical and Astrological
Institute (TMAI). After completing five years study of traditional Tibetan medicine in 1947, Dr dakpa
became as the resident doctor at the branch clinic in Zanskar, Ladakh.
In 1991, along with late Trogawa Rinpoche, Dr Dakpa established Chakpori Memorial
College and became a lecturer there. He rejoined Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in 1995
where he was made the resident doctor at their branch clinic in Holland. He was a professor of Tibetan
medicine at the College of Tibetan Medicine and Astrology in TMAI, Dharamshala, from 2002 to 2004.
His previous title was Benefits of Tibetan Herbal Pills. Dr. Dakpa has now settled in Canada.
Tibetan medicine, which follows the principle of service to others, is one of the ‘five major sciences’
of Tibet. It is this seminal branch of science that all human beings depend upon to fulfil their desire to
maintain healthy life, to be free from diseases and to prolong their lives. This healing system is
essential and beneficial in any society and is relevant at any time in history.
The Tibetan science of healing has four major methods to treat a disease that a physician
recognizes. Amongst these the ingredients needed to compound medicines - including medicinal plants
- are the most important. The principle texts and tantras of Tibetan medicine have codified these
medicinal plants, their tastes, therapeutic values and methods to compound herbal pills from them.
It is important that the objective of any book on medicinal plants should be to recognize
herbs and their curative values to the same standards as the traditional source texts. In keeping with such
an ideal, Dr Tenzin Dakpa has brought out a new title called Tibetan Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated
Guide to Identification and Practical Use, which I feel is an important work on this subject. It is without
doubt that this book will be of immense value to those who have an interest in learning and carrying out
research into Tibetan medicinal plants. I compliment Dr. Tenzin Dakpa on this exemplary work and hope
that in future he will continue to do more research in this field.
Back of the Book
This book, containing nearly three hundred medicinal plants, was compiled based on a wealth of botanic
and medical references, so that ordinary people can easily identify and use them in their daily lives.
Avoiding technical complexities, each plant is identified and presented in seven sections.
Tibetan Name Botanical NameLocations Parts of the Plant Used
Collection Time and After Treatment Taste and Potency, and Medicinal Value.
“Dr. Tenzin Dakpa’s new title Tibetan Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Guide to Identification
and Practical Use is an important work. It is without doubt that this book will be of immense value to
those who have an interest to learn and do research in Tibetan medicinal plants.”
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