Tibetan Medicine Healing System has a Long History

Originating in Tibet, Tibetan Medicine is a traditional system of medicine, which has at least a 4,000-year history based on documented and established medical systems. It is the major medical system practiced throughout Tibetan regions and has traditionally been the only health care system for the Tibetan population for thousands of years. Moreover, it has been practiced many nations of central Asia, as well as some regions of Eastern Europe. Today, carried with the Tibetan diaspora, practices of this ancient healing wisdom are being offered in the West as an alternative to mainstream health practices.
Tibetan medicine is classified as one of the five major Tibetan sciences, and it is called gSoba Rig-pa in Tibetan, meaning “science or wisdom of healing.” It has a well-developed theoretical foundation and sophisticated methods of diagnosis, as well as complex therapeutic treatment methods. One of the treatments uses a variety of ingredients such as herbs, trees, rocks, soils, precious metals, and so on. If the physician is able to make the right diagnosis and administer the right medicine, then Tibetan medicine is able to cure many types of illnesses. Compared to biomedicine, Tibetan Medicine has been particularly successful in its treatment of chronic diseases, especially chronic digestive disorders and nervous system problems, according to today’s clinical practices in Tibetan medical hospitals.

Holistic Theory and Concept of Healing

The concept of health involves a complex philosophy and theory of integration of mind and body, but to make it very simple, we could claim that the basic theory of Tibetan Medicine is to keep four elements in balance: rLung (air), mKhri-pa (fire), and Bad-kan (earth and water). The fundamental causes of the imbalance of these four elements are the three poisons of Dod-chag (attachment), Zhe-sDang (hatred), and gTi-mug (delusion). This indicates Tibetan Medicine is an ancient and profound integration of Tibetan medical science and Buddhist philosophy; it is a tradition rich in the practices of maintaining health and alleviating sufferings of both mind and body.

Land of Medicine

The Tibetan plateau, known as “the roof of the world” and “the third pole of the earth,” has an average elevation of more than 14,000 feet (4,500 meters). The plateau has a frigid, long exposure to sun (hence high ultraviolet radiation), and great temperature fluctuations between day and night. There is no environmental pollution, and it possesses unique and varied natural land conditions: including deserts, forests, grasslands, and vast stretches of snow-covered mountains that are the highest in the world. Because of this unique circumstance of high land, there are extremely rich resources for Tibetan medicines including herbs, wood, soil, and stones.

Introduction to Tso-Ngon (Qinghai) Arura Tibetan Medical Group

The Tso-Ngon (Qinghai) Arura Tibetan Medical Group (TATMG) is the largest Tibetan Medicine organization at the provincial level in P.R. China. TATMG has the highest standard of Tibetan Medicine clinical care, training, and research in the nation. The goal of TATMG is to utilize the traditional medical system of Tibetan Medicine to provide good quality care and improve people’s health status at the local, provincial and national levels. IN order to achieve this goal, five major institutes were established to carry out various tasks. TATMG is located in Siling (Xining), the capital city of Tso-Ngon Province (traditionally called Amdo). The city is the center of economic, transportation, education, health, and culture of Tso-Ngon Province.