Tibetan Medicine Exhibition Program

Tibetan Medicine Historical Teaching Instrument

Historically, Tibetan Medicine’s formal teaching methodology used media such as books and visual teaching tools such as the thangka or paintings, examples of which can be seen on this site. The Arura Tibetan Medical Group has identified over three thousand formal classical books on Tibetan Medicine. These books have been written by well-known Tibetan medical doctors over hundreds of years. It is certain that there are more books to be found that will shed more light on Tibetan Medicine history and practice.
Visual teaching tools in Tibetan Medicine have been elaborately developed. Between 1687 to 1703, a set of seventy-nine Tibetan Medicine thangkas, based on the classic Tibetan Medicine textbook known as the Gyuzhi textbook, were created to aids to learning and memory for students. Arura Medicine of Tibet has an entire set of the old collection, and we have created new versions of these thangkas.

Tibetan Medicine External Therapy Instrument

Throughout history, Tibetan medical doctors developed various tools to conduct surgeries and bone operations, depictions of which are found in the Tibetan Medicine thangkas mentioned above. These tools were traditionally highly prized and valuable possessions of the practicing physician and were often handed down from physician father or mother to son- or daughter-in-training in families with strong medical traditions. Arura Medicine of Tibet has a set of Tibetan Medicine instrument copies to display.

Tibetan Herbal Medicine

Tibetan Medicine uses a wide variety of herbal medicines in treatment. There are hundreds of kinds of flowers, trees, and materials to prepare as pills, powders, decoction and etc. Some Tibetan herbal medicines are highly compounded using dozens of ingredients. While modern pharmaceutical research frequently tries to identify a single chemical substance in herbs as the ‘active ingredient’, the Tibetan system’s use of complex combinations of medicine produces effective treatments that cannot be reduced to simple analysis. While pursuing clinical use of these, Arura is also researching the efficacy of complex Tibetan medicines and creating new ones based on a different approach.