Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) is one of the three great ancient schools of traditional medicine in Asia. Sowa Rigpa in Tibetan literally means Healing Science and in another translation is Nourishment of Awareness, indicating its holistic effect on body, mind and energy.
Its independent roots reach several thousand years into the past and it has successfully served Tibetans, Mongols, Buryats, Bhutanese under difficult living conditions to maintain their health. Today it is spreading worldwide, especially in Russia and Japan. The TTM is a holistic system that includes all levels of our existence.
The ancient texts teach us that true health is achieved when there is a balance between three energetic principles (or humours) in the body, namely rlung, tripa and bedken. These humours are similar to the three doshas in the Ayurvedic tradition. If there is an increase, decrease or disturbance of a humour from its rightful place in the body, we experience disease.
This TTM is holistic in the sense that it can include all levels of existence, from lifestyle, living and working situation, nutrition, relationships, up to the mental, emotional and spiritual level in diagnosis and therapy. In addition, it can impart knowledge and methods to the patient that help him or her to help himself or herself in everyday life. Diseases and disorders are diagnosed by in-depth questioning and palpation of the pulse and looking at the urine and, if necessary, treated with advice on nutrition, lifestyle advice, prescription of herbal remedies and external applications.
I acquired the knowledge of TTM in a living lineage through study with authentic Tibetan doctors, who shared their extraordinary knowledge with us.
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