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About Tibetan Medicine

Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) has absorbed two great Asian systems of medicine, namely those of India and China, as well as elements of Mongolian, Persian and other medical systems. It is a vast and highly evolved medical science which can no more be summed up in a few web pages than can modern Western medicine. Its depth, vastness, subtlety and maturity as a medical system strike nearly all who come to study it. In Tibet, these theoretical medical studies took at least five years (with a very intense curriculum), followed by years of internship or apprenticeship for practical experience.


This is what a consultation with a Tibetan doctor typically involves:


Imbalances are predominantly detected by examining the patient's pulse. This is not a simple counting of heartbeats. The Tibetan doctor uses it to 'listen in' to to the workings of the entire body including all the major organs. Depending on this assessment, the doctor may make further examinations.


Treatment focuses on four areas: diet, behaviour, herbal medication and external treatments such as acupuncture.


Diet and behaviour:

The doctor may suggest changes in lifestyle and diet which may bring relief and improve health.


Herbal medication:

Herbal medication may be prescribed. This is usually in the form of powders or pills.


External treatments:

The doctor may occasionally use acupuncture or moxibustion, usually in short courses or consecutive days, if it is thought necessary. Moxibustion uses heated herbs on specific points similar to those used in acupuncture.


The herbs:

Tibetan medicines are prepared from rare plants and herbs grown mainly on the Tibetan plateau. The medicines are made according to an age-old tradition, which follows strict methods, and uses sophisticated processing techniques. Each Tibetan doctor has their own supplier, to safeguard provenance, and ensure that the medicines are made to their exact specifications.

What to expect:

The first consultation lasts approximately 30 minutes. Tibetan doctors, just like their Western counterparts, see their patients in strictest confidence. Further consultations will depend on the patient's response to the treatment.

The therapies/treatments on offer are not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the practitioner/doctor personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for the treatment and accepts no liability in respect thereof.

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