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Medicine of Tibet

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How can we understand the practical applications of healthcare systems from different cultures? This chapter about the theory and practice of traditional Tibetan medicine (TTM) attempts to point to possible answers to that question.

Traditional Tibetan medicine approaches health from the perspectives of balance, synergy and integration of multi‐dimensional aggregates that span body and mind, simultaneously and without distinction. The emphasis of TTM involves dealing directly with the nature of imbalances among the aggregates that result in the appearance of signs and symptoms of disease and illness. The approach includes dealing with issues of mind – including conflicting emotions and mental afflictions – as well as dealing with the external influences that adversely affect a person's specific constitution and condition. TTM avoids the schism of mind and body that is so prevalent in western medical care.

His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV offered a statement about the utility of TTM at the...

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Steiner, R.W.P., Gyal, Y. (2008). Medicine of Tibet. In: Selin, H. (eds) Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4425-0_8891

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