Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) is a natural and holistic scientific medicine that addresses the individual needs of body, mind and spirit in an integrated manner. Since ancient times, the TTM has a genesis, history and self-development, rooted in the Tibetan landscape, its indigenous culture and spirit of the Tibetan people. Traditional Tibetan Medicine contains an extensive philosophy, cosmology and a system of subtle anatomy associated with spiritual practices. The study of TTM encompasses a rich amount of knowledge about anatomy, physiology, embryology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies, including a huge herbal pharmacopoeia and a variety of external therapies that are partially unknown in the Western world.
Prevention: Prevention of disease by means of a healthy life and diet are essential for TTM. Currently, most chronic diseases are the result of an imbalance in mental attitude and an improper life or diet. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are a good example of this.
Healing: When the imbalance comes, the disease manifests itself. Then, to regain balance, it is necessary to work on the underlying causes and effects of the disease. That means to make a healthy lifestyle and diet the first priority, and to
leave the herbal and external therapies as a second choice.
Balance refers to the harmony between body, energy and mind. Of these three, energy is the most important, because it is the vital link between body and mind. When this vitalizing energy is unbalanced, the physical body and also the mind lose contro l of the balance, and this ends in disease. The results of a healthy balance in a healthy body are the equivalent of a clear and calm mind and superfluous energy. Imbalance arises as a result of negative causes. In TTM, the negative causes are classified as primary and secondary. The primary causes always arise from negative or destructive mental attitudes such as anger or aggression, lust, unhealthy dependencies, or desire and ignorance. Secondary causes are factors such as diet and lifestyle, or counterproductive elements.
This ancient natural and delicate medical system consists of three diagnostic methods:
1 Inspection (Tib. ITa ba.) - Meaning to look,to observe.
2. Probing (Tib. Reg pa.) - meaning touching or feeling
3 (Tib. Dri ba.) - Which means asking.
There are methods of treatment in traditional Tibetan medicine, which comprise of the following:
4- External Therapies
Within the external therapies, there is Kun-ye and Hor-me to treat wind humor,bloodletting and hydrotherapy to treat bile humor and moxibustion and warm compresses to treat phlegm humor. In addition to cupping, Yuk-cho (stick therapy) and acupuncture among others.
The present condition of our society makes us prisoners of work-related stress and psychological pressure. Massage can be an excellent therapy to relieve stress-related disturbances and is therefore suitable for both sick people and healthy people.
Traditional Tibetan medicine describes health as a balance between the three humors, or the three energetic principles of the body known as wind, bile and phlegm. Wind (Tibetan rLung-; Chinese Qi; Hindu Prana) is the vital energy and therefore the most important since it is responsible for all movement both physically (nervous system) psychologically (thoughts) and universally . Thus being the origin of the imbalances in the other two energies which manifest in diseases of any kind.
MTT considers the unbalanced mind (disturbing emotions) usually motivated by excessive wind (thoughts) as the primary cause of disease. This is known in the West as states of stress, anxiety, nervousness, hyperactivity, insomnia, etc. That is why external therapies destined to maintain or restore the balance of this energy are considered among the most important ones. One is the ku-nye massage and the other is the Mongolian moxibustion or hor-me . For more information, visit: www.iattm.es
These two therapies are highly recommended for all ages and cases/situations, especially:
- As a preventive measure against disease
- Anxiety, depression, stress
-Children suffering from ADD or hyperactivity.
- Pregnant women; It is extremely important for the mother to maintain mental stability.
- Seniors citizens and people near death. Therapy usually consists of performing a test for humoral type or constitution of the person followed by a more appropriate massage or external therapy.