Traditional Tibetan Medicine

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.




TTM's two objectives:


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.






What do Balance and Imbalance mean?


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.


Diagnosis in Traditional Tibetan Medicine.


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.



Methods of treatment in Traditional Tibetan Medicine:        

There are methods of treatment in traditional Tibetan medicine, which comprise of the following:

1- Diet

2- Lifestyle

3- Medicine

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.

Ku-nye and Hor-me, the two therapies outlined below, are of utmost importance in our society.


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:


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.