What is Tibetan Medicine? Practiced for over 2,500 years, Tibetan medicine is a system of medicine that is one of the five major sciences. Also called "gSoba Rig-pa, " (the science of healing), Tibetan medicine includes the use of various types of herbs, precious metals, saps, soils, resins and even rocks. While ninety-five percent of Tibetan medicine is comprised mainly of herbs, some precious metals are utilized for "Rinchen rilpo," or precious pill.
Tibetan medicine is known to be helpful for illnesses such as asthma, anxiety, digestive problems, eczema, hepatitis, liver conditions, and other chronic diseases. Based on Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine keeps in tune with the theory of balancing the "Nyipa sum," -- rLung ("loong"), "mKhris-pa," and "Bad-kan." According to Tibetan medicine, these Nyipa sum are the primary factors of ill health, and are known as the three poisons of desire, hatred and delusion.
Tibetan medicine holds a belief that Nyipa sum is the in and outflow of energy from the five elements of air, earth, fire, space and water. Theoretically, Tibetan medicine finds that rLung's functions are to help with growth, body movement, breathing and mind, body and speech. In Tibetan medicine, there are 5 types of rLung:
Tibetan medicine treatments, depending on type of Nyipa sum, include advisement of dietary intake behavioural regimens including two examples of remaining in dark and warm places or cold baths and showers herbal medicines like agollocha, charantia, and others and mild or rough "surgery" comprised of special butter and oily compress massage cupping or blood-letting or golden needle therapy -- to name a few.
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The Government of Tibet in Exile
"Introduction to Tibetan Medicine" Tibet.com