Written by Dr. Padma

Tibetan medicine has its source in Buddha Himself. According to his teachings, all animate and inanimate phenomena have the same composition of five energies; earth, water, fire, air and space. The basic philosophy establishes the sciences of anatomy, pathology and pharmacology Both disorder and its medication have the same material composition.


It is, believed that the cause of all suffering is ignorance which originates three mental poisons :desire, hatred and closed mind. Each of these corresponds to imbalance [illness] of the three humours; wind, bile, phlegm. All beings have the three humours as essential constituents in their body. In a healthy body; the balance between the three humours is maintained. When any of the three humours is disturbed, or imbalanced, the body is harmed. In fact, A body can never be free of illness, unless the three mental poisons are eliminated, which means to overcome ignorance. Certain disease are always present in a dormant form.


There are 101 disorders influenced by the Karma (action) of ones past life. that have Their causes in the early period of ones life but manifest  only later. There are 101 disorders involving spirit beings and 101 superficial disorders that can be corrected by simply following proper diet, behaviour plus medication and therapy.


There are three basic means of diagnosis:

questioning, visual and touch.

First,the patients history.

Second scrutiny of the tongue and urine analysis.

Third Pulse reading, by far the most accurate and unique method of

diagnosis quite similar to the system used in homeopathy and Ayurveda.


However the underlying, understanding and philosophy is entirely


To become a doctor of Tibetan medicine, there are four main medical manuals

or Tantras.

1st Root tantra, introductory summary covering all subjects to memorize.


2nd Explanatory Tantra, of how the body is formed of five elements qualities

of a good doctor. One of the most essential qualities is compassion.


3rd.Oral Tradition Tantra. describes the symptoms and signs of diseases.

Each disease treatment is administrated in a 3 part treatment;

method, medicine and blessing of the Medicine Buddha.


4th Tantra, the most important teaches urine and pulse diagnosis.


Apart from these four principal medical texts, there are hundreds of commentaries on the various aspects of Tibetan medicine, the knowledge of which the student has to acquire. Also, many of the doctors have recorded various interesting case findings with accurate diagrams and explanations in their memoirs. Such mines of information are passed down generation after generation and kept as reference material by the doctors. Unlike other systems of medicine, Tibetan doctors do not rely on the modern diagnostic machines solely.

                                                                             Yet another unique  aspect of the Tibetan system of medicine is that                                                                                      the   doctor not only has to give correct diagnosis but also has to                                                                                          be fully qualified pharmacologist. The doctor should be able to identify                                                                                several hundreds of medicinal plants, flowers, roots, minerals etc. and                                                                                  to detoxify certain poisonous ingredients and compound them into                                                                                      appropriate medicines.

        Dr.Dolkar at our Clinic Druk White Lotus 

Pulse reading.by far the most accurate

Dr. Dolkar at Clinic Dru k White Lotus



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