The first time I saw Mira for a Tibetan Medicine consultation I had such a revelatory experience as she was giving me her diagnosis. I have never had a doctor so aptly describe what is going on in my body. I am very confident in her ability to diagnose and heal. ~ A. F.
Tibetan medicine is predicated on the belief that everything in the universe, our bodies included, are made up of five elements: earth (sa); water (chu); fire (mei); wind (rlung); and space (namkha). When there is an imbalance of these elements in our bodies, illness occurs. In order to reestablish equilibrium and harmony of the five elements, and regain full health, we look to everything in the natural world. In Tibetan Medicine, anything, with the proper knowledge, can be used as medicine; rocks, gems, all types of minerals, herbs, trees, leaves, roots, meats, grains, oils, different kinds of water, sound, scents, light, even the air we breathe are all used to heal.
Tibetan medicine is rooted in Buddhism and reflects the connection between mind, emotions and the physical body. In this tradition, the root cause of all illness is ego, which is manifested in the form of ma-rigpa (ignorance). This leads to the three mental poisons of attachment, anger and delusion which then give rise to the three nye-pa or humors (rLung, Tripa, and Badkan). In combination with the five elements, these three mental poisons and the resulting three nye-pa are what create physical ailments.
Your unique constitution is derived from the five elements, the three humors, your karma, your genetics and your time in the womb. Your constitution is YOURS–you are born with it and it is the foundation for your overall health. In Tibetan Medicine, each person’s condition is considered according to their constitution, lifestyle, and physical and emotional circumstances. Diet, behavior, herbal/mineral medicines, and external therapies, are all ways the Tibetan medicine practitioner seeks to bring about a balanced body and mind.
Tibetan medicine originated in the ShangShung area of Tibet, when the Bon tradition flourished, pre-dating the arrival of Buddhism to the country. It is an ancient healing tradition that has evolved over many centuries. As a distinct practice, it was passed down by oral tradition until it was finally written down as the gSo rig eBum bzhi — a transcription of the medicine teachings given by Sherab Miwo in the 25th century BC. The current foundational texts of Tibetan medicine are the rGyu bZhi, or Four Tantras, which have been studied and taught continuously for over 1,200 years. The chain of lineage holders who continue to transmit this knowledge remains unbroken.
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