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Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): Lobsang Tsultrim Tsona / Tenzin Dakpa
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186419047
The first edition of the Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine, published in 1981, has remained one of the most popular and widely used publications on Tibetan Medicine available in English. In 1995, a second revised edition was published in response to an increasing interest in Tibetan medicine and greater demand for literature on the subject.
In this Third Edition, as in the Second, alterations, additions and deletions have been made to material from the edition preceding it. The material in Part One has been divided into four distinct chapters, with the addition of an introductory section on the history of Tibetan medicine. Where new information has been added from the rGyud-bZhi or its commentary Vaidurya sNgon-po and the original text was too complicated or technical for the purposes of an introductory book such as this, we have attempted to simplify the material without sacrificing the essential points. In doing so, errors or omissions may have occurred, for which we take full responsibility. When it seemed useful, we have condensed material into tables. We have updated some photos from the previous edition and also have added a pronunciation guide to Tibetan medical terms.
It is our sincere desire that all who read this book will benefit from it and experience good health.
Tibetan medicine is far more advanced in the understanding of the nature of mind than Western medicine. In matters of understanding the physical functioning of the human body, the Tibetan medicine is less advanced than the Western medicine. Without mixing the two approaches, and without saying one is better than the other, both schools should work together in order to find ways of understanding each other and thus boost the effectiveness of the two healing techniques.
-H H The Dalai Lama
DR LOBSANG TSULTRIM TSONA is a son of the late Dr Jamyang Tashi Tsona, the former personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He completed his AISSCE (All India Senior School Certificate Examination) from Tibetan Children’s Village School, Dharamsala in 1981. He joined Men-Tsee-Khang College in 1982 and graduated on Tibetan Medicine in 1986. He had also received a special care and teachings form his father. He has served the Men-Tsee-Khang in various departments. He is currently a resident doctor of the NSTG (Dutch Foundation for Tibetan Medicine) in Amsterdam & Emst, the Netherlands.
DR TENZIN DAKPA was born on April 25, 1963 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. He completed his schooling from Central School for Tibetans in Shimla and spent one year in Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, Varanasi.
He joined Men-Tsee-Khang College in 1987 and graduated in the year 1991. He served as the Resident doctor of the Nizamuddin branch clinic in 1992 and Pokhara branch clinic in 1993 and 1994. He also worked as a lecturer in Tibetan Medicine & Astro. College and the Editor-in-Chief of the sMan-rTsis Journal. At present, he is working at the Nizamuddin clinic as its Resident doctor. He was transferred on Nov 1, 2001.
PREFACE TO THIRD EDITION
GUIDE TO PRONOUNCIAITON OF TIBETAN MEDICAL TERMS
LIST OF TABLES AND FIGURES
Concepts of Traditional Tibetan Medicine
History of Tibetan Medicine
The Allegorical Tree
Root of Etiology
Trunk 1: Mind-Body in Equilibrium
Trunk 2: Mind-Body in Disequilibrium
Root of Diagnosis
Trunk 3 Visual Diagnosis
Trunk 4: Sphygmology
Trunk 5: Interrogation
Root of Therapeutics
Trunk 6: Diet
Trunk 7: Behavior
Trunk 8: Medicines
Trunk 9: Accessory Therapies
Appendix A: Evil Spirits Urinalysis
Appendix B: Prognostication using Constitutional Pulse
Appendix C: Mother-Son-& Friend-Foe Cycles
Appendix D: Contents of the rGyud-bZhi