Author: Tom DummerPublisher: Paljor PublicationsYear: 2001Language: EnglishPages: 308ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186230033
Western interest in eastern forms of medicine such as acupuncture is widespread and growing - yet little attention has so far been given to Tibetan medicine. This book describes its concepts and practice in a non-traditional way, thus making it more readily accessible to the western mind.Tom Dummer writes from first-hand experience of observing notable Tibetan doctors at work in their practices and receiving instruction from them, to give a comprehensive account of their country's medicine. This he assesses both in terms of the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism of which he is a follower and with the clinical insight of a practicing osteopath of many years standing. Beginning with an explanation of the basic elements of Tibetan medicine he describes the relevance of certain Buddhist concepts; the Tibetan analysis of bodily functions; concepts of health and susceptibility to disease and methods of diagnosis and treatment.In the second part of the book he analyses the similarities between Tibetan and Western holistic medicine and shows how they may be practiced in conjunction with each other. He considers different, specific areas of medicine, including the use of occidental herbal medicine and homoeopathy within a context of Tibetan medicine; the similarities between contemporary osteopathy and Tibetan massage; based on theories of spinal centers and reflexes; and the use of Tibetan medical philosophy and Buddhadharma as basic for counseling therapy.
Foreword by His Holiness the 14 the Dalai Lama of TibetDedicationAcknowledgmentsList of Tables and figuresVows of a Tibetan DoctorIntroductionPART ONE: Traditional Tibetan MedicineTibetan Medical PhilosophyBuddhist Tantra, Cosmology and Symbolism Relevant to Tibetan MedicineThe Tibetan Medical Philosophy of HealthDiseaseDiagnosisMind and Metal DisordersEcology and Tibetan MedicineIntroduction to TreatmentBehavioural TherapyTreatmentPART TWO: Relating Tibetan Medicine to Western holistic Systems of MedicineIntroduction to Relating Tibetan and Western Holistic MedicineWestern Herbal MedicineHomoeopathyOsteopathy IOsteopathy IIOsteopathy IIIPsychological Counseling with BuddhaDharma and Tibetan Medical Philosophy as a BasisPractising Tibetan Medicine in Conjunction with Western Scientific MedicineSelf-Help through Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and MedicineConclusions and Perspective for the FutureAppendix 1: Technical Data for Health ProfessionalsAppendix 2: General InformationNotesBibliographyGlossaryIndex Erratum