Healing from the Source: The Science and Lore of Tibetan Medicine

Healing from the Source: The Science and Lore of Tibetan Medicine

Healing from the Source: The Science and Lore of Tibetan Medicine

Healing from the Source: The Science and Lore of Tibetan Medicine

Synopsis

Dr. Donden gives an introduction to the Tibetan medical system, its perspective on the body as well as the nature of illness, to Western medical practitioners. Chapters imclue the topics of: the digestive process, the humors, and the classification of disease. He goes on to discuss particular issues such as AIDS and cancer and finally how to improve one's lifestyle to encourage health. His discussions are particularly interesting because he brings his many years of personal experience into his presentation.

Excerpt

Dr. Yeshi Dhonden was born in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, in 1929. His schooling began at the age of six, and two years later he took the novice vows of a Buddhist monk. He began his preliminary studies of Tibetan medicine when he was nine, and at the age of thirteen he was formally admitted to the Astro-Medical Institute in Lhasa. There he studied for five years under the master physician Khyenrab Norbu. His internship lasted from the age of eighteen to twenty-two. For the next ten years, he practiced medicine as an itinerant doctor, traveling widely throughout Tibet. Then in 1959, the year of the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese Communist invasion of their homeland, Dr. Dhonden fled to India, along with 100,000 other Tibetan refugees. in 1961, he became the personal physician of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a post which he filled for eighteen years. in the following year he re-established the Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India, where he remained until 1969, when he returned to private practice. the author of Health Through Balance, the foremost introduction to Tibetan medicine in English, Dr. Dhonden is among the most renowned of Tibetan physicians living today.

In the editing of these lectures, many people volunteered their time and expertise. I would like to thank all those friends in the San Francisco Bay Area who transcribed Dr. Dhonden's lectures, especially Lynn Quirolo for her unflagging, selfless service. I am also indebted to Dr. Marsha Woolf, David Molk, Loran Davidson, and Kara V. Frame for their help in preparing this manuscript; and I wish to express my special thanks to . . .

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