For millenia Tibetans have practiced the secret techniques of healing in Tibet. This amazing healing science still continues to be held in high esteem today.
This book introduces the principles of the ancient Tibetan healing science previously unavailable to the English readers. It is a journey into the healing methods of the Roof of the World and captures the essence of its medical system. It offers the readers an in—depth analysis of Tibetan medical history, both Buddhist and Pre-Buddhist eras, contents of rGyud bZhi (The Four Tantras), fundamental aspects of Tibetan medicine, concepts of health and diseases, diets and behaviour, pulse and urine diagnosis. The book clearly expounds the undeniable relationship between the Tibetan medicine, Buddhist philosophy and Astrology in a simple, yet interesting, way.
The book will not only help the patients of Tibetan medicine but also be of immense resource for scholars, researchers and students of Tibetan medicine. Dr. Drungtso precisely explains the concepts and practice of the great healing methods. This is one of the most authentic and comprehensive books on Tibetan medicine, which can be easily understood by all.
Cover: The Elder Yuthog Yontan Gonpo
My heart felt thanks to all my teachers, who trained me with great kindness and showered confidence in me. I believe that this book is a result of their contributions and inspiration.
I express my deep gratitude to all my professors at Tibetan Medical and Astrological College; Prof. Dr. Lobsang Choephel, Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche, Dr. Tenpa Choephel (Vice Principal), Dr. Penpa Tsering, Dr. Rishing Tenzin Dakpa, Dr. Thokmey Paljor, Dr. Lotsawa Tenzin Drakpa and Dr. Ngawang Dechen. I wish to thank all of them again from the core of my heart for their unfailing kindness and dedication.
I am particularly thankful to venerable Khamtrul Rinpoche Garje Jamyang Dhondup, for his spiritual guidance and for conferring Medicinal Buddha initiation, Youthog Nyingthig oral transmission and Nagpo Sum-dril initiation.
I wish to thank late Dr. Tenzin Choedrak, the former senior physician to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for giving oral transmission of The Four Tantras as well as entertaining my infinite questions on Tibetan medicine. My sincere thanks to late Dr. Lobsang Wangyal, the personal physician to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for giving oral transmission of Man-n gag Lhan-thab and for being a very inspiring teacher during my clinical practice.
My thanks to Late Dr. Kunga Gyurmed Nyarongshar, the personal physician to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who was a kind and friendly teacher and through whom 1 had opportunity of meeting many important people in Delhi.
I also extend my thanks to Dr. Dawa Dolma Jamling (Director of Clinical Research Department, Mentsee
Khang), Dr. Dawa Choedron and Dr. Kelchoe Qusar for their kind guidance during my internship.
Thanks to my friend Kelsang Rinchen for his assistance in editing the first draft of this book.
Especially I would like to thank my friend Bhuchung D. Sonam who did the final editing of the book.
Not to be left out is my wife Mrs.Tsering Dolma Drungtso, a professional Tibetan astrologer, for her endurance, encouragement and above all for helping me with computer works
I would also wish to express special thanks to Dr. Tsewang Tamdin (Director of Pharmaceutical Department, Mentsee Khang), who generously went through the draft and wrote the foreword, despite his extremely busy schedule.
Last, but by no means least, my heartfelt thanks to my friends Akinori.G, Koichi.N and Livandovskaya Oxana Yurjevna of Japan, without whose kind interest and support the publication of this book would not have happened.
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