Tibet, the land of snow mountains, once an isolated secret kingdom, has a centuries old medicine system, called Sowa Riga, which means the Science of Healing. Once a monastic secret knowledge, the lineage of this system can be traced back to at least the first century AD and is still going strong today.
Tibetan medicine teaches that the purpose of life is to be happy. By using Tibetan medicine for self-care, it is possible to become aware of how your thoughts and behaviours influence your health and happiness.Tibetan medicine includes philosophy, science, and healing practices that can help create and maintain a healthy mind and body.It is a holistic mind body medicine from the roof of the world that makes use of rare herbs grown at high altitudes.
Tibetan medicine teaches that all living beings are made up of energy and each person is born with a unique constitution or nature, made up of three primary energies: loong, tripa and baekan. These three aspects, or humours of the body, must be balanced.
Tibetan medicine is deeply rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology. It is a very spiritual, yet potent physical healing practice. This holistic system is steeped in the teachings and practice of Buddhism. Life and evolution are considered to be the basic cause of disease and the symptoms of disease. Tibetan Medicine through its Buddhist principles aims to cure and prevent suffering temporarily and permanently through its thorough methods. Tibetan Medicine can be traced right back to the time of the Buddha, and historically the Buddha taught medicine to his sangha.
Tibetan Medicine focuses on the direct healing of the patient's body/mind with the help of the appropriate medicines, diet, behaviour and therapies to pacify the result of mental negative passions. Physical medicine was not considered enough to uproot the causes of disease; therefore Buddha taught the method to become aware of, and to pacify, negative emotions.
Physical illness from the Buddhist perspective, is closely bound with mental, social and spiritual illness. Disturbing emotions such as the three mental poisons of attachment, anger and closed-mindedness, are said to cause disharmony in bodily energies and can cause disease. For Buddhists, when the mind is liberated from ignorance and delusion, it is considered to be "free from disease."
Tibetan Medicine is an illuminated healing system which can help us sustain vibrant wellbeing and health by treating the whole person and protecting us from the causes of illness through understanding the spiritual principles of disease. This gift of medicine from the high mountains carries the fragrance of that special unbroken spiritual lineage of peace and wisdom from the land of the snow lion.