The Tibetan medical system is one of the world's oldest known medical traditions. It is a complete metaphysical tradition encompassing all parts of the energetic bodies.
It is practiced throughout Tibet/China and the Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal, Ladakh, and Sikkim. Refugee physicians have further brought Tibetan Medicine to India, Russia, Europe, and North America.
The origins of Tibetan Medicine go back to the shamanistic Bon era of Tibet, pre-dating the arrival of Buddhism to the country. Aspects of traditional Chinese, Indian (Ayurvedic), as well as Persian and Greek medical systems, were incorporated through the centuries.
The Five Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space) are considered the basis of existence and its cycles.
Another foundation of Tibetan Medicine is the traditional Buddhist belief, that all illness ultimately results from the three mental poisons: ignorance, attachment, and aversion. These correlate with the three primary bodies of Badkan (skrt.'Kapha'), rLung (skrt.:'Vata') and mKhrispa (skrt.'Pitta'). This is also dependent on each person's unique mental, emotional, and physical constitution along with circumstances such as illnesses that arise or healing that has been achieved.
The potency of Tibetan herbal medicine is unsurpassed. Complex formulas (typically containing 3-25 ingredients), include large amounts of unique Himalayan high altitude plants. These formulas were often formulated by great Buddhist sages and enlightened masters of the past. The medicine is finally blessed and empowered in medical rituals.
A few of these potent treasures, the ones known to be especially safe, we are happy to share with you.
A Deep Dive into The Four Tantras
The basic text of Tibetan Medicine is called the "Four Tantras" and was taught by Buddha himself. All Tibetan physicians study it. Tantra means "lineage". It is composed of four books:
Theentire text includes 156 chapters.
Buddha gave the teachings of the Four Tantras in Benares (Varanasi, India) when he was 71 years old. He gave them in order to benefit sentient beings, not to allow doctors to become rich.
For this reason, Tibetan Medicine stresses the attitude a physician should have. In the past, in India and Tibet, doctors would not present the patient with a fee. Patients would simply give an offering and if they did not, the doctor would not complain; his main goal was the practice.
The motivations that bring people to study the Four Tantras are diverse: to be healthy and live a long life; to practice the spiritual path; to accumulate richness; to be happy.
Those who study this text to become rich have the wrong motivation and misunderstand the main goal, that is, to benefit others.
The text begins with a phrase in Sanskrit: Amrita hridaya angha ashta guhya upadesha tantra nama. Amrita hridaya means: "the essence of immortality". It indicates that the Four Tantras are like the amrita, the nectar of immortality. If we drink amrita, or if we study and follow these teachings, we become immortal. In Sanskrit amrita means: "immortality nectar"; hridaya means: "essence". Angha means: "branches", ashta means: "eight"; eight branches. Guya upadesha means: "secret oral transmission", an oral instruction that is not taught in public, instead, it is taught only to whom is truly interested and wishes to learn. Whoever receives these teachings has to keep them secret.
This introduction to Tibetan Medicine follows the medical thangka (painting) of the medicine tree. The first medical thangkas date back to the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Desi Sangye Gyatso was a great master and he conceived 80 medical thangkas in order to offer some clear and immediately understandable outlines of Tibetan Medicine as well as to allow illiterate people to study medicine.
The Medicine Tree
The medicine tree has two main branches: the left one is the branch of health; the right, the branch of disease.
At the basis of the general theory, we come to the three humors: wind, bile, and phlegm. These three humors exist in all of us, whether we are healthy or sick. The cause of their existence are the three poisons: hatred, attachment, and ignorance.
The three mental poisons are the roots of the three humors and the three humors are the fruit of the three mental poisons.
In the medicine tree, blue is the color for wind, yellow for bile, and green for phlegm. Inside our body, there are 7 constituents and 3 excretions. The essence of food, when transformed, produces these constituents. Waste is expelled through the three excretions. When this system works well, we are in good health. The number of chakras, three, five, nine and so on, varies according to the Tantra that explains them: each Tantra has a different chakra system.
In the Tibetan medical system we consider five 5 chakras: the chakra of the head, throat, heart, navel, and secret chakra (at the genital organs).
Secret Energy Mountain Gold Shilajit. With over 85+ minerals in ionic form with fulvic acid, our Shilajit is harvested in Ladakh at elevations of over 3000 meters. The raw substance is processed through an elaborate series of Ayurvedic stages to produce the pure elixir found here.
Benefits: Increased energy: Use your time efficiently when you feel a boost of vitality.
Higher intelligence: Sharpen your mind and strengthen your ability to comprehend the mysteries.
Better memory: Enjoy collecting gems of wisdom and store them effectively to share with others.
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Oxygenation: Bathe your cells in oxygen, they will thank you!
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Virility: Feel the power of the creative force within.
Semde is a traditional Tibetan compound (Sem-kyi De-kyid or Sem-de) consists of 18 remedies meant for irritability, lack of concentration, mental dullness, stress, depression and other types of anxiety-related conditions.
Semde is a traditional Tibetan herbal compound hundreds of years old. It is known as (Sem-kyi De-kyid or Sem-de). Its name simply translates to “mental happiness” or “happiness of the mind.” Semde consists of 18 remedies meant for irritability, lack of concentration, mental dullness, stress, persistent sadness, unhappiness, and other types of anxiety related conditions and depression. This includes mild, moderate, and even severe depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and “the blues.”
Chulen is a super-vitamin that restores deep energy and replenishes what is needed. Created in a strict formula, it is prepared by the Lama and Doctor Ngawang Drakpais.
Chulen is created in a strict formulation process, it is prepared by the Lama and Doctor Ngawang Drakpa, a Tibetan physician in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is made according to strict instructions combining over 20 Ayurvedic remedies. This formula may help the body refuel, replenish, and restore vitality.
Their primary use is as a super vitamin that replenishes energy in the body. When taking the pills it is common to feel increased energy, surprising mental clarity, greater physical strength, less need for sleep, a decreased appetite, a more joyous mood, and a considerable deepening of spiritual practice and meditation. These pills are full of what the Tibetans call (jinlab) and change for the better will certainly accompany their regular use.
Bimala, also known as Vimala, is a traditional Tibetan formula developed in the 8th century by the great Indian master Vimalamitra. It is widely utilized for conditions ranging from nervousness, stress, lack of concentration to insomnia and restlessness.
BIMALA is a chief remedy in Tibetan medicine (Dza ti 20). It is described thoroughly in Vimalamitra’s 84,000 healing therapies as an agent against mental instability, support for insomnia, inability to fall asleep, night waking, or simple restlessness. Bimala works equally well for nervousness, sadness, lack of concentration, and forgetfulness. Often recommended for those on the spiritual path, meditators, and people who are seeking a more calm and balanced mind. In general, Agar 35 and Bimala can be used to treat similar conditions. People who ‘run cold’ should use Bimala, as it is slightly warming, while those who tend toward the hot end of the spectrum may find Agar 35 more supportive.
Agar 35 is a remedy for anxiety and stress complicated by heat and blood stasis. It manages internal imbalances that cause nervousness and attention deficit.
The treatment principles for this multi-element solution are to course the liver, rectify the Qi, fortify the spleen, supplement the Qi, nourish the heart, quiet the spirit, transform phlegm, clear heat and quicken the blood.