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TIBETAN MEDICINE

In Pokhara, Nepal.


The Men-Tsee-Khang institution preserves, promotes and practices Sowa Rigpa, the ancient Tibetan system of medicine, astronomy and astrology. It also aims to improve the health and sanitation of the refugees in particular and the public in general and to establish dispensaries in order to provide accessible health care to the people regardless of caste, creed or colour.

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This medicine is based on the 5 elements, like most of the alternative and Eastern medicines. Tibetan medicine is based on Ayurveda (we can consider that 40% of this practice is about the same as Ayurveda) and Chinese medicine, so you might see some similarities with these methods.

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Tibetan medicine is designed for people living in high altitude (which makes sense for Tibetans) and treats patients only with the use of herbal ingredients and is thus, a natural medicine.

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The practitioner will focus on observing the symptoms and imbalance of the body by a complete check-up:

Urine

Pulse

Patient's figure

Patient's silhouette

Patient's Diet

The 5 elements are divided into 3 categories that determine the constitution of your body, that are called the nyepas (the equivalent of doshas in Ayurveda)

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Each individual has specific characteristics according to their constitution and receives "customized treatments" in line with their nyepa in terms of medicines, acupuncture, diet etc. to rebalance any unbalances or blockages within their constitution (nyepa) and thus within their body.

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After the diagnosis, the Doctor then prescribed me natural medicines and performed acupuncture as well as cupping therapy on me to help heal the triggers I had (back problems, sciatica etc.).

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I had never tested the cupping technique and it's quite interesting. It feels like a pressure at first where the cup is located and then heat. It's totally bearable. The cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine with suction cups that mobilizes blood flow to boost the natural healing abilities of the body in the area where it's needed.

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I went back 3 days in a row, on Doctor's recommendation and received the same treatment every time.

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I had the best night after I came back from the first session, feeling so relaxed and slept like a baby. I had the best nap on the second day while having the treatment. It really seems that this mix of acupuncture and cupping relaxes me a lot.

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I really enjoyed the relaxation provided by these treatments and I trust this ancient practice for being very effective on short and long terms and I will experience it again if I ever cross path with these methods again.

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This post is a small introduction from the discussion I had with the Doctor this one time. I hope it still helps understand its field of action.

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