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Tibetan Medicine and You: A Path to Wellbeing, Better Health, and Joy

Tibetan Medicine and You: A Path to Wellbeing, Better Health, and Joy

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All of us want to be happy and avoid suffering. So why are many of us anxious, angry, depressed? We suffer from pain, hypertension, inflammation, indigestion, insomnia, and addictions. Yet, too often we make choices that sabotage us rather than reverse what’s wrong. Tibetan medicine, Tibet’s ancient, comprehensive science of healing, offers effective tools for transforming suffering into health and happiness.

Tibetan medicine teaches that the purpose of life is to be happy, and that after our basic needs are met, happiness results primarily from our own thinking. When challenges arise, we can wallow in negativity and get sick - or even sicker - in mind and body. Or we can decide to create health and happiness. Making positive choices won’t solve every problem but will produce better results than poor or thoughtless decisions do.

This unique book explains in everyday English how to use Tibetan medicine for self-care and as a complement to modern medicine. Tibetan medicine sheds light on the intricate relationship between mind and body. Each of us is born with a unique combination of energies called our constitution. Understanding our constitution empowers us to make conscious, informed decisions about our thoughts, diet, and behavior to keep our energies in balance. We learn to reduce stress, create health, prepare for death, and be happy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538135020
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/05/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Miriam E. Cameron, PhD, MS, MA, RN, is Lead Faculty, Yoga & Tibetan Medicine Focus Area, and Graduate Faculty, Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. Since 1994, she has studied, conducted research, and taught graduate courses about Tibetan medicine, yoga, nursing, and ethics. She has published over 65 journal articles, nine book chapters, three monographs, three Internet modules, and three other books including Karma & Happiness: A Tibetan Odyssey in Ethics, Spirituality, & Healing, with the foreword by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She lives in Minneapolis.

Tenzin Namdul, PhD, DTM, is a medical anthropologist and an experienced Tibetan medicine practitioner. Namdul has published research articles and an Internet module about Tibetan Medicine. He translated from Tibetan to English Tibetan Medical Dietary Book: Vol. I, Potency & Preparation of Vegetables by Yangbum Gyal. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. He lives in Atlanta.

Table of Contents

Blessing by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Photo of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the authors, and their students

Notes: Converting Tibetan Script to Roman Script


Tibetan Medicine: Self-Care and Integrative Care by Miriam E. Cameron

The Practice and Relevance of Tibetan Medicine by Tenzin Namdul.

Part A: Tibetan Medicine as Self-Care.

Chapter 1: How to Be Happy





Sitting Meditation and Circular Breathing.

Chapter 2: Live in Harmony with Your Constitution

Gold Standard: Consultation with a Tibetan Medicine Practitioner.

“Constitutional Self-Assessment Tool” and “Lifestyle Guidelines Tool.”

Complete the “Constitutional Self-Assessment Tool.”

Complete the “Lifestyle Guidelines Tool.”

Use the “Constitutional Self-Assessment Tool” and

“Lifestyle Guidelines Tool” Together.

Meditation on a Lotus Flower.

Chapter 3: Understand the Source of Your Existence

Health Is Balance and Dis-ease Is Imbalance.

Earth: Cold, Stability, Structure.

Water: Moisture and Cohesion.

Fire: Heat.

Air: Movement.

Space: Allows the Other Elements to Interact.

Tonglen Meditation.

Chapter 4: Keep Your Three Primary Energies in BalanceNyepa: Defect.

Loong: Movement Energy.

Tripa: Hot Energy.

Baekan: Cold Energy.

Balance and Imbalance.

Meditation: Alternate Nostril Breathing.

Chapter 5: Learn about Your Unique Nature

Who really am I?

Loong Constitution: Nature of a Vulture, Crow, and Fox.

Tripa Constitution: Nature of a Tiger and Monkey.

Baekan Constitution: Nature of a Lion and Elephant.

Dual and Triple Constitutions.

Meditation: Om Mani Padme Hum.

Chapter 6: Create a Healthy Mind

What Is Mind?

Negative Thinking, Suffering, and Disease.

Heal Negativity.

Develop Spiritual Immunity.

Mindfulness Meditation.

Chapter 7: Create an Enlightened Mind

Buddhism: Beyond Religion.

The Four Noble Truths.

The Eightfold Path of Ethics.

Impermanence, Emptiness, Dependent Origination, Interconnectedness.

Universal Compassion.

Meditation on the Medicine Buddha.

Chapter 8: Create a Healthy Body




Daily, Seasonal, and Environmental Changes.


Meditation: Tibetan Prostrations.

Chapter 9: Create a Good Death



Bardo: Intermediate State Between Death and Rebirth


Tonglen Meditation while Dying.

Part B: Tibetan Medicine in Integrative Care.

Chapter 10: Tibetan Medicine Past and Present

History of Tibetan Medicine.

Tibetan Medicine Today.

Gyueshi: Fundamental Text of Tibetan Medicine.

Four Tantra of the Gyueshi.

Loving Kindness Meditation.

Chapter 11: Tibetan Medicine’s Code of Ethics

Unsuitable and Suitable Students.

Core Values.

Tibetan Medical Education.

Exceptional, Ordinary, and Incompetent Practitioners.

Rewards for Excellence.

Shaking and Dancing Meditation.

Chapter 12: Disease





Create Health.

White Light Meditation.

Chapter 13: Diagnosis

How to Prepare for Your Consultation.

Diagnostic Process.





Meditation on Anger.

Chapter 14: Treatment

Treatment Goal.



Tibetan Medicines.

Accessory Therapies.


Meditation on Sound.

Chapter 15: Tibetan Medicine for Health Professionals


Scientific Basis.



Meditation: Loving Kindness Is My Religion.