Positive Health in Tibetan Medicine

Positive Health in Tibetan Medicine

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Author: Vaidya Bhagwan Dash
Ven Doboom Tulku/
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Year: 1991
Language: English
Pages: 146
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170302552


Positive health is a new concept in Modern Medicine. In the traditional medicine of India and Tibet, a lot of emphasis is laid upon the food, drinks, regimens and conduct for the preservation and promotion of positive health. It is considered to be one of the eight specialized branches of traditional medicine. Food and regimens for different parts of the day and night and during different seasons form the basis of this specialized branch. The religious, social and cultural traditions of Tibet are however, distinct and different.

They want an individual to be free from diseases, and mentally and spiritually happy. Therefore, they lay more emphasis upon positive health and prevention of disease for which several measures are adopted in their day to day life. For health, more emphasis is laid upon appropriate diet, drinks and regimens in comparison to drugs and therapies. It is stated, If a person is on proper diet, etc., then there is no need for medicine and if a person is not on appropriate diet, then there is no need for medicine.

Reference to positive health are available scattered in different parts of Tibetan and Ayurvedic Medical works. In the present work, these references are compiled together and it is included as a part of the Tanjur scriptures of Tibetan Buddhism. In brief, this work deals with all the different aspects of positive health and it will be useful to the students and research workers in the field of Medicine in general and in the field of Tibetan Medicine and Ayurveda in particular.


1. Foreword
2. Preface
3. Indo-Romanic equivalents of Devanagari and Tibetan letters
4. Introduction
5. Invocation
6. Lus (Deha prakrti or physical consititution)
7. Yul (Desa or place habitation)
8. Dus (Rlun, etc,m in different parts of day and night and in different seasons)
9. Ro (rasas or tastes) and rlun, etc.
10. Sweet taste
11. Pungent taste
12. Sour taste
13. Bitter taste
14. Astringent taste
15. Saline taste
16. Ro (Rasa or taste) and yon tan (guna or attribute)
17. Useful and harmful factors for rlun
18. Useful and harmful factors for mkhris pa
19. Useful and harmful factors for bad kan
20. Regimens for different seasons
21. Regimens for dpyid
22. Regimens for dbyar stod
23. Regimens for dbyar smad
24. Regimens for ston
25. Regimens for dyun stod and dgun smad
26. Conduct for positive health
27. Non-suppression of natural urges
28. General conduct for good health
29. Mutually contradictory food and drinks
30. Span of life-duties in different stages
31. Colophon
32. Foot-notes
33. Appendices