Tibetan Medicine Three year Course syllabus

(Distant learning)

BASIC LEVEL: BASICS OF TIBETAN MEDICINE
(1st year)

Introduction

History

  • A short history of Tibetan Medicine
  • Buddhism and medicine
  • Golden sutra, Buddha’s teaching on medicine
  • Medicine Buddha sutra and eight medicine Buddhas
  • Tanadug palace: city of medicine
  • Four medicine Mountains and materia medica concept


The Gyud-shi (rGyud-bzhi)

  • Gyud-shi, the Four Medical Tantras
  • Gyud-shi’s content
  • Framework of Gyud-shi


Basics of the Tibetan medicine
Psychology

  • The mind and the emotions

 

Physiology of the humors and constituents (nyes pa dang lus zungs kyi bya ba)

  • Nyepas, the three humors
    •    General and sub- wind humor functions
    •    General and sub- Bile humor functions
    •    General and sub- Phlegm humor functions
  • The seven body constitutions
  • The digestion
  • The physical body constituents
  • The waste products
  • The concept of health


Anatomy and subtle physiology (lus bkra dang lus kyi bya ba)

  • The body and its development
  • Tibetan embryology
  • Similes of the body
  • The vital and hollow organs and functions
  • The food passages and orifices
  • The general and specific channels
  • The chakras
  • Prognosis of death, dying and dreams



The study of the Medicine trees (sdong ‘grems)
Theory and practice guide

  • Healthy and unhealthy trees
  • The diagnostic tree
  • The treatment tree
  • Concept of the ideal health


Brief ethical code of conduct for Tibetan Physicians
(man pa’i le’ u mdor bsdus)

  • A short introduction on the development of the ethical code of conduct for Tibetan Physicians

 

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2nd year: ETIOLOGY, DIAGNOSIS AND METHOD OF TREATMENT
Prerequisite: 1st year exams passed

Syllabus
Etiology (nad kyi rgyu)

    • General etiology (nad kyi spyi rgyu)
    • The Buddhist concept on disorders
    • Tibetan Medicine concept on disorders
    • General cause of the disorders
    • Four immediate cause of disorders (nad kyi rkyen bzhi)
      • Irregular climate and seasons
      • Unhealthy nutrition
      • Unwholesome behavior
      • Unwholesome emotions
  • Development of disorders (nad ‘phel tshul)
    • Six entrance gates and locations
    • Three locations of the humors
    • 15 pathways of manifestations
    • Nine manifestation times
    • Nine ways of ending life
    • Unhealthy tree
  • General pathology (nad)
    • General classification of the diseases (nad kyi dbye ba)


General diagnostic methods (ngos ‘dzin rtags)

  • Pulse reading (rtsa la brtag pa)
  • Urine analysis (chu la brtag pa)
  • Tongue diagnosis (lce la brtag pa)
  • Ear veins reading (mig pra brtag pa)
  • Eye veins reading (mig rtsa brtag pa)
  • Constitution examination (nyespa’i rang bzhin brtag pa)


Preventive methods
(nad sngon ‘gog gi thabs lam)

  • Three natural ways of life and related advice
  • Seasonal behavior and advice
  • General knowledge on nutrition
  • Dietetics: cooking and the use of spices
  • Constitution and wholesome and unwholesome diet
  • General food items (from the East and West)


External therapy (dpyad kyi bcos thabs)
Theory - the practice is taught during the workshops (TMcourse A)

  • Tibetan moxibustion (me rtsa’)
  • Hor-me therapy (hor-me)
  • Tibetan kun ye massage (bsku mnye)
  • Oil therapy (snum ‘chos)
  • Hot cupping therapy (me bum)
  • General fomentation  (dugs)
  • Warm salt fomentation (tsha dugs)
  • Warm pebbles fomentation (bshag ma’i dugs)
  • Warm earthen pot fomentation (rdza sros dugs)
  • Warm stone cold and warm fomentations (rdo dugs tsha grang gnyis)
  • Tibetan body/mind cleansing
  • Medicine Buddha meditation, visualization and mantra healing

 

Materia Medica  (sman rdzas kyi rig pa)

  • Materia Medica
  • Traditional Tibetan  herbal medicine products
  • Tibetan herbal products manufactured in the West

 

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3rd year: GENERAL AND SPECIFIC PATHOLOGIES
Prerequisite: 1st and 2nd year exams passed

Syllabus


General and specific pathologies
(nad spyi bye brag)

Humors disorders (nyes pa’i nad rigs)

  • Wind disorder (rlung gi nad)

•    Pre-wind disorder
•    General Wind disorder, pathogenesis, pathology, classification of the Wind disorders, diagnosis and therapies.

o    Nine specific and combined Wind disorders
o    Five sub-Wind disorders
o    Two combined Wind disorders
o    Two important common wind disorders

  • Bile disorder (mkhris pa’i nad)

•    Pre-Bile disorder
•    General Bile disorder, pathogenesis, pathology, classification of the Bile disorders, diagnosis and therapies.

o    Five specific Bile diseases
o    Five sub-Bile disorders
o    Two combined Bile disorders
 

  • Phlegm disorder (Badken gyi nad)

•    Pre-Phlegm disorder
•    General Phlegm disorder, pathogenesis, pathology, classification of the Phlegm disorders, diagnosis and therapies.

o    Five specific Phlegm disorders
o    Five sub-Bile disorders
o    Two combined Bile disorders

 

  • Synthesis of three humors treatment


Five vital organs disorders (don lna’i nad)

  • Heart disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Four specific heart disorders
  • Lungs disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Four specific lungs disorders
  • Liver disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Three specific liver disorders
  • Spleen disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Four specific spleen disorders
  • Kidney disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Five specific kidney disorders


Six hollow organs disorders (snod drug gi nad)

  • Stomach disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies
    • Five specific stomach disorders
  • Small intestine disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Three specific small intestine disorders
  • Large intestine disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Six specific large intestine disorders
  • Gall bladder disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Three specific gallbladder disorders
  • Bladder disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Three specific bladder disorders
  • Reproductive organs disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Women's disorders
    • Men's disorders

 

 

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