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the Healing Wisdom of Tibet
The spiritual side of the Tibetan
now well represented in the Western world. The Yuthog
aims to help fill in the other side of the picture.
Named for the
and healer Yuthog, who is known as the father of
Center will be a resource for learning, health care
Our living spiritual guide is Ogyen
Health Care -- If you wish to explore Tibetan medicine as an option for your own health care, by working with a Tibetan physician, please look below at the section on our Clinic in Springfield, MA.
Learning -- We hope to one day offer training in Tibetan medical theory, practice and research. Already our educational affiliate, Dharma Haven, offers a growing array of Web pages on the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of the healing traditions of Tibet. For those interested specifically in Tibetan medicine, good place to start might be our page titled
For a links to all our other pages that are directly related to health and healing from the perspective of Tibetan culture, look at the Web Resources section, later on this page.
Research -- In the realm of research, we have two main interests: We want to work on extending the Tibetan pharmacopea to include herbs that were not available in Tibet, and we will gladly cooperate in evaluation studies that respect the integrity of traditional Tibetan medical systems of diagnosis and treatment.
Whatever your reason for being here, please enjoy your visit with us.
Tibetan Medicine in Springfield,
Our physicians prefer to see someone in person at least twice -- with the second visit following a two-week period of taking the medicine prescribed -- to make sure that the prescription is producing the desired effect. (If no medicine is needed, no second visit is needed.) If visits to the clinic in Springfield are difficult, changes in the medication can sometimes be discussed by phone.
Our doctors are happy to collaborate with Western physicians and therapists.
If you want to learn more you could start with our Web pages about various aspects of Tibetan medicine. However, if you just want a good overview of what's involved in working with a Tibetan physician, we recommend this article:
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Dr. Jamyang Gyatso is an eighth-generation Tibetan physician, who began his studies of Tibetan methods of physical and spiritual healing with his family. His formal education led him to Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, where he graduated with dignity after nine years studying Buddhist philosophy, and then went on for further studies in medicine. Graduating at the top of his class from Men-Tse-Khang, he then persued advanced studies with the personal physicians of H.H. The Dalai Lama. Before coming to the U.S. he served for eight years as Chief Medical Officer at four different Tibetan medical centers in India. He was a representative at the International Congress on Alternative Medicine in 1998, and was awarded silver and gold medals, in 1996 and 1998, by the Board of Alternative Medicine in India for his work with cancer patients.
Nowadays he is
on mind, body and spirit in
Dr. Norzom Gyatso completed the full seven-year Tibetan medical training at Men-Tse-Khang before coming to the United States. She has been providing Tibetan medical diagnosis and treatment here for seven years. In addition to her training and experience, she brings to the practice a special rapport with women patients and children, and an excellent command of the English language.
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Because in-person diagnosis and follow
we will gladly recommend a Tibetan physician who lives
closer to the
Second, the patient can begin right away trying to improve the diet and to moderate habitual patterns of harmful behavior. Tibetan physicians generally consider working toward appropriate diet and behavior to be more important than herbal medicines and other treatments. Specifically, the doctor will probably ask you to cut out excessive consumption of alcohol and probably to reduce or eliminate coffee and tobacco, and possibly to reduce the fat and sugar in your diet, and you can get started on this right away. Also, it would be helpful to reduce involvement in stressful situations, especially chronic ones, and make sure to get enough rest. For more information on these and other recommendations see our page Tibetan Traditional Self Care.
If the patient is interested working with the spiritual aspect of the healing practice, learning to do the Medicine Buddha Meditation, or some other healing meditation would be very good. Also, family members or friends can do the meditation with the patient, or do it for them if you are not living nearby. For more information see our page Tibetan Healing Meditation.
Before the First Visit
Traditionally, on the day before the consultation the patient should eat or drink neither too much nor too little, and the food should be easy to digest -- not much raw or cold food, or very sweet or very greasy or very spicy food; the consumption of alcohol, coffee, tobacco and drugs should be omitted if possible. Likewise it helps to avoid strenuous physical exercise, and to make sure to get enough sleep. The purpose of all these guidelines is to help the doctor get a deep understanding of your health, unclouded by superficial disturbances.
If you could write down any symptoms or health problems that you have noticed, that might help you to remember them during the consultation.
Before going to sleep on the night before the appointment, prepare a clean glass jar with no label and a lid that doesn't leak. Collect a sample of the first urine after about 3 AM and bring it with you. It is best to try to catch the middle part of the stream -- let the urine flow for a few seconds before catching the sample, and stop collecting the urine before the end of the flow. A sample of 4 to 8 ounces in volume would be ideal.
Please don't eat anything or drink anything but water for one hour before the appointment, and give yourself time to relax after you get here, before the time of the appointment -- in other words, come early. The pulse analysis is more informative for the doctor after you have settled down. If you are driving across town, 15 minutes may be enough but if you are coming in on the train from New York, try to be here at least 30 minutes before your appointment. If you are coming from a long distance, involving more than three or four hours of travel, try to spend the night before your appointment here in Springfield.
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Revised on December 23, 2012
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