Tibetan Herbal Healing
Two thousand years ago the indigenous people of Tibet had a traditional medical system and like the medical systems of most indigenous people it was connected to the native spiritual system; in the case of Tibet this was the Bön religion. Over several centuries medical knowledge was incorporated from the Indian Ayurvedic, the Chinese system, and the medical systems of Hellenic Greece and Persia. In addition this system incorporated the Buddhist thought that was also introduced during that time. Tibetan medicine has existed in its present form for over one thousand years.
In Buddhist thought, all suffering and hence all illness is caused by the three poisons: attachment, anger and ignorance. Dr. Yeshi Donden remarked that "the root [of illness] is beginningless ignorance" and that "ignorance is with us like our own shadow . . . even if we think that we are in very good health, actually we have had the basic cause of illness since beginningless time"
The basic theory of Tibetan medicine is to keep in balance the humors which are rLung (pronounced loong), mKhris-pa and Bad-kan. In English these are generally translated as wind, bile, and phlegm.
Diagnosis is done by observation and an interview of the patient, taking of pulses, examination of urine and feces and examination of the tongue.
Treatment can include consultations on life style and diet, recommendations of mantras and meditation, moxabustion (burning of the herb mugwort), the use of supplements and massage with specially formulated herbal oil and occasionally acupuncture.
The Tibetan physician focuses her attention on spiritual factors even in the treatment of the simplest illnesses. Every Tibetan physician vows to "regard medicine as an offering to the Medicine Buddha and all other medicine deities" and considers her "medical instruments as holy objects". Even the pharmaceuticals, which are mixtures of vegetable, animal and mineral compounds, are prepared with meticulous attention to religious ritual.
Keyzom Bhutti Phunkyil was conferred the title Amjee upon graduation from the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India in 1972. She was the chief physician at the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Darjeeling for 25 years until she moved to The U.S. to join her husband. She now practices in the Boston, Massachusetts area. In 1988 she received the Menrampa degree (T. M. D)
In recognition of her dedicated service of over 25 years in the field of Tibetan Medicine, Amjee Bhutti received the Senior Physicians Award. In 1995 she received The Shiromani Award and in 1997 the Award of Excellence, at the third and fifth International Congress, respectively, of the All India board of Alternative Medicines in Calcutta, India.
In 1988 the Tibetan government in exile organized a tour to France, Belgium, England, Austria and the United States by Amjee Bhutti and Dr.Tenzin Chodak, senior personal physician to H.H. The Dalai Lama. In 1990 she was invited to Holland to conduct consultations and clinics.
Tibetan medicine has been particularly successful in its treatment of chronic diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis, ulcers, chronic digestive problems, asthma, hepatitis, eczema, liver problems, sinus problems, anxiety and problems connected with the nervous system.
Tibetan Herbal-Mineral Supplements include up to several dozen carefully selected ingredients. These are combined according to classical formulas to balance out all except for a single potency aimed at correcting a specific type of energy imbalance with no side-effects.
Tibetan Herbal Healing LLC.
13 Harrison Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: (617) 718-9131, Fax (617) 718-2126
Dr. Bhutti is also available to go to other locations for short periods to
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