Dr. Yangbum Gyal

History of Tibetan Medicine: Past and Present


Tibetan medicine is one of the world’s oldest known medical traditions. It is an integral part of the Tibetan culture and has developed throughout many centuries.

In an age where a growing proportion of people are turning to healing through natural processes or alternative medicines, surveys show that at the present time, at least one-third of the people of America use alternative medicines in some form or other. One of the growing holistic approaches to health care or alternative medicine in the West is the Tibetan science of healing.

In that perspective, this lecture will offer a comprehensive survey of how Tibetans developed their ideas about and experiences of health, disease, and medicine. In addition, Dr. Gyal will discuss how the application of Tibetan medicine is changing due to the modern technology and discoveries.