Tibet, the land of snow mountains, once an isolated secret kingdom, has a centuries old medicine system, called Sowa Riga, which means the Science of Healing. Once a monastic secret knowledge, the lineage of this system can be traced back to at least the first century AD and is still going strong today.
Physical illness from the Buddhist perspective, is closely bound with mental, social and spiritual illness. Disturbing emotions such as the three mental poisons of attachment, anger and closed-mindedness, are said to cause disharmony in bodily energies and can cause disease. For Buddhists, when the mind is liberated from ignorance and delusion, it is considered to be “free from disease.”
Tibetan medicine teaches that the purpose of life is to be happy. By using Tibetan medicine for self-care, it is possible to become aware of how your thoughts and behaviours influence your health and happiness. Tibetan medicine includes philosophy, science, and healing practices that can help create and maintain a healthy mind and body. It is a holistic mind body medicine from the roof of the world that makes use of rare herbs grown at high altitudes.