With a history going back approximately 2,500 years, the Tibetan medicine, known as Sowa Rigpa in the Tibetan language, is one of the world’s oldest known traditional medicine. It originally developed during the pre-Buddhist era in the kingdom known as Shang Shung. As a traditional medicine, the future development of Tibetan medicine in Western countries is linked to being recognized as a popular and viable healthcare option providing an alternative clinical reality. Its inherent ability to incorparate predictive diagnostics, targeted prevention, and the creation of individualized medical treatment give Tibetan medicine great potential for assessing and treating patients.

Tibetan medicine is an intricate medicine with a long history of treatment effectiveness. As this medicine begins to spread globally, as with Chinese, Indian Ayurvedic, and other traditional healing modalities, it is important to accurately inform as large an audience to its salient features. Primarily through alliance and collaboration with Western MDs, Tibetan medicine can express its principles in a clear and beneficial way. 


1. Tibetan medicine: a unique heritage of person-centered medicine

Paolo Roberti di Sarsina,corresponding author1,2,3,4 Luigi Ottaviani,5 and Joey Mella6

2. EPMA J. 2011 Dec; 2(4): 385–389.

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