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A clear mirror of tibetan medicinal plants

Doctor Dawa

Editeur - Casa editrice

Tibet Domani

  Asia
Tibet
Ladakh

Anno - Date de Parution

1999

Pagine - Pages

320

Lingua - language - langue

eng

Curatore

Linda Moore


A clear mirror of tibetan medicinal plants  

This book has been compiled based on Dri-Med Shel-Phreng, a renowned work on Tibetan medical herbs authored by Deu-Mar Geshe Tenzin Phuntsok and other works in which the tastes, inherent qualities and digestive principles of the medicinal plants have been described in accordance with the Four Medical Tantras. In addition to these, the book has been supplemented with features of modern methodology employed and a general description of basic knowledge about identification of herbal plants, the time and seasons for plucking places where these may be found, and the process of drying, cleansing and the techniques of composing these as ingredients for the preparation of various medicines before their inherent qualities to cure disorders of different nature are dissolved. Also, the seven principles of preparing medicines have been explained here-in. The illustrations of each and every single medicinal plant, it shoud be emphasized here, is not just a representation of mere speculation and artistic beauty of the author but are a result of Doctor Dawa's personal findings or tireless research carried out in the Himalayan regions such as in Lahaul, Spiti, Rothang, Nyung-ti, Solokhumbu, and the valley of the Flowers in the Garhwal Hills as well in the southern hills of Bylakuppe, Mysore and others. It is hoped that this book will become and indispensable manual for those who practice and study Tibetan Medicine.

We sincerely thank the Ethic Bank of Italy who made this editorial project possible.

Men-Tsee-Khang Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

Message

The traditional Tibetan medical system, one of the five major studies of Tibet, is an ancient science. Still today, this medical system benefits a large number of human beings. Most of the ingredients used in the Tibetan pharmacology are natural herbs. The knowledge of identifying and using these herbs is passed on by experienced medical teachers through practical training. However, these days it is becoming difficult to identify these herbs correctly. At the same, many people have begun to show special interest in the natural herbs. At such a time, a junior sMan-Rampa Pa, Doctor Dawa, has brought out a book, which contains detailed descriptions of the physical structures, colours, taste, efficacies and habitats of different Tibetan medicinal herbs. I am happy with his effort and pray that his book goes a long way in alleviating the numerous ailments and sufferings of human beings.
His Holiness the Fourtheenth Dalai Lama



Biografia

The author of the book A Clear Mirror of Tibetan Medicinal Plants, Doctor Dawa (Gyalpo Dawa, a Tibetan Physician, was born in Lhasa in 1958. He graduated from Lhasa Medical College with distinction in 1975. He underwent varying periods of apprenticeship in the Departments of Internal Medicine, External Medicine and Pharmacology at the college. In 1976, he became a member of the Research Committee of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. In 1980 he completed his training at the Institute of Medicinal Research and the School of Botanical Art of Central Health Department of China. In 1983 he performed with distinction during the Fifth Ground final examination on Identification of Medicinal constituents at Lhasa Medical College. Doctor Dawa escaped into India from Lhasa in July 1988. His Holiness advised Doctor Dawa to continue and complete his project and impressed upon the Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute to provide every support Doctor Dawa. This book is a product of four years of hard work and research. Presently, the author is working on the second volume of this series.