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Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) is a natural and holistic medical science, which addresses the individuals needs of body, mind and spirit, in an integrated way. Dating back to antiquity, TTM has a genesis, history and development of its own, rooted in the Tibetan landscape, the indigenous culture and the spirit of the Tibetan people. Traditional Tibetan Medicine contains a comprehensive philosophy, cosmology and system of subtle anatomy with associated spiritual practices. The aims of TTM are two-fold: PREVENTIVE ASPECTS. Prevention of illness through correct lifestyle and diet are fundamental to TTM. In this modern age, most chronic diseases arise as a result of imbalance of mental attitude, incorrect lifestyle and incorrect diet. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are well-known examples of this. CURATIVE ASPECTS. Once imbalance arises, overt disease becomes manifest. It then becomes necessary to re-create balance through working on the underlying causes and effects. This means, in the first instance, attending to dietary and lifestyle factors, and then secondly making use of herbal therapies and external therapies. WHAT IS MEANT BY BALANCE AND IMBALANCE? Balance refers to harmony between body, energy and mind. Of these, energy is the most important, as it is the vital link between body and mind. When this vitalizing energy becomes imbalanced, the physical body and the mind also lose their balance resulting in ill-health. Good balance results in a healthy body, a clear calm mind, and abundant energy. Imbalance arises as the effect of negative causes. In TTM, negative causes are classified as primary or secondary. Primary causes always arise from negative or destructive mental attitudes such as anger or aggression; lust, unhealthy attachment or desire, and ignorance. Secondary causes are the perpetuating factors such as incorrect diet and life style, or acute precipitating factors. Tibetan Medicine considers a healthy lifestyle to consist of an awareness of every moment of our lives – waking, sleeping, eating, sitting, walking. The environment should be suitable to each person’s typology – in particular, living in harmonious balance with nature. It is most essential to breathe fresh air, to have good light and to avoid extremes of temperature. It is important for the individual to allow time for activities such as meditation, breathing exercises and gentle yoga, in order to reduce physical and mental stress - which form the underlying cause for disease. According to Tibetan Medicine, individuals should be aware of their typology, in order to partake of a diet which helps to maintain balance. Diet can be adjusted for different types of imbalances according to whether the affliction is hot or cold in nature, or pathology according to the three Humors. There are certain important guidelines that lead to greater well-being and vitality: a nutritionally balanced, natural diet, low in fats and taking meat in moderation, with no extremes of taste such as highly sweetened or highly salted meals. Alcohol is advised in moderation. In modern life, fast-foods high in fats, pickled and preserved foods and drinks should be avoided, particularly in early years in order to prevent the onset of disease.
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Dr. Nida is a great authentic Tibetan doctor. He graduated from Lhasa Univercity and created International Sorig Univercity in 20 countries. His approach is very easy to learn and is optimized for Western people. Dr. Nida is a researcher and author. Dr. Anna Rozova is his Russian student. She is a herbalist and dietologist as well as a reabilitolog. Anna is a founder of a branch of International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine in Russia and a teacher. Author and translator.
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