• Tibetan medicine: Traditional Tibetan medical system is one of the ancient medical systems that have an unbroken medical tradition until today. It has been practiced for several centuries in the Himalayan regions, in Bhutan, Mongolia and Russia after the influence of Tibetan culture spread to these countries. Tibetan medicine today is popular all over the world in treating all kinds of chronic diseases. Tibetan medicine is a complete medical system that uses only natural and herbal remedies and treats every individual patient as a unique person. Tibetan physician uses pulse diagnosis, urine diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, iris diagnosis and physical energies to find out the root cause of disease. Tibetan physicians prescribe diet, lifestyle changes, herbal remedies and other accessory therapies to heal the patient. Tibetan medicine is a complementary medical system that is compatible with other forms of treatment. It is completely safe without any adverse effect. However, adherence to physician advice is very important for a successful treatment.

    What is Tibetan medicine?

    Now some may think that Tibetan medicine is just a philosophy, which has no scientific tendencies. So what is Tibetan medicine? Is it the same case as above thinking? Tibetan medicine is a science; art and philosophy that provide a holistic approach to health care.

    1. It is a “Science” because its principles are enumerated in a systematic and logical frame. Work based on an understanding of the body and it’s relationship to the environment.
    2. It is an “Art” because its diagnostic techniques are based on the creativity, insight, subtlety and compassion of the medical practitioner.
    3. It is a “Philosophy” because it embraces the key Buddhist principles of altruism, karma and ethics.

    Buddhist philophy states that everything in the universe is in a constant state of flux that all phenomenons are characterized by impermanence, and that the only permanent feature is impermanence itself. As Buddha said.” No matter whether perfect beings arise or not, it remains a fact, and a hard necessity of existence, that all creations are transitory. “It is this impermanence that causes each and every being to suffer at one stage or another.

    Suffering is thus not accidental but spring’s from a specific cause, whether from this life or a previous life. Only through proper learning and the genuine practice of Dharma from the vicious cycle of suffering.



    1. The official Recognition of Sowa-Rigpa; Tibetan Medicine has been proceed from year 2007 after the constitution of Panel of Expert by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
    2. May 2008, the Panel of Expert submitted a report of total p.425 to the Union Cabinet of India.
    3. September 10, 2009, Union Cabinet approved The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2009 for amending the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970.
    4. December 16, 2009, Ministry of Health &Family Welfare has released a Year End Review-2009 in which recognition of Sowa-Rigpa has been put up.
    5. April 23,2010,Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad ;the Ministry of Health &Family Welfare introduced the bill to amend IMCC Act.1970 to the Rajya Sabha
    6. Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee was formed in the year 2010.
    7. July 21, 2010, Officials from Sowa-Rigpa were call for meeting and discussion.
    8. August 11, 2010, Standing Committee with a total 31 member (10members from Rajya Sabha, 21 from Lok Sabha) presented their report (p.32) to the Parliament.
    9. August 25, 2010, Debate on amendment of IMCC Act.1970 were held in Rajya Sabha and finally passed the bill.
    10. August 31, 2010, Debates on amendment of IMCC Act.1970 were held in Lok Sabha and finally passed the bill.
    11. The Parliament of India Finally assigned the amendment of IMCC Act. 1970 which is the Parliament Act. No.43 of Year 2010.
    12. September 26, 2010 The Parliament received the assent of the President.
    13. September 27, 2010, The Gazette of India, Ministry of Law and Justice officially published the IMCC (Amendment) Act, 2010 by which the Recognition of Sowa-Rigpa, (Tibetan Medicine) came into legal frame.