Tibetan Ayurveda: Health Secrets from the Roof of the World

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 1, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 255 pages
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Discover the four levels of traditional Tibetan healing science with this preventive health care manual for people of any age, culture, and physical type.

• Includes material on little-known therapies such as Pancha Karma and Kum Nye, as well as guidelines for nutrition, longevity, detoxification, and meditation.

• Author has studied with many of the best-known Tibetan and Ayurvedic physicians alive today.

Tibetan medicine was probably the first truly integrated system of ancient healing science. From the seventh to the tenth centuries, Tibetan kings encouraged physicians from India, China, Nepal, Persia, and Greece to teach their traditional medical sciences to Tibetan physicians, who at that time were primarily influenced by Ayurveda and shamanic healing modalities. This cross-cultural marriage of the greatest healing traditions makes Tibetan medicine ideally adaptable to Western health needs.

Tibetan Ayurveda provides a comprehensive guide to the four levels of traditional Tibetan medicine with a wealth of traditional health practices and teachings. Much of the contemporary material on Tibetan medicine focuses solely on herbal medicine and acupuncture; Tibetan Ayurveda goes beyond these to look at other important forms of treatment such as Pancha Karma for detoxification and rejuvenation and Kum Nye for integrating mind and body. A self-profile test is included to allow readers to determine their own health needs and embark on the path toward realizing their full potential for health and well-being.
 

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Contents

SELFEVALUATION
25
RangZhin Our Blueprint for WellBeing
28
HOW TO SCORE THE FOUR TESTS
33
STATURE AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
35
GENERAL SYMPTOMS
37
TIBETAN PERSONALITY PROFILE
41
SPECIFIC SYMPTOMS OBSERVED OVER TIME
47
USING THE CONSTITUTIONAL TYPE AS A GUIDE
50
HYGIENE
124
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE AND PRACTICES
125
SPIRITUAL PRACTICES CULTIVATING TRUE HEALTHINESS
131
SEASONAL BEHAVIOR
133
OCCASIONAL BEHAVIOR
137
MEDITATION AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
141
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
143
MEDITATION ON EQUANIMITY
144

NUTRITIONAL PRACTICES
53
TASTES
55
QUANTITIES OF FOOD
56
SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS
57
FOOD SELECTION AND PREPARATION
58
FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE SIX CONSTITUTIONS
60
Nutritional Practices for the TrIPAtype Constitution
63
Nutritional Practices for the BEKANtype Constitution
66
Combination Nyepa Constitutions
69
FOOD COMBINING
73
FOOD QUALITY AND SPECIAL FOOD GROUPS
75
Water and Air
79
Vitamins Herbs and Super Foods
81
Tibetan Urine Testing for Supplements and Medicines
83
TIBETAN PRECIOUS PILLS
85
DIGESTIVE FIRE
89
ASSESSING NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMS
92
EXERCISE
93
EXERCISE FOR THE LUNG CONSTITUTION
95
EXERCISE FOR THE BEKAN CONSTITUTION
96
TIBETAN TAI CHI AND CHI KUNG
97
TIBETAN CHI KUNG
99
KUM NYE
100
TIBETAN REJUVENATION EXERCISES
102
YANTRA YOGA
112
RELAXATION THERAPY
113
SKILLFUL BEHAVIOR
119
GENERAL BEHAVIOR DAILY PRACTICES
120
SLEEP
121
HEALING MEDITATION
147
INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL ORIENTATION
153
DEALING WITH PROBLEMS ARISING IN MEDITATION
161
DETOXIFICATION AND REJUVENATION
165
LEN NGA Pancha Karma THERAPY
166
The Techniques
167
Massage and Steam Hydrotherapy
168
The Five Actions
170
NETRA BASTI
179
SHIRO DHARA
183
TAILORING A GENERAL LEN NGA THERAPY REGIMEN FOR YOU
186
REJUVENATION
188
A LEN NGA THERAPY CASE HISTORY
190
TIME AND PLACE
195
SETTING AND GEOMANCY
196
TIMING AND ASTROLOGY
198
THE ELEMENTS
203
AMBIENCE AND SOCIAL SUPPORT
212
EGO AND SUFFERING A BUDDHIST VIEW
215
THEORY OF THE THREE NYEPAS
223
A CONCISE MEDITATION ON MEDICINE BUDDHA
227
MEWAS AND BUDDHIST SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
230
NOTES
232
GLOSSARY
237
BIBLIOGRAPHY
239
RESOURCES
242
INDEX
245
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Health Secrets from the Roof of the World

Acknowledgments
Preface
Foreword by Dr. Lobsang Rapgay
Introduction
1. Self-Evaluation
2. Nutritional Practices
3. Exercise
4. Skillful Behavior
5. Meditation and Spiritual Practice
6. Detoxification and Rejuvenation
7. Time and Place
Appendix One: Ego and Suffering: A Buddhist View
Appendix Two: Theory of the Three Nyepas
Appendix Three: A Concise Meditation on Medicine Buddha
Appendix 4. Mewas and Buddhist Spiritual Practice
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Resources
Index

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