Traditional Tibetan Medicine(TTM) is very unique and has a very long history which goes back to early man time. According to our medical history, the first disease was indigestion, the cause of disease was earth and the first medicine was boiled water. Until Buddhism came to Tibet, Bon traditional of healing and culture flourished all over the Tibet. Later when Buddhism came to Tibet, gradually it changed into very constructive approach. TTM has been derived from different healing systems from different countries like India, China, Persia and Turkistan but based on Buddhist philosophy and Bon healing system. Therefore it is a integrative and holistic healing system. Traditionally, it was taught through oral transmission and passing down through lineage holders. During 7th century when Yutog Yonten Gonpo who is known as the father of Tibetan Medicine compiled the fundamental medical text called “Gyudshi”. Since then until today Gyudshi is the fundamental text book for all Amchis(Tibetan Physician) who are studying or practicing Tibetan Medicine.
During fifth Dalai Lama, his regent Desi Sangay Gyatso established official medical school called “Chagpori Drophenling Dratsang” at Lhasa, Tibet in the year, 1696 where only monks can studies Tibetan Meidicine because it is very important to have spiritual practice. Then in the year, 1916, The thirteen Dalai Lama established “Men-Tsee-Khang” which is called “Tibetan Medical and Astrology Institute” in Lhasa, Tibet for public health care as well as even any lay people can study Tibetan Meidicne.
Unfortunately, in the year, 1959 Chinese invaded Tibet and completely destroyed Chagpori Medical College. Lhasa. Lhasa Men Tsee Khang is still there and benefiting many sentient beings but core teaching of spirituality is missing.
When HIs Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama came to India as a refugee, He re-established “Men-Tsee-Khang” in the year, 1961 at Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh in India and it has completed fifty years of service to humanity and has more than fifty branch clinics all over the world.
In the year, 1992 Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche who carries Chagpori lineage established “Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute“ at Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.
In the year, 2003 “Central Council For Tibetan Medicine” was founded by exiled Tibetan government in India at Dharamsala.
In the year, 2009, Indian government recognized Tibetan Medicine as a “Sowa Rigpa” which means the science of healing.