Traditional Tibetan medicine teaches that since ignorance is regarded as the primary cause of all suffering, healing begins with insight into the sources of our distress. By sensitizing ourselves to become aware of subtle imbalances in the body’s energy patterns and attending to seasonal influences, circumstances and behavior that could otherwise result in disease can largely be avoided.
The basic text of Tibetan Medicine is called the “Four Tantras”, and this thangka concerns the methods of diagnosis outlined in the First Tantra or “Root Tantra”. The first main branch (diagnosis by visual observation) breaks into two, with the branches on the lower left showing how the tongue reveals states of imbalance in the three bodily humours, while the upper branch indicates the methods used in analysing urine. The central branch (pulsology) illustrates palpitation of the pulse, the primary diagnosis technique in Tibetan medicine. The third stem (inquiry) is subdivided into three additional branches, each illustrating the symptoms and curative regimens for diseases of the three humours. As with the other tree diagrams, the blue leaves represent rlung (air), the yellow mkhris-pa (fire) and the white bad-kan (earth and water).
Size: 33-38cm x 25-29cm