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EPMA J. 2011 Dec;2(4):385-9. doi: 10.1007/s13167-011-0130-x. Epub 2011 Nov 12.

Tibetan medicine: a unique heritage of person-centered medicine.

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Expert for Non-conventional medicine, High Council of Health, Ministry of Health, Rome, Italy ; Observatory and Methods for Health, Universtity of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy ; Charity "Association for Person Centred Medicine", Bologna, Italy ; Via Siepelunga 36/12, 40141 Bologna, Italy.


With a history going back approximately 2,500 years, the Tibetan medicine, known as Sowa Rigpa in the Tibetan language, is one of the world's oldest known traditional medicine. It originally developed during the pre-Buddhist era in the kingdom known as Shang Shung. As a traditional medicine, the future development of Tibetan medicine in Western countries is linked to being recognized as a popular and viable healthcare option providing an alternative clinical reality. Its inherent ability to incorparate predictive diagnostics, targeted prevention, and the creation of individualized medical treatment give Tibetan medicine great potential for assessing and treating patients.

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