Thorough medical diagnosis is essential for the effective treatment of any disease. To use a mechanical analogy – when your car begins malfunctioning, making strange sounds, or flashing the dashboard warninglight, you instinctively start to analyze the problem. Ifyou are not a car expert or unable to diagnose or fix theissue yourself, you will undoubtedly seek the assistance of a good auto mechanic, who has the ability, tools, and diagnostic equipment to identify the problem. The autorepair specialist will, after proper diagnosis, affect thenecessary repairs or replacements to bring your vehi- cle into good working order.
While the foregoing automobile example may be helpful as an analogy, the intricate, interrelated, living organism that is the human body is a much more complex instrument than a car. Diagnosis of the human bodyis not only mechanical or scientific as Dr. Nida outlinesin his interview, but could be treated as an art. One must not only possess intimate anatomic and physiological knowledge of all bodily functions; but also have trust and experience in non-measurable factors like intuition and good judgement in achieving an accurate diagnosis.Therefore, diagnosis should not be confined to the evaluation of physical symptomology, it must also include evaluation of a person’s psychological health and mental state.
Presented in this Sowa Rigpa Journal volume 3, is an interesting article from the Patrick Celka and his team comparing the measurement of the pulse using modern digital instruments to the methodology used in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. You can also read about the depth of urine diagnosis by Patrice Richard and the application of diagnostic principles for animals by a veterinary doctor Alice Leorin!
Included as well is a presentation of case studies from Ukrainian gastroenterologist Yaroslav Galyan, comparingWestern and Tibetan medical findings, and the results areinspiring to see! Elena Shirshova discusses her extensive work on brain and nervous diseases. And Dr. Arbuzov explains the importance of determining the most accu- rate translation of medical texts, as it impacts the under- standing and application of Sowa Rigpa.
As always, an excerpt from the original source of Sowa Rigpa studies – the Four Medical Tantras and an article on herbs in daily life, can be found.
I hope it helps you broaden your perspective on Sowa Rigpa’s science and art of diagnosis.
Dr. Anastazja Holecko,