Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine!
The Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine is presented to you as a joint activity of Ngak Mang Institute and the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine.
The aim of the Journal is to popularise Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) in the West, showing it as a holistic system of diagnosis and treatment which can successfully function in modern societies.The Journal presentsTTM in an accessible and scientific way through the widest range of topics – from history to diagnostic methods, from pharmacology through to modern research. The Journal is addressed to all individuals and groups interested in Tibetan medicine – professio- nals and non-professionals alike.
May it bring benefit to countless beings! – Anastazja Mialo, Editor –
Editorial – East meets West
In this first edition of the Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, it seems fitting to explore the topic of East meets West: Traditional Tibetan Medicine with its ancient roots – a living medical science and healing art – and its interface with the modern Western world.
The Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine is aimed towards both a general-interest readership, as well as to serious students of Tibetan Medicine.To this end, the contributors have been drawn from a variety of diciplines, in order to give the topic as varied a coverage as possible.
In our inaugural edition, an insightful interview with Dr Nida Chenagtsang sheds some light on the transition of Tibetan Medicine from East to West; a very thought-provoking and well-resear- ched article from Dr Herbert Schwabl outlines the rigorous scientific and regulatory scrutiny that Tibetan medicinal products must undergo prior to their marketing approval in the West, specifically on the Continent.An erudite article by Dr Colin Millard outlines recent endeavours on the regulation of Herbal products, specific to Tibetan Medicine, in the United Kingdom and Europe.
In each edition of the Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, we hope to present articles on practical aspects of Tibetan Medicine.This time we focus on external therapies: Daniela Crucitti has culled some valuable information on the practice of Hor Me; Jenny McAuliffe is interviewed on Ku Nye Tibetan Massage. In the next edition, we will be pursuing our theme of integrating Tibetan Medicine into the West, and will follow our exploration of external therapies.
Other regular columns will be: Plants and the Tibetan Pharmacopaeia, Modern Research in Tibetan medicine, as well as our Feature Articles which will vary from one edition to the next.
We are also very proud to introduce to you the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM).The IATTM organises international training courses throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA, as well as collaborating with Traditional Tibetan Medicine hospitals for special courses.The mission of the IATTM is to ensure the integrity and authenticity of Traditional Tibetan Medicine teachings, as well as to keep the spirit of Traditional Tibetan Medicine alive and functioning effectively in the modern world.
We do hope that you find this first edition of the Traditional Tibetan Medicine Journal inte- resting and enjoyable.
– Dr Maria Locsei, Managing Editor-
Format A4, monochromatic, 44 pages