East meets West – Towards Integration
I’m extremely glad to present to you the second issue of theTTM Journal.We are happy to say that we have had a very positive response for the first edition of the TTM journal; this gives us a great inspiration for the continuation of our work.
IATTM is an academic and professional organization for the practice ofTraditionalTibetan Medicine. It provides great support for the worldwide development and progression of TTM, helping its many branches grow globally, while maintaining its authenticity and traditions.We can see clearly, down the unique path of TTM, that IATTM is a great golden bridge between east and west,
ATTM Germany is the main branch focussing on the progression of TTM in German speaking countries, in collaboration with ATTM Austria and ATTM Switzerland.We provide academic education by offering seminars, conferences, exhibitions and media liaison.
This is a great opportunity to express my thanks to our supporters and sponsors and all readers of TTMJ. Our hope is that this journal can help to realise the authentic transmission of Traditional Tibetan Medicine into the west, and to preserve and strengthen its integrity.
Traditional Tibetan Medicine has its own origin and has developed over many centuries and many generations.This knowledge of natural medical is one of the oldest in the world. It is amazing that it’s still functioning in modern societies, contributing a great benefit in the fields of health and balance for many people worldwide.We hope that this Journal will give the rea- deraclearunderstandingofthissimpleandabsolutelynaturalscienceofTraditionalTibetan Medicine. In issues to come we will continue to explore and present different aspects of TTM.
I would like to acknowledge the help of all the people who have supported and sustained our activities, without their efforts we never would be able to bring this journal to you.
My wish and prayer is that Tibetan Medicine will continue to grow and develop globally to help the many people who are in need.
My best regards and wishes to all of you.
– Prof Dr Jörg Riecke,
president of ATTM Deutschland e.V.-
Editorial – East meets West: Towards Integration
Welcome to the second issue of the Journal ofTraditionalTibetan Medicine!
Here we pursue the concept of Integration:Traditional medicine and modern culture, natural medicine and pharmacology, scientific enquiry and the art of healing; the ways in which the living tradition ofTibetan Medicine can most effectively be integrated into ourWestern lifestyle and understanding.
A searching interview with Dr Nida Chenagtsang explores some of the challenges faced by doctors of Tibetan Medicine; naturopath Thomas Dunkenberger gives practical suggestions as to how certain aspects ofTibetan medicine can be incorporated byWestern practitioners; midwife Anu Rootalu documents her clinical experience with Ku Nye.
In this issue, we also address a unique feature of Tibetan medicines: the fact that most medicines contain a multiplicity of ingredients, which appear to have a reinforcing and synergistic effect. An interesting article by Dr Jürgen Aschoff describes the use of such a multi-component Tibetan ‘Jewel Pill’ in a clinical context; a fascinating article by Dr Herbert Schwabl shows the powerful antioxidant effects of certain medicinal components and elaborates the theory that Tibetan multi-compound medicines act upon multiple targets, with far-reaching effects.
We hope that this information will allow you to delve deeper into the joys, mysteries, science and applications of Tibetan Medicine. May all of our endeavours bring benefit to countless beings!
Dr Maria Locsei,
Format A4, monochromatic, 36 pages