Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine

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Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine is the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the triangular relationship among the Tibetan art and science of healing (Sowa Rigpa), Buddhism, and arts and crafts. This book is dedicated to the history, theory, and practice of Tibetan medicine, a unique and complex system of understanding body and mind, treating illness, and fostering health and well-being. Sowa Rigpa has been influenced by Chinese, Indian, and Greco-Arab medical traditions but is ...

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Overview

Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine is the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the triangular relationship among the Tibetan art and science of healing (Sowa Rigpa), Buddhism, and arts and crafts. This book is dedicated to the history, theory, and practice of Tibetan medicine, a unique and complex system of understanding body and mind, treating illness, and fostering health and well-being. Sowa Rigpa has been influenced by Chinese, Indian, and Greco-Arab medical traditions but is distinct from them. Developed within the context of Buddhism, Tibetan medicine was adapted over centuries to different health needs and climates across the region encompassing the Tibetan Plateau, the Himalayas, and Mongolia. Its focus on a holistic approach to health has influenced Western medical thinking about the prevention, diagnoses, and treatment of illness.

Generously illustrated with more than 200 images, Bodies in Balance includes essays on contemporary practice, pharmacology and compounding medicines, astrology and divination, history and foundational treatises. The volume brings to life the theory and practice of this ancient healing art.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Edward Rothstein
We get an even larger understanding of [Tibetan medicine]–including a discussion of contemporary Tibetan pharmacology, the history of Tibetan surgery and the global influence of Tibetan healing – in the imposing exhibition catalog, edited by Ms. Hofer.
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"Theresia Hofer, an anthropologist at the University of Oslo who specializes in this subject, has made effort to induct the unitiated. . . . that through the examination of such bowls, the study of the tongue's surfaces and minute attentiveness to variations in pulse, trained healers have made diagnoses for more than a millennium. . . . We get an even larger understanding-including a discussion of contemporary Tibetan pharmacology, the history of Tibetan surgery and the global influence osf Tibetan healing - in the imposing exhibition catalog, edited by Ms. Hofer." -Edward Rothstein, The New York Times, March 14, 2014
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295993591
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2014
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Theresia Hofer , an anthropologist, is the curator of the Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine exhibition and author of The Inheritance of Change: Transmission and Practice of Tibetan Medicine in Ngamring. Contributors include Pasang Yontan Arya, Sienna R. Craig, Gyurme Dorje, Yang Ga, Frances Garrett, Barbara Gerke, Janet Gyatso, Theresia Hofer, Knud Larsen, Katharina Sabernig, Martin Saxer, Geoffrey Samuel, Inger Vasstveit, and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim.

University of Washington Press

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