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Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine

Rubin Museum of Art

The Art of Tibetan Medicine is the first comprehensive and illustrated book dedicated to the history, theory, and practice of Tibetan Medicine.

Tibetan medicine is a unique and complex system of understanding body and mind, treating illness, and fostering health and well-being. The Sowa Rigpa, or “the Science of Healing,” as Tibetans call it, has been influenced by Chinese, Indian, and Greco-Arab medical traditions but is distinct from them. Tibetan Medicine developed within the context of Buddhism and 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 diagnoses and treatment of illnesses.  

The book, which is generously illustrated with over 200 images, includes essays by ten experts in the field. The volume brings to life the theory and diversity of this ancient healing art.

Theresia Hofer, Editor

With contributions by Pasang Yontan Arya, Sienna R. Craig, Gyurme Dorje, Yang Ga, Frances Garrett, Barbara Gerke, Knud Larsen, Katharina Sabernig, Geoffrey Samuel, Martin Saxer, Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, and Inger Vasstveith


PublishedRubin Museum of Art, New York in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle and London (March 2014)

Format: HC, 325 pages

Product Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 1.25 inches 

ISBN: 978-0-295-99359-1




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