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On urine analysis and Tibetan medicine's connections with the West

By Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim


The 1979 study by Christopher Beckwith (“The Introduction of Greek Medicine into Tibet in the Seventh and Eight Centuries”) brought into light the significance of medical knowledge originating from the West within early Tibetan medicine. In this article I deal with one of the vast questions opened up by Beckwith’s article, namely: Can we trace any specific medical inputs from the Arab-Persian worlds within early Tibetan medicine? Focusing on one of the earliest extant texts of Tibetan medicine, the Lunar King (Sman dpyad zla ba rgyal po) in comparison with Ibn-Sina’s Canon of Medicine, I show that there is a remarkable similarity in their dealing with the inspection of urine as a method of diagnosis

Topics: B990, V240, V380
Publisher: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
Year: 2010
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