Traditional Tibetan Medicine Dharamsala

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Tibetan Medicine

One man has traveled to Dharamsala for more than 10 years to see Tibetan physician, Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, after being given 3 weeks to live by his western doctors.

As more and more people become aware of the effectiveness of Tibetan Medicine, they visit Tibetan physicians who are now established in many countries around the world.

Those who have the opportunity, come to Dharamsala to visit Dr. Dhonden's Clinic, the Dr. Lobsang Dolma Khangsar Memorial Clinic, and Men-Tsee-Khang (the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, TMAI) and its branch clinics.

Visiting a Tibetan Doctor

If you wish to see Dr. Dhonden or another Tibetan physician, it is best to avoid spicy foods, coffee, black tea, and alcohol the night before. Then the first thing to do in the morning, is get a sample of the first urine. Next go to the clinic between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM and pick up a number to obtain your place in line. Depending on your number, go back to the clinic between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. Keep in mind that on especially busy days, the numbers may be all gone by 7:00 AM. The clinic closes for lunch around noon time for about 30 minutes, and is closed on Sunday.


The doctor, or "amchi," will observe the patient, observe the quality of the urine, read the 12 pulses which act as messenger between doctor and patient, and ask questions to discover as much as possible about the patient's current medical condition.

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The patient may receive advice regarding diet and lifestyle, an external treatment, and/or a prescription for Tibetan herbal medicine to be taken three to four times a day.

If you'll be staying in Dharamsala for a while, you'll return to the clinic once a week for follow up visits. When you're ready to leave, you'll most likely receive a two month supply of Tibetan Medicinal Herbs to take with you, then you can order additional supplies to be mailed to you as needed.

Amchi Tala, Traditional Doctor in Tibet

"Amchi Tala, a Tibetan doctor, holding precious medical books in a remote region of Western Tibet: the 'Gyu Shi' ('Four Tantras'), the fundamental Tibetan medical classic written in the 12th century, and a manuscript on compounding medicines, written by previous generations of Amchi Tala's medical family." Theresia Hofer, photographer-anthropologist

The Roots of Tibetan Medicine

The roots of Tibetan Medicine run deep in Tibetan culture and are the result of thousands of years of development and integration of the major medical systems of the ancient world. Tibetans have created a unique holistic system drawing on and blending the medical traditions of Tibet with those of India, China, Persia, and Greece (much as western medicine has its roots in the Arabic, Greek, and Persian traditions).

The Tibetan Medical system is at once a science, art, and philosophy, acknowledging needs of the individual as a whole, encompassing body, mind and spirit.

The science of this Traditional Tibetan System is grounded in a wealth of knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, embryology, and pathology. It has developed a complete system of diagnosis and treatment, an extensive herbal pharmacopoeia, and a vast body of medical literature, including its volumes on Tibetan Psychiatry, the oldest surviving and complete written system of medical psychiatry.

Over time, as the effectiveness of Tibetan medicine became known throughout central Asia, Tibet became known as the “country of medicine” and the “land of medicine plants.”

Dr. Yeshi Dhonden Clinic

  • Monday - Saturday - Pick up token 6:00 - 10:00 (token pick up provided as courtesy to Snow Crest guests)
  • Clinic Hours Monday - Saturday 9:30 - 2:30
  • Closed on Sunday
  • +91 1892 221763 or +91 1892 221461

Dr. Lobsang Dolma Khangkar Memorial Clinic

  • +91 1892 221668

Men-Tse-khang | Tibetan Medical & Astro, Institute

  • +91 1892 21484

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