What is Bon Medicine? Analysing Narratives of Illness and Healing
International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter
Format: Newspaper Article
Publication Year: 2003
Place of Publication: Leiden University College
Source ID: shanti-sources-99461
Collection: Himalayan and Tibetan Medicine
Abstract: Tibetan medicine is recognized today as one of the world’s mostcomplex and sophisticated systems of medicine. Over the last 1300 years, Tibetan medical traditions have produced a vast corpus of literature analogous in complexity to the medical scholasticism of India, China, or Greece. Tibetan medical systems are practised widely today in the countries of Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia; in Tibetan populated areas of the People’s Republic of China; in parts of Russia (Kalmykia, Buryatia); and throughout India (Ladakh, Sikkim, and in Tibetan refugee settlements). The popularity and use of Tibetan medicine is growing in Europe, North America, and the Pacific Rim as well.