In this remarkable contemporary presentation of the theory and practice of Tibetan medicine, Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, twenty years the personal physician of H. H. the Dalai Lama, draws from over fifty years of practicing and teaching this ancient tradition of healing. This volume vividly presents a series of lectures Dr. Dhonden gave before a group of health care professionals at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. This lecture series was presented during the planning stages of a research project at the University of California San Francisco to test Dr. Dhonden’s medical treatment for metastatic breast cancer. (This research project caught the interest of NBC’s Dateline, which filmed an hour-long documentary of it that aired in January 2000.) Dr. Dhonden elucidates the holistic Tibetan medical view of health and disease, referring to traditional Tibetan medical sources as well as his own experiences as a doctor practicing in Tibet India and numerous countries throughout Europe and America. His presentation is delightfully complemented by many anecdotes drawing from the ancient lore of popular folk medicine in Tibet. For health care professionals, anthropologists, historians of medicine, medical ethicists, and the general public interested in Tibetan medicine, this book is a fascinating contribution by one of the foremost practitioners of Tibetan medicine in the modern world.
“I am very happy to learn about the publication of Dr. Yeshi Dhonden’s book on Tibetan medicine—Dr. Dhonden is one of the most experienced practitioners of this system.” —H. H. the Dalai Lama
“For anyone interested in Tibetan medicine specifically and naturopathic healing in general, Healing from the Source is an impressive and precious record of the treatment system he has successfully applied over many years and includes his own story and experience as a physician.” —Georg Feuerstein, PhD, author ofThe Deeper Dimension of Yoga
“An interesting collection of writings on Tibetan medical information we can all learn from, which focuses on the health and healing of the human condition unlike Western medical technology, which treats the diagnosis and often depersonalizes the patient.” —Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles
“Dr. Dhonden demonstrates an encyclopedic grasp of his topic while also being accessible on a personal level. Many personal anecdotes (often quite humorous) are effective at providing a broader and humanizing context to his detailed knowledge.” —ForeWord Magazine