Tibetan Dur Bön Medicine

Thousands of years before the birth of Buddhism, Tibetan Dur Bön Medicine was an established system throughout Tibet and Central Asia. It uses medical, psychological and dietary methods to treat physical illness, injury, psychological and emotional problems or major life upheavals and collapse, along with what is known as energetic imbalance.

Tibetan Dur Bön medicine views illness or emotional challenge as an opportunity to learn how to achieve a successful, happy and obstacle-free life.

Think of your health as an imprinted map of where you are; where you have come from and a powerful indicator of where you may be going. Your lifestyle, ways of thinking, feelings and behaviours all influence your quality of life. Good health comes from inner wellbeing that expresses your physical, emotional and spiritual balance (whatever you consider ’spiritual’ to be). Health and its definition is uniquely personal, so what is considered good for one person may not be for another. But it makes sense that the greater your wellbeing, the wiser and more stable your everyday life will be.

Having trained in Tibetan Dur Bön medicine since childhood, the three main areas I treat encompass: physical illness, emotional and psychological conditions, and energetic issues. Here is a brief summary of each…

Physical illness

To help you become healthy and stay well after illness or injury, Tibetan Dur Bön Medicine uses a variety of profound healing methods such as:

  • pulse diagnosis and urine analysis
  • Tibetan acupuncture and dietary therapy
  • herbal and mineral medicines
  • therapeutic mental exercises for chronic and acute conditions
  • exercise systems for muscle, nerve and bone damage

As my sessions take place online, I use a special form of pulse diagnosis that traditionally diagnosed a patient’s condition if they were unable to visit a physician of Tibetan medicine in person. My 29 diagnostic questions are also highly effective and accurate in getting to the root of any problems.

There are also some Tibetan emotional and mental therapeutic exercises that you do between our regular two-hour sessions. They have proved highly effective when other conventional medical approaches haven’t worked, and have helped my clients manage and heal the following:

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Tinnitus
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Migraine
  • Headaches
  • Head and neck injuries that haven’t responded to other treatments
  • Chronic Injury
  • Recurring pain and infections
  • Muscle and nerve damage
  • Long-term poor health
  • Digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease
  • Sleep problems

Emotional and Psychological

Our thoughts and feelings greatly influence our private inner and outer worlds. If you’re suffering emotional crisis or suddenly experience the effects of extreme emotional pain there are traditional Tibetan mental exercises that can help reduce anxiety and the intensity, both in the short and long-term. Past clients have found these exercises particularly helpful in resolving the following:

  • Anxiety and fear
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Jealousy and anger
  • Mood swings
  • Bankruptcy
  • Betrayal
  • Persecution and harassment
  • Experience of crisis and catastrophe
  • Recurring nightmares and unsettling dreams
  • Traumatic experience, memories and beliefs
  • Shock and breakdown caused by violence and conflict
  • Emotional pain caused by environmental causes, earthquakes, floods, etc.
  • Phobias, mania
  • Procrastination
  • Burnout
  • Loss of energy, motivation and direction in life
  • Difficulty with living in the present or feeling trapped in the past

Energetic conditions

Life can suddenly change or explode without warning. Sometimes we can see the warning signs, but still don’t know what to do. You may feel afraid, fragile and imagine how easily things can fall apart. The experience is often uncomfortable and overwhelming.

Sometimes it creeps up on us that the lifestyle we currently have no longer makes us happy and fulfilled. We can also find ourselves in situations that whatever we do, nothing changes. Or we leap from misfortune to misfortune with nowhere, or no one, to turn to.

Often, I have clients who find themselves stuck in a dead-end job – which causes them great hardship, emotionally and physically. Others have felt eroded by their circumstances: being harassed and bullied at work or at home, for example.

With me as your guide, I will help you find the mind-body-spirit balance that’s been knocked out of kilter by what Tibetan medicine refers to as ‘energetic conditions’.

I use traditional Tibetan mental exercises and visualisation techniques to help people fight back against oppressive, negative situations or people. Find new opportunities when they felt that they had run out of options. And turn misfortune into good fortune. These are some of the energetic conditions my online sessions have successfully resolved:

  • Spiritual emergency
  • Recurring nightmares and unsettling dreams
  • Fearfulness
  • Persecution and harassment
  • Bankruptcy
  • Betrayal
  • Experience of crisis and catastrophe
  • Traumatic experience, memories and beliefs with no obvious cause
  • Feeling overwhelmed and too sensitive to live in the world

Tibetan dietary therapy

How food and the Six Tastes influence how you live

At a fundamental level, food is medicine. And through Tibetan dietary therapy, I help people use nutrition wisely to heal both long-standing and short-term conditions. This approach is based on the theory of the six tastes – where the tastes a person prefers, directly influences how they think, feel and behave.

This ancient form of dietary knowledge also incorporates the Tibetan concept of humans being categorised into three humoural types: Wind, Bile and Phlegm, and seven bodily constituents – the active bodily processes responsible for a person’s physical, spiritual and psychological health. The six tastes play an important part in how your three humours influence and regulate your body and mind.

What are the six tastes?

Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, sharp and astringent. These complementary six tastes promote the balance of health, mind or lifestyle. Each one can stimulate, increase, decrease, block, stagnate or sedate our bodily and mental systems. To eat correctly for your body type, emotional nature and personality, you need to use the tastes in a skilful way – separately or together.

Consuming the right six tastes, at the right time of day, should increase energy, improve health and help you cope with major events in your life, whether positive and not. Excess of any one taste, however, can cause ill health and emotional turbulence. So if you are under stress and start craving foods which belong to one specific taste, this indicates that you should change or adjust how you currently live.

The theories behind Tibetan dietary therapy are pretty complex, but if you’d like to know more, or think you might benefit from it, please get in touch and I’ll be glad to help. These are some of the conditions its theories have helped my clients overcome:

  • Overeating and weight problems
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Food intolerances and allergies
  • Skin conditions
  • Poor energy levels, mood swings
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Respiratory issues
  • Eye and vision problems
  • Digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease.
  • Glue Ear (children and adults)
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Insomnia