Tibetan medicine lures patients seeking drug-free cures

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© AFP / by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA | Tibetan medical practitioner Yeshi Dhonden became a legend as personal healer to the Dalai Lama

DHARAMSALA (INDIA) (AFP) – 

Before dawn in the Indian Himalayas, scores of patients clutching small vials of urine queue patiently to see Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan monk who became a legend as personal healer to the Dalai Lama.

Tibetan medicine, known as Sowa-Rigpa, draws on centuries-old techniques such as blood-letting, cupping, and moxibustion — burning herbs on energy points of the body — to try to heal ailments.

The practise draws on aspects of traditional Chinese medicine and India’s Ayurvedic system as well as its own unique theories and treatments. It also features spiritual practises including meditation and Buddhist prayer.

Today it attracts devotees from all over the globe, hoping for help with conditions from back pain to cancer and degenerative diseases.

“If the sick come to me…

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