SOAS University of London

Tibetan Studies at SOAS

Nyepas: The three humors in Tibetan Medicine

Tibetan Medicine
Dr Rigzin Sangmo

Date: 29 May 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 29 May 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Vernon Square Room: V211

Type of Event: Special Lecture

According to traditional Tibetan medicine, physiological aspects of the human body are explained within the context of five elements (earth, water, fire, wind, space); all the functions and activities of our bodies and minds are maintained by the proper functions of these elements manifesting through three humors (rlung 'wind', mkhris-pa 'bile' and bad-kan 'phlegm'). The harmonious function of these three humors ensures good health.

The humor of wind (rlung) is mainly composed of the air element and primarily relates to the mind and our physiological state. It is responsible for the movement of our bodies, helping circulation, breathing, the nervous system, pulsation of heart, expansion and contraction of limbs. It also governs emotional feelings like anxiety, stress, nervousness, pain, fear, etc.   

The humor of bile (mkhris-pa) is bodily heat energy and is mainly composed of the fire element. It enhances digestive heat, absorption and assimilation of food. It has responsibility for retaining our body temperature, as well as for intelligence, understanding and courage.

The humor of phlegm (bad-kan) is composed of earth and water elements. It is responsible for retention of the fluids in the body, such as the lymphatic system, mucus and gastric and intestinal juices. It stabilizes the mind, induces sleep and connects and lubricates the joints. 

Organiser: Dr Nathan W. Hill

Sponsor: Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute