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Differential Treatment Of China’s Tibetan Medicine Diagnosis Of Disease

September 27, 2015

Chinas Tibetan Medicine Diagnosis Diagnosis, the process of recognizing and judging diseases, is the first stepto tackle the problem of disease. Hence, diagnosis appeared as soon as Chinese medicine came into being, and Tibetan medicine is no exception to this rule. There is aspecial chapter devoted to diagnosis in Rgyud bzhi. Later, Tibetan scholars ofsuccessive ages supplemented, revised and studied the knowledge of diagnosis,to form a special class of china’sTibetan diagnostics.
Tibetan diagnostics includes interrogation, inspection of colors, urinalysis,pulse diagnosis and other techniques, and is unique, comprehensive, and withan ethnic flavor.
Interrogation refers to questioning the patient about issues related to the illness. It is very extensive. Among the public, there is a wrong idea that whena doctor asks the patient any question, especially if he asks many questions, itmeans the practitioner is inferior. This is non-scientific and impractical. Thesepeople maintain that “without opening the patient’s mouth to understand theillness” is the qualification of a superior practitioner. Actually, this is a misunderstanding.
In fact, both Tibetan medicine and TCM emphasize that diagnostics shouldbe comprehensive, with materials obtained from the four diagnostic methodsand interpreted without any obvious bias to any one of them. Rgyud bzhi does point out that “there are three diagnostic methods, inspection, palpation and interrogation, which (should be applied) comprehensively”, or, in other words,by making use of one’s own sensory organs the practitioner can understand and examine the condition of the patient.
Among all methods, Tibetan medicine claims that interrogation is the first tobe applied. With the practitioner’s overall basic knowledge about diseases and its theory to explore all related clues and materials, the practitioner collect alluseful information.
First, understanding the history of illness, including the time of onset, previous treatment received, what kinds of therapy, and its effect. All these are helpful to judge the nature of disease and are of significant value.
In case the patients’ condition is serious or even critical, and he or she cannot answer any questions, relevant materials and information should be obtained from close friends or relatives. The following condition should be clarified.
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