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Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine

Sienna R. Craig


Tibetan medicine has come to represent multiple and sometimes conflicting agendas. On the one hand, it must retain a sense of cultural authenticity and a connection to Tibetan Buddhism; on the other hand, it must be proven efficacious and safe according to biomedical standards, often through clinical research. Recently, Tibetan medicine has found a place within the multi-billion-dollar market for complementary, traditional, and herbal medicines as people around the world seek alternative paths to wellness. Healing Elements explores Tibetan medicine within diverse settings, from rural schools a ... More

Keywords: Tibet, Nepal, China, traditional medicine, efficacy, social ecologies, cultural transformation, commodification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273238
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sienna R. Craig, author
Dartmouth College