Tibetan medicine is a very old medical system. The original texts on which the system is based, the Ghyü Zhi ("The Four Medical Texts"), are derived from the Medicine Buddha. In the 7th century A.D. the texts were brought to Tibet, where they were integrated with the existing Bön tradition. Medicine Buddha is the manifestation of Buddha himself. In Tibetan medical history he is seen as the Healing Buddha, who has given the original teachings of Tibetan medicine. The Tibetan great master Yuthog Yonten Gonpo (A.D. 708-833), well known as the "Founder of Tibetan Medicine", expanded the system by incorporating medical knowledge derived from other countries such as India and China, and this eventually became known as Tibetan medicine.

   After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, in order to preserve and promote the unique Tibetan culture, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama re-established many Tibetan institutions in India, including Men Tsee Khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of H.H. the Dalai Lama), which opened in 1961 in Dharamsala. At the moment, Men Tsee Khang has nearly 50 branch clinics in India and Nepal. In 1992 Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche re-established the Chagpori Medical College in Darjeeling, India. Chagpori was the oldest medical college in Tibet and was established in Lhasa in 1696 by the Fifth Dalai Lama.

Youthog Yonten Gompo