Learning the Tibetan way

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: Dr Ani Nyidon, at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, is keen to share her knowledge of authentic Tibetan medicine.
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: Dr Ani Nyidon, at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, is keen to share her knowledge of authentic Tibetan medicine. Kristy Muir

TIBETAN medicine might be a foreign concept for some people.

But the alternative to Western medicine is quickly becoming very popular on the Coast, said Tibetan doctor Ani Nyidon.

Dr Nyidon is one of the course directors of the Australian Tibetan Medicine Association, which is a non-profit organisation aimed at the establishment and development of authentic traditional Tibetan medicine practice and training within Australia.

Last year ATMA held a six-unit course about the Tibetan medical art presented by Dr Nyidon at the Chenrezig Institute in Eudlo.

This year there are plans for more courses to teach people.

Dr Nyidon, 37, who had been studying Tibetan medicine since she was 16, lives in New South Wales and travels to Eudlo regularly for consultations and workshops.

She said she shared her knowledge with others so they could share theirs with others too.

"It is about sharing the knowledge to help each other," Dr Nyidon said.

"Learning the basics can help you in everyday life."

A close friend and colleague, ATMA chairman Carey Idle, of Eudlo, said Coast residents were lucky to have such an educated and talented mentor.

Mr Idle has had an interest in Tibetan medicine for 10 years and started ATMA two years ago.

He said at the core of the philosophy of Tibetan medicine was the understanding of the basic principles of causality, the existence of the five elements and our psycho-physiological make-up, primarily made up of the "nyepas": the three humours of wind, bile and phlegm.

Traditional Tibetan medicine views all humans as being made up of the five elements - earth, water, fire, air and space.

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