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Diagnosis: Insomnia

With Anasuya Weil

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

If recurrent sleeplessness is something you suffer from, you may wish to hear what the Tibetan medical tradition prescribes. The medical Tantras specify particular rules pertaining to sleep. In spring a short period of sleep after lunch helps avoid Wind disorders. In autumn, winter or summer sleep during the daytime increases sluggishness, the mind will become heavy, with a tendency to develop headaches, colds and contagious fevers. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this questionnaire.
Dr. Anasuya Weil will diagnose three volunteers on stage to give attendees a real sense of the process by which Tibetan doctors analyze their patients’ condition, and the recommendations they make to improve balance in their lives.
About the Speaker
Anasuya Weil graduated from the ShangShung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine and the Qinghai University Tibetan Medicine School of Xining as a Doctor of Tibetan Medicine. She is also a licensed massage therapist. She holds a Masters of Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. After spending time with Tibetans in exile in India, from 1991 to 1994 she directed the Tibetan Resettlement Project in New Mexico, where 50 Tibetan men and women were helped to resettle and eventually bring their families.
“I first saw how effective Tibetan medicine could be when I lived below Amala Lobsang in MacLeod Ganj, India. She was relaxed, kind and happy. I used to visit her, have tea and ask questions about Tibetan medicine, little realizing that I would one day have the opportunity to study it myself. I also met some of her patients, one of whom stuck in my mind, a young English man that she was treating for a birth trauma resulting in the atrophy of his whole right side. At the time I saw him he had gone from having an almost useless, curled up atrophied arm to an arm with about 80% mobility. He was amazed and extremely grateful with his progress.
“When my teacher Gan Phuntsog Wangmo decided to open a school using the traditional Tibetan texts and teaching methods I was incredibly happy that it was so close and I was able to participate. For me, the study of Tibetan medicine is a continuation and extension of my Buddhist practice. There is a strong spiritual and ethical component in Tibetan medicine that is continually emphasized in doctor’s conduct. It is taught that the right motivation and attitude of compassion are absolutely necessary to practice medicine.” – Anasuya Weil