Tibetan medicine is an ancient system of medicine with intricate theories of disease causation, diagnosis and therapeutics.
The medical system itself is founded on the principle of mind, body and environmental factors interdependently creating the conditions for health or disease. Mind, body and external environment are all seen to be composed of the same basic five elements at greater or lesser degrees of subtlety. These five elemental principles are traditionally designated as earth, water, fire, air and space and may be interpreted as matter, bonding, energy, movement and space. This enables the components of the world at large to be used, by the practitioner, to restore the patient to health as both are of similar nature. The individual is a part of a greater whole.