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A Traditional Tibetan Medical Response to Advancements in Basic Longevity Research

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This paper is intended to serve as a traditional Tibetan medical response to advancements in basic longevity research, with particular attention to current models of caloric restriction. This is a complicated task, as Tibetan medicine traditionally approaches dietary modification from a radically different perspective, and relies upon a complex model of health and balance in the treatment and prevention of disease. This paper offers a brief overview of the traditional Tibetan medicine (TTM) model and suggests potential areas for collaborative research on dietary modification.
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Keywords: Tibetan Medicine; balance; caloric restriction; dietary modification; humoral theory; humors

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Gaia Holistic Health Center, New York, New York, USA 2: Columbia Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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