Comparative Guts

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Moxibustion points according to Medical Arts of the Lunar King, Sowa Rigpa intersections with Chinese and Indian medical canons

20th century reproduction of 17th century CE painting. Held in Ulan-Ude, Republic of Buryatia, Russia.

Moxibustion is a treatment particularly indicated for metabolic conditions (ma zhu ba) and weak digestive fire (me drod nyams pa) in Tibetan medicine. It also provides therapeutic applications for abnormal masses and edema conditions. This painting illustrates the ventral moxibustion points explicated in Medical Arts of the Lunar King (Sman dpyad zla ba’i rgyal po), known in Sanskrit as Somarāja, though thought to have been a Chinese medical treatise translated into Tibetan in 8th century CE or an integration of classical Chinese medical, Indian Āyurvedic, and Tibetan indigenous content from the 11th century. The moxibustion points illustrated on the abdominal region treat gut conditions mentioned above and represent an integrative perspective from these three influences. Some regions in contemporary times apply these points in clinical practice more commonly today than those exclusively from the Four Tantras. 

— Tawni Tidwell