Tibetan medicine is becoming an increasingly popular health resource in the world today. Yet, it is much more than an effective art of healing. It is also an ethical practice, economic resource, political tool, cultural symbol, alternative science. Its study can provide insights into contemporary Tibetan society as well as globally emerging forms of subjectivity, politics, and life itself.
Medical anthropology provides powerful concepts and tools to study the connections between health and medicine on the one hand, and socio-cultural, economic or political processes on the other. Besides contributing to our medical knowledge, such research can generate fresh perspectives on larger social, ethical and political questions in the contemporary world.