Side Effects in Sowa Rigpa

It has been mistakenly stated by some that medical treatments in Sowa Rigpa do not produce side effects. While it is true that Tibetan Medicine offers safe and effective therapies when guided by a competent practitioner, and that many turn to traditional medicine to avoid the serious side effects produced by pharmaceuticals, improper holistic treatment can certainly lead to a number of side effects based on foundational humoral principles.

For this reason, it is essential to follow the recommendations of a qualified Sowa Rigpa practitioner when seeking therapeutic support. Self-diagnosis and self-treatment, while quite en vogue in capitalistic direct-to-consumer culture, often produces undesirable health effects by inadvertently throwing off our physiological equilibrium.

Side effects cover two categories - those based on ineffective treatment, as well as those based on effective treatment. In the latter case, humoral imbalances are simply replaced with alternative humoral imbalances, usually because treatment relied upon the powerful actions of herbs against a set of symptoms without addressing the underlying constitutional or contextual circumstances of the patient. 

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Side Effects Following Effective Treatment
Side Effects Following Ineffective Treatment

Tripa Disorder after Effective Treatment of rLung

Effective rLung treatments often include warming diet and herbs, but if the patient has a naturally warm nature, or otherwise is exposed to conditions that increase Tripa, then a Tripa disorder can result. 

Pekén Disorder after Effective Treatment of rLung

Effective rLung treatments often include heavy, smooth, and stabilizing substances that increase Pekén. But if they are administered without preventing excess cold, then Pekén disorders may arise.

rLung Disorder after Effective Treatment of Tripa

Effective treatments of Tripa sometimes include therapies that increase rLung. While the Tripa may be pacified, wind diseases can be produced as a result.

rLung Disorder after Effective Treatment of Pekén

Slow and stable Pekén can be effectively treated with rLung-increasing therapies. But if the patient is prone to rLung imbalance, then this approach can result in rLung disorders.

Pekén Disorder after Effective Treatment of Tripa

Pekén-increasing therapies are a natural and effective treatment for general Tripa disorders. However, if the condition is dual-nature, if the patient has a tendency towards cold, or if the treatment persists for too long (or is too strong), then this treatment can result in Pekén imbalance.

Tripa Disorder after Effective Treatment of Pekén

Warming therapies that increase Tripa are effective and necessary aspects of Pekén treatment. However, if the situation is complicated or treatment is not carefully crafted, the Pekén condition may simply be replaced by a Tripa imbalance.

Tripa Disorder after Ineffective Treatment of rLung

Treatment of rLung disorders with warming/Tripa-increasing therapies doesn't always pacify rLung - sometimes it simply creates a situation where heat is introduced and exacerbated by the existing wind.

Pekén Disorder after Ineffective Treatment of rLung

Sometimes the heavy and stable qualities of rLung treatments do not pacify rLung effectively, and instead create an environment where moisture and cold exacerbate windy conditions, creating a dual disorder.

rLung Disorder after Ineffective Treatment of Tripa

Treatment of Tripa with cooling and rLung-increasing therapies is often not effective, as rLung has a tendency to increase Tripa like bellows on a flame.

rLung Disorder after Ineffective Treatment of Pekén

rLung-increasing treatments do not always effectively treat Pekén imbalance, as the cold and hardening aspects of wind can overpower its rough and light qualities, causing Pekén to "freeze."

Pekén Disorder after Ineffective Treatment of Tripa

Sometimes cold-natured therapies do not effectively treat Tripa imbalances, and instead only increase Pekén. This is particularly dangerous as it can produce a condition called hidden inflammation, in which cold Pekén "hides" untreated Tripa. This is much more chronic and s

Tripa Disorder after Ineffective Treatment of Pekén

The warming qualities of many Pekén therapies are often not enough to pacify phlegmatic conditions. Instead, they simply "melt" the Pekén and cause it to descend into the middle and lower body, further exacerbated by inflammation of Tripa excess.

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