The International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM) was established in 2006 in order to ensure the integrity and authenticity of Traditional Tibetan Medicine teachings and to promote the continuity of practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM).

Traditional Tibetan Medicine is a science and an art, dating back to antiquity. Although it has some superficial similarities with both Indian Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Tibetan Medicine actually has a genesis, history, and development of its own - rooted in the Tibetan landscape, the indigenous culture, and the spirit of the Tibetan people.

One of the unique features of Traditional Tibetan Medicine is that although it is generally practised alongside of the Buddhist philosophy, TTM contains a comprehensive philosophy, cosmology, and system of subtle anatomy with associated spiritual practices, in its own right. In addition, TTM encompasses a wealth of knowledge on anatomy and physiology, embryology, pathology, methods of diagnosis and cure. The science of Traditional Tibetan Medicine includes a huge herbal pharmacopoeia, as well as a large body of external therapies which are little-known in the Western world.

TTM is a holistic system, meaning that it addresses the individual’s needs as a whole – body, mind and spirit – in an integrated way. This includes the individual’s internal environment, as well as the way that the individual interacts with the external environment.

It is the sincere aim of the ATTM to keep the spirit of Traditional Tibetan Medicine alive and functioning effectively in the modern world.

A medical system, if not being practised in the context of the Western world, simply becomes a museum-piece; an interesting but fossilised artefact with little modern relevance.

Traditional Tibetan Medicine has the capacity be of great benefit to all in the current economic and social climate.

Activities of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine are:

  • Presentation of public talks and general-interest seminars on TTM
  • Facilitation of speciality-courses on Traditional Tibetan Medicine, psychology and related healing sciences
  • Facilitation of study-tours to Tibet
  • Facilitation of Wellbeing courses and retreats
  • Publication of the ‘Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine’
    an academic journal of TTM and related topics
  • Publication and distribution of textbooks and teaching materials pertaining to TTM

The courses offered by the IATTM have been developed in response to the growing interest in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. A variety of courses are offered, to cater for different levels of interest. Courses range from 2-hour presentations through to weekend workshops, five- or seven-day seminars, through to long-term practitioner training courses of four years' duration, such as in Ku Nye or TTM.

Public Talks (2 hours duration)
For people who are interested in finding out about Traditional Tibetan Medicine, these Public Talks are highly recommended.

  • An Introduction to Traditional Tibetan Medicine
  • Mantra Healing in Tibetan Medicine
  • Dream Analysis in Tibetan Medicine
  • Diet and Lifestyle in Tibetan Medicine
  • Birth and Death according to Traditional Tibetan Medicine
  • Sa Che - Tibetan Geomancy
  • Ku Nye - Traditional Tibetan Massage
  • Astrology in Tibetan Medicine

All public talks are two hours in duration and are accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.


Short Seminars

Wellbeing through Traditional Tibetan Medicine
For people without any TTM background, the following 2-day weekend courses give not only the basic theories of TTM, but also practical skills and knowledge which can be immediately applied for the health and wellbeing of all the family.

  • Health and wellbeing through Traditional Tibetan Medicine
  • The Wellbeing Diet in Traditional Tibetan Medicine
  • Aging Gracefully with Traditional Tibetan Medicine
  • Sa Che - Tibetan Geomancy
  • Astrology in Traditional Tibetan Medicine

Healing and Wellbeing Retreat
Longevity and Rejuvenation - The Tibetan Detox

( Tib. bChud Len dang rGaspa gSoba)

This is a 7-day course based on the teachings which Tibet's greatest saint, Guru Padmasambhava, transmitted to his female disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal.

These are simple non-ritual practices that can be performed by anybody.

The course is presented in residential setting. Each day, a special herbal pill is taken; these pills are based on a formula of juniper. Daily activities include a form of gentle yoga and breathing exercises.

This practice prevents aging, gently cleanses the blood and digestive system, and therefore helps prevent chronic disease and increase energy levels.

Special Courses
These courses are for people who may have a specific interest in lesser known aspects of Tibetan Medicine or Culture, such as:

  • Yuthok Practice Retreat
  • Medical Yoga
  • Ro-Tsa Course - increase in sexual energies
  • Healing and wellbeing Retreat
  • Longevity and Rejuvenation - The Tibetan Detox
  • Tibetan traditional culture, including Meditation, Sa Che (geomancy), Mo (divination), Healing rituals, Astrology, Calligraphy

Clinical Study Courses in Tibet
The Clinical Study Courses are specifically designed for senior students practising Ku Nye, External Therapies and Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Students are allowed a unique opportunity to witness TTM being practised in its country of origin, to study with fully qualified Tibetan doctors in a supervised clinical setting, and to gain some valuable practical experience. These courses will involve predominantly clinical practice; although some additional lectures will be arranged.

Courses will take place predominantly at the Qinghai Traditional Tibetan Medicine Hospital, Xining. Lectures will be conducted by Dr Nida Chenagtsang as well as clinical and teaching staff at the Qinghai Traditional Tibetan Medicine Hospital. Courses will be schedule for August each year.

Other Events:

  • Photographic exhibitions
  • Concerts of Traditional Tibetan Music
  • Herb gathering and Medical study tours in Tibet
  • Sponsorship of Health and Education projects in Tibet



Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Medical Director

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in the area of Rebkong, Tibet; a region known for centuries for its tradition of Ngakpas - Tibetan Yogis. He studied the local medical system, as well as intensive formal training at the Lhasa Tibetan Medical University. Later, he has practiced in various hospitals in Tibet, and has published many works on Traditional Tibetan medicine. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan medicinal treatments specializing in the revival of external threrapies, which has brought him high acclaim in the field of Tibetan Medicine in both the East and West.

Dr. Nida is the Director of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM) and the Co-Founder of the International Ngak-Mang Institutes (NMI), established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa culture within modern Tibetan society.

Dr. Nida's teachings are widely known throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, the USA and Australia, where he has trained students in Traditional Tibetan Medicine, Ku Nye Massage, Mantra Healing, Diet and Behaviour, Dream Analysis, Sa Che (geomancy), as well as Birth and Death according to Tibetan Medicine. All courses, seminars and public talks are organised through the IATTM and NMI. Fluent in English, Dr. Nida is an experienced and knowledgeable communicator with a sophisticated ability to teach the subtleties of these traditional modalities to westerners.




Jacqueline Yu
President - ATTM (Singapore)

Jacqueline Yu is a holistic practitioner trained in aromatherapy, flower essence, reiki, yoga and other natural healing modalities.

She is currently the chief trainer and resident yoga teacher of 'Basic Essence' - a Tibetan spa and wellness centre in Singapore that she co-founded since 2000.

She also runs a busy practice specialising in Ku Nye, Tibetan massage and other TTM external therapies. She is president of ATTM (Singapore), founded in 2008 to preserve and promote the ancient healing arts of traditional Tibetan Medicine.


The Aims and Objectives of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine are:

To bring the living ancient science of Traditional Tibetan Medicine into the modern world, in order to preserve, develop and propogate this valuable knowledge.

To revive aspects of TTM which have been lost, such as Tibetan acupuncture, stick therapy, Hor Me.

To promote study and research in Tibetan Medicine.

To develop TTM in an academic and scientific way.

To provide high-quality tuition in Traditional Tibetan Medicine, in response to the growing interest in TTM in the west.

To provide ongoing training for new generations of young Tibetan doctors.

To bring experienced Tibetan doctors out into the western world in order to share and preserve this valuable living tradition, as well as to develop TTM in the western society.


attm (singapore) 2008