Note from Dr. Miriam Cameron and Dr. Tenzin Namdul:
Researchers have found that most of us are not good at assessing ourselves accurately. When conducting research on the CSAT and LGT, our research team found that the more the research participants knew about Tibetan medicine, the more likely they were to do an accurate CSAT.
Here are options to help you learn about Tibetan medicine and do an accurate CSAT:
- Take CSPH 5315 – Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, & Healing a 2-credit online graduate course.
- Read nine free pages about Tibetan medicine on the Bakken Center website.
- Read our new book, Tibetan-Medicine and You: A Path to Wellbeing, Better Health, and Joy, with a Blessing by the Dalai Lama.
Constitutional Self-Assessment Tool (CSAT)
The CSAT is based on Sowa Rigpa, the Tibetan knowledge of healing. Sowa Rigpa, commonly called Tibetan medicine, teaches that you, like everyone else, were born with a unique nature, called your constitution. The CSAT will help you understand your constitution and how to live in harmony with it.
The CSAT will open in a new window. Keep this window open so that you can refer to it when doing the LGT.
Lifestyle Guidelines Tool (LGT)
The LGT, also based on Sowa Rigpa, will help you to create a personal plan for living a happier, healthier life. By using the CSATand LGTtogether, you will learn to use Sowa Rigpafor self-care and as part of integrative care.
Reference: Cameron, M. E., Torkelson, C., Haddow, S., Namdul, T., Prasek, A., & Gross, C. R. (2012, May/June). Tibetan Medicine and Integrative Health: Validity Testing and Refinement of the Constitutional Self-Assessment Tool and Lifestyle Guidelines Tool. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, 8 (3), 158–171.