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Dr. Tsundu Sengye Nyinda TMD, Menpa  was born as a Tibetan Refugee in Southern India.  Tibetan Doctor Tsundu Sengye NyindaHe attended The Central School for Tibetans for his primary and secondary education. He wanted to do Tibetan Medicine as a young man because he felt it was a job where he could be beneficial to others and also stay within work traditional to his culture.

He joined the Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute in Darjeeling in 1993 and trained under the guidance of Venerable Trogawa Rinpoche. Tsundu earned his Kachupa (Tibetan Medical Doctor) degree in 1997.  After his internship with the Men-Tsee-Khang clinic in Sikkim Tsundu worked as both a pharmacist preparing medicines and as a clinic doctor for several of Chagpori’s clinics in the Darjeeling hills.

Unlike pharmacy work in the USA, Tibetan Medicine pharmacy requires additional years of extensive training following the usual 5 years of studies to become a physician of Tibetan Medicine. The art of medicine making is very subtle and precise in relationship to the traditional formulas, the seasons, cycles, astrological influences, detoxification methods, 6 tastes, 3 post digestive tastes and 17 secondary qualities. Learning how to formulate herbs in the precision based way which makes Tibetan herbal supplements famous takes many years beyond the study of which formulas benefit what disease as they harmonize internal elements of the body. It was Dr Tsundu’s desire to both remain close to his teacher and learn further which inspired him to learn pharmacy work. He continued to study further into the methods of acupuncture in addition to his regular work as a Menpa through intensive courses until 2003.

Tsundu holds a Kachupa Certificate (Doctor of Tibetan Medicine) from Chagpori Tibetan Institute, India, and a Kachupa Certificate from Men-Tsee-Khang, India.  In 2001 he was awarded a Gold Medal by the International Institute of Health and Science, India.  He joined the Central Council of Tibetan Medicine in its inception and holds their Qualified Medical Practitioner Certificate.  He has Acupuncture Certificates from Sera Gompa in Byalkuppe, South India. He is a Registered Medical Practitioner with the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine.

Tsundu first began to lecture to western audiences when he traveled to Holland in 2004.   After coming to the USA, he has taught medicine preparation, private lessons to students of the Shang Shung Institute and Naropa University and guides those seeking healthcare options through Traditional Tibetan Medicine with diet, behavior and the methods of Sowa Rigpa.

Dr. Nashalla G. Nyinda TMD, Menpa & LMT began her study of Tibetan Medicine in 1999. Complementary and Alternative medicines were already a part of her work when she began to incorporate Sowa Rigpa and the healing sciences of Tibet into Chinese 5 ENashalla.photolement Healing, Ayurvedic Medicine and Pancha Karma therapies, emphasizing Marma Point techniques. Certified as a teacher of the TARA Approach in 2004, she actively taught this Japanese acupressure system which focused on the release of trauma. She and translated the acupressure system into Tibetan, teaching it abroad in Asia to both Tibetan Drs and students. Nashalla studied Plant Spirit Medicine with Eliot Cowen and is a self taught herbalist in addition to having studied nutrition extensively.  Her deepest passion continues to be understanding and helping integrate Traditional Tibetan Medicine into the West.

Nashalla grew in Colorado. She began receiving Taoist Five Element Acupuncture at 15 and was interested in Asian healing since that introduction. Later she worked in the natural health food industry after graduating high school for several years before college. This led to her love of Asian medicine and the healing arts and gifts of plant healing and nutrition. In her early twenties she took many classes in multiple healing modalities for the body-mind-spirit.

She is among a very small handful of  Western persons to complete training as a fully qualified traditional Tibetan Medical Doctor; and hold certification from a qualified Tibetan Medical College. She obtained her Menpa degree (Doctor of Tibetan Medicine) entitling her to the title of Amchi or Menpa in 2009.

Nashalla began her Tibetan Medical of the Sowa Rigpa system with Dr. Philip Weber MD, who had been practicing Tibetan Medicine within his family practice for over 30 years and teaching Tibetan Medicine at Naropa University. Her first study abroad was in 2001 to Nepal to study Tibetan Medicine and Ayurveda while completing research for her BA thesis on body-mind-spirit based healing from the Asian medical perspective.

She received permission to practice Tibetan Medicine and to use the traditional dietary herbal medicine supplements in 2003.  Following completion of her BA, Nashalla began assistant teaching Tibetan Medicine classes at Naropa. Additionally she organized and helped run visiting clinics and seminars with Tibetan Doctors living thought the US and abroad through Menla Health Professionals. She continues to lecture about Tibetan Medicine at Naropa University and across the USA.

When Nashalla first began to study Tibetan Medicine, there were no schools available to her.  Nor were there any serious or complete study materials available in the English language.  Her strong desire to know the Tibetan Medicine system completely from the original texts led to her move to India in 2005.  She studied for two years in Darjeeling, studying Tibetan Medicine under doctors from the Chagpori Clinic and Tibetan language at Manjushree Center for Tibetan Culture.  She treated patients alongside the Tibetan Doctors at the clinic, other western patients in Darjeeling, and continued to consult with clients vie e-mail and phone in the USA.

Nashalla translated materials from English into Tibetan for Jin Shin TARA and taught a acupressure and massage class to the students of the Chagpori Tibetan Medical School in the fall of 2006.  She was able to again share this Japanese system of acupressure therapy with Tibetan doctors in Amdo, Tibet in 2009.

When Nashalla married Tsundu in India she returned to the USA to join the Shang Shung Institute of America.  Joining the first group of western individuals to receive full training in traditional Tibetan Medicine as taught in Tibet was a great end for her formal studies.  Classes  consisted of reading line by line from the original Tibetan text translated  from Tibetan to English.  This type of institution has never before existed outside of the Himalayan region.  Only a few western people have completed the full study in Asia and earned the title of amchi or menpa.  Nashalla was happy and grateful to be a part of the first graduating class. It was a blessing to be given the opportunity to complete her dream of full training as a Tibetan Medical Doctor while Shang Shung still offered classes in a classroom setting as was traditionally taught.

While at the Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Medical studies, Nashalla was certified in the art of Tibetan Massage and is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Colorado. Known as Kunye Therapy, it belongs to the group of gentle external therapies taught in the Tibetan Healing Science Tantras.  The function of Kunye Therapy and Tibetan Massage is to soothe and relax tensions, relieve stress, insomnia, nerve disorders and bring balance to the internal elements of the body.  It has great therapeutic value to relieve a variety of ailments in a soft and non-invasive manner.  Kunye Therapy includes not only massage, but treating crucial points in a manner similar to acupressure, applying medicinal oils, gemstones, hot or cold stones, compresses, medicinal vapors and baths.

Shang Shung Inistitute 2009 graduation of Tibetan Doctors

Shang Shung Institute’s Director, Dr. Puntsog Wangmo with the first graduating class of TMD’s 2009

 

Traveling with her Shang Shung classmates to Xining in Amdo, Tibet in the summer of 2009.  They completed an internship at the college.  Though she and her classmates had already passed their final 4 year medical exams in the USA; the Shang Shung students received testing at the Qinghai Tibetan Medical College to verify that they were of equal training to the Tibetan medicine students studying in Tibet.

In addition to extensive studies of Tibetan Medicine are her studies in Alternative and Energy Medicine systems.  She completed teacher training for The TARA Approach Level I Module in 2004.  This Japanese pressure point therapy stems from Jin Shin Jitsu. Jin Shin TARA is specifically geared to release trauma in the body. As an advanced practitioner she uses Jin Shin and other acupressure techniques throughout her evolving career as a TMD.

Nashalla taught and mentored many practitioners who became certified in Jin Shin TARA and practitioners of other Asian healing modalities. Incorporating Tibetan and Ayurvedic medical techniques, as well as integrating her 20 year fascination and study of traditional Taoist 5 Element Acupuncture methods, she has her own approach. She trained for 1 year in Plant Spirit Medicine, under Elliot Cowen, founder and continues to practice PSM as the need arises. She enjoys teaching and tutoring a variety of Asian modalities. She teaches western Anatomy at Naropa University as a adjust professor and has taught at acupuncture schools the introduction of Tibetan Medicine.

Much of her hands on bodywork work has involved the treatment of spinal and head injuries, MS and nervous-system disorders, those with long term depression, anxiety, abuse survivors and addiction disorders. Nashalla especially enjoys working with children recovering from PTSD, ADD and ADHD. She has experience helping individuals seeking alternatives to come off prescription drugs for depression, minor and major disorders.  These clients work with Nashalla alongside their licensed MD’s to achieve their goal.

She also enjoys research and corroboration between Tibetan Medicine and western medicine for serious illness that have fewer long term options in modern medicine. These include chronic digestive disturbances, Hepatitis and liver failure*, diabetes and neurological conditions.

Bodywork and Traditional Tibetan medicine contribute equally within her diagnosis and treatment plans.  Being a westerner allows her to easily navigate between the thousands of years tradition of Tibetan Healing Science and modern understanding of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  Nashalla believes this is one of her strongest assets. Often she may require some people to also see licensed MD’s alongside the traditional Tibetan treatments she offers to give the most well rounded benefits available.

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