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སྨན་ཁང་ Clinic

Located in Colorado at: 2955 Valmont Rd   Suite 100 – Boulder, CO 80301 Our Tibetan Medicine & Holistic Healing Clinic offers consults, bodywork sessions and treatments by appointment using the ancient principles and medicines of Traditional Tibetan Medicine.

We follow the traditional Tibetan methods of diagnosis. According to the Tibetan Medical Tantras, or rgyud bzhi, there are 38 methods of diagnosis. This is divided into 3 categories of questioning, observation, and touch. The Tibetan doctor will ask many questions and then proceed with palpitation of the pulse and some points o the body and read the urine and tongue. Expect your first visit with us to be at least 1-1.5 hours long. Subsequent consults are shorter.

Following your first visit we make recommendations based on our knowledge as Tibetan physicians. This is in no way to be considered a substitute for licensed and qualified medical care. A variety of Tibetan Medicine treatments may be employed to help your conditions, basic body type or nature. These can include diet and lifestyle recommendations, and should you choose to include Traditional Tibetan mineral and herbal supplements may be offered alongside a variety of accessory therapies such as massage, acupressure and moxibustion and bath therapies.

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The pure essence of Tibetan Medicine is unchanged in our approach to educating patients. We strive to always protect and continue the lineage as it was taught to us and not let it become watered down. Nashalla feels especially passionate about preserving and honoring the system and avoiding cultural appropriation. This became a priority to her while studying a largely untranslated system and learning how to communicate to western patients about the basic theory and practices they are engaging in. She often offers seminars and workshops to teach the fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine principles around the country.

Medicine Buddha Mandala

While other healing systems are considered and at times employed, we very clearly state what is originally from Tibetan medicine and what is from other alternative and complementary modalities, be they modern or ancient.  At our clinic we strive to educate the patients about what to expect when consulting a Tibetan Doctor and how to apply the Tibetan system of healing to help themselves. We try to do our best to provide a careful and accurate translation of an ancient system without loosing the integrity of the lineage passed down for centuries that sometimes occurs in western cultures with ancient healing modalities. This is rooted in years of study and careful consideration of the medical texts and Tibetan cultural preservation.

Some of the disorders known particularly to benefit from Tibetan Medicine are:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Hepatitis, Liver Failure
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Womens Disorders
  • Digestive Disturbances such as IBS, Diverticulitis, Chrones
  • Depression, Anxiety and Irritability
  • Nervous system disorders such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromalygia
  • Insomnia
  • Weakness of the body
  • Kidney diseases
  • Joint conditions such as arthritis and gout

These are just a few of the many disorders which we work with on a regular basis. Please contact us for more information, or see our complete clinic webpage at to learn more.

Sowa Birthing Method 2019 ©


The Sowa Birthing Method protocol was developed by Nashalla G. Nyinda, Menpa (TMD) LMT over several decades of working with expectant mothers. The hearts mission behind this work is providing expectant mothers and little ones support and care for the body, mind and spirit. Working within natures rhythms, a series of treatments helps ripen and prepare mom and baby to embody a centered confidence for birthing.

Support within the nervous system aids a resourced inner atmosphere, promoting receptivity to the wild and sometimes difficult surrender each unique journey of birthing brings. A series of five sessions is scheduled for 1.5 hrs in duration and typically starting at week 35. If the traditional five series is incomplete due to going into labor before 40 weeks, care is extended into postpartum phase. Some women also choose to add on postpardum treatments.

This method is deeply rooted in Nashalla’s decades of training as a Menpa, (Doctor of Tibetan Medicine – TMD). Known as Sowa Rigpa: ‘The Healing Science of Tibet’ the name f her protocol draws inspiration from the Tibetan word “Sowa” – meaning Healing. The inspiration behind this protocol is born not only from Tibetan Medicine and its many external and Kunye Therapeutic treatments; but alongside other wisdom traditions which informed Nashalla’s studies and experiences. Acupressure and Jin Shin work, Traditional Five Element Medicine, Ayurvedic healing, Western Herbalism studies, as well as working with trauma and nervous system health make this protocol both unique and comprehensive. Asian traditions all carry common threads. This system bears fruit of those roots and is woven into the mechanics of Western Medicine and pregnancy need and challenges, health and vitality of the nervous system, trauma repatterining and preparation for the physical, emotional and psychological states birthing and mothering present.

The Sowa Birthing Method offers a complete care package and support system for a special and sacred time in a woman’s life. The goal is that these session serve to carries the mother with integrity and vitality well into her postpartum phase.

The “fourth Trimester” as it is sometimes called, can be a tender place where physical, emotional and energetic systems, including hormones and mind need continued support as she is caring full time for a new being.


Bodywork sessions include specific massage, compress and acupressure techniques. Scheduled weekly in the last five weeks of gestation, and some may also inclde additonal postpardum care. Weekly contact provides stability in the energetic, physical and emotional body, which serves to prepare and fortify expectant mothers internal process for labor and delivery.

Extended into the fourth trimester and postpartum experience, the Sowa Birthing Method can provide new mothers compassionate presence and options to navigate postnatal issues and experiences. Women often support their pregnancy and self care experience with great diligence throughout gestation. Yet, baby comes, and self care goes out the window. This method sets the stage for support in the ‘fourth trimester’ newborn experience.

When prior to birth the woman is well nourished it can serve as a first line for interventions of minor or more intensive experiences or complications arise. Likewise extended care can aid many postpardum discomforts. These can include insomnia that extends beyond the normal new mother sleep deprivation, postpartum depression, anxiety, and other symptoms. Meditation and stress reduction techniques are provided in addition to postpartum massage and acupressure therapies in this vulnerable time which can increase overall wellbeing and support bonding.

Practitioners of the Sowa Birthing Method are not only licensed to touch and work with the body, but are throughly trained in the prevention of possible complications, contraindications and the mitigation of such symptoms and influences. Safe and well trained practitioners are an integral part of this program.

Nashalla worked on me my while I was pregnant with my second child. I had such bad nausea and vomiting the first trimester that I was stuck in bed. Her treatments were the only thing that provided relief. I continued to receive work from Nashalla throughout the pregnancy. She was able to stabilize me, balance my system, and finally prepare my body for labor as the baby drew close to coming. Nashalla is a Tibetan medical doctor, well-trained in the traditional system. She’s also a gifted healer who sees right to the root of the problem and seems privy to information from another realm.

The treatments themselves were a combination of pulse diagnosis, acupressure, healing massage, and herbs to bring my personal imbalances back to balance. I really valued that she wasn’t doing a rote routine, but rather was reading what my body and baby really needed and providing it. She is rooted in the Tibetan traditional system and then brings her unique healing sight and women’s experience to her practice. Nashalla is herself a mother of three children, so she knows first-hand the ins and outs of pregnancy and birth. She’s able to encourage the body and baby toward balanced health without pushing anything so it always feels safe and benign. I would highly recommend her treatments to any expectant mother or for postpartum healing.
-Sarah Plazas, Tibetan translator, mother of 2

  • Designed for those already holding a license to touch. LMT, RN, ND, DO, MD, acupuncturists or equivalent skill levels may apply. This requirement assures proper baseline training in anatomy and physiology, as well as competency needed to work within this specific client population.
  • Doctors, Midwives and Doula practitioners entering this program will have different hour and segment requirements, based upon their personal training and experience. The varied hour requirement for registered birth assistants and midwives is determined on an individual basis.
  • To enter the training program requires an interview with Nashalla and her conversations with three clients who serve as references for the practioner.
  • Please contact Menpa Nashalla directly for questions about training.