Books and Edited Volumes
Clinical Research on Tibetan Medicine: Challenges and Points of Consensus. C. Witt, S. Craig and M. Cumuo, eds. (Berlin: CVC/Essen, with support from Hans-Görtz-Stiftungsinstitut, 2012)
Western conventional medicine has defined itself in large part through the scientific paradigm, of which clinical research is an important cornerstone. Asia’s traditional medical systems have relied on comprehensive theoretical frameworks and thousands of years of experience as a basis for validating knowledge. This is true for Tibetan medicine, a holistic medical system with centuries of history in Asia and, more recently, increasing practice, production, and consumption in Western countries. In order to enhance understanding and expand the development of methodological and epistemological approaches appropriate for the study of this traditional and holistic medical system in Western and Asian contexts, Professor Claudia Witt, Professor Sienna Craig and Dr. Mingji Cuomu initiated an interdisciplinary consensus process in spring 2010 at the Charité University Medical Center in Berlin. Experienced Tibetan medicine doctors, Tibetan medicine manufacturers from Asia and the West, medical anthropologists and clinical research methodologists participated in this two-day workshop. Tibetan Medicine Research presents the consensus document produced through this event in three languages (English, Tibetan, Chinese) as well as relevant articles on the production and evaluation of clinical evidence, manufacturing and training regulations and methodological aspects of conducting clinical research on Tibetan therapeutics.
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 5:2, 2011. Special issue, “Medicinal Plant Cultivation, Conservation and Commoditization in the Himalaya and Tibet.” S. Craig and D. Glover, eds. Leiden: Brill.
This special issue of the journal Asian Medicine emerged from the VIIth ICTAM conference held in Thimphu, Bhutan, in September 2009. It includes contributions in English, though several of the articles have been translated from Tibetan.
Studies of Medical Pluralism in Tibetan History and Society: Proceedings from the XIth International Association of Tibetan Studies Meetings. S. Craig, M. Cuomo, F. Garrett, and M. Schrempf, eds. (Bonn: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, Contributions to Research on Central Asia series, 2010)
This volume emerges from the XIth International Association of Tibetan Studies meetings held in Bonn, Germany, 2006. The volume includes contributions in English and Tibetan on topics ranging from Tibetan medicine in contemporary contexts, medical pluralism in historical and contemporary perspectives, and work on medicine, illness, and social change.