Tibetan Medicine defines health in holistic terms – it includes not only the body and biological systems, but it also includes ethical practices, nutrition, lifestyle practices, social relationships and it takes into account religious perspectives. Tibetan Medicine is heavily connected with Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, with which it shares its views of conception, birth, death and rebirth, karma and so forth. However, within the tradition’s teachings and clinical applications it also takes into account religious views or lack thereof and how these impact a person’s health. In the Western medical model we are starting to see greater awareness of the body-mind connections. Tibetan Medicine has a highly developed understanding of the body and mind’s interaction and their effect on health. Yet this is not just a matter of internal factors, it includes a person’s lifestyle, relationships and ethics as well. So for Tibetan Medicine, health is not just a physical experience – health is a mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.