As with any medical system, understanding the various functions of the body is essential in Tibetan medicine. However, the underlying physiological principles which create and maintain those functions are of primary importance.
Tibetan medicine defines three main systems which control all the body's processes.

Step 1: Tibetan Medicine Explanation(2-2)

These three systems are created at various stages of development in the womb by an interaction of our mind's developmental process and the 5 physical elements.

Embryologically, the mind acts as the basis for the creation of each individual's 3 principle physical systems: translated in English as Wind, Bile, and Phlegm. These three systems create and sustain all the body's functions.
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