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Eliot Tokar is a NYC based practitioner of traditional Asian medicine. He has studied Tibetan medicine since 1983, and is one of the few people in North America to have received extensive clinical training in this field; additionally, he is trained in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and traditional Japanese natural therapies. During a period from 1983-1986 Mr. Tokar studied at the American Institute of Buddhist Studies and received private instruction from Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, former personal physician to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Since 1986 Mr. Tokar has been an apprentice of the incarnate lama/physician Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche, president of the Chagpori Tibetan Medical College in Darjeeling, India. Mr. Tokar has also received regular clinical and textual instruction from his senior colleague, Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche's senior Western student, Shakya Dorje.

In addition to his practice and studies Mr. Tokar has lectured on Tibetan medicine, natural medicine and alternatives in healthcare at Princeton University,  Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Medical Student's Association's Annual Convention, the New York Botanical Garden, New York's Asia Society, the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, The First International Congress On Alternative And Complementary Medicine, The First International Congress on Tibetan Medicine, and the 1999 Alternative Therapies Symposium. In 1998 Mr. Tokar conducted a nationwide educational lecture tour in conjunction with the release of the film The Knowledge Of Healing, a documentary on Tibetan medicine. In 1999, he conducted the first online lecture and chat on Tibetan medicine on America Online

Mr. Tokar currently serves as an advisor to the American Medical Student Association's Interest Group on Humanistic Medicine. He served on the Steering Committee of the Roundtable on Traditional Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital (1996-97). In addition, he has acted as a consultant on Tibetan medicine to the database project of Columbia University's Rosenthal Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine and to the Science Attaché of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. Mr. Tokar organized the 1997 visit to New York City of H. H. the Dalai Lama's Men-Tsee-Khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Shang Shung Institute in Conway, MA.

Mr. Tokar's publications include 'Between Heaven and Earth: An Introduction To Various Philosophies And Approaches To Medical Care' (Annual Publication of the American Medical Students Association's National Project on Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Washington D.C.:AMSA, 1998) 'Tibetan Medicine: Ancient Wisdom. Modern Healing. Future?' (NEWS TIBET, New York: Publication of H. H. the Dalai Lama's Office Of Tibet, Winter 1997), a book review of Asceticism And Healing In Ancient India: Medicine in the Buddhist Monastery (TRICYCLE: The Buddhist Review, New York: The Buddhist Ray Inc., Spring 1992). His publication 'Building A Means of Discourse For Integrative Medicine: A Tibetan Medical Perspective on Irritable Bowel Syndrome' appeared in the October 1998 issue of the journal Alternative And Complementary Therapies (Larchmont, NY: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.) and his article "Seeing To The Distant Mountain: Diagnosis In Tibetan Medicine" appeared in the March 1999 issue of Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine (Aliso Viejo, CA; Innovision Communications). He has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, Yoga Journal, and The New Physician. His new web page www.tibetanmedicine.com is dedicated to bringing the voice of practitioners, students and scholars of Tibetan medicine to the internet.

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