scientific articles

in preparation/submitted/accepted

Sabernig Katharina (submitted). Shel gong Shel phreng : A Treasure in the History of Tibetan

pharmacology. In Gaenszle, Martin, Uwe Niebuhr, Markus Viehbeck, Verena Widorn (eds.). Exploring Himalayan Cultural and Textual Heritage: The Legacy and Impact of René Nebesky-Wojkowitz. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, (forthcoming). Print. Veröffentlichungen zur Sozialanthropologie; Band (?).

Sabernig, Katharina (forthcoming?) Gender related symptoms in Tibetan medical practice.  

     Proceedings of PIAC 56.


Sabernig, Katharina. (accepted: 2021?) Gesundheit-Krankheit-Tod in der Tibetischen Medizin. In Tanja Pommerening/Jochen Althoff (eds.), Lebendig oder tot, gesund oder krank. Der menschliche Körper in vormodernen Kulturen Darmstadt: Wiss. Buchgesellschaft, Sonderband in der Reihe „Antike Welt“), Darmstadt 2021.


Sabernig, Katharina 2020. The Tree of Nosology. in Cultural systems of Classifications:

Sickness, Health and Local Epistomologies. Edited by Ulrike Steinert.


Sabernig, Katharina 2019. Metaphors in Tibetan Medical Concepts. Religions.


Sabernig, Katharina 2019. Visceral Anatomy as depicted in Tibetan Medicine. In:

Knowledge and Context in Tibetan Medicine. PIATS 2016. Edited by William A. McGrath. Leiden: Brill.


Karma Yeshi, Yangbum Gyal, Katharina Sabernig, Jigme Phutsho, Tawni Tidwell, Tenzin

Jamtsho, Rinchen Dhondup, Eliot Tokar, and Phurpa Wangchuk 2019. An integrated medicine of Bhutan: Sowa Rigpa concepts, botanical identification, and the recorded phytochemical and pharmacological properties of the eastern Himalayan medicinal plants. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 29: 1-15.


Sabernig Katharina. 2018. Illustrations depicting the environment around the mythical city of

Tibetan medicine. In Pavel Grokhovskiy (ed.) Modernizing the Tibetan Literary Tradition. p. 169-180.

The Mythical City of Tibetan Medicine.pd
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 Sabernig, Katharina. 2017. Vulnerable Parts: Locating and Defining Vital Areas of the Body in

Tibetan Medicine. Asian Medicine 12: 86-118.

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Sabernig, Katharina. 2016a. Anatomical Structures and the Structure of Anatomy in Tibetan

Medicine. The Fourth Chapter of the Explanatory Tantra in its Commentaries, Curare 39/1: 22-32.

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Sabernig, Katharina 2016b. Description and depiction of inner organs in classical and modern

works". In Lha ldan sman rtsis khang dbu brnyes nas lo ngo brgya vkhor bavi rgyal spyivi rig gzhung gros tshogs vdzam gling krung gso mthun tshogs bod kyi gso rig ched las lhan tshogs kyi skabs gnyis pavi lo tshogs dpyad rtsom phyogs bsgrigs. [100th Anniversary Celebrations of the Men-Tsee-Khang & the Second Annual Conference of the Tibetan Medicine Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies" held in Lhasa 2016]. Lha sa: 1577-1582.

Sabernig, Katharina 2015. On a New Database of Tibetan Pharmacological and Anatomical

Terms. In The Proceedings of the Establishing Meeting for Speciality Committee of Tibetan Medicine of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and First Annual Conference [?dzam gling krung mthun bod gso mthun tshogs gsar ?dzugs] Xining, August, 7-10. Xining: 675–81.


Sabernig, Katharina 2014a. Medical Murals at Labrang Monastery. In: Bodies in Balance -

The Art of Tibetan Medicine. Edited by Theresia Hofer: New York and Seattle: Rubin Museum of Art and University of Washington Press.


Sabernig, Katharina. 2014b. Tibetan Materia Medica in Dispute. Pharmacological 

Achievements of Dar-mo sman-rams-pa Blo-bzang Chos-grags. Curare 37 (2014) 2. p. 100-112.

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Sabernig, Katharina 2013. Tibetan Medical Paintings illustrating the bshad rgyud, ZAS

    42: 61-82.

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Sabernig, Katharina 2012. On the history of the murals in the medical college
    of Labrang. Asian Medicine 7.2: 358-383.

Medical College at Labrang Monastery.pdf
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Sabernig, Katharina 2011b. The Medical College at Labrang Monastery in Eastern Tibet:

    A Historical and Ethnomedical Study and Documentation of 19 Murals Illustrating 

    the bshad rgyud. In: Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter, volume XIV, number 1.

    Austria p. 17-24.


Sabernig, Katharina 2011a. The substitution of rare ingredients in traditional Tibetan

    medicine on the basis of classical Tibetan texts, their use in modern formularies and

    a case study from Amdo/Qinghai. In: New Trends in Ethnobotany and

    Ethnopharmacology: Selected Contributions of 6thEuropean Colloquium of

    Ethnopharmacology/ 20th conference “Ethnomedicine” / Medical Anthropology at 

    Leipzig 8th to 10th November 2007. Curare34 (2011)1+2.p. 83-96.


Sabernig, Katharina.2005. External Treatments at Kumbum Monastery Hospital; in:

    Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter; Volume VII number 3 Department of

    Ethnomedicine, Institute for the History of Medicine, Centre for Public Health;

    Austria p. 7-15.


Sabernig, Katharina 2004. Warm Up the Cold – Take Out the Heat: Modern Practice of

    Traditional Tibetan Pharmacology in Amdo. In: Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter,

    volume VI, number 3. Austria: Department of Ethnomedicine, Institute for the

    History of Medicine. p. 3-9.


Sabernig, Katharina 2001. 'The heart is the home and the brain is the working office of

    the soul': Report on Tibetan Medicine. In: Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter;

    volume III, number 2. Austria: Department of Ethnomedicine, Institute for the

    History of Medicine p.25-31.