Tsotru Dashel Moon Crystal Precious Pill

Tsotru Dashel Moon Crystal Precious Pill


Rinchen Tsotru Dashel Chenmo

Rinchen Tsotru Dashel Chenmo (Precious Moon Crystal) is one of the most popular precious pills used in the Tibetan pharmacopoeia. This formula is compounded from 50 ingredients, and is formulated according to the methods developed in the 15th century by the Tibetan scholar and physician Surkhar Nyam-Nyi Dorje.

Gold, silver, copper, brass, and bronze, are purified of their toxins through a complex series of herbal processes before being mixed with traditional Tibetan herbs, including gynachum forresti, saussurea lappa, commiphora mukul, strychonos nux-vomica, myristica fragrans, and eugenia caryophyllata.

Traditionally the Rinchen Tsotru Dashel precious pill is used as an antidote. According to ancient Tibetan texts, this formula purifies and assists in the circulation of the blood, reduces water retention in the body, heals stomach ulcers and liver diseases, relieves pains and ailments caused by sudden changes in diet and climate, treats chest infections, including persistent coughing with blood and phlegm discharge, as well as breathing problems. In addition, this formula can increase appetite and physical strength after chronic illness, as well as restoring such as the growth of hair, teeth and nails. This pill clears the senses and restores the memory, and is also helpful in treating ailments caused by excessive intake of alcohol and rich foods. Those who are healthy can take this compund as a general tonic.

In use for more than 1200 years in Tibet, precious pill formulations are held to be some of the most powerful, deep acting preparations in the traditional pharmacopeia. The knowledge of how to harvest, purify and combine the ingredients, along with the spiritual techniques for blessing and consecrating them in order to bring out their full potency and efficacious benefits, is preserved to this day in the active Buddhist monasteries of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, where these pills are hand made in rigorous harmony with both the scriptural and oral traditions.

These blessed and holy pills may be kept on one's shrine as objects of veneration, installed in statues and stupas to bestow blessings, or taken as a medicine. When consumed, one should not take more than one pill per month, unless prescribed by a Tibetan doctor.

Note: These precious pills are very powerful. We strongly recommend you use them only under the recommendation of a trained Tibetan or Chinese doctor.


In the Tibetan world, usual applications include: dysentary, giardia, gastroenteritis, gastritis, gastroesophageal acid reflux, H. pylori infection, lymphangitis, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, polycystic ovarian disease, chronic indigestion, gastrointestinal spasms and gastric hyperacidity. This formula is also used as a general tonic by those in otherwise good health.

It is important to note that these are traditional uses, and that this formula is not a treatment for any disease or condition, and is not an alternative to good, modern health care. If you are trying to treat a particular illness, see your doctor first.


When used to treat acute conditions, crush and swallow with a good amount of hot water on an empty stomach.

In order treat chronic conditions or when used to improve general health and vitality, the following method is preferred:

Soak the pill overnight in a small amount of hot boiled water, covering it with a lid. Do not expose the pill to bright light. Before dawn the next morning, crush and stir the contents either with the ring finger while reciting the Medicine Buddha mantra a few times (see below), then drink the whole mixture after adding a small amount of hot water. Follow with another cup of hot water. Immediately return to bed, covering oneself with warm blankets and sleep for about an hour in order to induce perspiration. Upon waking, drink additional hot water infused with saffron to close the channels of the subtle body. This process helps the formula to penetrate as deeply as possible. To increase the effects one may take the pill on the new or full moon, or during other auspicious times.

For three to seven days after taking the formula, it is considered auspicious and beneficial to avoid fish, pork, eggs, onion, garlic, fermented foods, hot spices, rigorous exercises and sports, sleeping during the day, cold showers, large amounts of raw food, and sexual activity.

A very interesting essay on these precious pills can be found here:


Mantra of the Medicine Buddha (pronounced as the Tibetans say it)

Tad-ya-ta Om Be-kan-dze Be-kan-dze Ma-ha Be-kan-dze Ra-dza Sa-mung-ga-te So-ha


A loose translation could read “Hail! Appear, Oh Healer, Oh Healer, Oh Great Healer, Oh King of Healing!”