Why is the clinic called the Myrobalan Clinic? Myrobalan (pronounced Mi-rob-al-an) is the name of a Tibetan medicine which is considered to be the most wonderful and healing of all the medicines available. It is known as the life prolonging fruit of the Himalayas. In Tibetan it is called Arura.
Myrobalan has the rare ability to provide all the properties and potencies which can be provided by a medicine, all in one plant. The Buddha is said to have eaten one fruit after seven weeks of fasting in order to cleanse his system and prepare him for the intake of food again.
The special place of the Myrobalan in the Tibetan Materia Medica is indicated by the depiction of the Medicine Buddha holding either a fruit or a sprig of Myrobalan in his hand whilst seated in meditation.